The Columbus Arts Festival returns to the downtown riverfront June 7-9, bringing three days of art, live music, theater and dance, fashion, local food and drink, and hands-on activities for everyone young and old. Here are nine reasons to visit the Festival this year!

1. More Than 250 Local and National Artists

Browse through hundreds of artists’ work, lined up along the riverfront and over the Main and Rich Street bridges, featuring painting to photography, sculpture to jewelry, ceramics to wood-working, and much more. Artists come from across the country for the Festival, and more than 60 artists come directly from Ohio.


A band performing on stage at Columbus Arts Festival

The Big Local Arts Stage, photo by Greg Bartram.


2. Free Concerts & Performances

The Festival features four stages of live music, dance, theatre, and spoken throughout the weekend. See Columbus-based bands at the Big Local Arts Stage. Catch local poets and storytellers at the Word is Art & Acoustic Lounge. Watch local bands plus dance and theater companies perform on the Genoa Park Main Stage and Bicentennial Park Stage. On Friday, June 7, see a fashion show from local designers followed by DrippDaDon at Genoa Park; on Saturday, June 8, The Worn Flints perform. At Bicentennial Park, Angela Perley graces the stage on Friday, while Josh Krajick performs on Saturday.


Columbus Arts Fest Kids Activities

Credit McKenzi Swineheart.


3. Hands-On Activities for Kids and Families

At the all-ages Kids Hands-On Activity Village, volunteers from local cultural organizations help Festival-goers experience painting, silk screening, printmaking, drawing their own fantastical creature or designing a tote to carry artwork. Plus, with the Children’s and Teen Art Gallery nearby, younger ones can purchase their own art at the kid-sized — and kid-priced — gallery.

4. A Fashion Show

Fashion as Art, a runway show featuring Columbus designers and models, returns to the Genoa Park Stage on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Four local designers will showcase eight looks each, accompanied by music from DJ Pastel.



An artist showing his work to a family at Columbus Arts festival.

Big Local Arts Village, photo by Greg Bartram.


5. The Big Local Arts Village

The Festival-favorite Big Local Arts Village sits at the Franklinton entrance, where over 60 Columbus-based artists and creatives showcase and sell their work. Watch live metalworking, Japanese calligraphy, woodturning, and chain maille demonstrations, too.

6. Boozy Slushies from High Bank Distillery

Columbus’ High Bank Distillery has crafted a pair of boozy slushies using their award-winning whiskey and vodka. Perfect for cooling off while strolling the festival grounds.

7. The Rhinegeist Beer Garden

Thanks to Rhinegeist, Festival guests can relax in the shade of the beer garden, close to the Big Local Arts Village, with a refreshing Ohio-made brew. Also available this year are non-alcoholic brews from Go Brewing!


Arts Fest Food

More than 40 food trucks will be onsite at the Columbus Arts Festival. Photo by Terry Gilliam.


8. More Than 40 Food Trucks & Carts

You won’t leave hungry from the Arts Festival! From fried chicken, burgers, and barbecue to a wide range of international fare, plus vegetarian and vegan eats, the Festival features something for everyone. Be sure to cool off with a lemon shake-up or scoop of ice cream!


Art Shark

Greater Columbus Arts Council's "Art Shark". Photo by McKenzi Swinehart.


9. Plenty of Photo Ops

With the rows of artist booths, exciting performances, stunning bridges and a scenic riverfront, the entire Columbus Arts Festival is one big photo op! For the best photo at the Fest, head to the giant selfie frame on the west side of the Scioto near the Rich Street Bridge to snap a photo with the city’s skyline as a backdrop.

Learn more and plan your visit at, and follow Columbus Arts Festival on Facebook or @columbusartsfest on Instagram.