Passionate About Cincinnati
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A Mom’s Guide to August Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2017}

FREE Shakespeare In the Park

July 14 – September 3
Various locations across the Tri-state area!
Various times depending on day and location
FREE

Free performances by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo & Juliet.

Petals & Pedals

July 1 – August 27
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
$7 adult, $4 youth (5-17), 4 and under FREE

Take a ride on the floral side! Grease up your chain, pull on your helmet and join us in Eden Park for a righteous ride to the gem in the Queen City’s crown. Park your bike right outside Krohn Conservatory and receive a dollar off admission! Then, come inside and enjoy the bounty of beautiful summer blooms. Learn about the history of biking as you stroll through the sweet smells of cascading Calibrachoa, gorgeous Hydrangea, and Carolina Allspice. While you’re here, check out the Red Bike on display and learn more about the Cincy Red Bike Program. Enjoy a visit with Senior City Planner Mel McVay to learn more about biking infrastructure in Cincinnati. Get outside, get healthy and get on your bikes and ride!

Saturnday 2

July 29 & August 5
Cincinnati Observatory
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
9-11pm
$10 adult, $5 student; No reservations needed

The lord of the rings shines in prime time!
The magnificent planet, most breathtaking object in the universe – Saturn – takes center stage at the Cincinnati Observatory for Saturnday.
There will be viewing of Saturn through the telescopes (weather permitting), running talks, and tours of the buildings. If clear, we will show you the Moon and Jupiter as well through portable telescopes. Great for all ages.


Pop Up Play: Youngster Yoga

July 11 – August 1
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11am-2pm
FREE; No registration required

Bring your mini-yogis to the park for a FREE kid’s yoga class with The Yoga Bar! Meet us on the grassy knoll outside the kid’s play park on sunny days, and under The Deck tent on rainy days! Bring your own mat, or use one of the ones we provide every week. Mats are first come, first serve.


Great Parks of Hamilton County

August 1
ANY Great Park of Hamilton County
FREE Park Entry

As a special thank you for their continued support of Great Parks, the public can enjoy free entry into any Great Park on the first day of June, July and August without the need for a Motor Vehicle Permit.

ASL Storytime and Conversations

August 1
Boone County Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
6:30-7:30pm
FREE

Inclusive storytime in American Sign Language for deaf and hearing communities, featuring interpreters from Cincinnati State.

Fiona Fest with Thane Maynard

August 2
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Main Library
800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
6pm
FREE

Executive director of Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shares update on city’s favorite baby hippo. Fiona-themed activities.

Party on the Purple

Wednesdays June 28 – August 30
Purple People Bridge
Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; Third Street, Newport, Newport, KY 41071
5-10pm
FREE

Weekly party on bridge with live bands, food from local food trucks, and drinks to raise money for bridge maintenance.

Delhi Skirt Game

August 3
Remke Market Delhi Township
5025 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238
6-10pm
FREE

Live music, food, drinks, fun and fundraiser.

Glier’s Goettafest

August 3-6
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Thursday & Friday 5-11pm; Saturday 12-11pm; Sunday 12-9pm
FREE

Goetta, a German dish pronounced “get-uh”, is often compared to breakfast sausage or scrapple and is a mixture of pork, beef, steel-cut (pinhead) oats, and seasonings. Glier’s Goettafest is a four-day celebration of the local favorite held along Newport’s riverfront just down the steps from the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee. In addition to eating goetta in variety of dishes, festival goers can enjoy live music and cloggers, plus goetta games like Goetta Slide and Goetta Ring Toss.

Pirates of the Ohio Cruise

Fridays July 7 – August 18
BB Riverboats
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
3-4:30pm; July 14: 12-1:30pm; Boarding occurs ½ hour before departure.
$23, $19 children; Reservations required; Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ahoy Mateys! Board the Captain’s boat for an afternoon cruise full of fun and games for the entire family. The kids will pick up their free pirate hat and eye patch before boarding this popular cruise on the Ohio River. Get your pirate tattoo or participate in one of our pirate games to see if anyone will have to “Walk the Plank”. See if you can use your treasure map to collect your bounty before the cruise pulls back into dock. Ever wonder why BB Riverboats flies the “Jolly Roger”? Listen to the Captain’s commentary as you cruise by all of the sights!

Princess Cruise and Super Hero Cruise also available. See website for details.

Delhi Skirt Game 40th Anniversary

August 4
Delhi Park
5125 Foley Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233
5-10pm
FREE

Food, drinks, men wearing women’s clothing playing softball, home run derby, and lots more. Evening ends with fireworks.

Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach

August 4-6 & 11-12
Anderson Center Theater
7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township, OH 45230
Aug. 4, 5, & 11: 8pm; Aug. 6: 3pm; Aug. 12: 3pm & 8pm
$15 Adults, $13 Students/Seniors

A vibrant musical retelling of the beloved children’s story. To escape the clutches of his evil aunts, the orphaned James embarks on an amazing journey across the ocean aboard a giant piece of fruit! James and his extraordinary friends overcome hunger, sharks, and each other to discover the true meaning of home and family. The whole family will love this regional premiere of a musical “masterpeach!”

