Cincinnati Traditions

Learn about some of Cincinnati's annual traditions

Like every city, Cincinnati has its traditions. But when it comes to Octoberfest, MLB Opening Days, and music festivals, to name a few, Cincinnati's traditions are unrivaled.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Cincinnati is German … very¬†German. We take our Octoberfest to an entirely new level with Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Octoberfest in the nation, and the second largest in the world. For days Cincinnati celebrates their German heritage with endless beer and hot pretzels, live polka music, a wiener dog race, and the largest chicken dance you’ve ever seen.

dancers at octoberfest cincinnati
crowds walking into Cincinnati Reds stadium for Opening Day

Cincinnati Red's Opening Day

Cincinnati is home to the Cincinnati Reds, the very first Major League Baseball team. Because of that, the Reds get the special privilege to play the first game of the year at their home stadium. Opening day is practically a holiday here and draws huge crowds of enthusiastic fans, many who make it a tradition every spring.

Music Festivals

Summertime brings two of the biggest events of the year, the Cincinnati Music Festival, and Bunbury Music Festival. These popular festivals last for days and draw huge crowds of young people down to the river bank for incredible performances by well known bands and artists.

live concert at MidPoint Music Festival

BLINK

Cincinnati is a city of the arts, and that is certainly the case when it comes to BLINK, one of the largest light shows in the country. This event literally lights up the city with its colorful art projections on buildings and lights weaving through the streets. Huge crowds parade through the streets following the lights, which stretch across the entire downtown Cincinnati district. Over a million people come to appreciate the art and join in the fun making this one of the newest traditions in Cincinnati.

Labor Day Fireworks

Labor Day in Cincinnati is unique because of our huge fireworks show. Unlike most cities that do this on the 4th of July, we save the spectacle for Labor Day. The best seat for the show is from the water, so in the days leading up to the show, boats filled with eager spectators save their spots on the Ohio River. The firework show, sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group, goes all out, lighting up the riverfront and cascading off bridges. It’s a night to remember.

labor day fireworks cincinnati
crowd at taste of cincinnati

Taste of Cincinnati

The Taste of Cincinnati annual street festival is a food lover’s paradise. This Cincinnati tradition has been around since 1979, making it the longest-running culinary arts festival in the country. For three days, blocks of downtown Cincinnati become tasting grounds, with over 40 restaurants pitching tents or parking food trucks. The weekend is filled with live music and festival games, all drawing about a half a million people.