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Year after year, ComFest brings the people of Columbus together to recognize everybody’s differences and celebrate them. The 45th Community Festival kicks off on Friday, June 23 and will party on through Sunday, June 25 in Goodale Park.

*Due to rain and all around bad weather, ComFest closed at 1 p.m. on Friday. The festival will be back in action Saturday at 9 a.m. and the weather doesn’t look so gloomy.

Community Festival

Community Festival logo via Facebook

The 2017 Community Festival logo is a clenched fist with the words “Rise Up.” The festival wants festival-goers to speak out against the “appalling attitudes and actions of our national and state governments.” ComFest hopes to unite our community that threatens to be divided over our strange political climate. We’re all one nation, one state, one city, and one community.

Weather

Community Festival via Facebook

Friday

High of 79. 90% chance of rain. ComFest canceled due to the rain.

Saturday

High of 80. 10% chance of rain. Partly cloudy.

Sunday

High of 76. 10% chance of rain. Partly cloudy.

Transportation

COTA CBUS via Facebook
Getting to ComFest is pretty much like getting to Victorian Village any other day of the week, just expect more people. Don’t ruin a great day by finding out that your car got towed, because parking in the neighborhood could get you towed. Your car will find the same fate if you park in the Giant Eagle parking lot on Neil Avenue. City parking regulations are still enforced during ComFest.

If the headache of having your car towed has scared you out of driving, you’ve got options.
Use COTA Bus routes #1, #2, #4, #5, #8, the Night Owl Bus, and the CBUS to get yourself to ComFest. Car2go is another great option. You can park your little car2go at the DropZone area at the southeast corner of Spruce and Armstrong. If you prefer two wheels instead of four, you can park your bicycles at a bike corral on the corner of Buttles Avenue and Dennison Avenue. Uber and Lyft are always there, but they can get pricey. Make it to the downtown or Short North area so you can hop on a cart with FreeRide or Hopper Cart. These little carts zip up and down High Street all time. The best part is that they’re both free, just remember to tip your drivers, ladies and gentlemen.

Handicapped parking will be available on the left curb of Dennison Avenue. You can find marked spaces south of Buttles Avenue. There will be eight handicapped spots on the southeast corner of Park Street and Buttles Avenue. And there’s always the marked handicapped parking spots throughout streets that surround Goodale Park. Check out the festival map below to get a better idea.

The Rules

These rules come straight out of the official ComFest Guide, but let me lay them out for you.

  • Leave your coolers, cans, and bottles at home. ComFest is not BYOB. Glass containers are not allowed.
  • ComFest encourages following all city, county, state, Ohio Dept. of Commerce Division of Liquor Control, and federal laws.
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed at the event.
  • No unauthorized parking inside the park.
  • Walk bikes through the park.
  • No roller skates/blades/skateboards/Segways or scooters except medical mobility devices.
  • No vending, distribution of arts, crafts, literature, or petitioning except on authorized booth space.
  • No unauthorized motor vhicles.
  • Animals must be leashed and owners must clean up after them. For your pets’ sake—leave them at home.
  • No fires, grills, fireworks, torches, or sparklers.
  • No tents/shade shelters except event-authorized uses.
  • No swimming in the pond.
  • No drones.
  • No unauthorized sound amplification.
  • And yes ladies, you can still go topless.

    Festival

    via The 2017 Community Festival Program Guide
    I think that ComFest is one of those festivals that everyone should be required to go at least once in their life. It’s an experience like no other and an awesome one at that. First of all, it is such an awesome opportunity to people watch. People from all over Columbus come together and party.

    It’s a great excuse to fill your belly with that greasy festival food that you know you’ll regret later, but hey, live in the moment. Walk around the festival and check out all art and baubles from all sorts of vendors. Join an impromptu drum circle and let the rhythm of your heartbeat inspire you.

    ComFest closes at 11 p.m. on Friday, 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

    *ComFest closed at 1 p.m. on Friday due to weather conditions. The festival will remain open until 11 p.m. on Saturday to make up for it.