Fairy Scavenger Hunt

August 5
Behringer-Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY 41011
4:30pm
FREE

As part of Covington Outdoors Weekend, a Fairy Scavenger Hunt will take place at 4:30 p.m. in [email protected] Santa will talk to the children about how fairies came to be and how to recognize when one is near. Then they will take a quarter-mile walk in the woods, see the remains of the historical Spring House and search for hidden fairies and their dwellings. No strollers please! Admission and parking are free.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra: Fit As a Fiddle II

August 5
Devou Park
1344 Audubon Road, Covington, KY 41011
7:30 pm
FREE, $5 suggested donation

Join us under the stars again this summer as the KSO presents another spectacular series of free, family-friendly performances in the beautiful, natural setting of Devou Park Bandshell. The series, sponsored again by Toyota, has become a family tradition for thousands of Greater Cincinnatians from both sides of the river. Come on down, bring a picnic basket, sit back and make some memories that will last a lifetime.

Flying Circus

August 5 & 6
Butler County Regional Airport
2820 Bobmeyer Road, Fairfield, OH 45015
11:30-4pm
$5, ages 6 and under FREE

Radio controlled model air show. Concessions and mementos for sale. FREE parking.

Hamilton County Fair

August 9-13
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
7801 Anthony Wayne Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45216
Wednesday – Friday: 4-11pm, Saturday: 11am-1am, Sunday: 12-10pm
$7 admission, $5 parking

Pig racing, Big Top Circus, Demolition Derbies, farm animal petting farm, livestock and poultry displays, blacksmith demonstration, remote control car racing, wood carving display and much more.

Great Inland Seafood Festival

August 10-13
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Thursday & Friday: 5-11pm; Saturday: 12-11pm; Sunday: 12-9pm
FREE

Local restaurants selling freshest seafood available. Includes raffles and entertainment.

Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides

Saturdays July 1 – September 16
Bonnybrook Farms
3779 Ohio 132, Clarksville, OH 45113
5-9 pm
$40, $28 ages 5-12, FREE ages 4 and under; Reservations required

Food and fun at historic 370-acre working farm. Activities, dinner, wagon ride to old chuck wagon at Todd Fork Creek for dessert and s’mores.

Fairfield Touch a Truck

August 11
Village Green Park – Fairfield
301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014
9am-1pm
FREE

Kids young and old can touch, honk and climb on vehicles such as fire truck, ambulance, construction trucks, snowplows, dump trucks, police cruisers, farm equipment, Bookmobile and more.


Children’s Learning Adventure Sneak Peek Event

August 12
8110 Market Place Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
10am-1pm
FREE

Come here and come all! Children’s Learning Adventure is hosting a Sneak Peek Open house for the Fall Semester! Join us for activities, popcorn, and hotdogs as you learn why going to CLA is a Home run!


Boone County Touch a Truck

August 12
England-Idlewild Park
5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005
10am-1pm
FREE; held rain or shine

1940s Day at Lunken Airport

August 12
Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport
262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
10am-5pm
FREE for Cincinnati Museum Center Members and World War II Veterans; $10 adult, $5 children for non-Members

Grab your dancing shoes, put on your red lipstick and travel back in time to the 1940s. Live music, swing dancing, classic cars, vintage airplanes, World War II veterans and a Holocaust survivor highlight 1940s Day August 12. As Union Terminal continues its full structural restoration, 1940s Day is back at historic Lunken Airport, another classic Art Deco building.

Shakespeare in the Park: The Merry Wives of Windsor

August 12 (All month long at various locations – check schedule)
Glenwood Gardens Park
10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
7-9pm
FREE

How do you con a conman? You beat him at his own game, of course! That’s the lesson learned by Shakespeare’s legendary comedic cad, Sir John Falstaff, as he tries to remedy his financial woes by chasing two happily married women–using the same scam at the same time. But it’s not long before these witty wives sniff out his scheme, turning the tables on their would-be wooer and illustrating emphatically that “wives may be merry and yet honest too.”

Jane’s Saddlebag 5th Annual Kids Festival

August 12 & 13
Janes Saddlebag
13989 Ryle Road, Union, KY 41091
12-5pm
FREE

This event is our way to give thanks to everyone who supports us. Free petting zoo, free inflatables, free kid’s play land and free hay rides. We will have vendors attending this year with items available for purchase!

Fun on the Farm

August 13
Christholm Historic Farmstead
2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton, OH 45067
12-4pm
$5/car; MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit required. $10 annual hangtag, $5 annual sticker or $2 daily parking permits.

Tour 1874 Amish-Mennonite Augspurger Home, feed animals, collect eggs, games and crafts, take hayrides, sample open hearth cooking, tend gardens, and shop at farm friendly vendors and concessions.

