The Columbus Arts Festival Won’t Be Back Until 2022 And It’s Headed To A New Location

The Greater Columbus Arts Council has canceled the 2021 Columbus Arts Festival.

The move may be disappointing, but it’s hardly surprising. The Arts Council Board of Trustees voted to cancel the festival amid continued public health concerns due to the pandemic.

“It is a heartbreaking decision to make; however, there is simply too much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic to responsibly host an event of this magnitude in early June,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “We explored every option we could think of and in the end we had to accept that there was no feasible way to make the Columbus Arts Festival happen this year.”

With COVID-19 case numbers still high, the slow rate of vaccine distribution, and potentially more contagious virus variants, the board decided that the best move was to shift their focus to the 2022 festival instead.

“As much as we desperately want to celebrate a return to gatherings this year, we recognize that we must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors and sponsors first,” said Katzenmeyer.

The plans for 2022 are big. The Columbus Arts Festival will be back June 10-12, 2022 and it will be moving to the Arena District. This will be the third space to host the Arts Festival and the change comes as the Scioto Peninsula undergoes new development.

“As our city grows and changes, the Columbus Arts Festival has to be responsive,” said Sean Kessler, Festival director. “We’re grateful to a city with wonderful neighborhoods that grow and adapt with us and we’re looking forward to still being connected to the downtown riverfront, as well as ample parking, easy access from any direction and proximity to other city amenities.”

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