Hot Times set to take place amid reasonable temperatures

Andy Downing

In a welcome twist, expect mild temperatures for Hot Times this weekend, with highs lingering somewhere in the mid-70s.

While conditions offstage should be pleasant, expect fire onstage, particularly when poet Barbara Fant, fresh off a recent appearance at Streetlight Guild for the East Side arts space’s month-long poetry series, heads a Sunday slam in honor of Is Said, the godfather of Columbus poetry. The slam kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Parsons Avenue stage.

Musical highlights include a headlining turn from the always-enthralling Willie Phoenix & the Soul Underground, which closes out action Friday action at the Main Street Stage beginning at 10 p.m., and long-running reggae act the Ark Band, which hits the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, bringing beachy vibes to the concrete intersections of the near South Side.

In addition, Hot Times boasts multiple drum circles (which could be a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective), visual arts displays, a street fair and children’s activities, including a parade.

Check out the full roster of performers and activities by visiting the official site here.

Main Street and Parsons Avenue

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8

Hot Times