10 am-4 pm, Monday, September 5
Whether you’re an art lover or someone who enjoys the community’s family-oriented special events, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival – one of the region’s premiere showcases of artworks in all manner of media – is the place to be on Monday, September 5! Held in our picturesque Northam Park, the 55th Labor Day Arts Festival features more than 120 artists and offers plenty of refreshments, entertainment and hands-on art activities to keep you busy.
Explore and purchase fine art and fine craft work from this year’s blind juried artists, in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures and mixed media. With a portion of Northam Park’s green space unavailable following some stormwater improvements and turf restoration, the location of the artist booths has been moved to the Tremont parking lot. This new layout takes advantage of the evenly spaced rows of parking while providing easy access from numerous directions and making it much easier to locate or return to an artist of interest when you are ready to purchase some art.
The remainder of the Festival activities will be located in the west portion of the park.
The Art Activities Area will be packed with fun, hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy, including face painting, henna tattoos, caricature portraits, and a musical instrument craft by Musicologie. UA High School students will be leading a series of activities that include painting, drawing and jewelry making.
The main entertainment stage has a lively lineup of varied musical styles:
- 10 am: Swing’s the Thing
- Noon: Honey and Blue
- 1:30 pm: Theo’s Loose Hinges
- 3 pm: The Deeptones
A smaller stage will be set up in the Reading Garden by the Library, featuring storytimes with Cover to Cover, performances by Musicologie students and the SupaFun Band.
Various community groups will be at the Festival to share information about the many wonderful programs available in our community and the region, including representatives from the Community Relations Committee, the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, and Upper Arlington Commission on Aging. Plus, we will have the latest renderings for the UA Community Center.
Last but not least, the Festival will feature plenty of food and drink options, provided by approximately 20 food vendors and trucks located along Northam Road facing the park.
With an event of this magnitude, it is crucial to recognize the efforts of many groups, organizations and individuals. Besides the year-round work of the Cultural Arts Division and Commission, the Festival is made possible thanks to sponsors that include Wright Patt Credit Union, PageTech Limited and the Ohio Arts Council. As the event nears, additional City divisions become involved, from Police and Fire handling traffic and safety issues to the Parks & Forestry, Streets and Electrical divisions providing the event’s logistical needs.
Getting to the Festival
On the day of the event, a section of Tremont Road (between Northam and Farleigh) will be closed, as will Northam Road (between Tremont and Andover). Handicapped/accessible parking will be available at the north end of the Tremont Road parking lot. Please note: The Tremont Road parking lot will not be open to Tremont Pool patrons.
To get to the Festival, we recommend the following:
- Take our shuttle from Wellington School, running approximately every 15 minutes.
- Bike to the Festival and take advantage of our free bike valet service by the Library off Tremont Road.
- Patrons can be dropped off at either the corner of Tremont and Northam or Tremont and Ridgeview.
We hope to see you at this year’s Labor Day Arts Festival. Click here for additional event details. [//upperarlingtonoh.gov/parks-recreation/labor-day-arts-festival/]