Photographs courtesy Panegyri Greek Festival
1. Pollination Fest
Say what now? No, this is not a festival for bees. Not specifically, anyway. Set in Petersburg, Kentucky, Pollination Fest is a celebration of the arts and sustainable culture. In other words, they are the crunchiest of crunchy granola and they don’t care who knows it. The weekend of festivities will include landscape art installations, ecological and permacultural education, sustainable practice workshops, assorted yoga classes, local food and brew, and live music performances. June 26-28, 12 p.m. Fri–3 p.m. Sun, Treasure Lake (Petersburg, Kentucky), pollinationfest.com; Kids 12 and under enter free. Day Pass (Fri/Sat) $40; Weekend (in advance) $60; Weekend (day of) $70. Free camping included with the purchase of a weekend pass.
2. Panegyri Greek Festival
This year marks the 41st annual Panegyri festival. What began as a small gathering has become a huge celebration of sharing faith, culture, traditions, and food with the people of Cincinnati. And there will be baklava. June 26, 5–11 p.m.; June 27, 3–11 p.m.; June 28, 1–8 p.m., Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, holytrinity.oh.goarch.org; Kids 12 and under enter free. $2 for everyone else. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Freestore Foodbank Power Pack Program.
3. Cincinnati Pride Festival
This is a summer party twofer: Attend a parade and a festival event celebrating pride, as well as the individuals and organizations who support and embrace diversity. And keep your eyes peeled for Amazon Eve, the world’s tallest model and this year’s Cincinnati Pride Parade grand marshal. June 27, 11 a.m. parade downtown; 12–9 p.m. festival at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove; Free admission, cincinnatipride.org
4. OTR Beerfest CANival
Canned beer is officially cool again. Who knew? So cool, in fact, that there’s a carnival in Over-the-Rhine dedicated to the stuff. More than 100 craft beers will be on offer in cans for tasting and purchasing. June 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Washington Park, Over The Rhine, otrbeerfest.com; Free admission. Pay by the taste/can: Three 5oz. taste tokens for $5; one 12oz. can for $5; one 16oz. can for $7.
5. Dearborn County 4H & Community Fair
Sometimes you just want an old-fashioned fair. Dearborn County 4H & Community Fair is a a traditional county event with the requisite animal shows, rides, livestock, entertainment, and food. June 22-27, 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50 and Hollywood Blvd. (Lawrenceburg, IN), dearborncountyfair.com; $8 admission.