Cincy Fringe Festival

FloatBrilliance at Cincinnati Fringe Festival
FloatBrilliance at Cincinnati Fringe Festival
For the last 15 years, artists and production companies from around the world have converged downtown for the Cincy Fringe Festival, putting on more than 200 live shows at multiple venues throughout Over-the-Rhine for the multi-day event. 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. May 31–June 15, 2019, cincyfringe.com
 

Summerfair

Summerfair (Photo: Coney Island)
Summerfair (Photo: Coney Island)
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. May 31-June 2, 2019, summerfair.org
 

Bunbury Music Festival

Bunbury Music Festival (Photo: Chris Casella)
Bunbury Music Festival (Photo: Chris Casella)
Held along the Ohio riverfront at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove, Bunbury Music Festival hosts more than 50 alternative and indie acts throughout the three-day fest. Headliners for the 2019 event include Fall Out Boy, The 1975, and Greta Van Fleet with other artists including Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Run the Jewels, Girl Talk and more. Forbes and USA Today have both dubbed it one of the best music festivals in the country. In between sets, check out dozens of food trucks and craft beer vendors for a wide sampling of local cuisine. May 31-June 2, 2019, bunburyfestival.com
 

Old West Festival

Old West Festival (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Old West Festival (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Ride into the Wild West at Old West Festival, a re-creation of Dodge City complete with can-can dancers in the saloon, sing-alongs, pony rides, performances, panning for gold, and (staged) gun fights. June 1-July 7, 2019
 

Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance

Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance (Photo: Gary Kessler)
Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance (Photo: Gary Kessler)
The Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance is a nationally recognized car show that highlights some of the most spectacular automobiles and motorcycles of all time. Cars 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. The 2019 theme is Mid-Century Modern ~ American Style, 1948-1965. You can cool off with a cold brew from the craft beer garden, or take part in several special weekend events. June 7-9, 2019, ohioconcours.com
 

Celtic Fest Ohio

Dance to the tunes of Irish bands and Scottish pipes and drums on five stages; enjoy tastings of Guinness, cider and mead; visit the 40-foot educational ship in the Viking encampment; and shop pottery, jewelry and kilts all at Celtic Fest OhioJune 14-16, 2019, celticfestohio.com. Make sure to also mark your calendars for the Cincinnati Celtic Festival in downtown Cincinnati on Freedom Way. August 16-18, 2019, cincinnaticelticfest.com.
 

Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth Festival
Juneteenth Festival
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 ParkJune 15-16, 2019, juneteenthcincinnati.org
 
 

Cincinnati Pride Parade & Festival

Cincinnati Pride (photo: Noah Kling)
Cincinnati Pride (photo: Noah Kling)
Enjoy a two-hour parade, live music, drag queen performances, beer and spirits at Sawyer Point during the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade & Festival. Admission is free and the event also includes a Family Fun Zone. June 22, 2019, cincinnatipride.org
 

Cincy Blues Fest

Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Cincinnati Park Board)
Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Cincinnati Park Board)
Local and national blues acts perform at on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn in Smale Riverfront Park during Cincy Blues Fest. This year's performers include The Blues Beatles, G. Miles and the Band of Helping Hands, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, and more. Be sure to stick around for the after-party at Moerlein Lager HouseJuly 13, 2019, cincybluesfest.org
 

Cincinnati Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival
Cincinnati Music Festival
Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G is one of the largest R&B events in the country. This year’s lineup includes Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Earth, Wind and Fire, and moreDon’t miss the pre-party on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium’s East Club Lounge, with a fashion show, performances, DJs and more. Click here to find a buy one, get one ticket deal when you book a hotel at CincinnatiUSA.com. July 25-27, 2019, cincymusicfestival.com
 

Glier's Goettafest

Glier's Goettafest (photo: @hidekikealoha)
Glier's Goettafest (photo: @hidekikealoha)
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! July 25-28 and August 1-4, 2019, goettafest.com
 

Ohio River Paddlefest

Paddlefest (photo: Meg Vogel)
Paddlefest (photo: Meg Vogel)
One of America's largest paddling events, Ohio River Paddlefest involves more than 1,800 paddlers traveling 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. 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. August 3, 2019, ohioriverpaddlefest.org
 

The Black Family Reunion

Sawyer Point (photo: Adam Birkan)
Sawyer Point (photo: Adam Birkan)
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. August 16-18, 2019, myblackfamilyreunion.org
 

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
Head to Sawyer Point for Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, America's largest beer and comedy festival featuring more than 100 beers and more than 80 comedians on four stages. Admission is free, beer and food available for purchase. August 23-24, 2019, cincybrewhaha.com.
 

Riverfest

Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks (Photo: David Long)
Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks (Photo: David Long)
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, including the annual Rubber Duck Regatta – the ceremonial pitching of 100,000-plus rubber ducks off the Purple People Bridge to race downriver – and followed by a military ceremony. 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. September 1, 2019, webn.com
 
Written by: Baihley Grandison with additional reporting by Amber Potter and Emily Lloyd