1. Cincy Fringe Festival: May 31–June 11
Tap into your inner edgy artist when choosing from this quirky collection of 160-plus performances over 12 days. Produced by the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, the festival is now in its eight season of gathering boundary-breaking artists for experimental displays of performance, film, and visual art. Enter with an open mind! Passes: $200 all-access, $60 flexible six-show pass. Visit cincyfringe.com for a performance lineup.
2. Old-Fashioned Strawberry Festival: June 11
The quaint little Welsh town of Shandon must be doing something seriously right: Its famous strawberry festival is now its in 86th year. When you’re not nibbling on the bounty of fresh strawberries, check out the local shops of antiques, country crafts, and pottery that are housed in historic homes. Sat 10 am–6 pm. Intersection of State Route 126 and Hamilton-New London Rd, Shandon, (513) 738-2962.
3. Yellow Springs Street Fair: June 11
You needn’t wear dreadlocks and hemp to attend this hippy-style street fair, but you’d blend right in if you did. Lining the eccentric main drag of Yellow Springs are more than 200 booths of artisans selling pottery, jewelry, accessories, fair trade items, and other unique goods. Graze through an international selection of festival foods—from Vietnamese to Mexican—or sample the famous Haha Pizza, which alone is worth the trek up north. Sat 9 am–5 pm. Downtown Yellow Springs, Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd, yellowspringsohio.org
4. MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest: June 17–19
If you live in Cincinnati and haven’t yet sampled the beloved regional meat treat that is goetta, then get thee to Goettafest! Take your pick among goetta pizza, goetta chili, goetta burgers, goetta gumbalya, and more. If you have tried goetta, then we don’t need to tell you twice why this all-things-Goetta smorgasbord is a must-go event. Fri 5–11:30 pm, Sat noon–11:30 pm, Sun noon–9 pm. MainStrasse Village, Main and Sixth Sts., Covington, mainstrasse.org
5. Panegyri Greek Festival: June 24–26
You’ll feel part of a big, fat Greek family when you indulge in the copious amounts of Greek eats (gyros! baklava! spanakopita!) and partake in the raucous rounds of Greek dancing. Opa! Admission: $2. Fri 5–11 pm, Sat 3–11 pm, Sun 1–8 pm. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd., Finneytown, holytrinity.oh.goarch.org