It was with great sadness that the City’s Cultural Arts Division announced the cancellation of the 2020 Labor Day Arts Festival as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As difficult as this decision was, the health of the community, festival attendees, artists and staff come first.
While recognizing that the Labor Day event is a much-loved Upper Arlington tradition, art and culture is much more than just a one-day festival. As a result, the Cultural Arts Division and members of the Cultural Arts Commission are excited to present a variety of alternate ways to still celebrate art and artists in our community–including all the artists that planned to exhibit at this year’s festival. Join us as we celebrate an alternative Labor Day Arts Festival, with events and activities for everyone in the community to enjoy.
DRIVE-IN CONCERT FEATURING APPALATIN
7 pm, Friday, September 4
National Church Residences Parking Lot, 2245 North Bank Drive
UA Cultural Arts Division is pleased to announce one last drive-in style FREE concert featuring Appalatin! Join us as we kick off the alternative Labor Day Arts Festival with this concert to celebrate art in Upper Arlington. In the event of inclement weather, the event will unfortunately be cancelled.
NORTHAM PARK ART INSTALLATIONS
Help us celebrate the arts by enjoying some fun art installations at the place LDAF calls home, Northam Park. Head over to see Northam park transformed into a colorful space. Stroll along the new shared-use path along Northam Road to enjoy the tree grove in a new fashion, and don’t forget to check out the Centennial Bears.
TOUR DES ARTS
10 am-Noon, Monday, September 7
We are fortunate that so many talented artists call Upper Arlington home. As part of altLDAF, join us in a Tour des Arts and enjoy firsthand local UA artists as they place, create and perform art in their yards or on their front porches. Participation is simple, all you need to do is drive, bike or walk to each location listed on the Google Map.
CELEBRATE LDAF ARTISTS
While we aren’t able to celebrate art in a normal festival fashion this year, we still wanted to celebrate the artists that would have been featured at this year’s Labor Day Art Festival. To learn about the artists and their work, you can view a series of videos or a comprehensive list (sortable by category) of each artist with links to their website!
Comprehensive Artist List
Artists Video Series
Stay tuned for even more fun activities after Labor Day to celebrate art in our community. If you have any questions, please contact the Cultural Arts Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-583-5300.