Learn more about the life of Solomon Northup, the subject of the Golden Globe-winning film 12 Years a Slave, with this self-guided tour. Seven stations inside the Freedom Center provide historical context for what Northup might have experienced during his time in slavery and the role of abolitionists in helping him to regain his freedom. More info: freedomcenter.org
Experience the life of the late Princess of Wales as this award-winning exhibition makes it's final stop on the world tour that began in 2003. Featuring more than 25 dresses, suits and evening gowns, a collection of family jewels, her breathtaking wedding gown and more, this exhibit is an exciting glimpse into the life and work of the 'People's Princess.' Tickets: $24 Adults; $16 Children; $21 Seniors; $17 Adult Museum Members and $12 Child Museum Members. More info: cincymuseum.org
Enjoy art demos and exhibits by local artists at an open house at the PRG Artists Lounge Co-op. The events will also include live music and door prizes. More info: prgartistlounge.com
Spice up your lunch hour with a visit to the Strauss Troy Market on Fountain Square, every Tuesday from May to October. Enjoy fresh produce, lunch foods, sweet treats, handmade items, and more, all from local vendors. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Cincinnati Museum Center will present an online exhibition of World War I propaganda posters from its collection, demonstrating the large-scale publicity campaign needed to mobilize men and money quickly. This program is presented as part of “Cincinnati Remembers WWI,” a citywide series of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War. More info: library.cincymuseum.org
Summer is on the way as Salsa on the Square returns early this year! Every Thursday beginning in May and continuing through September, Fountain Square will come alive with the sights and sounds of salsa. Beginners can learn to dance with tips from skilled instructors and dancers, and all skill levels will enjoy the music by live salsa bands. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Originally beginning in 1992 with the Pendleton Arts Center's opening as a studio space for local artists, Final Friday has flourished into a neighborhood-wide art celebration. Browse the shops and galleries of Main St. and the surrounding area to see the work of established artists and young creators alike, in a social and relaxed setting. For a complete list of participants and more info: finalfridayotr.com
Every other Friday from May through August, enjoy an outdoor movie screening in Smale Riverfront Park. May 16, "Wreck it Ralph;" May 30, "Brave;" June 13, "Free Birds;" June 27, "Despicable Me 2;" July 18, "Monsters University;" August 15, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2;" and August 29, "The Smurfs 2." More info: mysmaleriverfrontpark.org
Explore the bright colors and vivid images put on paper by European masters, such as Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse, through books and materials from the Library’s Loeb collection on display in the Joseph S. Stern Jr. Cincinnati Room. More info: 513-369-6900 or CincinnatiLibrary.org.
Children 12 and under can cast their fishing rods into Lake Isabella to compete in the Holiday Kids' Fishing Tournament. All children who participate will receive a certificate, and the largest fish in each category will receive a trophy and prize. Bait and tackle are available and space is limited. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Jam out to live music of every genre, thanks to Fountain Square's varied summer concert series. Each night of the week offers local talent of different styles and sounds, so there's something for everyone. Free admission. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Tuesday- American Roots: Regional bands play traditional American forms of modern country and rock, from bluegrass to honky tonk.
Wednesday- Reggae Wednesdays: Adopt an island mentality midweek with Caribbean sounds and smooth rhythms from local Reggae artists.
Friday- MidPoint Indie Summer: Enjoy performances from local, regional and national indie bands every Friday night.
Saturday- Diet Coke Beats by Self Diploma: Showcasing local and national poets, rappers, writers and singers, Saturdays at the square are buzzing with energy and talent.
Experience flavors and findings from every culture at Washington Park's weekly summer market. Locally based vendors gather on Wednesday evenings to showcase their exotic foods and one-of-a-kind crafts to Cincinnati's most globally minded folk. More info: washingtonpark.org
Feeling jazzy? Head over to Washington Park and tune into some of the region's most talented musicians in this weekly summer series. Admission is free, so bring the family and let the music satisfy your souls! More info: washingtonpark.org
Kick back on the park's green grass and enjoy some local Bluegrass! Admission is free, and the series features performances by different artists each week. More info: washingtonpark.org
Tennessee artist Brian F. Russell has developed a distinct style that celebrates light, color, line, and form by creating works that capitalize upon the inherent qualities of glass and metal. Russell’s work is part of private collections around the world. He has completed public pieces for corporate, liturgical, health care, and entertainment environments. Continuum is presented in conjunction with the dedication of a very significant piece commissioned from the artist, which will be permanently displayed and accessible to the public in the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Jewish Community Center beginning June 2nd. More info: martahewett.com.
