The Westerville Music and Arts Festival is one of the biggest highlights of the summer season in Westerville, Ohio. This year they’re celebrating 35 years of awesome entertainment and art.
This festival has been a summer highlight for 35 years for local residents. The venues have changed to accommodate the attendance which has been estimated at 30,000 different years.
Previously it was held at Otterbein College campus – but the college was also growing and needed the space. For the past 7 years it’s been held at Heritage Park.
For artists wanting to exhibit – you’ll need to submit slides of your original work. Your work will be judged by a “jury” which includes award winners from previous years and local artists from the area. Please contact their website if you’re interested in setting up an exhibit.
Location: Heritage Park, Westerville, Ohio
The entertainment and arts are dynamic and will be ongoing throughout the festivity. Entertainment will be performed on the Main Stage, Shelter Stage and Heritage Stage. Past performances have included everything from local Creole funk bands like Arnett Howard and Friends to acoustic guitarists like Neil Jacobs. Story-tellers, magicians, and jugglers are also available for family entertainment.
Youth Art is always popular and more than 100 young artists participate each year and their creations are thoroughly enjoyed by Festival visitors. Children ages 3 – 18 years are encouraged to participate.
Categories include oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, charcoal, tempera painting, pastels, black-and-white pencil drawing, color pencil drawing, pen and ink, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, weaving, calligraphy, black-and-white photography and color photography.
Awards will be given for first, second, third and honorable mention in each of the categories. There also will be a “Best of Show” award for each of the age groups and a “People’s Choice” award voted upon by the public.
The Westerville Area Chamber will once again offer the Westerville Walkway – a special area dedicated to local artists and civic service organizations.
The Civic Corner is an opportunity for civic service organizations to educate Festival visitors on their programs and services. The Civic Corner is not an opportunity for groups to sell or solicit products or services. Please contact the website if you are interested.
You’ll find concessionaires are available on the grounds so that visitors can enjoy everything from snow cones provided by the Westerville Fire Department to Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, and even the famous Old Bag of Nails fish and chips.
Directions from I-270 to Heritage Park Everal Barn:
Take the Cleveland Avenue North Exit and go north on Cleveland Avenue past Schrock Road, past Main Street, to 60 N. Cleveland Avenue. From I-71, exit east on Polaris Parkway and then go south on Cleveland Ave.
There is NO Public Parking at the Festival Site.
Parking is available at:
- Sports Complex on Cleveland Avenue
- Calvary Bible Baptist Church on Cleveland Avenue all day Saturday, Sunday after 1PM
Parking is available at the following businesses on Collegeview (off of Main Street across from the entrance to the Festival):
- Cable Express
- West Camp Press
- Mettler Toledo
For more information visit their website.