Top 5 Free Events This Week: July 18-24

1. MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square

A summertime warm-up for MidPoint’s high-profile fall festival, the Indie Summer Series is where you and yours ought to be every Friday night—while it lasts. This week, don’t miss local bands The Western (facebook.com/thewestern), The Prohibitionists (myspace.com/theprohibitionists), and July For Kings (julyforkings.com/). July 22 on Fountain Square, show starts at 7 pm. mpmf.com/schedule/indie_summer

2. Dance Under the Stars
Watch a dance, that is. MamLuft&Co. Dance partners with De La Dance Company for a free public performance at Oakley Park. The event is BYOP—bring your own picnic. Fridays and Saturdays; July 22 and 23 (also 29 and 30); 8:45 pm. Oakley Park, 3900 Paxton Ave., mamluftcodance.org/danceunderthestars 

3. Twilight Tours in the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
No, not that Twilight. We’re talking about the time of day, which in a cemetery can be equal parts creepy and beautiful. Spring Grove offers bi-weekly tours during warm-weather months, and July’s series celebrates Cincinnati’s Beer Barons gone by—many of whom are buried in some of the park’s more magnificent tombs. July 21, 7 pm–8:30 pm. 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Winton Place. All tours begin at the Lakeside Mausoleum Complex and reservations are required. Space is limited. Register online: springgrove.org/SG/Calendar/EventCalendar/julytt_registration.shtm

4. USTA National Father/Son Clay Court Tennis Championship
Like father, like son: For nearly 40 years, The United States Tennis Association has held its Father/Son Clay Court national championship at the Cincinnati Tennis Club. The country’s top father-and-son amateur duos come right here to compete in USTA’s “oldest family tourney,” and local spectators are welcome to come out and catch the free event. July 22–24, Main draw starts at 9 am, Cincinnati Tennis Club, 1880 Dexter Ave., East Walnut Hills, (513) 961-1880, cincinnatitennisclub.com/events/national-father-and-son-clay-court-championships/

5. Stargaze with the Cincinnati Observatory Center
The Cincinnati Observatory Center is one of the region’s stargazing gems, but you don’t have to be under their roof to see the stars: The Center hosts free stargazes at public parks throughout the city. Mingle with amateur astronomers and ask questions about planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and more. July 23, 8–10 pm, Stonelick Lake State Park (2895 Lake Dr., Pleasant Plain) or Lincoln Ridge Park (420 Independence Station Rd., Independence), cincinnatiobservatory.org/freestargazes.html 

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