Getting Around MPMF

Thanks to the ongoing streetcar project, there is still a bit of road construction going on this MidPoint season downtown and in Over-the-Rhine. But don’t be discouraged — most of the routes around MidPoint’s territory are still pretty easy to navigate.

Thanks to the ongoing streetcar project, there is still a bit of road construction going on this MidPoint season downtown and in Over-the-Rhine. But don’t be discouraged — most of the routes around MidPoint’s territory are still pretty easy to navigate. Especially because MidPoint is a totally walkable and very bike-friendly festival.

Biking is a great way to travel from venue to venue, as Cincinnati continues to work toward becoming a more bike-friendly city, and even drivers seem to be less disgruntled about sharing the road (well, some of them, at least). Bikes have become a more common presence on the streets during the past couple of MPMFs, and there are numerous bicycle corrals to park your ride located throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine, near most of the MidPoint venues.

If you don’t want to bring your own bike to the festival, you can easily rent one from Red Bike. The rental service has multiple stations throughout the downtown/OTR area, including one at the northern corner of Washington Park (across from Music Hall), one on Fountain Square and several along Vine Street. Visit cincyredbike.org for a map and list of rental station locations, plus fee details. (There are also Red Bike apps available in the Apple and Google app stores that help you find the nearest station.)

If you’re driving in for MPMF, there is usually plenty of street parking along the fest’s route (you may have to look for a few minutes, but it’s there). Or you can simply leave your car at one of the many paid parking garages in the area, including the ones at Washington Park and under Fountain Square.

You can also get to the festival using Cincinnati’s Metro bus service (though be aware that late-night hours are limited). Find out if Metro will serve your MPMF needs by checking the schedules and routes at go-metro.com.

If you’re coming into the area (from out of town or, heck, even just across town) and want to stay overnight on one or more of the days of MPMF, you can get a room at a great rate at the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati (150 West Fifth St., Downtown, 513-352-2100, millenniumhotels.com). The hotel has partnered with MPMF to offer rooms for just $105 a night (while they last). Use the reservation link at mpmf.com to get the deal.

If you don’t like bikes and don’t want to park and re-park your car constantly by driving to the different venues (which would take up a ton of music-listening time!), just wear some comfortable shoes. Though it’s not in a giant open field, MidPoint is still very much a walkable festival. The distance from MPMF’s northernmost venue to its southernmost venue is only about a mile — the same distance between to the two large stages at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

See venue map below.


For more information about MPMF.15, visit these sections of our official guide:


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