2018 May Guide to Local Events, Festivals and other Fun Things to Do


The month of May is filled with many local festivals and events! Mark your calendar now to enjoy a carnival or festival. The Appalachian Festival and Taste of Cincinnati are long-time traditional events to enjoy. Or, if you like looking at cool old stuff, head to the Springfield Antique Extravaganza. There will be miles and miles of treasures. Free outdoor concerts as well as Memorial Day events are taking place during the month, too.

Here is our list of 60+ festivals and other fun things to do throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Events are in order by date:

Brit Floyd
Through May 4, 2018
Taft Theater at 317 E. Fifth Street in downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pink Floyd tribute

Ada and the Engine
Through May 12, 2018
Know Theatre of Cincinnati at 1120 Jackson Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
19th century England in which Ada thinks about a modern world

Terra-cotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China
Through August 12, 2018
Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
View 120 Chinese life-sized  army figures

His Eye is on the Sparrow
Now – May 19, 2018
Ensemble Theatre at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Play about Ethel Waters overcoming racial injustice to become a Vaudeville successs, jazz singer and Oscar-nominated actress

Bye Bye Birdie
May 2-27, 2018
Warsaw Federal Incline Theater at 810 Matson Place, Cincinnati, Ohio
A classic musical

Party on the Purple
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (+June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2018)
Purple People Bridge accessed via Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky or Sawyers Point in downtown Cincinnati
Live music and food trucks

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
May 3-6, 2018
U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy watching 51 acrobats, musicians and actors bring a carnival to life

Downtown Xenia First Friday
May 4, 2018 (+ June 1, July 6)
101 N. Detroit, Xenia, Ohio
Live entertainment

Pickin in the Park & Food Trucks
May 4, 2018 (+ June 1 and August 3)
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy bluegrass music along with craft beer and food truck fare

Spring/Summer Bierfest
May 4, 2018
Dayton Liederkranz at 1400 E. 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Enjoy sampling craft brews and great food

First Friday / Second Look at Pendleton Art Center – Middletown
May 4-5, 2018
1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042
Artists will be available to show off their talents, food, music and more!

P&G Health and Fitness Expo
May 4-5, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm Street, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
National exhibitors. This expo is in conjunction with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

May Daze Music Festival
March 4-5, 2018
8501 Camden-College Corner Road in College Corner, Ohio
Lots of great music at Hannon’s Camp America

Cincy-Cinco 2018
May 4-6, 2018
Fountain Square at 520 Vine Street in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the Latino culture with mariachi and salsa bands

Wright Patterson Air Force Base Family Fun Fest Carnival
May 4-12, 2018
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
A fun fair to enjoy!

JABGA Jr. American Boer Goat Show
May 5, 2018
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Love those goats! Baa!

Taste of the Jungle
May 5, 2018
Jungle Jim’s International Market in Eastgate at 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
Lots of samples to try (and then buy!)

Murder For Two
May 5 – June 10, 2018
Playhouse in the Park at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
A whodunit with humor

Flying Pig Marathon
May 6, 2018
Begins in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
This is the 20th year for the marathon. Not a runner? Go out and cheer them on!

Madeira Art Fair
May 6, 2018
Downtown Madeira along Miami Avenue
Enjoy looking and purchasing from artisans

Tri-State Antique Market
May 6, 2018 (+ June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2 and October 7)
US Route 50 at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Indiana’s largest antiques and vintage market

Party on the Plaza
May 10, 2018 (June 14, June 28, July 19, August 2 and 23), 2018
7850 Five Mile Road at the Anderson Center in Anderson Township in Cincinnati, Ohio
Live band concert and lots of great food

7th Annual Batesville Regional Fine Art Fair
May 10-12, 2018
RomWeber Marketplace at 7 South Eastern Avenue in downtown Batesville, Indiana
Original works of art will be available to views and purchase

Batesville Kiwanis Family Carnival
May 10-12, 2018
Downtown Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy games, rides and fun food!

Vogt Farm Hanging Basket Festival
May 11, 2018
Vogt Farm at 12115 North State Road 129, Batesville Indiana
Enjoy spending time on the farm and getting a hanging basket for mom

Cincinnati Guitar Fest
May 11, 2018
Madison Theater at 730 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky
Featuring many talented artists

Spring Concert Series 
May 11-12, 18-19, 25-27, 2018
Fountain Square at Fifth and Vine Streets in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the music!

Dance Theatre of Harlem
May 11-12, 2018
Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut Street, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Racially diverse artists perform eclectic dances

Asian Food Fest
May 11-13, 2018
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohi
Enjoy Asian cuisine and culture

Sprouts and Stouts Garden & Music Festival
May 11-13, 2018
326 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky
Live music, flowers, crafts as well as local food and beer

Appalachian Festival
May 11-13, 2018
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy Appalachian music and art and exhibits. Have a great time eating, drinking and shopping!

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot
May 11-19, 2018
Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A classic broadway show

Vintage Ohio South Wine Fest
May 12, 2018
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Sample wines from throughout Ohio

Farm Babies Fest
May 12, 2018
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH 45414
Love looking a baby animals!

Indiana Wine Fair
May 12, 2018
Story Inn at 6404 S. State Road1 35, Nashville, Indiana
Enjoy tasting Indiana wines and food truck fare along with local artists showing off their talents

The Off Market
May 12, 2018 (+ June 9, July 14, August 11 and September 8)
MadTree Brewery on Madison Road in Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio
Artists, bakers and boutiques. Shop local!

Asian Food Fest
May 12-13, 2018
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy Asian food, dance and culture!

Broad Street Bash
May 16 and 30, 2018 (+ June 13 and 27; July 18; and August 1)
First Avenue and Broad Street, Middletown, Ohio
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets! Enjoy the music!

Food Truck Festival
May 13, 2018
6178 Chambersburg Road in Huber Heights, Ohio
It’s all about the food – on a truck

Noises Off
May 16 – June 9, 2018
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
A British farce

Opera at the Zoo
May 16, 2018 – Cancelled Due to Weather. (to be rescheduled)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Opera returns to the zoo and sings to the animals…. and people!

Memphis Belle Exhibit Opening at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
May 17-19, 2018
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
The B-17F Memphis Belle bomber returns to Wright Patt! Enjoy welcoming this plane back!

Salsa on the Square
May 17, 24, 31, 2018 (+ June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12,19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27)
Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Live salsa bands and skilled dancers will inspire you to take to the dance floor. Enjoy food from Mazunte.

Party at the Fort
May 18, 2018
DCCH grounds at 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Live concert, games and activities for kids, music, food and more!

Buckeye BBQ Fest
May 18-19, 2018
The Square at Union Center (9285 Centre Pointe Drive) in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy live Blues music along with some BBQ, brews and a car show! (Kids zone, too!)

St. Al’s Bridgetown Festival
May 18-20, 2018
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Church at 4366 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Enjoy music, food and drinks!

Great US 50 Annual Yard Sale
May 18-20, 2018
Highway US 50 in Ripley County, Indiana
Find a treasure for your home!

MainStrasse Village Maifest
May 18-20, 2018
Six city blocks (Along Sixth Street Promenade, Main Street, Philadelphia to Goebel Park) in MainStrasse, Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy spring and the celebration of spring wine, food, arts and entertainment

Oakley on Tap Beer Fest
May 18-20, 2018
Oakley Square on Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, lots of beer selections and food truck fair

Springfield Antique Extravaganza
May 18-20, 2018
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Over 2,000 vendors display their goods

A World A’Fair Dayton International Festival
May 18-20, 2018
Dayton Convention Center
22 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
Learn all about different world cultures!

St. Brigid Parish Festival
May 18-20, 2018
312 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia, Ohio
Booths, food and fun!

Cincinnati May Festival
May 18-20, 2018
Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
This is one of the oldest choral festivals in the Western Hemisphere!

May 18-20, 2018
MainStrasse in Covington,  Kentucky
Artists and craftsmen will share their talents. This festival is based on the German tradition of welcoming the first spring wines

Our Lady of Victory Parish Festival
May 18-20, 2018
810 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Traditional church festival fun

A World A’Fair Dayton International Festival
May 18-20, 2018
Dayton Convention Center
22 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
Learn all about different world cultures!

MainStrasse Village Maifest
May 18-21, 2018
MainStrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy celebrating a German tradition of welcoming the spring wine. This festival fills six blocks in Covington

City Flea
May 19, 2018
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Find a treasure here!

Hartwell Arts and Crafts Fair
May 19, 2018
Hartwell Recreation Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Music in the Park
May 19, 2018 (+June 16, 30; July 21; August 18; and September 15, 2018)
Deer Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sit back and listen to the music

Harrison Food Truck Rally
May 19, 2018
Downtown historic Harrison, Ohio.
Music and lots of food!

Union Township Summer Concert Series
May 19, 2018 (+June 2, 15 and 30; July 21 and 28; August 11; September 8)
Amphitheater at 4350 Aicholtz Road at the Union Township Civic Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bring your lawn chairs and snacks!

Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival
May 19-20, 2018
Library Park at 35 S. Fifth St. in Miamisburg, Ohio
Enjoy arts, crafts, a parade and carnival – it’s all about spring!

Village Wide Yard Sale
May 19-20, 2018
Amelia, Ohio
Someone’s trash could be your treasure!

Fleurs de Fete – Wine & Gourmet Food Festival
May 20, 2018
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Sample from 100s of wines and foods from local Dayton restaurants. (This event was originally called Party in the Park.)

Burlington Antique Show
May 20, 2018 (+June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16 and October 21, 2018)
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idelwild Road, Burlington, Kentucky
Find a special treasure!

Summer Concert: Ohio Military Band
May 24, 2018
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum at 4251 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Concert in the rose garden gazebo

Spring Grove Summer Concerts
May 24, 2018 (+ June 13; July 11; August 1)
Spring Grove Cemetery Rose Garden Gazebo at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music to enjoy!

Live at the Levee
May 24, 2018 (+May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30)
Newport on the Levee at Riverwalk Plaza, Newport, Kentucky
Free concert

Faith Fest
May 24-26, 2018
11700 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio
Christian-based music concert

Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival
May 24-27, 2018
Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe, Ohio
A Memorial Day Parade, boat race, kid’s run and more!

Final Friday Summer Kick Off
May 25, 2018
Downtown Troy, Ohio
Downtown businesses will remain open while you enjoy music and games

Oakley After Hours
May 25, 2018
Oakley Square on Madison Road in Oakley (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Live music and entertainment  the last Friday (April – August)

Concerts Under the Clock
May 25, 2018
Downtown Loveland
Live music to enjoy!

Dayton Sideshow
May 25-26, 2018
Yellow Cab Tavern at 700 E. 4th St in Dayton, Ohio
Experience 100+ local artists and musicians – from painting, music, dance, photography and comedy

St. Dominic Parish Festival
May 25-27, 2018
4551 Delhi Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Traditional festival fun

Springfield Car Show and Swap Meet
May 25-28, 2018
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Enjoy viewing cars

Concerts Under the Clock
May 5, 2018 (+June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27)
Downtown Loveland, Ohio
Live music featuring local musicians

Furry Fest & Furry Skurry 5K
May 26, 2018
Eastwood MetroPark at 1385 Harshman Road in Dayton, Ohio
Run with your pooch and enjoy pet contests, bans, a poochie bath and boutique and more

Handel’s Messiah
May 26, 2018
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati May Festival closes its season with this famous music

The Candy Race
May 26, 2018
Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A delicious 5k run

Golda’s Balcony
May 26-27, 2018
Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Broadway’s longest running one-woman show about Golda Meir

Patriot Freedom Festival
May 26-27, 2018
Dayton VA Medical Center at 4100 W. Third Street in Dayton, Ohio
At the site of the former Old Soldier’s Home –enjoy music, military re-enactors, food, tours and more

Taste of Cincinnati
May 26-28, 2018
Along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A local tradition, enjoy tastes from 100s of local restaurants!

May 26 – July 8, 2018
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ride on the largest Ferris wheel in North America as you rise up 155 feet

Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park
May 27, 2018
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd. in Dayton, Ohio
This is an old-fashioned way to celebrate Memorial Day with historical activities. The day ends with a Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concert.

Village of Enon Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2018
Indian Valley School to Enon Cemetery in Enon, Ohio
Parade followed by a memorial ceremony

Amelia Memorial Day Fireworks
May 27, 2018
Odd Fellows Cemetery in Amelia Village, Ohio
Enjoy the fireworks

Dayton, Kentucky Memorial Parade
May 28, 2018
6th Avenue in Dayton, Kentucky
A yearly tradition starting at 10:30am

Fairfield Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 28, 2018
Veterans Memorial Park at 701 Wessel, Fairfield, Ohio
Parade and brief ceremony at the park

Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018
Starts at Dixie Highway and ends on Park Drive, Park Hills, Kentucky
Show your patriotism!

Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Concert
May 28, 2018
Downtown Blue Ash, Ohio
Enjoy the parade in the morning and the concert at 6pm at Blue Ash Towne Square

VFW Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018
Silverton Veteran’s Memorial Park, Silverton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Wall of Honor Ceremony
May 28, 2018
Fort Mitchell City Building, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Honoring those who have served Fort Mitchell

May 29 – June 10, 2018
Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ride the magic carpet and sing along to A Whole New World!

Cincy Fringe Festival
May 29 – June 10, 2018
Over-the-Rhine in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy performances – theater, music, film, dance, art and poetry – at various locations in Over-the-Rhine

Wednesdays in the Woods
May 30, 2018 (+ June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1 and 8)
Burnet Woods at 3251 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, good and activities for kids

Greenhills Concert on the Commons
May 30, 2018 (+ June 6, 13, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8 and 22)
Corner of Winton and Garragut in Greenhills (Cincinnati), Ohio
Enjoy the music!

Dayton Gay Pride Festival
May 31- June 2, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Affair on the Square with a food truck rally on Friday, along with a parade and community festival on Saturday.

Frontier Days
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Downtown Milford, Ohio
Enjoy the parade on May 31st, booths, games and food

Groovin’ on the Green Summer Concerts
May 31, 2018; (+June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018)
310 Wessel Drive at the Village Green Park Amphitheater in Fairfield, Ohio
Seventeen weeks of live music

Roots Revival
May 31, 2018; (+June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018)
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy live bluegrass music. Eli’s BBQ will have food service.


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