For 50 years now, the Columbus Arts Festival has been celebrating the community's vibrant arts scene by hosting a juried exhibition that attracts artists from across the nation and other countries.

For 50 years now, the Columbus Arts Festival has been celebrating the community's vibrant arts scene by hosting a juried exhibition that attracts artists from across the nation and other countries.

The main attraction, as always, will be the impressive collection of art, but fresh additions this year mean the festival will ring in the half-century mark in style.

These new offerings - a V.I.P. area, mobile app and exciting activities for adults and kids, just to name a few - promise to enhance the experience for everyone.

For the first time, V.I.P. tickets are available ($95 for one or $170 for a pair). Each V.I.P. will receive a signed commemorative print, a festival T-shirt, free parking, personal shopping assistance from festival experts and access to the V.I.P. Lounge.

The tented V.I.P. area, complete with comfortable seating and private restrooms, is a nice way to take a break.

"It's to serve our patrons who are avid festival fans by offering a relaxing space, a little oasis, in the middle of the festival," said Jami Goldstein, the festival's spokeswoman.

The V.I.P. lounge is prime real estate, situated next to the adult art carnival and the Savor the Arts tent, which features dishes from Dine Originals restaurants - The Top Steak House, The Refectory, Rigsby's Kitchen and more - and a cash bar offering wine and beers from Harpoon Brewery.

A $5 ticket buys one dish at any of the restaurants in the Savor the Arts tent.

A couple of technology-based enhancements are also new for this year's festival. A mobile app for iPhones and Android phones contains an interactive map to help visitors locate artists and food vendors.

This mobile app will be immensely helpful if you participate in the Twitter scavenger hunt, #tweetandgoseek through @ColsArtsFest, to track down the small collages redeemable for food vendor gift certificates, V.I.P passes and even a stay at the Westin.