The Short North Arts District Gallery Hop occurs every first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors converge on the strip 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 4PM and runs to 10PM with restaurants and bars staying open considerably later.
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In the galleries and shops... On a typical Hop, over 40 galleries and non-traditional art venues (think 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. To see the feature exhibits please visit Gallery Exhibits.
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.
Hear how others describe the event....
"The Best Arts Event in the State" . . . Ohio Magazine
"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."
"The Short North and Gallery Hop gives Columbus its swagger!" . . . Mayor Michael Coleman
"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." - New York Times
Gallery Hop Vendors & Performers
If you are interested in being a street performer or vendor, please download the 2013 Gallery Hop guidelines and application.
To be considered, you must have your application returned to the Short North Alliance by the 15th of the month prior to the Hop. Please call Courtney Winnen at 614-299-8050 ext. 10 with any additional questions.