June 1-3, 2018
The Queen Bee of them all. Bunbury Music Festival takes place along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. Bunbury has hosted artists such as Flaming Lips, Fun., Weezer, and Death Cab for Cutie. The 2018 headliners include Jack White, The Chainsmokers, blink-182, Post Malone, and Incubus. Bunbury Music Festival calls itself an alternative music festival, but each year there are bands for everyone throughout the weekend.
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- Northside Music Festival (June 23, 2018)
June 9, 2018
What pairs better with country music than beer and bourbon? Summit Park hosts country superstars Kellie Pickler, Eli Young Band and Chase Rice on the stage, plus a beer and whiskey garden, food vendors and family-friendly activities. The best part? Admission is free!
July 26-28, 2018
Starting in 1962 as an all-jazz concert, this festival has evolved and grown into a two-day festival featuring amazing music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. The Cincinnati Music Festival is held annually at Paul Brown Stadium. This year's headliners include DJ Jazzy Jeff, Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, and The Roots.
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August 10-11, 2018
Combine your love for camping with your love for music at this brand-new event featuring two days of live alternative music on two stages. Bands include MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, Whitney, and more. The festival is family friendly and camping is not required.
NO FESTIVAL IN 2018
MidPoint Music Festival (most often referred to as MPMF or MidPoint) has been a staple festival for music lovers since 2002. The festival takes place in different venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati with the main stage in Washington Park. MPMF is known for being the music festival for tastemakers. Past performers include Andrew Bird, The Afghan Whigs, OK Go, The Breeders and Kishi Bashi.
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April 27-29, 2018
Founded in 2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National, MusicNOW set out on a mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks, and commission new work. The Homecoming Festival takes place at Smale Riverfront Park and will feature a variety of world-class contemporary classical, electronica, folk, and alternative rock concerts, with special exhibitions and talks throughout the festival weekend. Headliners include The National, Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, Lord Huron, The Breeders, Moses Sumney, Julien Baker, Alvvays, and Big Thief.
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- Ubahn Fest (Fall dates TBA)
With additional reporting by Amber Potter.