Independents’ Day – Columbus

56.) Independents’ Day – Columbus – September 21, 2013

Back in 2009, I came to downtown Columbus for a chalk festival called Via Colori, which coincidentally took place in conjunction with Independents’ Day

…a festival with a mission “to celebrate and develop independent culture, commerce and creativity.”

Interestingly enough, I arrived at the growing festival (3 days this year) after having attended 6 other festivals that day and driving over 200 miles…

…only to accidentally park in a 30 minute max parking space.

But rather than find another spot, I went with it.

I was out of the car…

…the music was calling me from the alleyway…

…and I was ready to rock.

Along with a main stage…

…there was music galore at Independents’ Day…

…in small niches…

…or in sub-alleys…

…and some music was available for sale.

There was also plenty of eclectic stuff…

…including shirts (Wholly Craft)…

…comics (NIX, Sketch & Kvetch)…

…art…

…prints (The Tenant)…

…and rockin’ gifts (What the Rock?!)

But even if you didn’t feel like buying anything…

…you could watch painters paint…

… see roller girls roll (on right)…

…dance your heart out…

…art it up in the street…

…pet someone’s pooch…

…chug domestic beer…

…sip some local spirits (Signature Wines/Brothers Drake)…

…or sink your teeth into grub from various food booths…

…parked along the main drag…

…in alley pockets…

…or in the alley itself (unfortunately, with the trash bins).

Just be sure that you parked somewhere where the meter wasn’t running too quickly…

…I guess I still had of time for a gyro.

.

Leave a Comment