Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: May 6-8

1. Cincy-Cinco Latin Festival

We are spoiled for choice this weekend, festival-wise, and Cincy-Cinco is always one of the city’s favorites. Held on Fountain Square (520 Vine St.) Downtown, you get the chance to fiesta all weekend long with the best in Latin music, dance and food. You’ll find traditional Latin food like tacos, alambres, empanadas, arepas and other tasty treats, family-friendly activities each day including games, raffles, pinatas, cake and a parade with all of Cincinnati’s favorite mascots, and live music from the region’s hottest salsa bands. The Fountain Square stage will also host traditional dancing from Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

Cincy-Cinco is the largest Latino cultural celebration in the region. It runs from noon-11 pm Saturday and noon-6 pm Sunday.

The Asian Food Fest takes place this weekend along Court Street Plaza Downtown.

2. Asian Food Fest

A few blocks walk (or a short streetcar ride) away, the Asian Food Fest is happening on Court Street Plaza. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a festival dedicated to Asian food? More than 35 regional restaurants representing 13 Asian countries will be on hand with a mouthwatering array of choices in the form of small plates priced from $ 2- $ 8. In addition, there’s also a “secret menu” available at some of the food booths, where you’ll find unique, authentically Asian dishes that haven’t been altered to cater to Western palates. In addition, you can enjoy dance groups, Taiko drums, live music featuring Kiyomi and Jamieboy headliners, local craft and Asian beer, and plenty of family-friendly activities.

The festival takes place from 11 am-10pm Saturday and 11 am-8 pm Sunday. Court Street Plaza is located between Vine and Race streets, Downtown. It’s free and open to the public.

The Appalachian Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at Coney Island.

3. Appalachian Festival

It certainly is the weekend for heritage festivals. If you or your family grew up eating soup beans and cornbread, you probably have roots in Appalachia, and there’s a festival for you this weekend, too. The Appalachian Festival transforms Coney Island into an authentic mountain-life village dedicated to honoring the traditions of the communities and people living within the Appalachian Mountain range. You’ll find traditional dance, music, crafts and food at the festival, but you’ll also be able to hear the stories handed down from generation to generation as storytellers take to the stage.

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