June 12-14, 2020

at the riverfront

Visitor Information

2020 Festival Dates

June 12, 13 & 14

Festival hours:                                                                              

Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.*

Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.*

Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*On Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.

Columbus Arts Festival Location

The Festival will be located along the Scioto Mile, Columbus’ signature riverfront park, along the Rich and Main Street bridges and in front of COSI, the Center of Science and Industry.

Parking

Parking around Columbus Scioto Mile is PLENTIFUL! There are numerous parking structures, metered spaces on surrounding city streets and surface lots on both the east and west side of the river.

You can reserve a spot from this page at five of our recommended garages.

  • Peninsula Garage, 50 Belle (less than one block)
  • Veterans Memorial Lot, 300 W. Broad (less than one block)
  • RiverSouth Garage, 232 S. Front (0.2 mi from the Festival)
  • LeVeque Tower Garage, 40 N. Front (0.4 mi from the Festival)
  • Columbus Commons Main Garage and Underground Garage, 55 E. Rich (0.4 mi from the Festival), event parking is $11

Or check out ParkMe for additional resources (prices listed on ParkMe are subject to change).

Disabled parking spaces will be available to those who have disabled parking placards on the north side of Mound Street west of south Second Street, and on the east side of Civic Center between Town and Broad Street.

Alternative Transportation

Bike: The Arts Festival has a secure bike parking corral, hosted by Pelotonia volunteers raising money to fight cancer, for a suggested donation of only $5. It is located at Town and Civic Center. There are also unmonitored racks for bike parking throughout the riverfront and downtown. If you use one of these unmonitored bike racks be sure to bring your lock!

COTA: COTA will operate regularly scheduled bus service during each day of the Festival. COTA’s CBUS will also be running up and down High Street, from the Brewery District to the Short North – for FREE!

SMRT Self-Driving Shuttles: 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, Columbus Idea Foundry and Gravity. Shuttles are free to ride, and run every 10 minutes.

Pet Policy

The Columbus Arts Festival is a great place for people but not for pets. Heat and crowded conditions make the Arts Festival a stressful and potentially unhealthy place for dogs and other animal companions. We love pets too, and that’s why we ask that you leave yours at home.

Guidebook & App

To find a Festival map, list of artists with booth locations, schedule of performers, hands-on activities, list of food vendors and more, use the app or guidebook. The Columbus Arts Festival app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Guidebooks are available at the GCAC booth on Civic Center Drive and Main, at the merchandise booth on Civic Center Drive, at the Volunteer Check-In Tent at Town and Washington, in the Hands On Art Activities Village in Dorrian Green Park and at purple distribution kiosks at Rich and Civic Center, Main and Civic Center, Town and Washington and Rich and Washington.

Cost

The Columbus Arts Festival is, as it has always been, a FREE event! No public funds are used to produce the Festival, it is entirely supported by sponsorships, space fees and donations from our patrons. Please patronize our artists, food vendors and sponsors when you visit the Festival. Artwork prices vary greatly but generally, work can be found to suit any budget. Drink prices are listed in the guidebook. Food vendor menus and pricing are listed on the app (but are subject to change).

Hotels

We encourage you to consider staying at one of our partner hotels, Hotel LeVeque or The Westin. They are offering special rates starting at $139/night or $149/night during the weeks before and after the Festival. Visit our hotel page for info on how to get the special rate.

Or, visit Experience Columbus’ hotel page where you can search by hotel name, type or neighborhood.

Quick Links

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