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April
1

Explore Ohio: Visit These 9 Festivals & Events

Spring Festivals & Events - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Itching to spend some time outdoors now that the weather is warming up again? So are we!

Thankfully, tons of springtime events and festivals are happening all over Ohio in the next few weeks. Whether you're in the Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati areas, you'll have no shortage of options. Why not fill in your calendar with a few of the best ones from our list below?

Geauga County Maple Festival

Chardon, OH 44024

Geauga County Maple Festival is back in Chardon Square April 21 – 24 this year. This beloved local event offers fun for the whole family, including rides, games, and live entertainment from local musicians. Make sure you visit on an empty stomach—you'll love taking part in their pancake breakfasts and pancake eating competitions (with plenty of maple syrup, of course). When you're done, you can enjoy festivities like maple candy carving, the crowning of the Maple Queen, and a syrup-making competition for local aficionados. All syrups in the competition are raffled off as part of the festivities, and a selection of other delicious maple-flavored treats will be available for purchase as well. 

The Great Steubenville Eggsibition

980 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952 

2022's Great Steubenville Eggsibition begins April 15. This event is a local tradition begun by the artisans at Nelson's Fine Art and Gifts, who have crafted over 20 giant eggs for display around the neighborhood. Each egg features beautiful artwork that has been hand-painted by local artists. The eggs are hidden around the Steubenville business district to simulate a traditional Easter egg hunt. See how many you can find while strolling around Steubenville this spring! 

Mohican Wildlife Weekend

3116 OH-3, Loudonville, OH 44842

The Mohican State Park's Mohican Wildlife Weekend April 22-24 is one of the most popular outdoor gatherings in Northeast Ohio. Some of the activities offered during this weekend include archery shooting, survival classes, gold panning, and a scavenger hunt. There are also several educational programs available at specific times, such as the Wings of Wonder Bird Presentation and a planetarium program where you can observe the movement of the stars. You'll need to reserve a spot for some activities in advance, so be sure to check out what's available and register before the event.

Taste of Granville

537 Jones Rd. NE, Granville, OH 43023

The second annual Taste of Granville event, 5–8 pm April 30, will be hosted by the Granville Rotary at the Bryn Du Mansion. This fast-paced dining experience offers you the chance to sample beer, wine, liquor, and cider from local brewers and distilleries and food from local eateries, including Wild Things Sandwich Café. Dashing Diner, and Ray Ray's Hog Pit. General tickets are available for $35. VIP tables can be booked for $250 to $500, depending on the size of your party.

Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

11339 Mt. Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

The Sertoma Ice Cream Festival has taken place on the grounds of the Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Company nearly every year since 1975. Guests will enjoy everything from pony rides and lawn games to a motorcycle and car show. If you're hungry, you can enjoy delicious local dishes like bratwurst, ham and beans, and gallons of premium ice cream. You can also browse a selection of crafts from dozens of local vendors. At just $5 admission per car, this is the perfect place to spend a pleasant spring afternoon with your family May 28-30.

Cincinnati Zoo Blooms

3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45220

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The Cincinnati Zoo is always a great place for a fun weekend outing, but it's extra special during the spring Zoo Blooms event April 1-30. During the entire month of April, the zoo's abundant plant life blossoms into a full botanical garden. This period is also known as "Tulip Mania" for the incredible number of tulips on display, but you'll also find plenty of hyacinths and daffodils as well as a multitude of flowering trees and shrubs. There's no additional fee to visit the zoo during this time, so there's no better time for a visit.

Ohioana Book Festival

96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Can't get enough of books and literature? The upcoming Ohioana Book Festival April 30 is the place for you. Held by the Ohioana Library in Columbus, this event offers readings and in-depth panel discussions and a book fair, fun educational activities for kids, and delicious snacks. This year's theme is "Celebrating Ohio's Authors," and over 100 of the state's best-known writers will be attending.

Art and Earth Day

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

Every year, the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum celebrates Art and Earth Day, a special day that combines aspects of Arbor Day, Earth Day, and International Sculpture Day. Some of the activities available this year include bird and tree walks, a student art walk featuring works from the students at the University of Cincinnati, and a lively Happy Hour at the Grand Pavilion. Come take in some of the most impressive natural and manmade sights that Cincinnati has to offer from 9 am to 5 pm April 23.   

Cincy on Tap Festival

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The 2022 Cincy on Tap Festival will take place at the Great American Ball Park 1–4 pm April 9. This event gathers over 60 local breweries for an unforgettable afternoon of beer tasting and fun. Many of the area's best food trucks will also be serving food on-site, and local cover bands will be playing live during the entire event. Tickets start at $50 and include up to 30 4-ounce samples of premium beers made by local breweries, as well as a complimentary ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals baseball game happening on April 24 at the ballpark. This is a 21+ event, so be sure to bring your ID on the big day! 

Ring in the Spring Season 

Which of these Ohio spring events will you be attending in the coming weeks? 

October
8

The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in Cincinnati [Interactive Map]

'Tis the season to dress up as your inner hero or villain and get free candy! The most committed of trick-or-treaters are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating. When it comes time to knock on doors, there are several fail-safe methods for filling your bag with sweets. Of course, part of it has to do with wearing the perfect costume, but choosing a route that is safe, walkable and full of friendly, candy-bearing houses is just as important.

We rounded up the neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are the most ideal for trick-or-treaters. If you are new to the area or want to try some new locations to maximize your trick-or-treating loot, these are the spots where you want to ring doorbells!

Use our interactive map to find the best trick-or-treating neighborhood near you! 

Hyde Park

This upscale neighborhood located just east of town is known for its popular shopping district, safe streets and beautiful homes. The spacious front yards are always filled with crowd-pleasing decorations, and residents of the homes will generously dole out candy to those who approach their door. Regardless of what route you take, you will surely be met with friendly faces and other fun-loving families taking part in the candy hunt. For some extra fun before Halloween, make sure to stop by Hyde Park Square on October 29 for Halloween on the Square!

 

Mt. Lookout

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This Halloween, make your way to Mt. Lookout, located on the east side of Cincinnati next to Hyde Park, for a warm, welcoming atmosphere, extravagant Halloween decorations, and (most importantly) plenty of candy. Known as an accessible, family-friendly neighborhood, the streets of Mt. Lookout are filled with children of all ages on Halloween night. Make a day of it and check out the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in costume before trick-or-treating starts!

 

Deer Park

Known as a safe, family-friendly community with plenty of small-town charm, Deer Park is a prime location for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. The streets in this area are well-lit, very walkable and incredibly festive. Because the area is such a well-kept secret on Halloween night, a huge candy haul is inevitable—so don't forget to bring an extra bag!

