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.

Beech Acres Wet Playground in Anderson
Beech Acres in Anderson Twp.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21:

Anderson Park District hosts Heritage Days at Beech Acres Park on Friday, 7-9pm (registration required). Learn about life in the days of the early settlers with the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee. Visit with old-time crafters like blacksmiths, ropemakers, and woodworkers. Hear old-time music, visit with interesting characters from the past and learn about muzzleloading guns, and other tools used by the frontiersmen and women. Enjoy the summer solstice and the full moon with stories and s’mores around the campfire. (S’mores supplies will be provided.) All ages will enjoy this living history. Pets are not permitted in the event area. Register in advance; space is limited.

Head to Covington’s Mainstrasse Village / Goebel Park for the Taco and Margarita Festival, happening Friday – Sunday. They’ll have tacos and margaritas (of course) and live entertainment. Hours are Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: noon-11pm, and Sunday: noon-9pm.

Drop off your plants on Friday and participate in Saturday’s Plant Swap – see details below.

Many of our area Farmers Markets are now open!!!

SATURDAY, JUNE 22:

There’s a Swap and Community Shop for Plants (and all things plant related) happening on Saturday at The Art Room Cincinnati, 10am-1pm. Swap plants big and small, pots, planters, seeds, starters, soil, etc. Drop off items for the swap at The Art Room: 5318 Carthage Ave the day before the swap (Friday, June 21) from 9am-2pm or 5-9pm. Label plants and attach any “caring for” tips. Please clean out any pots/planters for the swap. The doors will open at 10am for people who dropped items off on Friday for the swap, 11am for the rest of the community. You can also bring items with you on Saturday.

The Pride Parade will wind through downtown on Saturday starting at 11am. The parade route begins at 7th Street & Plum, travels down Vine St past Fountain Square and ends at the festival location (details on that below).

Cincinnati Pride’s 2024 Festival will be held at Sawyer Point on Saturday, 12-8pm. The festival will cover a large spread of Sawyer Point and features music, vendors, history of Pride, food, and more.

Enjoy any one of the free Saturday Outdoor Concert Series:

  • Fifth and Vine Live at Fountain Square, 7-10pm
  • Music at the Esplanade, Smale Park, 5-7pm
  • Saturday in the Park, Inwood Park, 10am-noon
  • Summer Concert Series at Boone Woods Park (Ky), 7-8:30pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 23:

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 June 23 when you see their calendar.

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

Ensemble Theatre: Hands on a Hard Body, June 7 – 30

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater: Jersey Boys, May 29 – June 23

Cincinnati Art Museum: From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung, now thru August 18

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

Krohn Conservatory: Butterflies in Space (the annual Butterfly Show), thru Aug. 18

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: Sharareh Khosravani: Windy Land, Josie Love Roebuck: Embracing One’s Wholeness, Kelly Krowner: A Place in Space. (June 21-Aug. 18)

Cincinnati Reds (home): Reds vs. Red Sox. Friday at 7:10pm, Saturday at 4:10pm, and Sunday at 1:40pm. All three games will be broadcast on WLW 700 (radio).

FC Cincinnati (home): FC Cincinnati vs. New England on June 22, 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!