This weekend's Labor Day Arts Festival will offer more than just an exhibition of artisans' work: Visitors will also be able to get hands-on with much of the space.

This weekend's Labor Day Arts Festival will offer more than just an exhibition of artisans' work: Visitors will also be able to get hands-on with much of the space.

Upper Arlington's blind-juried arts festival will include nearly 200 fine art and fine craft artists from around the country.

The free festival is expected to draw nearly 20,000 visitors between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, to Northam Park, 2070 Northam Road. The day will kick off with a performance by the Upper Arlington High School marching band. Other musical acts will include experimental blues band Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, "retro instrumental surf rock" band the Bastard Sons of Neptune, and 1970s "film soundtrack-inspired jazz fusion" band Descendre.

In addition to the numerous art displays, patrons will have a chance to interact with local and national artists. Wide-ranging activities include Freda Abbott Ayodele instructing on the creation of colorful masks associated with African and North American indigenous tribes, interactive theater with performer Candace Mazur, henna body art by Memon Noor.

There will be clay demonstrations and instruction with Nicki Strouss, and Zoey Boyles of OSU Urban Arts Space will work with children to recreate Dale Chihuly glass sculptures using plastic "shrinky dinks" and markers. Members of the Columbus College of Art and Design will instruct in the finer points of drawing and sketching.

In addition, festival-goers will be able to try their hands at:

Crown-making for young princesses and princes with members of BalletMet Columbus.

Creating glass window sparklers with Juliann Breeding.

Making cards to be delivered with Meals-on-Wheels presented by Colleen Caruso.

Making mosaic-style tiles from colored paper pulp with members of Cobenick Studios.

Making duct tape wallets with Lindsay Gietz.

Printmaking (an introduction) with Anna Mackay;

Turning everyday recyclables into toys, games, jewelry and more with Eric Marlow.

Making artist trading cards from tissue, foil and collage, and learning about their history, with Diana Zamrazil VanBruggen.

Craft making with Olivera Bratich and Emily Wetenhouser of Wholly Craft.

Drum making and a drum circle with musician Baba Jubal.

Printmaking using Styrofoam plates, with Michelle Rond.

Balloon sculpting with Dizzy Doc Sculpted Air.

Traditional face painting from Funhouse Faces.

Collage-making with Matisse-a-Pizza and artist Pat Durkin.

Lampworking demonstrations with Glass Axis.

Festival organizers are also hoping to raise at least $10,000 from the event's online auction,to support Upper Arlington Cultural Arts division programming and scholarships to school district seniors.

The auction can be viewed online at www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionID=130122209.

More details on the Labor Day Arts Festival can be found online at www.uaoh.net/artsfestival.