There’s More Than One Way to Get to the Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseMay 30, 2017
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 nearly 300 juried local and national artists, six stages and all the other great food and fun the festival brings, here are some transportation alternatives, as well as parking information.
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 ’17; a suggested donation of $5 goes directly toward their Pelotonia fundraising efforts.
There is also a CoGo Bike rack in Bicentennial Park.
COTA: COTA, our official transportation sponsor, 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 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.
Hopper Carts: The Festival has partnered with Hopper Carts, a 100% eco-friendly, on demand shuttle service that offers safe, free transportation in Columbus’ busiest neighborhoods. Hopper uses electric carts to lower costs and works with local and national clients on branding and advertising campaigns to pay for the service. The Hopper pick up and drop off point is at Rich and Front Streets. Use the Hopper app to see service area in Columbus. HopperCarts.com.
Car2go: Take a Car2Go and leave it in the drop zone on Rich Street in Franklinton, just across from 400 W. Rich St. Car2Go.com
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 area, including the Columbus Commons garage, River South at Front and Rich and the LeVeque Tower Garage at Broad and Front. Guests can even reserve parking spots at: 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.
Street Closings: The following streets will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 and will re-open at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 12. Broad Street will remain open throughout the event.
- Civic Center / South Second Street from Town to Mound
- Civic Center South from Mound to Main
- Main (Rich west of the river) from east side of McDowell to Front
- Washington from Main to Broad Street
- Cherry Street from Front to South Second Street
- Rich Street (Town west of the river) from the east side of Lucas to Front
- Noble Street east side of South Second to South Civic Center
- Jewett Alley closed at Mound
- Town Street from Ludlow to Civic Center
Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
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 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
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. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
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