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.


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When is it?

Like its name implies, Second Saturday Arts in the Alley is held the second Saturday of summer months, weather permitting.

Where is it?

The festival is held in the alley one block east of Mill Street. If you’re using your GPS, enter 116 Mill Street as your destination.

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?

Not at all. In fact, there are no gates. We set up a welcome area on Mill Street, but you are welcome to enter the festival from all sides.

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?

Sure! First Friday Arts in the Alley has something for everyone. There are activities for the whole family, so the kids have a great time (and grandma and grandpa have fun too).

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?

Probably not. We pack a lot into just a few city blocks, so for everyone’s safety and comfort, we ask you to leave these at home.

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?

For the sake of everyone’s safety and comfort, we ask that you refrain from smoking during the festival or cross the street for a smoke break.

Are there restrooms?

The festival is completely outdoors. There are three temporary restrooms available on-site, and a permanent public restroom across the street in the Creekside Plaza.

What if it's raining?

The festival is completely outdoors and will be held rain or shine.

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?

We’re happy to answer any and all other questions you have! Simply send an email to

apply to be a vendor

If you’re a maker, performer, crafter, seller, or contributor, we want you to be a vendor. Whether you’re a pro who can show Gahanna how it’s done or a novice that’s never participated in a festival before, we’ve set up programs especially for you.


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Arts in the Alley is only possible because of your support. Every dollar we raise helps the festival experience get better and helps the fun continue month to month. No gift is too small! But if you are able to give a larger donation, please inquire about sponsorship opportunities so we may recognize your contribution to the community.


Did you know? Arts in the Alley
is only one of our initiatives this summer
Everyone can be a part
of the Mural on Mill Street