June Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2019}

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School’s out, and now you’re looking for fun, creative ways to keep your kids active. A play day with our friends at Recreations Outlet is the perfect solution! Come enjoy the many playsets, trampolines, and basketball hoops in the indoor playroom. Maybe one will even end up in your backyard this summer!


 

Summerfair at Coney Island   

May 31 – June 2
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45228
Friday: 2-8pm, Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm
$10, FREE ages 12 and under

Fine artists and craftspeople exhibit and sell their works. Music and entertainment. Food vendors. Free parking. Youth Arts Rocks area with art activities for children.

CincItalia, Cincinnati Italian Festival

May 31-June 2
Harvest Home Park
3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, OH 45211
Friday: 6pm-12am; Saturday: 3-11pm; Sunday: 1-9pm
FREE entry

The three-day festival celebrates all things Italian with a wide selection of authentic cuisine, lively music, cooking demonstrations, games and rides for kids, raffles and games for adults, spacious dining tent, open-air wine garden, a recreated mini piazza with a small fountain surrounded by colorful flowers and Tivoli lights. Friday night is an adults-only (19+) “Carnevale,”  with the Rusty Griswolds performing at 6pm and there’s fun for the whole family on Saturday and Sunday.

Sample over 50 food items from 12 food booths with everything from lasagna, spiedini, arrosticini, fried ravioli, stromboli, cavatelle and grilled Italian sausage to gelato, tiramisu, cannoli, and homemade Italian cookies. Attendees have the opportunity to try their luck at Bars & Bells, Big Six, Big Daddy’s Dice, or Split the Pot and other games of chance.

Art in the Garden

June 1
Riverside Drive Augusta
116 Main Street, Augusta, KY 41002
10am-5pm
FREE

Every year on the first Saturday in June, the Augusta Art Guild presents this premier event in Augusta. Set on the banks of the Ohio River in Augusta’s beautiful historic district along Riverside Drive (on the National Register of Historic Places), Art in the Garden features over 70 local and regional artists, a wide array of food vendors, a fun children’s venue, and live entertainment. Musical entertainment will be offered by area folk, bluegrass, and acoustic musicians. The Augusta Ferry brings cars and people across the Ohio River during the event, presenting a picturesque view of Augusta.

Great Parks Free Entry Days   

June 1
ALL Great Parks of Hamilton County
8am-8pm
FREE entry

Great Parks is celebrating special days with free entry for all into Great Parks! Guests can experience 78 miles of trails, over 17,500 acres of natural habitat and wildlife, lakes and river access, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and so much more.

1st Annual Bluegrass Music Art & Craft Festival

June 1
Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant
11069 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45252
11am-8pm
FREE admission

Vinoklet Winery is very excited to start a new tradition with the introduction of the First Annual Bluegrass Music Festival. Live Music – 4 Bluegrass Bands

1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival   

June 1
Eden Park
950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
6-10pm
FREE for Children, $12 for Youth, $25 for Adults

Celebrate the good and bright things in life at the 1000 Lights water lantern festival. We invite family, friends, and individuals to experience a magical night as we light the water with thousands of floating water lanterns. Beginning a few hours before sunset, you will enjoy local food trucks, vendors, and carefully curated live music. Just as the sun dips behind the horizon, we unify our hopes and dreams as we launch thousands of water lanterns onto the water to illuminate the night.

Show Up, Kids! Interactive Family Comedy   

June 1-9
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Saturdays & Sundays for one hour at various times
FREE – ticket reservation available

An interactive, crazy comedy show for 3-10 year olds!

Old West Festival   

June 1 – July 7
1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, OH 45176
Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-6pm
$15

Festival transports visitors to authentic Dodge City Wild West town. We have 15 different shows a day in 22 timeslots!! That’s not even including the other Performance Groups! So much going on and so many changes this season at the Old West Festival. Don’t miss it!

