Go Fest: Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

What you need to know: Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Where: Northam Park, Upper Arlington

When: Monday, Sept. 7

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Parking: At Kingsdale Shopping Center; shuttles to the park will be available

Web: ua-ohio.net

Why you should go:

Long weekends are made for home-improvement projects. But if you'd prefer not to engage in hard labor on your Labor Day, compromise by seeking out some new artwork to liven up your home.

Nearly 200 local, regional and national artists will show off work in various mediums at the daylong Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. You'll find photography, paintings, ceramics, glass pieces, metalwork, leather items, sculptures, jewelry and more for sale.

What's new:

The Emerging Artists Tent will present promising artists in their first juried festival. Standouts include recent CCAD grad Keturah Bobo's expressionist portraits using pattern and texture, and two-dimensional home decor work from Lisa Cain and Jennifer Belt, who layer various products such as plaster, metal and stone on wooden canvases.

What to eat & drink:

Local restaurants will dish out what they do best: Schmidt's will serve brats, Bahama Mamas, potato salad, sauerkraut and jumbo cream puffs. Old Bag of Nails will fry everything from fish 'n' chips to pickles. W.G. Grinders will keep the sandwiches and salads coming all day long.

For those with a sweet tooth, there's Jeni's Gourmet Ice Cream, Giuseppe's Italian Ice, Dairy Queen cones, and fruit smoothies from Strawberry Fields and Island Delights. To drink, you'll find Caribou Coffee, Tealove's herbal iced teas and lemon shake-ups.


Musically, you'll hear the lively banjo pickin' of local folk band Sweet and Lonesome, the jam-band sounds of Bum Wealthy and the funky jazz of fo/mo/deep.

A full schedule of eclectic entertainment kicks off with a couple of dance troupes - the Graham School of Irish Dancers take the stage at 10 a.m. followed by Jewish folk dancing from the OSU Hillel International Folk Dancers.

In the afternoon, catch a drum circle led by local beat banger Ron Hope, who's played with numerous jazz and world-music groups. At 2:45 p.m., enjoy an enticing performance from Habeeba's belly dancers.

Don't miss:

Local juggler Matt Jergens mixes coordination with comedy for his 12:25 p.m. act. Watch him toss everything from rings and pins to bowling balls and eggs while he churns out his witty repartee.

If that's not enough, Jergens' signature trick is balancing a 20-foot pole with a basket of eggs at the end on his chin - all while, you guessed it ... juggling. After the show, you can learn from the master by taking part in a juggling workshop for beginners.