Summer Festivals Guide

Here is your go-to guide for all summer festivals in and around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!

JULY:

7/14-7/17 – Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival

7/15-7/17 – St. Pius X Summer Festival

7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Summerfest

7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival

7/15-7/17 – St. Cecilia Festival

7/21-7/23 – Cincinnati Music Festival

7/22-7/24 – Holy Cross Festival

7/27 – Sad Summer Festival: Newport

7/28-7/31 – Glier’s Goettafest I

7/29-7/30 – St. Ann Festival

7/29-7/31 – Our Lady of Lourdes Festival

7/29-7/31 – St. Bartholomew

AUGUST:

8/4-8/7 – Glier’s Goettafest II

8/5-8/6 – St. Joseph Cold Spring Parish Festival

8/5-8/6 – Holy Cross Immaculata

8/5-8/7 – St. John the Baptist

8/6 – Festival on the Lake at AJ Jolly Park

8/7 – Flea in the Fort II

8/11-8/14 – Hamilton County Fair

8/11-8/14 – Great Inland Seafood Festival

8/12-8/13 – Maysville Oktoberfest

8/12-8/13 – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Festival

8/12-8/14 – Sacred Heart Festival

8/12-8/14 – Our Lady of the Visitation Visifest

8/12-8/14 – St. Joseph Crescent Springs End of Summer Celebration

8/19-8/21 – St. Mary Funfest

8/26-8/28 – St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish

SEPTEMBER:

9/3-9/5 – St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival

9/4 – Riverfest Newport

9/9-9/11 – St. Barbara Rocktoberfest

9/9-9/11 – St. Susanna

9/16-9/18 – St. Timothy Oktoberfest

9/23-9/24 – Loveland Oktoberfest

9/23-9/25 – Newport Oktoberfest


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Cincinnati Magazine’s July Musical Brunch will feature Blues,R&B and Funky Beats with Leroy Ellington’s Sacred Hearts

WHAT: 
Cincinnati Magazine’s July edition of its monthly “Musical Brunch” series will be feature Blues, R&B and funky beats with Leroy Ellington’s Sacred Hearts at The Cincinnati Club on July 31.

Leroy Ellingson's Sacred Hearts Flyer
Leroy Ellingson’s Sacred Hearts Musical Brunch Flyer

Each monthly Musical Brunch performance has received rave reviews from sold-out crowds coupled with one of the most delicious and over-the-top Sunday brunches found in the Queen City. The magazine’s popular Musical Brunch concept debuted in February this year.

Cincinnati’s talented and varied music scene will be fully showcased and celebrated throughout the remainder of this year as the featured musical genre and theme will change every month. Local acts and genres on tap include gospel, bluegrass, jazz, carnivale, holiday and more!

Tickets are $35 per person and include a live concert, an elaborate brunch with light lunch options and dessert bites, access to a Mimosa/Bellini bar, an outrageous garnish-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar, complimentary coffee and hot and iced tea, and complimentary parking.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Advance registration is highly recommended. 

The Musical Brunch series will continue the last Sunday of each month throughout 2022.

WHEN:
Sunday, July 31 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
The Cincinnati Club | 30 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202

HOW:
Learn more and buy tickets now before they sell out at cincinnatimagazine.com/musicalbrunch.

Follow @cincinnatimagazine and #cincinnatimagazine #musicalbrunch on social media for event updates.


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Savings and Deals in the City (7/12)

Cincinnati Music Festival
BOGO Free: Date Night or 2-Day Tickets + Hotel
Dave and Buster’s Florence
1/2 Priced Games Every Wednesday
Pig Works
10% Off TQL Beer Series Registration
Savannah’s Hyde Away
Add Cupping to ANY Session for $10
Che Cincinnati
$3 and $5 Mules on Tuesday’s
Metro
FREE Fares now through September 4th
Logan A/C and Heat Services
$79 Service Calls for New Customers
O’Malley’s in the Alley
$10 Lunch Specials Monday-Thursday
Shires’ Cafe
Daily Drink Specials Monday-Sunday
Hofbrauhaus Newport
Burger or Wurst + 1/2 Liter Bier for $9.99
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SUMMER FOOD FEST 2022: July 16 & 17 at Coney Island


Benefiting Make-A-Wish, aiming to grant wishes for critically ill Cincinnati children.

