September 20-23rd, 2018



Festival Areas

What sevices that OLF Provides for All attendees.

We’re Building a Global Community-with you!- at the Ohio Lesbian Festival

The Ohio Lesbian Festival has grown momentously over the past couple of years. There are some wonderful changes coming in 2018 and we look forward to sharing these with you as the festival season approaches.

Nurturing this womyn’s community, and finding new ways for each woman to be a part of that community building, is an important part of the Ohio Lesbian Festival. Clearly, we all value this festival and what it brings into our lives, much more than a vacation – it allows each of us to grow and belong to a womyn’s village of diversity and sharing. The Planning Team was excited by the outpouring of enthusiasm by attendee volunteers last year- so we are taking that a step further!

This year we are inviting each attendee to join in creating this community by participating in a 2 hour Community Work Shift.
There will be a variety of things to pick from for every ability-from shady sitting to sunny set up and everything in between.

The process is very simple – when you purchase your ticket(s) you will be able to select a day/time slot. When you arrive at Festival, you will stop by the Community Shift Tent-it will be well marked & you can look for it on the map! There you will be able to see what kind of needs there are in the different areas, at the time you signed up for.
If you find you need to change your community shift day/time to another time slot, that can easily be handled with the person at the Community Shift Tent, as well.

We are excited to welcome each of you into this process of working together to build a stronger community and honoring our individual strengths.

OLF Cafe

Everyone’s favorite spot…for coffee

Come get your “honey” from the goddesses of the dawn! Nothing gives us greater joy than serving you coffee with your sleepy faces and bedhead in the morning. We are open all day long and into the night to keep you refreshed and enjoying the festival.

Our coffee has been donated for the 3rd year in a row by lesbian-friendly, Columbus-based Thunderkiss Coffee (@TkissCoffee). Thunderkiss Coffee is locally roasted, Fair Trade, and sold at two lesbian-owned businesses in Columbus: Bake Me Happy (@BakeMeHappyGF) and Bexley Coffee Shop(@BexleyCoffee & @BexleyCoffeeShop).

The Rise! is OLF’s vibrant social gathering space to play, relax, laugh and share.   

2018 Activities will include :

First timers & Singles Dinner Gatherings
Open Mics
OLF Fashion Show
9th Annual Arm Wrestling Tournament
Spelling Bee
Speed dating
Late night events

Crafts and workshops and sports and games and more!


Thurs 3pm – midnight
Friday 9am – midnight
Saturday 9am – midnight
Sunday 9am – 3pm

Designed for all womyn 50 years and older, Crone’s Crossing is the place for community, workshops, comfort, and relaxation.  You deserve it! 2017 Crone’s Crossing activities included speed dating, a sing-a-long with Crys Matthews and a ukulele song circle, a Croning Ceremony, and workshops on retirement, making stained glass art, the Old Lesbian Oral History Project and making cat shelter blankets.   Check back throughout the summer for the 2018 events at Crone’s Crossing!

What is the WOC/NIW Sanctuary?

We are a welcome center for Womyn of Color, Native and Indigenous Womyn. It’s a warm and friendly place to hang out, socialize or find a quiet corner. Here we find support, form discussion groups, offer workshops and networking, as well as planned and spontaneous activities.

Within this multicultural atmosphere, we offer the unique opportunity to explore and reclaim our many and varied traditions. On The Patio we invite ALL womyn to come together for conversations, community and additional workshops.

Thursday, September 20 9pm – 12am

Pajama Party with Dj Zesty
Kick off Pajama Party at the Shelter House, whether you sleep naked, in boxers, in a fun onesie or that nice silk nightie you’ve been wanting to bust out.
The dance is kid-friendly from 9-10pm, adult only after 10pm.
Friday, Sept 21, 12am – 3am
Glow Party with Dj Unecc
After Friday Night Stage join us in the Rise as we sweat the night away.
There will be live painting with well-known tattoo artists Fawn Baker and Andala Rea
Adult only
We are excited to bring back the Haven for its third year at OLF! The Haven was created in order to provide a sensory-friendly space for anyone seeking a soothing environment during the festival. Various self-lead activities and materials are on hand to promote physical and mental relaxation or stimulus, depending on your needs. Visit the Haven to de-stress, renew, or release by enjoying comfy places to sit, meditation spaces, journaling, relaxing in a hammock, sensory play, crafting, reading, and coloring.

