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Top 10 Festivals in Columbus of 2016

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For two years in a row, the readers and contributors at Columbus Underground have selected Independents’ Day as the number one festival in the region. That nomination comes as high praise, as Columbus is home to over 100 summer and seasonal festivals that include a wide variety of entertainment opportunities for all kinds of tastes.

Now in its ninth year, Independents’ Day has become a staple attraction for locals seeking out a summertime blast of music, art installations, food trucks, games, activities, local shopping and crafts and a whole lot more. Keep an eye on the calendar for mid-September in 2017, as the 10th annual installment promises to be an event not to be missed.

For more information, visit www.thisisindependent.com.

The Top 10 Best Festivals in Columbus of 2016:

  1. Independents’ Day
  2. Columbus Arts Festival
  3. PRIDE Festival
  4. Columbus Coffee Festival
  5. PromoWest Fest
  6. Urban Scrawl
  7. ComFest
  8. Highball Halloween
  9. Hot Times Festival
  10. Food Truck Festival

Flashback: Best Festival of 2015 — Independents’ Day
Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2014 — Comfest
Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2013 — Comfest

Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2012 — Comfest
Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2011 — Comfest
Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2010 – Comfest
Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2009 – Comfest
Flashback: Best Festival/Event of 2008 – Comfest

Note: Our “Best of 2016″ lists are published as the combined results of our annual Reader Nomination Survey and Editor’s Choice picks.

BONUS! Want to learn more about the history of Independents’ Day? Check out this podcast episode:


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The biggest brunch festival in Columbus returns! Join us on Friday, April 20th for the ALL THINGS BRUNCH Festival and taste your way through the best sweet and savory brunch menus that Columbus has to offer! Limited tickets are available and are likely to sell out in advance: