Local Fall Festivals – August/September 2015


There are always plenty of options for entertainment in the tri-state area. Whether you’re looking for good food, spirits, music, art, shopping, family-friendly or all of the above, Greater Cincinnati has something right up your alley. Take a look a just a few of the events coming up in August and September.


Great Inland Seafood Festival
August 13-16 – Festival Park, Newport, KY

Food Truck Rally
August 14 – The Square at Union Centre, West Chester, OH

Miami County Fair
August 14-20 – Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, OH

Mayesfest – Bluegrass Festival
August 15 – Bellevue Beach Park, Bellevue, KY

Festival on the Lake
August 15 – A.J. Jolly Lake, Alexandria, KY

Battery Hooper Days
August 15-16 – James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, Covington, KY

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
August 20-22 – Sawyer Point, Cincinnati, OH

Bootyard Bash
August 22 – Washington Park, Cincinnati, OH

Beer, Wine and Food Festival
August 28-29 – Wyoming, OH

Taste of Blue Ash
August 28-29 – Blue Ash Summit Park, Blue Ash, OH

Germany Society Oktoberfest
August 28-30 – Germania Society of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Red Bull Soapbox Race Cincinnati
August 29 – Mt. Adams Bar District, Cincinnati, OH

Taste of OTR
August 29 – Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH

AleFest Dayton
August 29 – Dave Hall Plaza, Downtown Dayton, OH

For additional August events, go here.


Alexandria Fair and Horse Show
September 2-7 – Alexandria Fairgrounds, Alexandria, KY

Incline District Street Fair
September 5 – Incline District, 3001 Price Avenue in Price Hill, Cincinnati, OH

September 5 – Coney Island, Cincinnati, OH

Rubber Duck Regatta
September 6 – Purple People Bridge/Serpentine Wall, Cincinnati, OH

Riverfest (WEBN Fireworks)
September 6 – Ohio River (Riverfront in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati)

Ohio Renaissance Festival
September 5-October 25 – Harveysburg, OH

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
September 11-13 – MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY

Longstone Street Festival
September 12 – 200 Main Street, Milford, OH

Old West Festival
September 12-October 18 – Williamsburg, OH

Cincy Comicon
September 12-13 – Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, KY

Cincinnati Hispanic Fest
September 12-13 – Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Carthage, Cincinnati, OH

September 18-20 – Downtown Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Comic Expo
September 18-20 – Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH

Fifty Fest
September 19 – Fifty West Brewing, Cincinnati, OH

Lantern Fest
September 19 – Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY

Newport Oktoberfest
September 25-27 – Festival Park, Newport, KY

MidPoint Music Festival
September 25-27 – Downtown Cincinnati, OH

Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival
September 26 – Fort Ancient, Oregonia, OH

Taste of the Levee
September 27 – Newport on the Levee, Newport, KY

For additional September events, go here.

What events are on your calendar every year?

US Bank Arena Set for a Makeover

Following the lead of Great American Ballpark’s makeover for the All-Star Game, neighboring U.S. Bank Arena is gearing up for a new look too. Renderings of an updated and expanded arena were released July 28th by the owners of U.S. Bank Arena, Nederlander Entertainment and AEG Facilities. Designed by Cincinnati architectural firm MSA Sport, the new design includes a dramatically different exterior that includes video boards and glass walls that offer sweeping views of the river. The concept also includes additional seating, focusing primarily on additional club seats and suites.

A renovated arena could be a huge draw for big stage acts and national sporting events like the NCAA tournament. Plans also include improved access and integration into The Banks and surrounding areas.

There isn’t a specific timeline or budget for the project yet, but the beautiful renderings and potential scope of this renovation will make for an interesting story to follow.

Smale Riverfront Park Update




Image courtesy of mysmaleriverfrontpark.org


Image courtesy of mysmaleriverfrontpark.org

With baseball season underway and the All-Star Game just days away, we are lured with warmer temperatures to the banks of the Ohio River to view what’s new at the Smale Riverfront Park.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated attraction was unveiled on May 16. Carol Ann’s Carousel features 44 carousel characters and will operate year-round. You can preview some of the carousel figures here and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and inspiration behind local artist Jonathan Queen’s work below.


More Venues Opening Summer 2015

  • Castellini Esplanade – 28 picnic tables that move on rails (will host future riverfront farmer’s markets). It’s design reflects the historic character of the produce industry.
  • Great Lawn – 2.5 acres with a curved pathway and the Ohio River Trail
  • Sue & Joe Pichler Family Fountains at Vine Street – The steps align withe Vine Street and feature water cascades that light up at dusk. The plaza has fountains for play as well as water curtains and a reflecting pool
  • Portland Loo – aka a toilet, this is a clean, safe place to go!
  • P&G Go Vibrantscape featuring the “oinkihopter” aka a flying pig with rope ladders; granite map of the riverfront to see how flood waters rise and recede and fitness path
  • Foot piano with 32 chimes (chimes sound every 15 minutes)
  • Anderson Pavilion – A banquet center is located beneath the carousel with views of the lower park and bridges and is available for rent
  • Heekin/PNC Grow Up Adventure Playground – Next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge, this play area has a rock-climbinb canyon, slides, rope bridge and a granite seating amphitheater.
  • Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden – This grove has pathways, trees and many varieties of roses.

Phase 6 of the Smale Park is still being designed. Stay tuned for more updates!

Things to Do at Smale Riverfront Park


Have you visited Smale Riverfront Park yet? Situated between the ballpark and football stadiums, this green space offers gardens, bike paths, fountains as well as new porch swings that face the Ohio River.

What’s going on at the Smale Park this summer? Lots of fun activities! Enjoy outdoor concerts, family-oriented movies and theater productions. See the schedule for events here.

Make your suggestions the Cincinnati Carousel!
Smale Park is adding a carousel in 2015. You can make your suggestions for animals and characters that you would like to see on this carousel here. This is a Cincinnati-themed carousel and will feature murals based on design ideas that are submitted. The ride will be placed within a glass-enclosed building and will be open year round and will have views of the park and the Ohio River.

Read an article that includes a video about the carousel from Cliff Radel of the Cincinnati Enquirer here.