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2018 Cincinnati Music Festival

Get ready to see and be seen at Cincinnati Music Festival. The festivities start this Thursday! The lineup this year at Paul Brown Stadium is the best yet but the party does not start or end there. Pre and after parties are happening all over town! 

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Thursday, July 26th

MC Lyte

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Fashion Show by Shingo

DJ Vader

Friday, July 27th

Charlie Wilson


Boys II Men



Saturday, July 28th

Jill Scott

The Roots


Keith Sweat

The O'Jays

Bootsy Collins House Party

PTO: An Adult Skip Party:On Friday, the winery will start playing music and serving drinks at noon. Perhaps even a few extra surprises throughout the day. Noon-7p on Friday. Revel OTR Urban Winery, 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.

Joints & Jams Music Fest Afterparty: DJ Chris Paul will keep the party going on Saturday at The Backroom. 9:30p -2:30a on Friday. The Backroom, 700 Race St. Downtown. $10 presale; $15 at the door; $65 table.

Cincy Soul: Cincy Soul has grown into more than just a food festival showcasing the delicious dishes of local minority-owned eateries. This year's festivities will begin shortly after 6p. Friday on Fifth Street and Fountain Square and continue through Sunday. Legendary rapper Big Daddy Kanewill perform on the square at 5p. Saturday, followed by Bilalat 6p. The party will continue with a performance by Estelleat 5p on Sunday. Organizers promise to keep Downtown hopping until midnight Friday and Saturday with DJs and other fun activities after the music festival ends. 6p-midnight on Friday; 11a-midnight on Saturday; noon-10p on Sunday. Cincy Soul, Fifth Street and Fountain Square

Cincy Music Fest International Carb-Latin-Afro Fusion Party: This afterparty promises a hot evening of dance and drinks thanks to a blend of reggae, hip-hop, Latin, Afrobeat, R&B and Caribbean music into the early morning hours.Friday and Saturday 10p-3a. Cove 51, 11473 Chester Road, Sharonville. $10 general admission.

Lando’s Old-School Music Fest Afterparty: After the music festival ends on Friday and Saturday head over to Jack Casino for Lando's Old School afterparty. There will be music and plenty to drink, along with the chance to test your luck at the tables or slots. 11p.-3a on Friday and Saturday. Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown. $15.

Second Annual White & Gold Affair: If you're looking for the perfect place to brunch, dance and share a drink with fellow Cincinnati Music Festival attendees before the finale at Paul Brown Stadium, look no further. This year's White & Gold Affair will include music by DJ PRE$STIGE and brunch service until 3p. Saturday. Noon-6p. Saturday. PRVLGD Lounge & Bistro, 301 W. Fifth St., Downtown. $45-$500.

Fourth Annual Grown and Sophisticated All-White Mid-Day Cruise: Dress in your best all-white attire and enjoy a scenic cruise along the Ohio River on Saturday. Two DJs will spin music as you enjoy light bites and an open bar during the boat ride.1-4p. Saturday. River Queen Riverboat, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. $50 general admission; $95 VIP.

Rock the Boat 2018: The All White Boat Ride Day Party: All-white attire, drinks and music. Need I say more? 1-5p. Saturday. The Celebrations Queen, 848 Elm St., Ludlow, Kentucky. 

Daycation 2: The All-Midwest Day Party: An all-day party split into two parts. Part One: Daycation 2 goes from 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Switch with music by DJ Ty Lyles, DJ Sirprize and DJ Yella. Part two is the afterparty, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and goes until 2 a.m. Sunday. DJ Allad will join DJs Ty Lyles and Sirprize, and there will be a special performance by the Village Movement. A $30 early-bird package will get you admission to the day party and afterparty, plus a drink ticket and food. General admission is $20 for the afterparty or $40 for entry, drink ticket and food at the door. 2-9p. Saturday and 9:30p. Saturday 2a. Sunday. Switch, 312 W. Fourth St., Downtown. $5 day party general admission; $30 early bird package; $20 day-of general admission; $40 day-of VIP package.

Kool Moe Dee Cincy Music Fest Afterparty: The legendary Kool Moe Dee will end the Cincinnati Music Festival weekend on a high. The rapper will perform at Cove 51 during this 21-and-older afterparty Saturday. 10p-2a. Saturday. Cove 51, 11473 Chester Road, Sharonville. $20 general admission.