September Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2018}

Augusta Heritage Days 

August 31 – September 2
City of Augusta, KY 41002
Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 9:30am-8pm, Sunday 9am-6pm

Vendors, Food Booths, Petting Zoo, Children’s Activities, History Tours, Car Show and a Frog Derby are just a few of the things that you will enjoy! This event is hosted by the Augusta Rotary Club and is the longest running festival in town.

The Amazing Race 

September 1
Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road, Crosby Township, OH 45030

Do you love deciphering clues and solving challenges? Come see if you have what it takes to complete this around-the-park family adventure.

Family First Saturday: Make Way for Ducklings 

September 1
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Designed with the whole family in mind! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family.


September 1
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45228
$20 Registration includes 2 rides wristbands, Regular admission rate apply for Sunlite Water Adventure and rides

Join us from 12 to 4 pm for a classic car show, featuring different makes and models from over the years! We’ll also have JD Hughes as our emcee for the day. The event is FREE for guests to view the cars – regular admission rates apply for Sunlite Water Adventure and our rides. Registration for the event is $20, and includes 2 rides wristbands.  

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra 

September 1
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 spectucular series of family-friendly performances in the beautiful, natural setting of Devou Park Bandshell. The series, sponsored 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.

Afrofood Festival  

September 1
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE entry; Dishes available to sample ranges from $2-$6

Experience the diverse, rich cultures of Africa through its cuisine, music, dance, and fashion and this new festival.

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream  

September 1
10105 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, OH 45242

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its tradition for over a decade of performing Shakespeare in the Park in communities across the tri-state area!

Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest  

September 2
Sawyer Point
Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This traditional, end-of-summer event began more than 30 years ago when WEBN treated the tri-state to a fireworks show in honor of the radio station’s 10th anniversary. The party, held annually at Sawyer Point on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, has grown into an all-day affair with music, food and family fun and entertainment all day. On both sides of the river, nearly a half-million people view the choreographed Rozzi’s Fireworks show while listening to the soundtrack on WEBN (102.7 FM) starting just after 9pm and lasting for about 30 minutes.

Lunken Airport Aviation Days 

September 1-2
Lunken Airport
262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
FREE admission and parking

Helicopter and airplane rides, fly in WWII B-17 bomber (advance purchase required), see planes on display, vendors and kids activities! Free hot dogs and drinks!

Ohio Renaissance Festival 

September 1 – October 28
Ohio Renaissance Park
10542 E. Ohio 73, Harveysburg, OH 45032
Weekends including Labor Day 10:30am-6pm
$22.50, $9.50 ages 5-12; discounts available online
BOGO Adult Tickets September 1-3

Cheer your favorite knight to victory as he competes for the queen’s honor in the thrilling full-armored joust. The lanes are bustling with storytellers, strolling musicians, singers, dancers and villagers welcoming you to a festive day of living history. Feast like royalty on juicy roasted turkey legs, fresh-baked bread bowl stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, and a variety of the finest beers and wines. The sprawling landscape is dotted with 12 stages and a unique open-air shopper’s marketplace with more than 130 merchants and demonstrating craftsmen. Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.

Cincinnati Hispanic Fest

September 2
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
7700 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45216
$10 per car

This year we are celebrating 25 years of bringing people together and we would like you to be part of this unique experience of Latin American music, folkloric dance, and traditional Latino food.

UniverSoul Circus  

Through September 3
Midpointe Crossing
7030 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Various Shows

Interactive circus arts, theater and music

New Richmond Farm & Flea

September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
River Village Shoppe
411 Walnut Street, New Richmond, OH 45157

We are focused on locally grown food, artisan goods and vintage flea. We do our best to always encourage and support local businesses and artists of all forms, working to make a positive impact on the community around us.

At Home In The Garden

September 1 – October 21
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
$4 adult, $2 youth (5-17), 4 and under FREE

Conservatory’s fall show.


