What you need to know if you go

The Columbus Arts Festival is back!

One of the most beloved outdoor festivals in Columbus is revved up and ready to go after its forced two-year hiatus.

The Columbus Arts Festival will get underground at 11 am Friday and continues until 5 pm Sunday.

“We are so excited to be back — and I think people are excited to have us back,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications and events for the Greater Columbus Arts Council that puts on the festival.

Barring thunderstorms and high winds (which plagued a couple festivals in the past) or another serious outbreak of COVID-19 (which resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 festivals), the 2022 Columbus Arts Festival should run smoothly and delight the nearly 500,000 people expected to attend.

Before heading Downtown, here’s what you need to know.

Enjoy riding a COTA bus to the Columbus Arts Festival.

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The festival takes place in a mile-loop Downtown by the Scioto Riverfront, with artists’ booths also placed on the Main Street and Rich Street bridges.

Festival Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Artists’ booths are scheduled to close at 9 pm Friday and Saturday, but the artists have the option, and many choose, to stay open later.

Visitors can get to the site:

• By car (garage and meter parking is plentiful)

• By bus (COTA will be running all weekend with stops along High and Front streets throughout Downtown)

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