CINCINNATI – June 28, 2022 – Cincinnati Magazine’s 13th annual Summer Food Fest is being expanded and extended to a two-day celebration at a NEW location this year – Coney Island! The 2022 Summer Food Fest is set for July 16 and 17 from noon until 5:00 p.m. both days. 

This family-friendly event is packed with fun and engaging activities for all ages, with a plethora of delicious summer food and cold beverages held at a classic Cincinnati summer location. 

Children under 10 years old and younger are free, and all-inclusive entry tickets for those 10 and older are just $25 and include unlimited activities, food and beverages (excluding alcohol). Attendees should come hungry and plan to enjoy summer favorites from local food vendors including fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken kabobs, jalapeno poppers, s’more lollipops, ice cream with cookies, hazelnut crepes, fruit-topped waffles, soda, lemonade and more! Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

There will also be endless entertainment and interactive activities including dance music all day, balloon artists, face painting, caricature artists, and more. Plus games for all ages including cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Chutes & Ladders, family relay races, boom blaster, giant Simon, and more! Summer Food Fest ticket holders can also swim and play at the Sunlight Pool Water Adventure at the special discounted rate of only $10 per person (regularly $27).

Cincinnati Magazine is also pleased to be partnering with the charitable organization, Make-A-Wish, on the Summer Food Fest goal of raising $10,000 to grant wishes for local Cincinnati area children with critical illnesses.

To help achieve this goal, Summer Food Fest attendees may purchase $10 raffle tickets (or 3 for $20) to enter to win a 2-night stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Soundwaves Water Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Raffle tickets are only available at Summer Food Fest. Direct donations to Make-A-Wish are also being accepted now and are greatly appreciated.

“We could think of no better way to celebrate the season than to host our family-friendly Summer Food Fest at the iconic Cincinnati summer location, Coney Island,” said Ivy Bayer, publisher of Cincinnati Magazine. “We are also so proud to be partnering with Make-A-Wish to grant wishes to local kids who may be spending their summer in the hospital. I hope you’ll join us for this weekend of food, fun and sun, and also consider supporting this incredible cause.”

This event is made possible through generous support from notable brands including ChinetHersheyHome ChefSt. PierreKeebler, and Stonefire.

Learn more and purchase tickets now at cincinnatimagazine.com/summerfoodfest.


About Cincinnati Magazine
Since 1967, Cincinnati Magazine has covered all the best the Queen City has to offer. As the city’s most respected and award-winning magazine, it connects with more than 178,000 readers every month. Through deeply researched and cleverly written articles, Cincinnati Magazine is the voice of authority and ultimate guide to Cincinnati. It offers a well-curated mix of profiles, investigative pieces, humor, service, dining coverage and events. Visit cincinnatimagazine.com to learn more and subscribe.


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Where to Find Weekly Trivia in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Looking for a way to show off your knowledge? Wanting to get a bit competitive? We have all the spots on where you can find weekly trivia around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Grab your friends and test your knowledge with trivia and themes from TV shows, basic trivia, movies, and more!

Everything Cincy Clients
  1. 16 Lots Brewing Company
    • Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
  2. Cock and Bull Covington
    • Tuesdays 7-9pm
  3. Fountain Square
    • Mondays 6-8pm
  4. Frosthaus
    • Wednesdays 7-10pm
  5. Gypsy’s Covington
    • Tuesdays 7pm and 8pm
  6. Listermann Brewing Co.
    • Wednesdays 7-9pm
  7. Listermann Trail House
    • Mondays 7-9pm
  8. LOCOBA
    • Sundays 6:30-8pm
  9. Purrfect Day Cat Café
    • Thursdays 7-9pm
  10. Street City Pub
    • Thursdays 6-9pm
  11. The Blind Pig
    • Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
  12. The Dog Haus
    • Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
  13. The Growler House
    • Tuesdays 7-9pm
  14. The Bark Park & Patio
    • Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
  15. Washington Park
    • Thursdays 6-8pm
Other Establishments Offering Trivia
  1. 1860 Taproom
  2. Bad Tom Smith Brewing
  3. Back Porch Saloon
  4. Braxton Brewery
  5. Buffalo Wings and Rings
  6. Catch-a-Fire Pizza
  7. Eagles of Mt. Healthy
  8. Esoteric Brewing
  9. Fig Leaf Brewing
  10. High Grain Brewing Company
  11. Longnecks Sports Grill
  12. Lucky Duck Pub
  13. Macs Pizza Pub
  14. Mecca OTR
  15. Northern Row Brewery and Distillery
  16. Oakley Pub and Grill
  17. Paxton’s Grill
  18. Pirates Den Bar and Grill
  19. Quaker Steak and Lube
  20. Rhinegeist
  21. Rosedale OTR
  22. Taft’s Ale House
  23. Taste of Belgium
  24. The Gallery at Newport on the Levee
  25. The Hangar of West Chester
  26. Third Eye Brewing
  27. West Side Brewing
  28. Woodburn Brewing
  29. Wooden Cask Brewing Company
  30. Your Neighborhood Bar and Grill

