Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Ohio, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Midpoint Music Festival to Rock on the Range, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Bunbury Music Festival - Dates: Early June - Submit to Perform via email@example.com.
-Midpoint Music Festival - Dates: Late September
"MPMF expanded its annual footprint in a big way in 2009, when it began hosting the MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati’s main public meeting space. The free Friday night series completed its fourth summer in 2012, with another exciting schedule of national, regional and local performers."
-Ingenuity Cleveland - Dates: September
"IngenuityFest is a festival of art, music, and technology. It’s also about finding and celebrating truly passionate and engaged people using every tool at their disposal to explore and create. We don’t simply bring two disciplines together; we highlight the creativity and innovation taking place at the edge of these worlds. This is where passions collide, where expertise mix, and the unexpected is born." - Submit to Perform
-Rock on the Range - Dates: Mid May
-Spirit Song Festival - Dates: Late June
-Nelsonville Music Festival - Dates: Early June
"Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the Nelsonville Music Festival is a three-day festival that celebrates music and local artistry of our region. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor." - Submit to Perform
-Painesville Party In The Park - Dates: Mid July
"Ohio's largest free music festival."
-The Starwood Festival - Dates: Early to mid July
"The Starwood Festival is the largest Pagan/Magickal/Consciousness gathering in North America...Starwood is known for fine music, dance, drumming, poetry, and film."
-Miami Valley Music Fest - Dates: Late July / Early August
"The Miami Valley Music Fest is an annual festival held in Troy, OH that combines art and giving; showcasing the region’s best musicians and providing grants to regional charity organizations."