Visitor Resources

New to the Short North Arts District?

Check out the frequently asked questions and top tips for getting up to speed on all the District has to offer.

How do I navigate the current construction in the Short North Arts District?

For helpful information on how to navigate changes and re-routes as we beautify and improve our neighborhood, please click here.

Where do I park?

Click here for more information on directions and parking.

When is Gallery Hop?

Gallery Hop is the first Saturday of the month, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, every month of the year. In 2015, the Short North Arts District celebrated 30 years of Gallery Hop, which began as a collective art opening and continues to be one of the most anticipated monthly arts events in Columbus.

What activities are there to do in the Short North Arts District?

There is something for everyone in the Short North Arts District. Dine at one of the many restaurants in the District, view and collect art in the galleries, or shop for clothes, gifts, and more at the Short North Arts District’s retail stores.

I’m bringing a tour group to the Short North Arts District. What activities can I schedule for our visit?

There are a number of different hands-on activities for tour groups including candle-making, mead-tasting, beauty workshops, and arts experiences. For more details, check out DIY Workshops & Educational.

What time are the Short North Arts District shops and galleries open?

Each shop or gallery is independently owned and operated, with their own business hours. Core business hours are between 12:00pm to 5:00pm, with many locations open earlier or later. Visit the Shopping and Arts & Galleries pages to get more specific information on hours of operation.

I want to plan a private event. Where can I host it?

There are a number of places in the Short North Arts District to host your private event. Click here to download the list or email your questions to

What is HighBall and when does it take place?

HighBall Halloween is the nation’s most elaborate costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall Halloween street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear.

HighBall Halloween occurs on the weekend prior to Halloween, and is scheduled for October 26 – 27, 2018.

Can I take a walking tour?

The Short North Arts District is very walkable area, perfect for a self-guided tour. Check out the public art that lines High Street or the exciting store fronts that are typically seasonally decorated, always with artistic flair. Click here for more information regarding a guided tour of the Short North Arts District.

Where can I find a copy of your Walking Map?

We have a number of maps to help you navigate the District with ease. Click on the links to download:

Dining Guide
Gallery Guide
Services & Salons Guide
Shopping Guide

You can contact the Short North Alliance office for hard copies of the Convention Center Area Walking Map, or you can find them at the Experience Columbus Visitor’s Centers in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, on Nationwide Boulevard, or at Easton Town Center. For a downloadable copy of this Convention Center Area Walking Map, click here.

Where can I stay in the Short North Arts District?

The neighborhood has a variety of lodging options. Enjoy your stay in a cozy bed and breakfast, a full-service hotel, or an arts boutique hotel with the Short North Arts District outside your door. For more information, visit Lodging & Hotels.

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