With strolling performers, intricate chalk drawings on asphalt and artists inside giant, illuminated globes hovering over downtown Columbia, the Columbia Festival of the Arts packs offerings of free, outdoor art into its opening weekend June 13 through 15. "You can get as hands-on as you'd like to be or as laid-back as you'd like to be," says Nichole Hickey, the festival's executive director. "It's a broad variety." While many festival favorites, including the Chalk-It-Up contest and the Center Ring Circus School Juggle Zone will return this year, new artists such as Australia's Strange Fruit performance group are sure to draw attention, Hickey says. The group will be performing "Spheres," a show where four artists are suspended above the crowd on 14-foot poles and then emerge from lighted globes. "They will be flying against the night sky," Hickey says.