Before you head out to this year's Columbus Arts Festival, here's everything you need to know - how to get there, where to park and what to check out while you're walking around (besides the art, that is).

Before you head out to this year's Columbus Arts Festival, here's everything you need to know - how to get there, where to park and what to check out while you're walking around (besides the art, that is).

Transportation

Bike: Columbus Arts Festival has again teamed up with the city's green initiative, Pedal Instead, to provide a secure bike corral at the corner of Long Street and Cleveland Avenue on Saturday and Sunday.

Bus: COTA will operate its regular scheduled service to the Discovery District. Routes 1, 6, 9, 11 and 16 offer close access to the festival site. Route No. 2 drops off only a short distance away.

Car: Parking is available in lots and garages throughout the campuses of Capital University and Columbus State Community College, as well as at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church and other nearby institutions. A $5 charge at area school lots will benefit student organizations. Wheelchair-accessible parking is available at the Columbus State parking lot off Spring Street. Adjacent meter spots are also available, but limited.

Street closings: From 9 a.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Monday, Ninth Street and Cleveland and Washington avenues from Broad Street to Long Street will be closed, along with sections of Gay and Boone streets. Long Street will be closed between Cleveland and Washington avenues from 12 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Monday.

Food & Drink

Visitors can satisfy their deep-fried and sugar fixes with traditional festival fare, and offerings from local restaurants will round out the options.

Local favorites City Barbeque, Old Bag of Nails, Schmidt's and others will be serving the dishes that made them famous. Jeni's ice cream is serving up its own special scoops of heaven - they're the perfect way to cool off on the piping-hot pavement.

Whole World Natural Restaurant will offer vegetarian fare for those trying to stay healthy in a temptation-filled environment.

Entertainment

The Arts Festival has traditionally offered a top-notch lineup of live, local music, and this year is no exception. Perennial favorites The Fabulous Johnson Brothers and Lone Raven headline on the main stage Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Other standouts include The Floorwalkers and Miss Molly. Jazz enthusiasts will want to check out performances by Still Motion and the Linda Dachtyl B3 Quartet.