In anticipation of FotoFocus Cincinnati, a celebration of historical and contemporary lens-based art taking place in October, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be showcasing the region's best photographers. During the months of June and July, enter your best photos for a chance to be featured in the Atrium of the Main Library this September and October. High school students,college students and adult entries accepted. More info: cincinnatilibrary.org
Head down to the park on Sunday evenings and enjoy a little culture, free of charge! The summer series features live music performances by the city's best, dynamic dance performances of every flavor, and masterful displays of classical theatre. There's something for everyone, so don't miss it! See the park's website for the weekly lineup. More info: washingtonpark.org
Start the week with some brain-teasing trivia, gift-card prizes, great beer specials, and tasty fare from the Urban Grill Food Truck. Sponsored by Last Call Productions, the trivia is sure to be fast-paced and family-friendly! Teams can consist of up to eight members, so grab some friends and join the fun. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Jewely maker, glass painters, wood carvers, landscape painters and other area crafters and artists will set up along the Ohio River. Admission is free.
More information: www.newrichmond.com
Head to Main Street (between 13th and Liberty) for the neighborhood's lively street festival, held every second Sunday of the month. Featuring over 80 local vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and food and retail specials from nearby spots, it's a celebration of the vibrant and diverse community that is OTR. More info: secondsundayonmain.org
This summer, Kentucky Shakespeare will be expanding its 54th summer season of free Shakespeare with 56 performances of 8 different shows in 10 weeks. The performances will take place Tuesday–Sunday in Old Louisville's Central Park. There will be entertainment before each show beginning at 7:15 pm. There will also be a full-service bar and food available for purchase.
3 Kentucky Shakespeare Professional Productions:
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; Directed by Matt Wallace; Preview: June 11; June 12 - July 26
HENRY V; Directed by Amy Attaway; Preview: June 26; June 27-July 26
HAMLET; Directed by Matt Wallace; Preview: July 10; July 11-27
Rotating Repertory Weeks (all 3 productions) July 15-27
Globe Players Student Production:
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST; Preview: July 30; July 31-August 3;
4 Community Partners Productions in Rotating Repertory Over Two Weeks:
AS YOU LIKE IT presented by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble; August 5, 7, 9
PERICLES presented by Walden Theatre; August 6, 8, 10
KING LEAR presented by Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company; August 13, 15, 17
WOMEN OF WILL presented by Shoestring Productions; August 12, 14, 16
More information: kyshakespeare.com
Visit the Cincinnati Museum Center's Duke Energy Children Museum, Museum of Natual History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum June 13, July 11, Aug 1, Sept 12, Oct 24 free of charge. Free fridays include special programming, extended hours and free admission to all three museums. Parking: $6 before 4:30 pm and $4 after 4:30 pm. OMINIMAX and special exhibit tickets not included.
Girls Scout Summer Camps are American Camp Association accredited. Girls will learn new skills, make lifetime friends, and try things they never thought they could do. Themed camps include the arts (acting, singing and dancing), outdoor sports (including archery), cooking, health and fitness, outdoor adventure, science, nature and the environment, leadership opportunities, and horseback riding. Fees range from $15 for one day experiences to $300 for resident camps. Specialized activity camps may be more. More info: 513-489-1025 or 800-537-6241, or go to www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org
Explore this exhibition of prints that traces the renaissance in the graphic arts, particularly printmaking, with the founding of the Brücke in 1905, through the devastating and transformative impact of the artists’ careers after Germany entered World War I in August 1914, and its aftermath during the early years of the Weimar Republic. Among the German printmakers featured are Erich Heckel, Ernst Kirchner, Franz Marc, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, Max Pechstein, and Otto Dix.This program is presented as part of “Cincinnati Remembers WWI,” a citywide series of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War. More info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Substitute your Monday night TV favorites with a series of brand new live plays. Local writers offer something a little more personal than Hollywood, feeding off of audience responses before drafting the next episode. Head down to the Know Theatre every other Monday for Season 1...you'll be hooked! Tickets and more info: knowtheatre.com
Get outdoors and into shape this summer with Washington Park's Tuesday evening exercise series! Sponsored by UC Health & Wellness, The Yoga Bar, and Droder & Miller, it all starts with a relaxing vinyasa yoga class, followed by an hour-long Boot Camp session from Fitnext, and finally Dance Fitness with Naomi to keep you moving on into the night. Bring a friend and come for just one class or brave all three–free of charge!
