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CBUStoday’s guide to ComFest 2023 at Goodale Park

ComFest returns to Columbus, OH on Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25 in Goodale Park with local performers, vendors, and food and drink.

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How many ComFest souvenir cups have you collected? | Photo via ComFest

ComFest is back this weekend, and Goodale Park is getting ready for a party.

From Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25, ComFest will take over the Short North park with live music, a variety of vendors, and plenty of food and drink options. The volunteer-ran event is free and family-friendly — though we’ll be the first to remind everyone of the no shirt, no problem policy.

If you’re looking to plan your day, the schedule can be found online. Plus, if you can’t make it, most of these shows will be live streamed on YouTube. Here are a few to watch, preferably in-person with a beer in hand:

  • Comedy Showcase hosted by Wonder Doug | Friday, June 23 | 9:15 p.m. | Peace & Healing Stage | Stand-up comedy
  • Zoo Trippin’ | Friday, June 23 | 10 p.m. | Bozo Stage | Progressive rock
  • The Speakeasy | Saturday, June 24 | 8:05 p.m. | Live Arts Stage | Mix of local artists
  • Deeptones | Sunday, June 25 | 3 p.m. | Bozo Stage | Funk and soul
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ComFest has been in Goodale Park since 1993. | Photo by CBUStoday

This year, ComFest partnered with the Museum at Bethel Woods for an oral history project on festivals in the 60s-70s. Whether that was original ComFest in 1972, or Woodstock in 1969 – experts will be on-hand to record oral histories from past attendees. And, if you want more history, the ComFest Museum that holds 51 years of ComFest memories will be open all weekend.

No festival is complete without food and ComFest has plenty of options. Local favorites like Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Dos Hermanos, or Lavash Café will be available in food trucks. National vendors will also be on site offering fair foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and lemon shake-ups. Either way, pick up drink tokens to wash it all down with a beer from Columbus Brewing Company.