How Cincy Works: Six Unofficial Cincinnati Holidays

Races, rivalries, and rowdy parades: These are big days in the Queen City.

Photograph by Alex Bell

For our June 2015 issue, we explore (and try to explain) the ins and outs of the Queen City.

1. Bockfest /  March
This beer-themed bacchanal fills the streets and bars of Over-the-Rhine with Sausage Queens, bathtubs-on-wheels, and live goats.

2. Flying Pig  / May
Doesn’t matter if you’re a runner, a walker, or a grunt with bad knees—roughly 36,000 participants don sneakers to traverse streets from downtown to Mariemont.

3. Paddlefest  /  June
A weekend of river-centric festivities and nearly 2,000 people paddling the Ohio from Coney Island to downtown.

4. Opening Day / Early spring
When your local ballclub is the first pro baseball team in this great land, you get to treat yourself to a city-wide sick day and giant parade to boot.

5. Oktoberfest  /  September
The quintessence of our Rhineland heritage, summarized as countless steins of Dunkel beer, enough German sausage to re-create the Berlin Wall, and a Chicken Dance unlike any other.

6. Crosstown Shootout / Winter (dates vary)
The battle royale between XU and UC has developed into one of the fiercest rivalries in all of college basketball.

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