More info: washingtonpark.org
Opening on Independence Day, All for the Cause is a special exhibition celebrating freedom with mixed media portraits of thirty-five Civil Rights activists who gave their lives in the struggle for justice and equality. More info: freedomcenter.org
The summer show will feature summer annual and edible plants, demonstrating how a carefully planned landscape can create a residential, fruitful garden. Admission: adults, $4 youth 5-12 years, $2 children 4 and under, free.
It's time for a mid-year check in with Santa! Visit EnterTrainment Junction to explore the North Pole, sit on Santa's lap and marvel at all this indoor entertainment facility has to offer. Cost is $15.95 for do-it-all pass. More info: entertrainmentjunction.com
Experience a charming Baroque gem, featuring an international cast joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort. Watch as Jove, ruler of the gods, tries to trick the beautiful nymph Calisto, and faces the fury of his wife. TIckets and more info: cincinnatiopera.org
Canning classes will return to Park + Vine this summer, led by Jennifer Evan of Ohio State University Extension, Hamilton County. There will be four seperate classes, with space limited to 20 per class. More classes may be added, and topics and costs will be announced soon. More information: www.parkandvine.com
Lexington Restaurant Week is back. This citywide culinary celebration, now in its second year, features 65 locally owned restaurants. The 10-day event encourages locals and visitors to explore the many fine-dining opportunities that Lexington’s growing cuisine scene has to offer at an affordable, fixed price of $25. Depending on the restaurant, guests will be offered either a multicourse dinner or a two-can-dine deal. More info; LexRestaurants.com.
Experience the tragic story of a young geisha who falls for a handsome U.S. naval officer, who leaves her, promising to one day return. But the joy of his return three years later quickly turns to heartbreak. Italian soprano Maria Luigia Borsi stars in the title role, and Spanish conductor Ramon Tebar leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra through Puccini's stirring score. Tickets and more information: cincinnatiopera.org
Regional artists of all styles and media come together for the third year to show off their work. From jewelry to photography to ceramics, art lovers are sure to find something that catches their eye...and maybe even their pocketbook! Meet the artists, purchase must-haves, or simply admire and enjoy. Free admission. Presented by Southbank Partners and the City of Newport. More info: southbankpartners.com or 859-655-7700
Feeling spooky? Venture down to one of Cincinnati's most iconic buildings for an after-hours tour. Led by local guides, you'll find out why it is also one of the city's most active sites for paranormal occurances. Grab your ghost-hunting gadgets and prepare for a scare! Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
Come out for a two-night festival featuring the biggest names in R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop. This event has been going on since 1962, and is known as the "original jazz festival," drawing crowds from all over the nation. Tickets start at $48 for each night. More information: macysmusicfestival.com
Don't miss this British power duo, bringing their first US tour to Cincinnati. Royal Blood is comination of vocals, drumming, bass and rhythm. The group has really grown since they formed at the beginning of 2012. Their debut single 'Out of Black' earned significant national play. Gerneral Admission to this event is $11 in advance and $15 at the door. These tickets go on sale Friday, June 13th at 11 am at www.ticketmaster.com, www.tafttheatre.org, the Taft Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores. You can also call 1-800-754-3000. More information: www.tafttheatre.org, www.royalbloodband.com
Join Tender Mercies in this celebration of the tastes, flavors, and sounds of Over-the-Rhine, the cultural center of Cincinnati. Jam out to live music, indulge in delicious samples from some of the area's best restaurants, and browse unique merchandise from local vendors. More info: tasteofotr.com
Join your aquatic friends at the Newport Aquarium for a delicious breakfast overlooking the Ohio River and Downtown Cincinnati. Each breakfast will include a special alligator encounter, and admission to the aquarium for the rest of the day. Prices: Adult Non-Passholder: $35, Adult Annual Passholder: $30, Child Non-Passholder: $25, Child Annual Passholder: $20, All Children Under 2 are FREE. More info: newportaquarium.com
This event is for the benefit of Women Writing for (a) Change. Featured Comics: Leslie BattleEileen TullCarla Goldbusch as Phyllis DillerTeri FoltzLori GravesKatie Kuss Shivler - Mama Kate. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm. Tickets; $18.00 advance, $20 at the door. Ages 18 & Up. More info: gobananascomedy.com
LumenoCity, a dazzling illuminated concert experience displayed on the facade of Cincy landmark Music Hall, returns for the second year to eager crowds and high expecations. With wonderful music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, new animations, and other promised "surprises," this year's one-of-a-kind event will not disappoint. Check out the new LumenoCity Village before and after each performance for a variety of fun activities. More info: lumenocity2014.com
Modern Marble 2014 is an invitational exhibit featuring over 20 exceptional hot-glass artists specially selected to display a wide range of designs, sizes, prices, and techniques offering a collection with great scope and depth. For more info and events: indegenouscraft.com
