Time to get excited, Cincinnati: the Cincinnati Regional Chamber has announced the dates for its 2024 festivals: Asian Food Fest, Taste of Cincinnati, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the return of BLINK.
“2024 stands to be a pinnacle year for our events,” Brendon Cull, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, said in a press release. “All of these events are beloved by everyone in the community and grow the cultural vibrancy of our region. We’re proud to produce them each and every year.”
Asian Food Fest, produced in partnership with Asianati, is the first in the lineup, returning to Court Street Plaza Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28 for its 13th year. This year, the festival attracted nearly 100,000 people, says organizers, and it continues to be one of Cincinnati’s fastest-growing and most culturally diverse events. It’ll run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 27 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 28.
Coming back Memorial Day weekend is Taste of Cincinnati, which features dishes from some of Cincinnati’s best restaurants, food trucks and other food vendors. The ultimate Cincinnati food festival is happening Saturday-Monday, May 25-27, with hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 25 and 26 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Memorial Day. You’ll be able to find the festival on Fifth Street between Main and Sentinel.
Fast forward to September for the biggest Oktoberfest celebration outside Germany. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Come celebrate Southwest Ohio’s rich German heritage from Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 19-22. The festival will run 5-11 p.m. that Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. While the dates and hours are set, the location has yet to be determined.
Finally, all of Cincinnati will glow with the return of BLINK, a lights and arts festival that spans from Over-the-Rhine, through Downtown and The Banks and over the river into Covington. BLINK will be held Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 17-20 from 7-11 p.m. every night.
All events are now accepting applications for food vendors. The Cincinnati Regional Chamber will host an open house Monday, Dec. 4 from 4:30-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Chamber office (3 E. Fourth St., Suite 200) for anyone interested in becoming a vendor. You can learn more and apply here.
The Cincinnati Regional Chamber is also looking for organizations that would like to fundraise at the festivals through its beverage booths. Learn more here.
“These festivals are cherished by Cincinnati residents and contribute to the story of our region,” Chelsea York, vice president of events and experiences of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, said in the release. “We’re excited to strengthen our connections within the community by partnering with more businesses and organizations to continue growing these traditions."
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