Sure, many come to Independents' Day for the music, but there's a truckload of other events to take in too, ranging from arts to sports to comedy. And booze and food, because of course. With the festival moving to Franklinton - a neighborhood finding resurgence through art - we're (mostly) focusing this roundup of highlights on the more art-related stuff to take in this year.
Sure, many come to Independents’ Day for the music, but there’s a truckload of other events to take in too, ranging from arts to sports to comedy. And booze and food, because of course. With the festival moving to Franklinton — a neighborhood finding resurgence through art — we’re (mostly) focusing this roundup of highlights on the more art-related stuff to take in this year.
If you’re looking for art, this is where you need to be. Stroll and shop for wares from independent artists, crafters, snack-makers, non-profits and more who’ll be selling everything from soaps and home goods to clothing and accessories.
Shipping Container Park
Over the last week, a large assortment of metal shipping containers have been transformed into pop-up retail stores, art galleries, food concepts and alternative spaces for the weekend. (A little more on this later.)
Columbus standup is always worth checking out. The showcase — starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rehab Tavern (456 W. Town St.) — features Dan Swartwout, Erik Tait, Laura Sanders, Dustin Meadows, Darrell Dawson and more.
Judging purely by the title, this sounds epic. Local artists have crafted special piñatas, and you can buy a ticket to take a swing, or just hang around looking for some free swag. Those who love HULK SMASH! must check this out.
That’s right, there will be sports, like a nine-hole mini-golf course designed by a local group of artists! Other sportsing things to get into include a High-Five 5K run, on-the-spot low-flying trapeze lessons, an urban sports stadium with soccer and whiffle ball games, and a skate ramp with half-pipes and fun boxes.
Activities at 400 West Rich
The tenants of 400 West Rich will open their doors for all three days of ID for studio walkthroughs and visits. Also inside 400 is a landscape exhibition, "Steppin Out," on the first floor (in the Promenade Gallery), and a second exhibition titled "400 Days" in the second-floor lounge.
Columbus loves comics. This pop-up shop features comic books, mini-comics, graphic novels, prints, T-shirts and assorted swag created by some of the brightest local talents and publishers. Artists will also be live illustrating at the event, and create-your-own comic activities are happening Saturday and Sunday.
Alternative Fashion Mob recently moved to a space in Franklinton and will hold a fashion show at 7 p.m. Saturday. There will also be a screen-printing booth at the Idea Foundry, where you buy a shirt and screen your own for $20 or bring your own and print for $10.
Film and video events
Independents' Day is dedicated to supporting local filmmakers and will have screenings both early in the morning and late night. Plus, projections will run continuously inside and outside Strongwater Food & Spirits.
Food and drink stuff
The best of Columbus’ growing craft beer, coffee and micro-distillery scene will be on hand for your sippage, while foodstuff happenings include a street food fair and Dining in the Dark, a sensory deprivation experience that’s part of the shipping container park. Also in the shipping container park is a pork-off. Featuring two of the city's best-known chefs, Chef Bill Glover of Gallerie Bar & Bistro and Chef Marcus Meacham of Kraft House No. 5, this battle of the pig will showcase each chef’s ability to prepare a series of pork-centric dishes for a panel of judges in front of a live audience.