Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)
Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)

The Main Event

This year's Cincinnati Music Festival line-up is not-to-be missed! Be sure to buy your tickets for the big event. If you also need a hotel, you can purchase this offer and get buy-one-get-one free tickets (offer is available until 7/20/19). 

  • Thursday, July 25: Throwback Thursday / Party with a Purpose hosted by Kid Capri. Featuring Slick Rick, EPMD, DJ Vader and fashion show by Shingo. Tickets start at $50. Call 513-924-0900 to purchase.
  • Friday, July 26: Maxwell, Earth, Wind & Fire, RBRM (BBD + Bobby Brown), Tamia, Raheen DeVaugh
  • Saturday, July 27: Mary J. Blige, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Blackstreet Ft. Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister, The Ohio Players, MAJOR
     

Special Events throughout the Week


Wednesday, July 24
Thursday, July 25
Friday, July 26
  • Enjoy Vibe Cincinnati at Fountain Square featuring events, performances and an urban market. 
  • Listen live to the Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Fountain Square starting bright and early at 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Attend the Empowe(Her) Hour Fireside Chat with Tamika Mallory and Eris Sims in the Overlook Room at McCormick & Schmick's from 3-5 p.m.
  • Sample a variety of foods before or after the concert at Cincy Soul: The Black Taste taking place on 5th Street adjacent to Fountain Square until 2 a.m.
  • Browse the booths of clothing, accessories and more, plus grab a bite to eat just outside Paul Brown Stadium at Festival 513 from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • OTR Live hosts Trap Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday, July 27
  • Lace up your shoes and get your day started at the Vibe Queen City 5K beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Spend your morning at the Women’s Liberation Workshop at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an event focused on women’s health and wellness.
  • Enjoy Vibe Cincinnati at Fountain Square featuring events, performances and an urban market. 
  • Head to InstaGLAM Fireside Chat with Celebrity Makeup Artist Malika James in the Overlook Room at McCormick & Schmick's from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Get your tickets to the Midday Laugh Fest being held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
  • Attend the African American Chamber Exchange held in the Overlook Room at McCormick & Schmick's from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Show your pride at the Cincinnati Black Pride Day Party held at Switch Lighting & Design from 3-7 p.m.
  • Sample a variety of foods before or after the concert at Cincy Soul: The Black Taste taking place on 5th Street adjacent to Fountain Square until 2 a.m.
  • Browse the booths of clothing, accessories and more, plus grab a bite to eat just outside Paul Brown Stadium at Festival 513 from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday, July 28
  • Enjoy Vibe Cincinnati at Fountain Square including a special church service hosted by 10 churches from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. followed by performances by Lil' Mo, Kwame, Arin Ray, DJ Rude, DJ Butch Gibson, and Deuces Musik.
  • Attend the Women of Influence Brunch in the Overlook Room at McCormick & Schmick's from noon-3 p.m.
  • Sample a variety of foods at Cincy Soul: The Black Taste taking place on 5th Street adjacent to Fountain Square from noon to 11 p.m.
 
Looking for more to do while you're in town? No matter where you're staying in the Cincinnati region add some of these Unmistakably Cincinnati experiences to your itinerary.
 
Festival 513 (photo: Louis Rideout)
Festival 513 (photo: Louis Rideout)