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Memorial Day Weekend! Events + Taste of Cincinnati Preview

Events this weekend:

Kings Island Opens

Free admission for military May 25th

The Beach Waterpark Opens

Only 69.99 for a season pass!

Coney Island and the NEW Island Wheel Opens

Cincinnati’s newest visiting attraction rolls into summer at Coney Island! (Largest wheel in America!)

Travel a soaring 155 feet into the air and you’ll be in awe of the sights only this vantage point can provide. The Coney Island Wheel offers a 360-degree view, overlooking everything from the Ohio River, the beautiful surrounding foliage, a once-in-a-lifetime view of Sunlite Water Adventure, and more!

Furry Friends Festival (Washington Park)

Friday May 25, 6-10p Saturday May 26 12-6p

Enjoy live Bluegrass music, delicious food and tons of fun with your favorite canine companion! Featuring craft beers from Fifty West Brewing Company Taft's Ale House, Rhinegeist, and Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.


6p- Willow Tree Carolers

7:15p- Chelsea Ford and The Trouble

8:45p- The Harmed Brothers


12p- Maria Carrelli Band

1:30p- Casey Campbell

3p- Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

4:30p- Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

Saturday's event will also a variety a variety of pet vendors offering everything from dog food, to accessories, to toys, to photography services.

Harmony Hill Winery Kick-off Party (Bethel, Ohio)

Saturday 2-9pm

7 hours of Live Music

FREE $1 wine samples

Art After Dark: On the Fringe

Friday May 25, 5–9 p.m.

You're invited to the official Cincy Fringe Festival preview this month during Art After Dark! Enjoy live music from Jess Lamb and the Factory and Common Center, live performances from Cincy Fringe Festival actors and Pones, specialty cocktails, food for purchase and access to the entire museum after hours (including *free admission to special exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China). 

*Access to the special exhibition will be limited. Admission is free, but visitors must pick up timed tickets in-person at the visitor services desk in the lobby on the first floor beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 5 tickets per person. Access will only be available at assigned times between 5 and 8 p.m. due to expected crowds. 

About Cincy Fringe Festival:

Know Theatre’s Cincy Fringe is 13 jubilant days of theatre, art, music, dance and everything between–that’s “kinda WEIRD like YOU!” This year features 250+performances from artists near and far in over a dozen OTR venues between May 29 and June 10, 2018.


A record breaking 550,000 visitors last year and still the nation’s longest FREE culinary festival.


Taste of Findlay Market

Cincinnati’s Findlay Market, Ohio's oldest surviving municipal market house, will have a new home away from home inside Taste of Cincinnati. Taste of Findlay Market, on the Fifth Street ramp to I-71, will exclusively feature food vendors from Findlay Market and "foodpreneurs" from Findlay Kitchen, serving delicious fresh-prepared "bites", throughout the weekend.

The Arepa Place (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

BanaSun Smoothie Bar (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

The Brü Brothers (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Carrots From The Earth (Monday)

Davis Cookie Collection (Sunday)

Dean’s Mediterranean Imports (Monday)

Flavors of the Isle (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Horchata (Monday)

Kuya Ed's Lechon Atbpa (Saturday, Sunday)

La Verde Fresh (Saturday, Sunday)

Mashed Roots Latin Kitchen (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Mimi's Gourmet Eggrolls & Curry Bowls (Saturday, Sunday)

NayNays (Saturday)

OCD Cakes (Saturday)

OTR Bagelry (Saturday)

Paleolicious (Monday)

Pho Lang Thang (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Queen City Hemp (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Ricehead Philippine Cuisine (Monday)

Saigon Market (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Southern Grace (Sunday)

Taste of Belgium (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Tweedles Mini Donuts (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Five Stages of Live Entertainment

45 live music performances representing all genres are scheduled on five stages along Fifth Street.

View full entertainment lineup here:

NEW! Music Bash at Taste

The first-ever Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati is Sunday, May 27, 2018.The world's greatest party band, The B-52's ("Love Shack," "Rock Lobster," "Roam") and Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician Rick Springfield ("Jesse's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers") will co-headline the first ever Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati along with special guest Loverboy ("Turn Me Loose," "Working for the Weekend," Lovin' Every Minute of It"). This fun, can't-miss concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, beginning at 5 p.m. Gates for this ticketed event will open at 4 p.m. Concert ends by 10:45 p.m.Tickets for the Music Bash are on sale now. Prices start at $29.99.

This fun, can't-miss concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, beginning at 7 p.m. Gates for this ticketed event will open at 5:30 p.m. Concert ends by 10:45 p.m.

The Cincinnati Pops Poptet

The Cincinnati Pops’ celebrated rhythm ensemble will play standards and showtunes, Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the main stage. The Cincinnati Pops is under the direction of John Morris Russell and presents a diverse array of musical styles, all bathed in the world-renowned “Cincinnati Sound.” The Pops was officially founded in 1977 with the late Erich Kunzel, and just since 1980, the Orchestra has sold ten million recordings around the globe.

Best of Taste Winners:

Restaurant Best Dessert

First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Chocolate Raspberry Tiramisu

Second Place: Market Street Grille – Crème Brulee

Tied for Third Place: Pompilios – Tiramisu Cannoli

                                  McCormick & Schmick’s - Cinnamon and Sugar Shubert Roll

Restaurant Best Appetizer

First Place:  Island Frydays – Jerk Chicken Pasta

Second Place: Thai Taste – Crab Rangoon

Third Place: Market Street Grille – Crab Cake

Restaurant Best Soup-Salad-Side

First Place: Tickle Pickle – Mac & Cheese with crushed BBQ Grippo’s

Tied for Second Place: Market Street Grille – Sidewinder Fries

                                         Delicio – Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Third Place: McCormick & Schmick’s – Watermelon Gazpacho

Restaurant Best go Vibrant!

First Place: Silver Ladle – Silver Ladle Salad

Second Place: Market Street Grille – Spicy Chicken Wrap

Third Place: Tickle Pickle – Black Bean Burger

Restaurant Best Entrée

First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Veal Short Rib Ravioli

Second Place: Island Frydays – Caribbean BBQ Wings with Yellow Rice and Mixed Vegetables

Third Place: Tickle Pickle – Jalapeno Jam Burger

Food Truck Best Dessert

First Place: SugarSnap! – “Make it a Sundae” Brownie

Second Place: Marty’s Waffles – Belgian Sugar Waffle with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream

Third Place: Hungry Bros. – Fried Cheesecake

Food Truck Best Appetizer

First Place:  Adena’s Beefstroll – The Stroll

Second Place: Red Sesame – Mini Quesadilla

Third Place: Best Thing Smokin’ – Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders

Food Truck Best Soup-Salad-Side

First Place: Packhouse – Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

Second Place: Wicked Hickory – Brisket Mac

Third Place: Hungry Bros. – The Kevin Bacon Ranch

Food Truck Best go Vibrant!

First Place: streetpops – Pineapple Passionfruit Streetpop

Second Place: Hungry Bros. – Chicken Schwarma Slider

Third Place: streetpops – Pineapple Strawberry Swirl Streetpop

Food Truck Best Entrée

First Place: Adena’s Beefstroll – Ma’s Meatball Sub

Second Place: Slice Slice Baby – Ballpark Sausage Pizza

Third Place: Empanadas Aqui – Bad Girl Empanada

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