Things to Do in Cincinnati for the Month of September

Fall fun is right around the corner! Let’s herald in the “ber” months with our September Fun List!

Monarch butterfly on a sunflower in Cincinnati

We hope you’ll enjoy this list of things to do in Cincinnati for the month of September. It’s a great list this month – a variety of hands-on classes, a sprinkling Oktoberfest food, Derby Day celebrations, and loads of outdoor adventure!


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Ongoing Events in Cincinnati
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September 2:

Reserve your spot for Big Ash Brewing Company’s “Brain Brew Custom Bourbon Experience” where you’ll create your own custom bourbon. You must purchase your ticket in advance for the 90 minute workshop. Happening on Sept. 2 and 16. {details}

September 3:

Washington Park’s Summer Cinema Series returns with a twist – this year will feature a full slate of Black Family Movies. The film lineup celebrates black heritage, journeys of triumphs and resilience, coming together, being yourself and loving your family. The movie for Sept. 3 is “Cool Runnings”. Summer Cinema Patrons will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. {details}

September 4:

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is coming to the Cincinnati Museum Center to offer FREE Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot)! There will be spaces for people to watch and listen from their cars and also to park and walk and sit in spaced spots in the parking lot (bring lawn chairs and blankets!). They will have the audio through speakers AND transmit the audio through a radio station that people can listen to in their cars and watch the performance.
Happening Friday, Sep. 4 at 7pm: “Macbeth”. Parking begins at 6pm. This is a free event and spaces are first come and first serve as directed by CSC staff on site. Note: There will be no access to public restrooms during this event. {details}

Head to Fountain Square from 5-8pm to enjoy performances and a drink from the socially distanced tables. {details}

September 5:

Celebrate Derby Day 2020 with a Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Viewing at Bridgeview Box Park, Newport on the Levee. {details}

The Pub in Rookwood is also hosting a Derby Day Watch Party. {details}

Derby Day celebrations will be happening at Overlook Kitchen + Bar too. {details}

Cinci Tin Roof will be in on the Derby Day fun as well. {details}

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}

Head to Fountain Square from 5-8pm to enjoy performances and a drink from the socially distanced tables. {details}

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for the finale of the 2020 Summer Series at the Tower Park Amphiteater in Fort Thomas, Ky starting at 7:30pm. There is no admission for the concert and parking is free (but limited). They do, however, appreciate contributions. Pack a blanket or chairs. For those considered to be at risk because of health or age, sickness, or exposure to COVID-19, the performance will be streamed live on Facebook. Seniors are also invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. dress rehearsal in the park if they wish. {details}

September 6:

All Things Local (aka Art on Vine) will be on Fountain Square, 12-6pm. Shop from up to 80 local makers at this free local fine art and handmade goods market. {details}

Fibonacci Brewing Company hosts a farmers market on the first Sunday of each month, 11am-2pm, through November. {details}

Sadly, the WEBN fireworks celebration has been canceled for 2020. They will, however, be shooting off fireworks (from an undisclosed location) and the show will be shown on Channel 12 starting at 9pm.

September 10:

This might just be as close to Oktoberfest as you’ll get this year – West Side Brewing is hosting Oktoberfest with Ivory House. Chef Dana Adkins of Ivory House will be cooking up some amazing dishes of Oktoberfest. Grab a liter, hang out and truly experience what Chef Dana and his staff are able to accomplish. It will be like no Oktoberfest meal you’ve had before. Happening 5-9pm. {details}

Washington Park’s Summer Cinema Series returns with a twist – this year will feature a full slate of Black Family Movies. The film lineup celebrates black heritage, journeys of triumphs and resilience, coming together, being yourself and loving your family. The movie for Sept. 10 is “Cinderella” (1997, featuring Whitney Houston and Brandy). Summer Cinema Patrons will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. {details}

September 11:

Big Biergarten Experience is happening at Germania Society, 5-11pm. The event will be an expansion of our current Biergarten, expanding to three days each weekend, instead of just Saturday. These weekends will offer expanded seating, merchandise, Maßkrugstemmen, mug slide, and more music! Admission to this event will be limited and guests must purchase pre-sale tickets IN ADVANCE. No admission will be granted to anyone at the gate without a pre-sale ticket. Credit card only event, no cash accepted. {details}

September 12:

Goat yoga is baaaack! Grab your tickets for Goat Yoga at The Summit Hotel. Stacey Walsh will lead (2) 45-minute classes in the Gallery beginning at 9 AM & 10 AM. Classes limited to 30 participants so be sure to grab your ticket. {details}

Big Biergarten Experience is happening at Germania Society, 5-11pm. The event will be an expansion of our current Biergarten, expanding to three days each weekend, instead of just Saturday. These weekends will offer expanded seating, merchandise, Maßkrugstemmen, mug slide, and more music! Admission to this event will be limited and guests must purchase pre-sale tickets IN ADVANCE. No admission will be granted to anyone at the gate without a pre-sale ticket. Credit card only event, no cash accepted. {details}

