50+ Free Things to Do In Cincinnati for March 2018

March is going to be a great month, especially if you’re on a budget. There are more than 50 free things to do in Cincinnati this month!

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March 2:

The Bockfest Parade – Starting at Arnold’s (Cincinnati’s oldest saloon), the Bockfest parade is traditionally lead by a goat pulling a keg and the reigning Sausage Queen along with the official parade marshal. It travels up Sycamore Street to 12th Street to Main Street to Bockfest Hall and ends with the blessing of the bock beer.

 

March 3:

2018 Scale Model Expo at Entertrainment Junction. Come and see these Operating Steam & Gas Engines! 1/6 Scale Figures & Dioramas, Live Steam Locomotives, Models of Boats, Planes, Military Items and more. FREE to the public on Sat, March 3rd, 10am-6pm and Sun, March 4th noon-4pm.

Spring Scavenger Hunt at Woodland Mound* / Seasongood Nature Center

CAC @21C – Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 1-2pm.

Family First Saturdays: My Hometown at Cincinnati Art Museum, 11am – 4pm. Learn what makes Cincinnati so unique and diverse with performances, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making at this fun day for the whole family. Additional performances this day will be featured as a part of ArtsWave Days.

Enjoy Artswave Days with activities at the Cincinnati Museum of Art and Playhouse in the Park. This weekend’s theme is “Jazz, Gospel, and Art”. See site for all the details. Reservations necessary for some events.

 

March 4:

Chamber Music Series at Taft Museum of Art (free but reservations are required)- Enjoy the sounds of Clarinetist Ronald Aufmann, violinist Rebecca Kruger Fryxell, and pianist Dror Biran, will play favorite songs by beloved composers Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin. Starts at 2:30pm.

2018 Scale Model Expo at Entertrainment Junction. Come and see these Operating Steam & Gas Engines! 1/6 Scale Figures & Dioramas, Live Steam Locomotives, Models of Boats, Planes, Military Items and more. FREE to the public on Sat, March 3rd, 10am-6pm and Sun, March 4th noon-4pm.

Birds of Prey – Explore the high-flying world of raptors during this live animal program. Cameras welcome! Miami Whitewater Forest*, 1-2pm

 

March 6:

Nature Stories – Parents and children, join the naturalist for stories, songs and activities about the natural world. Sharon Woods*/Sharon Centre (Free), 11-11:30, 1-130pm,

 

March 7:

Little Tykes – Shake off the cold of winter and reach for the warmth of springtime. Join in a new season for Little Tykes and welcome the change of seasons. For ages 3–6. Winton Woods*/Winton Centre (Free), 11am-12pm

 

March 10:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The Parade will step off promptly at 12:00 PM. Parade Route: begins at Mehring Way & Central Avenue. (corner of Paul Brown Stadium), heads East along Mehring Way, left onto John Nuxhall Way, left onto Freedom Way, end of parade at Freedom Way & Rosa Parks Street.

“Go Wild! Unleashing the Power of Play” with Scott Sampson (host of the hit PBS KIDS television series, Dinosaur Train) at the Cincinnati Museum Center sponsored “Insights Lecture”.  Free but reservations are required. 9am at Northern Kentucky University.

Enjoy Artswave Days with activities at Sheakely Lawn at Nippert Stadium before the 4 p.m. F.C.C. game. This week’s theme is “Get Active”.  You’ll enjoy Bollywood dancing from Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts, Drums Alive!, an interactive drumming program presented by Melodic Connections, and the Dance and Dash booth from MamLuft&Co Dance and Clifton Cultural Arts Center. 1-4pm.

CAC @21C – Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 1-2pm.

Ohio Valley Woodturners Demonstration & Exhibit – The Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild will show their skills through an exhibit of finished pieces and live demonstrations of works-in-progress on wood lathes. This unique craft gives wood another life. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*/Ellenwood Nature Barn (Free), 10am – 4pm.

Walk With a Doc – Take steps for a better you and learn health tips from a local doctor along the way. Put some spring in your step on this 1-mile adventure. Otto Armleder Memorial Park*/Playground (Free). 1-2:30pm.

 

March 11:

Amphibian Awakenings – Go in search of some of our amphibian friends as they migrate to pools of water in early spring. Wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet. A small number of nets and buckets will be available. Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 2-3pm.

