a makers market meets street fair meets block party
First Friday is the signature summer program of the Gahanna Area Arts Council. Held the second Saturday of June, July, and August, this is a true community festival. By Gahanna, for Gahanna, with something for everyone. We’re hoping to bring the entire community together to engage the Arts and support local talent. Shops will stay open late, local vendors will line the streets, and artists will wow you with their talents.
In keeping with our value statement that “every member of the community can be connected to the Arts in meaningful ways,” it is our vision that everyone, artist or not, has the ability to participate. The Arts will be front and center, but they are not meant to be the only draw. Stated explicitly: there’s something here for everyone! Join us and you’ll experience the Arts in some unique and charming ways that might surprise you. And as our movement grows, our hope is that “Second Saturdays” become an essential Gahanna experience.
AND SUPPORT FROM other community SPONSORS
When is it?
Where is it?
We suggest parking in the Creekside parking garage (at the corner of Mill St. and Walnut St.) or in the public parking lot next to the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary (at the corner of High St. and Town St.), although additional street parking is available.
How do I enter? Do I need a ticket?
We use tools like Facebook and Eventbrite to help us plan and track attendance, but you can (and should!) come even if you didn’t register.
Should I bring my kids?
But it’s not a kid-specific event. First Friday makes a great date night or an outing for a group of friends.
Should I bring my dog/bike/skateboard?
Even if your dog is good around people, not everyone is comfortable around your dog, and leashes are tripping hazards.
If you’d like to bike to the festival, that’s great! But please lock your bike up before you enter. There are racks on the Creekside Plaza (between Cold Stone Creamery and Pigskin Brewing Company) and outside the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary (at the corner of High Street and Mill Street).
Can I smoke?
Are there restrooms?
What if it's raining?
In the event the weather makes conditions too unsafe for the event to proceed, we’ll make an announcement on our Facebook page).
What if I have more questions?
apply to be a vendor