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Columbus Arts Festival News

There’s More Than One Way to Get to the Columbus Arts Festival

June 4, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio— Approximately 450,000 people attend the Columbus Arts Fesitval, which has become the city’s “welcome to summer” event. With such large crowds and the road closures to accommodate fine art and fine craft from more than 300 juried local and national artists, along with continuous live entertainment, gourmet food and hands-on art activities for all ages, the festival would like to share transportation alternatives, as well as parking information.

COTA: Festival patrons can explore the best routes to get to the Columbus Arts Festival at COTA.com. Local fare is $2, or buy a Day Pass for $4.50. Only cash is accepted on the buses, and drivers do not make change.

Once you’re Downtown, you can also catch the CBUS. This free Downtown circulator service travels from the Brewery District, through Downtown, to the Short North Arts District and back again. It’s free. It’s easy. Catch the CBUS. For more information visit COTA.com.

Bike: With multiple bike lanes and paths, biking to the festival is easy. In addition to ample bike parking along the riverfront, the Festival  will provide a Bike corral at Civic Center  Drive and Town Street, cyclist need only bring a lock (the corral will be unmonitored and cyclists are responsible for securing their bikes).

Car2Go:  Guests can park free when they use Car2Go with the Car2Go Columbus DropZone next to COSI along Washington Blvd. near Broad St.

Uber: Festival goers can skip the traffic and the parking, and carpool with Uber Columbus driving service. Sign up at www.uber.com

Parking: Parking is available in garages and lots throughout the Downtown area including at COSI, Vets Memorial, the Commons garage, Front Street garage surrounding and numerous area surface lots.

Limited wheelchair-accessible parking is available at bagged meters on Broad Street (north of Town Street) and on the north side of Mound Street west of Front Street.

Street Closings: The following streets will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 and will re-open at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 15. Broad Street will remain open throughout the event.

  • Civic Center / S. 2nd Street from Town to Mound
  • Civic Center South from Mound to Main
  • Main (Rich West of the River) from East side of Mc Dowell to Front
  • Cherry Street from Front to S. 2nd
  • Rich Street (Town West of the River) from the East side of Lucas to Front
  • Belle Street from State to Rich streets
  • Noble Street East side of S. 2nd to South Civic Center
  • Jewett Alley Closed at Mound
  • Town Street from Ludlow to Civic Center

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, Express, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 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.