Festival season is upon us! From foodie favorites to community festivals, holiday celebrations to summer fairs, Southwest Ohio comes alive during the summer. With rides, games, prizes and funnel cake, summer festivals are guaranteed fun for the entire family. From May through August, each weekend brings another opportunity for festival fun — and we hope you make it a very festive summer!
Our guide to the Best Summer Festivals in Southwest Ohio features can’t-miss fests and events for your family!
Memorial Day Weekend Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy
May 21-31, Young’s Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs
In addition to all of the regular fun at Young’s enjoy carnival rides, games and fair food during their Memorial Day Festival.
June 3-5 at the Frontier Days Grounds on Victor Stier Drive in Downtown Milford
Games, rides, food, a parade and more – don’t miss the festival voted ‘Best of the East’ by Cincy Magazine 2013, 2014 and 2015!
The Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival
June 5 & 6 at Patricia Allyn Park
A free family friendly event with performers and vendors from across the U.S. Come and enjoy great music, vendors with Native American style flutes, arts & crafts, free educational workshops & presentations, and great food.
Celtic Fest Ohio
June 19 from 11 am to 11 pm at Renaissance Park
Eat. Drink. Rock. Shop. at Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, OH. A Celtic weekend full of live music, great food, and strong ale.
DATES COMING SOON in Downtown Cincinnati/Sawyer Point
The Cincinnati Pride Festival presented by Pure Romance is a family-friendly, fun event that takes place at Sawyer Point Park on the fourth Saturday in June. Food, drinks, vendors and entertainment fill your Saturday afternoon with fun.
Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival
July 3 at Riverscape MetroPark
A multi-cultural festival held downtown at RiverScape MetroPark featuring food, live entertainment an da firework show that truly lights up the sky.
City of Montgomery Independence Day Parade & Festival
July 3 in Downtown Montgomery
The City of Montgomery is proud to present the Independence Day Parade! Planning is underway for this annual tradition with safety as a top priority. Parade begins at 10 a.m. followed by the festival.
Northside 4th of July Parade
July 4 in Downtown Northside
A free, music-filled festival in the Heart of Northside with the most colorful parade in town!
Red, White and Blue Ash
July 4 at Summit Park
Head to Summit Park on July 4th for an amazing firework show! FREE.
Bastille Day Summer Festival
July 17 in Downtown Montgomery
Montgomery celebrates its sister city, Neiully-Plaisance, France with this annual fundraising street festival that helps to fund the many activities we do as a sister city. Bastille Day has a kid’s area with games and pony rides, two stages of live entertainment, 15+ food vendors, domestic and craft brews, wines and more in a festive setting. The City closes down Montgomery Road at Cooper to Remington on a Saturday mid-July and runs a fun-packed day from 3pm to 11 pm.
Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival
July at the Cincinnati Zoo (specific dates to come)
Travel the world at the Cincinnati Zoo! Featuring a variety of entertainment that celebrates the city’s rich cultural mosaic. Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of dance, music, and hands-on interactive booths designed for all ages.
Dayton Celtic Festival
July 30-August 1 at Riverscape MetroPark
Saturate your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic heritage. Discover the magic that keeps people returning to Dayton’s Celtic Festival year after year. Come and experience the rich traditions that we Celtic folk hold dear to our hearts
Glier’s Goetta Fest
July 29-August 1 & August 5-8 at Newport on the Levee
TWO weekends stuffed from top to bottom with live entertainment, family-focused goetta games, and super inventive food, what makes it all so grand is the gathering of the goetta-lovin’ community who travels from all corners of the country, to decorate with festivity and joy Northern Kentucky’s Newport on the Levee at the breathtaking Ohio Riverfront.
Asian Food Fest
August 7-8 at 2nd street between Elm and Walnut Streets
The 2021 festivities will feature new elements that are interactive and educational focused on unity and healing to bring our community together. Asian Food Fest celebrates the culture, cuisine, entertainment, and drinks of Asian communities including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. A portion of the proceeds from Asian Food Fest will benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati and future Asian cultural events in Greater Cincinnati.
Annual Vintage Truck Show at Young’s
August 7 from 9 am to 4 pm
If a free truck show in the pastoral surroundings of Yellow Springs, Ohio, sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday this summer, plan to attend the Annual Vintage Truck Show. The event runs from 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine, at Young’s Jersey Dairy on Rt. 68. Enjoy all of Young’s family friendly fun while you’re there!
August 14 at St. Leonard
BoomerFest at St. Leonard is an all-day community festival featuring free music and entertainment inspired by the Baby Boomer era. The event features food trucks, a selection of craft beers, vendors, crafters, free kids’ area and a classic car cruise-in. BoomerFest is an outdoor, on-the-grass festival and takes place rain or shine!
August 21 at St. Anne’s Hill Historic District
Dayton Porchfest celebrates our rich and diverse music scene, with musicians and bands covering funk and blues to indie rock and jazz, classical and country, to bluegrass and old-timey that has deep Appalachian roots here.
Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival
August 21 & 22 at Community Park
A family friendly event with approximately 180 handmade arts and crafts booths and food vendors. You can enjoy the favorites such as steamed cooked sweet corn, BBQ chicken, pork chop sandwiches, and fresh cut watermelon. There will be art and crafts for everyone including candles, wood items, jewelry, watercolor and oil paintings, and much more.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Dates TBD in New Richmond, OH
These unique water craft are powered & crewed by 1-10 unique people, ranging in age from 6-86 years young coming from places formerly unknown in Cardboard River Boat Racing including, Honolulu, Finland, Montana, Colorado, Lexington, Falicity, Mason, Landon, West Chester, Lebanon, Loveland, Columbus, Lancaster, Athens & even some as far away as Bridgetown over on the “sun in your eyes” side of Cincinnati.
Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival
Aug. 27 and 28
The event features live music, displays of arts and crafts, as well as vendors for shopping and eating, activities for the kids, plus a beer tent. Free admission and parking!