Coney Island

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"This is so frustrating and irresponsible. "

That's just one of many social media comments people made after more than 1,200 people packed a private party at Coney Island Saturday night with few masks in sight.


While most theatres have gone dark during the pandemic, CAST (Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre) has found a unique way to present its summer musical, Newsies, featuring students from 27 local high schools. Artistic Director Jason Burgess and Executive Director Amy Burgess join Rick Pender to explain the drive-in live theatre they’ll present in the Coney Island parking lot.

After more than a quarter century in office, a popular local politician is retiring following a return of cancer. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune’s career has seen him defy the odds, being elected as a Democrat before that was the norm in the region’s most populous but, for generations, heavily Republican county. In a teary announcement Thursday, he said that while cancer is derailing his plans to seek reelection, he will finish his current term.

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Coney Island will begin removing its amusement rides when the park closes for the summer Sept. 21.

The Devil Makes Three band, an Americana/bluegrass trio, is bringing their unique sound to Moonlite Gardens at Coney Island on Wednesday, May 15th at 8pm.  Elaine Diehl spoke with band member Pete Bernhard by phone from Vermont on May 7th.

Their conversation included what the live album recording process was like, their writing process, tour stops, their advice to young bands, plus much more.  The band's spring tour is in support of their recent release, Chains Are Broken, which according to their press release, "...debuted in the Top 10 Bluegrass Album Charts..."

Back for year 52, one of the country's best fine arts and crafts festivals, Summerfair, returns to Coney Island May 31-June 2. Managing Director Jayne Utter joins Elaine Diehl to talk about the full scope of the event and how the proceeds are used to support Cincinnati's arts community.

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Cincinnati's Appalachian Festival, happening this year May 10-12 (Mother's Day weekend) at Coney Island

Summerfair Returns To Coney Island June 1-3

May 25, 2018

The grounds of Coney Island will come alive the first weekend in June with hundreds of artists, musicians, performers and more at the 51st Annual Summerfair

coney island skywheel

America's largest mobile Ferris wheel-style ride comes back to Coney Island when the park kicks off its Opening Weekend Saturday, May 26. 

Art, Music Festivals Start Summer in Cincinnati

Jun 2, 2017

Two of Cincinnati’s biggest summer events open this weekend, only 9 miles apart. Summerfair will be at Coney Island and Bunbury Music Festival will be at Sawyer Point. Though the two events are very different, they are each expecting large crowds.

Preview This Year's Appalachian Festival

May 8, 2017

The 48th Annual Appalachian Festival returns to Coney Island the weekend of May 12-14. 

Fans of fireworks will want to hear about Coney Island’s upcoming Fire Up The Night event. 

John Kiesewetter

If you don’t have tickets to see “Lumenocity” in person, here’s how you can watch or hear the Washington Park concert.

And you definitely should watch.

This weekend's Paddlefest has been canceled because of high waters and Hurricane Bill.  Organizers say in a release, it will be held August 2nd instead because of safety concerns. 

The Roots on the River Music & Outdoor Festival at Coney Island today is still ON from 4-midnight with great music, SUP lessons, outdoor adventure vendors of all kinds, gear swap, kayak fishing contest, silent auction, etc.