Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Two Women admiring the selection at the 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 250 wineries from around the world (providing more than 700 vinos to sample). Your imbibing benefits a good cause: In the festival’s history, more than $5.6 million in event proceeds has been donated to dozens of charities around the region. Annually in March. March 7-9, 2019.

Bockfest

Friends gather for a photo in Bockfest Hall
Bockfest Hall
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 downtown Cincinnati 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 1-3, 2019.
 

Butterfly Show

A mother shows her baby a snail at the International Butterfly Show
International Butterfly Show
Every summer for more than two decades, 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 during the annual Butterfly Show. This year’s theme is "The Butterflies of Ecuador." Annually every spring and summer. March 23–June 16, 2019.
 

This Time Tomorrow Performing Arts Festival

This Time Tomorrow Performing Arts Festival
This Time Tomorrow Performing Arts Festival
Contemporary Arts Center presents this new four-day festival that brings together local, national and international artists to perform at the arts center as well as other locations throughout the city including the Purple People Bridge, Aronoff Center for the Arts and 21c Museum Hotel. Workshops and a late-night hub complement the performances. April 11-14, 2019
 

Cincy Cinco Festival

Fountain Square
Fountain Square
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 3-5, 2019.
 

Appalachian Festival

Appalachian Festival
Appalachian Festival
The region's rich Applachian heritage 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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival. May 10-12, 2019.
 

Asian Food Fest

Asian Food Fest
Asian Food Fest
Enjoy authentic food from Asia including Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan and more during Asian Food Fest at The Banks. This free event also includes cultural dances and music. May 11-12, 2019.
 

Cincinnati May Festival

Cincinnati May Festival Chorus at Music Hall
Cincinnati May Festival Chorus at Music Hall
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 Music Hall. One of the only true choral festivals remaining, May Festival features a choral repertoire rarely found in the usual concert season. May 17-25, 2019.
 

Taste of Cincinnati

A young boy enjoying a funnel cake at the Taste of Cincinnati
Taste of Cincinnati
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 25-27, 2019.

 

Written by Baihley Grandison; with additional reporting by Amber Potter