Festival Info

Independents’ Day returns to East Franklinton for a celebration of the music, art, performances, food and fun that fuels Columbus’ creative spirit.

A 2-day festival located in the heart of Columbus’ vibrant East Franklinton neighborhood, Independents’ Day 2016 will host live music on multiple stages, an array of local arts showcases, marketplaces featuring some of Ohio’s most celebrated vendors, amazing food and drink, live interactive features… and so much more.

Save the date for September 17 – 18, 2016.

We are proud to call Franklinton our home. Read what others are saying about this Columbus neighborhood.

Have Questions?

Contact us at Captain@thisisindependent.com

Health and Safety

Health and safety services will be provided by professionals during the festival.


How much does it cost to get in?
Independents’ Day festival is FREE! Isn’t it great that you can enjoy an additional beverage or delicious food instead of paying to get into the fest?
Where do I park for the festival?
We recommend parking your car in the COSI parking lot. This lot is walking distance to the festival. You might be lucky enough to snag some street parking, just keep in mind those pesky meter time limits. If you are using a car service such as Uber, you can get dropped off right near the fest!
Where do I check in for my volunteer shift?
Stop by the Command Center on Town and Lucas before your shift so we can get you checked in.
Is this festival fun for all ages?
Absolutely! We even have a kid area, kID, so your little ones can have a fun festival going experience as well.
Can I bring my pets?
We suggest you leave your four-legged friends at home.
If it rains, is the festival cancelled?
We are on rain or shine!