Events Calendar

2018 Festivals in Newport

The 2018 Calendar of Festivals in Newport is available here


Date:               June 3

Location:        Monmouth Street between 6th and 9th Street

Times: Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Join us for the popular street festival where Newport businesses offer a taste of their best with all items priced modestly so you can sample a lot of our flavors! The event will also feature live music, sidewalk sales and more! Monmouth will be closed to vehicular traffic between 6th and 9th Streets during the event so attendees can stroll about and visit all their friends, favorite booths and businesses. A call for artists to participate has been announced, click here for the Taste of Newport Artist Application.  

27th ANNUAL NEWPORT ITALIANFEST Presented by Jake Sweeney Fiat

Dates:             June 7, 8, 9, 10

Location:        Newport Riverfront

Times: Thursday       5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Opening Ceremony at 7 p.m.

                                    Friday             5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Fireworks after Reds game

                                    Saturday        10 a.m.  – 11:30 p.m. Fireworks at 11 p.m.

                                    Sunday          Noon - 9 p.m.

Join us for the 27th Newport Italianfest, named a Top 20 Event for June by the Southeast Tourism Society and held along Newport’s Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. The festival has authentic Italian food and live Italian music performed by entertainers from around the nation and from “the old country”, a Golf Outing, and a Family Photo Booth showcasing the history of Italian families that settled in Newport generations ago. Other fun includes a cooking contest, games and rides for the little ones. Events kick off with a Bocci Ball Tournament at Pompilio’s Restaurant on Wednesday. The event averages over 100,000 visitors. For more info, call 859-292-3666.


Dates:             July 12, 13, 14, 15

Location:        Newport Riverfront

Times: Friday             5 p.m. - 11 pm. *Fireworks after the Reds Game*

Saturday        Noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday          Noon – 9 p.m.

The Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival is dedicated to the area’s rich history and connections to the brewing and pork industries as well as our region’s long ties to the bourbon industry. Each of the festival food vendors will feature creative bacon dishes including freshly prepared items sure to delight every bacon lover. Live music, games and more are part of the family fun. For more information, please contact Marc at: 513-477-3320.


Dates:             August 2, 3, 4, 5

Location:        Newport Riverfront

Times: Thursday       5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

             Friday             5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Fireworks after Reds game

             Saturday        Noon – 11 p.m.

            Sunday          Noon – 9 p.m.

Glier’s Goettafest is a family-fun festival celebrating the region’s love of Goetta. Goetta will be prepared in many delicious ways including Goetta Reubens, omelets, pizza and more. There will be continuous live music, games and rides. For more information, please contact Kerry Schall at 859-291-1800 x 213, or visit


Dates:             August 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Location:        Newport Riverfront

Times:            Thursday       5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

                        Friday             5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

                        Saturday        Noon – 11 p.m.

                        Sunday          Noon – 9 p.m.

The Great Inland Seafood Festival is held along the riverbank in Newport features premium seafood dishes from restaurants around the Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati Region and music for all. 


Date:               September 2

Location:        Newport Riverfront

Times:            Sunday          Noon – 10 p.m.

Live entertainment on Riverboat Row from noon to 9 p.m., food, beverages and Rozzi’s largest and oldest fireworks display at dark. In 2017, there were more than 250,000 visitors. For more information, please visit


Dates:             September 28, 29, 30

Location:        Newport Riverfront

Times: Friday             5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Fireworks after the Reds game!

                        Saturday        Noon – 11 p.m.

                        Sunday          Noon – 9 p.m.

The Newport Oktoberfest is promised to be the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area. The event will be in the Munich Oktoberfest style of large Fest Tent sponsored by German Beer Breweries. Each tent will have food, beer and music. Participating restaurants include Wertheim’s and others. There will also be continuous live German entertainment. Free admission For more information, call 513-477-3320.


* Denotes events for which the City of Newport provides logistical support, but does not manage the event.


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