September 2
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
FREE admission

Live entertainment on Riverboat Row from noon to 9 p.m., food, beverages and Rozzi’s largest and oldest fireworks display at dark. In 2017, there were more than 250,000 visitors. For more information, please visit

Labor Day Picnic   

September 3
Stricker’s Grove
11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45061
$12.50; FREE ages 2 and under

In honor of the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country we open our park. Please bring your friends and family and enjoy this national holiday. Ride Hours: 1pm – 4pm and 5pm – 8pm (Rides close 1 hour for dinner)

Make & Take Workshops: Wine Bottle Succulent Gardens

September 5
Delhi Flower and Garden Center
6282 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044
Prices vary by the activity and the plants you include.

This is nothing short of brilliant. This “make & take” workshop combines the simple beauty of succulents (which we love because of how easy they are to care for!) with the repurposing of old wine bottles (which we love because – well wine… but also because repurposing is good for the Earth!) This sounds like a great excuse to get together with your girlfriends and spend some time recharging those batteries. The icing on the cake is being able to walk away with this unique planter that will make the perfect conversation piece for your summer table.

Taft Jr. 

September 6
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$10 non-members in advance (includes Museum admission), $12 day of program, FREE for Taft member; Information & registration: [email protected] or (513)684-4517.

Taft Jr. welcomes visitors 3 to 5 years old, along with their caregivers, on the first Thursday of each month from September through May. Taft Jr. allows preschoolers to have fun learning about and making art with their favorite adults while absorbing good museum manners. Each program will feature a story time, a close-up encounter with a piece of art, and a craft. How you stand and move can tell a lot about how you are feeling! Hear a story that will get you moving to show all sorts of emotions, practice your bending skills to create a movable piece of art, and look closely at the poses of the people in the Taft paintings to see how they are feeling.

Harvest Home Fair 

September 6-9
Harvest Home Park
3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, OH 45211
Thursday: 6-10pm, Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: 12-11pm, Sunday: 12-9:30pm
$5, FREE ages 12 and under

4-day event kicks off with parade through Cheviot. Fair offers live entertainment, food, amusement rides, 4-H animal and horticulture exhibits, plus horse, flower and art shows.

Star Wars: A New Hope Film with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

September 7-9
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday & Saturday: 7pm; Sunday: 2pm

Over 40 years ago Star Wars: A New Hope changed the face of cinema and our culture, inspiring audiences around the world. The Cincinnati Pops will perform John Williams’ unforgettable score as Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the beloved characters battle the Empire on the big screen above the stage. Experience the film that started it all like never before. 

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest 

September 7-9
MainStrasse Village
Main Street, Covington, KY 41011
Friday: 5-11pm; Saturday: 12-11pm; Sunday: 12-8pm

Oom, Pah, Pah! Strike up the band for everyone’s favorite Oktoberfest, held the weekend after Labor Day for 39 years. From the First Keg Tapping Ceremony to the close of the day, it’s time to celebrate life with great German and American food and outstanding entertainment. Over 75 Arts and Crafts booths! A perfect fit for the historic German neighborhood of MainStrasse.

Astronomy Friday 

September 7, 14, 21 & 28
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$7, $5 ages under 18; FREE for Observatory members; Please call 513.321.5186 for reservations

In awe with the beauty of the night sky? Have questions about the Universe? This is where you can get the answers. Astronomy Fridays include short presentations on a wide variety of topics and plenty of time for your astro questions. Tour of the Cincinnati Observatory, which as a National Historic Landmark played an important role in the history of Cincinnati and our nation. Once dark, we will view the Moon, planets and deep space treasures through the historic 1845 telescope. (The program is held rain or shine; telescope viewing if clear skies). The topics and the night sky change week-to-week/month-to-month so you can visit often to hear and see something new.

O.F.F. Market  

September 8
MadTree Taproom
3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
FREE admission

The O.F.F. Market is setting up shop inside MadTree Brewing! Artists, bakers, chefs, scavengers, mobile boutiques, and everything in between will be converging on MadTree Brewing for an exciting indoor market in the Barrel Warehouse.

Make & Take Workshops: Whimsical Fairy Garden

September 8
Delhi Flower and Garden Center
6282 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044
Prices vary by the activity and the plants you include.

We think this garden workshop makes for a perfect afternoon with friends or a great “Mommy and Me” outing with your kiddos. Gardening has tons of educational components to it, plus, it’s a relaxing and fun way to spend your time. We love the simplicity of these “make & take” workshops because not only do you get to leave with something pretty but for those who were not blessed with a green thumb, you get to utilized the experts at the garden center to help you create the perfect fairy masterpiece.

