In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Here’s Your 2018 Guide To All The Best Festivals in Cincinnati

There are dozens of unique and interesting festivals in Cincinnati that showcase everything great about our city. From food to music and everything in between, here's our complete guide to all the biggest and best festivals in Cincinnati, happening in 2018.

The list below is in chronological order.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Inaugural music festival curated by Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati born band the National featuring 20+ artists across 2 stages at Smale Park. In conjunction with MusicNOW.

Check out the lineup here.

When: April 28 – 29

Where: Smale Riverfront Park, Downtown

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MusicNOW

MusicNOW

The MusicNOW festival was founded by Bryce Dessner who serves as the festival’s Artistic Director. The festival regularly includes commissions, world premieres, and unique collaborations spanning multiple genres.

When: April 27 – 29

Where: Various venues around Cincinnati

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Asian Food Fest

Asian Food Festival

This vibrant festival celebrates the food and culture of Asian countries, showcasing some of the best restaurants in Cincinnati.

When: May 12 -13

Where: Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine

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Cincinnati May Festival

Cincinnati May Festival

The May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere, featuring the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

When: May 18 – 26

Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St, Over-the-Rhine

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Buckeye BBQ Fest

Buckeye BBQ Festival

2 nights of non-stop live blues music, craft beer and BBQ from some of Cincy’s best pitmasters.

When: May 18 – 19

Where: The Square at Union Center, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester

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Mainstrasse Maifest

Mainstrasse Maifest

This German festival spans 6 blocks in the Mainstrasse village of Covington, celebrating the coming of spring. Food, drinks, art and more.

When: May 18 – 20

Where: Mainstrasse Village, 636 Main Street, Covington.

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Taste of Cincinnati

Taste of Cincinnati

The Taste of Cincinnati is the longest running free culinary arts festival, showcasing all of the best food, drinks and more in the Tri-State every Memorial Day weekend.

When: May 26 – 28

Where: 5th Street, Downtown.

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Cincy Fringe Festival

Cincy Fringe Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Cincy Fringe Festival presents more than 200 live performances from more than 40 local, national, and international artists over 13 consecutive days in a dozen venues around the Over-the-Rhine.

When: May 29 – June 10

Where: Various venues in Over-the-Rhine

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Bunbury Music Festival

Bunbury Music Festival

Annual music festival showcasing some of the biggest names in alternative, hip-hop, EDM and more.

Check out the daily lineups here. 

When: June 1 – 3

Where: Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, Downtown

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Cincitalia

Cincitalia

This festival showcases Italian food and music alongside carnival rides, games and more. Presented by Saint Catharine of Siena.

When: June 1 – 3

Where: Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot

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Summerfair Cincinnati

Summerfair Cincinnati

This annual 3-day fine arts fair showcases a wide array of artists in Cincinnati and raises money to support awards, scholarships, and exhibitions.

When: June 1 – 3

Where: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave

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Newport Italian fest

Newport Italian Fest

This festival celebrates the rich Italian history of Newport, Kentucky with authentic food, music and more.

When: June 7 – 10

Where: Newport on the Levee, Newport

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Mainstrasse Village Original Goettafest

MainStrasse Village Original Goettafest

Food festival featuring music, drinks and all things Goetta.

When: June 15 – 17

Where: Mainstrasse Village, Main Street, Covington

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Panegyri Greek Festival

Panegyri Greek Festival

Annual church festival hosted by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, featuring plenty of Greek food, music, dance and more.

When: June 22 – 24

Where: Holy Trinity – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd, Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati Pride Festival

Cincinnati Pride Festival

This annual festival celebrates Cincinnati’s LGBTQ community with a fun and family-friendly day of events downtown, following a parade.

When: Saturday, June 23

Where: Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, 705 East Pete Rose Way, Downtown

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Red White and Blue Ash

Red White And Blue Ash

One of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the Tri-State featuring live music and a Rozzi fireworks show.

When: July 4th

Where: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash

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Schutzenfest

Hosted by the Kolping Center, Schutzenfest is the longest running German festival in the United States. You’ll find German food, beer, dancing and more. The perfect chance to celebrate like it’s Oktoberfest a few months early.

When: July 20 – 22

Where: Kolping Center, 10235 W Mill Rd, Springfield Township

Butler County Fair

Butler County Fair

This county fair features food, drinks, games, a tractor pull, demolition derby, rodeo and more.

When: July 22 – 28

Where: Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave, Hamilton

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Cincinnati Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival

One of Cincinnati’s premiere music festivals featuring some of the biggest names in R&B and hip hop, hosted at Paul Brown Stadium.

When: July 26 – 28

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown

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Glier's Goettafest

Glier's Goettafest

This festival is completely centered around the classic, uniquely Cincinnati food goetta, featuring every dish you can imagine infused with it. Sponsored by Glier’s Goetta.

When: August 2 – 5

Where: Riverboat Row, Newport, KY

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Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair

County fair featuring food, fishing, tractor pulls, pageants and more.

When: August 6 – 11

Where: Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Rd, Burlington

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Hamilton County Fair

Hamilton County Fair

For 163 years, the Hamilton County Fair has celebrated the county agricultural society with games, food, drinks and even a demolition derby.

When: August 8 – 12

Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7700 Vine Street, Carthage

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Bellwether Music Festival

Bellwether Music Festival

Inaugural music festival happening in Waynesville, Ohio featuring artists such as The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Local Natives and more.

When: August 10 – 11

Where: Renaissance Park, 10542 OH-73, Waynesville, OH

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Cincy Blues Fest

Cincy Blues Fest

Annual music festival showcasing blues and roots-rock music here in Cincinnati.

When: August 11th

Where: Sawyer Point, Downtown

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Midwest Black Family Reunion
Photo: Easley Blessed

Midwest Black Family Reunion

This 3-day festival brings families, corporations, and communities together to celebrate the values of the Black Family.

When: August 17 – 19

Where: Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, Downtown

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Fair

This 30-acre festival recreates the 16th-century featuring art, games, food and more than 150 characters in costume.

When: Sept. 1 – Oct. 28

Where: 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville, OH

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WEBN Fireworks

Riverfest

The Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks is Cincinnati’s biggest end-of-summer party, topped off with one of the biggest fireworks shows in the midwest.

When: Sunday, 9/2

Where: Sawyer Point and surrounding riverfront downtown

Country Apple Fest

Country Apple Fest

It’s all about the apples at this festival where you can find every version of the fruit from local vendors.

When: September 29th

Where: Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, Ohio

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Midpoint Music Festival

Midpoint Music Festival

Music festival focusing on indie and alternative bands.

When: TBD

Where: TBD

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Cincy Brew Ha Ha

Cincy Brew Ha Ha

Annual comedy and craft beer festival featuring some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy including local favorites and national headliners.

When: TBD

Where: Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, Downtown.

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Cincy Beerfest

Cincy Beerfest

One of Cincinnati’s biggest beer festivals featuring both local and national breweries.

When: TBD

Where: Fountain Square, Downtown Cincinnati

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