Cincinnati Weekend Picks May 31-June 2

Summerfair, Cincy Fringe, NKY Pride, and even more fests in town this weekend.
March down the streets of Covington and celebrate love at NKY Pride on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of NKY Pride

It’s that time of year again— festival season. Elly De La Cruz couldn’t swing a bat around here without hitting a fest or fair of some kind. There are plenty of other fun events going on of course, but there are options aplenty for those seeking a full weekend of festivities. If you’re seeking out Pride-specific activities, we’ve made a comprehensive guide for all of June. Here are some events are town this weekend.

Art After Dark: Shanghai Nights

The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art After Dark night this month is a celebration of Chinese art and culture for AANHPI Heritage Month and the exhibition From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong YungThe free event will feature Chinese dance performances by Freya Dance Studio, Taiji sword demonstrations by the Cincinnati Taijiquan Club, art demonstrations by the Creative Asian Society, music from DJ Hi David, food from Yee Mama Dumplings for purchase, and a cash bar. Reservations are not required, so it’s recommended to show up early for a spot. Friday, May 31, 5-9 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park

Cincinnati Fringe Opening Weekend

The festival of independent and offbeat theatre is back. Every day from May 31 through June 14, you’ll be able to catch such shows as The Emu That Ate Cincinnati, Methtacular!, and Cyrano on the Moon. The first night’s performance will be Wuthering: A Musical on the Moors which is a 60-minute musical adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Most shows will be presented at either the Know Theatre or the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Check the schedule for details. Friday, May 31- Friday, June 14, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine


Cincinnati’s long-running art fair is returning to The Venue Formerly Known As Coney Island for its 56th year. Everywhere you look there’ll be live music, food, activities, and artists exhibiting and selling their work. The over 300 artists in attendance will also be competing for grants and awards. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for kids ages 12 and under, and $15 for a multi-day pass. Friday, May 31- Sunday, June 2, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson

CincItalia 2024

Head to Harvest Home Park for a big Italian party. Local Italian restaurants (even the West Side’s darling LaRosa’s) will be serving up all kinds of classic dishes from arancini to rollatini to tiramisu. Friday night is 21+ only with an emphasis on adult gambling games and the grand prize raffle. Saturday and Sunday is when whole families are encouraged to come and play games, ride the rides, and enjoy live entertainment like Italian music by Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms and opera from Elio Scaccio. Friday, May 31- Sunday, June 2, Harvest Home Park, 3961 N. Bend Rd., Cheviot

Cincy VegFest

Vegans of Cincinnati will congregate at Burnet Wood’s for the city’s largest celebration of plant-based living. All day there will be vendors, speakers, demos, standup comedy, live music, yoga, crafts, and more. The headlining event is the Vegan Chili Cook-Off. Anyone can taste unlimited vegan chili with a $15 tasting pass. Chili judging and presentation will take place from 4-5 p.m. Proceeds from tasting passes will go to the wellness organization, Our Collective HeartSaturday, June 1, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Burnet Woods Bandstand, 280 Burnet Woods Dr., Clifton

Missing Linck Festival

In 2019, brewers from Urban Artifact collected a viable sample of 19th Century brewer’s yeast in Cincinnati’s underground lagering tunnels, used it to make beer, and Missing Linck was born. The festival sees some of the area’s biggest brewers come together to share their Linck creations. Besides beer sampling, there’s live music, a beer and cheese pairing class, a live recording of the Brew Skies Happy Hour Podcast, the official book release of Tanked in Cincinnati, a stien holding competition, and a Sasquatch calling contest. Some activities take place at Humble Monk Brewing so check the schedule for details. Saturday, June 1, 12 p.m., Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside

NKY Pride 2024

It’s the 15th annual NKY Pride Parade and Festival. Y’all means all, so head to MainStrasse Village for the celebration of love and community in Northern Kentucky. The Pride Festival in Goebel Park will feature drag performers and live musicians, family friendly activities, and over 100 vendors. The Pride Parade kicks off at noon, but check NKY Pride Center’s website for the new route so you don’t miss it. Parade marchers will start on Madison Avenue, turn on to West Pike Street, then head on to Main where they’ll conclude at George Steinford Park. Sunday, June 2, 12-5 p.m., Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., Covington

NKY Pride After Party

After spending a long day in the sun at NKY Pride, head to Coppin’s at Hotel Covington for the official after party. It’ll be an all-ages celebration with one of the best drag line-ups in town. DJ Bard will kick off the music at 5 p.m. When the drag show starts at 6:30 p.m., Sarah Jessica Darker and Brooklyn Steele-Tate will serve as the evening’s emcees. Make sure you bring some cash to tip the artists including P.H. DeeMolly MormenJessica Marie JonesAlexander CameronGinger LeSnapps, and Mirelle Jane Divine5-9 p.m., Coppin’s, 638 Madison Ave., Covington

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