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. cincy-cinco.com.
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. asianfoodfest.org.
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.
For the first time, this year, there is a Saturday night dance on the Proud Heritage stage, where you can practice your stepping, and if you’d rather listen than dance, there are several traditional bluegrass bands scheduled to play, including Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, the Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass and the Tillers.
The festival runs from 10 am-9pm Saturday and 10 am-6 pm Sunday. Coney Island is 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Admission is $ 12, $ 6 for ages 55-up, $ 3 for ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and under. appalachianfestival.org.
4. Cavalcade of Homes
Whether you’re actively searching for a new home or just feel like being nosy, the Cavalcade of Homes makes it possible to scope out new home communities throughout Northern Kentucky, with each home built by a registered builder with the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky . The self-guided tours feature newly built homes located in Villa Hills, Independence, Alexandria, Hebron and Union.
New this year is a companion virtual event experience hosted online to allow virtual access to homes and contact information for future homebuying efforts. Cavalcade of Homes is free to attend and runs noon-5 pm Saturdays and Sundays through May 22. 859-331-9500; buildersnky.com.
5. Family Adventures in the Park
Here’s a nice change of pace for Mother’s Day weekend, and a chance for families and friends to spend time together offline. Inspired by the book “No Cell Phone Day” by jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, which tells the story of a daughter and father spending the day together without the interruption of cell phones, this festival is an opportunity to disconnect from your device and spend quality time with each other instead. Marsalis will be performing at Seasongood Pavilion at the conclusion of the festival, which runs from 11 am-5 pm Saturday at Eden Park.
You can test yourself with a wayfinding family map-reading activity that’s done the old-fashioned way: without a mobile device. The day is filled with musical performances, book readings, crafts, food trucks and interactive fun from some of the city’s most iconic arts and cultural organizations, including the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Krohn Conservatory, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Walnut Hills Branch Library, Learning Through Art Inc., Artworks and A Picture’s Worth. It’s all free, including transportation, as Metro’s Route 1 bus is offering free transportation to and from the park throughout the day. The festival is part of a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Kathy Wade’s nonprofit Learning Through Art. lta30th.com.
Honorable mention: Florence Y’alls Vs. Lake Erie Crushers
The Major League Baseball season is young, but aside from Joey Votto’s social media, there hasn’t been much to smile about so far from the Reds. Just across the river, however, there’s another professional baseball team warming up in the bullpen. The Florence Y’alls, who play in the West Division of the Frontier League, host an exhibition game Friday against the Lake Erie Crushers prior to the team’s home opener on May 12. Exhibition game tickets are a mere $ 2, so regardless of the outcome, you’re bound to get your money’s worth. Game time is 7:03 pm at Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence. florenceyalls.com.
Honorable mention: Art on Vine
This monthly local art show features fine art and handmade goods from more than 80 artists around the Ohio region. You can visit with artists and makers, shop for unique pieces and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time. Art on Vine takes place from noon-6 pm Sunday at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. artonvinecincy.com.