Cincinnati Events

Cincinnati EventsBockfest celebrates the heritage of German brewing and it takes place early March. It is now a tradition that was created by breweries as a way to release all of their seasonal bock beer at the same time. The event starts out with a parade at Arnold's Bar and Grill, the oldest saloon in the city, and travels up Main Street, ending at Bockfest Hall, where the first keg is blessed.

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival Grand Tasting takes place in the beginning of March and features rare, exciting and new wines from all over the world. This is a great event for wine connoisseurs where over 600 wines from more than 100 wineries are up for sampling. Guests can also participate in a silent auction and enjoy a variety of delicious food.

Taste of Cincinnati USA jumps off during May on Memorial Day weekend in Downtown Cincinnati. It covers Fifth Street for six blocks, from Race Street to Broadway. Local area restaurants dish up and serve out a variety of appetizers, soups, seafood entrees, desserts and more as they participate in this annual culinary competition. Live music performances take place on multiple stages at this free event.

During Cincy Fringe Festival in late May, downtown Cincinnati is invaded for 12 days. During this span of time, local, international, regional and national artists participate in an artistic extravaganza, showcasing some of their most creative, original performances and works. The artists represent various media including dance, music, theatre, visual art, film and so much more.

Macy’s Music Festival takes place during the end of July on Cincinnati’s riverfront. Guests can expect to see the hottest R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and soul artists at this two-day event. There is sure to be an outstanding line-up of artists performing some of the best music and entertainment.

The Brew Ha-Ha is an adult event held during late August. It features over 100 different brands of beer for participants to sample and buy. Fifty guest comedians are scheduled to perform on three different stages throughout the two-day event. There’s lots of laughter, fun, and relaxation for the 21 and over crowd.

Riverfest pops off in September on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and features one of the Midwest’s largest fireworks displays. There is plenty of food, music, entertainment and family fun to be had. Riverfest is held on the Riverfront at Sawyer Point and Yateman’s Cove.

The PNC Festival of Lights is one of Cincinnati’s most popular traditions, and it takes place at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens beginning November 23. Over 2.5 millions sparkling LED lights will twinkle in the eye of the beholder. Over 100 lighted displays are also featured. Guests can marvel at the 35-foot-tall decorated tree, experience breath-taking light shows, and be entertained by Rappin’ Elves and other characters who just may stroll through for a visit. Children are sure to have a blast at this fun-filled, delightful event.