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Arena District To Host Fashion Meets Music Festival In August

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The Fasion Meets Music Festival that will be held in downtown Columbus in August is expected to draw thousands. The Fasion Meets Music Festival that will be held in downtown Columbus in August is expected to draw thousands.
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The Arena District in downtown Columbus will be hosting a new music festival the last weekend of August.

The festival will combine two loves of Central Ohioans: Fashion and Music.

The first ever Fashion Meets Music Festival will create an atmosphere similar to the South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas, according to organizers.

“Bringing music and fashion together, which no other city in America has done, gives us an opportunity to do very much like Austin did, and make Columbus the fashion and music capitol of the country,” said Bret Adams, one of the organizers for the event.

The festival will feature interactive opportunities, which will separate it from other shows or concerts.

"We are really looking at brining those opportunities to life. For example, it might be a meet and greet acoustic session with one of the musicians who just got off stage there on McPherson commons for example. Or it might be the opportunity of understanding why a designer started in her field,” said Fashion Meets Musical Festival Communication Director Melissa Dickson.

The group believes the festival will have an economic impact of about $5.5 million to Columbus.

More than 250 music and design acts have committed to the festival, which is expected to draw at least 120,000 people to the Arena District for the event.

“It’s definitely going to be an environment that breaks out into more of an experience,” said Dickson. “That’s really bringing those brands that you see every day on a local level, that you might not know exist in Columbus, because there are more than 518 designers here locally.”

The festival will cover many outdoor stages and venues around the Arena District and Convention Center. There will also be an urban campground set up near Huntington Park for easy walking to all events over the extended weekend.

An announcement with the names of the big acts that will be attending the festival is expected to be made soon.

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