Cincinnati Summer Festivals 2019: food, music festivals, more

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

The Panegyri Greek Festival features food, drink, raffles and entertainment for the whole family.

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

The annual Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival brings together three of Cincinnati's most popular industries.

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

Tequila festival

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

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

There are several music festivals that you can attend this summer to satisfy your hunger for music.

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

The Cincinnati Pride Parade is the largest LGBT community event of the year.

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

Firecracker Festival

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

Darion Ziegler paddle boards on the Ohio River during the 17th annual Ohio River Paddlefest in Cincinnati on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

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

Fireworks shoot from Taylor Southgate Bridge during the 42nd annual Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks display on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

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

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