Best Things to Do This Weekend in Cincinnati

Enjoy this list of the best local events and things to do this weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. This list includes weekend events, festivals, shows, family friendly things to do, and more. 

All event details were accurate at the time of this posting but event details do occasionally change. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door.

FRIDAY, MAY 24:

Cincinnati Animal Care will be at Rhinegeist Brewery for Barks at the Brewery to showcase 30 fantastic adoptable dogs, 5-8pm.

Head to Harbin Park for a Yoga Forest Walk (rescheduled from original date of May 17), 5:30-7pm. Join in for this evening meditative nature yoga experience, beginning with gentle yoga poses and five sense meditation techniques, followed by a guided walk through the park trails, focusing on mindfulness while immersed in nature in the ancient tradition of Shinrin Yoku, also known as Forest Bathing. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

Pack a picnic and some chairs and head to Green Township’s Kuliga Park for Movie in the Park. Zootopia will start at 8:30pm.

Many of our area Farmers Markets Open for the season in May.

SATURDAY, MAY 25:

Taste of Cincinnati wants to fill your belly with lots of great local eats! Head to 5th Street (downtown) and wander amongst 4 blocks of local food vendors, stopping to enjoy the live entertainment stages happening on stages throughout. The festival hours include: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-11pm and Monday 11am-8pm.

Head to Miami Whitewater Forest on Saturday evening for Spark in the Dark, 8-11pm. Float on glowing boats on the lake, take a nighttime hike, enjoy the campfire, and more. Glow boat rentals, refreshments, and some activities will require a small fee.

Head to the Trailside Nature Center at Burnet Woods for free Nature Encounters featuring “Story Time and Meet a Turtle“, Saturday, 1-2pm. Gather in the Nature Library for a story about turtles followed by a meet and greet with their own Eastern Box Turtle. A fascinating look at one of our most accessible wild animals!

The Barbie Truck Dreamhouse Living Tour will make a stop at Kenwood Towne Centre on Saturday, 10am-7pm. You can find it near the entrance to Restoration Hardware.

SUNDAY, MAY 26:

Taste of Cincinnati wants to fill your belly with lots of great local eats! Head to 5th Street (downtown) and wander amongst 4 blocks of local food vendors, stopping to enjoy the live entertainment stages happening on stages throughout. The festival hours include: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-11pm and Monday 11am-8pm.

Join Cincy Hikes for Spring Views and Brews: French Park and High Grain Brewery, 4pm. The group will be doing a combination of trails along the creek and through the woods (hiking poles are encouraged especially with any recent rain). After the hike, head to High Grain Brewery & Kitchen with the group for drinks & locally sourced food.

There’s an Eagle Nest Watch happening at Winton Woods, 4-6pm. This free drop-in event will allow you to (hopefully) observe the bald eagle pair as they nest for a second year at Winton Lake. Interpreters will be available to answer questions as well as give the history of the current breeding pair of eagles. Parking will be available at the disc golf course and guests can walk down to the Adventure Outpost boat launch for the best viewing opportunities. To find the event on the Great Parks site, click the link above and then click on May 26 when you see their calendar.

MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 27:

Check out our list of Memorial Day Parades, Celebrations, and Military-Related Freebies here

Taste of Cincinnati wants to fill your belly with lots of great local eats! Head to 5th Street (downtown) and wander amongst 4 blocks of local food vendors, stopping to enjoy the live entertainment stages happening on stages throughout. The festival hours include: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-11pm and Monday 11am-8pm.

Take a free Public Tour of the Cincinnati Art Museum, offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. No need to register – meet in the lobby.

Union Terminal Rotunda Tours are offered by Heritage Program docents at Cincinnati Museum Center on Fridays – Sundays. During a 45-minute tour of the 1933 train station, docents explain the architecture, construction and art of one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style. Hear details about the world-famous mosaic murals. These limited capacity public tours are first come, first served and will depend on availability. Tours are free; there is a charge to park.

Rookwood Pottery offers Behind the Scenes Tours of Rookwood on most Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets required.

Take a tour with Cincinnati Food Tours and savor some local food and culture. Times vary, but tasting tours are offered weekly at Findlay Market and in other delicious neighborhoods. Information and reservations at www.cincinnatifoodtours.com

Cincinnati Art Museum: Whitfield Lovell: Passages, now thru May 26 (tickets required)
Whitfield Lovell: Passages urges viewers to contemplate the ordinary lives and extraordinary journeys of the African American experience, while raising universal questions about identity, memory, and America’s collective heritage. More than 80 evocative multisensory installations, conté crayon drawings, and assemblages comprise this most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date.

Cincinnati Museum Center: Pompeii: The Exhibition, now thru July 28 (tickets required)
Find out more about our visit to this exhibit here.

Taft Museum of Art:
Trading Places: The Rijksmuseum Lends Rare Painting to the Taft Museum of Art, now thru June 16

NOTE: The Contemporary Arts Center, 21C Museum Hotel, and the Weston Art Gallery (events listed below) are all within walking distance of one another. Make a day of it!

Contemporary Arts Center:
Jayson Musson: His History of Art, on view thru Sept. 8

21C Museum Hotel Galleries: The SuperNatural (thru Sept.) and Queen City of the West (thru Dec.)

Weston Art Gallery: A New World: Ohio Women to Watch 2023, April 5 – June 9

Cincinnati Reds (home): Reds vs. Dodgers. Friday at 7:10pm, Saturday at 7:15pm, and Sunday at 1:40pm. All three games will be broadcast on WLW 700 (radio).

FC Cincinnati (away): Cincinnati vs Toronto, Saturday, 7:30pm.

All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!