 

Oakley

The well-lit, decorated streets in Oakley make it an ideal location for trick-or-treaters. On Halloween night, expect the neighborhood to be teeming with foot traffic! The residents welcome locals and visitors alike with open arms, doling out generous amounts of candy and other goodies. And if you happen to be a little too old for trick-or-treating these days—no problem! Several businesses around the area are planning on hosting Halloween parties this year, including the 20th Century Theater who will be hosting their annual Oakley Masquerade on November 1st.

 

College Hill

College Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati, welcoming anyone and everyone to their park-like streets on Halloween. The residents go all-out every year, slinging pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, eerie skeletons and spooky lights on every surface they can reach. The area also happens to be home to Mark Wiechman, a Halloween enthusiast who has been putting on a massive haunted house to scare families for more than 50 years. So put on your costume and head to 6791 Marvin Avenue, Cincinnati in North College Hill to start your spooky night off right. The haunted house experience is completely free, but they do accept donations for the Pray, Hope and Believe Foundation.

 

Mt. Washington

If you're a resident of the Mt. Washington neighborhood, make sure to get extra treats! This area transforms into a Halloween stomping ground for little monsters and their families on All Hallow's Eve. Also make sure to come back to the area the weekend after Halloween for the neighborhood's annual Pumpkin Chuck, where they'll launch leftover pumpkins from trebuchets and enjoy live music, craft beer, kids games and more!

 

Wyoming

Located about 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Wyoming is a quiet suburb full of tree-lined streets and historic sights. This year, the community is planning on handing out goodies from 6-8 p.m. on the 31st. If you're lucky, you might even snag a cup of hot apple cider or a bag of freshly popped popcorn.

 

Price Hill & West Price Hill

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Just west of Cincinnati lie the Price Hill and West Price Hill neighborhoods, a candy-hunter's haven on Halloween night. An estimated 500+ trick-or-treaters gather in the area on the spooky holiday to beg for candy, popcorn and other tasty treats! Important note: Residents of Price Hill turn OFF their lights if they are giving out candy and turn ON their lights if they are not.

 

Pleasant Ridge

Located in Northeast Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming neighborhood and very popular among families. The residents take their Halloween festivities seriously, hosting several Halloween events—including an annual pub crawl and Ghoul Fest—prior to October 31, and decorating their homes to the nines for trick-or-treating shenanigans.

 

Have a Great Halloween!

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October
2

18 Fall Events in Cincinnati to Look Forward to This Season

Fall is officially underway! The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are back on the menu  and you've probably already started thinking about this year's Halloween costume.

But the season will be over before you know it, so take advantage of autumn before it ends by attending one of these events happening in the Cincinnati area this fall!

To help you get started on your seasonal calendar, we rounded up some of our most anticipated fall happenings in the area. Here, you'll find everything from fun harvest festivals to must-attend 5K races and artisanal markets. Enjoy!

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Donauschwaben Oktoberfest 2019

Where: Donauschwaben Park

When: October 4-6 | Friday 6 p.m-12:30 a.m.; Saturday 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday 12-8 p.m.

Cincinnati Fall Events

The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is hosted by the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of German language and culture. The society's authentic Oktoberfest is held at Donauschwaben Park in Colerain Township, where you'll find over 25 beers on tap, live entertainment and delicious, homemade food.

 

Wizard Pub Crawl

Where: 16-Bit Bar+Arcade

When: October 5 | 3-10 p.m.

All wizards, witches and non-magical folk in Cincinnati are invited to the 3rd Annual Wizard Pub Crawl! Join hundreds of other Cincinnatians and celebrate wizardry, drink potions and party the night away. This year, a general admission ticket includes a signature wand, a completion certificate at the end of the crawl, a wizard wand box, a house colored wristband, exclusive themed drinks and so much more. There will also be a best-dressed competition, so be sure to wear your best robe and witches' hat for the occasion!

 

The 22nd Annual Sunflower Festival

Where: Gorman Heritage Farm 

When: October 5-6 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Make a trip to Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale for the Sunflower Festival, a two-day celebration of all things related to the beautiful sunflower. Enjoy fall fun for all ages, including farm animals, food trucks, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkins, live music, pick-your-own sunflowers, a sunflower maze and much more. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, free for members and kids under 3.

 

HallZOOween

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

When: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 | 12-5 p.m.

Each weekend throughout the month of October, take a walk on the wild side with the Cincinnati Zoo's special HallZOOween event. Activities include trick-or-treating, special animal encounters, a Hogwarts Express train ride, a Scare-ousel, and much more! There is no additional charge beyond zoo admission to attend this event. You can help the zoo go green by bringing your own treat bag.

 

Operation Pumpkin

Where: Downtown Hamilton

When: October 11-13 | Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make a trip to downtown Hamilton for this exciting annual tradition! Operation Pumpkin is a three-day festival featuring live music, a zip line, crafts and lots of food and drinks. Popular events include the Lil' Miss Punkin beauty pageant on Saturday and the Pet Parade on Sunday with a costume contest for various dog size categories.

 

2019 College Hill Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

Where: Town Hall Park

When: October 12 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The College Hill community hosts an exciting pumpkin patch and fall festival each year, featuring lots of fall activities and games, live music, storytelling, food trucks and vendors, pony rides and much more. Plus, the massive pile of pumpkins in the middle of Town Hall Park will make a perfect photo opportunity for you and your family!

 

Trunk 'R Treat Fall Festival

Where: Beech Acres Park

When: October 12 | 2-4 p.m.

Cincinnati Fall Events

Photo courtesy of the Anderson Parks District

The Anderson Parks District invites you to one of the community's favorite annual events: the Truck 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres. Enjoy a car show, music, games, prizes and lots of candy distributed from the trunks of classic cars decorated for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged for children participating in "trunk 'r treat" and $5 tickets can be purchased at the event.

 

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Where: Keehner Park, West Chester

When: October 12 | 2-6 p.m.

This free family-friendly festival at Keehner Park in West Chester features endless fun and entertainment, including a puppet show and the Primrose School costume contest for ages 0–12. Plus, guests can enjoy a not-so-scary haunted trail, a petting zoo, a pony carousel, horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting—all absolutely free!

 

HallowEve Brew Bash

Where: Ault Park Pavillion

When: October 18 | 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Craft beer and costumes? Count us in! This Halloween bash will feature beer tastings from some of Cincinnati's best microbreweries along with delicious food from Family Treats & Grill on Wheels. Live music, including some hit 1970s Halloween songs, will be provided by Gee Your Band Smells Terrific. Tickets are $20 until October 16 when they will go up to $25. You can purchase tickets through the Ault Park website—and don't forget your costume!

