Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend, August 31 – Sept. 3

Friday, August 31:

Make Way for Memories hosted by The Cincinnati Art Museum and Playhouse in the Park: 5:15pm, 6:15pm and 7:15pm. Free admission. RSVP not required. Bring the whole family and join Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s artists to create your own visual poem about your summer adventures as a family inspired by Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey. Details

New Lines Mural Dedication hosted by ArtWorks Cincinnati 6:00pm-7:00pm The team of Youth Apprentices and Teaching Artists have been hard at work all summer to complete the New Lines: Bolivar Alley murals! Now it’s time to celebrate the incredible transformation, work, and creativity that took place. Details

August Final Friday hosted by Pendleton Art Center Cincinnati 6:00pm-10:00pm  Visit and purchase art from over 250 aritsts in 4 buildings. Free admission and $5 valet available. Casey Redmond will be performing on the dock and Fire on High will be the food truck on site. Details

Devou Summer Movies Series hosted by The Devou Good Project 8:15pm-9:45pm Grab your blankets and watch the final movie of the summer in Devou Park. This week enjoy North of the Nightfall. Details 

Saturday, Sept. 1:

Weekend Walkabout hosted by Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum 10:00am-11:30am This months’ topic is Civil War Connections. Spring Grove was founded nearly twenty years before the Civil War. The reason that there are so many soldiers buried in SG is because of the many Civil War hospitals that were in the area. Spring Grove is the final resting place for 40 Union Civil War generals and 1 Confederate General. Details

Harry Potter Family Scavenger Hunt hosted by Joseph-Beth Cincinnati 11:00am-12:00pm Enjoy this Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt in the bookstore! The rumor on Potterwatch is that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has hidden at least one Horcrux at Joseph-Beth, and they need some intrepid witches and wizards to help them find and destroy the Horcrux. But it won’t be easy—there are puzzles and challenges to be completed on the way, so bring a team to help take down You-Know-Who! Details

Family First Saturday hosted by The Cincinnati Art Museum 11:00am-4:00pm Come and celebrate the exhibition, Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey with free and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy a special scavenger hunt, visits from local artists, hands-on art-making and more. Details 

39th Annual Old Timer’s Day Festival hosted by The Rabbit Hash General Store 11:00am-11:00pm Enjoy the 39th year of celebrating the river-town community that has thrived on the banks of the Ohio since 1831. This annual festival features local bands, food vendors, artists, and general merrymaking. Details

WestSide Market hosted by WestSide Market 10:00am-4:00pm Enjoy local brews from West Side Brewing, over 70 talented local vendors, food trucks, baked goods, kid friendly activities and so much more! Details

Cruise-A-Palooza hosted by Coney Island Amusement Park 12:00pm-4:00pm Enjoy a classic car show, featuring different makes and models from over the years! JD Hughes will be the emcee for the day. The event is FREE for guests to view the cars – regular admission rates apply for Sunlite Water Adventure and rides. Details

Shakespeare in the Park presents A Midsummer’s Night Dream hosted by The City of Montgomery and The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 7:00pm-10:00pm The City of Montgomery Arts Commission is pleased to debut Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The cast features actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Resident Ensemble. Admission is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required. Details

Sunday, Sept. 2:

Pop Up Play hosted by Washington Park 11:00am-1:00pm Join Abby Palen in her September Pop-Up Play special, “Upcycled with Abby!” She will be doing art activities at the bandstand with kids Sunday, September 2nd starting at 11am. Art activities include puppet making, designing with card board, staples, paper mache, and other recycled materials. Details

25th Cincinnati Hispanic Fest hosted by Cincinnati Hispanic Heritage Month 11:00am-11:00pm The Hispanic Cultural Society of Cincinnati and community organize this important event, in partnership with local businesses and volunteers committed to the mission of providing support to the local Hispanic community through educational programs, scholarships and resources to the less fortunate. Celebrate 25 years of bringing people together to experience Latin American music, folkloric dance, and traditional Latino food. Details

Art on Vine at Fountain Square hosted by Art on Vine 12:00pm-6:00pm Stop by for the final Art on Vine of the year.  Up to 60 Local artists showcasing and selling fine arts and handmade goods on the Lovely Landmark Fountain Square in the center of Downtown Cincinnati! A full bar provided by Fountain Square. Details

2018 Riverfest hosted by Western and Southern 12:00pm-10:00pm Live entertainment on Riverboat Row from noon to 9 p.m., food, beverages and Rozzi’s largest and oldest fireworks display at dark. In past years there have been more than 250,000 visitors. Do remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Do wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in. Details

RiverFest West hosted by Price Hill Will and Cincinnati Parks 2:00pm-10:00pm Enjoy live entertainment by the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, Genx Band-rocks, and Miss Joanie Music, food by Pit To Plate BBQ, Loveland Dairy Whip and the Price Hill Safety CAT, all from the best view of the City, Mt. Echo Park! This is a family-friendly event, kids activities and music will be provided by CRC, Cincinnati Circus Company. Details

Monday, Sept. 3:

Kids Mystery Fish Challenge hosted by Lake Isabella Boathouse 10:00am-12:00pm. 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. Details

Raptors hosted by Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn 12:00pm-4:00pm A variety of local native raptors will be on exhibit during this holiday weekend. Cameras and sketch pads are welcome. Details

North College Hill “Headin’ for the Hill” Car Show hosted by the North College Hill Police Department 9:00am-5:00pm Registration is from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM fee is $15. Awards at 4:00PM. An appearance by Elvis! Details

Dogfest and K-9 Kerplunk hosted by Montgomery Community Pool 5:00pm-8:00pm On stage contests, prizes and vendor booths. Families and their canine companions can finish the summer with a dip in the pool. All breeds and sizes of dogs are invited. Dogs must be people friendly, non-aggressive towards other dogs and under control. Bring nonperishable dog food and treats to donate. Details

M1 Monday hosted by March First Brewing 4:00pm-10:00pm What better way to kick off the week than with $4 pints? Details


Mission Aerospace is at Cincinnati Museum Center

#ChocolateAtCMC is open through January 6, 2019. Get all the sweet details and ticket information:

Newport Aquarium has an evening deal for you. During Summer Family Hours, get one free children’s admission with each full-price adult. Offer valid Sunday-Friday after 4 pm. This offer is available online only.

*Great Parks for Hamilton County requires a Motor Vehicle Permit for entrance to the parks.

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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