Ale to the Queen City

Moerlein Lager House
Moerlein Lager House

Sip on craft beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and signature Cincinnati foods at the second annual Ale to the Queen City event in downtown Cincinnati. Since November in the Queen City can be chilly and the event is outside, there will be heaters throughout the event, a heated tent, and fire pits to keep you warm and toasty. Nov. 24-25, 2017.

Macy's Light Up the Square

Macy's Light Up the Square
Macy's Light Up the Square
The city kicks off the holiday season on Fountain Square the day after Thanksgiving, with the ceremonial lighting of the Square’s 50-foot Christmas tree, live music by Second Wind, fireworks and an appearance by Santa himself. Perfect your triple-loop (or make a skate-train with a group of friends) at the Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink, stop by Graeter’s for dessert, or grab hot chocolate or munchies from one of the local food trucks while you revel in the good cheer. Nov. 24, 2017. 

Christmas Saengerfest

Cincinnati Boychoir
Cincinnati Boychoir

Revel in choral performances at venues all around Over-the-Rhine during Christmas Saengerfest. This annual event hearkens to Cincinnati's history as the birthplace of Saengerfest, a German tradition that celebrated choir singing groups, or “Saengerbunds.” More than 10 choirs will fill the spaces of churches, breweries and other performances venues with their sweet harmonies. December 1-2, 2017.

Redsfest 

Redsfest
Redsfest
The official winter warm-up for the Cincinnati RedsRedsfest is held every year at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, giving fans the opportunity to mingle with current and former players and coaches, participate in games and activities (there’s stuff for the kids too!) and stock up on Reds gear and hard-to-find memorabilia. December 1-2, 2017. 

Winter Blues Fest 

Hosted by the Cincy Blues Society at The Phoenix, the Winter Blues Fest is entering its fifth year and draws talent from across the country. The venue’s four stages rotate performances by the headliners and other local and regional bands throughout the weekend. February 2-3, 2018. 

Cincy Winter Beerfest

Cincy Summer Beerfest
Cincy Summer Beerfest

Where can you find more than 500 craft beers to sample all in one place? At Cincy Winter Beerfest held at Duke Energy Convention Center. February 2-3, 2018.

Click here for a list of dazzling holiday light festivals.

Written by: Baihley Grandison and Amber Potter