Columbus Arts Festival and Jazz & Ribs Fest canceled due to COVID

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The 2021 Columbus Arts Festival has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council made the announcement Thursday that the annual event won’t be happening in June because of the continued increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and slowed vaccine distribution. 

“We must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors and sponsors first.,” GCAC President Tom Katzenmeyer said in a press release.

More:Photos: Columbus Arts Festival throughout the years

Katzenmeyer said there are no plans for a virtual festival as there was for last year’s event.

But as the distribution of vaccinations increases, Katzenmeyer said the arts council is confident there will be a return to the traditional Columbus Arts Festival. The event will move to a new location next year, and is scheduled to take place June 10-12, 2022, in the Arena District.

Shelbi T. Harris-Roseboro, left, paints a 2020 Toyota Prius Prime at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival Downtown.

► Jazz and Rib Fest called off, too

Based on guidance from Columbus Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has announced that this year’s Jazz & Rib Fest is canceled. 

“While we are disappointed that Jazz & Rib Fest will not be happening in 2021, keeping our residents safe during this public health emergency is our priority,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


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