Health & Safety Information

[Updated for 2024] If you haven’t been to a previous Short Run festival, you should know that we are unlike a mainstream “comic-con” in many ways. We are a free, one day festival that takes place in a large, 12,000 sq. ft. space on the ground floor, with tall front windows and a high ceiling. There are no smaller break-out rooms. There will be a few hands-on activities like zine-making or screen printing, but the main focus will be on the exhibiting artists showcasing their work at tables on the festival floor. Approximately 250 artists will be there, and we expect attendance to be about 4,500 people spread out over 7 hours. We have confidence in the fact that our venue has the best air quality and filtration system in the city*, and that we can employ safety measures to make artists and attendees feel safer.

Precautionary measures that will be in place:

  1. Masking encouraged with extra masks available
  2. Fisher Pavilion is equipped with a MERV-15 air filtration system, exceeding standards for reducing the spread of airborne illness
  3. Fresh air flow via open doors at Fisher Pavilion
  4. Some outdoor tents
  5. Wider aisles between exhibitors (6 ft) and attendees (10 ft)
  6. No animation tent or enclosed spaces
  7. Hand sanitizer stations ever present
  8. Strongly urging anyone who is not feeling well to stay home

The Short Run community includes those who are at higher risk for COVID-19 and other illnesses. We ask that anyone who feels sick or has had a known exposure to COVID-19 within 72 hours of the fest to stay at home. And we highly encourage wearing masks to prevent spreading any bug that might be going around.

Thanks everybody!


*HVAC in Fisher Pavilion meets or exceeds current requirements. It is currently set to run at 100% fresh air, which makes for the fastest and cleanest turnover of air in the facility. The system uses MERV 15 filters, which are highly efficient and capture particles that are .30 – 1.0 microns in size. Fisher is also rated to be used as a clean air shelter when there are air quality issues, such as fire and smoke.