Staff Pick: Riverfront Arts Festival

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From the September 27, 2012 edition

Cost can be a big obstacle to the arts scene. Enter: Riverfront Arts Festival.

Every hour, six winners will receive $100 in free art (that’s $10,000 in free stuff over the course of the weekend). Even if you’re not one of the lucky ones, this festival is still plenty affordable. Free admission gets you access to musical acts like Maza Blaska and Forest & The Evergreens and art pieces from more than 100 artists.

For a perfectly laid-back introduction to the city’s arts scene, try a leisurely bike ride with YAY Bikes Saturday as they lead a procession to several local art institutions.

Or just stroll the festival grounds, taking in WaterFire Columbus’ bonfires on the Scioto River and a 15-ton sand sculpture while drinking affordably priced beer and wine ($2) during Friday’s happy hour or Saturday’s wine stroll.

Oh, and if you just can’t imagine a fall afternoon without football, TV screens will be placed throughout with live pigskin action. — Justin McIntosh

[requested photo of Forest & the Evergreens; freelancer shot it earlier this summer for Music Tour slug: arts_riverfront]