COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are always new things to discover at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power (AEP)! Here are some of the adventures in store for the more than 450,000 guests coming to the 2018 festival, June 8-10:
A New App and a New Pocket Map!
This year Festival guests will find it easier to locate a favorite artist, discover hands-on activities, check performance schedules and navigate to amenities using the Festival’s new downloadable app. Powered by Guidebook, the app will feature an interactive map, complete schedules, a full directory of artists and much more. The app is available to download for free for any smartphone or tablet. New information will be added to the app as it becomes available.
This year, the Festival will also introduce a square foldable map that offers visitors a handy, pocket-size overview of Festival highlights, including stage headliners, hands-on activities and more. The complete printed Festival guidebook and the folded map will be available near the end of May wherever you pick up Columbus Alive.
Genoa Park Music Stage
The new Genoa Park Stage on the west bank of the Scioto River takes advantage of the stepped amphitheater with beautiful views of the Columbus skyline. Presented by Huntington, the stage will offer more than 20 performances throughout the three days of the Festival, and is situated close to food and beverage vendors.
National Headlining Acts to Play Friday and Saturday Nights
The ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage will host national headlining acts during the Festival, presented by CoverMyMeds and Worthington Industries. On Friday, June 8 at 9 p.m., Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will delight audiences with their reimagining of contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in vintage musical styles. Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m., the alternative hip-hop stylings of G. Love & Special Sauce will bring new music and 90s favorites to the Festival.
Hands-On Activities Has Moved
Taking advantage of the newly completed Scioto Peninsula Park, the always-popular Hands-On Activities Village has moved to the west of COSI. With a playground and shaded picnic tables the park is the perfect place for families to take their time and enjoy the hands-on activities, Children’s Gallery (where kids 12 and under can buy artwork at allowance friendly prices) and performances of St. George and the Reluctant Dragon by the Grass Patch Performers, local actors ages 4-12. Parents will be pleased to find food vendors nearby as well as the Family Safety & Care Station, courtesy of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which offers a private air conditioned space for diaper changing, nursing and relaxing.
Now Serving Local Craft Beers!
This year the Festival will also introduce a Local Craft Beer Garden presented by Blue Moon and featuring local craft brews from BrewDog, Columbus Brewing Company, Four String Brewing Company and Seventh Son Brewing. Find the Beer Garden on Washington Blvd. between Town and Rich Streets.
Patron Party Open to the Public
A long-time favorite of the Columbus community, the opening night Patron Party at the Cultural Arts Center is now open to the public! Ticket sales to the party, sponsored by The Ohio State University, will be used to fund artist awards, which the Festival doubled this year. During the Patron Party there will be a unique opportunity to watch the making of Painting in Progress: An Art Action. This installation by artist Stephanie Lüning will be in production during the party and on view throughout the Festival at the Cultural Arts Center. The Patron Party is Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entertainment, food and beverages are included in the ticket price of $50/one person or $75 for two. To purchase tickets go to: columbusartsfestival.org/patron-party/
Retro Columbus Arts Festival T-shirt
Produced by Homage using vintage Festival art, these will be a limited edition item at the official Festival merch booths. All Festival souvenir shirts are locally designed and produced. This year the Festival also partnered with Tonic Studios on the 2018 Festival Tee, as well as a limited edition Art Shark-inspired kid’s shirt designed by Columbus College of Art & Design students.
Wex at the Fest
The Wexner Center for the Arts will kick off their summer programing with a celebration of homegrown musical talent starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9, on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage. This wildly eclectic outdoor show starts with Future Nuns, followed by Hugs and Kisses, minimalist percussion ensemble Tigue (Ohio State alumni Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) and finishes with drummer/musicologist Mark Lomax II with tenor saxophonist Eddie Bayard and DJ Krate Digga.
Keep up with Festival updates at columbusartsfestival.org; the Festival app, official guidebooks and folded maps will be available wherever Columbus Alive is distributed by the end of May.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DMG, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Reed Arts, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. http://www.gcac.org