Best Things to Do in Cincinnati, April 2022

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: No foolin’ – the NKU Planetarium is back with their free public shows on Friday nights. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome movie. The Friday 6:00 p.m. shows are especially suited for young children (ages 4 through early elementary). The Friday 7:30 p.m. shows are suited for a general audience. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show.
April 1 shows include: Astro Otters Jr: Sun (6pm) and Sunstruck (7:30pm) 

April 2: Enjoy Mother Nature’s Beauty with “Wildflower WOW” at Caldwell Nature Preserve. Hike through the preserve while seeing some beautiful native wildflowers. Advance registration required.

April 2: Make a Hiking Stick and explore the grounds at Cincinnati Nature Center. Choose your own pre-harvested honeysuckle branch, and craft it into a customized hiking stick. Preregistration required.

April 2: Head to the Cincinnati Art Museum for CAM Kids Day: Make Your Way Across the USA , 10am-noon. This family event includes: story time with the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, an art making activity with Happen Inc., and hands-on learning centers. Go on an expedition through the galleries with their American artwork scavenger hunt, then stay for a 1pm showing of Lewis, Clark and York by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Be sure to stop by the Rosenthal Education Center to make something special and grab your free swag!

April 1-3: Cincy Winter Beerfest will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center. They will serve up 400+ different craft beers plus local food trucks and restaurants.

April 7: Head to Music Hall for Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer. Two silent movies will be shown along with Clark Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Wilson will be accompanying Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman” and “Mabel at the Wheel”.

April 7: Tunes and Blooms returns to the Cincinnati Zoo for April, 2022 (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm. The bands for April 7 are Highly Likely and LoopManDan. Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 8 and 9: It’s a book lover’s paradise! Half Price Books’ Warehouse Sale is happening from 10am-5pm at 4835 Business Center Way in West Chester. Everything will be $2 unless marked less! (note: couldn’t find the info online; I was in the store and saw the event listed there)

April 8: Most Fish Fry locations are wrapping it up tonight. Check out our Fish Fry Guide here.

April 8: The NKU Planetarium is back with their free public shows on Friday nights. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome movie. The Friday 6:00 p.m. shows are especially suited for young children (ages 4 through early elementary). The Friday 7:30 p.m. shows are suited for a general audience. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show.
April 8 shows include: Astro Otters Jr: Moon (6pm) and Einstein’s Gravity Playlist (7:30pm) 

April 9: Head to Trammell Fossil Park for Geology in the Park, 10am-4pm. Sharonville Parks and Recreation is partnering with the University of Cincinnati’s Geology graduate students to explore the fossils found at Trammel Fossil Park. This event is totally free and open to everyone!

April 9: The Cincy on Tap beer festival returns in 2022! The fest will take over Great American Ballpark and will feature over 60 breweries and 150 beers.

April 9: Grab your tickets while you can! White Oak Gardens is hosting a Succulent Wreath class. Create a beautiful grapevine wreath using a variety of succulents and other natural materials. Classes offered at 11am and 1pm. Advance ticket purchase recommened.

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

April 9: Head to Warren Wells Preserve for an off-trail wildflower walk. Catch a glimpse of the Garnett Overlook in search of other spring beauties. Meet at Winton Woods / Spring Beauty Dell parking lot. Registration required by 4-9-22.

April 9: Enjoy an afternoon in Loveland during A Taste of Loveland featuring a wine and beer pour and culinary delights at participating Loveland vendors. 2-5pm

April 10: The City Flea hosts Womenfolk Market on April 10 at The Transept in OTR, 11am-4pm. Admission charged.

April 10: 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 12: Get ready for the city’s biggest celebration of the year – Opening Day! The parade starts at noon. Get our tips for attending the Opening Day Parade here.

April 13: Signs and Songs is happening at the American Sign Museum. The Comet Bluegrass All-stars are the featured band. Doors open at 6pm, music from 7-9pm.

April 14: Tunes and Blooms is happening at the Cincinnati Zoo (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm. The bands for April 14 are Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Plan B. Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 15: The NKU Planetarium is back with their free public shows on Friday nights. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome movie. The Friday 6:00 p.m. shows are especially suited for young children (ages 4 through early elementary). The Friday 7:30 p.m. shows are suited for a general audience. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show.
April 15 shows include: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (6pm) and Earth Moon Sun (7:30pm) 

April 16 and 17: Head to Washington Park as Pop Up Play presents an afternoon of Egg Dyeing with Abby Palen, noon-4pm.

