The internationally acclaimed Short North Arts District is known as Columbus’ “art and soul.” For more than 30 years the culturally rich community has pioneered the urban revitalization of central Ohio. Always welcoming, all are invited to explore this neighborhood known for its eclectic art, dining, nightlife, fashion, home décor, and unique gifts.
Walk outside your door and you are steps away from galleries with a wide range of art to add to your growing collection, as well as many of the city’s finest restaurants and dozens of one-of-a-kind shops. The neighborhood also boasts an abundance of condos, century old houses, and new apartments.
The Short North is truly home to Columbus’ creative class, including entrepreneurs building their businesses in a vibrant urban district.Whether artists, designers, retailers, photographers, or inventors, they all mix and mingle here, drawing on each other’s creativity to make the Short North extraordinary.
The energy is infectious and makes you feel alive, starting with the celebrated Gallery Hop on the first Saturday of each month, drawing hundreds of Central Ohioans to High Street to walk the neighborhood and enjoy the art life. In October, the annual HighBall, the nation’s fiercest costume party, turns Halloween into a holiday you won’t forget anytime soon. And if you’re looking to buy, the annual Short North Summer and Winter Sales, or a day-long treasure hunt at the Short North Yard Sale (first Saturday in June), will leave you excited to show off your purchases.
The Short North is also home to the largest pride event in the Midwest – the Columbus Pride Parade & Festival, held in Goodale Park each June (and welcoming close to 500,000 attendees). With its Pride Patio, Family Area, and two music stages, the festival steps off with the Pride Parade. Also hosted in Goodale Park, Comfest is a three-day festival – held the last weekend every June – bringing together alternative politics, arts & crafts, music and reunions with old friends and introductions to new ones. It draws tens of thousands from throughout central Ohio and far beyond.
Every Columbus Day Weekend, Columbus celebrates the Columbus Italian Festival, presented by Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church. Followed by the sights, sounds and flavors of Greece at the annual Greek Festival, held at the ornate Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Labor Day weekend. Take a tour of the cathedral to learn how it was painstakingly decorated by hand.
There is nothing hidden in this fabulous neighborhood! The exciting Short North Arts District spans the mile-stretch just north of downtown along the High Street corridor connecting to OSU campus. Every step of the way will delight with all the Short North has to offer from galleries to retail, restaurants to nightlife.