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Lots of Summer Fun Coming Up

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Summer Festivals                                                 

Italianfest - June 13-16

​Held in Festival Park Newport along Riverboat Row, Italianfest brings authentic Italian food and live Italian music to the city.  Enjoy fireworks on opening night.  Activites will include cooking contests, games and rides for the kids.

Goettafest - June 14-16

MainStrasse Village in Covington again brings the German immigrants' favorite, Goetta, to pizza, chili, burgers, and more.  Everyone will enjoy the children's activities, arts and crafts, music and entertainment.

Paddlefest - June 20-22Paddlefest

As the paddling capital of the United States, the Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest canoe / kayak paddling event in the Midwest.  Coney Island is going to be abuzz with activity. The weekend begins on Thursday with the Kids Outdoor Expo.  They have set up four villages to expand kid's knowledge...Let's Explore, Let's Go Green, Let's Splash, and Let's Move.  Friday's activities feature the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival in the picnic grove. There will be music from 5 bands, cardboard boat races, a kayak fishing contest, Dragonfest and more.  Saturday is the big day for boaters; the 8.2 mile float trip, 11 mile canoe and kayak races and 5 mile SUP race all take place.  It all leads to the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival at Yeatman's Cove.

Pedalfest - June 22

Planned to coincide with Paddlefest, bike riders can choose two different opportunities.  One group will ride the Trail from Yeatman's Cove to Coney Island and paddle back to Yeatman's Cove.  Other riders will go from Yeatman's Cove to Lunken Airport Playfield and then on to Armleder Park and back in time for the Gold Star Chili finish line.  Everyone can look forward to hearing the Hickory Robot Bluegrass Band.

Panegyri Greek Festival - June 28-30

The Holy Trinity - St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church brings us the 39th annual festival.  Fill up on their incredible foods...saganaki, moussaka,, tiropites and baklava.  Immerse yourself in Greek culture, music and dance, shop for jewelry, leather goods, linens, art, and more.  There are also rides and games for the kids.  Free parking and shuttle from St. Xavier High School.

Family Activities in Cincinnati's Smale Park

by The Cincinnati Team

Family fun at Smale Park                                                                    

The Cincinnati Park Board is excited to announce a full line-up of Family Summer Fun at Smale Riverfront Park!  They are offering family friendly movies, music and theater.  Kick off the summer with musical entertainment, movies and theater. Bring your family, blankets and smiles for some extraordinary nights at Smale Riverfront Park this summer!​Smale Riverfron Park
May 16 - Bach & Boombox (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program) 5:30pm–6:30pm


May17 - "Wreck It Ralph" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm9pm,  Movie at 9pm

May18 - Cincinnati Children’s Theater performs Rumplestilskin with special guests Bullooney Puppet Works, Cincinnati Circus and Explore Nature!  4pm–7pm

May23 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May30 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May31 - "Brave" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm–9pm,  Movie at 9pm

​Smale Riverfront Park is described as a park for the generations.  The activities benefit the entire community with recreational, entertainment and leisure resources.  The fountains, walkways, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds, and restaurants all add to the economic vitality of the region.

When completed, the park will extend from east at Great American Ball Park to west as far as Paul Brown Stadium - flanking the city's landmark Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Parties in the Park Kickoff

by The Cincinnati Team

Yeatman Cove Hosts Parties in the Park                                        

Party in the Park - Yeatman's Cove - CincinnatiThe annual Party in the Park series has expanded to 16 weeks this year.  It kicks off with its usual lineup of top local bands, plus a national recording artist.  The parties are held at Yeatman’s Cove on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. featuring “happy hour and a half” (discounted drinks from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m). This year’s Parties will include the Bud Bar - a moveable Bud Light bar featuring bar-style seating, five Plasma TV’s and ceiling fans for a cool breeze.

National recording artist Wayland will appear on July 3rd to kick off the holiday weekend.  The full series schedule includes performances by the following bands from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

  •  May 8, Jamison Road
  •  May 15, Stranger  
  • May 22, Final Order  
  • May 29, The Whammies


Concerts Add to Zoo Blooms Celebration

by The Cincinnati Team

Zoo Blooms Features Free Thursday Concerts            

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden once again will burst into bloom in mid-April.  Did you know that the Zoo is one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio?  Or that the Zoo offers the largest tulip display in the Midwest?  Over one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and tulips will come together for one of the most spectacular displays ever.  With 100,000 tulips alone, the display has been dubbed "Tulip Mania."

