Creative South is a weekend of creative thinking, collaboration, and exploration. Attendees enjoy workshops, talks focused on process and experience, and meeting old friends as well as making new ones. Our goal is to connect you to folks in the industry and the design community. Our ULTIMATE goal is for you to have a great time and explore our awesome city. So as we say at Creative South, “Hug necks! Come as friends and leave as family. Word!”


Thursday, April 6th - Workshops
Friday, April 7th - Day 1 Talks
Saturday, April 8th - Day 2 Talks
Sunday, April 9th - Creative by Design


Workshops Location TBD
Talks at The Springer Opera House
Comfy Beds at the Columbus Marriott
Creative by Design at the Columbus Marriott


Columbus, GA is located approx. 1.5 hours southwest of the Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Columbus is nestled alongside the Alabama state line to which we are separated by the Chattahoochee River. The river is now home to one of the largest urban white water rafting courses. Raft, canoe, kayak, paddle board or just sit on the banks and take in the view of the river and the southern sunsets. If you don’t feel like getting your toes wet, then just feel free to zip line over the river to our neighbors stomping grounds in Phenix City, AL. Columbus was once Georgia’s last frontier outpost, now its second largest city and home to Ft. Benning, home of the United States Infantry School. Columbus has grown so much as a city in the past 10 years and become a destination instead of a stop on the way to the beach. Broadway is home to great food, awesome bars, live entertainment, shopping and outdoor adventures. Visit the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau site for more information: http://visitcolumbusga.com/



Chances are you’ll be having too much fun to go to bed, but when you choose to sneak in those few hours of shut eye, this is where we recommend you do it!







When the Springer opened in 1871, it was the nicest theatre between New York and New Orleans, so it served as a venue where shows traveling from the Big Apple to the Big Easy could recoup some travel expenses. So, such noteworthy performers as Edwin Booth, Buffalo Bill, John Philip Sousa, Ma Rainey, Tom Thumb, Burt Reynolds, Oscar Wilde, Garrison Keillor, Chet Atkins and W. C. Fields have trod the Springer’s boards. Exhibits in the lobbies include mementos of these luminaries. Any trip to Columbus is incomplete without a tour and a performance at the Springer. The Springer is not only the State Theatre of Georgia, it is also one of only seven theatres in the United States producing theatre in a National Historic Landmark.


11th AND BAY

11th and Bay is a southern table restaurant inspired by southern hospitality and fresh creative food. We serve traditional southern cuisine in a fun contemporary way. Our atmosphere is laid back yet refined. We hope you'll pull up a chair and stay awhile!


The Black Cow brings a laid back rustic southern charm to Uptown Columbus.  Just steps away from the Whitewater Rapids, sit down at another Mark Jones Kitchens restaurant, and enjoy Uptown’s only Oyster Bar.  From “The Best Burgers in the South” according to...


Coffee is important at Iron Bank Coffee Company. But the only thing more important to us is people. Whether you hang with us, work for us or do business with us, we like you. We are independent, locally owned and operated and located in the historic iron bank building of Uptown Columbus.


We serve specialty coffee that is roasted by Counter Culture Coffee. We have weekly live music and special events, artwork from local artists and provide some of the finest culinary delights that are baked in store! Our cookies and biscuits have been known to change lives or at the very least put a smile on your face.

Whether you are looking for a place to eat lunch, have a business meeting, kick back with a book or catch up with friends, we have the seating and space you are looking for.