What’s New at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival?
For immediate releaseMay 8, 2019
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are always new things to discover at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power (AEP)! Here are some of the adventures in store for the more than 450,000 guests coming to the 2019 festival, June 7-9:
An Updated Footprint
For the first time since its return to the riverfront in 2012, the Festival will change its footprint significantly, deepening its connection to the growing Franklinton Arts District and the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum. The Festival visitor experience will be improved through a more circular layout, making it easier to see all the great art, performances and food the Festival offers and providing more places to eat, drink and rest.
Big Local Art is Now a Village
This year the Big Local Art Tent transforms into the Big Local Art Village to showcase Columbus’ visual, performing and culinary arts. The village will move to Rich Street between Washington and Starling, where more than 60 Columbus artists will display and demonstrate their work. The new Big Local Music Stage will be situated nearby underneath the railroad overpass on Rich Street, at the Franklinton entrance to the Festival, while the Big Local Beer Garden features Columbus craft breweries like Columbus Brewing Company, BrewDog and Seventh Son.
BalletMet, Anderson East and Pride at the Fest in Bicentennial Park
The ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage will feature free headlining performances throughout the weekend. On Friday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m., the Festival features BalletMet performing a mixed repertoire of shorter pieces. On Saturday, June 8 at 9 p.m., the stage welcomes Nashville-based musician Anderson East and his signature mix of blues, rock and R&B. The morning of Sunday, June 9, Pride at the Fest presented by Stonewall Columbus takes to the stage. Hosted by Virginia West, the morning starts with a concert from the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus at 11 a.m., followed by performances from the Capital Pride Band of Columbus, Americana singer-songwriter Kelly Vaughn and the Flaggots Ohio flag corps. The festival headliners are presented by CoverMyMeds, Worthington Industries and Huntington.
Dance and Theater Moves to Genoa Park
This year the Dance and Theater Stage moves to the riverfront amphitheater in Genoa Park. More than 30 local and regional dance, theater and comedy troupes will take the stage throughout the weekend.
VR at the Fest
New this year, with support from White Castle, the Columbus Arts Festival presents a Virtual Reality Tent. Visitors can engage in virtual and augmented reality experiences as well as the latest in high-tech games with presentations from GDEX, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus-based artist Bryan Christopher Moss and more. The tent is located on Washington Boulevard in front of COSI, and is open 2-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
App Scavenger Hunt
Festival guests can make the most of the mobile app presented by Grange through a new scavenger hunt. They can find the list of clues in the app or the Festival guidebook, figure them out, go to the locations where they lead and scan the QR code there to reveal part of a hidden phrase. There are a total of eight locations, and when all eight parts of the hidden phrase are completed, guests can enter to win our prize package with Hotel LeVeque.
Patron Party Open to the Public
A long-time favorite of the Columbus community, the Friday night Patron Party that kicks off the Festival is open to the public for the second year. Entertainment, food and beverage is included in the ticket price of $50/person. Ticket sales support the $21,000 worth of awards presented to exhibiting artists each year. To purchase tickets go to columbusartsfestival.org/patron-party/.
Keep up with Festival updates at columbusartsfestival.org; the Festival app, official guidebooks and folded maps will be available wherever Columbus Alive is distributed by the end of May.
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.