There’s no festival better than Pride, but we figured we should let you know about the other fan favorites happening this summer. If you can’t take the heat, head to Origins Game Fair (an indoor event?!) or Red, White, and Boom under the moon to save yourself some sunburn. For our readers looking to get their daily dose of vitamin D, we’ll see you at the Columbus Arts Fest in your most trendy attire, or at ComFest in…well, probably none at all.
ComFest (6.28-30) Goodale Park
Dust off your trippiest tie-dye t-shirt, put on your flower crown, and prepare for three days of sun-drenched public intoxication at Goodale Park’s annual Community Festival. With live music abound, street vendors selling exotic DIY goods, and the occasional meandering topless woman, there’s truly something for everyone at ComFest. It’s like Columbus’s R-rated version of Buck-i-Frenzy. Entry is free, but bring beer money, a joint (or five) and an open mind for the optimal experience.
Red, White, & Boom (7.3) Downtown Columbus
Two centuries and forty-odd years ago, two score and six-and-ten rebels signed a document airing out their grievances and proclaiming their homeland’s freedom from the ruthless tyranny of taxation without representation. Today we get trashed! A smattering of activities promise fun to be had the entire day, from meeting the WNCI 97.9 Boom! Central radio personalities, to seeing the annual parade downtown, or witnessing the heaviest barrage of fireworks you’ve ever encountered. Make sure to bring an appetite for the more than 100 food vendors lining the streets of downtown, and buy some glow sticks to so you and Katy Perry can be fireworks.
Columbus Arts Festival (6.7-9) Scioto Riverfront
The pregame to the Columbus Food Truck Festival is coming: the Columbus Arts Festival! Artists from all over the nation come to showcase and sell their pieces from paintings to wood carvings. More importantly though, they host the best food vendors in Columbus. The Columbus Arts Festival hosts over 260 artists and will feature live concerts, dance, theater performances, virtual reality experiences, and again, food. (Can you tell I’m fasting for Ramadan?) The arts festival is a staple for the city of Columbus and you won’t want to miss all the food.
Origins Game Fair: (6.12-16) Greater Columbus Convention Center
Put simply, Origins Game Fair is an annual tabletop gaming convention that takes place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast or if you’re just dipping your toes in the world of tabletop gaming, Origins has a game for everyone. Every year, over 15,000 people attend the convention, so it’s safe to say you’ll find a game that strikes your fancy there. If you’re still unconvinced, Origins also offers a Film Festival, Anime Programming, Comedy, and Music Shows. To attend, you have to buy a badge, which gives you access to the vendor hall. If you want to play a game, you have to pre-register for those online (and their cost is separate from the entry badge).
Register at www.originsgamefair.com/event-registration.•