Category Archives: Fairs & Festivals

Join the Fourth of July Parade

Want to be in the 2015 Fourth of July Parade?

CLICK HERE to fill out the online application…

The parade will take place on Saturday, July 4th, with line-up beginning at the Butler County Fairgrounds at 9:00 A.M. The parade will promptly leave the fairgrounds at 10:00 A.M.

This year’s theme is: “Celebrating Hamilton’s History – The Great Miami River”

All floats must incorporate the theme in their design, music, and decoration.

Prizes will be awarded to the float winners that best carry out the theme:

  • Grand Prize – $1,000
  • 1st Place – $750
  • 2nd Place – $500
  • 3rd Place – $300
  • 4th Place & 5th Place – $100 each

For more information, call Parade Coordinator, Diane Evans, at 513-844-8515 ext. 13.

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Free Art at the Fitton Center

The 2015 Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend presented by ArtsWave, will be held over one weekend from March 7-8, 2015, and will offer more than 100 events, activities and performances throughout Greater Cincinnati. All events are free and open to the public through the sponsorship of Macy’s.

“Macy’s Arts Sampler gives everyone a chance to discover the wide variety of arts across our region,” said Alicia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “It’s a great way to spend a weekend with family and friends and try something new.”

As part of Macy’s Arts Sampler weekend, the Fitton Center will present an action-packed activity schedule from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Activities include clay tile making, monster making, temporary tattoos, Drawing with Young Rembrandts, Dancing with Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, a drum jam, and much more!

Macy’s Arts Sampler is a celebration of the arts in our community, and occur throughout the annual community campaign, when people all across our region come together to support the fun things to do in greater Cincinnati.

A full schedule of weekend activities is available on the ArtsWave website,, and through the free Macy’s Arts Sampler app, available for iOS and Android platforms.  Printed schedules may be picked up at participating Sampler venues, Macy’s stores, and at public libraries in Hamilton and Campbell County.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is supported by individuals and organizations throughout the area, who recognize that their donations to ArtsWave help create a livelier community and a place where people from different backgrounds come together to share ideas and experiences.

Annual Cheese Fest will feature more than 80 cheese companies

The finest cheeses from around the world sold at Jungle Jim’s International Market will be available for testing at the store’s “Big Cheese Fest” next month.

It is one of Jungle Jim’s more affordable events throughout the year. Patrons may purchase tickets in advance of the festival, which is slated for Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 this year. The cost is $14 for a two-day pass or $8 each day through Feb. 1. The price goes up as the festival gets closer.

More than 80 cheese companies will be featured in more than 40 booths. It is conducted inside the Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s on Dixie Highway in Fairfield.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Getting ready for ICEFEST 2015!!! Listen to the press conference

“Hamilton Goes Hollywood” will be the theme of this year’s IceFest, January 16-17.

Click HERE to listen to the audio from today’s press conference detailing the event…

Click HERE to see IceFest 2015’s Facebook page and some cool videos about ice carving and ArtFest at IceFest…

Click HERE to see photos from IceFest 2013….

Click HERE for information on BookFest at IceFest…. One of the featured writers will be HEY! Hamilton! correspondent Richard O Jones, who will have copies of his “Hamilton Horrors!” for sale….

Click HERE for a schedule of Film Hamilton events at IceFest…


Celebrate Fiesta de Unidad with MUH

Miami Hamilton will host a Fiesta de Unidad, noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Admission is free.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrate the many contributions of Hispanic peoples and cultures in the US and examine the complexity of immigration reform in light of current discussions about refugee status. Discussion will include how the issue of immigration affects access to health care, education and employment.

Food and refreshments will be served that reflect Hispanic culture.

For more information, call Gail King, Regional Office of Diversity & Multicultural Services, (513) 785-3024.

Miami’s regional campus in Middletown will host a Fiesta de Unidad on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Campus & Community Center.

Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

Events this weekend include festivals, Pink Floyd tribute, and more

This is the time of THINGS TO DOyear when there are plenty of outdoor activities celebrating Fall and the upcoming Halloween holiday.

The list below doesn’t include everything, but highlights some of the bigger activities throughout Hamilton and Butler County. Good news as far as weather goes … sunny skies throughout the weekend with highs in the low-80s each day.


