Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend and Memorial Day, May 24-27

Get ready to rock this Memorial Day Weekend in Cincinnati! From Taste of Cincinnati to numerous parades and ceremonies, we have lots to choose from this weekend!

Memorial Day Parade in Glendale Ohio

Find our list of Memorial Day Parades, Memorial Day Freebies, and Memorial Day Presentations here

Friday, May 24:

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum has numerous Memorial Day Weekend events. Friday & Saturday events include: The Veterans Tribute will be available for viewing in the Norman Chapel (10-3pm). Dale Hoyt and Karen Wais, Spring Grove Expert Docents, will be available to give tours of the Norman Chapel as you visit the Veterans Tribute (1pm). In addition, Spring Grove and Oak Hill Cemeteries will be accepting worn and tattered American flags throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Take your four legged buddy to Washington Park for Furry Friends Festival. Enjoy live Bluegrass music, delicious food and tons of fun with your favorite canine companion! Featuring craft beers from Fifty West Brewing plus Northside Distilling Co. They’ll have a variety of pet vendors offering everything from dog food to accessories, toys, and photography services. Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 12-6pm.


Saturday. May 25:

Eat to your heart’s content at Taste of Cincinnati this weekend. Take your pick from over 250+ selections from 30+ local restaurants plus 5 stages of live music too! Taste of Cincinnati is held on five blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine Street to Sentinel in downtown Cincinnati. Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 11pm and Monday: 11am – 9pm. There is no admission for for Taste of Cincinnati. Menu items range from $3-$6. Find directions and street closure info here.

Big Band Swing Dance and USO Show to Honor Veterans on Saturday May 25th 6P-10P at Coney Island’s Moonlight Pavilion. The Tom Daugherty Orchestra recreates Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps Band and performs a WWII style USO Show. There is also a ceremony to honor local veterans who were nominated by their peers, food, exhibits, and door prizes including a ride in a WWII B-17 Bomber.

Take your four legged buddy to Washington Park for Furry Friends Festival. Enjoy live Bluegrass music, delicious food and tons of fun with your favorite canine companion! Featuring craft beers from Fifty West Brewing plus Northside Distilling Co. They’ll have a variety of pet vendors offering everything from dog food to accessories, toys, and photography services. Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 12-6pm.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum has numerous Memorial Day Weekend events. Saturday events include: The Veterans Tribute will be available for viewing in the Norman Chapel (10-3pm). Dale Hoyt and Karen Wais, Spring Grove Expert Docents, will be available to give tours of the Norman Chapel as you visit the Veterans Tribute (1pm). Spring Grove and Oak Hill Cemeteries will be accepting worn and tattered American flags throughout Memorial Day weekend. 

The Great Parks of Hamilton County wet playgrounds open today!


Sunday, May 26:

Eat to your heart’s content at Taste of Cincinnati this weekend. Take your pick from over 250+ selections from 30+ local restaurants plus 5 stages of live music too! Taste of Cincinnati is held on five blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine Street to Sentinel in downtown Cincinnati. Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 11pm and Monday: 11am – 9pm. There is no admission for for Taste of Cincinnati. Menu items range from $3-$6. Find directions and street closure info here.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum has numerous Memorial Day Weekend events. Sunday events include: Join Heather Amos, Spring Grove Docent, for a walking tour to learn about the Patriots and Pioneers of Cincinnati.  The tour will begin at 1pm in Spring Grove’s Civil War Section, Section 21, under the white tent. Spring Grove and Oak Hill Cemeteries will be accepting worn and tattered American flags throughout Memorial Day weekend. 


Monday, May 27:

Find our list of Memorial Day Parades, Memorial Day Freebies, and Memorial Day Presentations here

Eat to your heart’s content at Taste of Cincinnati this weekend. Take your pick from over 250+ selections from 30+ local restaurants plus 5 stages of live music too! Taste of Cincinnati is held on five blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine Street to Sentinel in downtown Cincinnati. Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 11pm and Monday: 11am – 9pm. There is no admission for for Taste of Cincinnati. Menu items range from $3-$6. Find directions and street closure info here.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is hosting many events on Monday.

  • 11:00A – The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be joined by the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  The Sister Anthony O’Connell Auxiliary #10 will be participating in the ceremony.  This group will be performing a historic custom dating back to 1868: 
  • A part of the Grand Army of the Republic Ritual dated May 1868 reads that  “May  is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”  With the help of the audience, flower petals will be scattered over the graves of union soldiers.
  • 11:45A – Steve Ball Civil War Music – Steve Ball is a musician from Columbus Ohio specializing in the music of the American Civil War, and the music and life of Stephen Foster.  Steve has studied the American Civil War since his teens, and has devoted the past twenty years to studying the music of this era in American history.  Steve has done programs for the Ohio Statehouse, the National Civil War Museum, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, and countless historical societies, genealogical societies, libraries, museums, Civil War Round Tables and other historical venues such as re-enactments or living history programs.     
  • 12:30P – A presentation by Mr. Lincoln will be held in the Civil War Section, Section 21. 
  • 1:15P – Join a Spring Grove Docent for a walking tour showcasing the Civil War history at Spring Grove. The tour will depart from the Civil War Section, Section 21.  

Lake Isabella* hosts a Kids Mystery Fish Challenge. Catch the mystery fish! Prizes are awarded in three age groups to each kid who weighs in a fish closest to the mystery weight. Every kid who catches a fish will receive a trophy. Any species can be weighed, and live bait is permitted. For ages 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. 10-noon.


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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