Come out to this summer's American Craft Brew Fest for an afternoon of FUNdraising. Sample over 60 eclectic and premium beers and enjoy delicious offerings from local restaurants, all while supporting The Mason Food Pantry. Your taste buds will thank you for attending! Tickets and more info: americancraftbrewfest.com
Local and out-of-town musicians will gather to present “Love Vibrations”, a benefit concert for The Dragonfly Foundation. Performers participating in the concert include Jennifer Ferren, an award-winning inspirational musician from Atlanta, GA; Mark O'Keefe and Jeanne Blessing, appearing as “DuO'Blessing” ; a Cincinnati area community choir called T.R.U. (The Revolution's Underway); local conscious rap artist Kim Belew; and Denise Sherman and the Beat Angels, a positive inspirational band from Indianapolis, IN. Admission: $10
The KSO conitnues their Summer Series with "Oye Come Va," an animated performance by their Boogie Band covering 50 years of Latin pop and crossover classics. It's a beat everyone can groove to, with plenty of lawn seating available! Admission is free, and donations are encouraged. More info: kyso.org
Bring tents, sleeping bags and the whole family to enjoy an evening under the stars. Watch the sky come alive with the Perseid meteor shower and use telescopes to get a close up look at far-away objects. Member adults are $17, member children are $8. Nonmember adults is $22, nonmember children are $13. Children under 3 are free. Member family max is $50; nonmember family max is $70. More info: community.cincynature.org
This 26th annual golf classic benefits the work of the St. Joseph Home including five cottages for residents with severe development disabilities, a pediatric vent unit cottage for the medically complex, a respite program for community members' short-term visits and an adult day program. More info: stjosephhome.org.
Come together and celebrate Hamilton County at this year's county fair. From the All-American classics like rides, live music, and pie-eating contests, to more local specialties like cow-milking demonstrations, a chili cook-off, and an exotic animal petting zoo, there truly is something for everyone. More info: hamiltoncountyfair.com
Celebrate this local favorite with live music, games, and more goetta than you could ever hope for. Glier's teams up with culinary geniuses from around the city to offer guests the most creative spins on a Queen City classic. Don't miss out on this truly Cincinnatian experience--it will be an unfor-goetta-ble. More info: goettafest.com
Check out almost 100 yard sale vendors in this eclectic and seemingly-endless shopping experience. Located just across the river along US 127. More info: mainstrasse.org
In this time-traveling adventure, Harvard grad Jeremy concocts a brilliant plan to provide weaponry to Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman. Don't miss the action-packed and socially conscious show, which combines a little history and a lot of laughs! Tickets and more info: knowtheatre.com
Witness the world's best tennis talent as they battle for over $6 million in prizes and the prestigious W&S Open title. This year's entry list to be announced soon, but last year's players included Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Nazarenka, Li Na, and many more. Get in on the action and enjoy the tournament's other exciting features, including specialty retail vendors and delicious food and drink tents. Tickets and more info: cincytennis.com
It's a summer full of family fun! Come down to Smale Riverfront Park for a free concert the whole family will enjoy. There are lots of games and activities for kids before the concert as well. Bring the blankets and lawn chairs and find a spot to relax before the show starts. More info: www.cincinnatiparks.com
Don't miss out on something that only happens every 14 months--the Supermoon. These moons appear 14% larger in the sky. Come out to the Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise at 7:45. The event will include tours of the two Observatory buildings and the option to view Saturn and Mars through historic telescopes. No reservation is needed and the cost is $5 per person. More info: cincinnatiobservatory.org
Travel back in time and help celebrate the pivotal time of the 1940s. There will be big band music, a classic car show, 1940s film screenings, activities and historical displays. Take note of the history that that is encompassed in Union Terminal, where USO Troops-In-Transit were housed in 1941 and where more than 34,000 people passed through in 1944. More info: cincymuseum.org
Shop Etsy-esque handmade arts and crafts from local vendors, right in the heart of downtown! Enjoy live indie music, part of the MidPoint Indie Summer concert series, while browsing one-of-a-kind pieces. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Rock out and raise money with Sexy Time, the live band karaoke pros, and their Make Me Sing Scare-aoke Challenge. Its only $10 to sing yourself (or even better, challenge a friend) but will cost you $20 to decline. Enjoy the thrill of fronting your own rock band and sing for a cause, too. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action's campaigns for improved federal regulations of coal plants and toxic ash. More info: ohiocitizenaction.nationbuilder.com
The event honors the fighters, survivors, and those taken. Registration starts at 10 am. Kickstands up at noon. Ride fees: $15 per bike; $20 with passenger. Enjoy the ride, food, auctions, split the pot and live entertainment from 3 pm til midnight. More info: 513-305-8205 or 513-260-9673.