    Entertainment

    The Community Festival will have a total of six different performance spaces. You’ll be able to find entertainment to fit anyone’s style. Some bands include Doc Robinson, MojoFlo, and The Ragoons. You can also catch dance numbers and poetry readings. Some public speakers are going to take the stage. Like I said, there’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, so check out the schedule below and see what catches your eye.

    Friday

    Doc Robinson via Facebook

    Bozo Stage

    12:00 p.m. Wednesday Wine
    12:55 p.m. The Coffee House Rebels
    1:50 p.m. Bob Ras
    2:45 p.m. Dexter Wesley’s Electric House
    3:45 p.m. The Worn Flints
    4:40 p.m. Social Action Songs for Today
    5:25 p.m. Ekoostik Hookah
    6:30 p.m. Lungu Vybz
    7:30 p.m. Jae Esquire
    8:35 p.m. Jim Maneri’s Flypaper
    9:45 p.m. Foley

    Gazebo Stage

    12:00 p.m. Matt Steidle & “That’s the Breaks”
    1:00 p.m. Dave Buker & the Historians
    2:00 p.m. The Pink Flamingos
    3:00 p.m. Scott Gorsuch
    4:00 p.m. The Quasi Kings
    5:00 p.m. Urban Tropic
    6:00 p.m. Is Said
    6:30 p.m. Doc Robinson
    7:35 p.m. Knot Brothers
    8:40 p.m. Tripped Up String Band
    9:50 p.m. Electric Orange Peel

    Off Ramp Stage

    12:00 p.m. Time Out
    12:45 p.m. LethalFX + Shut Your Mouth & Beatbox Crew
    1:30 p.m. Wake the Trees
    2:15 p.m. Swarm
    3:00 p.m. Into The Briar Patch
    3:45 p.m. The Ragoons
    4:30 p.m. The High Definitions
    5:15 p.m. Carolyn Harding – Water Protector
    5:45 p.m. Hot Wet Trash
    6:30 p.m. The Skashank Redemption
    7:20 p.m. Bicentennial Bear
    8:10 p.m. Souther
    9:00 p.m. Yogi Split
    9:30 p.m. Darrio Lamont
    10:10 p.m. New Thousand

    Jazz Stage

    12:00 p.m. Blue Spectrum
    12:55 p.m. Triple Play
    1:50 p.m. Roger Parish & Jam Network Ensemble
    2:45 p.m. Ugly Power Trio
    3:45 p.m. Lyn Ford – Laughter & Stories
    4:15 p.m. Don Norman Band
    5:15 p.m. Tim Dvorkin Trio
    6:15 p.m. Michael Kahn Quartet
    7:15 p.m. Noe Salsa Project
    8:20 p.m. Sean Carney & The Joint Rockers
    9:25 p.m. Tony Monaco

    Live Arts Stage

    12:00 p.m. Drum & Dance Circle
    12:50 p.m. Accordion Van Dan
    1:25 p.m. Mr. Eric’s Music
    2:10 p.m. Girlz Rhythm n’ Rock Camp
    2:55 p.m. The Flying Squirrels
    3:30 p.m. Dan Dougan
    4:10 p.m. Westminster-Thurber Drumming Circle
    5:05 p.m. El Ritmo Flamenco Ensemble
    5:40 p.m. Doctah X/Skarob
    6:30 p.m. TrigNo
    7:05 p.m. The Speakeasy
    8:05 p.m. ElectroCult Circus
    8:55 p.m. Sex Kitten Purrlesque
    9:30 p.m. Columbus Burlesque Collective
    10:00 p.m. Damn the Witch Siren

    Solar Stage

    12:00 p.m. Childrens Music Network
    12:50 p.m. Workshop: Home Mushroom Growing John Carnes
    1:40 p.m. Timi Townsend
    2:15 p.m. Cathy Wicks
    2:50 p.m. Workshop: Turtlewise
    3:45 p.m. Intermittent Animals
    4:30 p.m. Folquinox
    5:10 p.m. Your Summer World
    5:45 p.m. Workshop: Feminist Flag Corps
    6:35 p.m. Round: Sarah Cooperider/Joanie Calem/Victoria Parks
    7:30 p.m. Kelly Zullo The Solo Quartet
    8:05 p.m. Admiral Contempt
    8:40 p.m. John Zuck Superstar
    9:15 p.m. Barry Chern & Co.
    10:05 p.m. The Devil Doves

