Labor Day Weekend Events in Cincinnati, Ohio {2021}

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the weekend is long! Labor Day in Cincinnati is often a weekend to watch the fireworks (in person or on TV), enjoy picnics and family get togethers, and so much more.

Roebling Bridge at sunset

We’ve rounded up all the special events, activities, and parties we could find for your Labor Day enjoyment.

Friday, September 3:

First Friday: September Fall in Love with Art:
Head to downtown Middletown for September First Friday where the eateries, boutiques, breweries, bars, art studios and shops are all open late for you! In addition, the Pendleton Art Center artists will be in full force and have activities inside and out. {details}

25th Anniversary of the Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory:
This is the last weekend to see The Butterflies of Bali. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Attendance is limited to 90 guests per hour. {details}

Historical (Toma)hawkin’ at Shawneed Lookout*:
Advance registration required. Feel the force of the iron tool that shaped the American continent for centuries, the tomahawk. Explore the lineage of this iconic tool from pre-history to present before trying your hand at getting your tomahawk to stick. Guided instruction and games will help you learn proper throwing techniques. For ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. 6-7pm {details}


Saturday, September 4:

WestSide Market:
Enjoy local brews from West Side Brewing, 80+ Local vendors, food trucks, baked goods, kid friendly activities and so much more! Happening from 10am-3pm at 3719 Harrison Avenue. {details}

25th Anniversary of the Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory :
This is the last weekend to see The Butterflies of Bali. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Attendance is limited to 90 guests per hour. {details}

Fall Plant and Harvest Swap at the Groesbeck Library:
Bring any seeds, cuttings, plants, or harvested veggies to share with your neighbors and in exchange find something new to take home! 10am-noon {details}

Historical (Toma)hawkin’ at Shawneed Lookout*:
Advance registration required. Feel the force of the iron tool that shaped the American continent for centuries, the tomahawk. Explore the lineage of this iconic tool from pre-history to present before trying your hand at getting your tomahawk to stick. Guided instruction and games will help you learn proper throwing techniques. For ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. 10-11am and 1-2pm {details}

Raptors on the Lawn at Winton Woods*:
A variety of local, native raptors will be on exhibit during this holiday weekend. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome. Winton Woods/Winton Harbor, 12-4pm {details}


Sunday, September 5:

Paws in the Park at Simmonds Family Dog Park:
Stop by Simmonds Family Dog Park to learn about local pet services and businesses. Come meet Cincinnati’s most adoptable (and adorable!) dogs that are looking for their furever homes. Don’t forget to pick up some treats during your visit! 1-5pm {details}

Art on Vine:
Art on Vine will be at Fountain Square, 12-6pm. Shop from up to 60 Local artists showcasing and selling fine arts and hand made goods. A full bar provided by Fountain Square. {details}

Fibonacci’s Mount Healthy Farmers Market:
Fibonacci Brewing Company hosts a farmers market on the first Sunday of each month, 11am-2pm, through November. {details}

25th Anniversary of the Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory:
This is the last weekend to see The Butterflies of Bali. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Attendance is limited to 90 guests per hour. {details}

Riverfest is back for 2021:
For more than 40 years, Rozzi Fireworks has been lighting up the night sky every Sunday before Labor Day in Cincinnati, Ohio.  What started out as a small show in 1977, for local rock radio station WEBN, has blossomed into a spectacle of light, color, and sound.  Every year since, Rozzi Fireworks has innovated and expanded this show, to help make it the premier fireworks event in Cincinnati. The show will be shown on Channel 12 starting at 9pm. {details}

Raptors on the Lawn at Winton Woods*:
A variety of local, native raptors will be on exhibit during this holiday weekend. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome. Winton Woods/Winton Harbor, 12-4pm {details}


Monday, September 6:

Stricker’s Grove Labor Day Picnic:
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 Stricker’s Grove will open the park. 1-8pm. {details}

West Chester Symphony at Keehner Park Amphitheater:
They’re celebrating their 25th Labor Day concert at Keehner Park. 6:30-8:30. {details}

Raptors on the Lawn at Winton Woods*:
A variety of local, native raptors will be on exhibit during this holiday weekend. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome. Winton Woods/Winton Harbor, 12-4pm {details}

25th Anniversary of the Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory:
This is the last weekend to see The Butterflies of Bali. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Attendance is limited to 90 guests per hour. {details}


Go for a Bike Ride! Check out our 15 of the Best Cincinnati Bike Trails and 9 of the Best Family-Friendly Bike Trails in Cincinnati for some ideas.

Biking at Miami Whitewater

Create your own Creamy Whip Trail using our list of the 25+ of the Best Creamy Whips and Ice Cream Shops in Cincinnati.

creamy whip spots in cincinnati

Find a new-to-you park to visit with our 15+ of Our Favorite Cincinnati Parks list.

the bridge at Rentschler Park

Or get outside and go for a hike! Find a fun path here: Hiking in Cincinnati: 11 of our Favorites.

wooded trail at Parky's Farm

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.

*A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $16 annual/$8 daily.

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