There’s something to be said for hometown pride and this weekend Festivals of Mason and the City of Mason are ready to showcase our hometown. It’s a day filled with a wonderful parade, children laughing, neighborly greetings, good eats and plenty of family fun. Festivals of Mason works hard every year to make sure that our community has a great day. We also welcome visitors, friends and family to enjoy the day with us. The Heritage & Bicycle Festival parade starts the day off right. Save the date for this Saturday, September 13. The parade begins at 10 a.m. but you might want to get a spot on the parade route a little before “go time”. The parade will begin in downtown Mason near Fifth Third Bank and then it will head east along Main St. (Rt. 42), taking a right on Mason-Montgomery Rd. and ending at the Mason Municipal Complex.
Upon arrival at the Mason Municipal Complex, visitors can enjoy a full day of festival fun. There will be free entertainment on the festival stage (times may vary slightly, from Festivals of Mason website):
- 12:30 p.m. – Kings High School Acapella Choir (Main Stage)
- 1:00 p.m. – Mason Community Band (Main Stage) Dixieland and Swing
- 2:00 p.m. – Christ Church of Mason Band (Main Stage)
- 5:00 p.m. – Mason Dance Center Performance (Main Stage) Mason Dance Center competition team performances
- 6:00 p.m. – School of Rock (Main Stage) Classic and Modern Rock
- 8:00 p.m. – Stagger Lee – Headliner Act (Main Stage) Rockin’ Country Music
There will also be plenty of attractions to enjoy. Admission to the festival is free but some of the attractions do have a charge. You can purchase a ride/activity wristband for only $5 for all ages. Some of the attractions include (from Festivals of Mason website):
- Juggling, dancing, tumbling and soaring with the Cincinnati Circus Company (you can also do a zip line, bounce in the bounce houses or have fun on the obstacle course).
- Arena zone featuring magic shows, juggling, fire throwing and more.
- Kid Zone for the smaller kids featuring games, face painters, crafts and more.
- Cruise-In – see some cool cars on Lakeside Drive in the High School parking lot.
- Food booths.
- Local businesses and crafters. (Side Note: Hope you’ll stop by the Acting Up booth. I’ll be there from 6-8 p.m. helping to spread the word about their upcoming show, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Show dates are Sept. 19-21 at the Mason High School and tickets are on sale now. Disclaimer: my daughter plays an enchanted object in the show – she’s an adorable teacup.)
Not only will the Mason Municipal Complex be hopping, but you can also head over to the Mason Community Center and enjoy special events and activities there too. Admission to the MCC is free all day. Events include:
- Community Center Open house – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Community Support Day – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Shop Local – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- FREE electronics recycling – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Make sure you bring some chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks at the end of the night. At 10 p.m., Prestige Fireworks, will light up the skies. Hope to see you there!
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Kristin writing on her personal blog, MasonMetu (from me to you).
Photo credit in slideshow: Festivals of Mason