October Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2020}

We are so grateful to our friends at Greenacres for making this month's events guide possible!
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Fall has arrived, and so has your guide to family-friendly events for October in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky! It’s time to spend time celebrating all the activities that come along with the season.

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Greenacres Foundation

Every year, Greenacres hosts an assortment of entertaining and unique events. From farm-to-table dinners, concerts with the Cincinnati Pops, to maple syrup hikes, and so much more, there is an event for every age and interest. Their events staff spends months carefully planning the details of each event to make sure your time at Greenacres is memorable. We hope you will join them soon.

They are constantly adding new events, but they already have a few in October you can register the kids for!

Vintage Market Days

Get ready for Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati, coming to Greene County Fairgrounds!

October 30-November 1
Green County Fairgrounds

Early Buying Event: Three Day Pass 10am-4pm (all three days) | $10/ticket
General Admission: Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm | $5/ticket

Enjoy this indoor vintage market full of vintage, vintage-inspired art, handmade treasures, furniture, home décor, boutique clothing, and jewelry! Be sure to check out their great Guide to Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati for some tips to prepare for this fun experience!

Shipwreck Realm of the Eels

Newport Aquarium
1 Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071
Included with Aquarium Admission

Discover the ruins of a long-ago sunken ship scattered across the sea floor, now home to hundreds of animals including mysterious eels, brightly colored fish and curious creatures as they thrive in this accidental reef.

Check their website to make a reservation and to view all of the safety procedures before your visit.

Fall Jazz Featuring Kathy Wade 

October 4
2:30-3:30 pm

Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Taft’s annual Fall Jazz series returns with an all-star lineup of musicians! RSVP to join us for an intimate experience in the Taft’s beautiful gardens.

Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited. Reservations for in-person seating for the performance are required. Visit their website for more information and to make a reservation.

*You can also view their events calendar for several digital opportunities such as workshops, demonstrations, and “Lunch and Learn”

Fright Night Weekend

October 1-4
8pm – 10pm

Washington Park
1230 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Join us for a spooktacular Fright Night Fest October 1-4! Fright Night features a free Halloween movie screening in the Park starting at 8pm, but come down early to grab a spot and a drink from the Porch.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket for fun, enchanted evenings.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Digital Seasonal Opener

Saturday, October 3


Join us to kick-off the Pops’ digital Fall season with a one-hour digital performance by the Pops conducted by John Morris Russell. See their website for the link to watch and to see a full schedule of all the upcoming digital performances.

Sensory Saturday

October 24

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Join us for a socially distanced version of the Cincinnati Art Museum Join us for a socially distanced version of the Cincinnati Art Museum program for families with children who have developmental disabilities. Sensory Saturday will begin before public hours, so families can enjoy a less crowded environment if they wish to do so.  Enjoy several learning centers throughout the galleries and a bingo scavenger hunt. Enhanced cleaning procedures will be followed and masks will be required according to museum policy. Please contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Linton PB&J Musical Mornings

Are you ready to travel the world from the comfort of your own home? We are bringing back “Musical Mornings” live on our Facebook page for six special sessions, culminating in our premiere virtual performance of “A World of Music” on Friday, November 6 at 10:00am.

Click here for the link to our Linton Music Peanut Butter and Jam Session Facebook page. 

September 25: Grab your stuffed animals or dolls and join us for a fancy tea party as we visit Europe
October 2: We will be heading to Russia and dancing with Tchaikovsky
October 9: Head south to Africa while we learn a song from Nigeria
October 16: We are going to be visiting the animals of the rainforests in Brazil
October 23: Bring a piece of paper, because we are going to learn to make a fan to help us dance to traditional Japanese music
October 30: Take a Spanish siesta with us and let your imagination run wild!
November 6: Join us as we stream “A World of Music”! The harp, cello and flute will be our tour guides as we explore how music connects us as humans.

Sunflowers @ Gorman Heritage Farm

October 3 & 4, 10 & 11
Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241

Staggered Entry – Reservations Required
$5 Admission FREE for kids under 3

Explore the beautiful historic working farm including several miles of wooded trails, meet the farm animals, buy pumpkins, cut your own sunflowers ($1 per stem), food trucks, and vendors! See their website for safety guidelines and to purchase tickets.

Second Sunday on Main

October 11

Main Street
14th & Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

FREE admission

Street fair on Main featuring craft and food vendors, entertainment, demonstrations and more. Masks are required. Check their Facebook page for more info.

The City Flea

October 17

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.

Thursday Art Play TV

Contemporary Arts Center Virtual Program

October 8, 15, 22

Tune in every Thursday for a new family friendly video that features easy activities you can do at home. Learn about creative play, recycled rainbows, and meditative art.

Family Festival: Outdoor Art

October 24

FREE – Registration Required

This fall the CAC is moving their Family Festival program outside the gallery walls. The museum is teaming up with Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park for a unique outdoor event featuring local artists, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and lots of hands-on art making. Families will receive free Art Bags loaded with materials to continue creating at home. Following the festival, guests are welcome to explore the 300+ acre sculpture park with 80+ monumental outdoor sculptures. Go here to get your tickets.

Maya: The Exhibition 

Open Thru January 3, 2021
Thursday- Monday 10am-5pm CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday

Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Special Exhibit Ticket Required

Immerse yourself in the genius of the Maya – early disrupters living in cities of stone carved into the rainforest. By studying the stars they developed a calendar more accurate than any other in the world. Their discovery of the number zero opened the door for advanced mathematics. Rubber balls were essential to Maya sports centuries before the “discovery” of vulcanized rubber. And they introduced the world to chocolate. Theirs was a civilization of astronomers, mathematicians, inventors and gods.

For the first time in the United States, the mysteries of the Maya come to life. With over 300 artifacts, discover how the Maya live on today – in their inventions that continue to shape our daily lives and in the millions who carry on the Maya tradition in language and lineage.

See website for more information and safety guidelines.

Halloween Treat Street

October 23
6pm – 8pm

Deerfield Towne Center
5503 Deerfield Boulevard
Mason, OH 45040

Wear your favorite costume and trick or treat from store to store. Check the website for updates and details closer to the event date.

Check out these other posts for the ultimate Fall guides to: 

U-Pick Apple Orchards
Fall Festivals 
Pumpkin Patches
Sunflower Fields
Halloween Events

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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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