 

Zombie Ball: The 5th Annual Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill

Where: Pyramid Hill Grand Pavillion

When: October 19 | 7-11 p.m.

Head to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton for the Zombie Ball! Dress as your favorite undead character, such as a zombie, vampire or mummy  and enjoy an evening filled with DJ music, a haunted hayride, a zombie photo booth and much more. Tickets to the Zombie Ball start at $30 per person or $50 for a couple and includes access to the horror-themed buffet and an open bar of beer and wine from 7–9 p.m. and a cash bar from 9–11 p.m.

 

The 2019 Weber Family Pumpkin Festival

Where: Weber's Farm Market

When: October 19-20 | Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since its inception as the Minges Pumpkin Festival in 1984, this annual event now held at Weber's Farm Market in Harrison has evolved into a massive celebration of autumn and all its glory. The Weber Family Pumpkin Festival features live music, more than 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, live demonstrations and many activities for kids. The event showcases many elements of the farm and encourages visitors to develop a deep connection with both agriculture and their community. Admission is $5 and free for kids 12 and under.

 

Findlay Market Fall Food Fest

Where: Findlay Market

When: October 20 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Savor the rich flavors of fall at the Fall Food Fest at Findlay Market in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. This annual event features pumpkin painting, cooking demos, a children's scavenger hunt, live music, craft cocktails and seasonal beers, merchant specials and more. Admission to the Fall Food Fest is free.

 

Autumn Color Walking Tour

Where: Spring Grove Cemetary & Arboretum

When: October 20 | 1-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Fall Events

Join the Spring Grove horticulture staff as they highlight the very best of Cincinnati's autumn colors in the arboretum on this unique, seasonal walking tour! Reservations are required and space is limited, so make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.

 

Fall Fest Weekend

Where: Washington Park

When: October 26-27 | 12-6 p.m.

Head to Washington Park for a weekend filled with fall family fun just before Halloween! Fall Fest Weekend offers a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages—including a pumpkin patch, kid's activities and a variety of local vendors selling crafts and homemade items, baked goods and so much more.

 

November

Our Creative Harvest

Where: Kennedy Heights Art Center Lindner Annex

When: November 8 | 6-8 p.m.

All throughout the season, the Nancy Gamon Studio will hold workshops—including hand embroidery, wearable art, a clothing swap and more. The fruits of these unique workshops will be on display at the Lindner Annex for one November evening. Come out and enjoy light bites, mingle with workshop participants and view the "creative harvest" that they worked on all season!

 

Art on Vine

Where: Rhinegeist Brewery

When: November 10 | 12-7 p.m

Cincinnati Fall Events

Photo courtesy of Art on Vine

Art on Vine evolved from a college project created by James Jenkins and started as an eight-vendor market settled on Vine Street. Today, the event features more than 75 vendors and fills Rhinegeist Brewery every year with hundreds of arts and crafts lovers. For a unique, fun, one-on-one shopping experience, you won't want to miss this one!

 

Cincinnati Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K

Where: Otto Armleder Park

When: November 30 | 7:15 a.m.

Before you dig into your Thanksgiving feast, consider starting your holiday off with a festive 5K!  The Cincinnati Hungry Turkey begins at Otto Armleder Park and winds through picturesque terrain. Participants will be rewarded with locally made and absolutely delicious Holtman's Donuts at the finish line. Plus, brownie points will be awarded if you show up in a turkey costume!

 

Holiday Artisan Market

Where: The Carnegie Center

When: November 30 | 12 p.m.

Kick off your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Artisan Market! This one-of-a-kind artisan market features handcrafted gifts and unique finds made by local artists you can feel good about giving to your loved ones. Tickets cost $5 per person and $15 for a family of four.

 

Have a Great Fall!

Let us know what fun things you're planning to do this season in the comments!

June
13

13 Don't-Miss Fourth of July Events in Cincinnati This Year

It's almost time to celebrate America's birthday! Our community takes this holiday very seriously, hosting multiple fireworks shows and tons of fun, family-friendly events leading up to the big day. In fact, in 2018, Wallethub named Cincinnati as one of the best places in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July! We rounded up some of our favorite happenings in the area this year to help you plan your week. Attend a fireworks show, spend a day at the local amusement park with the family, or indulge at a food truck festival — there are so many ways to celebrate!

Firecracker Festival

Where: Symmes Township Park When: June 28-29, 3-10 p.m. Firecracker Festival Cincinnati, OH This Independence Day festival will end with a bang! Before enjoying the fantastic fireworks display at sunset, enjoy live music, food and vendor booths, family-friendly activities and more. Also, make sure to stop by their second annual car show and food truck rally!

Hyde Park Blast 2019

Where: Hyde Park Square When: June 29, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The Hyde Park Blast will include a 4-mile run through Hyde Park, bike races, kid races, chariot races and more — all followed by a magnificent block party on the square! This year, they'll be mixing up the afternoon festivities, introducing their first-ever Beer, Wine and Food Festival. So mark your calendar and get ready to taste more than 60 varieties of beer and wine!

Northside Fourth of July Parade & Carnival

Where: Hoffner Park When: July 3-4, Wednesday at 3 p.m. & Thursday at 10 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus The Northside Fourth of July Parade & Carnival is one of the biggest, best and most festive parties in the city all year! The parade has been held since 1854 and is a tradition beloved by locals. The Rock 'n' Roll Carnival was added as an extension of the celebration in the early '80s, and features live music, local beer and food vendors, family-friendly activities, and so much more. Bust out your red, white and blue costumes and come out to celebrate America!

New Richmond Freedom Fest

Where: New Richmond When: July 3-4, Wednesday at 5 p.m. & Thursday at 12 p.m. The New Richmond Freedom Fest is the perfect way to start your Independence Day celebration. This two-day event will feature several attractions, including a car show, a DJ with live music, live bands, rides, food, drinks and local vendors. Plus, stick around until the evening on July 4th for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays around!

Larosa's Balloon Glow 20th Anniversary

Where: Coney Island When: July 3, 6 p.m. Larosa's Balloon Glow 20th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy of Coney Island

There is no better place to be on Independence Day than Coney Island! Bring the whole family to enjoy the day at Sunlite Pool, listen to live music, participate in family-friendly activities, and give your adrenaline a boost on the theme park rides. When the sun sets, the sky will be illuminated by a spectacular hot air balloon and fireworks show.

Red, White & Kaboom

Where: Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center & Marsh Lake When: July 3, 8 p.m. Get ready for a breathtaking fireworks display from Rozzi's Famous Fireworks at the end of a fun-filled day in Fairfield! Head to one of the four official viewing locations — Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center and Marsh Lake — and enjoy special events all day! From live music, entertainment, food and games, this special event has it all.

