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

AugustEvents2016Your one-stop resource for family fun in and around Cincinnati!

Camp OTR 

Through August 5
Washington Park
Daily Monday-Friday, 10-11 am

Enjoy creative fun with your kiddos!
Monday: Reading with the Cincinnati Public Library
Tuesday: Creativity Day with Happen Inc
Wednesday (10-10:30): Kids Yoga with The Yoga Bar
Thursday: Fine Arts with CCM Prep
Friday: Games with the Play Library

FREE Shakespeare In the Park

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July 29 – September 1
Various locations across the Tri-state area!
Various times depending on day and location

Free performances by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company of Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet.

Summer Cinema 

Through August 31
Washington Park
Wednesdays, 9-11 pm

Summer Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at the Park! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and join us for a fun, relaxing evening over on our civic lawn.

Summer Pops Concert: The Magical Musical Door of Fantasy  

August 4
Springfield Township Senior and Community Center
9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

Selections to include Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, Pirates of the Caribbean, ET, Hook, Pan, Camelot, Cats and Disney Magic.

Bella Musica! With Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

August 4
Burnet Woods Bandstand & Lakeside Stage
3251 Brookline Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45220
6-7:30pm CCM Preparatory Department; 8pm CCO woodwind quintet

Join us for a concert of light, Italian pieces perfect for a warm summer evening in the shade of Burnet Woods. Performing your Italian favorites will be CCO’s woodwind quintet. Kick back and relax with us at Bella Musica!

Glier’s Goettafest

August 4-7
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Thursday & Friday 5-11pm; Saturday 12-11pm; Sunday 12-9pm

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.

Superhero Run for Kids 

August 5
St. Xavier Church
607 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$35 in advance, $40 on race day; Advanced registration required

Grab your cape and mask and join the 20th Annual Superhero Run for Kids 5K Run and Fitness Walk to benefit ProKids, providing kids in the child protection system with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers).  Enjoy a family-friendly run, followed by a bounce house, DJ, face painting and more.


August 5-7
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various Performances

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents LUMENOCITY: RE-IMAGINE for its fourth and final year. Catch it before it’s glowing, glowing gone!

The final festival features an all-new indoor location at the historic Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati, new music and visuals, and a new outdoor Block Party. The Block Party is free and open to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors (details to come).

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Summer Series 

August 6
Devou Park
1344 Audubon Road, Covington, KY 41011
7:30 pm
FREE, $5 suggested donation

Relax on the lawn to authentic covers of 1970s-80s smooth jazz icons: Chuck Mangione, Sypro Gyra, Chick Corea, and Eumir Deodato. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. The restroom pavilion is open. Food trucks will be on hand to serve up some tasty treats too!  Picnics welcome. TANK Shuttle transports from Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, 6-7:30 p.m., $1 each way. Free limited parking.

Ohio River Paddlefest 

August 6
Schmidt Recreation Complex
2944 Humbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
6am – 2pm
Registration required

9 mile float trip on the Ohio begins at the Schmidt Recreation Complex in the East End and ends at the Gilday Riverside Park in Riverside. If river conditions are deemed unsafe on August 6, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, August 13.

Great Parks Days  

August 6
Glenwood Gardens: 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Meadow Links and Golf Academy: 10999 Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240
Parky’s Farm: 10037 Daly Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
7:30am-8:30 pm
FREE, no motor vehicle permit required

Presented by the Great Parks Foundation. Come out and play in your Great Park! Activities, live entertainment. MacBeth performed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 7pm in Glenwood Gardens.

Jane’s Saddlebag 4th Annual Kids Festival

August 6 & 7
Janes Saddlebag
13989 Ryle Road, Union, KY 41091

This free festival is quickly becoming one of our largest festivals at JSB. 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. Food and drink specials all day.