To find more locations offering weekly trivia, visit: https://lastcalltrivia.com/


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Savings and Deals in the City (6/28)

Mobile Glow Cincy
Group Discounts for Groups 6+
Listermann Brewing Company
$11 Wine on Wednesdays
Green District Salads
$2 Off in The App for GD’s New Menu
SS Tiki Tours
Private Cruise Auction
Mayweather Boxing and Fitness
20% Off Unlimited Membership + 1 Free Fitness Assessment for New Members
21C Museum Hotel
Love is Love Package: 1-Night Stay, Dinner Credit, Swag Bag, and Donation
Prime Cincinnati
25-50% Off Bottles of Wine on Wednesday
Butcher and Barrel
Parrillada Experience for 2 or 4 Every Friday and Saturday
Sub Station II
$2 Off Large Turkey Subs on Tuesdays
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Where to Enjoy a Weekend Brunch in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Brunch has become one of the most beloved weekend activities around. We are making it easy for you to find the best establishments to enjoy brunch by providing a list all in one place! From Everything Cincy Clients to coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels all around Cincy/Northern Kentucky, you will have endless brunch options.

Everything Cincy Clients
  1. Che
    • Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
    • $5 mimosas and bloody Mary’s, half-priced appetizers on Sunday
  2. Coppin’s at Hotel Covington
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
  3. DeSha’s
    • Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm
  4. Dunlap Cafe
    • Monday-Saturday 8am-1:30pm
  5. E+O Kitchen at The Banks
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
  6. Galla Park Gastro
    • Sundays 11am-3pm
  7. Just Brew Coffee House
    • Monday-Saturday 7am-3pm
  8. Khora: Kinley Hotel
    • Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm
  9. Kopan
    • Sundays all day
    • $5 mimosas and bloody Mary’s
  10. LouVino OTR
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
    • $3 Original Mimosa + $4 Flavored Mimosa
  11. Ludlow Garage
    • Sunday 11am-3pm
  12. Madtree Taproom
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
  13. Moerlein Lager House
  14. Overlook Kitchen + Bar at The Summit Hotel
    • Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm
    • $20 bottomless mimosas
  15. Pampas Argentine Gastropub
    • Sundays 10am-2pm
    • 32 oz. bloody Mary’s and Mimosa carafes
  16. The Exchange at Kinley Hotel
    • Everyday 7-11am
  17. The Pub Rookwood + Crestview Hills
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
  18. View at Shires’ Garden
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
Additional Brunch Options
  1. Bellevue Bistro
  2. Blinkers Tavern
  3. Bugatti’s Cuisine
  4. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
  5. Cedar Covington
  6. Crown Republic Gastropub
  7. Dear: Restaurant and Butchery
  8. Esoteric Brewing
  9. Goose and Elder
  10. Greyhound Tavern
  11. Hangover Easy
  12. Hathaway’s Diner
  13. Incline Public House
  14. Ivory House
  15. Keystone Bar and Grill
  16. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
  17. Nada
  18. Nation Exemplar
  19. Otto’s
  20. Press on Monmouth
  21. Rich’s Proper Food and Drink
  22. Sacred Beast Diner OTR
  23. Sleepy Bee Cafe
  24. Spoon and Cellar
  25. Spoon: Kitchen and Market
  26. Taste of Belgium
  27. The Bakers Table
  28. The Gruff
  29. Wild Eggs

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Cool Down in NKY

When the sun is shining and the temperature is rising, you need a place to cool down. Here are some great spots in NKY, perfect for chillin’ on a hot summer day.

