Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions!
Where does the festival take place?
The Ohio Lesbian Festival takes place at Frontier Ranch
– a rustic, outdoor festival venue.
The address is 8836 York Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062.
Follow this link for Google Map
If you are coming from the east:
Take 70 E to the OH-310 exit (exit 118) toward Etna/Pataskala
Turn left onto 310 (Etna/Hazelton Road) and go less than a mile
Turn right onto National Road SW/US-40 East and drive approximately 3 miles.
Turn left onto York Road SW/ County Hwy 39 (watch for the York Rd sign)
Drive half a mile and you will see the sign and front gate for Frontier Ranch on your left.
If you are coming from the west:
Take 70 W to the OH-158 exit (exit 122) toward Kirkersville/Baltimore
Turn right onto OH-158/County Highway 40/Outville Road.
Then take the first left onto OH-158. Drive approximately 1 mile.
Turn left onto National Road SW/US-40 W and drive less than a mile
Turn right onto York Road SW/County Hwy 39 (watch for the York Road sign)
Drive half a mile and you will see the sign and the front gate for Frontier Ranch on your left.
When do the gates open?
The gate times are as follows:
Friday, Sept. 16 : 3pm – 10pm
Saturday, Sept. 17 : 9am – 9pm
Sunday, Sept. 18: 9am – 2pm
What happens when I arrive?
If you plan to arrive on Friday you can expect a bit of line at the Front Gate. Have your tickets ready, or if you are buying your tickets at the box office, you will be told where to park. You will be given your wrist band, a camping permit, your festival program and sent on to camping and parking.
Are they different camping areas?
Yes, there are. Please follow this link to find all the updated camping information and guidelines.
What about safety and security at the Ohio Lesbian Festival?
We are in a gated private venue where no one is admitted without a ticket. We work closely with Licking County Officials (Including the Sheriff) to follow all safety and access requirements that they require and / or recommend. Both the venue policy and the festival policy are posted – no guns, and no concealed carry permitted. Our gates are staffed 24 hours a day with trained security staff and volunteers and we do have an emergency plan in place.
Can I bring my RV?
Yes, you can. You will be directed to RV camping once you are through the front gate. There are no hook-ups and if you plan to use a generator during the festival at your campsite you will need to set up in the generator section.
Please follow this link to to see all the most recent information and guidelines
Can I bring my pets with me?
NO ANIMALS are permitted at the Ohio Lesbian Festival except one registered assistance animal per person. You will be required to register your assistance animal at the Box Office and receive a tag.
If you have to bring your pets that are not assistance animals, please follow this link to find area kennels.
Is there childcare at the festival?
Yes, there is. Follow this link to find out most recent information about child care.
Childcare is open scheduled hours each day and children need to be pre-registered to attend.
Can I leave the festival and come back?
Yes, you can. You will be given a wristband when you check in at Box Office and that will be your pass to leave and re-enter the festival gate at any time.
Remember until you have checked in at Festival (only during Box Office hours) you will not have a wristband.
I don't want to camp at the festival, are there any nearby hotels?
Yes, there are. Here is a list of local motels, hotels, B&B’s and campgrounds.
Can I bring a bike or a golf cart?
No, you can’t. Due to safety reasons you must either walk or ride the accessibility vehicle.
Is there food at the festival or should I bring my own?
The Ohio Lesbian Festival Kitchen’s focus is to serve locally sourced, womyn-owned and organic food as much as possible. There are meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we are offering a meal plan so that you can pay for your meals in advance. Find out about the kitchen menu and the meal plan here.
What accessibility services do you offer?
All stages are ASL interpreted, workshops and other events are ASL interpreted as needed. Just stop by the Deaf Womyn Services Tent to make a request.
There are 2 accessibility vehicles that make loops through the festival grounds with stops at accessible camping, main stage, kitchen and elsewhere. There are accessible porta-janes throughout the land.
If you need assistance with setting up your campsite please fill out this application and we will have volunteers ready to assist you.
If you require electricity at your campsite – for medical reasons only, please fill out this application.
There is a designated accessible parking area, accessible camping area and wheelchair designated space at the stages.
Is there a Lost & Found?
