ComFest 2013 - June 28, 29, & 30
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May 22, 2013 8:07 pm at 8:07 pm #97318
Me and my best friend plan on doing this at least once so we figured why not while we’re young? Any helpful hints for planning our trip and what’s the best transportation advice. I live in clintonville and that’s just a tad too far to walk. My basic knowledge is just that its a hippie festival. Does it really get wild and what does one do there. Hope this is a night to remember. Thanks for all the future help!!May 22, 2013 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm #543168
Don’t count on it to be a night to remember. Be sure to bring some Hippie Raid.
Just kidding it’s fun. and mostly corporate.May 22, 2013 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm #543169
I can tolerate patchouli … Just have a friend coming in from Dayton and don’t want it to not be a fun night. (Not like Dayton has much to brag about though.)May 22, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm #543170
Any helpful hints for planning our trip and what’s the best transportation advice.
Buy a COTA 2-Trip Ticket ($4) and ride the #2 or #21 there and back:
The #21 runs every 30 minutes until 3am on Friday and Saturday, so you can get home late.May 22, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm #543171
PS: The 2-Trip Ticket is important. Don’t buy the “Day Pass” for $4.50. The Day Pass is unlimited rides, but stops working at midnight of the day you buy it.May 22, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm #543172
You’ll have fun. If the weather’s good it can be a really good experience, especially your first time. After you’ve been multiple years in a row you realize it’s basically the same exact thing every year.
Friday and the mornings are really mellow and chill. Friday night and Saturday night get pretty packed and crazy, but it’s still a good vibe for the most part.
If you’re into indie music, stick to the offramp stage, but it’s always good to check out the other stages as well. Gazebo is usually decent and so is Solar Stage. Jazz stage is really hit or miss.
Food-wise, get a fish boat, and if you only do Comfest once, then you may as well get one of those goddamn giant turkey legs.
As for beer, respect the festival and buy it there. The lines get pretty unbearable after 6pm or so.
Also, take some time to just lay on the grass and just chill. Even nap. It’s a long weekend and you’ll need to pace yourself. Oh and drink lots of water.
That’s about it in a nutshell. Have fun!May 22, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #543173
Just sort of let go of all your preconceived notions about all that’s holy. Get ready to be grossed out. There will be Juggalos. Then once an hour meet the nicest person you’ve ever met. One of them might be a Juggalo. Be like, “damn this thing has really gone to the dogs”, then see one of the best live shows ever. Stand in line for two hours for beer and wonder if the park grass will ever live again, but the beer is good so you do it again. See lots of different sized boobies. Curse and praise hippies in the same breath. Curse and praise Park Street in the same breath. Smell lots of dogs and babies in a new and visceral way.
Peace Love and Boobies.May 22, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #543174
Volunteer.May 22, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm #543175May 23, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am #543176
Well I’ll look forward to the madness then. Do they have other things to drink besides beer? And I imagine you can’t bring your own alcohol, right? (Never been into festivals so I don’t know much)May 23, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am #543177
They have wine as well, and I think they’re going to have premixed cocktails this year as well. But beer is the Comfest staple.
And nope, you can’t bring your own alcohol (though plenty of people do.)May 23, 2013 1:18 am at 1:18 am #543178
The gooball mama generally carries a picnic basket, tip her.May 23, 2013 3:02 am at 3:02 am #543179
I always have a good time at Comfest. You will want to bus there or park in one of the lots or garages. Naturally during the day on Friday, the fest is pretty chill before the mob of people hit Friday night and don’t let up till Sunday morning. +1 on sticking to the Offramp stage. There’s usually some good stuff on the Gazebo. It’s really an opportunity to discover local bands.
Past couple of years, I’ve noticed an uptick in cover bands which is not really my thing. (actually that really irritates me, it’s a spot that could have gone to a band that does original stuff.) It always seems to rain at least once during the fest, be prepared for that. Lastly, if you can, volunteer. If not pick up after yourself. My favorite food vendor is the Lavash Cafe.May 23, 2013 3:32 am at 3:32 am #543180
The gooball mama generally carries a picnic basket, tip her.
Who is this character? lolMay 23, 2013 3:32 am at 3:32 am #543181
Go with an open mind. It’s the most mixed crowd you will see in Columbus anytime, anywhere. I will be there in the grass from Friday morning to Sunday evening. IMO, it’s still the best fest in town.
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