Cincinnati May Festival

May Festival
May Festival

May 17-25, 2019
Founded in 1873, this annual music event is one of the oldest and most prestigious choral festivals in the Western Hemisphere. Music Hall serves as the main venue for the concerts that take place over the course of two weekends featuring the May Festival Chorus and musical guests. 

Bunbury Music Festival

Bunbury Music Festival
Bunbury Music Festival

May 31-June 2, 2019
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 2019 headliners include Fall Out Boy, The 1975, and Greta Van Fleet with other artists including Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Run the Jewels, and Girl Talk. Bunbury Music Festival calls itself an alternative music festival, but each year there are bands for everyone throughout the weekend.

SummitFest

Summit Park
Summit Park

June 8, 2019
What pairs better with country music than beer and bourbon? Summit Park hosts country superstars Tyler Farr and Lee Brice for its 2019 event. Attendees will also enjoy a beer and whiskey garden, food vendors and family-friendly activities. The best part? Admission is free!

Cincy Blues Fest

Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Cincinnati Park Board)
Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Cincinnati Park Board)

July 13, 2019
The festival moves to a new location at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn behind Moerlein Lager House in Smale Riverfront Park. Performers for 2019 include The Blues Beatles, G. Miles and The Band of Helping Hands, Leroy Ellington’s Sacred Hearts Band, the Ben Levin Band with Special Guest Phillip Paul and more.

Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G

Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Madison Schmidt)
Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Madison Schmidt)

July 25-27, 2019
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 Maxwell and Mary J. Blige.

Bellwether Music Festival

Bellwether Music Festival
Bellwether Music Festival

August 9-10, 2019
Combine your love for camping with your love for music at this event featuring two days of live alternative music on two stages at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds. The 2019 lineup is still to be announced, but last year's bands included MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, Dr. Dog and Whitney. The festival is family friendly and camping is not required.

With additional reporting by Amber Potter.