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53rd Appalachian Festival

Celebrating Appalachian Tradition

Cincinnati, May 11 & 12, 2024

The Festival is presented by The Appalachian Community Development Association. All proceeds go to a grant fund to give back to the Appalachian community for education, food, and projects.

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Cincinnati, Ohio - The Appalachian Festival is Cincinnati’s Mother's Day weekend tradition. We are happy to announce this tradition will continue at Coney Island for 2024 along the scenic Ohio River. Transforming Coney Island into an authentic pioneer village celebrating the area’s rich Appalachian heritage.

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The Appalachian Festival will take place on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11 and 12, 2024. Our festival hours are Saturday, May 11th - 10:00 am - 9:30 pm; Sunday, May 12th - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. The Appalachian Festival is held at Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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This year we’re featuring mountain music on two stages, with some of the greatest local bluegrass bands, including: Ron Thomason & Dry Branch Fire Squad, Danny Burton & The Thunderbirds, Cecil Jackson & Dry Ridge, Sammy Adkins & Sandy Hook Mountain Boys, Wayfarers, Vernon McIntyre and Appalachian Grass, Forest Hills Bluegrass Band, Red Idle Rejects........... and regional favorites!

Storytelling is ingrained in our Appalachian culture. So deeply rooted you might even say it's the cornerstone of the entire cultural foundation. We are excited to announce that we will have new local storytellers sharing their stories all weekend long. Be sure find what our Snake Oil Salesman Stephen "Doc" Hollen and Hanna Sue Cooper has in store for you. They will be performing at Doc's Wagon Twain right by the living history area.


Our local dance troupes will be performing a variety of energetic clogging and line dances on our dance stage all weekend long. No experience is necessary while you dance the night away at the Saturday night Fun Dance which we’re excited to bring back to our Dance tent this year.

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The Appalachian artisan shops, mouthwatering food, and Pickin’ Porches line the walkways, as you stroll through various Appalachian traditions. Immerse yourself in our authentic Pioneer Mountain Village which features Native American dances with Southern Singers. Take time to learn how life was with our demonstrators while they show you their trade in tin smithing, blacksmithing, broom making, soap-making, spinning, and more. You’re not going to want to miss an opportunity to say hello and hear Douglas Taylor, Master Distiller, talk about mountain distilling. Be sure to ask him about his signature Honey Peach Brandy.  

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Round out your weekend in worship on Sunday morning with a Mountain Church Service for our guests and campers. If you love being outside, close to the river while walking the historic Coney Island grounds, this is the one event you won’t want to miss this year! Share with us your new tradition which is unbelievable Fun for the whole family! All proceeds go to grants that give back to the Appalachian community.

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Event Venue: Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

Hours: Saturday, May 13th: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Sunday, May 14th: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


$15 for Adults

$5.00 for Kids, 5-17

4 and below free

65 and over, ask the gate volunteer about our Senior Discount!

Phone: 513-251-3378

Media Contact: Ron Simmons and Shanon Rice