54th Annual Independence Day Fireworks

Where: Ault Park Pavillion When: July 4, 11 a.m. Come out and enjoy a full day of family fun at Ault Park's annual festival! The day is filled with all-American concessions, live music, a children's parade and more — and it all concludes with a fireworks show after the sun goes down.

Montgomery Independence Day Festival

Where: Downtown Montgomery When: July 4, 11 a.m. This local favorite festival kicks off on Independence Day with a patriotic parade in Downtown Montgomery, full of creative floats and excited marchers. Then, head to Montgomery Park for a family-friendly festival featuring live music, summer foods, drinks, carnival games, pony rides and fireworks!

4th of July Celebration

Where: Stricker's Grove When: July 4, 3 p.m. 4th of July Celebration Stricker's Grove Stricker's Grove is a family-owned amusement park in Ross, Ohio. While it is usually closed to the public and used for private functions most of the year, their annual 4th of July Celebration is open to anyone and everyone! Enjoy their rides, food and games with your friends and family before capping off the day with a fireworks show.

Red, White & Blue Ash

Where: Summit Park When: July 4, 4 p.m. Natalie Brady Music, the Nite Owls and Kansas will perform at this grand Independence Day celebration! Dance along to your favorite hits, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, and marvel at the biggest fireworks display in the tri-state area.

The CSO Presents: Red, White & Boom

Where: Riverbend Music Center When: July 4, 8 p.m. Celebrate America's birthday with great music, dazzling fireworks and picturesque views of the river as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Patriotic Pops concert. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn during the show and stay after the last note to see the fireworks!

Fireworks at Kings Island

Where: Kings Island When: July 4, Sunset After a long, thrilling day at the Kings Island amusement park, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks over the roller coasters. The park will be open until midnight, giving guests the chance to stretch the day even longer. Military members receive free admission on July 1-4.

Light Up Liberty 2019

Where: 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, Hamilton When: July 7, 6 p.m. Light Up Liberty 2019 Hamilton

Photo Courtesy of Light Up Liberty

Light Up Liberty is a 4th of July, alcohol-free, community celebration that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Every year, upwards of 18,000 people attend this special event to experience live music and great food all from members of the community. Don't miss the Family Fun Zone, where you can ride carnival rides and play games, and the spectacular fireworks presentation at the end of the evening!  

Happy Independence Day!

How will you be celebrating America? Let us know in the comments!
May
7

15 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in the Cincinnati Area

Although our fallen soldiers and veterans deserve the utmost respect every day of the year, Memorial Day allows us to set aside a specific day to honor them. The three-day weekend also happens to mark the first unofficial day of summer, with many taking the time to go camping with their families, host a barbeque, or splash around at a local water park. This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of fun festivals, heartfelt ceremonies and exciting parades. We rounded up some of the best local events in the Cincinnati area that you won't want to miss this weekend. Have a great holiday!

Free Findlay Market Scavenger Hunt

Where: Findlay Market When: May 23-26, Thursday & Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience Findlay Market like never before! Visit during Memorial Day weekend and participate in a unique scavenger hunt using augmented reality. You and your children will have a blast tracking down crazy critters that are hiding all over the market — using just your smartphone!

North by Northside

Where: Urban Artifact When: May 24-25, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
 
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North by Northside is a brand new music and arts festival that will be held in the heart of Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood over Memorial Day weekend. Come out and see nearly 50 acts between six venues! You can find the full impressive lineup here.

Furry Friends Festival

Where: Washington Park When: May 24-25, Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m. Your furry pal deserves to have a fun summer weekend too! Head out to Washington Park for a festival full of live bluegrass music, delicious food and more. Plus, there will be a ton of vendors catering to your favorite canine's needs, selling everything from dog food and toys to accessories and photography services!

Nowhere Else Festival

Where: Nowhere Else Farm, Martinsville When: May 24-26, Gates open at 9 a.m. The Nowhere Else Festival is back and better than ever for its fourth year! This boutique music and arts festival takes place on a hideaway farm in Clinton County and will feature an amazing group of artists and musicians including Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts. All proceeds from the festival will go to help restore Nowhere Else's 140-year-old barn into a performing arts center.

Spring Grove Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Where: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum When: May 24-27, Times Vary Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum will host a number of ceremonial events throughout the weekend. The festivities will begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with the local Cub Scouts' flag planting ceremony. Monday will be the busiest day of the weekend, packed full of patriotic events you won't want to miss! You can find the full itinerary here.

Taste of Cincinnati

Where: 5th Street When: May 25-27 Cincinnati's favorite food festival is back for its 41st year! Meander through downtown Cincinnati while enjoying more than 100 delectable treats from incredible local chefs. While you're digesting all that great food, don't miss the live performances all along Fifth Street, and when you're ready for more, make sure to check out the West Sixth Food Truck Alley on Broadway.

The Candy Race and Little Jelly Tot Dash

Where: 705 East Pete Rose Way When: May 25, 8:30-10 a.m. Looking for a sweet way to spend your weekend? Take part in the most deliciously fun 5K around — the Candy Race! This fun race is open to all ages and skill levels and features a Candy Land-inspired course throughout downtown Cincinnati. The Little Jelly Tot Dash will be held after the 5K and is the perfect short race for your little ones! A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families.

Coney Island Opening Day

Where: Coney Island When: May 25, 9 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day

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Kick off the summer at Coney Island with a day full of family fun, cannonballs, laughs and festivities. Relax at the full-service tiki bar and get splashed on at Typhoon Tower, the largest erupting hydro-storm in the world. With incredible waterslides, a pool slide, delicious Cincinnati foods and tons of water to cool off in — you're bound to have a great time!

Cincinnati Winery Tour

Where: Maggiano's When: May 25, 11:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. While we might be known for our breweries here in Cincy, that doesn't mean we're short on spots for wine lovers! Take the Cincinnati Winery Tour this holiday weekend and venture out to three local wineries; Valley Vineyards, Henke Winery and Holtkamp Winery Tasting Room. Bring your family and friends and settle in for a unique and relaxing afternoon!

Light Up Rothenberg

Where: Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden When: May 25, 7-10 p.m. Spend an incredible night under the stars at the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden! This special event will feature delicious food from local restaurants, custom garden cocktails, music in the garden and so much more. Get a chance to see the Cincinnati skyline in a whole new light and make sure to stay for the breathtaking light-up moment at 9:40. All proceeds from the event will support the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden to help them provide enhanced education to students in an outdoor classroom.

