6 festivals you don’t want to miss in Greater Cincinnati this September

September is packed with several not-to-miss festivals across the region, including David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, a one-day music festival headlined by David Shaw and The Revivalists. CONTRIBUTED
September is packed with several not-to-miss festivals across the region, including David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, a one-day music festival headlined by David Shaw and The Revivalists. CONTRIBUTED

Celebrate September with a these not-to-miss family-friendly festivals, concerts and other fun activities. Here are a few of events from across the region to put on the calendar.

Kicking off its 30th anniversary season on Saturday, Aug. 31, The Ohio Renaissance Festival in Waynesville will feature close to 100 shows on 14 stages, more than 150 world-class artisans, games, rides and much more. Plus, there's plenty of food and drink, including their famous turkey legs.

Guests can also enjoy themed weekends throughout the season, such as a “Pirates Weekend” and a “Time Travelers Weekend.” Cost of general admission for adults (ages 13 and up) is $19; a child is $7.50. The Ohio Renaissance Festival will run through Sunday, Oct. 27. Plan your trip at www.renfestival.com.

David Shaw's Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite will be held at RiversEdge Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $38 in advance and $50 the day of the show, if available (plus applicable ticketing fees.) Children ages 6 and under are free. VIP tickets are sold out.

Headlined by David Shaw and The Revivalists, the one-day music festival will begin when the doors open at 2 p.m. Music starts at 3 p.m. The 2019 Big River Get Down lineup will also feature The War And Treaty, Brent Cobb, Southern Avenue, Neal Francis and Chris Gelbuda.

Adam Helms, director of resident services, City of Hamilton, said Shaw worked with city officials to establish David Shaw’s Big River Get Down in 2015 as an annual event to help give back to his hometown. Since the inception of the festival, David Shaw’s Big River Get Down has donated more than $100,000 to the community. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hamilton’s 4th of July fireworks and RiversEdge Amphitheater to provide free concerts at the venue each summer.

Shaw graduated from Hamilton High School in 2001. He currently resides in New Orleans. Shaw will also serve as Hamilton’s mayor for a day on Sept. 7. In honor of Shaw and his band, the City will be nicknamed Jam!lton on that day.

New this year, on Sunday, Sept. 8, Sunday Fore Heck’s Sake presented by Wyoming Automotive will feature more live music and a celebrity golf scramble at Twin Run Golf Course. Visit www.bigrivergetdown.com for tickets and more details.

The Middletown Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown Middletown from noon to 8 p.m. Dozens of artists and crafters will showcase their talents and sell hand-crafted items, including leather, glass-blown pieces, metal sculpture, drawings and watercolor to name a few. There will be live entertainment and a variety of food vendors. Go to www.MiddletownArtsFestival.com.

Mason's annual Heritage Festival and Parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Mason Municipal Center Campus. The event will feature a parade, kids' activities, carnival games, crafts, vendors, music, entertainment and more. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade. (The parade will start near the downtown plaza on U.S. Route 42.) In addition to family fun and entertainment, the City of Mason will continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion organization.

The festival will begin at 11 a.m., immediately following the parade, activities and entertainment will continue until 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

New at the 2019 Heritage Festival, the City of Mason will be introducing a fun scavenger hunt activity, “Heritage Hunt,” from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.imaginemason.org.

Guests are also encouraged to stop by American Legion Post 194 before or after the parade for breakfast as they continue to raise money for Operations 194, which will help build a home for veterans in need. The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. until noon. Made-to-order omelets, pancakes and buffet breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. The American Legion Post 194 is located at 401 Reading Road.

Celebrate fall at the Trenton Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. The festival will feature music, food, hayrides and fun. Music from the Kentucky Headhunters, with opening acts Mike Willis (acoustic) and Mandolin Bridge. The event will be held at Trenton Community Park Amphitheater, 440 Dell Drive. Find out more at http://ci.trenton.oh.us.

Pyramid Hill Art Fair will return to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum's Annual Art Fair brings 70 artists together for a juried show and sale of handmade creations. The artist booths are set among the monumental modern and contemporary sculptures that dot Pyramid Hill's manicured and natural landscapes.

The fair offers live music, food vendors, family activities, and a community pavilion. Pyramid Hill is located at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton. Cost $7 per carload. More details at www.pyramidhill.org.

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