There are tons of things to do in the Cincy region this summer. Check out this list of unique and upcoming festivals.
Summer festivals in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are a great way to experience the region while enjoying our arts, culinary and music scene. So get out your calendar and start planning your visit to these Cincinnati festivals!
Cincy Fringe Festival
Pones Inc. at Cincinnati Fringe Festival (photo: Cincinnati Fringe Festival)
June 3-18, 2022
For more than a decade, artists and production companies from around the world have converged downtown for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, providing a wide variety of live performances across multiple venues. Performances push the envelope on convention, style and content—whether the medium is theater, music, film, visual art, dance or poetry—and encompass the offbeat, quirky and peculiar: the “fringe” of artistic expression. The 2022 festival will include 28 in-person shows at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, as well as 4 online shows.
Summerfair (Photo: Coney Island)
June 3-5, 2022
One of the area's largest fine arts and crafts festivals, Summerfair
is held at Coney Island
each year and features a wide range of work, from paintings and fiber arts to ceramics, metalwork and wood works. Attendees will also enjoy live music, dancing, a children's area and food.
NKY Pride Festival
June 5, 2022
The annual NKY Pride
event in MainStrasse Village features vendors, performers, family-friendly activities, and food & drink. Adjustments have been made to keep guests safe, including all event programs happening outdoors with optimal set up for social distancing.
Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance
Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance (Photo: Gary Kessler)
June 10-12, 2022
The Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance
is a nationally recognized car show that highlights some of the most spectacular automobiles and motorcycles of all time. More than 200 cars and motorcycles are displayed in the formal gardens of historic Ault Park
, with a classic pavilion overlooking the show field, hosting an automotive art show and brunch. You can cool off with a cold brew from the craft beer garden, or take part in several special weekend events.
Cincinnati Celtic Fest
McGing Irish Dancers at the Cincinnati Celtic Festival (photo: @mcgingdancers)
July 8 - 10, 2022
Dance to the tunes of Irish and Scottish bands while enjoying classic Celtic food from a variety of vendors, then indulge in a whiskey and scotch tasting tent. The family-friendly Guinness Cincinnati Celtic Festival is located in downtown Cincinnati on Freedom Way and admission is free.
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival
Juneteenth Festival (photo: Juneteenth Festival)
June 18, 2022
Celebrate the end of slavery in America with Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival
's diverse, family-friendly activities including traditional story telling, dancing, sack races, live music, flag parade & peace march and folk crafts. Festival goers can also watch living history performances, enjoy food from local vendors, and kids will love the opportunity to ride a horse, meet a goat, have their faces painted and so much more. Admission is free to the event held at Eden Park
Cincy Blues Fest
Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Cincinnati Park Board)
July 16, 2022
Local and national blues acts perform at on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn in Smale Riverfront Park during Cincy Blues Fest. The 2022 lineup includes Marquise Knox, Toronzo Cannon, Shawn Murphy, Noah Wotherspoon, and G Miles and the KY Cuzins Bits. Food and drink available for purchase from Moerlein Lager House.
Glier's Goettafest (photo: @hidekikealoha)
July 28 - 31 and August 4 - 7, 2022
You may or may not be familiar with Cincinnati’s renowned goetta (that’s “get-uh”), but spend a day at Glier’s Goettafest—the largest goetta festival in the world—and you’ll become well acquainted with the concoction, a mixture of sausage, oats and spices. All food vendors are required to incorporate it into their offerings, so expect things like goetta calzones, goetta brownies and bacon-goetta nachos. The Newport on the Levee event also includes carnival games, beer, fireworks, live bands and free admission!
Cincinnati Pride Parade & Festival
Cincinnati Pride (photo: Noah Kling)
June 25, 2022
The 2022 Cincinnati Pride Parade & Festival celebration will take place at Sawyer Point, with performances by Shea Diamond, Jordy, Alex Newell, and Daya. Click here to stay up-to-date with upcoming Pride events.
Ohio River Paddlefest
Paddlefest (photo: Meg Vogel)
August 6, 2022
One of America's largest paddling events, Ohio River Paddlefest
involves 2,000 paddlers traveling nine miles down the Ohio River. Along the course, participants will explore historic Mill Creek, paddle under seven bridges, view the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky skylines, and enjoy the pre-event Paddler's Party on Friday night with exhibits from local parks, outdoor outfitters, adventure experts, and environmentally-minded organizations. Even if you're not paddling, celebrate with those that are at the Finish Line Festival at Gilday Riverside Park with craft beer, food trucks, vendors and exhibits.
The Black Family Reunion
Sawyer Point (photo: Adam Birkan)
August 18 - 21, 2022
The Black Family Reunion is one of Cincinnati's largest family-focused events spanning three days of weekend fun throughout the region at various venues including Sawyer Point. Activities include a city-wide parade; live performances of blues, R&B, jazz, spoken word, gospel and poetry; games; health screenings; annual job fair; and a kids area.
Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks (Photo: David Long)
September 4, 2022
The region's biggest end-of-summer celebration kicks off at noon on the Sunday before Labor Day with live music and family-friendly activities along the riverfront at Sawyer Point. The day culminates in the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks extravaganza, with rockets shot off barges in the Ohio River and coordinated to music by local radio station WEBN.
Cincinnati Music Festival
Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)
July 21-23, 2022