September Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2019}


Summer is winding down and hopefully, the heat is, too! This time of year is perfect for enjoying those extra hours of evening sunlight being active outdoors.

Recreations Outlet’s end of season tent sale this month is a great place to shop for discounted backyard fun.

You can also visit the showroom to “try before you buy”. Check out the sale and find the perfect piece to fit your outdoor space!

Augusta Heritage Days 

August 30 – September 1
City of Augusta, KY 41002
Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: 9:30am-8pm, Sunday: 9am-6pm

Sponsored by the Augusta Rotary Club, this event has been a tradition in Augusta for decades. This festival boasts traditional games, vendors, trolley tours, entertainment, and the Famous Frog-Jumping Contest. 

Lunken Airport Days  

August 31 – September 1
Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport
262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226

Color guard ceremony at noon each day, helicopter and airplane rides, fly in WWII B-17 bomber (advance purchase required), see planes on display. Free hot dogs and drinks.

Cincinnati Hispanic Fest

August 31-September 1
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
7801 Anthony Wayne Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45216
$10 per car; $2 walk-in

This year we are celebrating 26 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.

Curious George at Coney Island

August 31 – September 2
Coney Island Amusement Park
6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Appearance times at 1:30, 2:30, and 4:30.

Coney Island Amusement Park, in partnership with our local PBS stations ThinkTV and CET, are excited to have beloved children’s character Curious George stop by! Kids can enjoy activity books, a special screener, and a chance to even meet George himself!

Art on Vine

September 1
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.

The Amazing Race 

September 2
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.

Labor Day Picnic   

September 2
Stricker’s Grove
11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45061
$14; 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)

Taft Jr. 

September 5
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE for Taft members and children; Regular admission pricing for non-members; 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. Pre-schoolers have fun with their favorite adults during this interactive experience. Each program features a story time, a close-up with a work of art, and art-making.

Harvest Home Fair 

September 5-8
Harvest Home Park
3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, OH 45211
Thursday: 6-10pm, Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: 12-11pm, Sunday: 12-7pm
$5, FREE ages 12 and under

The “biggest little fair in Ohio” dates back to the 1860s and features music, rides, 4-H exhibits, flower and horse shows, food and drinks. The annual parade kicks things off on the September 5 at 6 pm!

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra    

September 6-8
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday & Saturday: 7pm; Sunday: 2pm

The saga continues at Music Hall. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped—with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss one of the most popular science fiction films of all time shown on the big screen with John Williams’ unforgettable score performed by the Cincinnati Pops.

Family First Saturday: Japanamania 

September 7
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. There’s a different theme each month, so be sure to come to every one, and bring your best friends!

Experience Magic Like Never Before!  

September 7
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
4-6:15pm & 7-8:15pm
$12; $10 discount with a non-perishable donation

You don’t want to miss this New and Unique Show performed by 4-time award-winning close-up magician Presto Paul Dalholt! This show will be filled with Amazing Magic and Hilarious Comedy that is suitable for all ages! You will witness magic up close and personal with all-new effects as well as some audience favorites that will leave you wondering, how did he do that?

Weekend in the 1800s   

September 7-8
Shawnee Lookout
2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, OH 45052
Saturday: 2-6pm & Sunday: 2-5pm

Transport yourselves in time to experience life in early Ohio. Interact with real settlers, see how they lived, see what they did for fun and meet our friends from the Society of Northwest Longhunters. This interactive event has something for the whole family. Some activities may have a small fee. 

Dinsmore Homestead Fall Festival   

September 7-8
Dinsmore Homestead
5656 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Saturday: 12-6pm & Sunday: 12-5pm
$10 adults, $3 children (under 3 is FREE) and includes both days

Dinsmore’s Fall Festival features local bluegrass and “roots” music, a wide array of crafters, antique cars, and activities for the whole family.  This is the kick-off to fall!

Second Sunday on Main

September 8
Main Street
14th & Main Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

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

Dorothy in Oz    

September 14
Memorial Hall OTR
1255 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-1pm & 2-3pm         
FREE show – tickets required

Memorial Hall presents TCT On Tour: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Ideal for Grades K-5
Join this inspirational young lady as she takes your audiences down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why a lion, a scarecrow and a man made of tin are all singing the blues.  On this adventure our heroine, Dorothy, must find a way home but, in the process, she must help her new friends unlock their full potential. Dorothy in Oz is an adaptation of the popular Frisch Marionettes’ production Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Lantern Lighting Ceremony 

September 14
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. 

The City Flea

September 14
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.

Scopeout 2019 

September 14
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$10 adults, $5 kids; FREE for Observatory members

Want to see the coolest telescopes in the Tri-state?  Want to look through a telescope to see the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn?  Join the members of the Cincinnati Observatory as we celebrate the telescope.  Dozens of astronomers will set up their telescopes and share their knowledge, passion, expertise between 6-8pm.  Then as darkness falls, from 8-10pm they will share views through their own telescopes (weather permitting).  Plus the historic Cincinnati Observatory telescope will be in operation to view the planets up close. We will also have activities for students of all ages, meteorites on display, and new and used telescopes for sale. Great for all ages!

Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo  

September 14-15
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Saturday:10am-5pm; Sunday: 10am-4pm

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 more than 100 baby and children’s boutiques specializing in the latest and best products, clothing and accessories! In addition to shopping, the 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. Interested in becoming an exhibitor and showcasing your products and services to expectant moms, new moms, and families who are looking to connect with the best? 

3rd Sunday Fundays 

September 15
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, 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 can.

Kids Movie Night: Finding Nemo 

September 20
Taft’s Brewing Co. Brewpourium
4831 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232
FREE entry

Free kids movie night is back! We asked, you answered and chose Finding Nemo for this month! The movie is set to begin at 6:30PM. We’ll have Finding Nemo coloring pages and crayons at all the tables. Come early to grab a seat, a beer, some pizza and enjoy the show!

Cincinnati Comic Expo 

September 20-22
Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday: 3-8pm; Saturday: 10am-7pm; Sunday: 10am-5pm

Annual show celebrating all periods and genres of pop culture with emphasis on comics. Latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, artwork, games, toys, movies and TV.


September 20-22
Downtown Cincinnati
Second & Third Streets between Elm & Walnut, 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!

Fire Up the Night

September 21
Coney Island Amusement Park
6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Gates open at 4pm
Fireworks show kicks off at 8:30pm
Admission is $25 per carload.

Bring the whole family out to experience Fire Up the Night, an International Fireworks Competition held at Coney Island Amusement Park! Russia, Belgium, and Vietnam will be competing, and the night will end with a fireworks show over Lake Como by our very own Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Before the show, there will be food and entertainment from the competing countries, as well as rides, attractions, and the world’s largest “empty” pool party. 

Got Milk Day   

September 21
Country Pumpkins
1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge, KY 41035

Country Pumpkins is located on a working dairy farm in Dry Ridge, KY. On this special day we will be giving away chocolate milk to our first 100 guests. One of our farmers will be doing cow milking demonstrations and letting guests bottle feed calves from 11am – 2pm. Our fall festival is also open on this day until 7pm for hayrides, u-pick pumpkins, barrel train rides, 4 acre corn maze, farm animals, hay pyramid, turbo slide, and more!

Fire Up the Night  

September 21
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45228
4pm; Competition begins at 8:30pm
$25 per carload – includes parking, rides, and attractions

Spark some fun this fall at the only International Fireworks Competition in the United States — and, it’s at Coney Island! Immerse yourself in the cultures of competitors from around the world displaying their spectacular fireworks shows. This dazzling display of sound, color, and music along with family fun ends with a stunning finale by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks over the banks of Lake Como.

Suffragettes: With Liberty and Voting for All

September 21-22
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Saturday: 2pm & 5pm; Sunday: 2pm
$10, $7 Mainstage Subscribers

In 2020, we the celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States – the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Experience the empowering history of the brave women who made triumphant strides through sacrifice and determination. Through story and song, learn about the great gift these women left us – an empowering heritage of pride, momentum and purpose. From 1920 to today, these women are a constant source of strength and inspiration. Grades 3-8

Ish: Cincinnati’s Jewish and Israeli Arts and Culture Festival  

September 22
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

Ish Festival is a community-wide celebration of Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music and culture. The event is free to attend, open to the public and appeals to all ages! 

Newport Oktoberfest 

September 27-29
Festival Park Newport
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Friday: 5-11pm, 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.

Sensory Saturdays  

September 28
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.

Family Festival: Just Glow With It!   

September 28
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE Family Festival: Just Glow With It!

BLINK is back! Join us in celebration with a light-themed festival that’s fun for the whole family. Stop by the UnMuseum to create unique works of glow art, experiment with shadow play and design wearable light-up sculptures.

Country Applefest  

September 28-29
Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
Saturday: 10am-7pm & Sunday: 10am-6pm
FREE Admission and Parking

Quality homemade crafts, great food, and entertainment.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission  

September 28 – February 17
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Special Exhibit Ticket Required

Destination Moon gives guests the rare opportunity to see artifacts that made the 953,000-mile journey possible, like Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet visor and thermal-insulated gloves. The dizzying star chart that helped Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins navigate the historic journey and the rucksack and survival kit that accompanied the astronauts are also included. The star of the exhibition is the Columbia command module, on display outside the National Air and Space Museum for the first time since 1976.

Ohio Renaissance Festival 

August 31 – October 27
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.

REC Reads 

September 4, 11, 18, & 25
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 story books, songs, and sensory activities. This 30-minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way.

Music and Movement 

September 4, 11, 18, & 25
Blue Manatee Literacy Project Bookstore
3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
$2 suggested donation

Our ManaTeam picks a story each week that includes movement and song! Children get to participate in an interactive storytime that develops a love of books and reading. It also assists in learning and retaining new words.

Family Dinner Cruise  

September 8, 15, 22, & 29
BB Riverboat
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
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  

Through October 11
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.


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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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