You Won’t Want to Miss These Ohio Music Festivals (Updated for 2022)

Due to current circumstances, please check with each event for possible postponements and cancellations.

Some people think music festivals are a west-coast thing, but I’d venture to say the Ohio music festivals scene can rival the greats! Every year Ohio music festivals continue to grow and draw bigger & bigger names.

No matter the genre – there’s a music festival for you in Ohio. Check out our list below and read more about what Ohio’s music fests have to offer.

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Black Diamond Music and Arts Festival
June 10-11, 2022 | Nelsonville, Ohio

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Genre: Country and Bluegrass
2022 Headliners: Elle King, Marty Stuart, Elvie Shane, Kentucky Headhunters
Ticket Price: starts at $85

Hocking College presents the Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival, The #1 celebration of Southeast Ohio’s country and bluegrass heritage.


Country Fest
June 15-18, 2022 | North Lawrence, Ohio

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Genre: Country
2022 Headliners: Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Morgan Wallen, Chase Rice, Gabby Barrett, and many more
Ticket Price: $189+ (includes all 3 days and more)

Three full days of country music with some of today’s biggest and up-and-coming country stars! Come just for the festival, or opt for the Festival Camping ticket which allows you to stay close to the music all weekend long. Tickets also include admission to Clay’s Adventure Water Park, a 10-acre man-made lake water park with swimming, zip lines, water slides, and inflatables.


Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
June 17-19, 2022 | Gahanna, Ohio

Genre: Blues & Jazz
2022 Headliners: TBD
Ticket Price: TBD

Now in its 23rd year, The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, in Gahanna, gathers world famous groups and performers at a single place for you to enjoy the best Blues & Jazz in Ohio. The three-day cultural celebration for all ages, features world class musicians on 3 stages, mouthwatering cuisine, regional artisans, and more.


July 9-10, 2022 | Cleveland, Ohio

Genre: Pop & Rock
2022 Headliners: TBD
Ticket Price: TBD

WonderStruck takes place at Lakeland Community College. Lakeland offers 400 acres of open-air, outdoor space to allow festivalgoers to comfortably spread out.


Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival

July 15-17, 2022 | Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio

Genre: Alternative
2022 Headliners: Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Blink-182
Ticket Price: 3 day admission passes start at $164.99

Inkcarceration brings together chart-topping bands, tattoo artists, and fans from all over the country for three straight days of art, music and reformatory tours. Go for one day or stay for all 3 – hotel and camping packages are available, some with shuttles to and from the festival.


Cincinnati Music Festival
July 21-23, 2022 | Cincinnati, Ohio

Genre: R&B, jazz, soul, hip-hop

First known as the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, the Cincinnati Music Festival has grown from a jazz-only event in 1962 to a mega concert showcasing today’s best R&B, jazz, soul, hip-hop, and more. It’s easy to see how the festival has grown so much over the years. Previous acts included Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder!


Wonderbus Music & Arts Festival
August 27-28, 2022 | Columbus, Ohio

Genre: Multiple
2022 Headliners: TBD
Ticket Price: TBD

WonderBus is staged on The Lawn at CAS, just adjacent to The Ohio State University. CAS offers 54 acres of open-air, outdoor space to allow festivalgoers to comfortably spread out.


SamJam Bluegrass Festival
August 31 – Sept. 4, 2022 | Piketon, Ohio

Genre: Bluegrass
2022 Headliners: TBD
Ticket Price: $45+

The SamJam Bluegrass Festival is a five-day event in the days leading up to Labor Day in Piketon, Ohio. The festival features the most recognizable names in bluegrass music. SamJam also includes a youth music camp, the Pinecastle Records National Band Competition and a cornhole tournament, among other features.

The SamJam Hop kicks off the 2022 festival on Wednesday, August 31 with fans getting a taste of southern Ohio at local music venues before the festival shifts to the Pike County Fairgrounds, a picturesque setting in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with accommodations for more than 300 electric and water hookups for campers. Primitive camping is also available.


Nelsonville Music Festival
September 2-4, 2022 | Nelsonville, Ohio

Genre: Multiple
2022 Headliners: TBD
Ticket Price: TBD

Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best-kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit”. Set in southeastern Ohio, the Nelsonville Music Festival has several scenic outdoor stages (including a boxcar stage!) and features mostly folk, alternative, and soul artists – past acts include Death Cab For Cutie, Mavis Staples, The Decemberists, Loretta Lynn, The Avett Brothers, and Willie Nelson. With a focus on positively impacting the community, this music fest is a Zero-Waste event and was able to recycle and compost 92% of the festival’s waste in 2018. On-site camping and family-friendly activities are available.


March 6 | Acoustics for Autism (Maumee, OH)
March 24-26 | Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival (Wilmington, OH)
May 19-21 | Domefest (Thornville, OH)
May 28 | Reggae Fest Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
June 4-5 | Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Fest (Springboro, OH)
June 15-18 | Country Fest (North Lawrence, OH)
June 17-19 | Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (Gahanna, OH)
July 7-9 | Country Concert 22 (Ft. Loramie, OH)
July 9-10 | Westerville Music & Arts Festival (Westerville, OH)
July 9-10 | WonderStruck (Cleveland, OH)
July 15-17 | Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (Mansfield, OH)
July 16 | Cincy Blues Fest (Cincinnati, OH)
July 21-23 | Cincinnati Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH)
July 23 | Buckeye Country Superfest (Columbus, OH)
July 28-30 | 7 Mile Bluegrass Festival (Greenfield, OH)
August 6 | Rock the Lake (Lakeview, OH)
August 7 | The Fest (Wickliffe, OH)
August 12-13 | Everwild Music Festival (Newark, OH)
August 27-28 | Wonderbus Music & Arts Festival (Columbus, OH)
August 31 – Sept. 4 | SamJam Bluegrass Festival (Piketon, OH)
Sept. 2-4 | Nelsonville Music Festival (Nelsonville, OH)
Sept. 17 | Put-In-Bay Music Festival (Put-In-Bay, OH)
Sept. 23-24 | Whispering Beard Folk Festival (Cincinnati, OH)
Sept. 23-25 | Lost Lands Music Festival (Legend Valley, OH)

Breakaway Music Festival
TBD for 2022 | Columbus

Genre: Multiple
2022 Headliners: TBD
Ticket Price: TBD

This national festival usually makes its stop in Columbus in late August, bringing with it some of the country’s favorite artists spanning across multiple genres: Rap, Hip-hop, DJs, Pop and more.


Bellwether Music Festival
no dates listed for 2022 | Waynesville

Genre: Multiple

TBD | Columbus Gospel Fest (Columbus, OH)
TBD | Bluegrass in the Hills (Hopedale, OH)
TBD | Canal Music Fest (Tipp City, OH)
TBD | Red, Rhythm, and Boom (Mason, OH)
TBD | Summer Jam West (Columbus, OH)
TBD | Kent Blues Fest (Kent, OH)
TBD | Defiance Jazz Festival (Defiance, OH)
TBD | Lebanon Blues Festival (Lebanon, OH)
TBD | Bellwether Music Festival (Waynesville, OH)
TBD | Breakaways Music Festival (Columbus, OH)

Bunbury Music Festival