Here's a Taste of All the Food and Drink Festivals Coming to Cincinnati This Summer

Summertime is here, which means food and drink festivals seem to be popping up every weekend across the city — and we're not mad about it. From baklava sundaes at Panegyri to endless goetta concoctions at Glier's Goettafest, jammy beers at Streetside Brewing's That's My Jam: A Fruited Beer Festival or Tequila Fest at Fountain Square, get your taste buds ready for a whole lot of goodness this summer.  

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Great Inland Seafood Festival
Aug. 8-10. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport. 
Join live lobsters and people, too, at this annual seafood festival, Take a whole Maine lobster home for $10.95 or eat fresh and tasty seafood from local restaurants and national vendors right on Riverboat Row. 
Photo via Facebook.com/GreatInlandSeafoodFestival

Great Inland Seafood Festival

Aug. 8-10. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
Join live lobsters and people, too, at this annual seafood festival, Take a whole Maine lobster home for $10.95 or eat fresh and tasty seafood from local restaurants and national vendors right on Riverboat Row.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreatInlandSeafoodFestival
Newport Italianfest
June 13-16. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
Featuring live music, authentic Italian cuisine, a golf outing, cooking contests and rides for the little ones, the 28th-annual Italianfest is a great way to celebrate Italian heritage and culture. 
Photo: Patty Salas

Newport Italianfest

June 13-16. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
Featuring live music, authentic Italian cuisine, a golf outing, cooking contests and rides for the little ones, the 28th-annual Italianfest is a great way to celebrate Italian heritage and culture.
Photo: Patty Salas
Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Fest
June 14-15. $45-$55 per day; $25 designated driver. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield.
More than 100 breweries will be serving up more than 400 international, unique and rare brews during the annual beer fest.
Photo via junglejims.com

Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Fest

June 14-15. $45-$55 per day; $25 designated driver. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield.
More than 100 breweries will be serving up more than 400 international, unique and rare brews during the annual beer fest.
Photo via junglejims.com
Brunched
June 30. $40; VIP tickets are sold out. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Over-the-Rhine.
CityBeat's boozy breakfast club is back as our annual Brunched event takes over multiple floors of The Phoenix downtown with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas, screwdrivers, bellinis, Irish coffee, craft beer and more! Oh — and food. Greater Cincinnati brunch hot spots will be on hand offering samples of their best bites. Look for stations from Sleepy Bee, Holtman’s Donuts, Revolution Rotisserie, Branch, First Watch, Keystone Bar & Grill, OTR Bagelry and more. Tickets include food and drink samples, the ability to vote for the best bloody mary and best mimosa, live music, valet parking and plenty of brunch swag. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Brunched

June 30. $40; VIP tickets are sold out. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Over-the-Rhine.
CityBeat's boozy breakfast club is back as our annual Brunched event takes over multiple floors of The Phoenix downtown with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas, screwdrivers, bellinis, Irish coffee, craft beer and more! Oh — and food. Greater Cincinnati brunch hot spots will be on hand offering samples of their best bites. Look for stations from Sleepy Bee, Holtman’s Donuts, Revolution Rotisserie, Branch, First Watch, Keystone Bar & Grill, OTR Bagelry and more. Tickets include food and drink samples, the ability to vote for the best bloody mary and best mimosa, live music, valet parking and plenty of brunch swag.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Tequila Fest
July 20. $40-$125. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown.
Tequila Fest brings more than 50 different tequilas to Fountain Square — and you can sample 12 of them with admission. Enjoy award-winning tequilas plus a margarita bar and live entertainment. Mazunte will bring a taste of Mexico with its authentic street food so you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach. Admission includes tequila samples, food and a T-shirt (while supplies last). 
Photo via Facebook.com/TequilaFestCincinnati

Tequila Fest

July 20. $40-$125. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown.
Tequila Fest brings more than 50 different tequilas to Fountain Square — and you can sample 12 of them with admission. Enjoy award-winning tequilas plus a margarita bar and live entertainment. Mazunte will bring a taste of Mexico with its authentic street food so you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach. Admission includes tequila samples, food and a T-shirt (while supplies last).
Photo via Facebook.com/TequilaFestCincinnati
Glier's Goettafest
July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4 p.m. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
This fest features goetta on and in everything  including sandwiches, pizza, cheese, brownies, chili and so much more — plus games, arts and crafts, live music and activities for kids. Photo via Goettafest.com

Glier's Goettafest

July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4 p.m. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
This fest features goetta on and in everything including sandwiches, pizza, cheese, brownies, chili and so much more — plus games, arts and crafts, live music and activities for kids.
Photo via Goettafest.com
Schützenfest
July 19-21.  Free admission. Kolping Society, 10235 Mill Road, Finneytown.
Germans brought Schützenfest to Cincinnati in the 1860s with an event that includes the shooting of a hand-carved eagle, German food, live German music, rides, attractions and German and domestic beer (and wine). 
Photo via Facebook.com/SchutzenfestCincinnati

Schützenfest

July 19-21. Free admission. Kolping Society, 10235 Mill Road, Finneytown.
Germans brought Schützenfest to Cincinnati in the 1860s with an event that includes the shooting of a hand-carved eagle, German food, live German music, rides, attractions and German and domestic beer (and wine).
Photo via Facebook.com/SchutzenfestCincinnati
Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival
July 11-14. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
This fest features copious pork products, bourbon and beer. Munch on bacon, walk the streets of Newport and enjoy live music, games and activities while you’re at it. 
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival

July 11-14. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
This fest features copious pork products, bourbon and beer. Munch on bacon, walk the streets of Newport and enjoy live music, games and activities while you’re at it.
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper
Wild About Wine
Aug. 8. $50; $45 members; $30 designated driver; $25 designated driver member. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale.
This event uncorks after-hours at the Cincinnati Zoo with wine tastings, food-by-the-bite, live music and animal encounters held throughout the park. 
Photo: Provided by the Cincinnati Zoo

Wild About Wine

Aug. 8. $50; $45 members; $30 designated driver; $25 designated driver member. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale.
This event uncorks after-hours at the Cincinnati Zoo with wine tastings, food-by-the-bite, live music and animal encounters held throughout the park.
Photo: Provided by the Cincinnati Zoo
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Sept. 20-22. Free. Second and Third streets, between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown.
These pretzels making you thirsty? You want German bier? Oktoberfest has both — there will be more than fest tents and biergartens serving more than different beers than ever before. 
Photo: Devin Luginbill

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Sept. 20-22. Free. Second and Third streets, between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown.
These pretzels making you thirsty? You want German bier? Oktoberfest has both — there will be more than fest tents and biergartens serving more than different beers than ever before.
Photo: Devin Luginbill