Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cincinnati – Fall Edition

fall fun at parkys farm

Free and Cheap Outdoor Adventures for Fall… all gathered up in one spot!

Fall in Cincinnati just is, hands down, my favorite season! From the falling leaves to the beautiful parks, I love every bit of it. And when I can find something free and cheap to do for fall that’s near me? That’s THE BEST!

Great Outdoor Weekend will span 9 days this year! It’ll be the longest weekend on record for the event, happening September 19-27, 2020. Enjoy LOADS of great free outdoor activities, nearly 100 events, all free and open to the public. {details}

Cincinnati Parks just added a new Free Friday Hikes series. Each Friday is a new adventure as you explore the natural world of California Woods. They’ll have creek explorations, StoryWalks, even live animal friends. These walks are open to people all ages, but the trails are not stroller friendly. Online registration is required for each hike in the series. Register here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/fridayhikeseries.

Lunch and Learn with a Naturalist. Learn the fascinating history behind some of Cincinnati’s most beloved parks.  From forgotten grave sites to international artworks – there’s something for everyone. Online registration is required. Happening Tuesdays from September 15th to October 6th, 2020. Register here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/lunchlearnseries.

Mom and Me Stroller Hikes. Take your little ones out on a walk through the park and make some new friends along the way.  Explore nature and learn about trees, flowers, birds and more.  The trail is paved and bathrooms are available. Program is for babies 6 months to 24 months old and their adults. Online registration is required and space is limited. Register here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/strollerhikeseries.

Fright Night Fest is happening at Washington Park, October 1-4, 2020. 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. Movie schedule coming soon! {details}

Stargazes at Stonelick State Park are free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good opportunity to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as help you with your personal telescope. Happening on Saturdays, near the New Moon, amateur astronomers set up a variety of telescopes inviting the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Free stargazes at Stonelick State Park are held only if the skies are clear.  Updates are posted on the Stonelick Star Gazers Facebook page. {details}

It looks like Colerain Parks might be hosting some fall movies in the amphitheater at Colerain Park. Details are not set you but keep an eye out on their Facebook page for details. {info}

Kids can become a certified Park Explorer with the Montgomery Parks. {details}

Neltner’s Farm has no admission for their Farm Fall Festival on weekdays, 9am – 6pm. Not all weekend activities are available. Farm shop, pumpkin patch (Pumpkins are .45 cents per lb, maze & barrel train rides are $3 per person), & petting zoo (Petting Zoo Feed: .50 a cup.) are all open. {details}

Take the kids and go Apple Picking at a local farm.

pumpkins on the farm

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum has marked walking trails – 1, 2, and 3 mile versions. Stop by the office as you pull in and pick up a map of the grounds. You’ll be surprised by how many things there are to hunt down and discover! And it’s simply a gorgeous place for fall leaves.

Enjoy the scenery when you take a hike in Cincinnati. Here are 11 of our favorites.

Scarecrow Row is happening again this year at Otto Armleder Memorial Park. This fall art installation of scarecrows is set among the winding paths of the park. {details}

The Fall Jazz Series returns to the Taft Museum of Art starting September 27. Enjoy the performance in person (must register online) or virtually. {details}

The Taft Museum of Art has free admission on Sundays. You do have to register / claim your timed reservation online before arriving to the museum. {details}

The Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers free admission every day (they are closed on Mondays). You do have to register / claim your timed reservation online before arriving to the museum. {details}

The National Museum of the United State Air Force offers free admission to the museum and there is no charge for parking. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, it is the world’s largest military aviation museum. The museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. {details}

Deer Park Outside: Books in the Park is happening on Wednesdays (10:30-11:30am) at Chamberlain Park. No assigned reading here! Share your favorites and hear what others have enjoyed. Located in the upper shelter near the Deer Park Municipal Building at 7777 Blue Ash Road. Refreshments are BYO. Masks are welcome but not required at this socially distanced outdoor event. This is a fair-weather gathering. Please call the branch to confirm in the event of rain or temps over 90 degrees. 513-369-4450, extension 2. {details}

Big Boy at the American Sign Museum

Check out the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library’s Discovery Pass program. Cincinnati is home to many renowned cultural and recreational institutions. The Library wants to inspire you to get out and discover these attractions through the Discovery Pass program. The Discovery Pass provides Library cardholders with free passes to arts, cultural, and recreational attractions throughout Hamilton County. Customers may check out passes to: The American Sign Museum, The Betts House, Cincinnati Art Museum Special Exhibitions, Great Parks of Hamilton County, The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, and The Taft Museum of Art. Discovery Pass details found here.


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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