Cincinnati Happenings


From its dazzling wonders and hidden gems, to some of the largest tourist attractions and exclusive events, you can expect the unexpected in the Queen City.

Prost! Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – There’s only one way to experience the world’s largest Oktoberfest and that’s with an empty stomach. Enjoy drinking, dancing, tons of lederhosen and…brats?? That’s right, the World Brat Eating Championship (not to be confused with whiny little children) is taking place at this year’s Oktoberfest and it’s quite the spectacle. Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure for live music, games, prizes, traditional German food and enough beer to make Homer Simpson jealous. Visit Oktoberfest Zinzinnati® for more details.


Dance the Day Away at Kentucky’s Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival –The world’s largest bourbon and music festival offers unique bourbon and culinary experiences featuring demos and tastings from master distillers and celebrity chefs live and in-person. From Cincinnati, make the drive to Louisville, Kentucky, where you can choose from a wide selection of spirit-forward and refreshing cocktails served up on demand by hometown mixologists while enjoying live performances from Chris Stapleton, The Doobie Brothers, Jake Blount and more. Click here to learn more.


Toe The [Bourbon] Line on the Northern KY Bourbon Trail –Tour three unique distilleries and meet the incredible craftsmen bringing the spirit of distilling back to Northern Kentucky. A new riff on an old tradition, New Riff Distillery is independently owned and located in Newport, Kentucky, just over the river from downtown Cincinnati. New Riff crafts a range of whiskeys, including bourbon, rye, malted rye and a host of specialty recipes. Boone County Distilling has been making fine Kentucky bourbon since 2015. They honor their history and proudly declare their bourbon is “made by ghosts.” Find your sipping point here: Welcome to The B-Line, Northern Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail (


See Our Historic OTR – Learn about the rebirth of Over-The-Rhine, marvel at historic sites and walk the streets as our local ambassadors or printed maps guide you to craft breweries, shopping and fine dining experiences you won’t want to miss. Read more about this historic neighborhood here: A Guide to Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine Neighborhood – Wander Cincinnati


Walk Around Smale Riverfront and Sawyer Point Parks –  Walk the whole Cincinnati riverfront for the view, a workout or just to clear your head and enjoy the sights. Start your walk near Paul Brown Stadium (where the Cincinnati Bengals play) at Smale Riverfront Park. From there you can take a minute to sit on the large swings that look out over the river and count the barges. Continuing along the river, walk up the stairs to the Roebling suspension bridge. You can walk all the way across the bridge from Ohio to Kentucky and back by using the pedestrian walk. Get more steps by walking on past the landmark Great American Ball Park (home to the Cincinnati Reds), Serpentine Wall and on to Sawyer Point Park, a frequent venue for music and festivals. Hungry? Stop for ribs at local favorite Montgomery Inn Boathouse.


The Broadway smash musical, Hamilton, takes the stage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts all through September. Enjoy the tale of Alexander Hamilton expressed through the art of song and rap, at the famed Aronoff Center for the Arts, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.


Visit Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest public market that offers vendors, a variety of foods from all over the world, live street performances and more. Located a few short blocks from Cincinnati’s historic OTR district.


Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and watch the Cincinnati Reds take on the Boston Red Socks at Great American Ballpark September 20th. Located on the winding banks of the Ohio River, this ballpark is known for its fun-loving atmosphere and great views from nearly every seat in the stadium.


Comic book fan? Extend your stay after the conference and check out the Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center September 23 to 25. Experience the joys of live performances, cosplay and comic books containing some of the universe’s biggest crime-fighting heroes and super villains.


Thrill seekers: Head just north of Cincinnati to Kings Island for the Halloween Haunt (September 23 to 25) that combines ghostly scares and some of the country’s most renowned rides and largest roller coasters.


The Pyramid Hill Art Fair takes place September 17 – 18 and includes more than 100 artists to discover. This 265-acre campus is home to 80+ monumental sculptures and brings together over 70 artists and vendors who sell handmade creations for the world to enjoy. Be sure to check out the food and beer garden located in the park’s Grand Pavilion.


Looking for an easy way to get around town? The Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar is a 3.6-mile loop with 18 stations connecting major employment centers, arts, entertainment and businesses between The Banks and Over-the-Rhine. The Bell Connector is FREEand runs 365 days a year, up to 18 hours a day so you can hop on and off throughout the day exploring the Queen City.