Curiosity Saturdays 

Through September 3
Washington Park
Saturdays 11 am- 1pm

Interactive programs designed to foster children’s creativity, feed their curiosity and expose them to many wonders of nature in a unique, urban setting.

Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides 

Saturdays through September 24
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, made from scratch dinner, wagon ride to old chuck wagon at Todd Fork Creek for dessert and s’mores.

Miller-Leuser Log House Open House 

Every-other-Sundays August 7 – October 16
Miller-Leuser Log House
6550 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244

Tour of 1796 historic log house furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques.

OTR Performs 

Sundays through September 4
Washington Park
7-9 pm

Arts programming for the whole family:

August 7th- TBA
August 14th- Exhale Dance Tribe
August 21st- Celebrating India’s Independence Day
August 28th – Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wildlife Wednesdays: Composting & Recycling 101 Workshop 

August 10
Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center
211 Railroad Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140

It isn’t always easy being green, but let us show you just how easy it can be! Join Clermont County Park District and Little Miami Conservancy as we explore the step by step process of maintaining your very own compost bin. Kids can explore our vermicompost bin and read “Diary of a Worm” with our Naturalists. Help reduce our carbon footprint and make the world more GREEN!

Grilled Cheese Wednesdays

August 10
Beech Acres Park
6910 Salem Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230
11 am- 12:30 pm
Cash only; Grilled cheese $1 each; additional items vary

Head over to the Beech Acres Park playground for lunch in the park after Summer Shazaam, free children’s entertainment at the amphitheater. Water play area.

Hamilton County Fair  

August 10-14
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
7801 Anthony Wayne Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45216
Wednesday-Friday 4-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 12-10pm
$7, $5 per car parking

Pig racing, Home Depot kids’ interactive program, farm animal petting farm, livestock and poultry displays, blacksmith demonstration, remote control car racing, wood carving display and much more.

CMB Summer Park Playdate Series

August 11
Land of Make Believe at Lunken Airport
4740 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45226
10 am- 12 pm

The Cincinnati Moms Blog is hosting a three part playdate series this summer and we hope you will join us for one or all three events! The events will be free (except for the third one which has a minimal fee from the park itself) and the CMB team will work to get some fun adds for those who are there. Join this event page to stay up to date on all details, plan to meet-up with friends at the events and day of announcements about how to find us. We are SO excited about summer!!

Great Inland Seafood Festival 

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

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

Oakley After Hours  

August 12
Oakley Square
Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
6:30-10 pm

Join us the second Friday of every month for live music, kids entertainment, guest vendors, local businesses and MadTree beer!

Cincy Blues Fest  

August 12-13
Sawyer Point
Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$35 two-day pass; $20 Friday, $20 Saturday; $5 per day ages 13-18, FREE ages 12 and under

From international touring acts on the Main and Piano Stages, to outstanding regional acts on the Local Stage – we’ve got something for everyone.

1940s Day at Lunken Airport 

August 13
Lunken Airport
262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Admission is FREE to Members of Cincinnati Museum Center and World War II Veterans; Non-Members: $10 for adults, $5 for children; $5 per vehicle for parking

Join Cincinnati Museum Center for our annual 1940s Day celebration! One of our most popular events is growing and moving to Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport for an all-day affair of dancing, fashion, cars, planes and interactive fun for all ages.

Touch A Truck 

August 10
England Idlewild Park
5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005

Bring the kids to check out all kinds of trucks! 

Second Saturday Street Faire  

August 13
Downtown Waynesville
Main, High and Miami Streets, Waynesville, OH 45068
10 am – 5 pm

Artists, crafters and authors display and sell creations. Musicians, face painters, and tasty treats.

Family Day 

August 14
Stricker’s Grove
11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross, OH 45013
$12.50, FREE ages 2 and under; FREE parking

Ride hours: 2-5 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Admission includes all rides, roller coasters and unlimited soft drinks. Rozzi Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion

August 19-21
Sawyer Point
Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday 8am-2pm, Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 10am-8pm

The Midwest Black Family Reunion Celebration is one of Cincinnati’s largest family-focused events. This 3-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!

