About the Appalachian Festival

Due to the pandemic:

We have POSTPONED the 51st Appalachian Festival scheduled for May 2021.


To our Appalachian Festival Community:

This has been a trying year for our families, communities, and our nation. Last year we cancelled our three-day springtime festival due to the pandemic. Now a year later, we find ourselves once again having to make decisions about our 2021 festival possibilities.

I wanted to let you know after considering all of our options with Coney staff, and thinking about everyone’s safety and the well-being of our vendors, musicians, reenactors, artisans, volunteers, students, patrons, and our community, the A.C.D.A has decided to once again postpone the 51st Appalachian Festival for 2021.

51st Appalachian Festival will be moved to Mother’s Day Weekend 2022.

Our plans are to return next year stronger and ready to celebrate Appalachian traditions.
We are looking ahead to a new year and the planning of our 51st Appalachian Festival on Mother’s Day Weekend 2022 at Coney Island.

We hope to see everyone at the 2022 Appalachian Festival!
Stay safe and healthy,

The A.C.D.A. Board of Trustees for the Appalachian Festival


The 51st Annual Appalachian Festival

The Appalachian Festival returns to Coney Island - Mother's Day weekend 

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The Appalachian Festival is one of Cincinnati’s most popular annual festivals, drawing approximately 12,000 people over the three-day event each Mother’s Day weekend. An additional 1,500 school children take part in “Education Day” on the first day of the festival, which is held at Coney Island on the shores of the Ohio River, conveniently located along the I-275 beltway.

Developed by the Cincinnati Junior League 51 years ago, the festival is now produced and managed by the Appalachian Community Development Association (ACDA), a non-profit organization promoting awareness of and appreciation for Appalachian culture. Proceeds from the festival go toward grants to organizations involved in Appalachian life. Learn more...


Many of these images on this site are provided by volunteers of the A.C.D.A. Public Relations Committee and the Edu Doc Foundation Mentor Program.  These teams are made up of all volunteers ranging from hobbyists, students, and professional photographers from around the Greater Cincinnati area.  We like would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the photographers that have volunteered their time.

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