Annual Events

Each year Butler County is home to hundreds of exciting Ohio festivals and events. Everything from antique car shows to hot air balloon festivals to a festival all about strawberries! Butler County has some of the best southwest Ohio festivals, that will be tons of fun for you and your family.

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IceFest
What better way to celebrate the snow and ice than with a chilly carving competition, IceFest, held bi-annually in mid January in downtown Hamilton. The City of Sculpture hosts this weeklong ice carving competition featuring over 40 tons of ice crafted into stunning ice sculptures by Olympic, international and local ice carvers. www.cityofsculpture.org

Oxford Wine Festival
Sample fine wines from the across the world while browsing for works of art by local and regional artisans during this annual wine celebration held in May. The event, sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, includes live music, culinary demonstrations and a beer garden. www.oxfordchamber.org

Strawberry Festival
Everyone loves strawberries, right? Well, the community of Shandon sure does. Each year in June, Shandon celebrates everything strawberry with the Annual Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival featuring Welsh traditions, an antique tractor show, delicious strawberry snacks and more.

Crazy Cardboard Regatta
Be prepared to laugh until you cry during The BC's wackiest summer festival, the Crazy Cardboard Regatta. The regatta is a people powered boat race on the lake at Voice of America MetroPark in early July, where the boats are made entirely out of cardboard! www.yourmetroparks.net

Annual Antique and Classic Car Parade
The Butler County Antique and Classic Car Club hosts the Annual Jerry E. Moore Memorial Antique and Classic Car Parade in early July in Hamilton. The parade showcases nearly 300 classic cars and features a car parade throughout Hamilton and Fairfield, a live musical celebration, awards and more. www.antiquecars.org

Butler County Fair
Nothing says summer like the arrival of county fairs all across Ohio's eighty-eight counties. The Butler County Fair is the counties biggest festival and attracts nearly 100,000 guests in late July, including some 1400 Junior Fair members. The fair boasts rides, games, livestock exhibits and everyone's favorite...fair food! www.butlercountyohfair.org

Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Middletown's Smith Park each July as one of Butler County's most unique festivals. The family fun festival features over 35 colorful hot air balloons, a laser show, kids activities, fireworks and more. www.ohiochallenge.com

Village Green Car Show
In early September, this classic car show in Ohio draws hundreds of people to Village Green Park in Fairfield for a day full of antique car fun. This festival features live music, a showcase of local classics, awards and more. This is an ideal event for the automobile enthusiast in your family. www.fairfield-city.org

Pyramid Hill Art Fair
Settled in the quaint town of Hamilton, Ohio, Pyramid Hill is a beautiful 265-acre sculpture park and outdoor museum that is home to momentous sculptures created by local and national artists. Each year in late September, Pyramid Hill invites artists from around the country to showcase their creations during this popular art show in Ohio. Art Fair draws up to 100 skilled artisans selling hundreds of unique handmade creations ranging from metal work to mixed medium paintings. www.pyramidhill.org

Operation Pumpkin
Pumpkin festivals in Ohio are a fall favorite! Hamilton, Ohio's Operation Pumpkin is in early October every year to celebrate the most popular produce of the season: the pumpkin! Operation Pumpkin, Hamilton's pumpkin and art festival held in historic downtown Hamilton celebrates all things pumpkin and features a giant pumpkin weight-off, painted pumpkins, a regatta race and more! www.operation-pumpkin.org