ComFest is coming June 28-30! Held in Goodale Park for each of the last 41 years, ComFest is a celebration of community, peace and togetherness - and most of all - live local music. This free event offers six stages of music, playing from noon to around 10 p.m. We've got five tips to help you make the most of your ComFest experience, whether it's your first time or 41st time.
Parking/Transportation: ComFest is a hugely popular event that takes place in a mainly residential neighborhood. So take advantage of the parking garages in the Arena District - safe, close and affordable - and walk over to Goodale Park. Better yet, take a COTA bus (Routes 2, 7, 8 and 16 make frequent trips up and down High Street, just a few blocks away. If you're staying downtown or near the convention center, ComFest is walkable from your hotel. Biking is a great option, and free, secure bike parking is offered. Read more here.
Make your Game Plan: With live, local music on six stages around the Goodale Park, it's inevitable that some of your favorite bands are going to have overlapping performances. Check the music schedule here, and plot out your course for the day so you can maximize your listening.
Prepare for any Weather: ComFest is an entirely outdoor event. The end of June can be hot or rainy. So make sure you bring sunscreen, a hat, and a rain poncho and wear light layers.
What to Leave at Home: ComFest is not a BYOB event - but you can purchase drinks once you're there. Proceeds from drinks are a major source of organizing revenue and help keep the event free for all. Additionally, Goodale is a city park, and carry-in alcohol isn't permitted. So leave your coolers and beer at home. Though many people bring dogs along, the crowds, weather and loud music make it uncomfortable for most pets.
Leave Time to Explore: If you've been before, you may want to make a bee-line for your favorite stage and vendors and settle in. But with six stages, 200 booths and numerous food vendors, set some time aside to explore. New this year is a sculpture show! Head to Peace Village to see five community-submitted works that represent the core values of ComFest.
Most of all, enjoy yourself!