Cincinnati Dulcimer Society – The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society invites you to enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer. All ages are welcome to join in on the jamming and singing. Sharon Woods*/Sharon Centre (Free). 3-4pm.

Gallery Experience: Google Cultural Institute at Cincinnati Art Museum. Join in each week for a different way to look at art. This week they will experiment with ways to enhance your visit using Google Arts and Culture and other digital tech. Although not required, we encourage you to download the Google Arts and Culture app for this gallery experience which can be downloaded for free on your mobile devices. Click here to explore Google Arts and Culture. FREE. Reservations recommended. 3-4pm.

 

March 13:

Public Tour: The Story of Art in Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Take a tour of the Art Museum’s magnificent Cincinnati Wing, and see the Queen City’s story unfold in its artwork, such as Rookwood pottery, art-carved furniture, and paintings by Frank Duveneck, Robert S. Duncanson, Joseph Henry Sharp, and many more. Starts at 1pm.

 

March 15:

Young Adult Lab: Selfie Portraits – at the Contemporary Arts Center. Stop by the UnMuseum for a free drop-in art making program for young adults. Join us as we create selfie sculptures using styrofoam head models. We’ll also experiment with mirrors and transparent paper to create unique self portraits. All art supplies will be provided by the CAC. 4-6pm.

 

March 17:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Fountain Square! Festivities run throughout the day 12p-8p. Enjoy live music from Celtic rock bands, St. Patrick’s Day merchandise and, of course, Guinness. 12-8pm.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Oakley Library with a performance by the McGing Irish Dancers!  No registration required. 1-2pm.

Enjoy Artswave Days with St. Paddy’s Day activities at at Anderson Pavilion (Smale Riverfront Park, downtown), with live entertainment, rides on Carol Ann’s Carousel and a free root beer bar throughout the afternoon.. This week’s theme is “Shamrock Family Fun”. 1-4pm.

Wildlife Walk – As nature awakens from its slumber, this soft walk will immerse us in a woodland habitat that many animals call home. Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 11am-12pm.

Leprechaun Homes – Stop in Sharon Centre for directions to a secret site, and then join us to build homes for fairies, gnomes and leprechauns using natural materials. Sharon Woods*/Sharon Centre (Free). 1-3pm.

Heron Rookery Viewing Weekend: Get a bird’s eye view of a great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the West Branch Trail at your own pace to view these feathered marvels in their tree-top homes. Spotting scopes will be provided. Stop by Winton Centre for written directions. Winton Woods* (Free). 1-4pm.

CAC @21C – Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 1-2pm.

Makerspace, The Art of Illusion at the Contemporary Arts Center. Much of artist Glenn Kaino’s work explores how art can overlap with other fields—like taxidermy, culinary arts and magic. Join us to learn the art and science behind illusion, and make a little magic of your own in this festival format event geared towards families. 1-3pm.

 

March 18:

Third Sunday Fundays, a family friendly event at Taft Museum of Art – This month’s theme is Spring in Bloom. Learn about the tools a painter uses at the Art Cart, and create your own springtime craft to take home. Wump Mucket Puppets will perform at 2 p.m. and have you laughing and looking forward to the return of flowers and bees. At 3 p.m., meet animals from Sunrock Farm. 1-4pm.

Heron Rookery Viewing Weekend: Get a bird’s eye view of a great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the West Branch Trail at your own pace to view these feathered marvels in their tree-top homes. Spotting scopes will be provided. Stop by Winton Centre for written directions. Winton Woods* (Free). 1-4pm.

My Great Parks in Pictures Photowalk – Photojournalist Malinda Hartong will share tips for getting great pictures of early spring bloomers with your smartphone or SLR camera. No photography experience is necessary! Withrow Nature Preserve*/Trout Lily Trail (Free). 2-3:30pm.

Terrific Tunnelers – Worms, wasps, mice and moles just make up just a few of the critters that create their homes underground. Explore Ohio’s tunnelers and meet some animals that depend on tunnels to survive. Sharon Woods*/Sharon Centre (Free). 2-3pm.

 

March 20:

Hike Into Spring – Get your hiking shoes on, and join us for this first day of spring hike. We will see what critters have awoken from their long winter nap. Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 5:30-6:30pm.

