Weekend Festivities

Lots going on this weekend around our fair city and let’s hope the forecasted rain On Saturday doesn’t deter folks from coming out and  having fun with local artists!!

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Susi Soler of Susi’s Art Quilts will be peddling her wares,  Halloween, Day of the Dead, Autumn, and Christmas gifts at the Pearl Alley Market on Friday, Sept. 20 (yes, this Friday) from 10am-2pm. It’s a short market, aimed at downtown workers on their lunch hours so stop by and see what she’s all about along with other artisans!

independents day

Welcome to the 6th year of Columbus’s urban street festival to celebrate & develop independent culture, commerce, & creativity.

More than 40 local bands will perform on four stages, including Lydia Loveless, Fields and Planes, Connections, The Whiles, The Regrettes, Cadaver Dogs, Way Yes, Nick
Tolford & Company, Karate Coyote, Cliffs, Bummers, Sleep Fleet, Indigo Wild, The Girls, Washington Beach Bums, and the New Bomb Turks.

Friday, September 20:
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Pearl Alley

Nina West will emcee the kickoff celebration, which includes live music by Forest & the Evergreens and Tin Armor, food trucks, and craft vendors.

Saturday, September 21
11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Gay Street and in Pearl Alley

Crafts: Local crafters, including Columbus Crafty Cotillion, will showcase wares. Columbus Craftacular will host a Make N’ Take booth.

Food Trucks/Carts: Mainstays like Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Pattycake Bakery will be on hand, as well as The Coop Tacos, Ajumama, Explorers Club, Mashita Noodles, Tatoheads, Paddy Wagon, Freedom a la Cart, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and J-Pop. Several Gay street businesses will be offering special eats to those wearing and Independents’ Day shirt!

Up-and-Coming Eats: Emerging chefs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and ambitious home cooks will share free samples.

Beverages: Local brewers and distillers will pour spirits, beer, and mead.

Film: Selections from the Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL) will be screened. The Residence Inn by Marriott will host entries from the Wexner Center for the Arts Ohio
Shorts competition, as well as a series of short films by Central Ohio filmmakers.

Comedy: Due Amici will host local comedy acts including Justin Golak and State of Play, and a live recording of the Comedy Sitdown podcast.

Fashion: Local fashion designers, (including recently interviewed Kelli Martin of anti.label and her fellow Alternative Fashion mobsters) will host a collaborative fashion show and T-shirt Remodel workshops.

Records and Comic Books: An array of vinyl from local record stores and works from local comic book writers and artists will be available.

Chalk Art: As a preview to Chalk the Block at Easton, local artists will create chalk art alongside the festivities.

Sunday, September 22
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Pearl Alley

The Hills Market and Due Amici will host Brunch and Bloody Marys, followed by urban bobsled cart racing and live acoustic music.

This years special beneficiaries

The Dick and Jane Project, Momentum, and Project Zero Ohio.


Also this weekend is Worthington Market Daysmarket day festival_212x124_thumb

Market Day is Worthington’s largest one-day festival. Nearly 300 artisans gather on downtown streets, offering a colorful display of quality hand-crafted goods from jewelry, pottery and ceramics to beautiful paintings, decorative clothing and unique wood products made by many local artists/crafters. Booths exhibiting community groups and food vendors are also included along with a variety of family activities conducted by partnering organizations.

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