Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival (photo: Will Thorpe)
Ohio Renaissance Festival (photo: Will Thorpe)

Travel back to ye olde days of 16th-century England in this wildly immersive, 30-acre medieval village. Mingle with 150 costumed characters and watch live demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, and full-armored jousting. Feast like a king on giant-roasted turkey legs, and shop like a queen at more than 150 craft shops. Open Saturdays and Sundays (and Labor Day) August 31-October 27, 2019.
 

Cincinnati Hispanic Fest

Celebrate Latin American culture with music, folkloric dance, and traditional Latino food. Presented by the Hispanic Culture Society of Cincinnati at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. August 31-September 2, 2019.
 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Photography)
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Photography)

With 500,000 people in attendance every year, this is the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. The downtown Cincinnati event kicks off with Running of the Wieners Thursday, September 19, on Freedom Way, followed by a weekend of German-style food, beer, music, and dancing. Lederhosen are welcome. Sept. 20-22, 2019. Plus, don't miss these other Oktoberfest celebrations: Newport Oktoberfest and Donauschwaben Oktoberfest.
 

Ish: Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Cultural Festival

Ish Festival (photo: Marie Krulewitch-Browne)
Ish Festival (photo: Marie Krulewitch-Browne)

This free festival explores what it means to be Jewish and Israeli through art, food, music and cultural activities from traditional to contemporary, religious to secular, Jewish to non-Jewish. Join the celebration at Washington Park on September 22, 2019.

Kentucky's Edge

The Globe, part of The B-Line (photo: Samuel Greenhill)
The Globe, part of The B-Line (photo: Samuel Greenhill)

Experience the ultimate bourbon adventure in Northern Kentucky with bourbon pairings, tastings and tours; free music festivals along the riverfront; events at local bourbon distilleries; educational opportunities; and an artisans market. The event takes over Northern Kentucky October 4-5, 2019
 

BLINK® | Illuminated by ArtsWave

BLINK® (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
BLINK® (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

BLINK® is a four-day light and art event spanning multiple blocks from Cincinnati to Covington, KY. The event features animated light shows projected onto buildings, new street art murals, interactive art sculptures and other light-based displays. The event returns October 10-13, 2019.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival

Carabello Coffee (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Carabello Coffee (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Join home-brewing enthusiasts, coffee aficionados, tea lovers, and those who just enjoy a good cup of “joe” at Duke Energy Convention Center for tastings, samplings, live music, demos, and the opportunity to purchase your favorite products. And don't miss the latte art throwdown in which baristas compete to see whose milk-pouring aesthetics will come out on top. October 11-13, 2019.
 
Written by: Elizabeth Miller Wood with updates by Amber Potter