On June 19-21, Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau will welcome an estimated 35,000 people (more than the population of Gahanna!) to the 17th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF) to take in 55 bands on 5 stages, performing 90 hours of Ohio’s BEST live blues and jazz. And that’s just the beginning. Add in a Family Fun Zone, amusement rides, bourbon/craft beer/cocktail tastings, food vendors and artisan shopping … and you have one awesome (cheap) ticket for fun.
With all the other events going on in Columbus that weekend, it’s possible that this festival has never been on your radar. It needs to be. Here are the Top 5 reasons why this is the year to attend the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival: 1) Big talent, recognizable names, intimate settings. From performances by music legends like Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters) and Davina & the Vagabonds, to jams with local favorites like Urban Jazz Coalition and The Floorwalkers, your only challenge will be deciding between stages.
2) The Magic of Music, Stars and Fountains. Central Ohio is home to many great parks and public spaces, but there is only one Creekside Park. There is something magical about savoring the soulful sounds of live blues while you paddleboat along the Big Walnut Creek, or dancing with your baby under the stars while a band plays near the fountains at Creekside Plaza. It’s no wonder that more than a few love stories begin at CBJF.
3) Tastings, tastings and more tastings. The owners of Watershed Distillery kick off a weekend of tasting experiences on Friday, June 19 with 4 cocktails created especially for CBJF. Certified Spirits Specialist "Whiskey Pete" returns to the Festival on Sat, June 20, to entertain and educate with bourbon and whiskey tastings. Explore the world of local craft beers on Sat, June 20 or treat Dad to a “Drink Local” tasting on Sun, June 21, with craft brews by new local favorite Pigskin Brewery and vintage wines produced by Gahanna’s own Wyandotte Winery. And then there are the 30+ food vendors. (Mouth watering, yet?) For pricing, visit www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com.
4) Cheap Tix. Consider this: The cost of admission for CBJF ($5-8 per person, per day. $13 weekend wristband) is less than the average cover charge to hear even ONE of the 55 featured bands. Bonus: Children under 12 and military personnel (and their immediate families) are free. Also, admission is free on Sunday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm with the donation of non-perishable food items for Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
5) Kid friendly. Think amusement rides, a new “Little Kids Zone” (with inflatables and giant hamster balls), kid-centric entertainment, a petting zoo, hands-on musical learning activities and FREE kids crafts … all in the Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone. Did we mention the Amusement Ride PREVIEW Night from 5-10 pm Thursday, June 18? Just $13 buys a ride-all-night wristband. (Cheaper than a Happy Hour and five times longer!) Bonus: 60 lucky fans will snag free weekend wristbands and T-shirts just by using the #2015CBJF hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Random #2015CBJF SuperFans will be identified daily through the Festival weekend.