Don't miss these popular autumn events in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.
Ohio Renaissance Festival
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.
Cincinnati Hispanic Fest
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Cincinnati Hispanic Fest is an extravaganza of Latin American music, folkloric dance, and traditional Latino food. Presented by the Hispanic Culture Society of Cincinnati at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Sept. 2, 2018.
Held this year at Great American Ball Park, Cincy Beerfest brings in hundreds beers from down the street and across the country. As you converge with thousands of other beer enthusiasts and sample brews, enjoy live music and tasty ballpark snacks. Beerfest tickets include a View Level ticket for the September 6 Reds game. Sept. 1, 2018.
Old West Festival
Old West Festival Gunfight (photo: Old West Festival)
Old West Festival takes you back to the Wild West at this recreation of Dodge City, complete with horse riding shows, trick shooting, melodramas and puppet performances. Enjoy a cold beer or sarsaparilla in the saloon, sing along to live music and chow down on turkey legs and rattlesnake chili. Sept. 8-Oct. 14, 2018 (weekends).
With 500,000 people in attendance every year, this is the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. The downtown Cincinnati event kicks off with Friday’s Running of the Wieners, followed by a weekend of German-style food, beer, music, and dancing. Lederhosen are welcome.. Sept. 21-23, 2018. Plus, don't miss these other Oktoberfest celebrations: Oktoberfest at MainStrasse Village, Newport Oktoberfest and Donauschwaben Oktoberfest.
Boone County Distilling
Bourbon lovers, mark your calendars for this event at Boone County Distilling Company and indulge in food, craft vendors, and of course, great bourbon and beer. Rhinegeist Brewery is bringing the brews, and Deeper Roots Coffee is adding a different kind of brew this year – one that goes well with Boone County's award-winning Bourbon Cream. Oct. 20, 2018.
Join home-brewing enthusiasts, coffee aficionados, tea lovers, and those who just enjoy a good cup of “joe” at Music Hall 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. Nov. 10-11, 2018.
BLINK® | Illuminated by ArtsWave
BLINK® is a four-day light and art event spanning multiple blocks from Cincinnati to Covington, KY. The event features more than 70 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. Stay tuned!
Written by: Elizabeth Miller Wood with updates by Amber Potter