Yes, stop by Home Base and see if someone has turned in your missing item.
If you find an object that does not belong to you or your friends around you, please turn into Home Base.
We make every effort to hold onto lost items as long as we can to hope it finds its way home to the rightful owner.
What should I bring?
Here is a Packing List to get you started!
Will there be Ohio Lesbian Festival merchandise to buy?
Yes, there will be! Stop by the General Store and check out the 2016 selection of OLF clothing, memorabilia and more. This General store link will have all the updated information and activities. You can also support the festival by shopping in the Mercantile in the Vendor’s Area. The merchandise has all been donated by festi-goers and you never know what you will find. New items will be added each day so stop back often!
Will my cell phone work at the festival?
There are numerous cell phone towers in the area and so most cell phones will have reception.
Please keep in mind with your cell phone’s cameras, never take a picture without consent of all womyn that will be in the picture.
Can I have a fire at my campsite?
No, due to safety reasons no personal fires are allowed. There are established community fire-pits throughout the camping areas which will be stocked with firewood. Please refer to the Camping page for all guidelines.
How can I find a ride to or from the festival?
You can go to the Ohio Lesbian Festival Ride Board! Join up and find a ride or offer a ride to someone else. Save money on gas and make new friends!
What if my question wasn't answered above?
Please email Christy for any other questions or concerns.
Is there a sober support area at the festival?
Yes, there is. Follow this link to find all the most recent Sober Support information and activities.
Are you headed to Ohio Lesbian Festival in September?
Consider joining our Ride Board facebook page~whether you want to offer a ride, split gas costs or need to find a ride, join the page to start your planning now! The board may also be helpful if you want company on your long drive or need a ride to/from the airport.
Follow link below to the page and our moderators will add you.
LBA/OLF are not responsible for vetting members of the Ride Board, or for any issues that may arise from a ride share arrangement. As with all aspects of life nowadays, we encourage you to be safe about sharing your private information. While we will moderate as best as we can to address concerns, we encourage you to reach out to any of the moderators should you encounter any issues. Please share this with only womyn that you know will be or are planning to attend the festival.
We look forward to seeing you at Ohio Lesbian Festival, so START planning now!
You can also check on gas prices where you live or on your route – this is good everywhere in the USA and Canada! http://www.gasbuddy.com/
Stay nearby for the Ohio Lesbian Festival!
If you are not a fan of camping and want to stay for the weekend in a hotel, here is a list of available lodging options in the area. All area codes are 614 unless otherwise noted.
- Neil Avenue B&B Columbus http://www.neilavenuebandb.com/ 27 miles
- Harrison House B&B Columbus http://www.harrisonhouse-columbus.com/ 25 miles
- Victorian Village Guest House Columbus http://www.victorianvillageguesthouse.com/ 25 miles
- Orchard House B&B Granville http://www.orchardhousegranville.com/ 7 miles
- Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel Columbus http://www.wayfaringbuckeye.com/ 27 miles
- Buckeye Lake/East Columbus KOA Buckeye Lake http://koa.com/campgrounds/buckeye-lake/ 10 miles
- Lazy River at Granville Granville http://www.campingfriend.com/lazyriveratgranville/ 16 miles
- Springwood Cabins Logan http://www.springwoodcabins.com/ 70 miles
Ohio State Parks
- Alum Creek SP Delaware http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/alumcreek 39 miles
- Dillon State Park Nashport http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/dillon 40 miles
- A.W. Marion SP Circleville http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/awmarion 35 miles
East of the Festival (these are all 10-13 miles from the festival)
- Red Roof Inn Columbus/Hebron http://www.redroof.com/property/Hebron/OH/43025/Hotels-close-to-Buckeye-Lake-I-70/RRI587/ 10 miles
- Econo Lodge Buckeye Lake Buckeye Lake http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-buckeye_lake-ohio-OH571 10 miles
- Best Western Plus Lakewood Inn Hebron http://www.bwlakewoodhebron.com/ 10 miles
