The Worthington Art Festival – 23 Years Strong
On Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st, art fans from near and far will gather for the 23rd annual Worthington Art Festival. The nationally acclaimed juried event, which is sponsored by the Old Worthington Partnership and hosted in collaboration with the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), will feature more than 150 select artists and craftsmen from across the country. With such a wide range of art, from sculptures and ceramics to paintings, glass, photography and mixed media, the festival has something that everyone can appreciate. “We’re proud of the reputation this festival has garnered,” said Julie Davis, show coordinator. “The quality of the art has risen tremendously, and we’re excited to see what this year holds.”
If you’ve never visited the Worthington Art Festival, you are in for a treat. Here are a few reasons to bring the entire family and check it out.
- Emerging Artists Event –The McConnell Arts Center is excited to feature some of Ohio’s best emerging artists. Stop by their green space, at the corner of State Route 161 and Evening Street, to view pieces from students and artists with less than three years of experience. “We’re looking forward to participating in this year’s festival,” said Andy Herron, director of operations for the MAC. “Our organization is a natural fit for this event, and we look forward to working together to help it grow.”
- Music – As anew addition to this year’s lineup, guests will enjoy a variety of musical performances at three different area venues throughout the event. Stop by the McConnell Arts Center to hear emerging singer/songwriters (Sat. 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.), Dewey’s Porch for your favorite family-friendly bands (Sat. 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.) and the Worthington Presbyterian Church for the soulful sounds of The Deeptones (Sat. 5 p.m.).
- Drop and Shop – The Drop and Shop shuttle is back again. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the free parking at the McConnell Arts Center and then hop on the shuttle for a quick ride to the Village Green. You can shop with ease and convenience knowing they won’t have to carry your treasures back to the car. And don’t forget – you can always leave your purchases at the MAC tent while continuing to browse the festival.
- Be an Artist – After experiencing all that the Worthington Art Festival has to offer, we’re pretty sure you’ll be inspired to create something of your own. Good news – you can enter the chalk art contest on the sidewalks between the Village Green and the MAC, visit Igloo Letterpress, Worthington Jewelers and The Party Studio to participate in an “art opportunity,” or take a master class at the MAC with acclaimed ceramic artist Tom Coleman (Sun. 2 to 4 p.m.).
If you go...
Where: Worthington Village Green (High St. and SR 161)
When: June 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, go to the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington Event Calendar.
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington
Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.