Mixers with a Puropse! Brighter Dates invites you to come, sit & stay at The Famous Neon's Unplugged for a night benefiting Circle Tail. Spayed/neutered and leashed pups are welcome and adoptable pups will be there to demonstrate their greatest tricks. Admission includes 2 drink tickets, door prize eligibility, and support of Circle Tail.Tickets: www.brighterdates.com
Commemorate National Aviation Day and Orville Wright’s birthday by learning about aerospace technology and history, from 1903 to the present, through fun demos and hands-on activities. Tickets: Free admission to museum and events. More info: nationalmuseum.af
Classy, contemporary, Canadian acoustic blues artist Suzie Vinnick and her guitar named Mabel make a visit from up north to play folk, roots and bluesy rock songs. Don't miss this multiple Maple Award-winning female vocalist in a rare appearance down south in Cincy. Local singer-songwriter Jonathan Cody White opens the show at 6:30 with a pure blend of acoustic rock-n-soul. Tickets and more info: brownpapertickets.com
Chosen as a Top 10 Event in Indiana by Top Events USA and voted the No. 4 Food Festival from Best of Indiana, this celebration offers arts and crafts, grape-stomping, food booths, parades, amusement rides, river cruises, beer gardens, live entertainment, and more, all while enjoying more than 100 of Indiana's finest wines. For ticket prices and more info: switzcotourism.com or 812-427-3237
The Annual Taste of Blue Ash showcases local dining establishments in a lively outdoor setting. This year's event features delicious culinary offerings, activities for the whole family, and live musical performances by regional and national talent, including The Charlie Daniels Band, Michael McDonald + Toto, and Kellie Pickler. More info: blueashevents.com
Explore the trails at Rowe Woods at night and enjoy beer tastings from four local craft breweries. Snack on bites from local chefs and restaurants including Keystone Bar & Grill and Eli's Barbecue. Admission includes beer tastings and light fare, additional beverages available for purchase. 21+. Tickets $30. More info: cincynature.org
Since 1998, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has held the IFCA to recognize the contributions of contemporary individuals whose actions reflect the courageous spirit of conductors on the Underground Railroad. This year's ceremony will honor President Lech Walesa of Poland and the late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Tickets and more info: freedomcenter.org
In its 25th year, A Gourmet Sensation offers guests a unique culinary experience in support of Hospice of Cincinnati. Over 20 regional and national chefs prepare delectable selections, paired with fine wines and craft beers from Heidelberg Distribution Co., Wine Trends and Ohio Valley Wine & Beer. More info: bethesdafoundation.com
Travel to another time with a visit to the annual Ohio Renaissance Festival, a re-created 16th century English village. Witness a jousting tournament, shop Renaissance-inspired crafts and jewelry, feast like a king, and more! Tickets and more info: renfestival.com
Race through 3.1 miles of Cincinnati Zoo's gardens and animal exhibits. Children under 12 are invited to particpate in the free Cheetah Cub Fun Run. Registration $35 for members; $40 for nonmembers. More info: cincinnatizoo.org
Based on the 1997 documentary film of the same name, Hands on a Hardbody garnered three Tony Award nominations and features a brilliant score from Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio and a masterful story by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Inspired by true events, and infused with a "fresh roots-rock vibe," this show gives a hilarious peek into the lives of everyday, ordinary Americans, struggling to survive against the backdrop of a broken and beaten working middle class. Tickets and more info: ensemblecincinnati.org
