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The 2016 Columbus Festival Season

Anne Evans Anne Evans The 2016 Columbus Festival SeasonThe Columbus Festival Season is here! Photo by Walker Evans.
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Festival season is once again upon us! Warm weather and fun outdoor festivals, with music, food, home tours, funnel cakes, and more! Below is a list of festivals beginning now and running through December 2016.

Celebrate the opening of the new Main Library and the Topiary Park redesign on June 25! New festivals this year include: Sunlight Market, The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, Steadfast Festival, Yoi Con, Old Oaks Boulevard Blast, Celtic Fest, PromoWest Fest, Jazz and Ribs Fest moves to Bicentennial Park, Columbus Conscious: A Community and Music Festival, ProMusica Summer Concerts move to Topiary Park, GCAC puts on the Columbus Open Studio & Stage Tour, WiSHCon, and more CU Best Bites events to be announced!

Get out your calendar and start filling it in! If you know of a festival that should be included, comment and let me know and I’ll add it. This should be a great start to help get your weekends crammed with fun events all summer long. Enjoy!

Columbus Pride Parade — Photo by Matt Ellis.

Columbus PRIDE Festival — June 17, 18 and 19 — Photo by Matt Ellis.



Comfest — June 24, 25, and 26 — Photo by Matt Ellis.



Be a part of an event 50 years in the making, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival will be held on Monday, September 5, 2016.  Presented by First Federal Bank and hosted by the City of Upper Arlington, the Festival draws over 25,000 people each year and is considered our City’s signature event.  Located in the beautiful neighborhood setting of Northam Park, the Festival showcases the works of local, regional, and national artists working in a variety of media.  A variety of activities add to the Festival’s success as a family-oriented event: an Entertainment Stage with local performers playing all day, an Art Activities Area with performances and arts/crafts activities for children and adults and a variety of refreshment booths.  Nearly 200 volunteers make this community event possible.  For updates and to plan your visit uaoh.net/ldaf .

Thank you to The City of Upper Arlington for sponsoring our 2016 Columbus Festivals list!

Doo Dah Parade

Doo Dah Parade — July 4 — Photo by Matt Ellis.


Urban Scrawl

Urban Scrawl — August 27 and 28 — Photo by Walker Evans.


Independents' Day — September 17 and 18 — Photo by Matt Ellis.

Independents’ Day — September 17 and 18 — Photo by Matt Ellis.



HighBall — October 21 and 22 — Photo by Matt Ellis.


House and Garden Tours

Urban Living Tour

Urban Living Tour — May 15 — Photo by Mollie Lyman.

Local Food Festivals

Every effort has been made to ensure dates are correct, however: Please note, dates are subject to change.

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