6 Reasons Not to Miss Columbus’ Arts Festival 2019

Published June 5th, 2019

Get ready Columbus, Arts Festival is coming this weekend! Every year hundreds of artists and arts organizations gather to celebrate the vibrant Columbus arts scene. Still on the fence? Here are 6 reasons not to miss the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival.

1) The Performances
You can find the full list of performers on the Arts Festival website, but here are some highlights we’re looking forward to!

Friday, June 7, 2019: Bicentennial Park Stage
8:30pm - BalletMet

Saturday, June 8, 2019: Bicentennial Park Stage
11am - The Dick and Jane Project

Sunday, June 9, 2019: Bicentennial Park Stage
11am - Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
12:15pm - Capital Pride Band of Columbus
2pm - Virginia West and the Flaggots Ohio Flag Corps (and other special guests!)

In addition to the main stage, there is also a Dance & Theatre Stage, Big Local Music Stage, Acoustic Lounge, and the Word is Art Stage. There is truly something for everyone!

2) The Artist Market
Over 260 artists will bring their work to display and sell. Everything from painting, to glass blowing, jewelry, origami, steel sculptures and more. Pieces are available at almost every price point!



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3) The Demos
See how artists create their art! There will be many demonstrations featured throughout the weekend in the Big Local Arts Village. See live leathercrafting, clay working, calligraphy, blacksmithing and more!

4) The Arts Organizations
In addition to artists, many local arts organizations will be featured at Arts Festival, telling you a little about their upcoming season, and some even selling tickets. Some of the arts organizations include BalletMet, CAPA, the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, ProMusica, Early Music Columbus, and more.



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Photo by Jennifer Zmuda courtesy of BalletMet. Dancer: Rachael Parini
5) They Support Emerging Artists
One of the coolest things about the Arts Festival is their Emerging Artists Program. Every year the festival selects local emerging artists who have little or no experience displaying or selling their art. This year, 14 artists were selected, who will receive assistance from festival staff and committee members on the best ways to display their pieces and set up their booths.

6) The Food
If nothing else has grabbed your attention so far, don’t worry, there’s food! Food trucks like Schmidt’s, Loops, Late Night Slice, Tortilla, Graeters, and MANY more will be available all weekend serving everything from snacks, to meals, to desserts, to the essential frozen lemonade.



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Arts Festival is happening June 7-9 at Bicentennial Park in Columbus, OH. For the full festival guide, click here!
Friday, June 7, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019


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