Art on Vine

June 2
Fountain Square
Fifth & Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-6pm
FREE admission

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

Ice Cream Social Cruise  

Sundays
BB Riverboats
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
3-4:30pm
$25 for Adults & $20 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! Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

Pop Up Play: Youngster Yoga

Tuesdays
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11am
FREE

Bring your mini-yogi’s to the park for a FREE kid’s yoga class with The Yoga Bar!  Meet in the south end of the park on sunny days, and under The Southwest Porch tent on rainy days! Bring your own mat, or use one of the ones we provide every week. Mats are first come, first serve.

Baby & Me Story Time

Wednesdays in June
Blue Manatee Literacy Project Bookstore
3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
10-10:30am
$2 suggested donation

Our ManaTeam picks a story each week that includes movement and song! Children get to participate in an interactive story time that develops a love of books and reading. It also assists in learning and retaining new words. It’s a lot of fun for the kids…and the ManaTeam too!

Wednesdays in the Woods: The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars  

June 5, 12, 19, & 26
Burnet Woods – historic bandstand
3251 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
7-9pm
FREE, contributions encouraged

Come celebrate everything great about summer at our spirited series of 11 free weekly concerts, this week featuring the musical stylings of The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. Good friends, good tunes, good food, good times with a variety of hands-on art making activities for the kids – all at the historic 1911 Burnet Woods bandstand!

Thursday Art Play   

Thursdays
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10:30-11:30am
$5 for non-members, FREE for members

A great way to schedule creative play time with your little ones. This program uses storytelling, performance, and hands-on artmaking activities to excite and educate our youngest visitors. It is designed especially for children ages 2 to 5 years old, and their parents and caregivers. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum following each Art Play session. Enjoy a half-priced kids meal from the Cafe at the CAC with the purchase of an entrée!

Mt. Adams Cinema in the City: Mamma Mia Sing-along

June 6
Seasongood Pavilion
950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
7-11pm (Music starts at 7pm; Movie starts at dusk)
FREE

Join the Mt. Adams Civic Association for a FREE showing of Mamma Mia (as a sing-along!!) with pre-film music provided by Real Live Humans. A Food Truck and Graeter’s will be on site! There will also be some great raffle prizes. All Ages! Come out and enjoy a summer evening with your neighbors!

Schwabenfest  

June 7 & 8
Donauschwaben Park
4290 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45252
Friday: 6pm-12am & Saturday: 1pm-12am
$3; ages 12 and under FREE

Come out to the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society in Colerain Township and enjoy authentic German Bier and live music!

SummitFest  

June 8
Summit Park
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
2-11pm
FREE

SummitFest is returning for its second year with performances by Tyler Farr and Lee Brice. Plus, enjoy a beer and whiskey garden, food vendors, and family-friendly activities.

Sayler Park Sustains 

June 8
Nelson Sayler Memorial Park
Parkland Avenue and Monitor Street, Cincinnati, OH 45233
12-10pm
FREE

Sayler Park Sustains is a FREE, day-long, family-friendly event that highlights sustainability through live music and workshops, with kids’ activities, food trucks, local craft beer, and vendors in beautiful Nelson Sayler Memorial Park.

NKY Pride Festival

June 9
Goebel Park
Philadelphia Street between 5th & 6th, Covington, KY 41011
10am-10pm
FREE

Community celebration for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender residents of area. Live entertainment, food, drinks, vendors, games and more.

Second Sunday on Main

June 9
Main Street
14th & Main Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-5pm
FREE admission

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

Opera in the Park 

June 9
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
7:30pm
FREE

Celebrate the start of Cincinnati Opera’s 99th Summer Festival with a magical evening of music in Washington Park! This free outdoor concert in OTR features a selection of unforgettable opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars of the 2019 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and the whole family, and enjoy an evening of opera under the setting sun!

Evolution of Baseball in Cincinnati 1860-1870  

June 11
Heritage Village Museum
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241
7pm
$5; Museum members and children ages 4 and under are free.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of professional baseball! Learn about the history of America’s favorite pastime when base ball researcher, Larry Phillips presents “Evolution of Base Ball in Cincinnati 1860-1870.”  Follow the evolution of the game of base ball in a ten year period that was critical to the development of our National Game. The events that took place right here in Cincinnati established our city as the Birthplace of Professional Base Ball.

