Columbus Arts Festival returns after two-year pandemic delay

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For two years, artists and art lovers have missed the biggest outdoor summer celebration in downtown Columbus.

no longer. The (almost) annual Columbus Arts Festival returns from Friday to Sunday. About 500,000 people are expected to take part in the visual arts, entertainment and food on the Scioto Riverfront’s one-mile loop.

“I’m so excited it’s back. It’s the best free ticket in town,” said Lonni Thompson, a German Village resident who has attended the festival since the mid-1980s.

“It feels great,” said festival director Sean Kessler. “Pray for good weather.”

how the festival started

The Greater Columbus Arts Council, which hosts the festival, is calling this year’s event its 60th — counting from the first festival in 1962.

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