We don't like to play favorites, but June is making a strong case for first place in our hearts, featuring some of Columbus' most-loved events all month long. Between the Columbus Arts Fest (yes!!), Stonewall Columbus Pride weekend and Comfest, basically our weekends are booked from now until the ground freezes again. Here's what we are especially looking forward to this month (and would be so sad to know you missed out on the fun):
Wild Goose Creative Gallery Opening: 50 Pieces of Black Gold
June 3 at Wild Goose Creative
Creative Control Fest has partnered with Wild Goose Creative to bring you "the goldest exhibition to hit Columbus in a long while." Opening this Saturday, this exhibition will be on display for the month of June and will feature 50 pieces total from kickass artists, Eric Jefferson and David Butler. Before heading to June's Short North Gallery Hop, don't miss the opening reception of 50 Pieces of Black Gold from 7-10 pm, only at Wild Goose Creative.
Columbus Arts Festival
June 9-11 on the Scioto Mile, Downtown Columbus
Who else waits all year for this?!? The Columbus Arts Festival is one of our favorite traditions and we can't wait to spend our weekend on the riverfront, experiencing amazing art from talent across the world, incredible local eats, our favorite Columbus musicians, and some much-needed time to catch up with friends. A little fun fact for ya: the Columbus Arts Fest first began in 1962 on the Statehouse lawn. Today, our city has one of the nation's most highly-acclaimed arts festivals (which definitely has us swelling with Columbus pride). Check out the festival map, what to expect and more by visiting columbusartsfestival.org.
CSCA Presents: Ray Oram
June 15 at Knowlton Hall, The Ohio State University
CSCA has done it once again, this time bringing Ray Oram, VP of Communications and Brand Experience for IBM North America to town for a talk on design thinking and brand engagement. Ray is a connoisseur of the arts, theater, and cinema—and one of the leading practitioners of the creative process within corporate America who has been with IBM for more than 30 years. You don't want to miss this— trust us. Learn more at cscarts.org.
Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival
June 16-18 at Bicentennial and Genoa Park
After celebrating many fun-filled years in the Short North Arts District, Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival will be moving downtown along the riverfront this year. The second largest Pride celebration in the Midwest, organizers are expecting more than 500,000 people to join in the festivities this year. “The Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade is a testament to the diversity and inclusiveness of this great city,” Stonewall's Executive Director, Karla Rothan, said in a recent press release announcing the move to Bicentennial and Genoa Park. We couldn't agree more!
June 23-25 in Goodale Park
A weekend-long celebration of all things local? We wouldn't miss it for the world! Starting Friday, June 23, Goodale Park will be packed with your favorite community organizations, artists, performers, homegrown restaurants, breweries and more. Get ready to dust off your mug and celebrate all things local. And remember to "Live everyday the Comfest way."