Guide To Central Ohio Summer Arts and Music Festivals, June, 2011

Comfest, June, 2006.(Photo: skpy)
Comfest, June, 2006.(Photo: skpy)

Summer festival season is getting into full swing. Here are some of the upcoming arts and music festivals around Central Ohio:

Creekside Jazz and Blues Festival
June 17-19
Gahanna, Creekside area (map)
The Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival, now in its 13th year, was started in 1999 as a way to celebrate the renovation of the olde Gahanna Creekside area. This year’s festival will include more than 50 local and national musicians, with featured artists including Watermelon Slim and Super Chikan on the Blues stage and Pharez Whitted and Liquid Crystal Project on the Jazz stage. For more information go to creeksidebluesandjazz.com.

Pride Festival
June 17-19
Goodale Park, Victorian Village (map)
The Columbus Pride Festival will once again take place at Goodale Park. Highlights of the festival include the Columbus Gay Pride Parade, Pride Brunch (at the Columbus Athenaeum) and several local and national entertainers including Levi Kreis, Eric Himan, Namoli Brennet and Chely Wright and Band. For more information go to columbuspride.org.

Juneteenth Festival
June 17-19
Franklin Park (map)
The 21st annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival will take place at Franklin Park. Juneteenth commemorates President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in conferderate states. Although Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the last slaves didn’t get the news until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston Texas and read the order on June 19, 1865 (two and a half years later). Highlights of this year’s festival include a city-wide talent show, a 3-mile unity walk and a Father’s Day tribute. Entertainers scheduled to perform include David Ruffin Jr. and K’Jon. For more information go to juneteenthohio.net.

Worthington Art Festival
June 18-19
Olde Worthington Village Green (map)
The Worthington Art Festival, sponsored by the Olde Worthington Business Association, will take place in Olde Worthington on the Village Green located at the Route 23 and 161 intersection. The Worthington Art Festival is now in its 19th year and is expected to feature more than 150 artists ranging from painters and photographers to musicians and craftmen. For more information go to owba.net.

London Strawberry Festival
June 23-25
Downton London, Ohio (map)
Started in 1983 as the London Marigold Festival, the London Strawberry Festival, as it was renamed in 2001, is now in its 28th year. Highlights of this year’s festival will include the Strawberry Shortcake Tent, Mr. and Miss Shortcake Contest, Pie in the Face Contest and the Queens’ Parade. Artists scheduled to perform include British Invasion, Change it up Charlie and Austin Hicks. For more information go to londonstrawberryfestival.com.

Comfest
June 24-26
Goodale Park, Victorian Village (map)
Comfest, short for Community Festival, is now in its 39th year. The volunteer-run festival uses no corporate sponsorship. This event features educational workshops, local artists, food and vendors. Comfest also features performances on six stages. Artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Comfest include The Ark Band, The Jazz Poetry Ensemble, Doctah X and the Tony Monaco Trio. For more information go to comfest.com.

Easton Art Fair
June 24-26
Easton Town Center (map)
The Easton Art Fair, now in its 12th year, is expected to feature about 100 artists. Artists are expected to line the streets of Easton Town Center with exhibits that will include paintings, photography, sculptures and jewelry. On Sunday, the Art Fair will feature a Kids Corner, which consists of hands-on activities for children of all ages. For more information go to eastonartaffair.com.

Powell Festival
June 24-25
Downtown Powell, Ohio (map)
Historic downtown Powell will host the 15th annual Powell Festival in the Village Green Park. Festival Highlights will include rides, games, animal visits and a fireworks display. Acts scheduled to perform include Six Pack Theory, Sharp Circle Band and Farrel and Stephenson. For more information go to visitpowell.com.

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