- Econo Lodge Heath http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-heath-ohio-OH315 13 miles
West of the Festival (These are all 12-20 miles from the festival)
- Best Western Plus Executive Suites – Pickerington http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/OH/Pickerington-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-Executive-Suites—Columbus-East/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=36128
- Red Roof Inn Reynoldsburg http://www.redroof.com/property/Reynoldsburg/OH/43068/Hotels-close-to-Columbus-Airport-East-Freeway-I-70-I-270/RRI033/ (close to the airport)
- Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Columbus Airport East http://www.countryinns.com/columbus-hotel-oh-43213/ohcolape
- Hampton Inn Columbus Hamilton Road http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hampton-inn-columbus-i-70e-hamilton-rd-CMHSHHX/index.html
- Days Inn & Suites Columbus East Airport Reynoldsburg www.daysinn.com
- La Quinta Inn Columbus Airport Area http://www.laquintacolumbusairport.com/
- Super 8 Reynolds East Columbus Area Reynoldsbug http://www.super8.com/hotels/ohio/reynoldsburg/super-8-reynolds-east-columbus-area/hotel-overview?cid=local
- Motel 6 Columbus East http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.aspx?num=495
- Hawthorn Suite by Wyndham Airport East Columbus http://www.hawthorn.com/hotels/ohio/columbus/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-airport-columbus-east/hotel-overview
If you are a manager/owner of one of these establishments and would like to offer our Festival attendees a discount OR if you find any errors in the above info please contact Christy.
What to bring to the Ohio Lesbian Festival!
You should bring:
- Your festival tickets and directions to Frontier Ranch
- Camping gear (sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress & pump etc)
- Earplugs – if you’re a light sleeper. If you’re extra sensitive to noise do not camp in/near the O-Zone
- Shower supplies, toiletries, sunscreen and personal medications
- Comfortable footwear – boots, sandals, tennis shoes and bare feet are all acceptable.
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Water bottle/cup/container to carry water from water source to your campsite
- A watch – you don’t want to miss a special workshop or the arm wrestling tournament
- Low beach-style chairs, if you want to sit up close to the stage
- Regular height chairs, if you like to sit back from the stage and take it all in
- Ground Blanket for lounging at your campsite or at the stage
- Notebook/journal and pens for workshops
- If you’re a smoker make sure to bring a container for your cigarette butts (small tins)
- Money for food at the Kitchen (or see the meal plan option!) and to spend in the General Store and the vendor’s area
- Variety of clothing – there may be hot, sunny days with a cool evenings and nights. Bring layers. Fun and crazy costumes are welcome, we invite you to dress up (or down) as you want in this safe space.
- A beautiful, loving attitude and your readiness for a fabulous womyn-only weekend in the country.
You can bring:
- Campstove/ grill – if you prefer to cook at your campsite
- Food – the festival kitchen will be open the entire weekend so there’s really no reason to bring it. (link to kitchen page).
- Address labels – for all the raffle tickets you’ll want to buy at the General Store
- Solar charger for phone
Do not bring:
- Men and boys over 10-years-old
- Animals – only registered assistance animals (one per person) are allowed on the festival grounds and you must register your animal at the Box Office upon arrival.
- A bad attitude or a closed mind
- Music with male voices
Kennels nearby the Ohio Lesbian Festival!
Traveling with pets? Find the perfect place to board your animals near the Ohio Lesbian Festival!
- Refugee Canyon West Kennels –
9077 National Rd SW, Pataskala, OH, Pataskala, OH – (740) 964-2401
- Meegan Kennels – more info »
9077 National Rd SW, Pataskala, OH, Pataskala, OH – (740) 964-2401
- Meegan Kennels – more info »
5177 Watkins Road Southwest, Pataskala, OH, Pataskala, OH – (740) 927-7829
- Old World Kennel – more info »
112 Clayburn Drive, Pataskala, OH, Pataskala, OH – (740) 964-1375
- Kozy Kennel – more info »
11380 Lancaster-Newark Road Northeast, Millersport, OH, Millersport, OH – (740) 467-4500
- Benchmark Pet Services – more info »
6885 Taylor Road Southwest, Reynoldsburg, OH, Reynoldsburg, OH – (614) 866-9738
- Garden & Pet Tender LLC – more info »
6001 Outville Road Southwest, Pataskala, OH, Pataskala, OH – (740) 927-0078