Granville Public Library Bikes to Art Festival & Parade

September 3, 2022 | 9:30am - 1:30pm | Granville Public Library

Bikes to Art is a celebration of artistic expression bundled into a 100% free family-friendly event.

Event Overview:

Turn your bike into art at the Bikes to Art Festival! This family-friendly community event, created by local artist Ryan McGuire and the Granville Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Granville Public Library, the Granville Arts Commission, and Explore Licking County, is 100% free and open to everyone. There will be decorating stations from 9:30-11:00 am staffed by local artists to help you customize your bikes into one-of-a-kind artistic masterpieces. The parade starts at 11:00 am followed by food, live music, and awards outside the Robbins Hunter Museum.

  • When: Saturday, September 3, 2022
  • Rain Date: Sunday, September 4, 2022
  • Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Where: Granville Public Library and Robbins Hunter Museum
  • Who can participate: Everyone
  • Cost: 100% Free!
Event Schedule:
  • Bike Decorating: 9:30-11:00am
  • Bike parade line up: 10:45-11:00am
  • Parade Starts: 11:00-11:30am
  • Live Music by Regal Dreamers: 11:45-12:30pm
  • Live Music by Emma & Mary Borgia: 12:45-1:30pm
  • Free Food: 11:45-1:30pm
  • Bike Judging: 12:00-12:30pm
  • Best Bikes Awards: 12:30-12:45pm
More Information:
  • How does the bike decorating work?

    Artists, bike lovers, and everybody in-between are invited to decorate their bikes in any way possible to participate. Bikes can be simple or complex, and the only requirement is that they are human-powered. How you transform your bike is up to your imagination, skills, and resources. Using recycled materials is encouraged and how you build your bike (tape, welding, glue, wire, glitter, paint, etc.) is entirely up to you.

    You can either decorate your bike before or take advantage of our free decoration stations at the event. We will have all the materials you need as well as volunteer artists to assist you with the transformation of your bike.

    Note that most decorations are temporary and non-destructive so you don't need to worry about hurting your awesome bike :)

  • What is the parade route?

    The public is encouraged to join this parade with their decorated bikes, and if you’re not riding in the parade, please come out to enjoy the show from anywhere along the route.

    Starting in front of the Robbins Hunter Museum, we’ll head along the sidewalk towards South Pearl Street and take a right at South Pearl. Continue along the sidewalk towards East Elm Street and take a right at East Elm. Continue along the sidewalk towards South Prospect Street and take a right onto the road at South Prospect. Continue towards East Broadway Street and take a right onto the sidewalk at East Broadway. End in front of the Robbins Hunter Museum.

  • How much does it cost?

    This event is 100% free. This means you can decorate your bikes using our materials and volunteer support, eat delicious food, and be entertained by the whimsical parade and live music without spending a dime.

  • Need a free bike?

    We made Bikes to Art 100% free to try and make it is assessable to everyone in the community. We understand that sometimes life can throw you a curve ball and buying a bike for your child isn't possible. You don't need to have a bike to participate in Bikes to Art, but it does make it more fun.

    To help make sure your child can enjoy all the fun, Professor Susan Villarreal and Ryan McGuire will be donating five new bikes to Granville kids, 12 and under, that are bike-less. If you have a child that wants to participate in Bikes to Art and doesn't have a bike, please complete this brief request form: FREE BIKE REQUEST FORM. We can't promise bikes to everyone that submits a request, but we will do our best to accommodate the ones with the most significant need.

  • Who created "Bikes to Art"?

    Bikes to Art was created by Ryan McGuire and his neighbor in Grinnell, IA. These two art-lovers are passionate about building community through art and were excited to be able to offer a creative and interactive event their entire city could enjoy for free.

    Ryan moved to Granville in June of 2019 with his wife, Susan Villarreal (Denison Professor), and their daughter, Bella. Considering how well loved Bikes to Art was loved in Grinnell, IA, Ryan decided to team up Granville Public Library to bring this inclusive community building event to Granville.

  • How can I support the event?

    There are three ways you can help:

    1.) Attend the event and decorate your bike.
    2.) Become a volunteer
    3.) Become a business sponsor. Our sponsorships are $200, and this includes a new bike for you to decorate. These sponsorships help cover the cost of decorating materials, food, entertainment, prizes, and printing costs.

    Email Ryan McGuire at for more information about volunteer and business sponsorship opportunities.


These are some of the exciting pictures captured during the Grinnell Iowa Bikes to Art events.

Special thanks to our supporters!

Interested in being a sponsor? Email Ryan McGuire at