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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
In the years prior to 1850, Cincinnati boasted the largest concentration of silversmiths, jewelers, watch and clockmakers in the Midwest. This exhibition will showcase 150 to 200 objects, ranging from elegantly wrought soup tureens to tea sets in styles that span the Neoclassical to Art Deco periods. Free admission for all exhibitions. 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
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
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
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
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
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
In conjunction with A1 Peace Production and Charmed Consulting, LLC, Attorney Carl Lewis is bringing students and parents together throughout Cincinnati to initiate a Stop the Violence campaign. Contestants will compete for a chance to win $5,000 in cash and prizes. Master of Ceremonies Bigg Booman hosts and Grammy Award winning Hip Hop legend Doug E. Fresh will serve as a judge along with Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
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.
Zany, family-friendly puppet show performances are free and open to the public at Cincinnati's newest riverfront park. Wump Mucket, a Cincinnati-based puppet troupe, performs with a colorful cast of puppet characters since 2010. More info: WumpMucketPuppets.com.
Tinkerers, builders, and makers of all sorts come together to showcase their creations. "The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth" celebrates invention, creativity and resourcefulness in an energetic and family-friendly environment. More info: cincinnatimakerfaire.com
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
A zany, family-friendly puppet show performance is free and open to the public at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. Wump Mucket, a Cincinnati-based puppet troupe, performs with a colorful cast of puppet characters since 2010. More info: WumpMucketPuppets.com.
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
Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati is proud to present this live adaption of an American classic. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Experience the electricity of sensational dancing and hit songs--you'll have the time of your life. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
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
A zany, family-friendly puppet show performance is free and open to the public at CliftonFest Kid's Zone. Wump Mucket, a Cincinnati-based puppet troupe, performs with a colorful cast of puppet characters since 2010. More info: WumpMucketPuppets.com.
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
Feeling artsy? Covington's annual art show is the perfect place to admire, purchase, and celebrate the work of the most talented local artisans. For its 10-year anniversary, this year's fair will also include live music and dance performances. More info: artoffpike.org
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
The largest one-day art show in Cincinnati returns for the 48th year, showcasing over 200 local exhibitors. Artists from all over the tri-state share and sell their masterpieces in all media, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Admission is free. More info: hydeparksquare.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
Taste a variety of Sam Adams beers while chatting with brew masters, munching on light fare from local restaurants and experiencing the Cincinnati Zoo in a new way. Tickets: $45; $35 designated driver price. 21+. More info: cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-brew/
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
The Children’s Heart Foundation and Adult Congenital Heart Foundation (ACHA) will sponsor the fifth annual Congenital Heart Walk. Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 birth defect in the world, impacting millions of families each year. This family-friendly one-mile walk and rally raises funds that will be split between The Children’s Heart Foundation and ACHA. Congenital Heart Walk supporters can sign up ahead of time to walk individually or in teams. Register at www.congenitalheartwalk.org or call 215-856-4373.
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
This fall, Saks Fifth Avenue will host its 15th annual shopping weekend to benefit the fight against cancer. Key To The Cure contributions from Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and saks.com are donated directly to EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund or local women’s cancer organizations. Saks initiated its annual charity shopping weekend in 1999; since then, the company has donated more than $34 million to women’s cancer organizations throughout the United States. More info: saks.com.
Enjoy the afternoon or evening sampling fine wines and enjoying food, arts, and live entertainment. The event features Kentucky's own wineries on the Sixth St. promenade at the Goose Girl fountain. Must be 21 to attend. More info: 859-491-0458 or mainstrasse.org.
Ira Glass, known as one of America's most respected broadcasters and journalists will live mix is favorite stories, quotes and music to inspire the audience with spoken word. Come enjoy this insider's look at the world of radio and journalism as the voice of This American Life comes to Cincinnati. Tickets start at $28.75. More info: cincinnatiarts.org
Step out and do your part to stop diabetes. Participants in the walk are changing the future and making a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. More info: stepout.diabetes.org
Escape to Never Land with the Darling children, the Lost Boys, and their ring leader of youth--Peter Pan. Audiences of all ages will delight in this childhood classic about fun, adventure and growing up. Tickets and more info: cballet.org
The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his electrifyingly funny film into a brilliant stage creation: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
This two-day event will feature 30-plus tabletop dining and entertaining vignettes created within the showrooms of the Ohio Design Centre by professional interior designers. Funds raised will support the communication and education programs of the North Union Farmers Market. Admission: $10. More info: ohiodesigncentre.com or 216-831-1245.
Hosted by The Spirit of Cincinnatus and The Rusty Griswolds, The Rusty Ball combines local music and fundraising. Support 333 charitable organizations throughout the region while jamming out to The Rusty Griswolds. 21+. Tickets: starting at $75 general admission. More info: therustyball.com.
Explore your creative side at the 6th annual Autumn Air Fall Fair. Featuring more than 50 regional artists, it's the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and maybe even do a little shopping. More info: autumnairartfair.blogspot.com
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights...but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
Take part in one of the largest hot-air balloon festivals in the country, with nearly a dozen balloons glowing bright surrounding the lake at Eden Park. The festival will also include face painting, balloon artists, carolers, and food and cocoa to keep you warm. Admission is free. More info: cincinnatiparks.org
Get ready for a full day of arts, crafts and creativity. The annual holiday show will feature 90-plus artisans, several craft activities, local food, and a DJ. Bring your wallet, and don't miss out! More info: craftysupermarket.wordpress.com
Elf is an original musical that brings to life the hilarious Hollywood tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly believes he’s really one of Santa’s elves. Featuring an all-star creative team, Elf is the one present everyone wants this holiday season. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org
The evening will consist of a silent auction, raffles, dinner and a brief program and all proceeds will benefit counseling for victims of domestic violence & No Tears, No Fears, a program that eliminates teen dating abuse.
Celebrate traditions of old this Christmas at the 23rd Annual Christmas Walk in the German Village Historic District of Hamilton. Take a carriage ride, listen to carolers (clad in Dickens-style attire), visit Santa and his reindeer, and indulge in crafts, gifts, and yummy yuletide treats. Free admission. More info: destinationbutlercounty.com
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