You can’t miss the Cincy Region in the summertime. The vibes are high, music pours through the streets and festivals are aplenty. This July is filled with fireworks, live music, great food, sports and so much more. Here is a brief look at our lineup of events occurring in the region this month.  

Celebrate Independence Day

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Newport Blast

Come and celebrate Independence Day a day early on July 3rd at the inaugural Newport Blast event, located at Newport on the Levee. Guests can expect a hot dog eating contest, games, live music, food, bounce houses and a spectacular drone and firework show presented by Rozzi Fireworks.

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Red, White and Boom

Get your tickets for the annual 4th of July celebration, Red, White and Boom! Join John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops for an evening of patriotic tunes and post-concert fireworks at Riverbend Music Center.

Festivals in the Cincy and NKY Region

McGing Irish Dancers at the Cincinnati Celtic Festival (photo: @mcgingdancers)

Guinness Cincinnati Celtic Festival

Dust off your kilt and wear your families’ tartan colors as we celebrate Celtic pride this summer. The annual Guinness Cincinnati Celtic Festival takes place on July 12 - 14 at The Banks in Downtown Cincinnati. This family friendly event will feature live music by bands like The Hitchhikers and Dulahan, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes), beer and a variety of activities for everyone.

Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Madison Schmidt)

Cincinnati Music Festival

Welcome friends to one of the largest R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz music festivals in the country, the annual Cincinnati Music Festival! From July 25 – 27, enjoy a full weekend of amazing artists, featuring Maxwell, Ne-Yo, Fantasia, New Edition featuring Bobby Brown and many, many more. Secure your tickets now.

Interested in learning more about Cincinnati’s music history? When visiting, be sure to check out the incredible Black Music Walk of Fame, located directly in front of the Andrew J. Brady Music Center.

If you are a guest traveling to the area for this incredible event and still need to secure a room, find a full listing of hotel accommodations in the Cincy Region here!

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Glier’s Goettafest

While Cincinnati is known for our famous Skyline Chili (try it!), there is a beloved Cincy Region delicacy we are not as known for, goetta (pronounced, get-ta). Created here by Germanic settlers in the 1800’s, goetta is a breakfast sausage made primarily of pork, beef, and whole grain steel-cut oats. We love this unique breakfast delicacy so much we created a two-weekend festival to celebrate it. Glier’s Goettafest takes place July 27 – 28 and August 1 – 4 at the Newport Festival Park along the Ohio River. Guests will enjoy food, beer, live music and activities for kids.

Come to the festival early or stay late and explore Newport on the Levee with your family. Featuring the Newport Aquarium, shop at Trade (local artisans), catch a movie at AMC or play games like Squid Game at Immersive Gamebox!

Special Events

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Cincinnati Burger Week

Returning for the 10th year, CityBeat’s Cincinnati Burger Week returns the week of July 15 – 24 for 7 days of $7 burgers. Download the official Cincinnati Burger Week app for a full listing of participating restaurants on both sides of the river, earn points and win prizes as you sample burgers throughout the region.

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Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio World Premiere

Cincinnati Music Hall plays host to the Cincinnati Opera’s world premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, on July 18, 20, 21, 25, and 27. Explore memories from Paul’s life in Liverpool with a powerful story of formative moments, relationships and responsibilities. This is a limited engagement, and tickets will go fast. Secure yours now!

Professional Sports

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Cincinnati Reds

Interested in taking in a baseball game while visiting? Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds will be playing at Great American Ballpark July 5 – 14 and July 29 – 31. Grab your tickets, snag a hot dog and enjoy a great game with friends and family. On July 5 and 12, stick around after the game for Firework Fridays!

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FC Cincinnati

Few things are as electric and exciting as an FC Cincinnati soccer game. If you have never been to a Major League Soccer game, we highly recommend you get a ticket to see our team storm the pitch at TQL Stadium. FCC plays at home on July 6, 13 and 17. Tickets are available now.

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Florence Y’alls

Looking for something to do that is family and budget friendly? Come to Thomas More Stadium to watch the Florence Y’alls of the Frontier League play baseball at one of their 11 home games in July (July 12 -14, 23 – 28 and 30 – 31). Additionally, the ballpark features a “Kids Zone” where kids can run and play on inflatables, play-scapes, and trampolines, along with theme nights including Firework Fridays! Secure your tickets now!

Need more? Visit our events page, updated daily to showcase all the exciting events happening in the Cincy Region all month long and our outdoor activities page for a full listing of parks, trails and more for you to discover and explore. And be sure to get a copy of your Visit Cincy Visitors Guide here!