    Saturday

    Sacred Shimmy Bellydance via Facebook

    Bozo Stage

    12:00 p.m. All Star Jammerz
    1:00 p.m. New Legga-C Showband
    2:00 p.m. The Apostles
    3:00 p.m. The Bug Hounds
    4:00 p.m. ComFest Awards Ceremony
    4:40 p.m. The Flex Crew
    5:40 p.m. The Floor Walkers
    6:45 p.m. Watershed
    7:50 p.m. Willie Phoenix & The Soul Underground

    Gazebo Stage

    12:00 p.m. Elisa Nicolas
    1:00 p.m. Paisha
    2:00 p.m. Donna Mogavero Music
    3:05 p.m. Honey and Blue
    4:05 p.m. New Pollution
    5:05 p.m. Jen Miller – Sierra Club
    5:35 p.m. Megan Palmer
    6:40 p.m. Mendelsonics
    7:50 p.m. Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered

    Off Ramp Stage

    12:00 p.m. Bush League All-Stars
    12:50 p.m. Bigfoot
    1:40 p.m. The Cordial Sins
    2:30 p.m. Progress Ohio
    3:00 p.m. Corbezzolo
    3:45 p.m. Bridesmaid
    4:35 p.m. Matter of Planets
    5:25 p.m. Digisaurus
    6:20 p.m. Sam Rothstein
    7:15 p.m. Dominique Larue
    8:15 p.m. Neswordz

    Jazz Stage

    12:00 p.m. Kelly McLennan+5
    1:00 p.m. The Jazz Poetry Ensemble
    2:00 p.m. Jen Miller
    3:00 p.m. Try Anthony Harris
    3:30 p.m. fo/mo/deep
    4:30 p.m. ES Band
    5:30 p.m. Blue Cats
    6:35 p.m. ChickenHawk BirdGetters
    7:45 p.m. Saftey Squad

    Live Arts Stage

    11:00 a.m. Columbus KTC
    12:00 p.m. Joyful Inspiration Dance
    12:40 p.m. Mahana Productions
    1:20 p.m. Square Dance Columbus
    2:15 p.m. Tai Chi w/ music by Paul Brown
    2:50 p.m. Movement Afoot
    3:20 p.m. Sacred Shimmy Bellydance
    4:00 p.m. Babara Fant & Friends
    4:50 p.m. Trek Manifest
    5:30 p.m. hugs and kisses
    6:20 p.m. Mas Bagua
    7:10 p.m. Wahru & the Spirit Drummers
    8:00 p.m. Dance and Drum Circle

    Solar Stage

    11:00 a.m. Sacred Bowls
    11:50 p.m. Michael & Andrew Swift
    12:25 p.m. Workshop: Women Have Options Ohio
    1:25 p.m. Round: Tiffy Lou/Maya Mougey/Lily McCabe
    2:15 p.m. Workshop: Creative Control Fest Art For Social Change
    3:15 p.m. Workshop: Hip-Hop Discussion Panel
    4:15 p.m. Round: Molly Winters/Troy Petty/Tommy Lee
    5:10 p.m. Workshop: Workshop: CRIS & ETSS
    6:10 p.m. Workshop: Indivisible Columbus
    7:10 p.m. Andicus
    8:00 p.m. Lil’ Red & The Rooster

    Sunday

    MojoFlo via Facebook

    Bozo Stage

    12:00 p.m. J London and “The Band of Friends”
    1:00 p.m. Greg Swan and the Late Crew
    2:00 p.m. Terry Davidson & The Gears
    3:00 p.m. GOREE Drum & Dance
    3:50 p.m. Dennis Kucinich
    4:50 p.m. The Deeptones
    5:50 p.m. MojoFlo
    6:55 p.m. The Ark Band

