July Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Cincinnati & NKY {2021}

A special thank you to our partners at Cincinnati Magazine and the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo for making this month's events guide possible!
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Besides Independence Day, there are a TON of awesome things to do in the month of July this year. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram and use the hashtrag #MomsAroundCincy for us to follow along in all your fun!


Cincinnati Magazine Baby Expo

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246

The “Oh Baby” themed expo will showcase a plethora of resources and interactive activities to equip moms, dads and parents-to-be with everything you need to rock parenthood! Whether you’re expecting your first child or adding to your growing home, the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo is your guide to everything family.

The expo will have the latest baby gear, clothing, accessories, and products from more than 70 baby and children’s vendors. The family-friendly environment will also feature plenty of entertainment for both the adults and the wee ones.

Follow the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo on social media @cincybabyexpo for the latest updates, contests, and giveaways leading up to the expo!

Wednesdays in the Woods

July 7, 14, 21 & 28
Burnet Woods Bandstand
3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

Celebrate everything great about summer outdoors and in-person at Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s spirited series of 11 free weekly concerts. Presented by the Louis & Melba Schott Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, CCAC’s 13th annual summer concert series celebrates art, music, community, diversity and connection – all at the historic 1911 Burnet Woods bandstand! Fun activities for kids at the Kids Art Corner and various food vendors each week.

Fiona’s Sundae Fundae

July 25
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
6, 6:30, 7pm entry times; event ends at 9:00pm
$30, non-members, discounted tickets for zoo members

Get ready to party like a hippo princess during Fiona’s Sundae Fundae.
This sweet fundraiser offers a double-dip of Fiona and delicious Graeter’s ice cream. Fiona’s Sundae Fundae will take you around the Zoo for an ice cream sampling where you will be able to see some of your favorite animals enjoying their outdoor habitats after hours. As you wander through the Zoo, sample Graeter’s Ice Cream with your commemorative spoon!
Upon arrival, guests will receive their Graeter’s Ice Cream passport to show you the way to our 6 sampling stations. Take your commemorative ice cream spoon along with you as you sample through the Zoo! Limited concessions will be open during the Fiona Sundae Fundae. Tickets required.

Balloon Glow

July 3
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45228

Get up close with more than a dozen, dazzling hot-air balloons lighting up against the night sky followed by a spectacular fireworks grand finale. Enjoy all of Coney Island’s favorites like Sunlite Pool, Cannonball Cove, and Twister. PLUS, challenge yourself on the brand new inflatable obstacle course, the Challenge Zone!

FC Cincinnati Pre-Match at the Park

July 9, 21, 31
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us before every FC Cincinnati home game for our FC Cincinnati Pre-Match at the Park presented by ProLink Staffing! Festivities will include a DJ, and COVID-safe family activities.  Food trucks will be parked on Elm street serving up delicious grub and the Porch presented by PPG Paints will be open serving beer, wine, hard seltzer, and drink specials.
We have plenty of socially distanced seating available throughout the park, children and dogs are welcome! If you are not feeling well or experiencing symptoms of COVID19 please stay home.

Promo Nights with Florence Freedom Professional Baseball

July 6 and 13 – $2 Tuesday – $2 Tickets
July 8 – 100th Anniversary of the Negro League
July 16 – Firework Friday
July 17 – 80’s Night
July 23 – Marvel Super Hero Night
July 24 – Night Night – wear your PJs to the park!
July 25 – Christmas in July

UC Health Stadium
7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
Tickets start at $10

See website for details on each promotion and to purchase tickets.

Art on Vine

July 4
Fountain Square
Fifth & Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

Art show featuring fine art and handmade goods for sale from 70+ local Cincinnati artists.

Water Lantern Festival

July 10
Eden Park
950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$25-56 depending on when you buy; kids & youth prices also available

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

Second Sunday on Main

July 11 – PRIDE on Main
Main Street
14th & Main Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

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


July 16-18
Kolping Society
10235 Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Friday: 6pm-12am, Saturday: 4pm-12am, Sunday: 1-9pm
$5; FREE ages 15 and under

Schützenfest, translated as the Marksmen’s Fest, is a traditional German festival dating back to medieval times. It celebrates a marksman saving a young child’s life from an eagle attack. Schützenfest was brought to Cincinnati in 1866 by German immigrants. It is actually older than the Cincinnati Reds! We continue this tradition each year with the shooting of a hand-carved eagle. The winning marksman is crowned “Schützenkönig”, or Shooting King, for the year. You do not want to miss our Schützenfest Gemütlichkeit of beer, wine, food, and entertainment for the whole family!

