Appalachian Festival

6201 Kellogg Avenue

To promote the social, educational and cultural development within the Appalachian Community of the Greater Cincinnati area; our objective is to improve the urban Appalachians' self image, and to encourage both Appalachian and non-Appalachians value and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Appalachians.

Organizational History

The Appalachian Community Development Association (The A.C.D.A.) began as an outgrowth of the Junior League of Cincinnati, who sponsored the Appalachian Festival from 1970-1974. Since 1975, The A.C.D.A. has produced the Appalachian Festival. The organization's directed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees, with at least at least 75% of those members being of Appalachian descent. The Appalachian Festival has been held annually during Mother's Day weekend attracting at least 30,000 visitors, with an additional 4,000 school children taking part in "Education Day", which is the first day of the festival each year. In 2003, we'd also began co-sponsoring an annual Appalachian Culture Fest with the Cincinnati Museum Center, as part of their Passport to the World Series.


Lisa Guerrero

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Nice local festival highlighting the history of the area. Strolling musicians, storytellers, arts and crafts, a great variety of regional food, and hands on demonstrations. A fun family festival. Always held over Mother's Day weekend.

Karen Boghossian

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Full of retail vendors. Would have preferred seeing more craftsmanship vendors. But if you're in the market for gutters, Direct t.v. or packaged chip dip mix... this is the place to be.

Pam Everman

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Loved the music and all the hand crafted. Items from metal work to quilts.

Scarlet Panda

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Had a great time, lots of bluegrass music, buckskinners, re-enactors, booths....

Ben Boehl

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Campers and craftsmen are knowledgeable and nice. I highly recommend it

Recent News

Appalachian Festival 2015

Schedule of Events:Friday May 8, 205The River StageMorning10:30  Rabbit Hash String BandAfternoonNoon  Sternwheelers1:30 - 3:30: Pops & Patriots4:00  Missy WernerEvening5:00  Appalachian Grass6:00  P's in a Pod7:00  Missy Werner8:00  Appal…

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Appalachian Festival 2014

SChedule of Events: Friday May 9th, 2014The River Stage11:00    Rabbit Hash String Band      AfternoonNOON    Sternwheelers1:00    Jean Dowell w/ Mike Oberst2:00    P's in a Pod3:00    Bluegrass Mafia4:00    Sternwheelers   …

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Appalachian Festival 2013

Schedule February 16 Rotunda10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Appalachian MarketplaceBuy hand made home decor, jewelry, walking sticks and even candy at our bustl marketplace filled with original goods.Passport to the World Stage1 p.m. Music by Randy Barger, "Th…

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