RiverFest, music festivals slated for Uptown's spring event series

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 25, 2014 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Elizabeth Hurst of Uptown Columbus announces Tuesday morning the lineup for the 2014 Uptown Concert Series at a press conference. 03/25/14

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Glow runs, grillathons and Peggy Jenkins and the Bizness -- Uptown Columbus' spring event series is "packed."

"We have a lot more happening this spring," said Elizabeth Hurst, Uptown's vice president of community relations and marketing. "We've really tried to pack in as much as we possibly could in those key months, where it's not super cold and it's not super hot."

The group announced their spring series Tuesday morning alongside a lineup of community sponsors, partners and event organizers.

Last year, Columbus welcomed 1.7 million visitors, spending about $318 million, according to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Highlights for the months ahead include the return of the Uptown Concert Series, starting April 4 with DSOS; the Light Up Columbus Blue for Autism glow run on April 18; the seventh annual Frogtown Hollow Jam music festival; and the RiverFest Weekend, May 9-10, celebrating a year of operations for the whitewater course.

But there's more: the CutBait Music Festival is returning June 13-14; Scott Ressmeyer and the Miracle Riders will return from another fundraising cross-country tour on May 23; and Jan Greeff will attempt the Guinness World record for longest barbecue marathon, April 24-27, benefiting JDRF, a global funder of diabetes research. Greeff is calling it "The Grillathon.

"All those events just give more to offer the community," Hurst said, "so there is truly something happening every weekend that's free that people can come out to."

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