Westwood Second Saturdays is happening along the sidewalks of Westwood, 12-6pm. Enjoy art demonstrations, handmade goods from local makers, music, dancing, delicious food and beverages, and SO much more. {details}

September 13:

Big Biergarten Experience is happening at Germania Society, 5-11pm. The event will be an expansion of our current Biergarten, expanding to three days each weekend, instead of just Saturday. These weekends will offer expanded seating, merchandise, Maßkrugstemmen, mug slide, and more music! Admission to this event will be limited and guests must purchase pre-sale tickets IN ADVANCE. No admission will be granted to anyone at the gate without a pre-sale ticket. Credit card only event, no cash accepted. {details}

It’s time for Second Sunday in OTR, 12-5pm. This OTR-wide walkable market will feature your favorite brick and mortars, a diverse array of pop-up shops, and local musicians. Merchants and vendors will set-up on the sidewalk outside their storefronts to transform the whole neighborhood into a socially-distant sidewalk fair every second Sunday, August through October. Masks required to attend/participate as mandated by the State of Ohio. {details}

There’s a Fall Plant Swap going on in the Beergarden at Dead Low Brewing, 12-2pm. Bring your healthy cuttings, divides and plants in disposable containers labeled with as much info as possible (species, light needed, shade reco, water reco, mature size. etc). Tables will be set up in the outdoor beer garden between 12-2pm for swapping! Plan to stay for lunch – the kitchen and taproom open at noon with the The Wallens perform starting at 2pm. {details}

September 15:

Head to Fountain Square for a celebration of the renovation of one of Cincinnati’s most treasured structures: The Ingalls Building. You’ll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Ingalls Building on Fountain Square’s Fifth Third LED board. Sit back, relax with your Happy Hour drink of choice, and learn about the fascinating history of The Queen’s City’s first skyscraper. There will be food trucks & restaurants on the Square to order food from and the Square’s bar will be open. This is a family-friendly, socially distanced event. Please wear your mask (unless seated), and be sure to stay after to play Fountain Feud! Happy Hour starts at 4pm and the broadcasted Ingall’s tour begins at 5pm. {details}

September 16:

Reserve your spot for Big Ash Brewing Company’s “Brain Brew Custom Bourbon Experience” where you’ll create your own custom bourbon. You must purchase your ticket in advance for the 90 minute workshop. {details}

Get your ticket for a Pumpkin Succulent Class at Taft’s Brewpourium, 6-7pm. Learn how to create a trendy arrangement in a seasonal local pumpkin – perfect for home decor around the house. Class is hosted by The Flower Lady. Advance ticket purchase required. {details}

September 17:

Dance to live music at Ault Park’s September Summer Music Festival of the year. The band is Sapphire Express. Admission is FREE.  Beer from Christian Moerlein, wine, water, and food from the following food trucks will be available for purchase: Eli’s BBQ, The Chili Hut, Graeter’s Ice Cream. Kids activities from 6-8, including games and a bouncy house! {details}

Goat Yoga is back at Taft’s Brewporium. The Yoga Bar will host a roughly 1 hour yoga class while goats from YoGoat Cincinnati roam about. They’ll provide the goats, just make sure to bring a mat. Be sure to grab your ticket while there are some available! {details}

September 18:

Big Biergarten Experience is happening at Germania Society, 5-11pm. The event will be an expansion of our current Biergarten, expanding to three days each weekend, instead of just Saturday. These weekends will offer expanded seating, merchandise, Maßkrugstemmen, mug slide, and more music! Admission to this event will be limited and guests must purchase pre-sale tickets IN ADVANCE. No admission will be granted to anyone at the gate without a pre-sale ticket. Credit card only event, no cash accepted. {details}

September 19:

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will make a stop at Kenwood Towne Centre. Come say hello near The Cheesecake Factory between 10am-7pm and pick up some super cute treats & merch, while supplies last! They welcome all friends to wear masks and practice social distancing. NOTE: this event does say “subject to government travel restrictions” so be sure to double check before you leave the house. {details}

Big Biergarten Experience is happening at Germania Society, 5-11pm. The event will be an expansion of our current Biergarten, expanding to three days each weekend, instead of just Saturday. These weekends will offer expanded seating, merchandise, Maßkrugstemmen, mug slide, and more music! Admission to this event will be limited and guests must purchase pre-sale tickets IN ADVANCE. No admission will be granted to anyone at the gate without a pre-sale ticket. Credit card only event, no cash accepted. {details}

The City Flea, a curated urban flea market, will blanket Washington Park with dozens of vendors, 10am-4pm. {details}

September 20:

Big Biergarten Experience is happening at Germania Society, 5-11pm. The event will be an expansion of our current Biergarten, expanding to three days each weekend, instead of just Saturday. These weekends will offer expanded seating, merchandise, Maßkrugstemmen, mug slide, and more music! Admission to this event will be limited and guests must purchase pre-sale tickets IN ADVANCE. No admission will be granted to anyone at the gate without a pre-sale ticket. Credit card only event, no cash accepted. {details}

September 25:

The Dent Schoolhouse opens for the season! Find info on one plus all the others haunted houses in Cincinnati here.

