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Uniquely Cincinnati Events

In all, Cincinnati has more than 30 off-site venues to keep attendees energized and engaged.

- USAE
Cincinnati USA's full calendar of festivals devoted to music, food and hospitality comprises one of the best collections of annual events found anywhere in the nation. Dating back to its roots as a rowdy town full of German immigrants who celebrated life with song, food and drink, Cincinnati has a standing tradition as a great place to have a good time. Cincinnati's calendar of festival fun is packed year around.




Bockfest
Blink
BLINK is expected to be one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art in Cincinnati, OH. BLINK will span 20 city blocks, from Cincinnati's Banks to Findlay Market. Food and beverages will also be available. BLINK is free and open to the public - no tickets are required. 
WHEN: Mid October
WHERE: Downtown Cincinnati, from the Banks to Findlay market.
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Bockfest

 
Bockfest
Cincinnati is the home to the world's oldest Bock festival, a tradition developed among the breweries to release all of their bock beer on the same day. Bock beer is a rich, complex, robust lager that marks the end of the Winter brewing season and the beginning of Spring. Every year, Cincinnati's coolest, underground festival celebrating bock beer, the Renaissance era, Over-the-Rhine, and the coming of Spring begins with this city's funkiest parade.
WHEN: Early March
WHERE: From Arnold's (Cincinnati's oldest saloon), it travels up Main Street and ends with the blessing of the bock.
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Brew Ha-Ha

 
Brew Ha-Ha
50 comedians on 3 stages and 60 beers: Cincinnati USA's newest and latest festival event. Patrick Sheeran, VP of The Downtown Council at the Chamber, recognizes the originality of the event by explaining, "To our knowledge, this is the first beer and comedy festival of its kind."
  WHEN: Late Summer
WHERE: Sawyer Point Park, on the riverfront in downtown Cincinnati
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Bunbury Music Festival
The Bunbury Music Festival is a 3-day music festival in Cincinnati, OH at Sawyer Point Yeatman's Cove on the banks of the Ohio River. The festival's inaugural event took place July 13–15, 2012. It featured over 100 performances on 6 stages. Reaching beyond music, the festival integrates eco-friendly and technology initiatives. Bunbury Music Festival takes place the seond FULL weekend in July each year.
  WHEN: Second full weekend in July
WHERE: Sawyer Point Park, Yeatman's Cove
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Cincinnati Flower Show

 
Cincinnati Flower Show
"The king of all flower shows" according to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, March 2002. The Cincinnati Flower Show is the only North American flower and garden show endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain, producer of the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show. Staged on the banks of Lake Como at historic Coney Island, the Cincinnati Flower Show is one of the premier flower and garden events in the world, featuring hundreds of landscapers, growers, floral designers and artists.

The event also features a Fine Food show where visitors sample gourmet foods made from the freshest ingredients from more than 50 local and national vendors.

The "Green Living" home at the Cincinnati Flower Show showcases latest in eco-friendly garden design, sustainable and living energy-saving building materials. Bringing beautiful and practical solutions to the challenge of green living, the green home is anchored by a garden of native plants on one side and easy to grow and care for organic garden on the other side.

  WHEN: No future event announced at this time
WHERE: Symmes Township Park
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Cincinnati May Festival
Cincinnati May Festival
Established in 1873, the Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere and one of the only true festivals that remain in our country today. Featuring the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Festival presents marvelously concentrated choral repertoire rarely found in the usual concert season.
  WHEN: May
WHERE: Music Hall
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Cincinnati Music Festival
Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G
Enjoy an electrifying combination of R&B, Hip-Hop and Jazz at the Cincinnati Music Festival.
  WHEN: Mid-Summer
WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium
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Cincinnati Wine Festival
Cincinnati Wine Festival
Seventeen years young and aging like a fine wine, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a grand celebration of wine, food and music. The Festival is made up of four prominent events: the Winery Dinners, the Charity Auction and Luncheon, the Grand Tastings and the Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament.
  WHEN: March
WHERE: Duke Energy Convention Center 
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Cincy-Cinco
 