The City Flea

July 10
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.

Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival

July 8-11
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Thursday & Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: 12-11pm, Sunday: 12-9pm
FREE admission

What do you have when you take one of America’s most loved breakfast meats and celebrate it along with Beer and BourbonEnthusiasts? Bacon, Bourbon and Brew unite!

Thursday Art Play

Thursdays starting July 1
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$5 for non-members, FREE for members

Join us every Thursday morning for creative playtime at Washington Park’s Porch. This family program uses hands-on art making activities and yoga to excite and educator our youngest visitors. Stick around for yoga following each Art Play session.
Once registration is full there will be additional drop-in spots available each week. Stop by Washington Park to join in on the fun! Art Play is designed for children ages 3-8 and their parents or caregivers, older and younger siblings are welcome.

Young Adult Lab at Ziegler Park: Sun Prints

July 1                                                                                                                      6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1322 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

The perfect project for a sunny summer day at the park? Sunprints. Join us every Thursday at Ziegler Park for Young Adult Lab, a free drop-in art making program for young adults! This week artists and educators will walk us through the process of making prints using light and simple objects. Supplies and snacks will be provided by the CAC.

Family Dinner Cruise

July 4, 11, 18, & 25
BB Riverboat
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Dinner Buffet $50 Adult, $35 Children

Experience the Mighty Ohio River with the whole family on this Sunday Family Dinner Cruise. Guests will enjoy a wonderful buffet meal, a two-hour river cruise, and special entertainment. And with an earlier cruise time, you can have great family fun and still get the kids to bed on time.

Ice Cream Social Cruise

BB Riverboats
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
$28 for Adults & $23 for Children (ages 4-12)

Is there anything better than having ice cream in the summer? How about having ice cream while you cruise the Ohio River on BB Riverboats! On Sundays this season, each passenger will enjoy scooped ice cream and their choice of assorted toppings on this 1 1/2 hour afternoon sightseeing cruise. The Captain will guide your afternoon with interesting commentary about Cincinnati and the surrounding area. The best part is that all of this is included in your cruise! It is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family!

Great Bear Rainforest and Backyard Wilderness

1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Thurs – Mon 10-4, Closed Tues and Wed
Member Adult: $6, Member Child: $5, Non-member Adult: $9, Non-member Child: $7

Backyard Wilderness – Explore the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses. Peer inside wildlife dens, crawl along the forest floor and swim along the pond bottom as you meet the creatures who call them home in breathtaking and intimate detail. Spanning a full year of seasons, Backyard Wilderness reveals the wild that surrounds even our suburban homes and that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters.

Great Bear Rainforest – Travel to the land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, humpback whales and the fabled white Spirit Bear – one of the rarest animals on Earth. Set in one of the planet’s most exquisite and secluded wildernesses on Canada’s rugged Pacific coast, Great Bear Rainforest is a story of wilderness and balance, belief and preservation.

Butterfly Show: Butterflies of Bali

Through September 6th
Family Fun Night – June 25th Krohn Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$10 Adults, $7 Children (ages 5-17), FREE ages 4 and under

Krohn is delighted to open Butterflies of Bali presented by ScherZinger Pest Control, marking our 25th year of this iconic event. Gaze in wonder as thousands of butterflies flutter through our tribute to the Indonesian island of Bali. This dazzling homage to the beautiful culture and incredible landscape of Bali is sure to take your breath away. Timed ticketing admission and extended evening hours are new this year.

A Year on the Edge

Through August 18
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Thurs – Mon 10-4, Closed Tues and Wed
Adult: $14.50, Child: $10.50, FREE Children 0-2

A Year on the Edge features nearly 100 framed photographs captured over the course of all four seasons at the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System that bring the forest to life. Brilliant sunlight streaming through rock crevices, cascading waterfalls and wildlife holding dominion over the landscape illustrate in vivid detail the beauty of the Edge’s wild spaces.

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I am a wife and mommy to two sweet girls ages 4 and 10 months. I work from home part-time as an art teacher for a local online school. As a Cincinnati native I love this city and am so thankful to be raising my family here. I love getting creative with my four year old and letting her run wild with paint and lots of other art supplies. I am passionate about encouraging creativity and art making at any age. When I am not crafting or having adventures with my little girls, I love organizing, decorating, shopping for a bargain, exploring new places for family fun around the city, cooking, and searching for local restaurants with great food. I also run an Etsy shop, be tees. by AJB (https://www.etsy.com/shop/AuroraJanesBoutique), with my sister selling screen printed baby and toddler apparel.


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