Second Sunday on Main

August 13
Cincinnati’s Main Street
14th and Main Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-5pm
FREE

Street fair on Main featuring craft and food vendors, entertainment, demonstrations and more. In August we will be highlighting educationsl opportunities and organizations as well as connect people with community resources and goods!

Cincinnati Parent Magazine KidsFest

August 13
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45228
1-4pm
FREE, Parking costs extra

Includes Cover Kid Contest, caricatures, pony rides, trampoline, face painting, princesses and superheros, plus tons of booths with great information/activities.

OTR Performs: Cincy Shakes presents Romeo and Juliet

August 13 (All month long at various locations – check schedule)
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
7-9pm
FREE

Arts programming for whole family. Drinks available for purchase through Washington Park concessions. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Romeo and Juliet.

Summermusik: Venetian Madcap Musica

August 19
School for Creative and Performing Arts
108 W. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
7:30-9:30pm
$25, Reservations recommended

The CCO will partner with Madcap Puppets in a fully staged reinvention of the story of Pulcinella using body puppets. Puppets, solo instruments and orchestra will interact in an improvisational style – just like the original Commedia dell’arte. Join us on a musical tour of this city of love, desire and power.

The City Flea + KIDS MARKET

August 19
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-4pm
FREE admission

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year. Since its conception in 2011 The Flea has seen dozens of vendors grow from hobby to full time business and it is with much pride that we consider ourselves not only a monthly market, but a small business incubator, community organization, and city advocate. The Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience YOUR city in a unique and engaging way. Our vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios. We have something for everyone.

Castle Days

August 19
Loveland Castle
12025 Shore Road, Loveland, OH 45140
11am-5pm
$8 per person, FREE kids 5 and under

Join the Knights of the Golden Trail for a fun-filled day. Take a jaunt through the beautiful castle gardens, visit the marketplace full of handmade crafts, or sit for a spell and watch comedy acts, Music & historic reenactments. There’s something for everyone! It’s sure to be another wonderful Saturday outing for you and your family!

Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion

August 19-20
Sawyer Point
Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Saturday: 12-8pm, Sunday: 10am-8pm
FREE

The Midwest Black Family Reunion Celebration is one of Cincinnati’s largest family-focused events. This 2-day fun-filled weekend event brings consumers, corporations, and communities together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. Bring your families and friends and make this a reunion to remember!

3rd Sunday Funday: Dog Days of Summer Funday

August 20
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-4pm
FREE; No reservations required

Celebrate one of our favorite four-legged animals this Funday! Make your own canine-related craft, visit the dogs in the Taft collection, and learn how animals are seen in another culture at the Art Cart. Join us a 2 p.m. for a presentation by SPCA Cincinnati on how to be a good friend to any dog you meet, and practice your skills with an SPCA ambassador dog.

Germania Society Oktoberfest

August 25-27
Germania Society of Cincinnati
3529 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251
Friday: 6pm-12am, Saturday: 2pm-12am, Sunday: 12-8pm
$5, 12 and under FREE; FREE admission for active and retired military personnel with current military ID

Wine, schnapps and more than 60 taps of beer. Homemade German foods, including sauerbraten, Oktoberfest chicken, pastries, pretzels, brats, metts, potato salad, coleslaw, cream puffs and sauerkraut balls. Entertainment for all ages, rides, games of skill and gambling.

Oakley After Hours

August 25
Oakley Square
Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
6-10pm
FREE

Music, entertainment and various games and samples from sponsors.

O.F.F. Market

August 26
Oakley Square
2890 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
10am-4pm
FREE admission

The Oakley Fancy Flea Market is Oakley’s neighborhood monthly marketplace and the stomping ground to specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses, artists, and farmers from across the region.

Taste of OTR

August 26
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11am-10pm
FREE, $25 VIP

Food tastings from OTR and area restaurants, music, children’s activities, raffles and variety of beer. VIP includes select tastings, complimentary beverages and private seating.

The Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival

August 26 & 27
Patricia Allyn Park
7266 State Route 48, Springboro, OH 45066
Saturday: 10am-8:30pm & Sunday 10am-7pm
FREE

Award-winning music featuring Native American flute and folk singers in large shaded performance tent with chairs, professional stage, sound, and lights. Family friendly with music, vendors, and food.

Return to Eden: A Monarch Festival

August 27
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-4pm
Included in price of admission: $4 adults, $2 youth (5-17), FREE 4 and under

Music, food, craft sale and more. Celebrate great migratory journey of Monarch butterflies as they pass through region on way to Mexico.

Star Wars And The Power of Costume

Through October 1
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Mondays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 11am-6pm
$24 Adult, $17 Member Adult, $21 Senior (60 and over), $16 Child (3-12), $12 Member Child

Iconic costumes from “a galaxy far, far away” are presented in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition.

 

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