The City of Montgomery, in partnership with many of our Boards and Commissions, local civic organizations and businesses, offers a year-round lineup of fun festivals and special events. Mark your calendars and plan to join in with neighbors and friends for fun, entertainment, socials and more!
Held mid-month on a Sunday evening in February, the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra takes the stage to perform love songs, ballads and classic medleys for the community looking for a FREE, fun evening out around Valentine’s Day. The concert is typically held at a local church auditorium at 7:00 p.m. and features the talented orchestra, conducted by Michael Chertock, and many Young Artists winners.
The Sister City Commission hosts this potluck dinner of international flavors on a Sunday evening mid-month at Terwilliger Lodge. Guests bring an ethnic dish to share and join in the music, art and entertainment displays from around the world. Reservations required but everyone is invited.
Montgomery Photo Contest
Held in March of each year, photos from amateur photographers are entered and judged by a panel of photography experts and displayed at the Universalist Church. Cash prizes are awarded for up to twenty of the entries which can be submitted in either the adult or student (high school or younger) categories. This contest is open to any amateur photographer regardless of residency. There is a small fee to enter each photograph and a limit of three photographs per entrant. Winners in each category are announced at the exhibition held at the Universalist Church at the corner of Montgomery and Remington Roads. Check the website for details and rules.
Music, games and tropical fun greets guests, mid-June, and early August on a Friday night at the Montgomery Community Pool as the start to the Dive-In Movie and Luau event. Once dusk settles in, a kid-friendly movie will be shown on the big screen and the popcorn and hotdogs sold at the concession window set the mood for a twist on the classic drive-in movie. Summer, pools, movies and limbo combine at this family event.
The Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra performs a patriotic lineup and America-themed musical collage at this annual event in Montgomery Park on July 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Patrons line the hillside on blankets and chairs, grab some snacks from the Blue Ash Montgomery Rotary Club or Parks and Recreation Commission, and watch Scout Troop 258 present the colors. This event is sponsored by local businesses and is supported by the work of the Arts Commission.
Independence Day Parade
The Independence Day Parade starts at 10 am on Cooper Road and travels up Montgomery Road to end on Schoolhouse Lane at Montgomery Park. The parade features floats, bands, historic cars, clubs and businesses led by a local military group carrying the American flag. Spectators line the streets and gather around the announcers stand in downtown historic Montgomery. Kids can join the parade lineup as part of “kids on bikes” that starts at Montgomery Elementary and joins the parade mid-stream on their decorated bikes and scooters.
Independence Day Festival
The Independence Day Festival takes place in Montgomery Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is full of kids games, pony rides, a variety of food and drinks to enjoy along with the live music. The local little league All-Star game takes place at noon on the ball field as another bit of Americana at this community festival.
Montgomery celebrates our sister city, Neuilly-Plaisance, France with this annual fundraising street festival that helps to fund the many activities we do as a sister city. Bastille Day has a kid’s area with games and pony rides, two stages of live entertainment, 15+ food vendors, domestic and craft brews, wines and more in a festive setting. The City closes down Montgomery Road at Cooper to Remington on a Saturday mid-July and runs a fun-packed day from noon to 11:00 p.m.
Kids line up to see, touch and get behind the wheel of the big rigs, tractors, and equipment the City uses. City staff showcases their vehicles and interacts with the kids at this fun summer event. Fire, police, public works, and some special military Humvees and Rumpke dump trucks set up for this FREE big rig display held on the first Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Weller Park.
Dog Fest and K-9 Kerplunk
Four-legged patrons and their friends make a splash both on stage and in the pool at this annual end-of-summer tradition held on Labor Day at 5:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Community Pool.
Auto enthusiasts lineup for this 100+ car show held on a Saturday evening in the Montgomery Square Plaza parking lot on Montgomery Road. Live music, food, drinks and a variety of cars, from classics to rat rods, make for a great night out for the whole family. Car entries are less than $20 and spectators are FREE. This event is supported by local business sponsors and there are a number of car prizes and door prizes awarded throughout the event.
Families flock to Swaim Park on the eve of the second Saturday in October for this fall tradition. Hayrides, pumpkins, s’mores cooked around the fire pit and other fall festival favorites make for a great night in the light of the Harvest Moon. The Fire Department also has vehicles on display and the Landmarks Commission hosts pioneer games at the historic Swaim Wilder house.
Making a Difference Day
Montgomery staff, Council, residents, and organizations participate in this annual Connect Montgomery day of service event held mid-October on a Saturday morning. Groups head out to do volunteer work in neighborhoods, parks, schools and for area charities, as together we give back as a community.
The Montgomery Arts Commission sponsors Live at the Uni, a concert series designed to provide Montgomery citizens and others a great music experience in the warm acoustics and beautiful setting of the Universalist Church at the corner of Montgomery and Remington Roads, in the center of Montgomery’s Historic District. These concerts usually span both September and October, and dates and acts are announced mid-summer each year.
Montgomery partners with Ohio National Financial Services Victorian Village, Twin Lakes Life Enriching Community Gingerbread Central and Bethesda North Hospital Penguin Palace to provide a fabulous lineup of holiday events on the first Saturday evening in December. The event starts with the lighting of the Christmas tree on Neuilly-Plaisance Plaza in downtown Montgomery and then a visit with Mrs. Claus! The North Pole Workshop opens at historic Universalist Church on the corner of Remington and Montgomery Roads. The Jolly Trolley provides a FREE ride between the four locations around town.
Breakfast with Santa
The City of Montgomery staff volunteers at this annual fundraiser held mid-December on a Saturday morning at Terwilliger Lodge. Families can come by for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and a visit with Santa! All the proceeds go to the Holiday Family Fund which buys gifts and needed supplies for local families in need.