Situated in the rural Midwestern countryside, Cincinnati offers weekends filled with a variety of events, ranging from urban city festivals to small town country fairs. Downtown you find lively music festivals, ethnic parties, and challenging road races. And within a fairly short drive from the metropolitan center, you can experience hunting shows, quaint old town American parades, and huge livestock exhibits. Seasonal events range from winter holiday train shows to summer block parties, and from fall Oktoberfests to spring flower shows. Don't let the extreme Ohio weather discourage you; there are plenty of unique and enticing events all year long.