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Riverfest 2015: Need-to-know before you go

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Riverfest is Cincinnati’s end-of-summer party. Nearly 500,000 people will flood both sides of the river to watch the Rozzi’s Fireworks show along with the WEBN American-themed soundtrack.  

The free and family-friendly Riverfest starts at noon and ends at 10 p.m. Sunday at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman's Cove. The main event - The Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks presented by Cincinnati Bell - blasts off at 9:05 p.m.

Where to watch: The Ohio or Kentucky sides of the river offer plenty of perfect views. Click here for a list of viewer suggested watch spots and restaurants.

What to bring and what to leave at home: Alcohol is prohibited at Riverfest, but water, soda and other concession items will be available. Events staff will check bags at the entrance. Coolers, liquids and pets also aren’t allowed.

You CAN bring strollers, snacks for kids, radios and cameras. See the full list of allowed and prohibited items here.

How to get there: Expect widespread street closures and parking restrictions Sunday.


All streets south of Third Street will be limited to pedestrians only. On-street parking will not be available throughout the downtown area south of Court Street after 11 a.m. Sunday.

These bridges will be shut down at 6 p.m. to vehicles and pedestrians

  • Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Purple People Bridge
  • Taylor Southgate Bridge
  • Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471 Big Mac Bridge) will close at 7:30 p.m.


  • All streets north of East Fourth Street and east of Madison Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic at 6 p.m.
  • The Fourth Street Bridge to Newport will close at 8 p.m.
  • Devou Park, Kenton Hills, and The Bluffs will have restricted traffic beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Columbia below 4th Street in Newport closes at 8 a.m.
  • Monmouth Street from 3rd to 11th closes at 7:30 p.m.

You can park on the street, in surface lots or parking garages in downtown (north of third street,) Covington and Newport, but expect delays – especially on your way home.

Officials encourage people to arrive early, know where to go and use public transportation when possible. Metro will be running a normal operating schedule. 

What to do before the fireworks: See 150,000 rubber ducks race on the Ohio River during the 21st annual Rubber Duck Regatta to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. The first prize winner receives a 2016 Honda HR-V with other cash and gift card prizes on hand.  Starts at 3 p.m. near the Purple People Bridge in Newport.

Riverfest boasts live music, vendor booths and kid-friendly zones.

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