Lisa Vogel in Conversation with Elvira Kurt

Lisa Vogel in Conversation with Elvira Kurt

In 1976, at the age of 19, Lisa applied her working class roots to her newfound passion for women’s community and founded the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. Under Lisa’s leadership as the festival producer for its entire run, Michigan evolved from a rustic three-day primitive camping event into a week-long state-of-the-arts music and cultural festival. Lisa and Elvira, long-time friends and Michigan collaborators, will have a conversation about Michigan herstory, culture, and community.

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Press Release 6-28-19

Press Release 6-28-19

Lesbians Benefitting the Arts and The Ohio Lesbian Festival Announce 30th Anniversary News

30th Festival may be last at Hoover Y Park

Lesbians Benefitting the Arts is delighted to bring you our 30th Ohio Lesbian Festival in September 2019.  It will take place once again at Hoover Y Park.  We have, however, been made aware that the property is in contract and, therefore, they are accepting no new contracts after the 2019 season.  We cannot assume that the venue, under new ownership, will be available to us in the future.

The Festival Production Team is hard at work producing a stellar 30th Anniversary Festival.  Some very exciting things are coming, so check our website often at   The board of Lesbians Benefitting the Arts, the producing organization, is committed to continuing to build, promote and provide for women’s community in Columbus and Central Ohio. 

We want you to know that the format of the Ohio Lesbian Festival may look different going beyond our 30th and 2019.  The Ohio Lesbian Festival started as a picnic 30 years ago and, through the efforts of many dedicated women, has grown to the production you now experience.   We have made no decisions yet, but the venue is a critical component of any Festival. We will be keeping our eyes and ears open for opportunities that would be appropriate for an event like ours. 

There is much to consider, and the board and the production team promise to be transparent and thoughtful as we approach these decisions.  We welcome and encourage your thoughts and suggestions by using this feedback form. Doing so will help us to funnel all of the feedback into one place! (While you are welcome to comment on social media, it is very difficult to track & respond to every comment) Going forward, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved and help shape the future of women’s community. 

Thank you all, 

Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) Board and Ohio Lesbian Festival (OLF) Production Team

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ANNOUNCING!  The 30th Anniversary Ohio Lesbian Festival Line up!

ANNOUNCING! The 30th Anniversary Ohio Lesbian Festival Line up!

The 30th Anniversary Ohio Lesbian Festival Line up!

September 19-22nd, 2019

Holly Near 
with Tammy Hall

with Wendy Sobel

Mary Gauthier

Mimi Gonzalez

Staceyann Chin

Chris Pureka

Elvira Kurt

The Kofy Brown Band



Tangina Stone

The Harmaleighs

Heather Mae


Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

*WOC/NIW Spotlight*: 
*Nia & Ness*

River Hags

In Broad Damelight

5 Stages full of Music & Comedy! Vendors! WOC/NIW Programming! Connection! Workshops! OLF Cafe! Arm Wrestling Tournament! Crones Crossing! Drum Circles! Community! The Haven! The Rise Community Center! Sacred Singing! Dance Parties! Camping! Fabulous Food Trucks! Workshops! 
And so much more!

All Womyn Welcome, Always!

Come join us in Building a Global Community ~ engaging us all to heal, grow, connect and take action.

30 minutes south of Columbus @ the Hoover Y Park

Photo credit: Julie King

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Advertise with Us!

Advertise with Us!

Want to promote your business or organization to all the womyn who will be attending the 30th Anniversary Ohio Lesbian Festival this year? Early-bird advertising prices are still in effect through July 1, 2019. Get your ad into the Ohio Lesbian Festival program and get your ad into the hands of every womyn who comes through the gate! Contact Christy with any questions about advertising to the OLF community at


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One Day OLF Ticket Special

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Ohio Lesbian Festival, 4 and 3 day festival tickets will be available with a $30 discount on this coming Saturday, May 18, 2019.  These discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the LBA’s Global Community Day Comedy Show at Slammers, 202 E Long Street, Columbus OH 43215.    Regularly advance price tickets of $180 and $175 will be available for purchase at the discounted rate of $150 and $145. Admission the to the Comedy Show is $15/person.  


The 30th Anniversary ticket discount will also be available on the Ohio Lesbian Festival website –Follow this Link – with an additional $15 donation to the Ohio Lesbian Festival.  This online discount is only good on Saturday May, 18, 2019.

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