Weekend in 1800s   

September 8-9
Shawnee Lookout
2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, OH 45052
Saturday: 2-6pm & Sunday: 2-5pm

Go back in time to visit people from the 1800s at this event. The cabin, schoolhouse and lawn will come alive with early Ohio settlers. Our guests will be the Society of Northwest Longhunters. This fun event has something for the whole family.

Dinsmore Homestead Fall Festival

September 8
Dinsmore Homestead
5656 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
$10 adults, $3 children (under 3 is FREE)

Dinsmore farm will come alive with activity during the festival that features live music, our famous attic sale, craft vendors, pumpkin painting, kids games, and much more.

Old West Festival 

September 8 – October 14
1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, OH 45176
Weekends 10am-6pm
$12.99 adult, $9.99 children ages 3-12, all-inclusive tickets also available; FREE parking

Western-themed festival takes the whole family down a historic, dusty road to the times of the Old, Wild West. Guests will be treated to gun fightin’, old medicine and magic shows, a saloon with something to wet everybody’s whistle, live bluegrass entertainment, and so much more. Rain or Shine.

Second Sunday on Main: King Records Month

September 9
Main Street
14th & Main Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

Street fair on Main featuring craft and food vendors, entertainment, demonstrations and more.

Make & Take Workshops: Are You Ready for Some Football Patio Pot

September 12
Delhi Flower and Garden Center
6282 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044
Prices vary by the activity and the plants you include.

WHO DEY! No matter if the team wins or loses on Sunday, you will leave this event a winner, with your very own festive football planter. We love the simplicity of these “make & take” workshops because not only do you get to leave with something pretty, but for those who were not blessed with a green thumb, you get to utilized the experts at the garden center to help you create the perfect porch masterpiece.

Mt. Adams Cinema in the City: Labyrinth in Eden Park w/Jake Speed & The Freddies   

September 14 (moved from August 10)
Seasongood Pavilion
950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
7-11pm (Music starts at 7pm; Movie starts at dusk)

It’s only forever, not long at all…
Join the Mt. Adams Civic Association for a FREE showing of Labyrinth at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, with pre-film music provided by Jake Speed & The Freddies.
Music starts at 7 pm with Jake Speed & The Freddies
Labyrinth starts at dusk
Fireside Pizza Walnut Hills and Streetpops will be on site! There will also be concessions, raffles, and activities for the kiddos. All ages! Free!
Come out and enjoy a summer evening with your neighbors!

ScopeOut Telescope Festival 

September 15
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$5; FREE with membership

Want to see the coolest telescopes in the Tri-state?  Want to look through a telescope to see the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars?  Join the members of the Cincinnati Observatory as they celebrate the telescope.  Dozens of astronomers will set up their telescopes and share their knowledge, passion, and expertise. There will also be activities for students of all ages, meteorites on display, and new and used telescopes for sale.

The City Flea

September 15
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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.

Lantern Lighting Ceremony 

September 15
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232
FREE entertainment and parking; a $5 tax-deductible donation is requested for the use of each lantern

This is a FAMILY event.  Bring a picnic, blanket, lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the magnificent grounds of Historic Spring Grove as you are entertained by the PETE WAGNER ORCHESTRA.  (Please note the cemetery does not provide seating).  Prepare your personalized lantern by inscribing your own words of remembrance and hope on our specially designed lanterns.  Through them you send your unique message of love, peace, and hope into the world and to those we love and have lost.  The lanterns are then assembled with a candle and prepared for a launch onto Willow Water Lake.  Please stop by our Information Tent to share the name(s) of your loved one(s) with us.  All of the names of those we are remembering will be read aloud before the launch of the lanterns.  Remember to have your photo taken with your lantern and those sharing the event with you, and be sure to pick up your complimentary copy of the photo. 
At dusk, we will gather at the shoreline to share a simple but beautiful ceremony.  The candles are lit and the lanterns are set  upon the water to carry their messages.  As the lake is slowly illuminated with glimmering candlelight, the individual candles join together to transform the darkness of the setting sun. 