Reading is Achieving with Florence Freedom Professional Baseball

June 12
UC Health Stadium
7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
5:35-8:35pm
Tickets start at $10

Join us as we invite children from the area to celebrate their summer reading program. Every child in the Boone Co. and Kenton Co. summer reading program will receive a free ticket through their local library. Families should buy their ticket with the promo code given to them by the local library so part of the ticket goes back to that library.

Summer Adventure with the Library 

June 12, 19, & 26
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-3pm
FREE

Join Main Library staff at Washington Park on Wednesdays from 1-3p for a variety of fun summer activities for the entire family!

Smale Family Fun Day!  

June 13
Smale Riverfront Park – Schmidlapp Event Lawn (next to Moerlein Lager House)
100 E. Ted Berry Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-1pm
FREE

Join us for free Smale Family Fun days in June, July, and August. Meet naturalists from Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature, play lawn games, listen to live music and enjoy a variety of roaming and staged performers down at Smale Riverfront Park!

Italianfest 

June 13-16
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Thursday: 5-11pm, Friday: 5-11:30pm, Saturday: 10am-11:30pm, Sunday: 12-9pm
FREE admission

Authentic Italian food and live Italian music performances.

The City Flea

June 15
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-4pm
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.

Tusculum Street Fest   

June 15
Columbia Tusculum
Delta Avenue & Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
3-10pm
FREE admission

The 4th annual Tusculum Street Festival is happening again this year! The location of the event is on Eastern Avenue between Delta and Stanley Avenue. Enjoy great food, music, and a great time for all ages! 

Juneteenth Festival

June 15 & 16
Eden Park
950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Saturday: 12-9pm, Sunday: 2:30-6pm
FREE

Cincinnati’s 32nd annual Juneteenth festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. The family-friendly free festival, which celebrates the end of American slavery, includes many attractions for all ages. The festival begins at noon on Saturday with a parade of flags representing the origins and forced destinations of Africans during a slave trade that lasted for more than 300 years. The festival continues through Saturday afternoon and evening with two stages of music (blues, jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz, African dancing), drum lines and a praise dance showcase, organized activities and free books for children, Health , History, and education pavilions, historical interpreters, shopping, and, of course, great food. On Sunday, June 16, Juneteenth presents an afternoon of inspirational music–the Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert. The concert features numerous outstanding choirs, liturgical dancers, groups, and soloists.

Father’s Day at the Zoo 

June 16
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm
Dads are FREE

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Zoo! Every dad that comes to the Zoo on Father’s Day will get in for FREE!  Make the dads in your life feel extra special this year at the Cincinnati Zoo.

 SUNday Sundae Sunday 

June 16
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
1-4pm
FREE; No reservations needed

The Sun is the star attraction this Sunday and you can learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor. Sunday Sun-day Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from our 1845 telescope (weather permitting).
As a special treat, we will also have free sundaes for those in attendance.

3rd Sunday Fundays: Art Around the World 

June 16
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-4pm
FREE

Celebrate cultures from around the world this Funday! “Travel” to different countries found in the Taft collection, visit the L’Affichomania exhibition and create your own paper plate necklace inspired by the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. Enjoy a bilingual English and Spanish musical performance by Evan and Vanessa at 1:30 or 2:30 p.m., followed by a traditional Indian dance performance by the Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts at 3 p.m.
Seating is limited for the performances and available on a first-come, first served basis.

Reds Day at the Zoo 

June 17
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Wings of Wonder Theater
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
11:30am-12:30pm
Included with Zoo admission

Don’t miss an exclusive Q&A session from 11:30am – 12:30pm at the Wings of Wonder Theater with your favorite Reds players!

Cincinnati Food Truck Association Food Fest  

June 21
Summit Park
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
11am-10pm
FREE admission

This free, family-fun event brings food truck fans and followers from all over the city and surrounding suburbs to indulge in some of the most popular and iconic food trucks in the region.

Big Bounce America 2019  

June 21-23
Heroes Sports Park
2175 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Friday: 1-4pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9am-9pm
$16 ages 3 and younger, $24 ages 15 and younger, $28 adults (16+)

Welcome to the biggest, craziest and most awesome inflatable theme park ever to exist!  Join and spend some quality time with family and friends in this magical, candy-colored wonderland of inflatable adventure. 

