There’s More Than One Way to Get to the Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseMay 31, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
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 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 new 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 at Town Street and Civic Center Drive. The bike corral will be monitored by four teams riding in Pelotonia ’16: Team Buckeye and Team ColumbUS on Friday, Huntington on Saturday and The Purple Tutu Society on Sunday. A suggested donation of $5 goes directly toward the teams’ Pelotonia fundraising efforts.
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, the Columbus Commons garage, the Front Street garage and numerous area surface lots both east and west of the river.
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 8 and will re-open at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 13. Broad Street will remain open throughout the event.
- Civic Center / S. 2nd Street from Broad Street to Mound
- Civic Center South from Mound to Main
- Main (Rich West of the River) from East side of McDowell to Front
- Cherry Street from Front to S. 2nd Street
- Rich Street (Town West of the River) from the East side of Lucas to Front
- Belle Street closed 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 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 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 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite Autoglass, The Sheraton Columbus, Svedka, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, 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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.