Cincinnati Music Festival 

The biggest urban music festival in the nation

The Cincinnati Music Festival has been an iconic event in Cincinnati's history, featuring dazzling lineups and drawing hundreds of thousands of attendees. Originally called the "Ohio Valley Jazz Festival", this weekend-long event began in 1962 and has featured legendary headliners such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, and Erykah Badu. This festival has a long history of bringing top artists together, creating a celebration of music and culture. 

Cincinnati Music Festival Events

Cincinnati Music Festival Jul 25

Enjoy an electrifying combination of R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz at one of the largest music festivals in the United States, The Cincinnati Music Festival (CMF)! CMF, presented by P&G, returns to Paycor Stadium this summer with an exciting lineup of R&B music…

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