After much thought, consideration, prayer and logic, Market Street Festival organizers and the Main Street Columbus Board of Directors have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Market Street Festival. In the best interest of health, safety and the integrity of what has become the largest special event in Columbus, the 25th Anniversary of the award-winning festival will now take place on May 7 & 8, 2021. (The annual event originally scheduled for May 1 & 2, 2020 was rescheduled to September 11 & 12, 2020 in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.) The impact of this cancellation will be felt deeply throughout the community, but given the uncertainty of the pandemic plans cannot move forward. Although the festival cannot take place this year due to safety concerns surrounding Covid-19, information regarding online purchases from registered vendors will be listed on so that supporters can continue to enjoy the crafts they look forward to purchasing each year. “We can’t wait to celebrate our community and friends together next year in what is certain to be the most anticipated Market Street Festival yet! Heartfelt thanks to all of our long-time volunteers, vendors, sponsors, musical talents, and supporters for your unending support and love. We appreciate the community for supporting our decision. “said Amber Brislin, Market Street Festival Coordinator. “I am sorry that this difficult decision had to be made but we are certain it is the right one. We have always been able to adjust to unexpected circumstances. Thankfully, we have never had to cancel Market Street Festival before.” stated Barbara Bigelow, Main Street Columbus Executive Director. Organizers have communicated with other festival coordinators throughout the state who have also been forced to cancel special events due to Covid-19 concerns. Mayor Robert Smith stated, “This event has a significant economic impact on our community which will be greatly missed. However, this is a responsible decision, which I whole-heartedly support. We will certainly miss this special gathering for our entire community”. Plans will continue to bring you a fantastic 25th Anniversary of the premier festival. Be sure to monitor the website and social media for updates and information for the Mardi Gras inspired 2021 celebration.
Market Street Festival has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society for 20 years.
A crowd of nearly 40,000 gathers each year to enjoy the two-day festival. We are proud to offer over 250 arts, crafts
and food vendors as well as dozens of special events, musical acts and activities throughout the festival.