Take a Dip

When it’s time to cool off, go to the Florence Aquatic Center, where you can float down a lazy river, splash in the zero-depth pool or zip down the spiral slide. Families love to frolic in the spray grounds and under the sprinkling “funbrellas.” You can drop in with a daily pass or buy a membership. You don’t even have to live in Florence to enjoy this classic summertime experience.

Skating By

Lace up your skates at Northern Kentucky Ice Center in Crescent Springs and spin (or slide) your way across the ice. They offer daily public skating sessions, perfect for everyone, from the wobbly-kneed beginner to the next Olympic figure skating hopeful. 

Penguin Palooza

Be transported to the arctic home of playful penguins at Newport Aquarium. Watch the adorable waddlers as they hop up rocky, snowcapped cliffs and slide down a snowbank into icy water.

Cone by Cone

Northern Kentucky knows ice cream, which is why the options here are so delicious. We’ve got Graeter’s and Cold Stone, of course. You can also indulge in more than a dozen homemade flavors at Schneider’s Sweet Shop in Bellevue or Piper’s Café in MainStrasse offers hundreds of flavors of their creamy soft serve.

Super Slushie

Frosthaus, in Covington’s Roebling Point neighborhood, specializes in boozy (and non-boozy) frozen drinks. Be sure to sip carefully to avoid the dreaded brain freeze!

Cupful of Heaven

For the creamiest frozen treat around, come to Golden Gelato in downtown Covington. They make all their gelato and sorbet from scratch using traditional Italian methods and locally sourced ingredients. You will love the flavor selection and you may even want to try an Affogato, a scoop of vanilla gelato topped with a shot of espresso.

NKY Ice Balls

A summertime favorite that is sure to cool you down is the ice ball, available at Sweet Tooth Candies & Ice Cream on Newport’s West Side. What’s an ice ball? Picture a scoop of ice cream covered in a snow cone, giving you the smooth texture of the ice cream with the syrupy, crunch of the snow cone ice. Get creative with the flavor combinations and you’ll see why this dessert is perfect for hot afternoons.

This summer, let Northern Kentucky cool you down and chill you out.

About the author: Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.


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Top 10 Things to Do and See in Cincinnati

Whether you live in Cincinnati or are traveling through the area there are plenty of awesome things to experience in the Queen City! We have the top 10 things that you’ll have to put on your to-do list, that you’ll want to keep going back too. So get ready to make more memories that you can share with others!

1. Coney Island and Sunlite Pool

This historic theme park has been around since 1867 and it’s the perfect place to get a dose of nostalgia! There are games, shows and more at this fantastic little theme park that has a huge pool and water slides. This destination appeals to the entire family and there’s a lot of options for things to do near the park like the casino/race track located next door, and various restaurants, bars, and breweries to eat and drink at.

2. Findlay Market

You can’t miss out on taking a day trip to this incredible market that has everything you could possibly hope for or want out of a market. The food is absolutely amazing and so are the friendly people there. Findlay Market gives you a real sense of what the community is like in Cincinnati and highlights what we’re known for. The scent of fresh food is in the air, with live music on the street, plenty of places to sit and eat, and lots of different shops to check out that have locally made goods by local artisans.

3. RiverFront and The Banks

Cincinnati is one of the most beautiful river cities in America and you really get to see that when visiting the RiverFront and The Banks. The park along the water is wonderful, with many activities for the entire family to enjoy. There are sculptures and gardens that are very pleasant to encounter with an excellent view of the city. The Banks is one of the most happening places to be and there’s always a party on the weekends to join in on! When the sun goes down this area is just as beautiful with all of the city lights reflecting off the river, take a walk on one of the bridges to get the full spectrum!

4. Visit the Parks

The parks here are beyond amazing and there are several of them that offer something for everyone. Eden Park in Mt. Adams is the perfect place to have a leisure day and the best place to see views of the city. There are overlooks at the park that give you an amazing view of the river leading into downtown Cincinnati and of Kentucky, making it a great area for taking pictures. Washington Park in OTR is a major place to go to for events, live music, and pure enjoyment! It’s dog friendly and has a patio with refreshments to enjoy on a hot day.

