Although our fallen soldiers and veterans deserve the utmost respect every day of the year, Memorial Day allows us to set aside a specific day to honor them. The three-day weekend also happens to mark the first unofficial day of summer, with many taking the time to go camping with their families, host a barbeque, or splash around at a local water park.
This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of fun festivals, heartfelt ceremonies and exciting parades. We rounded up some of the best local events in the Cincinnati area that you won’t want to miss this weekend. Have a great holiday!
Where: Findlay Market
When: May 23-26, Thursday & Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Experience Findlay Market like never before! Visit during Memorial Day weekend and participate in a unique scavenger hunt using augmented reality. You and your children will have a blast tracking down crazy critters that are hiding all over the market — using just your smartphone!
Where: Urban Artifact
When: May 24-25, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
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North by Northside is a brand new music and arts festival that will be held in the heart of Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood over Memorial Day weekend. Come out and see nearly 50 acts between six venues! You can find the full impressive lineup here.
Where: Washington Park
When: May 24-25, Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m.
Your furry pal deserves to have a fun summer weekend too! Head out to Washington Park for a festival full of live bluegrass music, delicious food and more. Plus, there will be a ton of vendors catering to your favorite canine’s needs, selling everything from dog food and toys to accessories and photography services!
Where: Nowhere Else Farm, Martinsville
When: May 24-26, Gates open at 9 a.m.
The Nowhere Else Festival is back and better than ever for its fourth year! This boutique music and arts festival takes place on a hideaway farm in Clinton County and will feature an amazing group of artists and musicians including Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts. All proceeds from the festival will go to help restore Nowhere Else’s 140-year-old barn into a performing arts center.
Where: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
When: May 24-27, Times Vary
The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum will host a number of ceremonial events throughout the weekend. The festivities will begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with the local Cub Scouts’ flag planting ceremony. Monday will be the busiest day of the weekend, packed full of patriotic events you won’t want to miss! You can find the full itinerary here.
Where: 5th Street
When: May 25-27
Cincinnati’s favorite food festival is back for its 41st year! Meander through downtown Cincinnati while enjoying more than 100 delectable treats from incredible local chefs. While you’re digesting all that great food, don’t miss the live performances all along Fifth Street, and when you’re ready for more, make sure to check out the West Sixth Food Truck Alley on Broadway.
Where: 705 East Pete Rose Way
When: May 25, 8:30-10 a.m.
Looking for a sweet way to spend your weekend? Take part in the most deliciously fun 5K around — the Candy Race! This fun race is open to all ages and skill levels and features a Candy Land-inspired course throughout downtown Cincinnati. The Little Jelly Tot Dash will be held after the 5K and is the perfect short race for your little ones! A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families.
Where: Coney Island
When: May 25, 9 a.m.
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Kick off the summer at Coney Island with a day full of family fun, cannonballs, laughs and festivities. Relax at the full-service tiki bar and get splashed on at Typhoon Tower, the largest erupting hydro-storm in the world. With incredible waterslides, a pool slide, delicious Cincinnati foods and tons of water to cool off in — you’re bound to have a great time!
When: May 25, 11:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
While we might be known for our breweries here in Cincy, that doesn’t mean we’re short on spots for wine lovers! Take the Cincinnati Winery Tour this holiday weekend and venture out to three local wineries; Valley Vineyards, Henke Winery and Holtkamp Winery Tasting Room. Bring your family and friends and settle in for a unique and relaxing afternoon!
Where: Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden
When: May 25, 7-10 p.m.
Spend an incredible night under the stars at the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden! This special event will feature delicious food from local restaurants, custom garden cocktails, music in the garden and so much more. Get a chance to see the Cincinnati skyline in a whole new light and make sure to stay for the breathtaking light-up moment at 9:40. All proceeds from the event will support the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden to help them provide enhanced education to students in an outdoor classroom.
Where: Cincinnati Dinner Trail, Bond Hill
When: May 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hop aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train this Memorial Day weekend for a unique opportunity to see their popular route in the daylight! This excursion will depart from Bond Hill and will travel the entire length of the Oasis subdivision between Evendale and downtown Cincinnati. Delicious food will be available during the trip along with some spectacular views. Get your tickets today!
Where: Cincinnati Music Hall
When: May 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
The Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the most famous buildings in Cincinnati and is even a National Historic Landmark. This weekend, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall’s knowledgeable guides will take you “Beyond the Bricks” for a 360-degree walking tour of the glorious architecture, all while teaching you the rich history of the building. Learn about the Music Hall’s design, construction, architectural styles, the diverse neighborhood of 1878 and so much more on this unique tour. You can grab your ticket here.
Where: McDonald Commons Veteran’s Memorial, Madeira
When: May 27, 10 a.m.
The city of Madeira invites you to join them on their annual silent Memorial Day March. The march will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at McDonald Commons.
Where: Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash
When: May 27, 10:15 a.m.
Don’t miss one of Cincinnati’s longest standing traditions: the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade. This annual parade will celebrate its 67th year in 2019, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road. You can watch it go around a 1.6-mile loop, ending at the Veterans’ Memorial on Towne Square, where the festivities will conclude with a special ceremony.
Where: Green Township Veterans Park
When: May 27, 2-3 p.m.
Head over to Green Township for a beautiful, annual Memorial Day ceremony run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380. The family-friendly ceremony will take place in the area’s patriotic plaza, Veterans Park, in the shadow of the township’s Veterans Tribute Bell and is a great way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Happy Memorial Day!
We are so grateful to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service!