Hopping 'Round the Short North
The first Saturday of every month brings thousands of visitors to Columbus' Short North, the area of North High Street just North of downtown Columbus, for the monthly Gallery Hop. The crowds flock to see new art exhibits and add to their growing collections. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art. Though many shops are open earlier, the Gallery Hop officially starts at 4 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. with restaurants and bars staying open considerably later.
On a typical Hop, over 40 galleries and non-traditional art venues, such as restaurants, boutiques, and salons, spotlight the best of established and emerging Ohio-based artists. They also feature the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
On the streets performers settle into the many nooks of the district to entertain the throngs of Short North fans. Saxophonists, singers, improvisational dance troupes, even stilt walkers and stage characters add to the unforgettable experience. You will also find vendors selling their hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items.
AIBD Convention note – the Short North neighborhood is just up the street from the convention hotel. The August Gallery Hop happens on the Saturday right after the AIBD convention ends. So if you're jonesin' for the perfect Columbus vibe, plan on extending your stay by one day!
But, you don't have to take our word for it. We'll just leave you with what the NEW YORK TIMES had to say,
"With over 26 years of tradition, the Short North is renowned for the buzz of Gallery Hop. 2009 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Gallery Hop and it's still going strong. Columbus has undergone a transformation by luring young professionals ... the city has seen a flurry of downtown development - and gained an unexpected new profile as a Midwestern style capital."