Creative Events Round-Up: May

Say goodbye to your weeknight Netflix marathons— the nights are brighter and longer, there are endless events to choose from and warm weather is here to stay. We found it especially tough this month to highlight only a few of the many awesome happenings in our creative community throughout the month of May. Don’t stop here though, make sure you browse our entire creative events calendar (or you might just miss out on something amazing). 

Columbus Startup Week

May 8-12 at Vue Columbus

Endless energy, expertise and passion for ideas and our community— experience it all five days in a row (for free!?!) at the third annual Columbus Startup Week. Starting at 8:00 am, local experts will lead talks centered around starting your own business and finding entrepreneurial success. Located in the Brewery District, Vue Columbus will serve as the Startup Week “basecamp” for the second year in a row.

If you are a creative who has been toying with the idea of going out on your own, this is a rare opportunity to enter “startup bootcamp” for free, and truly understand what it would take to establish your own business as a full time freelancer. Check out the full schedule of events and see who’s attending at


May 10 at Columbus College of Art and Design

Back for a second year, CCAD will host the community for an all-night celebration of their students. Chroma is a campus-wide juried show that showcases pieces from each of CCAD’s majors as well as their CORE programs and first-year MFA students. 

In addition to seeing some spectacular student pieces throughout campus, Chroma will host Columbus food and beverage favorites, putt-putt, Awesomatic photo booth and so much more! Visit for all the details. 

ARTrepreneur Workshop Series

May 10-June 5 at The Steam Factory

The ARTrepreneur Workshop Series (AWS) is back for the second year in a row and will offer free four weeks of professional development program for established and aspiring art-based entrepreneurs. If you are interested in learning more about copyright law, negotiating contracts, money management, and low-cost marketing tactics, this is an incredible opportunity to learn from local experts and create a free business plan. 

This series is a partnership between the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise at The Ohio State University, The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), Creative Control Fest, and Mosaic Education Network. Learn more about the ARTrepreneur Workshop Series by visiting their website

The Flyover Fest

May 11-13 at North Campus + South Clintonville Neighborhoods

According to a recent feature in Columbus Alive, The Flyover Fest aims to make Columbus a destination and bring together creatives across the midwest to spur conversation and celebrate our incredibly talented city! In its’ very first year, this 3 day fest will host events across the city, bridging the worlds of music, literature, film and podcasts at venues like the Wexner Center for the Arts, Wild Goose Creative and more.

And BONUS!— Rambling House will play host to an all-day book and music fair sponsored by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on Saturday from 11am-5pm. Stop by for  readings, panel discussions, kids programming, and more! For more info, visit

Art Museum Day

May 21 at Columbus Museum of Art

A whole day dedicated to celebrating our favorite art museum?? Don’t mind if we do. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 21 for free admission to the museum and a special celebration of CMA. Art Museum Day is recognized nationally by more than 180 museums across the world— learn more here

That’s not all Columbus has to offer this month— click to check out our full calendar of events.