Attendance at Fountain Square concert series more than doubles since 2008

Fountain Square has long been the gathering and rallying point for Cincinnatians while it has also served as the center point for the 2+ million person metropolitan region, and it’s great to report that the heart of Cincinnati is strong.

According to 3CDC, estimated attendance through August 25 on Fountain Square for this summer’s PNC Summer Music Series is well over 100,000 – more than double the attendance figures for last year’s summer music series. Like last year, the 2009 PNC Summer Music Series featured seven live concerts and one open mic night per week on Fountain Square. And much like last year, “Indie Summer” nights on Friday, and “Salsa on the Square” nights on Thursday were by far the most popular.

There has been much more than music packing the Square throughout the summer as a weekly farmers market, movie nights, family days, cooking demonstrations and other various events have added to summer crowds. With these events an estimated 165,000 people have visited Cincinnati’s primary gathering space for programmed events alone.

“The quality of our programming, including some very well know bands like Bad Veins, The Fiery Furnaces and the Wrens made this year’s PNC Summer Music Series really stand out,” said Bill Donabedian, managing director of Fountain Square.

Labor Day weekend marks the end of this year’s music series, and many of other summer events will be ending soon too, and make way for fall events like the Oyster Festival, Oktoberfest and much more.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.