Best Things to Do in Cincinnati, April 2023

April in Cincinnati means blooms of all sorts, Easter activities, the return of live outdoor music, and so much more. Get ready to spend some time outside and have some spring fun!

blooming trees with Spring Grove building in the background

Enjoy this month long list of Things to Do in Cincinnati for the month of April:

April 1: Head to the Cincinnati Art Museum for CAM Kids Day: Hip Hop Hooray. CAM is celebrating their Roberto Lugo Exhibition with a day filled with fun and energy for the whole family. Pick up an agenda and a family scavenger hunt at the front desk, then enjoy hands-on preschool activities starting at 11 am in the Great Hall, and docent-led activities throughout the museum starting at noon. Don’t miss a family-friendly performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall! Plus hands-on art-making in the Rosenthal Education Center and the My CAM custom scavenger hunts are available all day.

April 1: The East Walnut Hills Market, a fun market featuring over 30 local vintage and handmade vendors, will be at Woodburn Brewing Co. from noon to 6pm.

You might also like our long list of Easter Egg Hunts and Events

April 5: Grab your favorite four legged buddy and head to Washington Park for Yappy Hour, 6-8pm.

April 6: Tunes and Blooms returns to the Cincinnati Zoo for April, 2023 (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm.
Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 7: The NKU Planetarium has free public shows on Friday nights. April 7 shows include: Astro Otters Jr: Moon, 7-8pm. Reservations/tickets required.

April 8: Benken Florist is having a fun workshop for the kids – Plant a Bunny Brunch Garden. Each child will be planting his/her own Bunny Brunch Garden with the help of Benken staff. Also visit with the Easter Bunny for cute photo ops. Sign up early – it’s sure to sell out!

April 13: Head to Music Hall for Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer. Master organist Clark Wilson will be mastering the Albee Theatre Mighty Wurlitzer organ in Music Hall Ballroom while screening five short films featuring Laurel and Hardy. Screening on April 13 are these favorites: That’s My Wife (1929), Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928), Putting Pants on Phillip (1927), Habeas Corpus (1928), and The Finishing Touch (1928).  Joe Horine, a film historian and university teacher of courses in Cinema History as well as the films of Hitchcock and Kubrick, will host the program and lead a Q & A after the screenings. Tickets required.

April 13: Tunes and Blooms returns to the Cincinnati Zoo for April, 2023 (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm.
Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 13: Signs and Songs is happening at the American Sign Museum. Mojo Rizin’ is the featured band. Doors open at 6:30pm, music from 7-9pm.

April 14: The NKU Planetarium has free public shows on Friday nights. April 14 shows include: Cosmic Castaways, 7-8pm. Reservations/tickets required.

April 14: Cincinnati Observatory hosts First Light Night. “First Light” marks the first time a telescope is used – the telescope’s official birthday. Learn the stellar story of the telescope and the people who made Cincinnati the “Birthplace of American Astronomy”. Then look through the 178-year-old telescope at the stars (weather permitting). Tickets required, happening from 9 to 10pm.

April 15: Winton Woods / Parky’s Farm hosts Barnyard Bonanza: Pretty Pony (for ages 3-5), 10-10:45am. Take this very personalized opportunity with your child to brush and decorate a real pony! Learn how to care for ponies. Wear old clothes and be prepared to get messy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register by one day in advance. Find this event on their calendar when you click on April 15.

April 15: Enjoy an afternoon in Loveland during A Taste of Loveland.

April 15: Head to Heritage Village Museum (at Sharon Woods) for Escape the Village, an escape room style challenge. Choose from one of two escape room adventures: “Morgan’s Raiders of the Lost Art” or “Leaving the Station.” Each session can accommodate four to eight people. Reservations required.

April 15: It’s opening day at Kings Island!

April 15: There’s a free Shred Event happening at local Furniture Fair locations, 8am-noon. “Shred Your Sensitive Documents” will be at five locations (Northgate, Eastgate, Cold Spring, Fairfield, and Fields Ertel). In addition to documents they will also be accepting over-the-counter medicines and unused prescription pills for disposal.

April 15: Head to Gorman Heritage Farm for a Photography Walk, 10am-noon. You’ll explore the wildflower garden, forest, and farmyard all while snapping photos as the inspiration strikes. This hike is led by the Farm’s Public Engagement Manager who has been a photographer for nearly 15 years and regularly walks the Farm with camera in hand. Walk is included in with your farm admission. Registration requested.

April 15-16: Sign up for a Complimentary Behind the Scenes Tour at Rookwood Pottery. Resident tour guides will take you through the 88,000 square foot production facility to see some of their artists in action, while sharing step-by-step how each piece is handcrafted. 

April 16: Make a stop at Rhinegeist Brewery for Art on Vine, a monthly local art show and sale featuring 80+ Ohio artisans and their wares.

April 16: The Burlington Antique Show has its first show of the season at the Boone County (KY) Fairgrounds, 6am-3pm. Admission charged, parking is free. Rain or shine.

April 17 – 23: Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is back! Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is a limited-time offer for locals to experience fine dining at a considerably reserved cost.

