ComFest 2016, short for Community Festival, brings together the people of Columbus and its visitors. With a street fair, hundreds of live performances, and a full schedule of events, the three-day festival in June is a highlight for many.

For local nonprofits, the festival is a chance to raise funds and get the word out on how they help for the community. For musicians, ComFest is a chance to perform before a large, happy crowd. Gourmands see the festival as a chance to sample locally made food and wine. For countless others, the festival is a chance to have the fun and enjoy the early summer weather. One of the biggest events on the events calendar in Columbus unfolds at the sprawling Goodale Park.

Comfest History and Facts

Ever since the first festival, ComFest has been all about unity and raising funds to help strengthen the community. The first festival unfolded in 1972, showcasing the organizations and nonprofits dedicated to the greater good.

It's come a long way from the early days when a few bands and a small crowds gathered at a tent near The Ohio University campus. As more events were added and more years passed, the festival's warm-hearted spirit has remained.

Tickets to ComFest

Come on down to Goodale Park and enjoy Comfest Columbus Ohio for free. You won't need to worry about paying an entry fee for the party with a purpose. But you'll want to bring along some money for food, shopping, or any donations you want to make for the community organizations at ComFest 2016.

Directions to Comfest Columbus Ohio

Goodale Park is easy to find the heart of north Columbus; it's just minutes off Interstate 670. If you're coming from the south, follow Interstate 71 north from Cincinnati. Exit at Highway 670 west and then turn right once you reach Neil Avenue. From there, take a right at Buttles; the park is on the right, too. From the airport, the route is exactly the same, except you'll take Interstate 70 west to Highway 670.

If you're starting northwest of Columbus, take highway 315 south en route to Comfest Columbus Ohio. At the junction of Neil Avenue, turn left. The first stoplight is Buttles, where you're take a right. Goodale Park is easy to find on the right. You won't be able to miss the crowds gathered for the fun of ComFest 2016.

Lodging near ComFest

Thanks to the park's central location, many Ohio hotels are located within a few miles of Goodale Park. Varsity Inn OSU North, at 3246 Olentangy River Road, is less than four miles from the park and only a mile from the university campus.

The comfortable and friendly guestrooms are well equipped with such perks as in-room coffee, high-speed wireless access, and cozy linens. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and fitness center for guests to enjoy.

Another one of the Columbus hotels close to ComFest, Country Inn and Suites Columbus Airport is centrally located at 2900 Airport Drive. An indoor pool and whirlpool provide a place to relax after a fun day at ComFest. Before the fun begins, you can gear up for the day be enjoying the complementary breakfast served at the Country Inn and Suites.

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