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Your Guide To ComFest 2018

Year after year, ComFest brings the people of Columbus together to recognize everybody’s differences and celebrate them. The 46th Community Festival kicks off on Friday, June 22 and will party on through Sunday, June 24 at Goodale Park.

Community Festival

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The Community Festival is guided by a set of principles. They are:

    “We think that people ought to work for the collective good of all people rather than for personal gain. We support cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit.

    The basic necessities of life are a right and not a privilege. People have the collective right to control the conditions of their lives.

    People should strive to conduct their lives in harmony with the environment.

    We recognize that there are primary attitudes which divide and oppress people. These attitudes are usually shown by prejudice against people on the basis of age, class, ability, income, race, sex and sexual preference/orientation.

    We seek to eliminate these attitudes.”

Weather

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Friday

High of 80. Considerable cloudiness and possible scattered thunderstorms.

Saturday

High of 81. Mostly cloudy. Humid with a couple of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

Sunday

High of 83. Cloudy and humid.

Transportation

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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 do just that. 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 disappear has scared you out of driving, you’ve got options.
Use COTA Bus routes #2, #3, #4, #5, #7, #8, #18, 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 leave your bicycle with the bike valet for $1. Uber and Lyft are always there, but they can get pricey. If you live in 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 throughout the day and you can ride for free. Just remember to tip your drivers, ladies and gents.

Handicapped parking will be available on the west side of Dennison from Buttles to Collins. More handicapped parking is available on the east side of Dennison from Buttles to Dennison parking lot. Your vehicle must display state-issued disability parking permit to park in these spots.

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 vehicles.
  • 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 Community Festival 2018 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.

    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, The Worn Flints, and Happy Tooth & Dug. 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 p.m. Wednesday Wine
    12:55 p.m. The Coffee House Rebels
    1:50 p.m. Scott Gorsuch
    2:50 p.m. Urban Tropic
    3:45 p.m. Social Action Song Set
    4:30 p.m. Clemens & Co.
    5:30 p.m. Booty&thekidd
    6:30 p.m. Zoo Trippin’
    7:35 p.m. Doc Robinson
    8:45 p.m. Lungu Vybz
    9:55 The Worn Flints

    Gazebo Stage

    12 p.m. Matt Steidle & “That’s The Breaks”
    1 p.m. PhAMILY BAND
    2 p.m. Bob Ras
    3 p.m. The Pink Flamingos
    4 p.m. ANDICUS
    5 p.m. Speaker- Rhiannon Childs
    5:35 p.m. Dave Buker & The Historians
    6:35 p.m. Knot Brothers
    7:35 p.m. Conscious Pilot
    8:40 p.m. Electric Orange Peel
    9:50 p.m. The Quasi Kings

    Off Ramp Stage

    12 p.m. The Cartographers
    12:40 p.m. META CHROMA
    1:20 p.m. Jupiter Gray
    1:35 p.m. Into The Briar Patch
    2:15 p.m. Eradicate
    2:55 p.m. Peradam
    3:40 p.m. Deprecator
    4:35 p.m. Speaker- Johnny Cannabis
    4:55 p.m. The Original Soundtrack
    5:40 p.m. Gold From Grief
    6:30 p.m. The Damn Thing
    7:20 p.m. The 3rd Power
    8 p.m. Flight Brothers (Lambo VanGogh & King Ezz)
    8:50 p.m. Embers of Arson
    9:35 p.m. Dom Deshawn
    10:25 p.m. Sarob

    Jazz Stage

    12 p.m. Book Lites
    12:55 Meghna & The Josh Hindmarsh Band
    1:50 p.m. Positive Energy
    2:45 p.m. Speaker- Rev. Susan K. Smith
    3:30 Wade & The Mojo Blues
    4:30 p.m. Don Norman Jazz Band
    5:30 p.m. New Basics Brass Band
    6:30 p.m. Lil’ Red, The Rooster & Columbus International Blues Travelers
    7:30 p.m. Sean Carney
    8:35 p.m. fo/mo/deep
    9:40 p.m. Chicken Hawk Birdgetters

