Booking a hotel for Cincinnati Music Festival? Here's how to snag a free show ticket

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Going to see Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson and more perform at the Cincinnati Music Festival this summer? Don't miss out on a free ticket while you're planning your weekend.

Right now, the 58th annual festival is offering a buy-one-get-one hotel bundling deal, where you can get one free ticket if you book a stay with a participating hotel.

The three-day festival kicks off on Thursday, July 21. However, the sale only applies to tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows on July 22 and 23.

With the deal, music fans can buy a Friday ticket and get a Saturday ticket for free, or opt to purchase either a Friday or Saturday ticket and get an extra ticket for the same day for free. Festival attendees must first reserve a room at a participating hotel, which can be done at The price of the first ticket is included in the cost of the room.

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Ari Lennox, BJ the Chicago Kid and Cincinnati native Arin Ray will perform for the first night of the festival at the Andrew J. Brady Music Center. Tickets for the Thursday show range between $89 and $119.

The festival's Friday and Saturday performances will take place at Paul Brown Stadium. Tickets for each day range between $60 and $75.

Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Jonathan Butler will perform on Friday, with Charlie Wilson headlining the evening.

Jackson will close out the festival on Saturday, with supporting performances by the O'Jays, Tank, After 7 and Kirk Whalum.

The sale only includes tickets for Paul Brown Stadium's upper seating level and will continue until July 19 at 5 p.m. Find more information at

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Music Festival 2022: Hotel and tickets deal