 

March 22:

Animal Tales – Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join us for a nature-themed story. Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 11am-noon.

 

March 22:

Young Adult Lab: Post It Note Art at Contemporary Arts Center – Stop by the UnMuseum for a free drop-in art making program for young adults. Who knew basic office supplies could be so much fun? Join us in the UnMuseum as we experiment with the process of post it note mosaics. We’ll create large, pixelated mosaic images using these simple sticky squares. All art supplies will be provided by the CAC. 4-6pm.

 

March 24:

The Amazing Race – Do you love deciphering clues and solving challenges? Come see if you have what it takes to complete this around-the-park family adventure. Miami Whitewater Forest*/Visitor Center (Free). 12-3pm.

Macaron Day:  Just mention Macaron Day and you’ll receive a complimentary macaron at participating locations, while supplies last (3-24-18 only). Be sure to block several hours and see how many bakeries you can visit in a single day.

Egg Hunt at Washington Park – Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt returns to Washington Park Saturday, March 24th! This event is FREE and open to the public. 10am – 4pm.

Walk With a Doc – Take steps for a better you and learn health tips from a local doctor along the way. Put some spring in your step on this 1-mile adventure. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*/Pin Oak Trail (Free). 1-2pm.

Join ArtsWave for a second community-wide open house for Music Hall! This time you’ll not only be able to tour the newly renovated Music Hall, but you’ll have dozens of performances throughout the day from five resident organizations—the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, and May Festival—and additional community arts partners. And it only gets better: sing with the May Festival at 10 a.m., or bring your horn or violin and join the 2-3 p.m. poptet jam session conducted by CSO Pops Conductor John Morris Russell! 10am – 2pm.

CAC @21C – Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 1-2pm.

Family Festival: Shadows and Illusions at the Contemporary Arts Center. The artist Glenn Kaino turns magical illusions into art! We’ll be creating some illusions of our own with the help of a special magician from Cincinnati Circus. Join us as we experiment with invisible paint, construct large mosaics out of playing cards and design magic wands inspired by Kaino’s Wands Bygone series. The Mini Microcinema will be joining us with a collection of illusion inspired short films for children playing in the UnMuseum. 12-3pm.

 

March 29:

Opening Day Celebration at Fountain Square, 11am – 8pm.

Young Adult Lab: Wooden Buttons at the Contemporary Arts Center. Stop by the UnMuseum for a free drop-in art making program for young adults. Join us as we design hand painted wooden pins for your clothing or backpacks. We’ll also have geometric wooden beads to create key rings and necklaces. All art supplies will be provided by the CAC. 4-6pm.

 

March 30:

Night Owls– When darkness falls in our woodlands, a cacophony of rustlings, hoots and howls can be heard coming from the trees. Meet a nocturnal animal to help discover the outdoor world that exists after our bedtime. Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 1-2pm.

Spring Scavenger Hunt – Go on an outdoor search for evidence of nature awakening. Return your completed findings by 3 p.m. for a prize! Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 1-3pm.

 

March 31:

Wildflower Walk: Take a stroll with the naturalist and discover what is springing up along the trail. Sharon Woods*/Sharon Centre (Free). 1-2pm.

Eagle Watch – Put an eye to the sky over the Ohio River in the search of bald eagle activity. Bring binoculars if you have them. Picnic tables available for your enjoyment.  Woodland Mound*/Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp (Free). This event is weather dependent. 1-2pm.

CAC @21C – Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 1-2pm.

Spring Scavenger Hunt – Go on an outdoor search for evidence of nature awakening. Return your completed findings by 3 p.m. for a prize! Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center (Free). 1-3pm.

Visit The Banks outside the Great American Ballpark (on Freedom Way) and join ArtsWave and the Cincinnati Reds for arts and Opening Day activities for the entire family. The ArtsWave tent and adjacent area will feature artists from Rainbow Faces to offer face painting and more. 9am – 1pm.

 

*Great Parks for Hamilton County requires a Motor Vehicle Permit for entrance to the parks.

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.

About Bridgett Raffenberg 851 Articles
Cincinnati lover, Mom, wife, travel enthusiast, Wordpress lover (not necessarily in that order). Founder of 365 Things to do in Cincinnati.

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