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Your 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival Guide


Cincinnati Music Festival lineup

Events going on during the Cincinnati Music Festival

Get tickets now for VIP reserved seating, general admission, group sales, and single-day tickets


The Cincinnati Music Festival, traditionally known as Cincinnati Jazz Fest or the Cincinnati Jazz Festival, will take place at Paul Brown Stadium along the Ohio riverfront. Patrons can purchase tickets online. For discounted group tickets and third-party sales, call the box office at 513-924-0900. 


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Lineup and Tickets to the Cincinnati Music Festival:

Ari Lennox, BJ the Chicago Kid, Arin Ray
Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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Charlie Wilson, Anthony Hamilton, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Jonathan Butler, Fantasia
Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Janet Jackson, The O’Jays, Tank, After 7, Kirk Whalum
Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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Ticket prices range from $60 for general admission tickets to $150+ for VIP tickets. To buy tickets directly through the Santangelo Group, Inc., call 513-924-0900. Office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Tickets are on sale now. Sponsors include P&G, AARP and Vibe Cincinnati.


Weekend Activities:

Black Tech Week | July 18-23 | Union Hall | $99+

Black Tech Week is composed of highly curated keynotes, workshops, fireside chats, and networking events connecting entrepreneurs of color from all over the world to game changing resources, corporations, investors and most importantly, to one another.

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Vibe Marketplace | July 21-22 | Fountain Square | Free

Enjoy food, shopping, art, and live music


Salsa on the Square | July 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Fountain Square | Free

Featuring live local and regional Latin bands specializing in Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Latin Jazz. Typically, the event features local dance instructors hosting large dance classes teaching basic and intermediate Latin dancing.


Friday Flow | July 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Washington Park | Free

Washington Park’s free R&B series Friday Flow, presented by P&G and produced by 3CDC, returns this summer with 11 weeks of exciting entertainment. Concerts are at Washington Park’s main stage on the civic lawn.


Festival 513 | July 22 – 23 | E Freedom Way | Free

This exciting event provides a centralized merchandise and food vending area for guests to the city and features nearly 100 merchandise and food booths. The festival is conveniently located on Freedom Way directly in front of Paul Brown Stadium. Festival 513 is free and open to the public.


Vibe Queen City 5k | July 23, 8 a.m. | Paul Brown Stadium | $25 – $40

Raising money for the foundation in order to give assistance, aide, scholarships and programming for our Queen City Foundation kids, the course starts on the west side of Paul Brown Stadium, continues down the river, continues along Smale Park, passes Great American Ball Park and Heritage Bank Arena.

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Black Walk of Fame Ceremony and Concert | July 23 | Andrew J Brady Music Center | Free

Details Coming Soon


Freedom Center Speaker Series | July 23| National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Stay tuned as more events, locations, and times are announced and added to the Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend Guide!

Where should I park Downtown?

Parking lots that surround Paul Brown Stadium, in downtown Cincinnati and in Northern Kentucky will be open. Most lots will open at 5:30 p.m. each night.


Cincy EZ Park allows you to pay for meter parking online from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Download Cincy EZ Park app


The Cincinnati Bell Connector is a free three-mile circulator that can easily move concert-goes through our downtown. Along the route, riders will travel through historic Over-the-Rhine and see Music Hall, where the symphony orchestra performs, Aronoff Performing Arts Center, shopping, festivals, street performers, outdoor concert series with free live music, night clubs and folks out having an enjoyable time!
Learn more about the Cincinnati Bell Connector


Where can I eat during the 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend?

Book reservations at more than 50 Cincinnati Black-owned Restaurants, Eateries and Food Trucks and hundreds of downtown Cincinnati restaurants. 



Tips to have the most fun at what many still call the Cincinnati Jazz Festival!



Cincinnati Music Festival Guide photo provided by Cincinnati USA

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  1. What a wonderful weekend this has been in Cincinnati we have come together for so much fun food and entertainment if only everyone could be like this every day I love my black family and friends

  2. Always love the event. This is my 3rd visit. Looking forward to 2020 event. The people are fantastic, wish the WORLD could act this way all the time.

  3. Kudos for the line up this year. I did not think I would be going, but I have to see Janet! I am so excited for this weekend. I always have a great time.
    I can’t wait to see what other events you have added. There have been some great things going on in Cincy!

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