Location: The Scioto Mile, Rich and Main Street bridges and in front of COSI (Center of Science and Industry).
With great anticipation, I decided to attend the Columbus Arts Festival. This is the first outdoor festival I have attended in a few years due to Covid. I parked in the Columbus Commons parking garage. Surprise: event parking was $10 instead of the $5 I remembered paying the last time I parked there.
Sidebar: In order to shorten this article, I posted the interviews for Artist Thomas Williams, Artist Sarah Collier, Artist Karina Llergom, and Artist Richard Wilson. Click on their names to go to those articles.
Sidebar: It is possible to see just about anything at a festival… I wouldn’t mind trying walking on stilts. I’m not sure I would have the confidence to wear them to a festival. The older lady in me thought of all the things that could go wrong trying to walk on stilts at a crowded festival.
Sidebar: This man WATCHED the bikes. During our conversation a group of young people got too close and were admiring a few of the bikes. He instructed them to move on and they did.
My Take on the Columbus Arts Festival 2022:
Prior to attending the event, I went to the festival website (https://www.columbusartsfestival.org/ ) to determine what art I wanted to view. If I had not done that, I would have been on festival overload. Be prepared to walk, as festival was most of the riverfront (the Scioto mile, COSI, both Main Street and Rich Street Bridges, all the way to 400 W Rich Street, etc). The website listed the performance schedule; however, when I attended Saturday afternoon, I didn’t see anyone performing. Not sure if the few hours I attended the groups took a break or if the live performances were cancelled. I was glad I attended to get to connect with a few artists, walk, and get some fresh air.