The Ohio Challenge 2018

7 major events changing in southwest Ohio this summer due to coronavirus

The Ohio economy may be reopening, but many people are still wary of putting or joining large groups of strangers in one place.

What does that mean for upcoming, popular annual summer festivals in Cincinnati and Butler County?

Basically, the deeper into summer, the better the odds the fest in question will still take place. Everything, of course, is subject to change depending on what happens with the pandemic. For the moment, though, here’s the latest on a few upcoming summer fests.

1. Summerfair

Synopsis: This three-day festival brings over 300 artists in a variety of media from all over the country to showcase their artwork in a garden-like environment with live music and food.

Original Date: May 29-31, 2020

Status: Canceled. However, you can enjoy Summerfair at home by participating in a poster coloring contest. You can win tickets to the next Summerfair, T-shirts, and a poster. There will also be a drive-through merchandise event on the original dates from noon-4 p.m. Items available for purchase include T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, posters, and poster note cards. Visit www.summerfair.org for more info.

New Date: June 4-6, 2021

2. Oxford Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Synopsis: This annual festival features a variety of wine, local craft beer, merchants, artisans and unique treats.

Original Date: May 30, 2020

Status: Canceled. There is no further information at this time.

New Date: TBA

3. Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

Synopsis: This annual festival devoted to hot air includes balloon rides, a balloon glow, biplane rides, fireworks, a car show, food, drink, and vendors.

Original Date: July 17-18, 2020

Status: Canceled. After exploring multiple options, festival organizers decided to cancel based on CDC and state of Ohio gathering recommendations.

New Date: July 16-18, 2021

4. Cincinnati Music Festival

Synopsis: This annual hip-hop, gospel and soul festival is held every summer at Paul Brown Stadium. The 2020 lineup included Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia, Biz Markie, The O’Jays, Charlie Wilson, and more.

Original Date: July 23-25, 2020

Status: Canceled. The good news is the entire 2020 musical lineup has been retained for 2021. If you’ve already bought your ticket, you can request a refund or redeem it for 2021. Festival organizers are also working with local hotels to modify reservations as needed.

New Date: July 22-24, 2021

5. Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Festival

Synopsis: This massive annual craft beer fest features over 400 beers from over 100 breweries, complete with tasting glass and guide, and food trucks.

Original date: Never determined

Status: Canceled. There is no further information at this time.

New Date: TBA

6. Butler County Fair

Synopsis: An extravaganza of livestock, demolition derbies, rides, concessions, and vendors.

Original Date: July 26-Aug. 1, 2020

Status: Cancelled for 2020

New Date: N/A

7. Paddlefest

Synopsis: An annual event where paddling enthusiasts take their paddling craft of choice down the scenic Ohio River. There are parties before and after the paddling.

Original Date: Aug. 1, 2020

Status: Happening. The Paddlefest team is evaluating as they go. Check www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org for details as the date comes closer.

New Date: N/A (for now)

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