5. Krohn Conservatory

Art, nature, and science come together at the Krohn Conservatory. Krohn is located in Eden Park in Mt. Adams and is truly an enchanting experience. The butterfly shows that they have there are magnificent and really give you the opportunity to connect with wildlife and nature in a way that’s approachable and exciting. There is a waterfall inside that has a creek with fish and turtles inhabiting it, making it feel like you’re in the rainforest. The building has sections for different species of plants and walking from one room to the next transforms a new environment to discover.

6. Cincinnati Zoo

We have one of the top rated zoo’s in the country! A zoo that is not only beautiful but is also educational and fun. The zoo does a great job to help wildlife and nature through their Saving Species program, animal care, and by going completely green with solar power.  There are different events to check out throughout the year and your trip there will feel like you’re on a real exploration of adventure.

7. Live Performances

Cincinnati has always been a hub for music and live performances! There are several venues to check out that offer a variety of different acts that appeal to every type of style and genre.  Music Hall, Memorial Hall, and The Taft Theater are historic venues that are absolutely stunning that feature talent all over the world. We also have the Aronoff and Playhouse in the park for well known shows and a few concert venues that feature locals and bring in big name performers.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/

https://tafttheatre.org

8. Museums

We have some of the best museums around and there are so many to choose from! Union Terminal is one of the most incredible museums that takes you into a different world of fun and education. The building alone is a sight to see and the inside is breathtaking! There are many art museums to choose from like the Contemporary Arts Center and The Cincinnati Art Museum, which are both free to the public. We also have the American Sign Museum that is a real gem and will have you in awe when visiting!

https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

https://www.contemporaryartscenter.org

https://www.americansignmuseum.org

9. Professional Sports

Go to a game! We are lucky to have major sports teams in the city and no matter what your favorite sport is you’ll be sure to have a great time at any of the games! The Cincinnati Reds baseball team and the Cincinnati Bengals football team play and practice in stadiums right next to each other, with our Cyclones Hockey team in Heritage Bank Center just down the street. And now we officially have a soccer stadium for the FC Cincinnati team!

https://www.mlb.com/reds/ballpark

https://www.bengals.com/news/pbs-history

https://heritagebankcenter.com/cyclones

https://tqlstadium.com

10. Take a Walk Downtown

Take in as much of the city scenery as you possibly can while you’re exploring downtown.  You can take the streetcar, bike, or simply take a walk around to experience some really wonderful things about the city.  You can take a tour or have our own self guided one that focuses on the fascinating architecture, history, and culture of Cincinnati. The food and drinks here are outstanding, so go to as many restaurants and bars as you can. We have tons of events going on and little shops to pop into for all of your shopping needs. OTR and fountain square are places to spend endless amounts of time with everything that the area has to offer.


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Cincinnati Magazine’s June Musical Brunch will be a Country Shindig with Heather Roush and The Heart Strings

WHAT: 
Cincinnati Magazine’s June edition of its monthly “Musical Brunch” series will be a boot-scootin’ Country Shindig withHeather Roush and The Heart Strings, held at The Cincinnati Club.

Each monthly Musical Brunch performance has received rave reviews from sold-out crowds coupled with one of the most delicious and over-the-top Sunday brunches found in the Queen City. The magazine’s popular Musical Brunch concept debuted in February this year.

Cincinnati’s talented and varied music scene will be fully showcased and celebrated throughout the remainder of this year as the featured musical genre and theme will change every month. Local acts and genres on tap include gospel, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, disco, and more!

Tickets are $55 per person and include a live concert, an elaborate brunch with light lunch options and dessert bites, access to a Mimosa/Bellini bar, an outrageous garnish-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar, complimentary coffee and hot and iced tea, and complimentary parking.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Advance registration is highly recommended. 

The Musical Brunch series will continue the last Sunday of each month throughout 2022.

WHEN:
Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
The Cincinnati Club | 30 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202

HOW:
Learn more and buy tickets now before they sell out at cincinnatimagazine.com/musicalbrunch.

Follow @cincinnatimagazine and #cincinnatimagazine #musicalbrunch on social media for event updates.


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