Let's start with the obvious reasons why the massive, independently run Goodale Park festival is a favorite among reader's poll respondents: the beer, the food, the high-quality sampler of live local music and the simple pleasure of hanging out with friends on a nice summer day.

From its humble beginnings producing original rock musicals in the Buggyworks building, Shadowbox Live now lives it up in its new Brewery District home. The Shadowbox mix of music, comedy and theater has been drawing enthusiastic audiences since 1988. Less visible are the Shadowbox educational outreach and charitable programs aimed at giving back to the same community that has followed the company wherever it's gone - whether Spring Street, Easton, the Short North or Greater Cincinnati - and never ceased to be entertained. Something's always brewing at Shadowbox Live.

Runners-up: Wexner Center for the Arts, CATCO

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