The City Flea 

August 20
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.

Castle Days  

August 20
Loveland Castle
12025 Shore Drive, Loveland, OH 45140
11 am – 5 pm
$8 per person

Join us on the 3rd Saturday of every month April thru August.  For a Medieval day filled with Mirth, Music and Mayhem!  Shop our Craft Market Place for one of a kind treasures.  There is NO PARKING at the castle on the event date.  This includes the street below the castle!  There is FREE PARKING at Meijer on Fields Ertle Road with FREE shuttle to the castle on the day of the event.

Cincinnati Scripted Souls Release Party 

August 20
Pendleton Art Center
1310 Pendleton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

A collection of art by local Cincinnati artists, published by GGI Publishing. Music, art, speaking and more. Free admission and refreshments. Self Parking is available in several lots along Reading Road. A free shuttle service is available at the corner of Reading Road and Pendleton Street to take you to the Pendleton Art Center. Final Friday: Valet available at the front door of the Pendleton Art Center. 

3rd Sunday Funday: Summer Art Games 

August 21
Taft Museum of Art
1-4 pm

Get into the Olympic spirit with a combination of art and competition. Design your own medal and participate in competitions throughout the day. Wump Mucket Puppets will get your competitive spirits running high with a performance at 2 p.m.

Taste of OTR  

August 26-27
Washington Park
Friday 5-10pm & Saturday 11am-10pm

Food tastings from OTR and area restaurants, music, children’s activities, vendors, raffles and variety of beer. All proceeds benefit Tender Mercies.

Dance Under the Stars  

August 26 & 27
De La Dance Center
5141 Kennedy Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45213

Free performance of dance and classical ballet. Bring lawn chairs or blanket. Free parking, outdoor stage and food/drinks available for purchase.

Germania Society Oktoberfest

August 26-28
Germania Society of Cincinnati
3529 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251
Friday 6pm-12am, Saturday 2pm-12am, Sunday 12-10pm
$4, 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.

Taste of Blue Ash 

August 26-28
Blue Ash Summit Park
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 2-11pm, Sunday 2-9pm

Various types of cuisine from more than 20 local restaurants, entertainment, rides and family fun area. 

O.F.F. Market 

August 27
Oakley Fancy Flea Market
2890 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
10 am- 4 pm

Small businesses, entrepreneurs, farmers, scavengers, bakers, chefs, artisans, fashionistas, food vendors, music and beer.

The Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival 

August 27 & 28
Patricia Allyn Park
7266 State Route 48, Springboro, OH 45066
Saturday 10am-8pm & Sunday 10am-6:30pm

Native American flute and folk and traditional Native singers. Vendors with Native American style flutes, arts and crafts and food. Family-friendly event with free educational workshops.

Cheetah Run 5K 

August 28
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
$35 Pre-Registration for members, $40 Pre-Registration for non-members

Run for a purpose! The Cheetah Run proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo, one of the oldest non profits in the city. Your support helps us continue providing world class care for the animals you love!  

Honey Bees in the Summer Breeze 

Through August 21
Krohn Conservatory
11 am- 5 pm
$4 adults, $2 children, FREE ages 4 and under

Featuring cheerful yellow and orange flowers with honeycomb inspired designs. 

Da Vinci: The Genius 

Through September 25
Cincinnati Museum Center
$19.50, $17.50 seniors, $12.50 child; $12.50 members, $8.50 member child

This exhibit features 17 themed galleries with over 200 pieces, including life-size reproductions of over 70 machine inventions, educational animations of da Vinci’s most notable works and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous work, the “Mona Lisa.” Push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them. The interactive, hands-on exhibit presents the timeless blend of science, technology, engineering, art and culture in a way that will challenge you to pursue knowledge and dare to dream.

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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