The Cincinnati summer is in full swing with this week’s Top 5 picks: Lace up your sneakers for a good cause, browse local artists in style, nibble on some creepy crawlers, and tango the night away.
1. Dancing Under the Stars
Starting this Tuesday night, bust a groove in downtown’s Washington Park with free weekly dance lessons. This week covers swing dancing, while the rest of the schedule ranges from Latin to Afro Caribbean dancing. Grab a partner, slip on your dancing shoes, and enjoy two hours under the beautiful Cincinnati night sky. Every Tuesday through Sept. 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Washington Park, downtown, washingtonpark.org.
2. Cincinnati Fringe Festival
This little alternative theater festival (produced by the Know Theatre of Cincinnati) turns 10 years old this year. With more than 150 performances of 33 different productions, including Shut Up, Emily Dickinson and We Put the “Fun” in Funeral, there’s something there for everyone. Just don’t expect any jazz hands. $200 all-access pass, $60 six-show pass, single show tickets $12 or $15. May 28 to June 8, OTR, cincyfringe.com.
3. Summerfair Little Black Dress event
Shake up your traditional Summerfair, Cincinnati’s beloved art festival summer kick-off, by attending the third annual Little Black Dress event. Fashion meets fine arts in a show featuring LBDs from local boutiques accessorized with jewelry, scarves, hats, and bags created by Summerfair artist exhibitors. Stay for the after party, which combines two of our favorite things: shopping and cocktails. May 31, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Coney Island, $15/person online and $20 at the door, eventbrite.com.
Grab the kids and head down to the Cincinnati Museum Center for this adventure-filled day crawling with bugs, bugs, and, you guessed it, more bugs. From cockroach racing and insect trivia to meeting some of the largest live insects on the planet, Bugfest will give you an up-close-and-personal arthropod experience. If you’re hungry, try a Chocolate Covered Scorpion. Or not. June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center, $15 for adults, $11 for children, cincymuseum.org
5. Hunger Walk and 5K Run
This Memorial Day, get your race on to support the Freestore Foodbank and other organizations working to provide meals to the hungry in our community. The race runs along the Ohio River; take in the beautiful city views as you walk/run for a good cause. Register online or at the race. May 27, race starts at 9 a.m., Sawyer Point, downtown, cincinnatihungerwalk.org.