This post is written by Josh Weiker. You can find Independents Day on Twitter @CbusIDFest.

Not to be confused with the holiday usually reserved for fireworks and cookouts, Independents' Day is a local Columbus festival that takes place annually in mid-September. Since 2008, this fantastic festival has been catered to showcase the wonderful world of independent culture, commerce and creativity developing in our ever-growing city.

Independents Day

Taking place in the heart of Downtown (on Gay Street, between High & 3rd Street), Independents' Day boasts four live music stages, as well as an alley of local arts, crafts and merchants; all only a few blocks away from the Ohio Statehouse. Perhaps it’s being surrounded by the high-rise buildings, or maybe it’s the perfect post-Summer/pre-Fall weather, but everything about this celebration seems to offer an incredibly unique and locally ‘enlightening’ experience. Within a few simple minutes, you could easily hear some great new local music, participate in some of the interactive art murals and demos, or explore the shops and streets of Downtown Columbus at your leisure.

Independents Day

Aside from hosting a unique assortment of the local musicians, artists and businesses, the festival has recently expanded to include contributions from local fashion designers, live performance dancers, comedians and sketch groups, and even local films courtesy of the Gateway Film Center. When all of these collaborators come together for this event, attendees are immersed in the creativity and energy central to our city's character. With a variety of activities scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening, Independents' Day is truly an amazing opportunity to experience Columbus.

Independents Day

Independents' Day 2012 is this Saturday, September 15th! Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information about Independents' Day and to download the mobile app, please visit http://thisisindependent.com/