Ohio — Festivals and Events
Ohio keeps busy during its warmer months, with a steady schedule of festivals that celebrate just about anything these folks can think of. The big cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus host the most events, with something fun nearly every weekend during the summer. Some of the more unique offerings include the SuperBowl of Country Music in little ole St Clairsville and the world’s biggest twins festival in Twinsburg.
One of Ohio’s biggest jazz festivals takes place each April in Cleveland. The city’s best venues, big and small, play host to a superb selection of jazz musicians from all the many forms of this musical genre. Backing up the live shows are lots of workshops and clinics for budding musicians.
Cincinnati May Festival
America’s oldest choral music festival takes place in Cincinnati for two weekends each May, taking over Ohio’s historic theaters and venues. The grand opening concert is the best of the bunch, but there are plenty of other shows both weekends featuring the city’s own symphony orchestra and pops orchestra. Try to catch a performance in Cincinnati’s magnificent Music Hall.
Taste of Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s big event each year just happens to be America’s longest-running culinary arts festival. Every Memorial Weekend in May the city explodes into a frenzy of eating and drinking. More than 40 restaurants typically take part in this three-day extravaganza that takes over Piatt Park with each place setting up a stall selling bites of their creations. Live music fills the air for some background ambiance.
Columbus Arts Festival
Every June the capital Columbus throws a huge weekend party inviting everyone from restaurants and artists to musicians and craftspeople to share their talents. This fantastic outdoor event brings all the art forms together for everyone to enjoy. There is tasty food for sale and creative artwork to admire. Live bands play an eclectic range of music for visitors while plenty of hands-on art activities appeal to kids and adults alike.
If you really want to experience the scope of Columbus’ diverse communities then come down to the hugely popular ComFest, a weekend event each June that brings all of Ohio’s capital’s communities together to share their culture and talent. Six stages and hundreds of performers entertain the crowds in Goodale Park, while a lively art market gives local artists a chance to sell their creations.
Jamboree in the Hills
Not everything fun happens in Ohio’s big cities. This hugely popular country music festival bills itself as the SuperBowl of Country Music, running for four solid days in the pleasant town of St Clairsville. Around 100,000 fans pile into the town’s outdoor amphitheatre every July to catch their favorite bands and singers. When the gates open each morning the most diehard music fans race for the best stage side spots in what has become known as the Running of the Rednecks. If you’re a country music fan you really should check out the Jamboree.