Pictured: Cincinnati Bengals tailgating

Festivals & Events

The Cincinnati region knows how to throw a good party, and you’re invited! Visit for one (or many) of our buzz-worthy events and annual festivals including local culinary feasts, major music festivals and seasonal celebrations.

Plan a Trip Around These Upcoming Events and Festivals

No matter what the season, there’s always something going on in the Cincinnati region. Welcome spring with food, arts & crafts and more at Maifest in MainStrasse Village and celebrate the region's brewing legacy during BockfestSummer means getting outdoors and enjoying music and food in the sunshine at events like Cincinnati Music FestivalCincy Blues Fest and Glier’s GoettafestKids will love Fall-O-Ween at Coney Island with hayrides, trick-or-treating, hay maze, live shows and rides. Photography enthusiasts unite with FotoFocus Biennial (returning in 2018!). In winter, get into the festive spirit at the PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Macy’s Light Up the Square on Fountain Square (don’t miss Santa’s first visit!). 

Savor the food festivals happening year round like Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Coffee Festival and Goettafest. Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky is the place to be if you like your brews, too. Beer festivals abound, including Cincy Winter BeerfestOktoberfest Zinzinnati (also featuring the world’s largest chicken dance), and Cincy Brew Ha Ha (America’s largest beer and comedy festival—no joke!).

Stay and play a little longer with ideas from our Big Weekends—come for one event, like a Reds or Bengals game, and stretch out your visit a little longer to stay for a hot new music or food festival happening that same weekend.

Search the online calendar for upcoming events or check out our other festival and event trip ideas below!


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