What Bri’s Cooking’s Guide to Cincinnati’s Awesome Festivals
My family loves Festivals!!! Every Sunday from May to September, we try to hit at least one up. Its cheap fun and a great way to get out and experience everything our city has to offer! Most of these events are free. The food is cheap, probably deep fried, but delicious!!! Parking is usually free in the neighborhoods, but expect to pay downtown. Here’s a list of our favorite festivals coming up this summer.
There are also a ton of smaller school festivals that we hit up, and if I get a chance I’ll add them once I find their information. If you have any additions, feel free to add them in the comments below!
Newport Italian Fest
We love this festival. Its on the Kentucky side of the river, and a great reason for us to come visit. The food is always amazing, I love Italian food, so this is one of my favorites!
When: June 7 – 10
Where: Newport on the Levee, Newport
CFTA Food Fest
This one is a must hit for us! Its usually a huge crowd, but its a great place to check out all of the city’s food trucks. The lines can be crazy long, but those places are usually well worth the wait! We have always met some of the most amazing people there, and seen old friends that we haven’t seen in years. Come hungry and be patient!
When: June 15th
Where: Summit Park, Blue Ash
MainStrasse Village Original Goettafest
A food festival featuring all things Goetta. If you’ve never had goetta, this is the place to try it. There are a ton of different varieties to try!
When: June 15 – 17
Where: Mainstrasse Village, Main Street, Covington
This Festival is fun for my family. If you aren’t aware Juneteenth is the celebration of delayed liberation for Slaves. While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it wasn’t until June 19th of 1865 that word made its all the way to Texas and the Slaves were finally freed. That’s why we celebrate Juneteenth! We love this festival because it celebrates Black Excellence and how far we have come! It is free, a lot of fun and the food is to die for. If you’ve ever wondered what a black family reunion is like, check out this festival!
When: June 16-17
Where: Eden Park, Walnut Hills
Panegyri Greek Festival
This one is in our back yard. So we’re there with bells on. There is Free parking at and shuttle from St. Xavier High School! We usually go late Sunday night, so we park at the school next door (for $5 if I remember correctly) and walk over. Some of the best Greek food in the city! I love the music and watching the dancing. There is art, pastries and wares set up inside and we always find something beautiful and unique that we have to have. This one is a must see!
When: June 22-24
Where: Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Red White And Blue Ash
This one is hit or miss for my family. My brother & nephew hate fireworks, lol! If you love them, this is a great one to check out. Just bring headphones for the scaredy cats!
When: July 4th
Where: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash
This is a great event. Its one of the first German festivals in the area, and the oldest. The food is amazing, they do all sorts of dinners inside and games, rides and the like outside. We like this one because its not far from where we live and its always a great crowd.
When: July 20 – 22
Where: Kolping Center, 10235 W Mill Rd, Springfield Township
Cincy Soul – The Black Taste
This is a new addition to Cincinnati’s Festival Scene. It’s a taste of Cincinnati with all black restaurants, cooks and entrepreneurs. It overlaps the Macy’s Music Fest and is a great chance to taste and experience soul food. Which is the very best food!
When: July 27-29
Where: 5th Street, Downtown
Cincinnati Music Festival
This is one of the area’s largest Soul and R&B festivals. There is a concert downtown at Paul Brown, but there are a ton of free events all around. A must for my family!
When: July 26 – 28
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown
Hamilton County Fair
One of the largest fairs around, the hamilton county fair is a fun one. You do have to pay to enter and park, but there’s plenty to do, see, eat and check out to get your money’s worth. There are a ton of events, art shows, and even a demolition derby!
When: August 8 – 12
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7700 Vine Street, Carthage
Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion
When: September 15-16