Festival season is in full swing here in Greater Cincinnati, and none are as well-loved and time-honored as our local parish church festivals. From small, one-day affairs focusing on community dinners to weekend-long extravaganzas featuring carnival rides, well-known, nationally-recognized bands and big-ticket raffle prizes.
You'll find at least one parish festival taking place every weekend through the end of summer, so put on your planning cap and map out a strategy to visit as many of them as you can. You'll have fun, you're bound to run into old friends, maybe even make some new ones, and it's all for a good cause.
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Weekend of Aug. 5-7
Holy Cross Immaculata, 30 Guido St., Mount Adams. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Casino tables both nights, food, beer, raffles, kids alley, silent auction and more. Live music Friday: Dukes Band. Saturday: Union Son. 513-721-6544. hciparish.org.
St. Aloysius Summer Festival, 3350 Chapel Road, Shandon. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Country chicken dinner for dine-in or carryout, kids games, split the pot, raffles and country arts booths. 513-738-1014; stalshandon.org.
St. John the Baptist, 5361 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Raffles, chicken dinner on Sunday. Live music Friday: Gen X; Saturday: Naked Karate Girls. 513-385-8010. stjohnsdr.org.
St. John the Baptist, 509 Harrison Ave, Harrison. 6:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Food, beer, kids zone, instants and more. Live music Friday: Brent James & Vintage Youth, Danny Frazier. Saturday: HiFi Honey, Matt Waters & the Recipe. 513-367-9086 ext. 214; stjb.net.
St, John the Evangelist Festival, 9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester. 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday. 513-777-6433; stjohndp.org.
St. Mary Church Pigfest, 3398 Ohio 125, Bethel. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. 513-734-4041.
Weekend of Aug. 12-14
Our Lady of the Visitation Visifest, 3172 South Road, Green Township. 6:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Basket raffles, major award raffles, chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m. Sunday. 513-922-2056; olvisitation.org.
Sacred Heart, 400 Nilles Road, Fairfield. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 3-9 p.m. Sunday. Food, live music, raffles and more. Live music Friday: Naked Karate Girls. Saturday: DV8. Sunday: Michelle Robinson Band. 513-858-4210; sacredheart-fairfield.org.
St. Joseph, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 3-9 p.m. Sunday. 859-341-6609; facebook.com.
St. Mary of the Assumption, 8246 E. Main St., Alexandria. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday. 859-635-4188.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Mini Festival, 5720 Hamilton Mason Road, Liberty Township. 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Food and games, basket raffle, silent auction, wine pull and more. 513-777-4322; saint-max.org.
St. Paul, 9188 N. Dearborn Road, Guilford. Chicken dinner on Sunday, raffles, beer garden, kiddie land. Pork loin dinner on Saturday. Live music Saturday by Misty Creek. allsaintscatholic.net.
Weekend of Aug. 19-21
St. Bernadette Festival, 1479 Locust Lake Road, Amelia. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. 513-753-5566.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 5900 Buckwheat Road, Milford. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday. 513-575-0119.
St. Mary Funfest, 2853 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday. 513-321-1207; smchp.com.
St. Philip's Heavenly Hole in One, 5746 Mary Ingles Highway, Melbourne. 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Golf ball drop and social featuring food, bar, live music, kids games, poker, bourbon raffle, wine and bourbon samples and more.
Weekend of Aug. 26-28
St. Ignatius Loyola IGGYFest, 5222 North Bend Road, Green Township. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Food, drinks, games, raffles, gambling, kids games and more. Live music Friday: Grace Scott Band. Saturday: DV8. Sunday: Dreamboat Annie. 513-661-6565; sainti.org.
Weekend of Sept. 2-5
Cincinnati Hispanic Festival at St. Boniface, 1750 Chase Ave., Northside. noon-10 p.m. Sunday. 513-277-0391 or 513-746-7944
Nativity of Our Lord, 5935 Pandora Ave., Pleasant Ridge. 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Bid 'n' buy, games of chance and skill, food trucks and restaurants, craft and domestic beer, live music from the Nasty Nati Brass Band, the Code, and the Roster Ridge. 513-531-3164; nativity-cincinnati.org.
St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence. 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday, 1-10 p.m. Monday. Live music Saturday: 38 Special; Sunday: REO Survivor; Monday: Naked Karate Girls. Chicken Run/Walk on Saturday. Rides, raffles, chicken dinner on Monday and free Kona Ice from 1-2 p.m. Monday. 859-363-4311; stcfest.com.
St. John Neumann, 12191 Mill Road, Springfield Township. 4-11 p.m. Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Sunday. 513-742-0953.
Weekend of Sept. 9-11
St. Barbara Rocktoberfest, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger. Friday-Sunday. 859-371-3100; stbarbaraky.org.
St. Clement Festival and Pig Roast, 4626 Vine St., St. Bernard. 7-11 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday. 513-641-3176; stclementcincinnati.org.
St, Saviour, 4136 Myrtle Ave., Deer Park. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sunday. Food, beer, live bands, games, rides, basket raffle, grand raffle, golf ball drop and more. 513-791-9004; facebook.com.
St. Susanna, 500 Reading Road, Mason. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Chicken and fish dinners served all weekend. Beer available with ID and wristband. 513-398-3821; stsusanna.org.
Weekend of Sept. 16-18
Our Lady of the Valley Septemberfest, Sts Peter and Paul Campus, 330 W. Vine St., Reading. 5-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. 513-554-1010.
St. Timothy Oktoberfest, 10272 State Route 42, Union. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday. saint-timothy.org.
Weekend of Sept. 23-25
St. Agnes Oktoberfest, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright. Friday-Sunday. Rides, live music, booths, German grill and beer garden, silent auction, games and more..
St. Benedict, 338 E. 16th St., Covington. 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 859-743-0223.
St. Jude Oktoberfest, 5924 Bridgetown Ave., Green Township. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Features Sophie's Angel Run 5K at 1 p.m. Sunday. 513-574-1230; sophiesangelrun.org.
St. William's Rock the Hill Music Festival, 4108 W. Eighth St., West Price Hill. 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Ages 21-up. 513-921-0247.
Weekend of Oct. 7-8
Comboni Missionaries Taste of Mission, 1318 Nagel Road, Anderson Township. 3-7 p.m. Saturday. 513-474-4997; combonimissionaries.org/cincinnati.
Weekend of Nov. 11-13
St. Martin of Tours Martinfest, 3720 St. Martin’s Place, Cheviot. 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Ages 21-up only. 513-661-2000.
Weekend of Nov. 18-20
St. Boniface Thanksgiving Festival, 4305 Pitts St., Northside. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 513-541-1563
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Here's your guide to Cincinnati's 2022 church festivals