September 26:

It’s time for the 18th Annual Pyramid Hill Art Fair, Sept 26 and 27. This juried show brings together more than 50 artists who sell their handmade creations throughout the weekend. The artist booths are set amongst the monumental modern and contemporary sculptures that dot our gorgeous grounds and the festival also feature live music, family activities food and a beer garden near our Grand Pavilion. Admission: $10 per car load; $15 two day pass. All attendees, volunteers, and vendors will be required to wear a mask while at the Art & Music Festival. They will also limit the capacity of the park to 400 guests. {details}

Country Applefest (Sept. 26-27) is currently scheduled to happen at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Be sure to check (and double check) the details before you head out the door. Like all things 2020, this one is iffy. {details}

Carabello Coffee is offering a Brew Like a Pro at Home Class for Beginners. This class will introduce and discuss all of the factors involved in brewing cafe quality coffee, such as water, grind, beans, weight, extraction, time, and ratios. We will introduce and review a variety of devices and methods, including the Chemex, Clever Dripper, and Aeropress. By the time you leave, you will be equipped to make great coffee at home. As a bonus, you will receive a bag of Carabello Coffee, as well as the opportunity to purchase brewing equipment at a discount. Class is capped at 6 students and lasts for 2.25 hours. Registration required. {details}

September 27:

Country Applefest (Sept. 26-27) is currently scheduled to happen at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Be sure to check (and double check) the details before you head out the door. Like all things 2020, this one is iffy. {details}

It’s time for the 18th Annual Pyramid Hill Art Fair, Sept 26 and 27. This juried show brings together more than 50 artists who sell their handmade creations throughout the weekend. The artist booths are set amongst the monumental modern and contemporary sculptures that dot our gorgeous grounds and the festival also feature live music, family activities food and a beer garden near our Grand Pavilion. Admission: $10 per car load; $15 two day pass. All attendees, volunteers, and vendors will be required to wear a mask while at the Art & Music Festival. They will also limit the capacity of the park to 400 guests. {details}

September 28:

It’s the first day of Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week (Sept. 28 – Oct. 4) {details}

Great Outdoor Weekend kicks off today! Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in the Greater Cincinnati region. This year, in light of COVID-19, they have expanded the event to 9 days and will be sharing a variety of activities that you can do on your own, in addition to a limited number of in-person masked and socially distanced events. {details}

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Monarch Festival Celebration starts today and runs through Oct. 3, 10am-5pm. A fun and educational event for the entire family, the Festival is open to all Zoo visitors. It will feature educational booths and activities, a monarch tagging demonstration and a migration parade.Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite pollinator costumes and accessories for the parade! The Monarch Migration Parade starts at noon at the main entry. Festooned in pollinator costumes, guests will “migrate” from Canada and the Northern United States (aka main entry of the Zoo) to the Mexican forest (aka Safari Camp) where monarchs overwinter. Free with Zoo admission (online ticket purchase required). {details}

September 29:

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week continues (Sept. 28 – Oct. 4) {details}

Great Outdoor Weekend continues! Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in the Greater Cincinnati region. This year, in light of COVID-19, they have expanded the event to 9 days and will be sharing a variety of activities that you can do on your own, in addition to a limited number of in-person masked and socially distanced events. {details}

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Monarch Festival Celebration happens today, 10am-5pm. A fun and educational event for the entire family, the Festival is open to all Zoo visitors. It will feature educational booths and activities, a monarch tagging demonstration and a migration parade.Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite pollinator costumes and accessories for the parade! The Monarch Migration Parade starts at noon at the main entry. Festooned in pollinator costumes, guests will “migrate” from Canada and the Northern United States (aka main entry of the Zoo) to the Mexican forest (aka Safari Camp) where monarchs overwinter. Free with Zoo admission (online ticket purchase required). {details}

September 30:

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week continues (Sept. 28 – Oct. 4) {details}

Great Outdoor Weekend continues! Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in the Greater Cincinnati region. This year, in light of COVID-19, they have expanded the event to 9 days and will be sharing a variety of activities that you can do on your own, in addition to a limited number of in-person masked and socially distanced events. {details}

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Monarch Festival Celebration happens today, 10am-5pm. A fun and educational event for the entire family, the Festival is open to all Zoo visitors. It will feature educational booths and activities, a monarch tagging demonstration and a migration parade.Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite pollinator costumes and accessories for the parade! The Monarch Migration Parade starts at noon at the main entry. Festooned in pollinator costumes, guests will “migrate” from Canada and the Northern United States (aka main entry of the Zoo) to the Mexican forest (aka Safari Camp) where monarchs overwinter. Free with Zoo admission (online ticket purchase required). {details}


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will honor Hometown Heroes who protect our community by offering them free admission for the ENTIRE month of September (2020)!

Plum Gorgeous is the fall show at The Krohn Conservatory, Sept. 5 – Oct. 25 (closed on Mondays)

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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