People always find lots of reasons to complain about ComFest: Too stuck in the past! Not faithful enough to the past! You left out my band! It's too crowded! Yet that last complaint hints at the bottom line: The institution formally known as Community Festival remains summer's biggest, most popular event, and for good reason. Nowhere else can you find so much Columbus culture on a single block, with ample stimulation for ears, eyes and stomach. It ain't easy being everything to everyone, but ComFest does its damnedest every summer, and Columbus is better for it.
Runners-up: Jazz & Ribs Fest, Columbus Arts Festival