FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2015
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio—The 2015 Columbus Arts Festival will offer everything from Hamlet to jazz to slam poetry the weekend of June 12-14. With six stages this year and more than 160 performances the downtown riverfront will rock, swing, leap, and above all entertain.
This year’s ABC6 Main Stage will host 17 acts including Friday’s headliner, international country music star Neal McCoy, who takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday night also includes local favorites the Salty Caramels at 7:15 p.m. Saturday brings a more local bands in a wide range of styles from rock with Plaid Brixx to alternative with Brave Weather. The evening will get funky with the Pleasant Tense at 7:15 p.m. and then finish up with jazz by Dwight Lennox at 9 p.m.
Replacing last year’s community stage are two new stages: Sharkey’s Jazz Club and The Acoustic Lounge; which will host more than 25 acts and have plenty of seating, tables, and food and beverage vendors nearby.
The Festival is also expanding west into Franklinton and adding the Franklinton Theatre stage, which will include 25 performances throughout the weekend from local troups including Actors Theatre of Columbus, Columbus Children’s Theatre, and Available Light Theatre.
The dance stage returns this year as the FlyColumbus.com Dance Stage, which will have 30 performances through out the weekend.
More than 70 poets, authors and storytellers will grace the Ohio Magazine Word is Art stage. New this year, the area will also host local coffee roasters so patrons can sit and sip their favorite java while enjoying spoken word performances.
The ABC6 Main stage has a reserved seating area for guests with Friends of the Festival packages, and open space on the Biecentiennial Park lawn. The other five performance stages will have chairs and tables, with food and beverage vendors located nearby so patrons can, cool down, enjoy a meal and watch one of Columbus’s many great entertainers.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and smartphone viewing.
The 2015 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Worthington Industries, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Pepsi and Kroger. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, The Columbus Dispatch, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, RBX, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, and WCBE 90.5.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.