Besides excellent artists and craftspeople displaying their work, there's three days of music and entertainment, plus hands-on art activities for the kids.

Why you should go:

Because there's no better way to welcome summer festival season. Besides excellent artists and craftspeople displaying their work, there's three days of music and entertainment, plus hands-on art activities for the kids.

Two blocks in the Discovery District will be overflowing with booth upon booth featuring more than 1,000 jury-selected artists from all over the world.

A plethora of mediums - painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking and graphics, metalwork, photography, jewelry and more - will be on display and available for purchase.

What to eat & drink:

Try a snack from some of Columbus' best local restaurants. Grab a slab from City Barbecue, a Bahama Mama from Schmidt's or some kebabs from Lavash Cafe.

Got a sweet tooth? Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is serving a bunch of exotic and traditional scoops, or you can't go wrong with "the best damn cream puff in the land" from Schmidt's.

Quench your thirst with some beer or wine from festival vendors.

Entertainment:

Friday evening Mojoflo will kick out their funky jams. Read more about their blend of R&B, soul and hip-hop in this week's music section.

Saturday afternoon, Columbus indie-pop darlings This Is My Suitcase play. Lead singer Joe Camerlengo's infectious falsetto harmonizing against the backdrop of dazzling soundscapes (horns, keyboards and stylized guitars) is viscerally stunning.

Don't miss:

Wordsmiths on the Word is Art stage. At 8 p.m. Saturday, the city's best will come together for a Poetry Slam.

And the Transit Arts performance group - featuring spoken word, hip-hop and dancers - will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The group is backed by internationally renowned jazz-hop beatmasters J. Rawls and the Liquid Crystal Project.