Kenton County Farm Harvest Tour

September 15-16
16 Locations in Kenton County, KY
Saturday: 10am-5pm & Sunday: 11am-5pm

Self-guided tour offering behind-the-scenes glimpses into our diverse farms, ranches, wineries, and other locations. Bring your family to experience local agriculture first-hand. New for 2018 is the addition of a second day for some farms. Please make note of days of operation for each farm on the tour.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire  

September 15-16
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
7700 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45216
FREE for Cincinnati Museum Center Members; $7 advanced tickets non-member; $10 day of non-member

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of creativity and invention. Makers showcase what they make, inspiring others with their passion and teaching the skills necessary for invention. From robots and microprocessors to experimental music and jewelry, any and every act of making is on display. Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!

TriHealth Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo  

September 15-16
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246

Whether you’re expecting your first child or adding to a growing home, the Cincinnati Baby & Beyond ExpoSM is your guide to everything family. Discover new products from over 175 baby and children’s boutiques specializing in the latest and best products, clothing and accessories!

In addition to shopping, our family friendly environment features child and health care experts conducting interactive and educational activities on-site such as The Active Child, Wellness & Education, Pre- & Post-Pregnancy Fitness & Yoga and Pre- and Post-Pregnancy resources such as Birthing Centers, OB Physicians, Pediatric Dentistry, On the Go Products and much more.

Fall Fair Arts Festival 

September 16
Cottell Park
5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040

Enjoy a fall celebration of the region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty in the heart of Deerfield Township during the FallFair Arts Festival, presented by The Arts Alliance. This fun, family-friendly event is free to the community. With quality arts and crafts booths, performing arts, and an expanded children’s creation station, Cottell Park is transformed into a beautiful arts festival. Featuring more than 70 local and regional juried artists exhibiting and selling their original work in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood. The event also features the FallFair Stage, showcasing wonderful performing arts all day! Festival goers will enjoy a local exhibition of paintings, created by The Arts Alliance Painters, inside the Snyder House.

3rd Sunday Fundays 

September 16
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Bring the whole family to the Taft Museum of Art to experience a free afternoon of great art, kid-sized art info, hands-on fun, family-friendly performances, and animal encounters. Most activities are ongoing throughout the afternoon, so stop by when you have time and stay as long as you like. Free fun for everyone!

Make & Take Workshops: Harvest Metal Tub Planter

September 19 & 22
Delhi Flower and Garden Center
6282 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044
2 pm & 6pm, depending on the day you choose
Prices vary by the activity and the plants you include.

Check out this event and leave with the perfect seasonal display for your porch as we head into Fall. These Make & Take Workshops give you the chance to be the designer. The garden center experts will be there to guide you as little or much as you need. You make it, you take it home, and they’ll take care of the mess when you go!

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes  

September 20-22
U.S. Bank Arena
100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various Shows

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. This ancient artifact holds immeasurable mystical power and would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all-new show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains.  Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE! 


September 21-23
Downtown Cincinnati
Second & Third Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday: 5pm-11pm; Saturday: 11am-11pm; Sunday: 11am-9pm
FREE admission

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is where more than half-a-million herren und frauen will convene on Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Oktoberfest Zinzinnati features seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And don’t forget the wiener dog races!

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World 

September 21 – January 6
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Mondays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 11am-6pm
Member Adult: $7, Member Child: FREE, Non-member Adult: $14, Non-member Child: $10

GUITAR is a full immersive exhibition that explores the instrument’s evolution and history, the science of creating sound with wood and steel and the cultural impact on cultures over the past 5,000 years.

Autism Family Exploration  

September 22
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This program is designed for families with children with developmental disabilities to explore the Art Museum before public hours. Families or individuals are welcome to explore the museum at their own pace, or participate in the day’s activities.  Upon entrance, visitors will receive a sensory-friendly map which includes a visual scavenger hunt. Families are welcome to participate in an art-making in the Rosenthal Education Center and hands-on learning centers in the galleries.