This year the Haven will host a few workshops corresponding with its mission to create a peaceful space for attendees, provide sensory input for folks with sensory needs, maintain a space charged with calming intention, and promote self-care, resilience, and recovery. Please see the OLF program book for more details on workshop titles and hosts.

When you visit the Haven, we ask that you please keep in mind the following:

  • The Haven is intended for use by individuals or small groups, not as a large gathering space, with the exception of workshops
  • Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a guardian at all times
  • Use the area as needed, leaving it available for others who may need it and its supplies after you
  • Be respectful of others
  • Maintain a quiet environment in and around the space  
  • No substance use while in or around the space
  • Please leave the area as you found it, returning supplies to their bins

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Haven!

Deaf Base is a place for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled womyn and other ASL users, including interpreters, to gather and share in communication, community, and resources.

 Deaf Base is where you go to request any ASL interpreter needs – workshops, individual appointments with vendors, or work crews.  Day and Night stage performances already have interpreters provided.  It is appreciated if interpreter requests can be submitted as early as possible within 24 hours, but exceptions for last minute requests will be accepted if resources are available.

 Deaf Base will be hosting a Meet-Up at the festival on Thursday evening at 7pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet other DDBDDHOH womyn and interpreters that are at the festival.  Make sure you come and introduce yourself!

 There is no specific Deaf camping area this year.  You are welcome to camp wherever you like in the designated camping areas.  If you feel you need more accessibility for camping, please apply to camp in Accessible Camping.  This form can be found under camping.

There is a small designated area for those who need access to interpreters during the stage performances on the left front corner.  There is no need to request seating for performances.

 If you need or would like more information, feel free to contact Deaf Base coordinator Laura SkyQuest at

Whether you’ve never held a bow or already love traditional archery, please join us for an intuitive approach to this tribal, female rite.

Workshops (and open range times for those already trained) will be ongoing during the festival. There will be workshops for initial training, and an additional section for those who have shot before but would like to work on improving their form.  All needed equipment is provided.

The “Maiden and Mother” Archery workshop, for girls 8+ with an adult, will continue this year.  The younger archer will learn the basics and teach their grown-up(s) what they have learned.

The Archery Coordinators, Karen and dorrie, served on the MichFest archery crew with Falcon River and fell in love with this sacred, meditative sport; they are certified, Level Two Instructors with USA Archery.  This will be the third year of archery at OLF.

Feel free to bring your own traditional archery equipment; however, we cannot accommodate high poundage compound bows or other projectile sports.  Safety equipment is required for all.

Shop with us to support the Ohio Lesbian Festival

OLF Merchandise and Mercantile Booth are located near the stage seating area.  

OLF Merchandise will include Ohio Lesbian Festival sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, bandanas, cups, mugs, patches, stickers, lighters and other souvenirs.

The Mercantile is where you can find amazing one-of-a-kind items that have been donated by OLF attendees and supporters.  Included are womyn/lesbian interest books, music, memorabilia and collectibles.

Merchandise & Mercantile Booth Hours:

  • Thursday 3pm -9pm
  • Friday 9am-9pm
  • Saturday 9am-11pm
  • Sunday 9am – 3pm 

We accept cash, check with ID and credit cards.


will open each morning @ 8:00am
We will remain open @ least 30 mins after the close of RISE

All 12-step meetings begin on the ½  hour
All welcome!

Stop by the Recovery Central tent.
We offer all, a friendly
greeting, a schedule of recovery meetings and general support.

Find old friends and make new ones.

12-step meetings are Open to all.


 Find a Clean & Sober Sisterhood at the 2018 Ohio Lesbian Festival

We’ll  have a 24 Hr. Recovery Central HOTLINE


for anonymous 12-step support by phone, text or meeting


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