The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival will be held along Columbus’ beautiful downtown Riverfront on June 9, 10 & 11. 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.