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra delivers a dynamite performance of Disney classics, while high definition footage of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 rolls above the stage. Audiences of all ages will delight in this family-friendly spectacle of sight and sound. Tickets and more information: cincinnatiarts.org
Celebrate the vibrant culture of the 7 Celtic Nations, right in the heart of Cincinnati's historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. The festival will include live musical performances featuring the harp and Irish bagpipe, as well as traditional Celtic dancing, crafts, and cuisine. Admission is free. More info: cincinnaticelticfest.com
Scale hills, dash through mud-crawls, rappel down walls, and jump across a “lily pad” water crossing in a race to the finish line in the Mud-Stash, a five mile, mud-soaked course with obstacles at every turn. Or try the 1.5 mile Mini Mud-Stash for a taste of the obstacles without all the distance; there is something fun for all fitness levels! Themed costumes and team participation are welcomed! At the end, all participants receive a Mud-Stash Medal to wear with pride! During the event there will be music, food service as well as beer sales. Tickets: $65 for ages 13 and up; $35 for ages 10-12. More info: perfectnorth.com/mudstash
The Urology Group offers its annual 5K/10K to benefit prostate cancer research. The event will feature a 5K and 10K, food and refreshment booths, entertainment, basket raffles, plus an after-party sponsored by Listermann Brewing. The ZERO Prostate Cancer event is an opportunity for the physicians at The Urology Group to advance our mission of fighting prostate cancer.
This fabulous garden party includes tapas dining, live music and dancing, and a silent auction, all in a stunning outdoor setting. Proceeds benefit Stepping Stones, which offers services and programs to adults and children with disabilities. More info: steppingstonesohio.org
Celebrate and help conserve wildlife during the Act Wild for Apes event, which educates guests about apes--our closest living relatives. Through crafts, activities, animal encounters, and stations guests can learn about bonobos, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans. More information: cincinnatizoo.org
Strap on your boots and mosey on down to a place where scenes out of a John Wayne movie come alive, as the Old West Festival returns. Located just 15 minutes from I-275, east of Cincinnati, the seventh annual Old West Festival promises to transport visitors back in time to an authentic Dodge City Wild West town circa 1878. Open Saturdays and Sundays, September 6 through October 12, rain or shine. Tickets and more info: oldwestfestival.com
Join hundreds of fellow fans downtown to cheer on the Bengals in their first regular season game as they take on the Ravens in Baltimore. Complete with cornhole, live music, good food, plenty of beer and the expansive jumbotron, it will almost feel like you're tailgating for a home game. Admission is free of charge, but be sure to bring plenty of WHODEY. This season kick-off event is sponsored by Kroger and Easter Seals TriState to benefit Operation Vets THRIVE, which connects returning soldiers to employment opportunities. More info: email@example.com
In its tenth year, the New Works Series returns to showcase Cincinnati Ballet's gifted and diverse dancers in a smaller, more intimate setting. The series spotlights acclaimed modern choreographers and delivers bold and energetic performances. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
Find a cause and get involved at Cincinnati's annual Volunteer Expo, which showcases over 40 local, community-based nonprofits in need of enthusiastic volunteers and dedicated advocates. Attendees can browse service and donation opportunities suitable to their level of commitment, from one-time events to long-term projects. Find a little time, do a little good, and feel great!