Oasis by Daylight

Where: Cincinnati Dinner Trail, Bond Hill When: May 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hop aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train this Memorial Day weekend for a unique opportunity to see their popular route in the daylight! This excursion will depart from Bond Hill and will travel the entire length of the Oasis subdivision between Evendale and downtown Cincinnati. Delicious food will be available during the trip along with some spectacular views. Get your tickets today!

Beyond the Bricks: Outdoor Building Tour of Cincinnati Music Hall

Where: Cincinnati Music Hall When: May 26, 1-2:30 p.m. The Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the most famous buildings in Cincinnati and is even a National Historic Landmark. This weekend, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall's knowledgeable guides will take you "Beyond the Bricks" for a 360-degree walking tour of the glorious architecture, all while teaching you the rich history of the building. Learn about the Music Hall's design, construction, architectural styles, the diverse neighborhood of 1878 and so much more on this unique tour. You can grab your ticket here.

City of Madeira Memorial Day March

Where: McDonald Commons Veteran's Memorial, Madeira When: May 27, 10 a.m. The city of Madeira invites you to join them on their annual silent Memorial Day March. The march will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at McDonald Commons.

City of Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Where: Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash When: May 27, 10:15 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day Don't miss one of Cincinnati's longest standing traditions: the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade. This annual parade will celebrate its 67th year in 2019, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road. You can watch it go around a 1.6-mile loop, ending at the Veterans' Memorial on Towne Square, where the festivities will conclude with a special ceremony.

VFW Post 10380 Memorial Day Ceremony

Where: Green Township Veterans Park When: May 27, 2-3 p.m. Head over to Green Township for a beautiful, annual Memorial Day ceremony run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380. The family-friendly ceremony will take place in the area's patriotic plaza, Veterans Park, in the shadow of the township's Veterans Tribute Bell and is a great way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

Happy Memorial Day!

We are so grateful to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service!
April
2

12 Family-Friendly Easter Events in the Cincinnati Area

Easter is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited. What could possibly be better than the warmer spring weather, colorful decorations, and countless opportunities to indulge in chocolate and marshmallow Peeps? Luckily, Cincinnati loves this holiday just as much as we do and offers a ton of events throughout the area to help us celebrate! We rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly festivities happening in the Cincinnati area this year, including Easter egg hunts, eggstravagant breakfasts and plenty of photo opportunities with the famous bunny himself. Have fun!

Easter Bunny Express

Where: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad When: April 6, 13-14, 19-20, & 27, Times Vary Cincinnati Easter Events

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Hop aboard the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad's Easter Bunny Express for an unforgettable Easter experience! Before traveling to the Lebanon Sports Complex for a special visit with the Easter Bunny, children will have the opportunity to take part in an Easter egg hunt. Plus, fun spring concessions will be available during the journey! You can get your tickets here.

Easter Eggstravaganza Craft & Vendor Show

Where: Lohrey Recreation Center When: April 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get a little Easter basket shopping in at the Lohrey Recreation Center this season. Peruse goods from over 40 crafters, food vendors and local companies while your children hunt for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. There's a little something for everyone at this free, family-friendly event!

Easter in Candyland Craft Fair

Where: Fairfield Community Art Center When: April 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Follow the bunny trail into the Fairfield Community Arts Center this Saturday for a Candyland paradise! Visit with Peter Cottontail, enjoy a delicious sweet tooth breakfast, and find some hidden gems at the craft fair while surrounded by sugary decorations. You can get your tickets for the breakfast here.

Helicopter Egg Drop 2019

Where: The River Church, Middleton When: April 13, 9-11 a.m. Cincinnati Easter Events Children sixth grade and under will be able to experience thousands of eggs falling out of a helicopter during the annual Helicopter Egg Drop at the River Church in Middleton.! After the egg drop, you can get your photo taken with the Cottontail Brothers, participate in a cupcake walk, get your face painted and more. This event is limited to 550 children, so make sure to register here and reserve your spot.

Egg Hunt

Where: Washington Park When: April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over-the-Rhine's biggest egg hunt is back and better than ever, featuring over 10,000 candy-filled eggs, Mr. Bunny himself, a petting zoo with animals from Sunrock Farm, and many more fun activities. Children ages 10 and under are welcome to participate, but don't forget your basket!

Easter Egg Scramble

Where: Beachler Field When: April 13, 11 a.m. The Easter Egg Scramble at LifePoint Community Church has quickly become a Miamisburg favorite over the past six years. The Beachler football field will be split into three age categories, and over 15,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and prizes will be spread out throughout the grass. You can register for the event here. Getting to the field early is recommended as the eggs go quickly!

Independence Egg Hunt

Where: Memorial Park, Independence When: April 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cincinnati Easter Events Visit the city of Independence this Easter for one of their most popular events of the year: their annual Easter egg hunt! This family event is free and will give you the opportunity to win various prizes, family passes to Cincinnati destinations and so much more. Registration is recommended.

The Estate Egg Hunt

Where: The Estate at Sunset Farm When: April 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the entire family out to the Estate at Sunset Farm for an unforgettable Easter experience! Spend this spring day visiting the stunning estate and visiting with the gorgeous Shire Horses. The egg hunt will begin at 11:30 a.m. While this is a free event, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to benefit their beloved horses.

Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Mercy McAuley High School When: April 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Mercy McAuley High School invites you and your children to join them in an Easter egg hunt celebration full of prizes, activities and other games. This hunt is free and open to children nine-years-old and under. Registration is recommended.

City of Union Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Union Presbyterian Church When: April 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Akron/Canton Easter Events Residents in and around the beautiful city of Union are welcome to visit the Union Presbyterian Church for an egg hunt the day before Easter! There will be two hunts for different age ranges and light refreshments will be provided. Plus, a certain festive bunny will be making an appearance so make sure to bring your camera!

Easter Egg Hunt in Amelia Village

Where: Spencer Shank Memorial Park When: April 20, 11 a.m. Celebrate spring and Easter with a festive egg hunt at Spence Shank Memorial Park. Scour the landscape for eggs, get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny and so much more! This event is free and open to children ages 10 and under.

Easter Celebration

Where: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden When: April 20, 12-5 p.m. This year, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will once again hold one of the most popular Easter events in the area. This exciting event will include treat stations throughout the park, special animal enrichments and visits with the Easter Bunny. While you explore the zoo, be sure to keep an eye out for the golden eggs. If you find one, turn it into the Welcome Center for an incredible prize!  

Happy Easter!

