Where to Bike, Bus, Ride and Park at the 2022 Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseJune 1, 2022
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 200 juried local and national artists, three stages and all of 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 has partnered with Columbus Bike Valet, a partnership between Franklinton Cycle Works and Remember Us Urban Scouts, to provide FREE bike parking during Festival hours. Bike parking is available in the 400 West Rich gated lot, located off Rich Street, just west of the Big Local Music Stage.
There are also CoGo Bike racks at:
- Bicentennial Park
- South Front Street north of Town Street
- Washington Boulevard and West Broad Street
- West Town Street at Lucas Street
Bus: COTA has stops along High, Front and Broad 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. Riders can pay by cash (exact change only) or by downloading COTA’s Transit app: cota.com/transitapp.
Parking: Parking is available on surface lots both east and west of the river at paid kiosks (formerly metered spaces) on surrounding city streets and in garages throughout the downtown and Franklinton area, including:
- The new Scioto Peninsula garage accessible off Broad to Starling
- Columbus Commons garage
- RiverSouth garage at Front and Rich
- LeVeque Tower garage at Broad and Front
- National Veterans Memorial & Museum lot (across Broad from COSI)
- Scioto Peninsula Underground garage (west of COSI, under Dorrian Green)
- River and Rich garage at Rich and McDowell
Festival-goers can reserve parking through ParkColumbus here: parkcolumbus.parkmobile.io/venue/bicentennial-park/events
IMPORTANT CHANGE IN METER PARKING: The city of Columbus has removed parking meters and replaced them with mobile and kiosk parking. When you park you can pay at the nearest kiosk or with your mobile device by downloading the ParkColumbus app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, texting “park” to 77223 or scanning a QR code found on signage throughout downtown.
The ParkColumbus app not only provides an easy way to pay but shows where there is parking, and can send guests text notifications when their time is running out. Please note that temporary no parking signs must be obeyed even if the app shows the zone as available.
For those with a disabled parking placard, kiosk spaces are available on the east side of Civic Center Drive between Town and Broad streets.
More information on transportation to the Columbus Arts Festival can be found at columbusartsfestival.org/visit/parking/.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/engage/volunteer/.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
Download the Columbus Arts Festival app through the Apple app store or Google Play at guidebook.com/g/#/guides/columbusartsfestival2022.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s press media page.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2022 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by the American Electric Power Foundation. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Battelle, Cardinal Health, CDDC, CoverMyMeds, Gateway Film Center, Huntington National Bank, IGS Energy, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., King Business Interiors, Maker’s Mark, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Paul-Henri Bourguignon Foundation, PNC, Rhinegeist, Toyota, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade and Worthington Industries Foundation. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD92.9, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RSVP, WCBE, WOSU Public Media and WSNY.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council. None of these funds are used for the production of the Columbus Arts Festival.
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