April 18: Head to Taft’s Brewpourium for a Flower Arrange and Sip, a flower arrangement class for Earth Day. Tickets required. Starts at 6pm.

April 19: Opera Rap returns for 2023! The April session features The Barber of Seville. Hilary Poriss, associate professor of music at Northeastern University and author of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville provides a glimpse into the creation and colorful history of this supremely silly all-time favorite. She’ll be joined by Cincinnati Opera artists performing live musical excerpts from the opera. Tickets are free but you must grab them now as this will fill up.

April 19: Taft Museum of Art is hosting Create & Play, Color Craze, 10:15-11am. Explore the galleries together while learning about art through guided activities and interactive games. Then get creative in the studio and make your own masterpiece to take home. This monthly program is designed for children ages 2–6 and their caregivers.

April 20: Tunes and Blooms returns to the Cincinnati Zoo for April, 2023 (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm.
Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 21: The NKU Planetarium has free public shows on Friday nights. April 21 shows include: New Horizons, 7-8pm. Reservations/tickets required.

April 22: Enjoy an Earth Day celebration at Winton Woods Harbor. You’ll find booths from ecological groups, local vendors selling sustainable goods, food trucks, beer from Highgrain, entertainment, games and more.

April 22: Celebrate Earth Day at Summit Park with the Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Festival (12-5pm). Learn about the 7 R’s of Sustainability with exhibitors, local music, local food trucks, and Madtree Brewing Company’s craft beer. Games, activities, and vendor presentations highlight how to Recycle, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Re-gift & Recover in easy, fun-to-do ways.

April 22: American Sign Museum is hosting Sign Crafting Saturday, 1-3pm. Included with your museum admission, you can explore the skills needed to become an expert sign maker. Play with different materials as you learn about different elements of sign making. Family friendly.

April 22: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park hosts Art & Earth Day. This full day of events will take place from 9am-5pm and will be included in the cost of admission to the park. The full day of events includes workshops, kid’s activities, guided tours, hikes, yoga, a foodtruck and more. Students and Faculty from the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati will participate in the celebration with temporary sculptural installations.

April 22: It’s the season opener of Cars and Coffee in West Chester. Head to Grainworks Brewing Co. to see lots of “cool cars and interesting people”. 9am-noon.

April 22: Great Parks is offering “Archery Basics – Compound Bow” as part of their Women in the Outdoor Series, 1-3pm. Enjoy the afternoon outdoors while learning the basics of shooting a compound bow, then try out your skills with a little target practice! Archery is led by a female instructor and all equipment is provided. For ages 21 and up. Registration required. (click link and then look for event under the date on the calendar)

April 22: There’s a Spring Shop Market happening at Taft’s BrewPourium, 11:30am-3:30pm.

April 22-23: Get in touch with your inner artist at Cincinnati Nature Center’s “Print Like Charley Harper” (scroll down on the page to find the event). Enjoy trying your hand at screen-printing as you pull your own Charley Harper Earth Day print on a sturdy canvas tote bag. Multiple times offered. Preregistration required.

April 23: History in Bloom will take over the grounds at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum on April 23, 12-4pm. They’ll have tours of the grounds, horse drawn carriage rides (noon-3:30pm), meet some of the more notable “residents” as you wander the grounds.

April 23: Head to Findlay Market for their Findlay Kitchen Tasting Event. Enjoy samples from current Findlay Kitchen members and alumni along with live music, draft beer, and specialty cocktails at Findlay Market from 10am – 4pm. Advance, online ticket purchase required; no on-site ticket sales.

April 27: Tunes and Blooms returns to the Cincinnati Zoo for April, 2023 (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm.
Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 27: Blooms and Berries is throwing a Ladies’ Night event, 5-8pm. Enjoy wine, complimentary cheese and fudge sampling. Enjoy the music and shop their fully stocked, GORGEOUS garden center while you enjoy a lovely evening with your friends.

April 28: Art After Dark will be happening at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 5-9pm. Free admission. RSVP not required. Please arrive early or consider taking an Uber/Lyft. Parking is limited.

April 28: The NKU Planetarium has free public shows on Friday nights. April 28 shows include: Exoplanets (+Muscles), 7-8pm. Reservations/tickets required.

April 29-30: Asian Food Fest will be happening on Court Street Plaza. Hours are Saturday: 11am-10pm and Sunday: 11am-8pm. Celebrating its 12th year, fans of Asian Food Fest will enjoy a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates, priced from $2-$10. Attendees can also expect live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more.

April 29: There’s a Spring Market happening at the Oakley Kitchen Food Hall, 11am-5pm. Shop for unique + custom gifts just in time for Mother’s Day.

April 29: Head to Smale Riverfront Park for Tree Fest – Arbor Day at the Riverfront, 11am-2pm. They’ll give away trees and you can enjoy food, dessert trucks, and music.

The Butterfly Show is at the Krohn Conservatory (all month)

Enjoy Zoo Blooms all month long at the Cincinnati Zoo. As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color. No additional charge. This event is included with Zoo Admission.