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. 3–Oct. 23, 2016 (weekends and Labor Day Monday). 
 

Cincy Beerfest 

Cincy Summer Beerfest
Cincy Summer Beerfest
Held on Fountain Square in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, the 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. The Beerfest also falls on the weekend of the historic kickoff for Cincinnati’s streetcar, the Cincinnati Bell Connector. Sept. 9–10, 2016.
 

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, it’s a fun-filled weekend you won’t want to miss. Sept. 16–18, 2016.
 

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, which in 2016 include Band of Horses, Future Islands, Wolf Parade, Reggie Watts, Josh Ritter, Tokyo Police Club, Langhorne Slim, Elephant Revival, and more. Sept. 23–25, 2016.
 

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, four Grand Tastings, dozens of culinary demos, food panel discussions, chef competitions and more. Sept. 23–25, 2016. 
 

Oak, Toast & Two Aging Barrels

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
Kentucky’s bourbon-crafting prowess is well known throughout the country. At the annual Oak, Toast & Two Aging Barrels festival, taking place in MainStrasse Village, you can get fully immersed in the bourbon world, with tasting stations, seminars, keynotes by local Master Distillers, live music and food—with the festivities rounded out by a cocktail-studded brunch on Sunday. Oct. 7–9, 2016. 
 

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. 25, 2016. 
 

Redsfest 

Redsfest
Redsfest
The official winter warm-up for the Cincinnati Reds, Redsfest 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. Dec. 2–3, 2016. 
 

Winter Blues Fest 

Hosted by the Cincy Blues Society at The Phoenix, the Winter Blues Fest is entering its fourth year and draws talent from across the country. Manx blues guitarist Davy Knowles (from Chicago and Ireland) is headlining Friday night, and the Michele Lundeen Band (from San Diego) and Southern Avenue (from Memphis) headline Saturday night. The venue’s four stages will also be rotating performances by 26 other local and regional bands throughout the weekend. Jan. 27–28, 2017. 


Written by: Baihley Grandison