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A Moms Guide to May: Family Fun in Cincinnati {2016}


We would like to tell you a little about our sponsor of our May event round up, Greenacres.

At Greenacres, the month of May is filled with a variety of events plus Summer Registration is OPEN! Reward yourself with an “Evening at the Races” at our 1920’s Arts Center, for the Horsing Around Fundraiser, while providing Greenacres Stablemates from inner-city areas the opportunity to experience the power of horses. You could also bring your teenagers to the Spring Bird Hike or calling all “teacher-moms” to take part in the Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators’ FREE Critter Capers Teacher Workshop. Events and the 2016 Summer Fun Guide are listed on with more details and directions to sign-up.

Summer spots are limited so register for Kids Camps, Workshops and Family Opportunities TODAY!


Flying Pig Marathon

May 1
Paul Brown Stadium
6:30 am

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, powered by P&G, is the third-largest first-time marathon in the country. Welcoming athletes of all running abilities and from across the country and world, Flying Pig Marathon weekend offers activities and events for the whole family. More than 25 support stations and entertainment all along the course make the event one of the premier marathons in the country.

Weekend events include:

  • P&G Health & Fitness Expo, Friday & Saturday at Duke Energy Convention Center
  • Saturday: 5K & 10K races, kids one-mile race, evening pasta dinner
  • Sunday: Flying Pig Marathon and half marathon plus after-party

Where the Wild Things Play

Sundays, May 1-22
Washington Park
1-3 pm

Kids and adults alike will love “Where the Wild Things Play” at Washington Park. Join us each week for a fun art activity that connects with a special Cincinnati event, celebration, or landmark. All activities are led by Cathy Barney, founder and director of Artsy Fartsy Saturdays.

Zoo Babies

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo

May 1-31
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Help us celebrate our newest arrivals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during May. Six-foot-tall pink and blue storks statues displayed throughout the Zoo will lead visitors to all of the cutest little baby faces.

Peanut Butter ‘N Jam

May 4
Norwood City School District
2132 Williams Ave., Norwood, OH 45212
6:30 pm

Join the Linton Musicians and Madcap Puppets for a “ribbeting” fun time, as they tell the tale of The Frog Prince through the music of Brahms. Designed for ages 2-6.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight

May 4-8
U.S. Bank Arena
Various shows

Inspired by James Cameron’s movie Avatar.

Appalachian Festival

May 6-8
Coney Island
Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday 10 am- 9 pm; Sunday 10 am- 6 pm
Adults $10/Seniors $5/Children 4-11 $2/Children 3 & under FREE; Parking $6.

The Appalachian Festival is one of Cincinnati’s most popular annual festivals, drawing approximately 15,000 people over the three-day event each Mother’s Day weekend. An additional 1,500 school children take part in “Education Day” on the first day of the festival, which is held at Coney Island on the shores of the Ohio River, conveniently located along the I-275 beltway.

Covington Running of the Goats


Photo Credit: laurendifulviophotography

May 7
Covington Farmers Market
Third Street & Park Place, Covington, KY 41011
1 pm

To celebrate the first day of the Covington Farmers Market, we will be hosting a Running of the Goats! The famous Goebel Goats will be making their way from the Farmers Market on 3rd and Court Street to their summer home in Goebel Park by trotting through the streets of Covington!

Wump Mucket Puppets at Northside Art in the Park

May 7
Hoffner Park

Wump Mucket Puppets perform their kid-pleasing puppet show full of silliness and songs.

Family First Saturdays: Art Scouts

May 7

Cincinnati Art Museum

This fun-filled day is perfect for the whole family. Collect badges and see great art. Stops will include an art making experience, campfire stories, and a family friendly musical performance.

Cincy-Cinco Latino Festival

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May 7-8
Fountain Square
Saturday 12-11pm & Sunday 12-7pm

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with authentic music, culture, food and more.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen

May 11-15
U.S. Bank Arena

The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.”

Oakley After Hours

May 13
Oakley Square
Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Join us the second Friday of every month for live music, kids entertainment, guest vendors, local businesses and MadTree beer! 7-7:30 pm stroll on down to blue manatee for pajama and bedtime themed story time event with Miss Alicia.

