The Ohio LinuxFest is proud to announce that we will hold our 14th annual event at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on October 7 and 8, 2016. Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.

The Downtown-Short North-Arena District location of Columbus, Ohio will be familiar to our guests while providing a more inclusive atmosphere. We will occupy the second floor which entails the three grand ballrooms. This means less walking and more inviting public spaces for interaction. We are also pleased that there are facilities for family restrooms and nursing mothers.

Also convenient are the food court, North Market, Einstein’s Bagels, The Big Bar On Two, and the Hyatt restaurant.

Our preferred hotel this year is the Hyatt Regency. Having the conference and hotel in one place makes it extra convenient and accessible for families and those with physical challenges.

Other Downtown Hotels

These are all on or near the free CBUS downtown circulator route and relatively close to the Hyatt Regency. They all had availability as of September 29, 2016, but are likely to fill up quickly. We have not arranged any special rates with these hotels.

Crowne Plaza – No more rooms left

The Crowne Plaza is located just across Nationwide Boulevard from the Hyatt, which can be accessed via a skybridge. Register at this link for our block rate of $142/night. Included amenities with the room block are:

  • $15 overnight valet parking
  • Complimentary wireless Internet

Hyatt Regency Columbus – No more rooms left

You can reserve your hotel room with the Ohio LinuxFest block at a discounted rate of $142 a night. Our special room block includes:

  • $4.00 discount on self-parking at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage for Overnight Guests
  • Complimentary standard wireless internet access
  • Complimentary access to the onsite fitness facility and pool.


Map showing parking areas

There are multiple paid parking lots and garages in the area of the convention center.

  1. Convention Center East Surface Lot – 875 spaces
  2. Convention Center South Garage – 549 spaces
  3. Convention Center Vine Street Garage – 1778 spaces
  4. Convention Center Goodale Garage – 800 spaces
  5. Nationwide Parking Front Street Garage – 3050 spaces
  6. Nationwide Parking Marconi/Cinema Garage – 1600 spaces
  7. Nationwide Parking Chestnut Street Garage – 1650 spaces
  8. Boggs Park and Ride Surface Lot – 350 spaces
  9. Arena Parking Garage – 575 spaces
  10. Nationwide Parking Surface Lot – 620 spaces
  11. Nationwide Parking Surface Lot/Garage – 1500 spaces


The Central Ohio Transit Authority runs an express bus between Port Columbus airport and convention center-area hotels. They also operate the free CBUS downtown circulator serving the convention center and nearby neighborhoods.