Cincy-Cinco
This spectacular Cinco de Mayo celebration has made history twice - with the world's longest taco and the world's largest pinata! Come celebrate this famous Mexican holiday at the Midwest's largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. The festival features a parade, traditional costumes, the Fiesta de Pueblo (adult's street party), fireworks, and of course great food and music!
  WHEN: Cinco de Mayo (the Fifth of May)
WHERE: Riverbend Music Center
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Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens will flip the switch on over 2.5 million dazzling lights and more than 100 lighted displays in the city's longest-standing holiday tradition.
  WHEN: November and December
WHERE: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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Flying Pig Marathon
Flying Pig Marathon
The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon has made a mark being the third-largest first-time marathon in the country. Welcoming athletes of all running abilities, this is a race where you can find personal reward.
  WHEN: Spring
WHERE: Starts along Mehring Way, and finishes at Sawyer Point Park.
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Fringe Festival
Fringe Festival
Eleven days of performance, arts, film, music, and everything in between.
  WHEN: Late Spring
WHERE: Multiple Locations
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MidPoint Music Festival
MidPoint Music Festival
Cincinnati's largest music festival, featuring numerous bands in multiple locations throughout the city. The festival features unsigned bands, thereby drawing considerable attention from labels in scouting for fresh talent.
  WHEN: September
WHERE: Multiple Locations
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Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion
Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion
This outdoor event continues to grow and is now one of Cincinnati's largest family-focused events, drawing over 100,000 patrons. The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration was inaugurated in August 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is held annually the 3rd weekend of August at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. Through the generous support of our sponsors we are able to offer the event to the public at no charge. The event has grown form the early days of 1989 to over 100,000 people of all ages on hand each year to enjoy the three days of activities.
  WHEN: The 3rd weekend of August
WHERE: Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove
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MusicNow
The MusicNOW Festival
The MusicNOW Festival was founded in 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio, by guitarist and composer, Bryce Dessner. Originally held at the Contemporary Arts Center, then moved to Memorial Hall, a small historic theater located in the city's historic Over-the-Rhine district. The festival performers have included contemporary music advocates Bang on a Can All-Stars and Kronos Quartet as well as indie rock groups such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors and The National. Two annual elements of the festival have been the inclusion of visual art, including installations by Karl Jensen and new music commissions.
 
  WHEN: The 3rd weekend of March
WHERE: Music Hall
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Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be North America's largest Oktoberfest with over 500,000 people attending each year.
WHEN: Late September
WHERE: On 6 blocks of Fifth Street; from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Zinzinnati.
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Cincinnati Reds Opening Day

Findlay Market

Opening Day and Findlay Market Parade
The season start of America's National Pastime is an unofficial city holiday in Cincinnati USA. Home of the baseball's first professional team, Opening Day festivities kick off with the Findlay Market Parade and continue through the traditional afternoon game. For most of the 20th century, the Reds' first-team status earned them the honor of playing the first National League game of each season. During recent seasons, other teams have played the first game, but the Reds still get to open at home each year.

The Findlay Market Parade route begins at the market's location on Race and Elder Streets in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, heads downtown towards Fountain Square and ends at Fifth Street and Broadway. Traditionally, there are 178 parade entrants, including 18 marching bands and 25 floats. There also are drill teams, classic cars, local dignitaries, and thousands of fans lining the parade route.

WHEN: The first Monday each April.
WHERE: Parade from Findlay Market to the Great American Ball Park

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Findlay Market
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Paddlefest
Cincinnati is the paddling capital of the United States and the Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest canoe/kayak paddling event in the Midwest with over 2,200 paddlers making their annual trek down the Ohio river during Paddlefest. Paddlefest  is a fun filled family event designed to bring people together to paddle, enjoy the outdoors, listen to great local music and much more for the whole family.
WHEN: The third weekend in June
WHERE: Coney Island Park
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Cincinnati Pride Festival
 
Cincinnati Pride Festival
Pride Festival celebrates Cincinnati's LGBT community and allies, and promotes the acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression
WHEN: Last weekend of June
WHERE: Downtown & Sawyer Point
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Riverfest
Riverfest
A fireworks extravaganza set to music over the beautiful Ohio River.
WHEN: Labor Day
WHERE: Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove at Bicentennial Commons
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Tall Stacks
Tall Stacks Music, Arts, and Heritage Festival
Cincinnati celebrates its river heritage with the world's largest paddlewheel festival. Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove overflows with music and fun along the banks of the Ohio River.
WHEN: No futire event announced at this time
WHERE: Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove at Bicentennial Commons
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Taste of Cincinnati USA
Taste of Cincinnati USA
Taste of Cincinnati USA is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by The Downtown Council and the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association. Started 1979, it is now the nation's longest running culinary arts festival. The event is held on Fifth Street to spotlight the $42-million renovation of Fountain Square.

Approximately 500,000 attend the annual food extravaganza, making Taste one of the nation's largest street festivals. Taste of Cincinnati was named Food Event of the Year for 1997 by Events Business News, the recognized authority of the special events business in the United States, selecting it out of 40,000 special events across the nation.

Taste of Cincinnati USA features more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. In the weeks leading up to Taste each year, menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards.

Taste of Cincinnati Rock Stage Taste of Cincinnati USA is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event.

WHEN: Every Memorial Day Weekend
WHERE: On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati.
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Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open is a must-attend attraction in the Midwest. The 10-day event attracts record crowds to the tennis oasis, the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, OH.
Loaded playing fields for both the men and women make for a star-studded tournament. 2012 featured Serena and Venus Williams both making deep runs, with Li Na hoisting the Rookwood Cup on the women’s side. For the men, Roger Federer fended off Novak Djokovic to snag his record 5th title in Cincinnati.
The attraction of what Jim Courier describes as “the Grand Slam of the Midwest” is evident with fans traveling to Cincinnati from all 50 states and 19 countries to enjoy the Western & Southern Open.
WHEN: The third week in August
WHERE: the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, OH.
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