    Live Arts Stage

    12 p.m. Opening Drum Circle
    12:50 p.m. La belle Musette
    1:25 p.m. Shimmy Mob Team Columbus 2018
    2:05 p.m. Girlz Rhythm n’ Rock Campers
    2:50 p.m. LethalFX
    3:30 p.m. The Flying Squirrels
    4:10 p.m. Westminster-Thurber Drumming Circle
    5:00 p.m. El Ritmo Flamenco Ensemble
    5:40 p.m. ExWahoos
    6:25 p.m. Jim Maneri
    7:05 p.m. Dr. Danga Grimaldi Circus
    7:55 p.m. The Speakeasy
    8:45 p.m. Sex Kitten Purr-lesque
    9:20 p.m. Columbus Burlesque Collective
    10 p.m. ElectroCult Circus

    Solar Stage

    12 p.m. The Children’s Music Network
    12:35 p.m. Workshop: John Carnes Home Mushroom growing
    1:25 p.m. Dogwood Road
    2 p.m. Rosewater Well
    2:35 p.m. David Hawkings- Children’s Music Workshop
    3:45 p.m. Intermittent Animals
    4:30 p.m. Bow Echo/Backyard Sticks
    5:15 p.m. Kelly Zullo
    5:50 p.m. Cannabis Workshop
    6:40 p.m. Round: Sarah Cooperider, Joanie Calem, Dave Hawkins
    7:35 p.m. Bill Kurzenberger
    8:10 p.m. John Zuck Superstar
    8:45 p.m. Admiral Contempt
    9:20 p.m. Tim Easton
    10:10 p.m. Tripped Up String Band

    Saturday

    Sacred Shimmy Bellydance via Facebook

    Bozo Stage

    12 p.m. Trachete
    1 p.m. Maza Blska
    2 p.m. All Star Jammerz
    3:05 p.m. ComFest Awards Ceremony
    4 p.m. New Pollution
    5 p.m. Darrio Lamont
    5:45 p.m. Trek Manifest
    6:35 p.m. Willie Phoenix & The Soul Underground
    7:45 p.m. The Deeptones
    8: 55 p.m. Parker Louis

    Gazebo Stage

    12 p.m. Cathy Wicks & The Cathbirds
    12:50 p.m. The Devil Doves
    1:45 p.m. Bob Sauls
    2:40 p.m. Chittenden Hotel
    3:30 p.m. Donna Mogavero Band
    4:30 p.m. Barry Chern & Co.
    5:30 p.m. Speaker- Ruben Castilla Herrera
    6 p.m. Gathering Stars
    7 p.m. Bloodthirsty Virgins
    8 p.m. Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered
    9 p.m. Megan Palmer

    Off Ramp Stage

    12 p.m. 2d6
    12:40 p.m. Breetherapper
    1:20 p.m. OG Vern
    1:50 p.m. Speaker- Briden Cole Schueren
    2:20 p.m. Pistil
    3:05 p.m. Reflex Machine
    3:55 p.m. Bridesmaid
    4:45 p.m. Brujas del Sol
    5:40 p.m. Hot Wet Trash
    6:35 p.m. Greg Owens
    7:20 p.m. Weezee
    7:55 Them Nasty Boys
    8:45 Cadaver Dogs

    Jazz Stage

    12 p.m. John’s Jazz trio
    1 p.m. Kelly McLennan & a Coterie of Melodymakers
    2 p.m. Circus of Cool
    2:55 p.m. Speaker- Harley Blakeman
    3:25 p.m. Funk Worthy
    4:25 p.m. Jen Miller & Friends
    5:30 p.m. Soul Eyz- The Michael Kahn Quartet
    6:30 p.m. Blue Spectrum
    7:40 p.m. Descendre
    8:50 p.m. Jim Maneri’s Flypaper

    Live Arts Stage

    11 a.m. Columbus KTC Buddist Meditation Center
    11:50 a.m. The Sizzler
    12:25 p.m. Tropical Enchantment
    1:05 p.m. Brechtfest!
    1:40 p.m. Tai Chi w/music by Paul Brown
    2:15 p.m. Super Spanda/The Last Giraffe
    2:50 p.m. Mahana Productions
    3:30 p.m. Sacred Music LLC
    4:10 p.m. Underdog Academy
    5 p.m. Sacred Shimmy Tribal Bellydance
    5:45 p.m. Hugs and Kisses
    6:35 p.m. Doctah X
    7:30 p.m. Mas Bagua
    8:20 p.m. Spirit Drummers & Pat Funderburg’s Afro-Rhythms
    9 p.m. Dance and Drum Circle