Individual sessions are available to suit all age groups from toddlers through to adults only. 

Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival

June 22
Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove
705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11am-9pm
FREE

Two-hour parade with a famous grand marshal, main festival with music, drag queens, beer and spirits, and Family Fun Zone.

Panegyri Greek Festival 

June 28-30
Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
7000 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: 3-11pm, Sunday: 1-8pm
$2, ages 12 and under FREE

Authentic Greek cuisine, pastries, music, dancing, raffles, games and amusement rides. Free parking at and shuttle from St. Xavier High School.

Family Dinner Cruise  

June 2, 9, 23, & 30
BB Riverboat
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
6:30pm
Dinner Buffet $46 Adult, $31 Children, Sightseeing Only $25 Adult, $17 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. Cruise schedules may change during off-season months. See all of the up-to-date special packages when you choose a specific date in the online reservation system.

Cuba: Journey to the Heart of the Caribbean  

Opens June 7
OMNIMAX Theater
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Member Adult: $6, Member Child: $5, Non-member Adult: $9, Non-member Child: $7,

Cuba tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change. The nation’s vibrant culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture and pristine ecosystems provide a vivid window into the island’s history and spirit. Cuba transports audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana.

Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians and scientists, the film provides an intimate look at this vivacious island nation. Filmed exclusively for the giant screen format, Cuba reveals why Cuba continues to stir the imagination of the world.

Butterfly Show: The Butterflies of Ecuador

Through June 16
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-5pm daily, Closed Mondays
$7 Adults, $4 Children (ages 5-17), FREE ages 4 and under

Thousands of butterflies flutter freely in the showroom among a themed garden design celebrating “The Butterflies of Ecuador.”

SkyStar Observation Wheel 

Through June 16
The Banks
150 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various times depending on the day of the week
$12.50/person

Enjoy unique views of downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and the Ohio River from aboard the 150 foot Skystar Observation Wheel. Each of the 36 gondolas is enclosed, climate controlled and can hold up to six passengers. The SkyStar experience consists of four revolutions and lasts approximately 12 minutes.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs 

Through August 18
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Member Adult: $12.50, Member Child: $8.50, Non-member Adult: $19.50, Non-member Child: $12.50; FREE Children 0-2

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs unveils the mysteries and explores the realities of daily life in ancient Egypt. This extraordinary exhibition looks beyond popular culture’s fantastical portrayals to examine the lives of commoners and god-kings and queens alike. More than 350 original artifacts dating back over 4,500 years, stunningly detailed models of once-lost cities and landscapes and vivid interactive multimedia spaces will combine to conjure up ancient Egyptians’ economic, mythological and cultural world. Egypt will bring the land of pharaohs back to life at Cincinnati Museum Center.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man 

Through September 2
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11-5pm
FREE

Fresh from the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, stunning immersive room-sized installations, mutant art vehicles, creative costuming, films, jewelry and more will transport Cincinnati Art Museum audiences to the Burning Man gathering.
Burning Man attracts more than 70,000 active participants from all over the globe who gather in the desert outside Reno, Nevada. This thriving temporary metropolis is a hotbed of artistic expression and innovation through its shared principles. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man is one of the most influential happenings in contemporary American art and culture.

 

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I am a native Cincinnatian, born and raised on the West Side and currently settled across the river in Northern Kentucky. I’m a former Highlander, Bearcat, Falcon, and Fulbright Scholar. My greatest challenge hitherto is the one I love the most: being a Mom to an energetic eight-year-old boy. When not working full-time at one of the city’s great hospitals, I’m trying to fit in all there is to do in this wonderful city – and there is certainly A LOT to do! As one who loves to read, I am an advocate for the public library and go multiple times a week. You can often find me at Music Hall enjoying the ballet, opera, and orchestra. I am an introvert, a bit of a foodie, an NPR listener, a pessimist who likes to think she’s a realist, a middle child, an ex-wife and amicable co-parent, a fiancée, and much, much more. I feel lucky to have grown up in Cincinnati and to be raising my own child in this wonderful city.

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