Ah, it feels like summer in Queen City and you know what that means; Festivals, festivals and even more festivals. The Cincinnati area certainly has an abundance of festivals in the summer months, and we’ve compiled a list of those you must visit. Flip through, mark up your calendars, and grab some friends, it’s going to be a long summer.
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Cincinnati Food Truck Festival
Release your inner foodie with this free and family-friendly event. Experience some of the region’s best food trucks in one place.
When: June 21st
Where: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Road, Blue Ash
Panegyri Greek Festival
Immerse yourself in Greek culture during this weekend festival with traditional foods like baklava and gyros. There are also dance groups, vendors, rides and much more for the whole family.
When: 28.-30. June
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas; 7000 Winton Road, Springfield Township
Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Fest
Explore some of the tastiest industries in Cincinnati at this festival dedicated to bacon, bourbon, and beer. What more could you ask for?
When: 11-14 July
Where: Newport on the levee
Cincinnati Kosher BBQ Cook-off and Festival
The third year for this festival will feature five times more food than last year with over 1,500 pounds of brisket. In addition to the large quantities of breast pieces, there will also be a children’s zone with a 3-in-1 bouncy castle, face painting, mini golf, cornhole, mascots and more. There will be a raffle at this family-friendly festival and the cook-off winners will go home with cash prizes.
When: July 14th (2-7pm)
Where: Adath Israel Congregation; 3201 E. Galbraith Road, Amberley Village
Crafted: Food, Beer and Music Festival
Enjoy an afternoon of local cuisine and beer tasting with live music. With more than 42 beers and 8 restaurants to choose from, the possibilities are endless. There are two ticket options available, and each includes a specific number of tasting dishes and an assigned number of ounces of beer that you may be given. Both options can also be converted to an early bird pass for $ 10.
When: July 20 (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Where: Sawyer Point, 705 E Pete Rose Way, downtown
An entire festival dedicated to tequila? What could go wrong? The Tequila Fest Cincinnati will now present over 50 different types of tequila for the third year. All ticket holders can try 12 different types of tequila. There are several types of tickets available for purchase, ranging from $ 45 to $ 55, and a $ 125 VIP ticket with seven additional types of tequila.
When: July 20th (4pm – 11pm)
Where: Brunnenplatz, city center
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Giers goddess festival
Experience over 45 unique Goetta dishes at the annual Goettafest in Glier. In addition to more Goetta than you can eat, there is live music, games, entertainment, inflatables, and attractions for the whole family. And for the first time, Glier’s is offering you eight days of Goettafest, so start fasting now for this two-week event.
When: 25.-28. July and 1st-4th August
Where: Festival Park, Newport
Cincy Soul: Black Taste
Support black-owned businesses in the area during this collaboration, coordinated by volunteer leaders within the African American community.
When: 26.-28. July
Where: Fountain Square and Fifth Street, between Vine and Walnut Streets, downtown
Big domestic seafood festival
Get your seafood at the annual Great Inland Seafood Fest. This year’s menu includes selections from the Raw Bar, Pompilio’s Restaurant, Captain’s Seafood Market and much more. Enjoy local entertainment even on weekends.
When: 8-11 August
Where: Riverboat Row, Newport
Wine and culinary experience
The best way to end the summer this year is the Wine and Food Experience, the food and drink gala festival sponsored by The Enquirer. With special guests like Scott Conant from “Chopped” and the Bella Twins of WWE fame. Buy tickets now at wineandfood.cincinnati.com.
When: October 5th, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Yeatman’s Cove, downtown
Cincy Blues Festival
The Cincy Blues Society’s annual event has a new location. Head to this festival for the best names in the blues industry, food and entertainment for everyone.
When: July 13th (doors open at 3 p.m., music is from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Where: Schmidlapp Event Lawn in Smale Riverfront Park, Downtown
Cincinnati Music Festival
Previously known as the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, the festival is one of the summer’s biggest events featuring some of the biggest names in R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop. This year’s lineup includes Maxwell, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mary J. Blige, Major and many more.
When: 25-27 July
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, downtown
Bellwether Music Festival
This two day experience combines camping and a music festival in one place. Choose tickets for camping, the festival, or both, and pack your tent and sleeping bag for a weekend of hiking, music and other activities. This year’s line-up includes Cold War Kids, Cake, Beach House and many more.
