7 Cincinnati Traditions That Make Our Town Truly Unique

Broadway in Cincinnati is bringing Fiddler on the Roof to town. Inspired by this story of ♬ “Tradition” ♬, I thought it would be fun to list some Cincinnati traditions!

But first, let me introduce you to Fiddler on the Roof!

Fiddler on the Roof is all about the fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Featuring the Broadway classics ‘Tradition’, ‘If I Were a Rich Man’, ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’ and ‘To Life’, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

Fiddler on the Roof is at the Aronoff Center
January 15–27, 2019
Click here to learn more about the show


Every city has a few things that make it unique and Cincinnati certainly shines when it comes to traditions.

Dictionary.com defines tradition as “the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice”.

Let’s dive into the traditions that we, as Cincinnatians, pass down from generation to generation.

Opening Day is a holiday: The love of baseball is strong in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Red Stockings, founded in 1866, were the first openly all-professional team in baseball. The first Opening Day “festivities” started in Cincinnati (1889) and for years the Cincinnati Reds hosted the first game of the season. The Opening Day Parade (which starts at Findlay Market and proceeds through downtown, ending at Great American Ballpark for the game) draws people from all around.

This town produces some GREAT ice cream: Thanks to Oprah naming it one of her “favorite things”, people everywhere know of the wonderful French Pot Ice Cream that is hand packed at Graeter’s. Locals know that Aglamesis Brothers churn up some mighty fine ice cream as well. And don’t even get me started on the Creamy Whips! Actually, knowing what a Creamy Whip is should be its own tradition. 🙂

Festivals: From Taste of Cincinnati to Oktoberfest to a multitude of church festivals throughout the summer, Cincinnati is a festival loving town. Here are a few fun facts to prove our love of festivals:

  • Taste of Cincinnati (held over Memorial Day Weekend) is the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival.
  • Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is recognized as the world’s second-largest authentic Oktoberfest. In fact, the mayor of Munich annually decrees Oktoberfest Zinzinnati as the largest in the world outside of his domain. AND Cincinnati holds the world record for the largest Chicken Dance (which happens as part of Oktoberfest).

Goetta & Cincinnati Chili are a must have. Not only do you value a good three way, you know what a slice of goetta can do for your breakfast plate.

We love a parade and we certainly do ’em right. From the infamous Opening Day Parade to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the Pride Parade to the Northside Parade to the new BLINK parade to the Bockfest parade, we are a town that LOVES to attend a good parade!

Beer is king. Cincinnati has been a beer loving town for years. Our brewing history started back in the 1800’s and some claim that the early brewers never had national success because they couldn’t bottle it as fast as the people of Cincinnati could drink it! That love of beer continues today as you have a choice of 50+ Cincinnati area breweries and taprooms where you can have a cold one.

Cincy has a bit of its own slang and we’re not afraid to use it: I need clean clothes but my warsh machine is broken. “Please” is said like a question and means I didn’t hear you. And we’re cheering on our Bengals with a chant of Who Dey?!

Did I miss YOUR favorite Cincinnati tradition? Let me know if the comments!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Broadway in Cincinnati

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