April 16: Crafty Supermarket, one of the city’s best Indie Craft Shows, is having their spring sale from 11am to 5pm in the Music Hall Ballroom. Shop from 100+ makers at this juried show.

April 16: Benken Florist is having a fun workshop for the kids – Plant a Bunny Brunch Pot Workshop. Each child will be planting his/her own Bunny Brunch Pot with the help of Benken staff. Fee includes everything including pot, soil, pansy plant, kale plant, broccoli plant, and cabbage plant. Also visit with the Easter Bunny for cute photo ops. Sign up early – it’s sure to sell out!

April 16: Main Street Lebanon invites you to their Chocolate Walk. Ticket holders can visit approximately 20 chocolate stops at a variety of downtown Lebanon shops and eateries. Each stop provides a unique chocolate treat. Only 200 tickets will be sold so don’t delay!

April 16: 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 16: It’s opening day at Kings Island!

April 18 – 24: 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 21: Tunes and Blooms is happening at the Cincinnati Zoo (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm. The bands for April 21 are The Cliftones and Emily Parker Trio. Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 22: The NKU Planetarium is back with their free public shows on Friday nights. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome movie. The Friday 6:00 p.m. shows are especially suited for young children (ages 4 through early elementary). The Friday 7:30 p.m. shows are suited for a general audience. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show.
April 22 shows include: Astro Otters Jr: Earth (6pm) and From Earth to the Universe (7:30pm)

April 23: Get in touch with your inner artist at Cincinnati Nature Center’s “Print Like Charley Harper”. Enjoy trying your hand at screen-printing as you pull your own Charley Harper Earth Day print on a sturdy canvas tote bag. Preregistration required.

April 23: It’s time for the Milford Historic Home Tour! Grab a ticket and tour several historic homes in Milford. Start at Promont to get your tour map and then visit homes in any order that day, 11am – 4pm. Tickets required.

April 23: Celebrate Earth Day at Summit Park when they host the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition (12-5pm). This year’s theme is “Water: Create a Ripple Effect to Protect” will highlight the various ways we can protect our fresh waterways in our city.

April 23: 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. 

April 23: Herald in spring at Gorman Heritage Farm’s Farm Family Fun Day. Feel a bunny’s soft fur, pet a baby chick’s fluffy feathers, and tuck a little seed into soil in this spring-themed fun day! Families will discover the importance of caring for these animals and bring their very own planted seeds home to care for as a family. Tickets required.

April 24: Cincinnati Magazine has a series of events, one of them being “Musical Brunch“. This month’s brunch features The Queen City Silver Stars. Your ticket includes the concert, full brunch buffet, a small dessert station, 2 tickets for the Mimosa/Bellini Bar, coffee and hot/iced tea. It’s all going down at Cincinnati Museum Center, 11am-1pm. Tickets required.

April 24: History in Bloom will take over the grounds at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum on April 24, 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 24: 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 24: 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 28: Tunes and Blooms is happening at the Cincinnati Zoo (weather dependent). On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm. The bands for April 28 are Restless Leg String Band and Matt Cowherd. Get our tips for Tunes and Blooms here.

April 29: Art After Dark | Sight, Sound & Jazz will be happening at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 5-9pm. Celebrate special exhibitions David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History and Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop with live jazz music from AfroChine, spoken word performances, food for purchase, cash bars and free admission to all exhibitions. Free admission. RSVP not required. Please arrive early or consider taking an Uber/Lyft. Parking is limited.

April 29: The NKU Planetarium is back with their free public shows on Friday nights. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome movie. The Friday 6:00 p.m. shows are especially suited for young children (ages 4 through early elementary). The Friday 7:30 p.m. shows are suited for a general audience. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show.
April 29 shows include: Astro Otters Jr: Constellations (6pm) and Seven Wonders (7:30pm)

April 30 – May 1: It wouldn’t be spring without the Rookwood Pottery Spring Open House event! More details to come.

Disney’s “Frozen The Hit Broadway Musical” hits the stage at the Aronoff Center. This is the latest show of the stellar season from Broadway in Cincinnati. I saw this in NYC and it’s soooo good!

The Butterfly Show is at the Krohn Conservatory. Butterflies of the Nile will be here through June 19, 2022. Be sure to check their site for special related events. Timed tickets required (purchase online) with limited numbers available at the door.

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.