    Gazebo Stage

    12:00 p.m. Jenny Flory
    1:00 p.m. The A.A.R.M.S. Band
    2:00 p.m. Ria Grieff – You Inc.
    2:30 p.m. The John Turck Trio
    3:30 p.m. Strange Grain
    4:35 p.m. The Cadence
    5:40 p.m. Cherry Chrome
    6:50 p.m. The Wet Darlings

    Off Ramp Stage

    12:00 p.m. Trachete
    12:45 p.m. Gold From Grief
    1:30 p.m. The Molars
    2:15 p.m. Hells Fire Sinners
    3:00 p.m. Trans Issues
    3:30 p.m. Dom Deshawn
    4:00 p.m. Sarob
    4:40 p.m. Mistar Anderson
    5:20 p.m. Betsy Ross
    6:15 p.m. Suffering Praying Hands
    7:15 p.m. Pale Grey Lore

    Jazz Stage

    12:00 p.m. Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra
    1:00 p.m. Rhinestone – Joe Diamond Tribute Band
    2:00 p.m. Circus of Cool
    3:00 p.m. Vicki Deisner
    3:30 p.m. WakeFold 4+2tet
    4:35 p.m. Jon Coleman
    5:40 p.m. Funk Worthy
    6:45 p.m. New Basics

    Live Arts Stage

    9:30 a.m. Three Cranes Grove
    11:00 a.m. Yoga on High
    12:05 p.m. The Shazzbots
    1:05 p.m. The Muppet Mayhem Band
    2:00 p.m. Flavor’d Flow Studio
    2:35 p.m. OSU Hillel Folkdancers
    3:30 p.m. Columbus Contra Dancers
    4:25 p.m. Jim Maneri solo jazz piano, singing, yoyo
    5:05 p.m. Seven Dance Company
    5:45 p.m. Is Said and the Advance Party
    6:35 p.m. Poetry Slam

    Solar Stage

    11:00 a.m. Workshop: Mucus-free: The Original Vegan Diet
    11:35 a.m. Workshop: Vegan Connection
    12:30 p.m. Terry C. Keller
    1:05 p.m. Workshop: Columbus Free Press Salon
    2:00 p.m. Round: Ralph Leeseberg/J.T. Hiller/John Schnabel
    2:50 p.m. Workshop: Intersectional Feminism Discussion Panel
    3:40 p.m. Round: Jason & Michelle/Eric Ahlteen/Jeff Tobin
    4:30 p.m. Workship: TBA
    5:25 p.m. Sheri Garland & Gary Puckett
    6:10 p.m. Freedom ‘n Folk Revival
    7:00 p.m. Fox N Hounds

    Family Activities

    Community Festival via Facebook
    ComFest offers all sorts of activities for kids! The KiDSART area is open from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’s by the playground in Goodale, and it sounds like the kids are going to have some fun. Kids can tie-dye t-shirts, get their face painted, and draw with sidewalk chalk. Aside from shimmying along to the music at, you and your kiddos can participate in special KiDSART activities. Here’s the schedule:

    Saturday

    12:00 p.m. Youth Yoga Project
    1:00 p.m. Mad-Lib Songwriting with Andicus
    2:00 p.m. Music with Mr. Eric
    3:00 p.m. Camp Sing-A-Long with Vanessa Pretence
    4:00 p.m. Karaoke

    Sunday

    12:00 p.m. Youth Meditation and Laughter with Andicus
    1:00 p.m. Mr. Eric Social Justice Kid’s Songs
    2:00 p.m. Open Mic hosted by Vanessa Prentice
    3:00 p.m. Breakdancing Kids with Flavor’d Flow Studio
    4:00 p.m. Puppet Show with Megan D.

    Got an adventurous little one? Go out on the ComFest Scavenger Hunt. If you can find everything on the list before 6 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, you’ll win a KiDSART prize. Good luck!

    via The 2017 Community Festival Program Guide

    Stay safe, stay hydrated, and have a blast, Columbus! Happy ComFest!

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    Featured image via Community Festival Facebook.

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