Every year, Columbus' art scene keeps getting better. We take art so seriously here, that we devote three prime weekend days to celebrating everything about it along the Scioto Mile. The Columbus Arts Festival is THIS weekend (June 7-9!)

artfeatIn addition to browsing the work of 270 nationally acclaimed artist, you can find homegrown art at the Big Local Art Tent at the Huntington Arts Pavilion. Creative groups from all over the capital city will come together to build a place to see, experience and purchase incredible art all festival weekend—all under one big lofted tent. Art lovers of all ages will enjoy a wide array of art and crafts for sale in the large art gallery. Enjoy make-and-take projects and artist demonstrations during Festival hours all weekend. The Big Local Art Tent is located near the corner of Second and Main Streets.

art2Looking for something to eat that's a little more .... artistic than most fair food? Dine Originals at the Columbus Arts Festival will showcase cuisine as an art form and bring gourmet fare back to the Festival. Dine Originals will feature special menus developed by local restaurants.

Kids have lots of ways to enjoy the festival. A hands-on art activities area will let your little ones throw clay pots, make glass beads, or create a journal to jot down their creative ideas. In the Children’s Gallery, children 12 and under can purchase original artwork donated by Festival artists for $5 or less. And kids will take the stage with performances by the Grass Patch Performers, local actors ages 4-12 on Saturday!

art3If you want to check out even more of the homegrown art scene, take a short stroll down to 400 W. Rich St. on Saturday. A hub of activity this weekend, you’re invited to visit for the bi-weekly outdoor farmers market. Plan for time to explore the 100 year old warehouse facility featuring more than 80 artist studios and delight in a selection of outdoor mural boards from past years of the annual Urban Scrawl.

So what are you waiting for?