ComFest

Web: comfest.com

People always find lots of reasons to complain about ComFest: Too stuck in the past! Notfaithful enough to the past! You left out my band! It's too crowded! Yet that last complaint hintsat 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 asingle block, with ample stimulation for ears, eyes and stomach. It ain't easy being everything toeveryone, but ComFest does its damnedest every summer, and Columbus is better for it.

Runners-up: Jazz & Ribs Fest, Columbus Arts Festival