Bringing together art, music, dance and other family-friendly entertainment, Upper Arlington's Labor Day Arts Festival draws thousands of artists and art lovers each year.

Bringing together art, music, dance and other family-friendly entertainment, Upper Arlington's Labor Day Arts Festival draws thousands of artists and art lovers each year.

The city of Upper Arlington's Cultural Arts Division loves hosting the event, said UA spokeswoman Lauren Emond, because it brings together artists from all over the country while also benefiting the neighborhood.

The event will spotlight about 200 arts and crafts vendors offering everything from paintings and ceramics to jewelry and clothing. In an Emerging Artist Tent, six new artists will get a taste of the festival experience.

For the artists, the festival fosters a sense of community.

"I feel kind of like a little kid hanging up pictures on the family refrigerator," said painter Linda Langhorst. "Only my booth is a little bigger than a fridge and the festival visitors number a few more than the folks hanging out in our kitchen."

The Labor Day fest will feature acts on two stages. One stage will host hip-hop and folk musicians, plus Transit Arts, a collaboration between DJs, poets, dancers and artists.

The other stage will feature ballet and folk dancers, a laughter yoga workshop and a poetry slam that's open to the public.

"This is the first year we're opening the competition to whoever wants to sign up," said slam host Scott Woods. Spots are still available for family-friendly poets.