With everything from craft beers, delicious foods, and live music performances, you won't want to miss this year's Beer Fest. Tickets and more info: beerfesttickets.com
These Nashville natives return to Cincinnati with their latest album, "The Features." Tickets: $12 advance; $15 DOS. More info: tafttheatre.org
Join Honor Run, LLC and help give back to those servicemen and women who protect us and our way of life. All proceeds from this event will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project so that they may continue helping our veterans through their various programs. Registration: $25 with t-shirt or $20 without; Late registration or day of race registration, $30 with T-shirt (while supplies last) or $28 without T-shirt. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National College Fair returns to Cincinnati, offering prospective students the chance to learn more about a wide range of post-secondary institutions and interact with admission representatives from each. Admission is free, so come discover endless learning opportunities! More info: nacacnet.org
In its fifth year, the Comic Expo brings artists, publishers, actors, writers and fans from across the globe to celebrate the best in comic books, fantasy, gaming, collectibles, pop culture, and more. Tickets and more info: cincinnaticomicexpo.com
Join the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country with six blocks worth of German food, music, dancing, fashion, and more. Opens 5 pm Friday. Free. More info: oktoberfestzinzinnati.com
In its 13th year, MPMF returns to Cincinnati to explore emerging musical talent. Hosted in several venues throughout OTR and downtown, the festival encourages audiences to hear new bands and sounds. Artists will perform on multiple stages throughout the neighborhood, with endless options and plenty of room to explore. Tickets and more info: mpmf.com
The Newport Oktoberfest promises to be the most authentic in the region, complete with several large tents sponsored by German breweries and filled with music, food, and of course, beer. Admission is free. More info: (513) 477-3320
Put on some comfy shoes and show your support for CIncinnati Children's Hospital and their patients and families. Registration includes a tshirt, exclusive admission to the zoo, and free parking. More info: 513-636-2941 or cincywalks.org
In this International Fireworks Competition, teams from Spain, Germany and Japan will compete for the best fireworks display, with a finale provided by Rozzi's. Includes entry to classic rides and Sunlite Pool, access to food and drink vendors, and beer and wine tastings. It's like the mini-Olympics of Fireworks! Tickets and more info: coneyislandpark.com
Experience Milford's premier art and fine craft outdoor show featuring local and regional artists, musical entertainment, raffle, book signings, food and more, located at the historic Promont House Museum. More info: milfordhistory.net
Throughout the last 13 years, the Pink Ribbon Luncheons have helped fund more than 3,200 free mammograms for eligible patients; more than 1,800 complimentary trips in the Cruisin’ for a Cure Vans; more than 3,800 pink ribbon bags sent to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer; and breast health education outreach to thousands of women within our communities. More info: 866-557-PINK or pinkribbonluncheon.org.
Get ready for Halloween and join the party at Coney Island this October! With everything from the Fright Lights Musical Light Show to haunted hayrides to the famed pumpkin launch, there are plenty of autumn activities to get you in the spirit. More info: coneyislandpark.com
Don your costumes and head down to the zoo for a season of spooky activities. Every weekend of October, the zoo will feature trick-or-treat stations, special animal encounters, a Scare-ousel, and Hogwarts Express Train Rides. Free with regular zoo admission. More info: cincinnatizoo.org
This month-long celebration is devoted to creating dialogue around the history of photography and its evolution into the contemporary art form it is today. With four days of special exhibitions, lectures, screenings and performances FotoFocus showcases the extraordinary work of the regions best lens-based artists. More info: fotofocuscincinnati.org
Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and 200+ communities nationwide as they celebrate and commemorate the lives of blood cancer patients. Find a fundraising team or form your own and walk together to fight leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, while also helping to provide education and services to current patients and their families. With food, live music, and remembrance ceremonies, it's an evening of fun and inspiration. Registration and more info: lightthenight.org or 513-698-2458
Enjoy a stylish afternoon of great food and great company while supporting Lighthouse Youth Services, which provides aid to over 6,000 local children, youth and families in need. Featuring some of Cincinnati's finest resaurants and boutiques, the event offers lunch by the bite, wine by the glass, and fashionable finds, all in the comfortable setting of a beautiful Cincinnati home. Tickets sell out every year, so act soon. More info: lys.org or 513-475-5674
Come join the party and fill up on BBQ as 60 professionals and 24 amateurs compete for the title of Top Griller in the region and up to twenty thousand dollars in prizes. The stakes are high and the pit is hot! Live music, cold beer, and plenty of grub available. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiparks.com
Experience this uniquely intimate fine arts experience, featuring dozens of talented artists as they showcase their photography, woodworking, watercolors, glass, prints, and more. Enjoy a fine arts sale, live music, art raffle, chili lunch, and indoor and outdoor exhibits. Tickets: $1 per adult, includes a raffle ticket; children 12 and under are free. More info: huuc.net/laf
The 8th Annual Cincinnati USA Book Festival is committed to promoting the joy of literacy to citizens of all ages. The festival will feature national, regional and local authors. Bookworms rejoice--admission is free. More info: booksbythebanks.org
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