Some of life’s greatest moments are spent in the summertime. There’s something different in the air, and it’s not just the heat. The sun warms our souls, it inspires us to live life outdoors again; providing us with more energy and daylight to connect with the people that matter the most to us. This palpable summertime magic can be felt all throughout Butler County. It’s alive in our festivals and fairs. Experience it for yourself at these incredible summer events!
ALIVE AFTER 5 HAWAIIAN LUAU
Alive After 5 celebrates the eclectic vibrancy of Hamilton’s downtown. The first Thursday of every month, a timely theme coats downtown. Local businesses buzz with energy and travelers get to experience Hamilton in a unique new way. On July 5, a Hawaiian Luau will transform downtown into a summer paradise. The Almond Sisters will be offering a pineapple cookie decorating for kids, Main Street Vinyl is hosting a hula hoop contest, Petals & Wicks Candle Bar will become a traditional Tiki Hut, and so much more.
Photo: Alive After 5
MOVIES UNDER MOONLIGHT
JUNE 26 - AUGUST 28 | 7-9PM
Bring a blanket, and join Liberty Center every Tuesday at dusk for family favorites such as Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, and Toy Story. (Just to name a few.)
Photo: Liberty Center
MOVIES IN THE PARK
July 28 & August 18 | Beginning at Dusk
Grab a picnic blanket and a lawn chair, and head to Monroe Community Park for a fun night filled with food trucks and a movie under the stars.
July 28 - Field of Dreams
August 18 - Wonder
JUNGLE JIM’S BACKYARD BASH
July 28 | 1-6PM
The Jungle is pulling out all the stops for the Backyard Bash, the ultimate summer-centric festival. This massive extravaganza will combine Buckeye Beer Bash, BBQ & Grilling Festival, Bacon & Cheese Fest, and the Taste of the Sea. Enjoy the sensory overload and indulge in the plethora of deliciously savory fare.
Photo: Jungle Jim's International Market
BRITISH CAR DAY
JULY 8 | 9AM-4PM
Join the British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati at Harbin Park for their annual British Car Show. Walk around the park and check out a variety of timeless automobiles. This year, over 100 classics will be on display, featuring old and new Minis. Stay for the awards and nosh on some food.
Blues & BBQ: Better Together
July 14, August 11, September 8 | 6-8PM
Blues and BBQ is an unfailing combo, the two are nearly synonyms at this point. Head to Harbin Park to revel and enjoy this dynamic duo at Blues & BBQ: Better Together. Live music starts at 6PM and Hammann’s catering will be serving craveable BBQ.
JULY 14 | 5:30-10PM
Burwinkel Farms is celebrating 100 incredible years of delighting visitors with their homegrown farm market fare and unforgettable fall festivals. Head to their idyllic acreage for a catered, four-course dinner showcasing fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced foods. Afterwards, hop on the hayride and enjoy drinks and live music by Rabbit Hash String Band.
CRAZY CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA
JULY 14 | 11AM-3PM
Think you could keep a cardboard boat afloat, or want to watch others try at the Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta? Watch as crafty teams race their homemade vessels around the lake at Voice of America MetroPark! Build your own boat, or enjoy the show from the comfort of the shore at one of our quirkiest summer festivals.
Photo: MetroParks of Butler County
OHIO CHALLENGE HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
JULY 20-21 | 4-10PM
Hot air balloon pilots travel from all across the country to Smith Park and light up the sky with this mythical mode of transit. The Hot Air Balloon Challenge features a hot air balloon competition with up to 40 balloons, live music, food vendors, and carnival rides. Watch as these massive works of art take flight into the atmosphere.
BUTLER COUNTY FAIR
Music, fried fair foods, rides, and animals will bring excitement for all at the Butler County Fair, a quintessential summer tradition. Activities include a bake off, art and crafts, a flower show, demolition derby, tractor pull, and a rodeo.
Classic cars, hot rods, street rods, rat roads, pulling tractors, motorcycles and more can be at Thunderfest Cruise-In.
Spend an afternoon in Downtown Middletown surrounded by classic cars, live music, local food, and drinks.
Photo: Downtown Middletown, Inc
UNION CENTRE FOOD TRUCK RALLY
AUGUST 10 | 11:30AM-10:30PM
Who doesn’t love some food truck fare? Handcrafted tacos and sliders are a welcomed addition to any event. At the Union Centre Food Truck Rally, all the best will be in attendance; 35 trucks full of all kinds of unique deliciousness.
Photo: Food Truck Rally
METEOR SHOWER PARTY
August 12 | 11PM-2:30AM
Experience the radiance of the night sky and wish on shooting stars at Pyramid Hill’s Meteor Shower Party. Escape the light pollution and witness this magic as it was intended to be seen.
HANOVER WINERY WINE FESTIVAL
AUGUST 17-18 | FRIDAY 6-10PM & SATURDAY 3-10PM
Hanover’s annual Wine Festival is a true treasure. As you bask in the scenic views, choose from a selection of 27 award-winning and locally made wines to sip throughout the evening; including Sangria and Wine Frappes. Sway to the live tunes of Thunderbay, Mister Man, and Jared White. Enjoy dishes from great vendors like J. Damon’s Woodfired Pizza, Best Thing Smokin and Chloe’s Eatery.
Photo: Hanover Winery
BIG RIVER GET DOWN
September 8 | 1-10PM
Big River Get Down wraps up the summer on a high note. David Shaw, lead singer of The Revivalists, is a born and raised Hamiltonian. He pays homage to his beloved roots by hosting one the city’s most exciting festivals at RiversEdge and headlining the event. Enjoy additional performances by Samantha Fish, Andy Frasco & The UN, Jennifer Hartswick, Doc Robinson and more.
Photo: Jacob Stone