Coney Island releases May event calendar 1 month away from Opening Day

Coney Island

With a month to go before Coney Island’s May 25 Opening Day, the park has released its May 2019 event calendar.

For example, its Mother’s Day Brunch in Moonlite Gardens or Moonlite Pavilion will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with all the brunch classics plus a few surprises, and a ticket to the 50th anniversary of the Appalachian Festival, an event that sells out every year.

Here are the upcoming events for the month of May:

Food Truck Rally
Saturday, April 27
2 – 10 p.m.
Bring your appetite and help support the Tri-State Food Truck Coalition benefiting Mt. Washington School Foundation. Gourmet food trucks will fill all your hunger needs, along with music, cold beer, kids’ games, and more! Parking is $5.

Appalachian Festival – 50th Anniversary
May 10-12
One of the springtime’s most popular family festivals held along the scenic Ohio River at historic Coney Island. This three-day festival features traditional Appalachian music, handmade crafts, storytelling, dancing, an authentic pioneer village, mouthwatering food, and much more. Tickets at

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12
It’s Mom’s Big Day so treat her to a delicious all-you-can-eat brunch buffet in the iconic Moonlite Gardens or Moonlite Pavilion at Coney Island. Afterward, take the whole family to experience history, culture, music, and crafting at the Appalachian Festival along the Ohio River. Times vary. See website ( for details and reservations.  *Advance purchase required.

Battle of the Brews
Friday, May 17
Heads up beer fans. Raise your glass to the Battle of the Brews!  It’s both a craft beer tasting and a competition between the breweries involved. Held in historic Moonlite Gardens, Battle of the Brews brings together craft beer, live music, great food, and games. This event is from 7 PM to 11 PM and is $12.00 for admission which includes 5 tastings and a souvenir tasting glass, additional tastings and full beers available for purchase.

Autism Speaks Walk
Saturday May 18
8 a.m. – Noon
Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Rides will be open 11:00 am-1:00 pm!

Tribute to Elvis and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Saturday, May 18
Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to enjoy an Elvis tribute and DJ Mark Elliott. Performances also include Jeannie Marie and Marilyn Sparks from “The Avenues.”  Dance with Steve for donations to American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Cash bar and food will be available. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information call 859-491-3461.

Opening Day
Saturday, May 25
Looking for some FUN in the sun on Memorial Day Weekend?  Take the plunge into our new dive pool, Cannonball Cove. Dare to cannonball from a 9-foot board or jump from the 3-foot boards making the biggest splash to kick off the summer.  Join Coney for a weekend full of laughs, smiles, cannonballs and more to kick off the 2019 season!

WWII-style Swing Dance and USO Show
Saturday, May 25
6 – 10 p.m.
Featuring Tom Daugherty Orchestra’s “Swing Canteen” Recreating Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps Band and Swing Dancers from the Cincinnati Lindy Society. A ceremony will honor our local Veterans. Prizes awarded for best period dress and authentic uniforms and a chance to win a free ride in a B-17 WWII bomber!  Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Parking is $10.  Cash bar and refreshments are available for purchase. Tickets can be ordered by calling 513-624-1473.

Season Passes are on sale now. For information on the daily hours or general park information, click or tap here.

Coney Island’s operating hours beginning May 25 are:

Sunlite Water Adventure
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. every day

Rides & Attractions
Noon – 7 p.m.

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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