You'll find special events and activities around every corner! Check out just a few of the special experiences awaiting you at IDX.

Comune Pop-Up Brunch 

Kick off your ID weekend with a three-course pop-up brunch from Comune, the plant-forward restaurant coming soon to Columbus. The Comune team will prepare three vegetarian courses paired with Ramble House coffee and Watershed cocktails. Comune Pop-Up Brunch begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Reserve your seat before they’re sold out!


12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Children of all ages are invited to join us this Independents' Day at their very own kID-sized fairy garden. This year will feature a variety of arts and crafts - from creating leaf people and creatures, to woodland animal masks and chalkboard art.

The adventure will continue with a fairy door scavenger hunt, and kids are welcome to plant seeds in their own self-designed container.

Join us for a celebration of creativity, including a special interactive performance by Super Arts League from noon to 1:00 p.m on the Circle Stage. The Super Art League is a league of super artists integrating visual art with performance art to empower youth through creativity, curiosity and compassion.

Coffee Sampling

Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Sample coffee from the city’s newest coffee roasters in the Food Events Tent.

BQIC Showcase

2-3 p.m. Sunday on the Circle Stage

Join Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus to celebrate Black queer and trans artists and support movements against police brutality and other forms of oppression.

Franklinton Partners

ID moved a couple blocks east this year, but don’t forget to show some love to all of our favorite neighborhood businesses and community partners before and after you head to the fest! Columbus Idea Foundry will celebrate independent makers and entrepreneurs with a two-day open house featuring tours, demonstrations, make & takes and live music. The Idea Foundry will be open to the public from 12-6 p.m. Saturday and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. Land Grant Brewing Company will offer a brewery tour at 3 p.m. Saturday, and will serve beers all weekend at the brewery as well as in our Ohio Beer Garden. Strongwater Food and Spirits and Rehab Tavern will be open all weekend selling food and drinks!

Comedy Roast Battles

Columbus Roast Battles live Saturday at Independents’ Day. Comedian Ian Miller brings his popular Comedy Roast Battles to ID! Local comedians will fight for the title of Columbus roasting champion.

Columbus Moving Image Review 

Saturday, Sept. 16 | 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

A pop-up showcase of shorts and trailers from Ohio filmmakers that have participated in the Columbus Moving Image Art Review quarterly screenings. The films in this show will highlight narrative, documentary, and experimental work by students, faculty and alumni from CCAD, Ohio State University, and Case Western plus local filmmakers such as Celia C. Peters and John Whitney.

Stand-Up Comedy Showcase

Live sets from some of the city's favorite comedians on the Circle Stage.

Alternative Fashion Mob Features

Check out Alternative Fashion Mob’s Peep Show and pop-up shop throughout the weekend in the IDX Marketplace. Don’t miss the Alternative Fashion Mob runway show on Saturday at the circle stage.


Saturday at the Circle Stage

Black Poets Speak Out. Local poets share poems about the Black experience in America, speaking out on injustice, police brutality and more.

Haiku Death Match

Sunday at the Circle Stage. The audience judges as poets go head-to-head reading their short poems in this rapid-fire competition.

 Too Many Cooks

3 p.m. Saturday at the Food Events Tent

Filipino Fare with Bonifacio.  Join Too Many Cooks and Six One Fork for a free community exploration of Filipino fare with Columbus’ own Bonifacio. Learn more about how young Filipino chefs and entrepreneurs are exploring their identity and redefining Filipino food during this free demo and tasting.

Sonocircum Experience

10 p.m. Saturday on the Circle Stage

The Soncircum Experience is an explorative and immersive sound and dance installation employing the spacial relativity of musical elements to produce uniquely immersive auditory dynamics. This group of artists look to dismantle the traditional stage structure of a single, linear focal point. Sonocircum encourages the flow of participants through space by removing the fixed centerpiece and employing interactive visual and auditory tools, blurring the boundaries between spectator and performer.

Live Podcasting

Local podcasters will record live from the festival throughout the weekend in our Podcast Tent! Find the full recording schedule here.