Festivals

Each year Butler County hosts popular Ohio fairs and festivals! Throughout the year you can experience seasonal events that will create everlasting memories for the entire family.

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

Cruise In on the Green
In early September, classic and antique cars draw 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 idea event for the automobile enthusiast in your family. www.fairfield-city.org

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 the popular Art Fair showcase event. 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
In early October in Butler County, fall is in full swing and it's time to start celebrating 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, pumpkin catapults that launch pumpkins toward targets stationed on the Great Miami River, painted pumpkins, a regatta race, and more! www.operation-pumpkin.org