Two Women admiring the selection at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Whether you’re a wine savant or merely a casual partaker, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is worth checking out. Most of the festivities—which include winery dinners, Grand Tastings, a charity auction and luncheon, and memorial golf tournament—take place at the 750,000-square-foot Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati and draw more than 100 wineries from around the world (providing more than 700 vinos to sample). Know too that here, your imbibing benefits a good cause: In the festival’s history, more than $4.6 million in event proceeds has been donated to dozens of charities around the tri-state. Annually first weekend of March. March 2-4, 2017, winefestival.com

Friends gather for a photo in Bockfest Hall
Bockfest Hall

Bockfest

Cincinnatians’ beer consumption once more than doubled that of the national per capita average, making it one of the most prolific brewing cities in the U.S. Today, as the largest and oldest festival of its kind, Bockfest fondly recalls that amazing beer heritage. A parade in downtownCincinnati and ceremonial “blessing” of the first keg kicks it off, and there are more than enough fun happenings—live entertainment, historic walking tours, a 5k race, delicious food, a homebrew competition and, of course, plenty of bock beer—for three full days of merriment. Annually first weekend of March. March 3-5, 2017, bockfest.com
 
Constella Festival
Constella Festival

Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts

Seven events, each a unique collaboration between international artists and local performing arts organizations, spotlight the rich musical fabric of Cincinnati. Audiences can enjoy opera, piano, contemporary dance and more. Constella Festival performance venues include a bourbon distillery, art gallery and local bar. March 18-25, 2017, constellaarts.com
 
A mother shows her baby a snail at the International Butterfly Show
International Butterfly Show

International Butterfly Show

Every summer for the past 20 years, the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park has transformed its indoor gardens into a butterfly gala, setting more than 10,000 butterflies loose in one of its greenhouses for visitors to mingle with and admire. This year’s theme is “The Majestic Monarch,” offering a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most unique migratory species. Annually every spring and summer. March 25–June 18, 2017, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn-conservatory
 
Cincy-Cinco Festival
Cincy-Cinco Festival

Cincy Cinco Festival

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Fountain Square at Cincy Cinco Festival, the city's premier Latino festival. Enjoy free games, crafts and activities for kids; plus live music, dance performances and food. May 5-7, 2017, cincy-cinco.com
 
Appalachian Festival
Appalachian Festival

Appalachian Festival

The region's rich Applachian hertiage is on full display at this annual festival held at Coney Island. Appalachian Festival attendees can dance to old-time music, shop handmade wares, listen to storytellers spinning tales and chow down on traditional favorites like biscuits and gravy, country ham, fried chicken, cornbread and more. May 12-14, 2017, appalachianfestival.org
 
Maifest Covington
Maifest Covington

Maifest

Kick off the arrival of spring with the annual Maifest event held in Northern Kentucky. Enjoy food, arts and crafts and entertainment in MainStrasse Village. Best of all, the event is free to attend. May 19-21, 2017, mainstrasse.org
 
Cincinnati May Festival Chorus at Music Hall
Cincinnati May Festival Chorus at Music Hall

May Festival

Sing your heart out! Cincinnati is home to the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western hemisphere. Join the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two weekends of choral music at Taft Theatre. One of the only true choral festivals remaining, May Festival features a choral repertoire rarely found in the usual concert season. May 19-21 and 26-27, 2017, mayfestival.com
 
A young boy enjoying a funnel cake at the Taste of Cincinnati
Taste of Cincinnati

Taste of Cincinnati

Cincinnati USA is a foodie town, and what better way to experience the region than a full-on extravaganza devoted to all things edible? Held downtown and spanning five city blocks, Taste of Cincinnati congregates more than 40 restaurants and food trucks from around the city, along with plenty of beer and wine-tasting stations, live music, carnival rides and games. The second longest–running culinary arts festival in the country, Taste offers a slew of delectable selections, like Thai basil lime popsicles from Streetpopsgrilled cheese donuts from Tom + Chee or fried-cheese ravioli from Pompilios. It’s also a free event, so mark your calendars! Annually every Memorial Day weekend. May 27–29, 2017, tasteofcincinnati.com