MainStrasse Village Maifest

May 13-15
Mainstrasse Village
Main Street, Covington, KY 41011
Friday 5-11:30pm; Saturday 12-11:30pm; Sunday 12-9pm

Maifest fills over SIX city blocks along the tree-lined 6th Street Promenade, Main Street and Philadelphia Street, and extends into Goebel Park. The German park-like atmosphere creates the perfect backdrop for the variety of appealing food, drink and works by over 75 artisans and craftsmen. And be sure to visit the Kinderplatz, full of adventures and rides for the small children and the Amusement Midway filled with fun for the “older” kids. With intimate stage settings complete with local craft beer gardens, you can sit back, relax and enjoy quality entertainment by local musicians.

CincItalia, Cincinnati Italian Festival

May 13-15
Harvest Home Park
Friday 6pm-12am (Ages 19 and up); Saturday 3pm-12am; Sunday 1-9pm

Celebration of Italian heritage. Entertainment from national music acts, activities for all ages and authentic cuisine prepared by local Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s Italian cultural societies.

Adventure Fest

May 14
Mitchell Memorial Forest
5401 Zion Road, Cleves, OH 45002
Free; however, some activities may require paid advanced registration

Fun activities including trail races, mountain bike demos, kids fun run, animal demos, climbing wall and more.

Asian Food Fest

May 14-15
Washington Park
Saturday 4pm – 12am & Sunday 12-8pm
Free admission

Features authentic food from mostly all countries from Asian including Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan and many more. Along with food, this year’s festival will feature Human Foosball Arena where all will be able to hop into the inflatable life sized foosball arena and have some fun. There will also be Asian beer, cultural dances and vocalists, and Asian inspired arts and crafts. AFF will be family and dog friendly with Washington Park’s interactive water park, playground, and dog park open for all of our guests.

3rd Sunday Funday: Art in the Garden

May 15
Taft Museum of Art

Spend the day discovering the gardens of the Taft. Art educator Sarah Jane Bellamy will lead a session of plain air painting that will allow even the youngest artists to create a masterpiece. Learn about the tools artists use at the Art Cart. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will stop by at 2 p.m. to introduce you to some animals you may find in a garden.

Buckeye BBQ Fest

May 20-21
The Square at Union Center
9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp., OH 45069
Friday 5-11pm & Saturday 12-11pm
$5, free ages 11 and under

BBQ teams compete. Live music, food vendors, microbrews, wine, BBQ demonstrations, classic car show, Kid Zone.

The City Flea

Photo Credit: Cincinnati USA

May 21
Washington Park

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park. 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.

Art in the Park

May 22
Great American Ball Park

ArtsWave brings music, theater, dancing, and hands-on arts activities to Great American Ball Park for pre-game family fun in the Fan Zone and other parts of the park. Sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, dance with Cincinnati Ballet, or laugh it up at the old “Who’s On First?” routine. Ticket holders to the Art in the Park game enjoy all the extra arts experiences for free.

Live at the Levee

May 26 – September 8
Newport on the Levee – Riverwalk Plaza

Summer concert series.

Family Festival: UnMuseum Opening

May 28
Contemporary Arts Center

Stop by the 6th floor for the opening celebration of artist Tracy Featherstone’s newest addition to the UnMuseum. Come explore the different ways art interacts with your body! Join us as we design wearable sculptures, get creative in our body painting photo booth and make capes and headdresses from found objects. Don’t miss out on the artist talk at 2:00pm!

Taste of Cincinnati

May 28-30
Krohn Conservatory
Saturday & Sunday 11am-Midnight; Monday 11am-9pm
FREE admission

What began as a small, one-day festival in 1979 has grown to become a 3-day celebration of Cincinnati USA’s best culinary delights spread along 5+ blocks in Downtown Cincinnati. Featuring 100+ delectable dishes from more than 40 local restaurants plus continuous live entertainment from local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages, and traditional carnival rides and games, Taste of Cincinnati is sure to satisfy the whole family!

International Butterfly Show: Butterflies of the Caribbean

Through June 19
Krohn Conservatory
10am-5pm, daily
$7 adults, $4 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger

Dozens of countries and scores of cultures, all with one thing in common — a beautiful blue sea. Dive into the Krohn’s annual Butterfly Show, presented by Macy’s and featuring butterflies of the Caribbean, along with whimsical oceanic displays, hundreds of flowers, and plenty of exciting events throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun

Through September 30
Newport Aquarium

A new, interactive exhibit where guests can discover 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish. With a head like a horse, snout like an aardvark and belly pouch like a kangaroo- seahorses are anything but ordinary. The way the exhibit is designed; guests will be completely immersed in the world of seahorses with something new to experience around every corner.

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