Seven Bridges Road Concert: The Eagles tribute band performs at RiversEDGE Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Miami University Hockey Fan Appreciation Pep Rally: The second annual fan pep rally for families and students is from 6-8 p.m. at Goggin Ice Center, 620 S. Oak St., Oxford. Free.

An Evening of One Acts: Fairfield Footlighters performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. Tickets are $14. (513) 867-5348;

Side by Side by Sondheim: Middletown Lyric Theatre musical at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. MLT is located at 1530 Central Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $15. (513) 425-7140

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Twp. Open 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday for $9 per person (kids 2 and younger are free).

Saturday, Sept. 27

Barn-N-Bunk Fall Festivals: The farm market opens its grounds for fall celebrations each weekend at noon-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Family event includes cider making, a kiddie tractor pull and more. Free.

St. Ann Oktoberfest: Second annual German-themed event at St. Ann Catholic School, 3064 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton. Events from 6-11 p.m. include music, food, games and more. Site:

Jack O’Lantern Junction: EnterTRAINment Junction kicks off its family Halloween activities on this day, and they run through Nov. 2. Includes a trick-or-treat maze, kid-friendly ghosts, skeletons and more. Prices vary.

12th Annual Art Fair: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum hosts its annual art fair at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Pioneer Days: DeWitt Log Homestead, 4824 Oxford Road, Oxford. Free event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday includes pioneer crafts, demonstrations, games from the 1800s and food. Free. Online at

The Dolphin Tale: Free showing of the movie “The Dolphin Tale,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Hamilton Lane Library, 300 North Third St., Hamilton.

Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd Concert: Band performance at RiversEDGE Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Band-O-Rama: 38th annual event at Hamilton High School, 1165 Eaton Ave., Hamilton. Multiple area bands compete and perform beginning at 5:15 p.m. Ticket prices vary. More details at

Oct. 3

Operation Pumpkin: Festival in downtown Hamilton through Oct. 5. Little Miss Pumpkin contest, local artisans, food vendors, pet parade, rides, live music and more.

Oct. 9

Blood Brothers musical: The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre performs its first show of the season, a musical called “Blood Brothers,” through Oct. 12. Tickets are $17 and are on sale ay (513) 737-PLAY or

Oct. 18

Behind the Gates of Greenwood: A historical walking tour through Greenwood Cemetery, 1602 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton. Tours are 1.5-hours long from 3-6 p.m. A guide takes groups on a leisurely stroll through the cemetery and re-enactors tell stories in period costumes. Registration required, tickets are $5. (513) 603-9105.

Oct. 19

5K Haunted Trail Run: A benefit for the Animal Friends Humane Society shelter on Princeton Road. 10 a.m., Honey Tree Stables, 3150 Lanes Mill Road, Oxford. Free parking. $30 preregistration, $40 on race day. Register at

Indoor drinks stube added to Hamilton’s Oktoberfest

Oktoberfestlogo2014Labor Day often signals the close of summer activities in Butler County, and with that comes the annual Oktoberfest at Liberty Home German Society.

The annual German celebration, now in its 49th year, draws large crowds with its lure of sauerkraut, potato cakes and crème puffs. It includes rides and games and is an atmosphere for families.

Other food at the festival includes mettwurst, brautwurst, cabbage rolls, Limburger cheese and much more. Adult beverages include German and domestic beers.

A slew of live entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend. Find a full schedule here.

Liberty Trustee Corey Wagonfield, who serves as communications coordinator, says new this year is an indoor beer and wine stube with live entertainment.

The festival will also have “double the food lines for quicker service,” Wagonfield said.

Credit cards are now accepted at Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29; 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. Admission is $3 per person, and children younger than 14 years old get in free.

For more information call (513) 571-6198.

Butler County Fair begins Sunday

The annual Butler County Fair kicks off Sunday, July 20 and runs through July 26.

The first grandstand event will be a Garden Tractor Pull at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by an Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. the same day, according to the Butler County Fair website. Demolition Derby events are slated for Monday and Friday.

A copy of the 2014 fair book with a schedule of events may be found here. The fair is in its 164th year.


General admission: $7 per day (includes parking)

Children 6-12 accompanied by paying adult, at gate: $2

Senior citizens, Wednesday only: Free

Other details: No pets are permitted inside the fairgrounds. Grandstand events cost an extra admission fee, at the door. Prices vary.