Fire Up the Night  

September 22
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45228
4pm; Competition begins at 8:30pm
$25 per carload – includes parking, rides, and attractions

On September 22, Germany, France, and Mexico will be competing in Coney Island’s annual firework competition, Fire Up the Night. Spend the day riding rides, canoeing on Lake Como or playing a round of mini golf. You can also join in the fun with live entertainment at the world’s largest “empty-pool” party at Sunlite Water Adventure. In Moonlite Pavilion visitors can experience the unique foods and cultures of Germany, France, and Mexico with interactive music, dancing, and art displays. Beginning at 8:30 pm, the competition begins as the countries light up the night sky with 3 firework displays. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will end the evening with a fantastic finale over Lake Como. The park hours are 4:00-11:00pm.

Merchants & Music Festival  

September 22
Tower Park
900 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
FREE admission

A full day of food, music, kids activities, and fun. Headliner is 10,000 Maniacs

Wizard Express  

September 23
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
Departure times: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
$15 adults, $12 kids (2-16), FREE kids 1 and under

Experience a magical train ride on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad featuring a cast of characters from A Characteristic Attitude.
The Wizard Express will feature photo and interaction opportunities with your favorite witches and wizards as you will travel through Warren County in Southwestern, Ohio.
The Wizard Express will feature an opportunity to be sorted into a house by our magic sorting hat.

Amazing Family Race   

September 24
Smale Riverfront Park
100 E. Ted Berry Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$35 per team; Registration required

ATTENTION FAMILIES….Get your competitive energy flowing!  It’s our 7th Annual Amazing Family Race and will return to the Smale Riverfront Park.  Everyone’s favorite new park along the Ohio River, Smale, features a variety of engaging playgrounds, Cincinnati themed structures, beautiful gardens, water features and the renowned Carol Ann’s Carousel! Navigate around these features all while competing in our challenges made specially for the whole family.  You’ll have a blast solving riddles and puzzles together to find your way to the next destination!  It will be…..AMAZING!
Teams can consist of up to 5 members and must include a combination of adults and children ages 5 through 17. The race starts and ends in Smale Riverfront Park.
Gather you team members, create team shirts and prepare for an AMAZING day! Teams must return to the starting point by 1:00pm to be eligible for prizes. For more information, call 751-3679.    


Newport Oktoberfest 

September 28-30
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Friday: 5-11pm – Fireworks after the Reds game!; Saturday: 12-11pm; Sunday: 12-9pm
FREE admission

The Newport Oktoberfest is promised to be the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area. The event will be in the Munich Oktoberfest style of large Fest Tent sponsored by German Beer Breweries. Each tent will have food, beer and music. Participating restaurants include Wertheim’s and others. There will also be continuous live German entertainment. For more information, call 513-477-3320.

Got Milk Day  

September 29
Country Pumpkins
1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge, KY 41035

Join us for our annual Got Milk Day! Free chocolate milk for our first 100 guests and free cow milking demonstrations throughout the day! Kids will also have the opportunity to bottle feed a baby calf and ask the farmer all their questions! (Cow milking demonstrations and calf feeding are FREE activities! Admission and parking is also FREE.) In addition, our Fall Festival will also be in progress including hayrides, u-pick pumpkins, farm animals, corn maze, barrel train rides, and much more!

Cincinnati Moon Festival 

September 29
Fountain Square
Fifth & Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association are excited to announce the 2018 Cincinnati Lantern Festival. As part of Vibe Cincinnati’s efforts to make our beloved city a multi-cultural destination for all, the Chinese community is celebrating its Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and showcasing its cultural heritage with all Cincinnatians for the first time ever.

This is a family oriented event with many fun activities designed for children and families.

Lebanon Country Applefest  

September 29
Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
FREE Admission and Parking; Train rides: $15 adults, $12 kids (2-16), FREE kids 1 and under

Kick off the fall season by tasting delectable local produce, enjoying the entertainment, and doing something different by joining the LM&M Railroad for a One Hour Train Ride during the Lebanon Country Applefest!
Experience a nostalgic train ride on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. You will travel through the country side of Warren County in Southwestern, Ohio. During your ride you can listen to our informative passenger conductors describe railroad history and operations.

