Bastille Day Celebration, July 15

Celebrate Bastille Day and Montgomery’s French connection with its sister city Neuilly-Plaisance Saturday, July 15, 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm.  Montgomery is about 5 miles north of Cincinnati.  Enjoy street cafe vendors with delicious treats, live music and fun for the children including a magic show and kids area with pony rides and putt-putt golf.  This event is FREE.  There will be a historic walking tour of Montgomery’s landmark homes dating back to the 1800s staring at 1:00 pm from the Universalist Church (9467 Montgomery Rd.).  Events are in downtown Montgomery between Remington and Cooper Roads.  For more information: Bastille Day

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St. Leo the Great Hispanic Culture Fest, July 15th

Visit the free Culture Fest at St. Leo’s Church (2573 St. Leo’s Place, North Fairmount) to enjoy live music and Mexican, Salvadoran, Colombian and Guatemalan food!  1-9:30pm.  Mass will also be held at 6:00pm.  For information, 513-921-0025.

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Panegyri Greek Festival, June 23-25

Come to the Panegyri Greek Festival at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, to enjoy three days of live Greek music, dancing, games, rides, food and fun!  Free parking and shuttle is available from St. Xavier High School (600 W North Bend Rd).  Admission is $2 (free for kids 12 and under).  Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 3-11pm; Sunday, 1-8pm.  For information: Greek Festival

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German Day Celebration at Newport’s Hofbräuhaus, June 4

Celebrate German Day German-style at Newport, Kentucky’s Hofbräuhaus restaurant and beer garden, right across the river from downtown Cincinnati.  11:00am-11:00pm, 200 E. Third Street, Newport, Kentucky.  Enjoy delicious German food, German beer and German live music!  See their website here: German Day

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A Taste of Lebanon Mediterranean Food Festival, June 3-4

Come and enjoy Lebanese and Mediterranean food such as kibbee, falafel, grape leaves, cabbage rolls, tabouli, and baklawa. Dine in or carry out. Also Lebanese Dabkee dancing, children’s games, raffles and shopping. Free parking. Free admission. 513-961-0120. 3-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2530 Victory Parkway. For information: Taste of Lebanon

CincItalia Italian Fesitval, June 2-4

Come experience this celebration of Cincinnati’s Italian heritage that stretches back to the early 1800s. The CincItalia festival has live entertainment, carnival rides, games, cooking demonstrations and authentic Italian cuisine.  FREE!  Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight (adults only); Saturday 3 p.m.-midnight; Sunday 1-9 p.m. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road.  For more information, see this link: CincItalia

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Taste of Cincinnati Food Festival, May 27-29

Come downtown to enjoy our 39th annual Taste of Cincinnati food festival, featuring hundreds of area restaurants, including food from all over the world!  There will be live music and entertainment as well.  The festival is free, but you will pay a few dollars to try each restaurant’s dishes.  For details, go here: Taste of Cincinnati

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Germania Society Maifest German Spring Festival, May 19-21

Come celebrate Maifest with Cincinnati’s Germania Society!  Maifest celebrates the arrival of spring and the Germania Society celebrates all things German-it is a match made in heaven!  Come for live German and American music, German food, dancing, beer, carnival rides, games for kids, hot air balloon rides, German gifts and fun.  The festival is held every May, at Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, 45251.  For more information, see the website: Maifest

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Caribbean Restaurants in Cincinnati

There are quite a few spots in Cincinnati where you can find traditional Caribbean comfort food, like jerk chicken, black beans, empanadas, coconut curry, fried plantains and more!  There are two Caribbean restaurants within walking distance from UC: Caribe (who’s food is featured above) at 2605 Vine Street (Short Vine) and Island Frydays at 2826 Vine Street.  For a list of restaurants see: Caribbean Cincy

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