Join us at the downtown riverfront in the Scioto Mile!
June 7, 8 & 9, 2024
11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Columbus Arts Festival has grown into one of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation!
We will be featuring over 225 visual artists, three stages of performances and dozens of food vendors. Produced by staff with the help of over 80 year-round volunteers and hundreds of weekend volunteers, the Columbus Arts Festival attracts the nation’s top artists as well as art enthusiasts from all over the country. No public money funds the Arts Festival. However, the event remains FREE as always to attend, thanks to your donations, space fees and the Festival’s many generous sponsors!
COTA will be running all weekend with stops along High and Front Street throughout downtown. Pick your route at https://ride.cota.com/#/ and come on down!
Ride Share Drop Off
We recommend providing either the COSI address, 333 W. Broad St. 43215, or The Junto, 77 E. Belle St., 43215 for drop off/pick up. Both of these locations provide multiple points of access to the Festival (see our map here!).
Parking around Columbus’ Scioto Mile is PLENTIFUL! There are numerous parking structures, metered spaces on surrounding city streets and surface lots on both the east and west side of the River.
Street Parking: The city of Columbus uses mobile and kiosk parking. When you park you can pay at the nearest kiosk or with your mobile device by either downloading the ParkColumbus app, texting “park” to 77223 or scanning a QR code, found on signage throughout downtown, to pay online.
The ParkColumbus/Park Mobile app provides two easy ways to park: If you would like to reserve a space in a garage during the Festival, click the reserve button at the bottom of your app and then select the Arts Festival as an event to see what garages are available and their cost. If you choose street parking the app will show you available zones and can send you text notifications when your meter is running out. Please note that temporary no parking signs must be obeyed even if the app shows the zone as available.
Garage parking: There are additional garages downtown that may not show on the ParkColumbus app. Please note that parking garage rates change from day to day and often go up significantly during large events.
The closest garages on the east side of the river are the Columbus Commons, RiverSouth at Front and Rich, and the LeVeque Tower Garage at Broad and Front. On the west side you can park in the River & Rich garage off McDowell Street, the Gravity Garage on McDowell south of Broad Street and the Starling Garage at Starling and State streets.
Bike Parking: Columbus Bike Valet, courtesy of Franklinton Cycle Works, will be providing bike corral services at the Columbus Arts Festival. The bike corral is located at the corner of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive near the Scioto Mile trails. The bike racks will be set up so bikers can self-park. While an attendant will be onsite at various times throughout the weekend, bikers are encouraged to secure their bikes and park at their own risk.
Parking for People with Disabilities: Unfortunately, there is no map of accessible spaces or way to reserve an ADA space in a garage. If feasible, you may want to consider using the ride share drop off location for people with mobility concerns. Additionally, ADA spaces on the street are still marked and parking garages also provide ADA spaces on a first come, first served basis.
Parking Tip: If you are able to walk a few blocks, street, surface lot and garage parking is generally less expensive farther out from the Festival. Use the ParkColumbus app to find options.
The Columbus Arts Festival is a great place for people but not for pets. Heat and crowded conditions make the Arts Festival a stressful and potentially unhealthy place for animal companions. We love pets too, and that’s why we ask that you please leave yours at home.
If you are planning a trip to Columbus for the Columbus Arts Festival, we hope you’ll consider our hotel partners:
The Hotel LeVeque
Rooms starting at $150/night for the block of Wednesday, June 7th thru Monday, June 12th
Rate available until Friday, June 9th, subject to availability
Guests can call Marriott reservations directly at 1-877-688-3696 and reference the Columbus Arts Festival block
Guests can also follow the below reservation link to book directly online at the group rate:
The Junto hotel is a modern-day hotel with an emphasis on public gathering spaces, our hotel gives visitors, locals, entrepreneurs, and artists alike a place to come together, exchange ideas, and inspire one another.
Click here for rooms 15% off plus complimentary valet parking for one vehicle per night for the Arts Festival.
If you are not able to book one of these rooms, please consider staying at any number of other hotels in the area, or through an Airbnb accommodation. You can also visit Experience Columbus’ hotel page, where you can search by hotel name, type or neighborhood.
Something fun for the whole family! Click here to see all that our Kids Hands-On Activities Village has to offer.