Westerville offers the best of old and new to its residents, businesses, and visitors. Visiting and shopping in the Uptown area provides a glimpse back at simpler times with its charming architecture, refurbished storefronts, and historic brick buildings that line State Street and several side streets. Westerville includes an award-winning library, 46 parks, the 10th largest school district in the state, Otterbein University, and incredible health care facilities operated by three of the main health care industries in Central Ohio. Recently, Westerville was named the 7th Happiest Suburb in America, the Best Suburb in America (by Movoto), and the 5th Friendliest Town in America (by Forbes).
Located north of the I-270 outerbelt, Westerville is just 15 miles from downtown Columbus. Westerville is also located between two nationally renowned shopping malls – Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place, providing easy access. You won’t want to miss out on Cheryl’s Cookies, Giammarco’s, or Northstar Cafe, a sampling of the many hometown favorites.
Uptown Westerville is filled with eclectic shops, restaurants, and local art that rival any of the neighborhood destinations in Columbus. The Westerville Young Professionals Network hosts Uptown Shuffle – featuring an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt among local businesses in June.
Annually, the Westerville Area Chamber Music & Arts Festival at Heritage Park and Everal Barn is another great event to discover. The festival is held in July and features more than 130 fine arts and craftspeople, live entertainment on two stages, youth exhibits, delicious food, and more. The festival was named Best Suburban Arts Festival in Central Ohio by CityScene Magazine’s 2014 Best of the ‘Bus reader survey. The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau hosts Fourth Friday Festivals April through September.