Top 5 Ways To Kick Off Summer

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  1. The Taste of Cincinnati has served as summer’s proverbial dinner bell for the last 39 years. The three-day event is the Nation’s Longest Running Free Culinary Festival, and offers dozens of live music performances and over 250 dishes from local vendors. MAY 25-28, 2018, 5th St., Downtown, tasteofcincinnati.com
  2. Visit the Coney Island Wheel to experience the largest Ferris-wheel style ride in North America while it visits the Queen City for a limited time. For $5, you can see Cincinnati like never before (and season pass holders can snag tickets for 50% off!). MAY 26- JUL 8, 2018, 6201 Kellogg Ave., (513) 232-8230, coneyislandpark.com
  3. Zoo Babies are back yet again to charm even the most cynical among us. See Fiona, Kendi, and the rest of the menagerie minis free with zoo admission through Tuesday. Now through MAY 31, 2018, 3400 Vine St., (513) 281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org
  4. Looking to escape the heat? Head to Cincinnati Fringe Festival at the Know Theatre. Fringe Festivals began in Scotland over 60 years ago as a platform for independent artists to avoid censorship, and are now popular worldwide. Cincinnati’s iteration began in 2004, and has grown to include more than 250 art, music, theater, and dance installations and performances over 13 days. MAY 29- JUN 10, 2018, 1120 Jackson St., (513) 300-5669, cincyfringe.com
  5. Washington Park’s famed Summer Cinema begins this week with everyone’s favorite warrior princess, Mulan. Bring a blanket and grab a beer from The Southwest Porch to enjoy a free movie screening every Wednesday through the end of August. MAY 30 through AUG 29, 2018, 1230 Elm St., washingtonpark.org

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