When: 9-10 August
Where: Renaissance Park, 10542 OH-73, Waynesville
Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival
A variety of country musicians will perform at this two-day event, including the Del McCoury Band and Shooter Jennings. This festival is a great weekend getaway for those in Cincinnati who crave country music.
When: 16.-17. August
Where: RiversEdge in Marcum Park, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton
Taps, tastes & melodies
Local bands and food from Haveli Indian Grill, Donato’s Pizza, Phenomenal Corn, Mitchell’s Fish Market and many others. There will also be a selection of beers on tap, including Miller Lite, Coors Light, Terrapin Beer Co., and Christian Moerlein.
When: 21.-23. June
Where: The streets of West Chester, in front of Top Golf
Cincinnati Pride Parade & Festival
It’s Pride Month and that means it’s time for the Cincinnati Pride Parade. Join members of the LGBTQ + community and their allies on a march downtown. A festival will follow the parade and include entertainment and drink and food vendors.
When: June 22
Parade: Descent at 11 a.m.
Festival: Noon-9 p.m.
Where: Sawyer Point Park, downtown
Madeira Criterion Cycle Race
Cyclists from all over the world flood the streets of downtown Madeira during the annual Madeira Criterion. There will be several races for men and women of different levels, all competing for cash prizes. Don’t worry, there are local food and beer vendors too.
When: June 28th
Where: Madeira downtown
Celebrate July 4th early. The festivities start at 3 p.m. and there is something for the whole family. There are rides for the little ones, various food and sales stands, drinks, fireworks and much more. The festival also hosts its second annual auto show and food truck rally.
When: 28-29 June
Where: Symmes Community Park; 11600 Lebanon Street
Clinton County Fair
Celebrate summer at the Clinton County Fair with rides, carnival games, and a variety of your favorite dishes like elephant ears, funnel cakes, frozen lemonade, sweet apples, and more.
When: 6-13 July
Where: Clinton County Fairgrounds; 958 W Main St, Wilmington
Bastille Day celebration
Enjoy live music, carnival games, pony rides, snow cones, face painting and mini golf during the 30th annual Bastille Day Celebration.
When: July 13th
Where: Downtown Montgomery
Old West Festival
If you are looking for a family-friendly, action-packed adventure this is the festival for you. This festival features shootouts, live music, and live action performances. There will also be horse rides, petting zoos, vendors, food, drink and interactive games.
When: Saturdays and Sundays; Now – July 7th
Where: 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg
Ohio River Paddle Festival
The nation’s largest paddling celebration with over 2,200 paddlers traveling nine miles through Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and more. After the paddlers are done, everyone is invited to the Finish Line Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which features live music, local beer and food, and vendors.
When: 3rd August
Where: The Ohio River and various locations
Hamilton County Fair
It’s the 164th year for this show, complete with the crowd-pleaser Demolition Derby. $ 7 entry, $ 5 parking.
When: 8-11 August
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Carthage
The black family reunion Black
Now in its 31st year, the Black Family Reunion is one of the largest family-oriented events in Cincinnati. The weekend kicks off with a parade and then the celebration kicks off with live music, food stalls, kid-friendly activities, and more. This year’s theme is “Embracing Our Excellence”.
When: 16.-18. August
Where: Sawyer Point, downtown
Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
America’s largest beer and comedy festival returns for the 13th time. With over 100 beers, cider and wine selections and more than 80 comedians on four stages, a night full of entertainment awaits you. The comedy is free, and there are $ 5 beer wristbands that give you $ 1 drink or beer tickets.
When: 23-24 August
Where: Sawyer Point, downtown
Riverfest / WEBN fireworks
If you’re a local in Cincinnati you know what this is. If not, here are the facts; A free fireworks show and festival that draws hundreds of thousands of people, with concerts, food stalls, family fun zones and, oh, the annual Rubber Duck Regatta. This is sure to be one of the biggest Cincinnati celebrations of the year. So grab some friends and watch spectacular fireworks right on the river.
When: September 1
Where: Along the banks of the Ohio River