How will you be celebrating Easter this year in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments!ˇ
December
20

Your 2018 Guide to 18 New Year's Eve Events in Cincinnati

Another year has come and gone and we can hardly believe it! Before the clock strikes midnight, there's still time for one last celebration. Luckily, Cincinnati is bursting with fun and unique New Year's Eve experiences to help us say goodbye to 2018! We've rounded up 18 events in the Cincinnati area that will help you ring in 2019 in style. You'll find family-friendly events like Noon Year's Eve parties and even a kid's New Year's Eve cruise — as well as some more adult-friendly events like a Carnival party and a few brewery hosted celebrations. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, there is sure to be an event on this list to match your taste. Have fun out there, and have a happy New Year!

For the Kids

New Year's Eve Kids Cruise

Where: BB Riverboats When: December 31, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Celebrate the new year without having to stay up too late! Board a riverboat for the afternoon and enjoy free party favors, a DJ, and fun activities. You can also meet with an eclectic cast of characters and enjoy a tasty lunch buffet. Take a look at the full menu and book your tickets here.

Cincinnati Library Noon Year's Eve Parties

When: December 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cincinnati New Year Events Delhi Township Branch — 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Harrison Branch — 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mt. Washington Branch — 12:30-1:30 p.m. Come out and celebrate the new year at the library! Make crafts, dance the afternoon away, have a snack and see the balloon drop. No matter what library branch you decide to celebrate at, you're sure to have a fantastic time.

Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown

Where: The Newport Aquarium When: December 31, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Join all of the aquatic animals in saying goodbye to Scuba Santa before he swims back to the North Pole. Festivities begin in the Shark Ray Bay Theater, where kids will have a blast with music, dancing, giveaways and more.

Happy Zoo Year

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden When: December 31, 5-9 p.m. "Party animals" of all ages are invited to celebrate the 10th annual Happy Zoo Year at the Cincinnati Zoo! Activities include shows like Winder Wonders by Madcap Puppets, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby Zoo Year, an early countdown, and fireworks.

New Year's Eve Game + Indoor Fireworks with the Cincinnati Cyclones

Where: U.S. Bank Arena When: December 31, 6:05 p.m. New Years Eve Events Cincinnati

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The Cincinnati Cyclones will be playing the Toledo Walleye this New Year's Eve and will be making it a fun event for both you and your little ones. With the special start time of 6:05 p.m., you can make sure the kids can experience the game and a spectacular indoor fireworks display all before bedtime!

New Year's Eve at Winterfest

Where: Kings Island When: December 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. This year, Kings Island will be offering a brand new way to celebrate New Year's Eve. This family-friendly event will feature Snoopy's Rockin' Countdown Party, Charlie Brown's New Year's Eve Celebration and midnight fireworks show to finish off the evening.

New Year's Eve Blast

Where: Fountain Square When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.   Start off 2019 with a bang by celebrating New Year's Eve at Fountain Square! Alongside hundreds of fellow Cincinnatians, you can dance the night away, grab some grub and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage and ice rink.

For the Adults

The Point's New Year's Eve Party

Where: Schwartz's Point Jazz & Acoustic Club When: December 31, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. New Years Eve Cincinnati For a classy, intimate affair this year, you'll want to check out Schwartz's Point! At this celebration, you'll feel as though you've gone to Paris for the night with the excellent jazz music, delicious buffet dinner and a champagne toast.

New Year's Eve Cruise

Where: BB Riverboats When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in 2019 on the river! Cincinnati's sparkling skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise into the new year. The magical night will include a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, champagne at midnight, a late night snack buffet and party favors! Take a look at the delicious menu and book your tickets here.

MadTree New Year's Eve

Where: MadTree Brewing When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. MadTree's second-annual New Year's Eve celebration will be full of more brews, bands and balloons than ever before. Come out and listen to local bands 2nd Wind, The Colour of Rhythm, The Newbees and DJ B-Funk. Grab a beer, a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail before the champagne toast to accompany the appetizer spreads and the midnight breakfast buffet! Trust us when we say you won't want to miss it. Make sure to get your ticket before they sell out.

New Year's Eve at The Stretch

Where: The Stretch When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. New Years Eve Cincinnati

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The third annual "Clink and Drink" NYE Party at The Stretch is sure to be a party to remember! Enjoy party favors, access to the donut bar, large screens to watch the ball drop, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. There are a limited number of tickets available so make sure to get yours here.

The White and Ice Affair

Where: Glam Lounge 513 When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. If you're looking for fun, fashion and local entertainment this New Year's Eve — you're in the right place! There will be plenty of drink specials, a live band, live DJ, a flash mob fashion show, a surprise giveaway, light snacks and a champagne toast at midnight!

An Elegant Affair: Igby's New Year's Eve Celebration 2019

Where: Igby's When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 p.m. When the countdown to 2019 stars, you won't want to be anywhere other than Igby's! This exclusive party is the perfect place to spend your evening all dressed up and among friends. Party favors will be provided and DJ Ice Cold Tony will be spinning! Bottle service tables are now available so you can ring in the new year in style.

Mt. Adams Pavilion's New Year's Eve Ball 2019

Where: Mt. Adams Pavilion When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. New Year's Eve Cincinnati Come out and ring in the new year at Mt. Adams Pavilion! You'll receive a free party favor, champagne toast, complimentary hors-d'oeuvres buffet and so much more! Plus, there will be two DJs on two levels so you can dance the night away.

New Year's Eve Party

Where: JACK Cincinnati Casino When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Come out and celebrate the new year in style at the JACK Cincinnati Casino Event Center, where there will be live music, drinks, dancing and more. If you're looking to get a little fancy this year, try their VIP Cabana Package, which includes exclusive Cabana seating for eight and 24 drink tickets!

Carnival – New Year's Eve at the Netherland Plaza

Where: Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, Continental Ballroom When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Inspired by the Carnivals of South America and the Caribbean, this will definitely be one of the hottest New Year's Eve parties in Cincinnati this year. Doors open at 10 p.m. to open lounge seating, a cash bar with specialty drinks, a DJ spinning Latin and Pop dance hits, heavy hors-d'oeuvres and a midnight toast. Carnival attire and costumes are encouraged. The best-dressed carnival themed couple will win a grand tasting for two with wine pairing at Orchids!  

Have a Very Happy New Year!

September
19

20 Essential Fall Events + Festivals in the Cincinnati Area

The leaves, they are a-changin'! That means fall is in full swing in Cincinnati — a city that sure knows how to celebrate the season to the fullest. There are several festive events taking place throughout the region in the final days of September and throughout the month of October focused on everything from beer to pumpkins, and everything in between! Take a look at the many exciting fall events in Cincinnati to maximize this glorious pumpkin-filled season.  

