The 2019 Columbus Arts Festival will be held along Columbus’ beautiful downtown Riverfront on June 7, 8 & 9. The Riverfront will again be transformed into a stunning outdoor art gallery as the nation’s top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the country. In addition to hosting more than 300 nationally acclaimed artists, the Festival will feature fantastic gourmet fare from some of the city’s finest restaurants, live concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, hands-on art activities and more—there will truly be something for everyone!
From its humble beginning as a “Festival of the Arts” on the Statehouse lawn in 1962, the Columbus Arts Festival has grown into one of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation. Early festivals focused on “a program in cultural achievements” by students of the Columbus City Schools and local colleges, but today the Columbus Arts Festival has evolved into an extravaganza of art and culture.
Make sure to check out our Emerging Artists program which features upcoming local artists and the Hands On Art Activities area for kids of all ages. Again patrons will be able to get a taste of some of Columbus’s finest restaurants at the Columbus Arts Festival.
Can’t get enough of the Festival? Become a Friend of the Festival and receive a special benefits package and a place to relax and enjoy the Festival in style.
The Festival Coordinating Committee is made up of more than 100 volunteers and works with Festival staff year-round to bring you this event. Festival volunteers each put in hundreds of hours of work to make the festival a success and their input ensures a festival that’s fresh, original and fun – the key elements in maintaining a dynamic art event.
No public money funds the Columbus Arts Festival. We hope you will patronize Festival artists and food and beverage vendors while you’re visiting—and remember the Festival’s many generous sponsors! These businesses and individuals make it possible for the Greater Columbus Arts Council to bring you this free event each year.