How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the Arts Festival? Did you party on Park Street? Last weekend, the weather was absolutely beautiful and I was able to attend both the Columbus Arts Festival and Park Street Fest. I went with my boyfriend Lawrence and we just walked around, drank a little, and just enjoyed the atmosphere. The city truly felt alive as people were walking around Downtown Columbus and in the Arena District. The 2014 Columbus Arts Festival featured more than 230 artists who traveled from all across the U.S to be in attendance.
There were live musical performances, cheap drinks, and local food vendors - basically the perfect combination to a festival. All of the artwork was absolutely stunning, but way too expensive for my budget. As a local, I would have appreciated more modern and street art. Later that day, as I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across a few other Columbus Bloggers who were also posting photos and this photo (to the right) featured my favorite artist at the show. This artist focuses on digital art using a combination of layering and rendering to create his masterpieces. Beautiful, right?
So now that you have experienced the first festivals' of the summer, are you ready for more? Uh, yes! If this is your first summer in Columbus, you are in for a treat. During the summer months, Columbus is well-known for their diverse festivals and annual events. Even though some festivals require a small admission fee, most festivals are FREE!
For your convenience, I have listed many of the summer festivals below. Start marking your calendars and enjoy!
For more information - click on the event name.
Grove City Wine & Arts Festival
When: Saturday, June 14th
Location: Corner of Broadway & Park Street
Columbus Pride Festival
When: Friday, June 20th-Saturday, June 22nd
Location: Goodale Park
Time: Friday 4PM-11PM, Saturday 11AM-8PM
Parade: Saturday, June 21 – Step-Off at 11AM
Downtown Columbus along High Street to Goodale Park
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
When: Friday, June 20th – Sunday, June 22nd
Location: Genoa Park
Time: Friday 5PM-11PM, Saturday 11AM-11PM, and Sunday Noon-6PM
Trending Theme: #2014CBJF
Admission: $5.00 (general admission), special discounts available (Click link for details)
24th Annual Juneteenth Ohio Freedom Festival
When: Friday, June 20th- Sunday, June 22nd
Location: Genoa Park
Time: Noon-11PM (Daily)
Admission: Adults $5.00 before 5:00PM and $10.00 after 5:00PM, Children $3.00 All Day!
North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival
When: July 11th – July 13th
Location: Downtown Columbus – North Market
Time: Friday 7PM-10PM, Saturday 12PM-5PM, and Sunday 12PM-6PM
Admission: $20.00 (advance tickets) or $25.00 (at the door)
Jazz & Rib Festival
When: July 18th – July 20th
Location: 311 W Long St, Columbus, OH, US, 43215 (Downtown Columbus)
Time: Friday and Saturday, 11AM – 11PM, and Sunday, 11AM – 8:30PM
The Ohio State Fair
When: July 23rd – August 3rd
Location: State Fair Grounds
Time: 9AM-10PM (Daily)
Admission: $6.00 – $10.00
Dublin Irish Festival
When: August 1st - August 3rd
Location: 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017
Time: Friday 4PM-Midnight, Saturday 11AM-Midnight, and Sunday 11AM-9PM
Admission: $8.00 – $10.00
Last Weekend of the Ohio State Fair* - August 3rd
When: Saturday, August 9th - Sunday, August 10th
Location: Downtown Columbus - Genoa and Bicentennial Park
37th Annual All Ohio Hot Air Balloon Festival
When: Thursday, August 14th - Saturday, August 16th
Location: 760 Clymer Road, Marysville, OH 43040
Admission: $5.00, Children 12 and under are FREE
Sweet Corn Festival
When: Wednesday, August 27th - Saturday, August 30th
Location: 2900 Chautauqua Blvd., Millersport, OH 43046
Time: Wednesday-Friday 5PM-11PM, and Saturday 11AM-11PM
Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF)
When: Friday, August 29th - Sunday, August 31st
Location: Arena District
Admission: Expo Tickets - $10.00
42nd Annual Greek Festival
When: Friday, August 29th - Monday, September 1st
Location: 555 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Time: Friday-Saturday 11AM-Midnight, Sunday Noon-Midnight, and Monday 11AM-7PM
Admission: $5.00 Adult, $4.00 Seniors, and Children 12 and under are FREE!
If you have the opportunity to attend any of these festivals, be sure to take plenty of photos and post them to your Instagram account and hashtag #ColumbusLiving. Thank you @ExperienceColumbus for an awesome list of summer events.
Happy Summer & Keep It Local,
My name is Morgan Pelt and I am a Columbus Lifestyle Blogger. My blog features local businesses and events in the Columbus, OH area including: restaurants, stores, gallery hops, fashion, and people. I want this blog to be fun and resourceful. There's so many new places to discover, new food to try, and good people to meet. Are you ready to join me?