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

September 21–23 Location: Downtown Cincinnati (Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm)
 
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Held in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America's largest Oktoberfest celebration. This annual festival highlights the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio in addition to samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to attract more than 575,000 people each year! One of the best parts? Admission to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is completely free. Take a look at the event schedule to plan your visit to this exciting community tradition.  

Oktoberfest Newport

September 28–30 Location: Riverboat Row, Newport, KY The Oktoberfest celebrations continue across the river at Riverboat Row in Newport. Oktoberfest Newport is held in a large festival tent sponsored by various breweries serving German-style beer. Enjoy continuous live entertainment and of course, German food, music and beer at this free festival. Plus, don't miss the fireworks show after the Reds game!  

Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island

September 29–October 28 (Saturdays and Sundays) Location: Kings Island, Mason On Saturdays and Sundays through the month of October, head to Kings Island for an action-packed pumpkin celebration. The Great Pumpkin Fest is all treats and no tricks when it comes to family-friendly fun, including live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating, and much more. Visit Lucy's Witch's Kitchen, pet Snoopy's Barnyard Friends or converse with The Great Pumpkin himself. Purchase tickets in advance for the festivities at Kings Island!  

Jack O'Lantern Junction

September 29–October 31 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester Township The EnterTRAINment Junction in the West Chester Township is packed with fun all month long leading up to Halloween. Jack O'Lantern Junction offers endless fun for all ages, featuring a kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, an animated display, and the area's only indoor pumpkin patch, where kids get a free mini pumpkin. This is the perfect rainy day activity for fall!  

OCTOBER EVENTS:

HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo

October 6–7, 13–14, 20–21 + 27–28 Location: Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Each weekend throughout the month of October, take a walk on the wild side with the zoo's special HallZOOween event. Activities include trick-or-treating, special animal encounters, a Hogwarts Express train ride, a Scare-ousel, and much more! There is no additional charge beyond zoo admission to attend this event. Help the zoo go green by bringing your own treat bag.  

Fright Night Flicks at Washington Park

October 3, 10, 17 + 24 Location: Washington Park, Cincinnati Fright Night Flicks is a weekly series in October featuring a free Halloween movie screening each Wednesday at Washington Park. The movie starts at 8 p.m., but arrive early to grab a good spot on the grass and a drink from the bar. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket to complete the experience! Fright Night Flicks 2018 Schedule: October 3: Hocus Pocus October 10: E.T. October 17: Ghost Busters October 24: Nightmare Before Christmas  

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

October 5–7 Location: Donauschwaben Park, Cincinnati The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is hosted by the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of German language and culture. The society's authentic Oktoberfest is held at Donauschwaben Park in the Colerain Township, where you'll find over 25 beers on tap, live entertainment, homemade food and a car show on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under!  

Sunflower Festival

October 6–7 Location: Gorman Heritage Farm, Evendale Make a trip to Gormon Heritage Farm in Evendale for the Sunflower Festival, a two-day celebration of all things related to the beautiful sunflower. Enjoy fall fun for all ages, including farm animals, food trucks, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkins, live music, pick-your-own sunflowers, a sunflower maze, and much more. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and free for members and kids under 3.  

Fall-O-Ween at Coney Island

October 6–7, October 13–14 + October 20–21 Location: Coney Island Amusement Park, Cincinnati Halloween Events in Cincinnati, OH Coney Island Amusement Park throws the ultimate fall party each year, featuring rides, shows, pumpkin throws, hayrides, trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, s'mores and so much more. Don't miss Fall-O-Ween on the first three weekends of October. General admission is $12 for ages 2 and up and includes access to a number of experiences — but there are additional activities available, costing $4 each.  

Halloween Nights at Parky's Farm

October 11–28 (Thursdays–Sundays) Location: Parky's Farm, Cincinnati Bring your little ones to Parky's Farm for a not-so-scary nighttime Halloween party on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 11–28. Fall activities at the farm include hay wagon rides, an inflatable obstacle course, a campfire, a bounce house, a "hardly haunted" castle, magic and juggling shows, pony rides, and much more! Tickets are available at the gate for $8 per person or in advance for $7 per person. Admission for children under 2 is free.  

Bluestone Ivory Halloween Dance Party at Moonlite Gardens

October 12 Location: Coney Island Amusement Park, Cincinnati For over 20 years, Moonlite Gardens has been a summertime tradition for Coney Island. The party is continuing well past summer at the Bluestone Ivory Halloween Dance Party! Gates open at 7 p.m. and Bluestone Ivory takes the stage at 8 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance and only $5 if you wear a costume! There will be drawings for prizes, themed mixed drinks, and various snacks and drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. This is a party you don't want to miss.  

Operation Pumpkin in Hamilton

October 12–14 Location: Downtown Hamilton Make a trip to downtown Hamilton for this exciting annual tradition! Operation Pumpkin is a three-day festival featuring live music, a zip line, crafts, and lots of food and drinks. Popular events include the Lil' Miss Punkin beauty pageant on Saturday and the Pet Parade on Sunday with a costume contest for various dog size categories.  

The Great Pumpkin Fest

October 13 Location: Keehner Park, West Chester
 
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This free family-friendly festival at Keehner Park in West Chester features endless fun and entertainment, including a puppet show and the Primrose School costume contest for ages 0–12. Plus, guests can enjoy a not-so-scary haunted trail, a petting zoo, a pony carousel, horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting — all at no cost! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  

College Hill Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival

October 13 Location: Town Hall Park, Cincinnati The College Hill community hosts an exciting pumpkin patch and fall festival each year, featuring lots of fall activities and games, live music, storytelling, food trucks and vendors, pony rides, and much more. Plus, the festival is followed by a family movie night to top off the festivities! This event is completely free to attend and some activities cost extra.  

Trunk 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres

October 20 Location: Beech Acres Park, Cincinnati The Anderson Parks District invites you to one of the community's favorite annual events, the Truck 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres. Enjoy a classic car show, music, games, prizes and lots of candy distributed from the trunks of classic cars decorated for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged for children participating in "trunk 'r treat" and $5 tickets can be purchased at the event.  

Zombie Ball: The 4th Annual Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill

October 20 Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, Hamilton Head to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton for the Zombie Ball! Dress as your favorite undead character, such as a zombie, vampire or mummy, and enjoy an evening filled with DJ music, a haunted hayride, a zombie photo booth and much more. Tickets to the Zombie Ball start at $30 per person or $50 for a couple, and includes access to the horror-themed buffet and an open bar of beer and wine from 7–9 p.m. and a cash bar from 9–11 p.m.  

