Celebrating 39 years, the annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts festival is set to be held again this year Sept. 15-16 in downtown Grove City.
The festival is organized by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce. Parking and admission is free.
Saturday Arts in the Alley opens with a parade down Broadway at 9:30 a.m., with the festival opening to the public at 10 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public parking will be available near the Dairy Queen at the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Broadway. A shuttle service will run periodically throughout the day.
Numerous art shows will be held, including a Fine Arts Show, Photography Show, Youth Art Show, Craft Show and Quilt Show. The Grove City Easel Award winner will have their art purchased by the city of Grove City for $2,000.
Arts in the Alley is one of central Ohio’s largest and longest running music and arts festivals. Attendance estimates from the Grove City Police for 2018 are between 30,000 and 40,000 people over two days.
Various arts and crafts are available for sale, in addition to being shown in the art shows. Music and entertainment is provided both Saturday and Sunday on the Heartland Stage, located on West Park Street. There is an array of food concessions located on East Park Street and scattered on Broadway and West Park Street. All food is provided by local non-profit organizations and churches.
Returning this year
• The Community Mural, where festival attendees over 15 will be able to leave their mark on Arts in the Alley on a large shared canvass.
• The Demonstration Tent, where artists and crafters will perform live demonstrations and tutorials to help amateur and professional alike learn new techniques.
• Kids’ Fun Street, where children of all ages can explore various kid friendly arts and crafts, as well as participate in games and activities such as bounce houses.
More information including a schedule of events can be found at gcchamber.org/arts-in-the-alley.