    Solar Stage

    11 a.m. Terry C. Keller
    11:40 a.m. Vincent Trocchia
    12:25 p.m. Workshop: Bronzeville Growers Market
    1:25 p.m. Round: Mark See, Bec Selvious, John Mullen
    2:20 p.m. Workshop: March for Our Lives
    3:20 p.m. Workshop: Community Refugee Immigration Services
    4:20 p.m. Round: Molly Winters, Paul Painter, Eric Ahlteen
    5:15 p.m. Workshop: Lady Parts Justice League
    6:15 p.m. Workshop: People’s Justice Project
    7:15 p.m. Fox n’ Hounds
    8:05 p.m. Round: Tommy Lee, John Schnabel, Sherri Dean
    9:05 p.m. Folquinox

    Sunday

    Happy Tooth & Dug via Facebook

    Bozo Stage

    12 p.m. Little Patch of Soul
    1 p.m. Dougie Simpson & The Faith Band
    2 p.m. New Legga-C Showband
    3 p.m. Speaker- Kwodwo Ababio
    3:40 p.m. BHB & The Hip Hop Community
    4:40 p.m. The Late Crew
    5:45 p.m. Jae Esquire & The Last Outside Generation
    6:50 p.m. The Ark Band

    Gazebo Stage

    11 a.m. The Deuce
    11:40 a.m. The Salty Caramels
    12:35 p.m. Carole Walker
    1:30 p.m. The John Turck Trio
    2:30 p.m. Speaker- Travis Irvine
    3 p.m. BareFuzz
    4 p.m. Strange Grain
    5 p.m. Theo’s Loose Hinges
    6 p.m. The Apostles
    7 p.m. George Barrie Band

    Off Ramp Stage

    12 p.m. Yesterday Kids
    12:45 p.m. Highwire Kicks
    1:30 p.m. The Black Antler
    2:15 p.m. Prize the doubt
    3 p.m. The Turbos
    3:45 p.m. Stems
    4:30 p.m. Speaker- Debra Shade
    5:10 p.m. Kashis Keyz
    5:50 p.m. Kale Da Que
    6:35 p.m. Happy Tooth & Dug
    7:25 p.m. Souther

    Jazz Stage

    12 p.m. Vaughn Wiester
    1 p.m. Rhinestone
    2 p.m. The Jazz Poetry Ensemble
    3 p.m. Speaker- Jen Miller
    3:30 p.m. Anna & The Consequences
    4:35 p.m. The Emily Syring Band
    5:40 p.m. Canta BRASIL
    6:45 p.m. Tony Monaco

    Live Arts Stage

    9:30 a.m. Three Cranes Grove
    11 a.m. Yoga on High
    12 p.m. The Shazzbots
    1 p.m. Muppet Mayhem Band
    1:50 p.m. Mr. Eric’s Kids’ Music
    2:25 p.m Dances of Universal Peace
    3:20 p.m. OSU Hillel Folkdancers
    4:15 p.m. Columbus Contra Dance
    5:10 p.m. Seven Dance Company
    5:50 p.m. Is Said and the Advance Party
    6:40 p.m. Poetry Slam

    Solar Stage

    11 a.m. Workshop: Prof Spira, PHD
    11:35 a.m. Workshop: Vegan Connection
    12:30 p.m. The Goldsberrys
    1:05 p.m. Workshop: Community Garden Roundtable
    2 p.m. Round: Katie Davis, Buddy Stanford, Bill Canonica
    2:50 p.m. Workshop: Columbus Free Press
    3:45 p.m. Round: Stevie Cade, Ralph Leesberg, Jason Turpening
    4:35 p.m. Workshop: The Sanctuary Movement
    5:30 p.m. The Mighty Troubadours
    6:15 p.m. The Wayfarers
    7:05 p.m. Freedom N’ Folk revival

    Family Activities

    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.

    On Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Open Heart Creatures will lead a Kid’s Parade from the Live Arts Stage to KiDSART and back. The kiddos are encouraged to bring their musical instruments and streamers as they dance their way through the festival!

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

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    Featured image via Community Festival Facebook. Originally published 6/22/2017. Updated by Chelsea Wiley on 6/18/2018.

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