Weber Family Pumpkin Festival

October 20–21 Location: Weber's Farm Market, Harrison Fall Events in Cincinnati, OH Since its inception as the Minges Pumpkin Festival in 1984, this annual event now held at Weber's Farm Market in Harrison has evolved into a massive celebration of autumn and all its glory. The Weber Family Pumpkin Festival features live music, more than 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, live demonstrations, and many activities for kids. The event showcases many elements of the farm and encourages visitors to develop a deep connection with both agriculture and their community. Admission is $5 and free for kids 12 and under.  

Fall Food Fest

October 21 Location: Findlay Market, Cincinnati Savor the rich flavors of fall at the Fall Food Fest at Findlay Market in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. This annual event features pumpkin painting, cooking demos, a children's scavenger hunt, live music, craft cocktails and seasonal beers, merchant specials, and more. Admission to the Fall Food Fest is free.  

Fall Fest Weekend

October 27–28 Location: Washington Park, Cincinnati Head to Washington Park for a weekend filled with fall family fun just before Halloween! Fall Fest Weekend offers a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages, plus a pumpkin patch, kid's activities, and a variety of local vendors selling crafts and homemade items, baked goods and much more. The festival is from 12–6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  

Village Bazaar + Dog Costume Paw-Rade

October 28 Location: Mainstrasse Village Association, Covington, KY On the Fourth Sunday of each month, from April through October, MainStrasse Village hosts an outdoor marketplace offering everything from antiques and vintage items to crafts and handmade products. The October bazaar is accompanied by a dog costume paw-rade with prizes given for three categories: best theme costume, best store-bought costume and best original costume. The parade will be enhanced by local beer and drinks, live music, vendors, a photo booth and much more!  

Happy Fall!

How are you celebrating this idyllic season? Let us know in the comments below!
June
1

12 Cincinnati Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Shows Worth Attending This Year

Looking for 2019 Fourth of July events? Check out our most recent guide: 13 Don't-Miss Fourth of July Events in Cincinnati This Year

Independence Day is rapidly approaching, which means the citizens of Cincinnati are gearing up for another year of fireworks, friends, family and freedom! There is so much going on in the Queen City this year to celebrate the occasion. So much, in fact, that it might be difficult to decide which events to attend! We rounded up some of the most notable Fourth of July events in Cincinnati this year to help you plan your weekend, including dazzling fireworks displays, live concerts, family-friendly festivals and the annual baseball game at the Great American Ball Park. Don your red, white and blue and get ready to celebrate America in style!  

Hyde Park Blast

When: June 30, 7:30 am to midnight Where: Hyde Park Hyde Park Blast

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The Hyde Park Blast will include a 4-mile run through Hyde Park, bike races, kid races, chariot races and more — all followed by a magnificent block party on the square! Whether you choose to compete in the races or not, you can enjoy craft beer from Braxton Brewery and 50 West, fresh barbecue and live music from DV8. All proceeds benefit The Cure Starts Now and the Karen Wellington Foundation.  

The Firecracker Festival

When: June 30, noon-11 pm Where: Symmes Township Park This Independence Day festival will end with a bang! Before the fantastic fireworks display at sunset, enjoy live music, food and vendor booths, family-friendly activities, and more. Also, make sure to stop by the car show, which makes its debut this year.   

West Side Fireworks

When: June 30, 7-10:30 pm Where: Crossroads West Side Anyone on the west side of town should make sure to stop by the Crossroads West Side Fireworks extravaganza! This family-friendly event is for everyone young and old and features food trucks and a free fireworks show after sunset.  

Larosa's Balloon Glow at Coney Island

When: July 3, 10 am-9:30 pm Where: Coney Island

Balloon Glow Coney Island

There is no better place to be on Independence Day than Coney Island! Bring the whole family to enjoy the day at Sunlite Pool, listen to live music, partake in family-friendly activities and get your thrills on the theme park rides. When the sun sets, the sky will be illuminated by a spectacular hot air balloon and fireworks show.

 

The Northside Fourth of July Parade + Carnival

When: July 4, noon Where: Northside The Northside Fourth of July Parade + Carnival is one of the biggest, best and most festive parties in the city all year! The parade has been held since 1854 and is a tradition beloved by locals. The Rock 'n' Roll Carnival was added as an extension of the celebration in the early 80s, and features live music, local beer and food vendors, family-friendly activities, and so much more.  Bust out your red, white and blue costumes (the crazier the better) and come out to celebrate America's independence.  

The Independence Day Pooch Parade

When: July 4, 1-2 pm Where: Pierce Township Park Cincinnati Fourth of July Independence Day is going to the dogs! Dress up your furry best friend in their patriotic best and bring them to parade around Pierce Township Park. They'll have the chance to win prizes, take photos in the pup photo booth and enjoy plenty of treats.  

Red, White and Blue Ash

When: July 4, 4-10:35 pm Where: Summit Park Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, John Waite and the Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics will perform at this grand Independence Day celebration! Dance along to your favorite hits, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, and marvel at the biggest fireworks display in the tri-state area.  

The Cincinnati Reds vs. The Chicago White Sox

When: July 4, 7:10 pm Where: The Great American Ball Park There is nothing more American than watching our nation's pastime at the Great American Ball Park. Come root for the home team as they take on the Chicago White Sox. Be sure to stay after the ninth inning for a spectacular fireworks show over the stadium.  

53rd Annual Independence Day Fireworks at Ault Park

When: July 4, 11 am-sunset Where: Ault Park Come celebrate America at Ault Park's annual festival! The day is filled with family-friendly fun, all-American concessions, live music, a children's parade and more — and it all concludes with a fireworks show after the sun goes down.  

Patriotic Pops

When: July 4, 8 pm Where: Riverbend Music Center Celebrate America's birthday with great music, dazzling fireworks and picturesque views of the river as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Patriotic Pops concert! They will perform inspiring classics, including America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes Forever, and so many more. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn during the show and don't forget to stay after the last note to see the fireworks!  

Summer Cinema at Washington Park | Independence Day

When: July 4, 9-11 pm Where: Washington Park Every Wednesday during the summer months, Washington Park hosts free, outdoor movie screenings! Bring a picnic basket, a few lawn chairs and your favorite people to enjoy Independence Day (1996) on the Fourth of July. There will be wine, liquor, craft beer and snacks available for purchase.  

Fireworks at Kings Island

When: July 4, sunset Where: Kings Island After a long, thrilling day at the Kings Island amusement park, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks over the roller coasters. The park actually hosts nightly fireworks shows during the summer (as regulars of the park already know), but the Independence Day show will be more than 20 minutes in length! The park will be open until midnight, giving guests the chance to stretch the day even longer. Military members receive free admission on July 1-4.  

Happy Fourth of July!

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