There’s More Than One Way to Get to the Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseMay 31, 2018
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 270 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.
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 ’18; a suggested donation of $5 goes directly toward the their Pelotonia fundraising efforts.
There are also CoGo Bike racks in Bicentennial Park and at Washington Boulevard and Broad Street.
COTA: Visit the COTA booth at the “Transportation Corner” at the intersection of Town Street and Civic Center Drive. 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 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.
Hopper Carts: The Festival has partnered with Hopper Carts, a 100% eco-friendly, on-demand shuttle service that offers safe, free transportation to and from the Festival to neighborhoods within their service area. 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 or visit HopperCarts.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.
For a list of street closures, please click here.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 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 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Smart Columbus, AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle 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.
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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