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Your 2024 Cincinnati Music Festival Guide

Cincinnati Music Festival weekend activities

What’s happening during the Cincinnati Music Festival

Food festivals, Black vendors, keynote speakers, career fairs, and more! 

The Cincinnati Music Festival is back for its 35th year. The Cincinnati Music Festival, traditionally known as the Cincinnati Jazz Festival, will occur at Paycor Stadium along the Ohio Riverfront.

In addition to performances, check out various events during the Cincinnati Music Festival. Attendees can enjoy professional events, speaker series, food, shopping, parties, and more to experience Cincinnati’s Black culture. View the Cincinnati Music Festival guide below to ensure your weekend is jam-packed with fun.

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The lineup for the 2024 Cincinnati Music Festival

Thursday, July 25

  • MC Lyte
  • EPMD
  • KRS-One
  • Black Sheep
  • DJ Vader

Friday, July 26

  • Maxwell
  • Ne-Yo
  • Fantasia
  • October London

Saturday, July 27

  • New Edition
  • Kem
  • Stokley
  • En Vogue
  • Coco Jones

Tickets to the Cincinnati Music Festival

2024 Cincinnati Music Festival tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices range from $65 for general admission tickets to $250+ for VIP tickets. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster on December 16 at 10 a.m.

To buy tickets directly through the Santangelo Group, Inc., call 513-924-0900. Office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please note there is a 3% credit card fee and a $5 per ticket charge.

Events happening during the Cincinnati Music Festival

Check back to see everything happening during the week leading up to the Cincinnati Music Festival and Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend with this Cincinnati Music Festival guide. Many events have a ticket limit, so be sure to confirm details and attendance before acting.

The Black Man Think Tank

July 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Smale Park (The Banks)
Free Admission
An inclusive and supportive environment where Black men can openly discuss their health, financial, and relationship concerns, access culturally relevant resources, and gain the knowledge needed to lead fulfilling lives.

Rock the Boat All White Boat Ride

July 27, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Queen City Riverboats (Dayton, KY)
Starting at $50
Guests 21 and up can come party at an all-white boat ride with 250 people on 2 levels sailing on the beautiful Ohio River.

Grown and Sophisticated “All White” Cruise

July 27, 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
BB Riverboats (Newport)
Starting at $60
Enjoy a multi-level boat cruising the mighty Ohio River while listening to the livest of Hip-Hop and R&B music from not one but two DJs. The all white themed cruise is a huge hit among attendees, but it’s not required to attend the cruise.

2023 Cincinnati Music Festival Recap

Additional Experiences in Cincinnati

Need more than what is on the Cincinnati Music Festival Guide? In addition to scheduled events, Cincinnati has plenty to explore during Cincinnati Music Festival weekend.




Museums and Historical Sites

Zoos, Aquariums, Parks, and Botanical Gardens

Additional Information

Parking and Travel

Parking lots surrounding Paycor Stadium, downtown Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky will be open. Most lots will open at 5:30 p.m. each night.

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

Take Cincinnati METRO to the venue. Get real-time updates with the METRO App.

The Cincinnati Bell Connector is a free three-mile circulator that can quickly move concert-goes through our downtown.

Written by: Sophie Barsan

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Cincinnati Music Festival Guide images provided by Cincinnati USA, DJ Vader, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame, Frisch’s Mobile Roller Rink, VIBE Cincinnati

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Written by Sophie Barsan

Sophie Barsan is a writer at The Voice of Black Cincinnati, where she covers events and client -focused content. Sophie's work is central to keeping the community informed about Cincinnati vibrant array of activities and opportunities. Her dedication to exploring and highlighting the city's cultural richness makes her stories a must-read for anyone looking to engage with the local scene. Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn for a deeper look into her articles and contributions.