Parking & Transportation Information
11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Festival is located along the Scioto Mile, Columbus’ signature riverfront park, along the Rich and Main Street bridges, in Dorrian Green Park and in front of COSI, the Center of Science and Industry.
parking at the 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.
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.
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 ParkCoumbus app to find options.
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.
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.
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.
need another way to get to the fest?
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!).
Columbus Bike Valet, courtesy of Franklinton Cycle Works, will be providing self-park bike corral services. The bike corral is located at the corner of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive near the Scioto Mile trail. 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.
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!