June 11-13, 2021

at the riverfront

Columbus Arts Festival News

Where to Bike, Bus, Ride and Park at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival

May 29, 2019

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Approximately 450,000 people attend the Columbus Arts Festival, 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 260 juried local and national artists, five stages and all the other great food and fun the festival brings, here are some transportation alternatives, as well as parking information.

While you’re at the Arts Festival, visit Smart Columbus, Official Smart Cities Partner for the Festival, at the Smart Columbus Experience Center at 170 Civic Center Dr. to learn how mobility is changing in our city and how you can make Columbus more livable, more sustainable and smarter by re-thinking your mobility patterns.

Bike: With multiple bike lanes and the Scioto Greenways paths, biking to the Festival is easy. In addition to ample bike parking along the riverfront, the Festival will provide a secure parking corral on the east side of the river on Civic Center Drive at Town Street. The bike corral will be monitored by teams riding in Pelotonia ’19; a suggested donation of $5 goes directly toward the their Pelotonia fundraising efforts.

There are also CoGo Bike racks at:

  • Bicentennial Park
  • South Front Street north of Town Street
  • Washington Boulevard and West Broad Street
  • West Town Street at Lucas Street

Bus: COTA has stops along High and Front streets throughout downtown. 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 circulator service travels from the Brewery District, through downtown, to the Short North Arts District and back again. It’s free and it’s easy.

Self-Driving Shuttle: Take a ride on Smart Circuit, Ohio’s first self-driving shuttle, sponsored by Smart Columbus and DriveOhio. During the Festival, Smart Circuit shuttles will travel on the west side of the river, stopping at the National Veterans Memorial & Museum, COSI, Land-Grant Brewing Company, Idea Foundry and Gravity. Shuttles are free to ride, and run every 10 minutes.

Parking: Parking is available on surface lots both east and west of the river, at metered spaces on surrounding city streets and in garages throughout the downtown and Franklinton area, including:

  • Columbus Commons garage
  • RiverSouth garage at Front and Rich
  • LeVeque Tower garage at Broad and Front
  • National Veterans Memorial & Museum lot (across Broad from COSI)
  • Scioto Peninsula Underground garage (west of COSI)
  • River and Rich garage at Rich and McDowell

Guests can even reserve parking spots at many of the garages: columbusartsfestival.org/festival/parkingbiking-info

Limited wheelchair-accessible parking is available to those with disabled parking placards at bagged meters on the north side of Mound Street west of South Second Street, and on the east side of Civic Center between Town and Broad streets.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.

The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/Fox28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org

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For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.