The Bluegrass Market at Burlington 

September 29-30
Boone County Fairgrounds
5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005
Saturday: 10am-5pm & Sunday: 10am-4pm
$5 (cast only), FREE kids 12 and under; FREE Parking

The Bluegrass Market at Burlington is an “all things Kentucky and beyond” inspired open-air market for the entire family. Live music, kid activities, and a variety of delicious foods from around the area. A shopping experience for both ladies and gents, showcasing some of the best local small businesses, shops, crafters and artisans from the area. The Boone County Animal Shelter will also be at the Market on Saturday with their Adoption Waggin!

Great Outdoor Weekend 

September 29-30
Various locations around Cincinnati

Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in Greater Cincinnati region. Each fall there are over 100 events available—all are free and open to the public.

Scarecrow Row 

September 29 – October 14
Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreational Complex
5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Daily 7-9pm
FREE admission

Cool, creative scarecrows line the paths of Otto Armleader Park.

The Great Pumpkin Fest 

September 29 – October 28
Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, OH 45040
Saturdays & Sundays: 12-6pm
Included with park admission

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 so much more! Guests of all ages will enjoy our Halloween-themed festivities, sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Jack-O-Lantern Junction

September 29 – October 31
EnterTRAINment Junction
7379 Squire Court, West Chester, OH 45069
Daily 10am-6pm, Sundays: 12-6pm
Admission fees apply

Trick-or-treat in the world’s largest indoor train exhibit. Plus, an indoor pumpkin patch, outdoor train rides and a kid-friendly maze.

Fall Family Festival **FREE**

September 30
Niederman Family Farm 
5110 Lesourdesville-West Chester Road, Liberty Township OH 45011
FREE! Please register HERE 

Expect classic farm activities that everyone knows and loves: the corn maze, tractor rides, giant air pillow, pumpkin picking, bonfires and more! Plus, an Adventure Zone with a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, climbing wall, inflatable slides and a 300-foot zipline! Oh, and a food truck rally and cinnamon-sugar donuts and the mobile Cone available for purchase. This is seriously the can’t miss event of the fall! (Shout out to Center Pointe Christian Church for making this possible for the whole community!)

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McClosky 

Through September 9
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday-Sunday: 11am-5pm, Thursday: 11am-8pm

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey celebrates the writer and illustrator whose classic children’s books have captivated children of all ages for generations. The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a major force in twentieth century children’s literature.
The exhibition consists of over 100 original artworks, ephemera, and rare preliminary book materials. While emphasis centers on his classic, Make Way for Ducklings (1941) the exhibition considers McCloskey’s entire works including Centerburg Tales (1951), which recall his youth in Hamilton, Ohio. In addition, it includes his family-based stories in his adopted home state of Maine such as Blueberries for Sal (1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). A selection of independent work—watercolors and paintings that connect McCloskey to such prominent twentieth century American painters as Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper—are also showcased.

Mission Aerospace  

Through September 9
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Mondays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 11am-6pm
FREE for Members! $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Senior, $8.50 Children (3-12), Toddlers (ages 1-2) $5.50

Mission Aerospace is your chance to prove you have the right stuff to lead the future of space exploration. Over a dozen experiments, puzzles and activities are packed into an a-maze-ing journey of twists and turns. Learn about the history of rockets and flight, explore the technology that supports modern-day aeronautics and test the laws of aerodynamics by creating advanced paper airplanes and rockets.

Chocolate: The Exhibition  

Open Now through January 6
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Mondays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 11am-6pm
Member Adult: $7, Member Child: FREE, Non-member Adult: $14, Non-member Child: $10

From kings to kids, rainforests to candy wrappers, experience the global journey of everyone’s favorite sweet treat.
Chocolate hasn’t always been a bar. It hasn’t always been widely available. It hasn’t even always been sweet. Chocolate: The Exhibition tracks the rich history of the cacao bean, from its beginning as a royal — even divine — Mayan drink to its current role as a romantic gesture, guilty pleasure and global commodity. Follow the history of chocolate culture and science from the 10th century rainforest to the modern-day corner store.
Few food items are both so historically and gastronomically (deliciously?) rich. Vivid environments and imagery, over a hundred exhibited objects and the tantalizing scent of chocolate await to tell this treat’s amazing history.

REC Reads 

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Bring your toddlers or preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed storybooks, songs, and sensory activities. This 30-minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way.


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