Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Go back in time to the 16th century at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, where a 30-acre fairground is transformed into a medieval village replete with costumed guides and daily demos on blacksmithing, leather tooling, glassblowing, stone carving, boot making and more. Cheer on your favorite knight in the jousting tournament, test your knife-throwing or archery skills on the range, or participate in the catapulting frogs contest— and be sure to indulge in plenty of Renaissance-era fare. Sept. 2–Oct. 29, 2017 (weekends and Labor Day Monday). 

Cincy Beerfest 

Cincy Summer Beerfest
Cincy Summer Beerfest
Held on Fountain Square in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Cincy Beerfest brings in more than 200 beers from down the street and across the country. As you wander around the Square and sample brews—ticket options are available for both tastings and full pints—enjoy live music and tasty snacks from local food trucks and vendors. Sept. 8-9, 2017.

Ubahn Fest

Ubahn Festival
Ubahn Festival

Head underground to Ubahn Fest, the hip-hop and electronic dance music festival held in the Riverfront Transit Center beneath Second Street in downtown Cincinnati. Named for the German word "U-bahn" which translates to an underground rapid transit or metro, this year's lineup includes Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Steve Aoki, Gucci Mane and more. Sept. 8-9, 2017.

Old West Festival

Old West Festival Gunfight
Old West Festival Gunfight

Old West Festival takes you back to the Wild West at this recreation of Dodge City, complete with horse riding shows, trick shooting, melodramas and puppet performances. Enjoy a cold beer or sarsaparilla in the saloon, sing along to live music and chow down on turkey legs and rattlesnake chili. Sept. 9-Oct. 5, 2017 (weekends).

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
The largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. is held downtown every year, drawing crowds of more than 500,000 for three days of German-style food, music and beer. From the Running of the Wieners (a race for “top dog” by dachshunds dressed in hot dog bun costumes) to the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, to contests for brat eating and stein hoisting, live music and more, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is a fun-filled weekend you won’t want to miss. Sept. 15-17, 2017. Plus, don't miss these other Oktoberfest celebrations: Oktoberfest at MainStrasse Village, Newport Oktoberfest and Donauschwaben Oktoberfest.

Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic

Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic
Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic

At the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, foodies can mingle with more than 150 chefs, brewers, vintners, artisans and spirit experts for three days of gourmet edibles bliss. This interactive culinary event brings in some of the top food talent in the nation. Attendees get to sample the area’s best cuisine and take part in wine seminars, Grand Tastings, dozens of culinary demos, food panel discussions, chef competitions and more. Sept. 22-23, 2017. 

MidPoint Music Festival 

MidPoint Music Festival
MidPoint Music Festival
For a musical buffet of a wide range of contemporary bands—from local, up-and-coming acts to nationally known artists—look no further than the MidPoint Music Festival. Hosted on four outdoor stages in Over-the-Rhine, the festival draws more than 30,000 attendees and showcases 60-plus artists. Sept. 23-24, 2017.

RE(NEW)ED Celebration

Music Hall
Music Hall

RE(NEW)ED is a free community event produced by ArtsWave that celebrates the reopening of Music Hall, the state-of-the art, newly-renovated iconic home of the Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraCincinnati PopsCincinnati BalletCincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival. The celebration will feature more than 50 live performances by these performing arts organizations and others at multiple stages and venues, plus behind-the-scenes tours of Music Hall, hands-on experiences and tours of the brand-new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company venue and renovated Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. All events are free and open to the general public. October 7, 2017.

BLINK

BLINK
BLINK

BLINK is a four-day light and art event spanning 20 city blocks from Cincinnati’s The Banks to Findlay Market. The event will feature more than 70 animated light shows projected onto buildings, new street art murals, interactive art sculptures and other light-based displays. October 12-15, 2017.

Written by: Baihley Grandison and Amber Potter