Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Hands-on activities at the Columbus Arts Festival.

Scioto Mile and Downtown Riverfront, Columbus 43215

It began as a "Festival of the Arts" on the Ohio Statehouse lawn in 1962. It's now one of the biggest arts festivals in the country, attracting nearly 300 artists from North America. With a Hands On Art Activities area that kids and grown-ups can play in, it's also a must-do event for families.

RUNNERS-UP: Westerville Music & Arts Festival, Delaware Arts Festival

HONORABLE MENTION: Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

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