From the suburbs to Fountain Square, Greater Cincinnati is rockin’ this summer with a variety of free community concerts that are great for the whole family. Here are some tips, what to bring and finally a guide to some great music!
- Arrive early (but not too early). The trick here is to let kids burn off some steam before the show begins, but not so much that they can’t stay up.
- If possible, choose an aisle “seat” or find a spot near the back so that you can quickly exit with crying children or for potty breaks.
- Check the weather and event website before arriving. Some events will cancel for rain, while others may move or reschedule.
What to Bring
- Swing by the dollar store to stock up on glow sticks and necklaces for nighttime fun
- Pack some snacks and drinks (as permitted)
- Cash for vendors–many events have food trucks or concession stands and many bands also sell their albums
- Ponchos, umbrellas and other rain gear as needed
- Sunblock and bug spray
- Chairs or blanket (check to see what’s permitted)
Party on the Plaza takes place on the South Plaza of Anderson Towne Center. Plan for shopping and dinner before settling in for an evening of fun music.
Blue Ash offers a variety of concerts different nights of the week. From big band to rock n’ roll, you can take your pick from over two dozen concerts and two venues this summer.
Grab the family for some fun on the West Side. These concerts take place at the Colerain Park Amphitheater.
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Boasting a full lineup all summer long, Great Parks of Hamilton County has something for everyone. Acts include local favorites Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band and even a special performance by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra!
This summer series is celebrating its 18th year with a schedule of family-friendly concerts on Monday or Wednesday nights to help you get through the week!
Fountain Square Free Summer Concerts
Head downtown for a variety of music acts all summer long. From reggae Wednesdays to salsa Thursdays as well as various genres on Saturdays and indie features leading up to Midpoint Music Festival, there are plenty of excuses for a night on the town.
Top off a weeknight in Newport with a free Thursday night concert at the Levee. Features popular local acts such as The Rusty Griswolds and Naked Karate Girls.
Enjoy an evening with your family on the charming New Richmond waterfront, including a patriotic performance on the 4th of July.
This summer, Liberty Center plays host to a summer concert series on the square, nestled among the shops and restaurants to ensure a fun family outing.
Mason Sunshine Concert Series
These free Sunday evening concerts at rotating locations will get you recharged before the work week begins.
Deerfield Towne Center Summer Concert Series
Deerfield Towne Center is having a free kids concert every Wednesday in June from 10am-11am. Bring your kiddos out to dance and play with Joanie Whittaker on June 22nd and Zak Morgan on June 29th.
Union Township Summer Concerts
Located just outside of Eastgate near Jungle Jim’s (so you can pick up some goodies to enjoy during the concerts!), the Union Township Civic Center plays host to three free concerts this summer.
Head over on Thursday nights this summer for Bandstand Bluegrass or Sundays for OTR Performs–featuring art, music and theater in a family-friendly format.
Check out West Chester’s community events calendar for free concerts all summer long at two popular locations: Keehner Park and The Square at Union Centre.
Did I forget your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!