Every Thursday in April, the Zoo will offer "Tunes in Bloom" concerts with free admission after 5 pm (parking is not included).  Held from 6-8:30 pm, the evenings feature some of Cincinnati's finest and most respected music groups:

  • April 11 - Jake Speed and the Freddies, The Turkeys
  • April 18 - Shiny and the Spoon, Shiny Old Soul
  • April 25 The Ark Band, The Cliftones

Seeing Stars and the Full Snow Moon in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team


Astronomy Lessons at the Cincinnati Nature Center and Cincinnati Observatory - February 14th and 25th         

The Full Moon Walk will take place at the Cincinnati Nature Center on February 25th. Attendees, eight years old and up, should gather at the Creekside Barn at 7:30 pm.  Imagine looking for signs of animals and wildlife while hiking under a full moon. Registration is required.

Native American tribes often named full moons.  Because the full moon in February usually occurred during the heaviest snow falls, it was called the Full Snow Moon.  Other tribes referred to it as the Full Hunger Moon or Little Famine Moon because hunting was difficult and food scarce.  The Cherokee tribe named it the Full Bony Moon because it was a time when they were forced to gnaw on bones and eat bone marrow soup.

"Turn the lights down low, the stars are out" at the Cincinnati Observatory Center brings romance to you on February 14th at 7 pm. The "Birthplace of American Astronomy" is scheduled to give your Valentine a true, out-of-this-world experience high atop Mt. Lookout.  In addition to viewing the planets of Venus, Jupiter and Mars through the historic telescopes, you will be treated to an evening of music, drinks, chocolate, and flowers.

Host of the evening, Dean Regas, astronomer and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers, will be talking about the red stars of passion in the winter sky.  Volunteers will also give tours of the building.  This will be an unusual and unexpected opportunity to bring romance to your relationship!

Reservations are required for the evening at $50 per couple.


Children's Theater at its Best at the Playhouse

by The Cincinnati Team


Saturday Family Fun at Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series     

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Rosenthal Plaza becomes the home for some of the country's best family performers on Saturdays through March 16th. This year's Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series will welcome musicians, storytellers, puppeteers and more. 

Upcoming performances include:

Feb. 16: Trout Fishing in America, an eclectic folk and rock duo
Feb. 23: Tales of Anansi, featuring musicians Bash the Trash
March 2: Bari Koral, with a pop-friendly interactive family concert
March 9: Hansel and Gretel, featuring the Tanglewood Marionettes
March 16: Diane Macklin, storyteller

All Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series performances are recommended for ages 4 and up.There are shows at 10:30 am and 1 pm. For more information, visit and tickets, visit

Wintertime Half-Price Days at the Cincinnati Zoo

by The Cincinnati Team


Follow King Penquins Through the Zoo during Half-price Days
Penquin Days at Cincinnati ZooGet the best of the Cincinnati Zoo when the crowds are gone, but cold weather activities are abundant.  All admission prices are half-price through February 28th and special animal encounters are available daily. 
You'll love following the King Penquins as they parade through the Zoo.  At 10 am, meet them at the Wings to the World exhibit and follow them to the Children's Zoo.  They will do the trip in reverse if you are there at 2:30 pm. For a preview of the tour, check out this video.
On Saturday and Sunday there are also special activities with the polar bears, snow monkeys and elephants.

Trains, Trestles and Traditions Now at Krohn Conservatory

by The Cincinnati Team

It's a must go!  This year's Krohn Conservatory Holiday show, The Return of Trains, Trestles and Traditions is one of the best ever!  Plan to take you family before it closes on January 6.

The show will appeal to all ages, but especially to train lovers and gardeners.  It's absolutely a treat! Trains wander over bridges and through tunnels and covered bridges, including the favorite, Tommy the Train. All are LGB trains that use "G"scale, a larger size that children can see more easily amongst the poinsettias, amaryllis', cyclamens and evergreens. The size is also perfect with flowers for garden railroading.

Applied Imagination brought all their talents to bear in designing the layout and building the miniature replicas of outstanding Cincinnati landmarks.  Even more interesting is that they are built out of natural materials.  The Roebling Suspension Bridge is made of bark...who would have thought that it looks like stone when placed in this display? Try to identify the historical buildings that have been recreated by Applied Imagination for the event.  







































































Buildings are, in order, Ault Park Pavilion, Union Terminal, Taft Museum, Eden Park Gazebo, Eden Park Water Tower, Krohn Conservatory.  Tommy the Train is going by the Batavia Train Station.

Thank you to the Cincinnati Parks, Krohn Conservatory and all the sponsors giving this gift to Cincinnati citizens for the holidays. 


Visit Shillito's Santa's Workshop

by The Cincinnati Team


Christmas ElfNewport on the Levee is the site of the Elves from Shillito's Santa's Workshop.  100 + elves have been refurbished and set up again in the displays that once graced the corner windows of the Shillito's Department Store.  Throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's thousands of children and parents visited the display.
The attraction was purchased by Bill Spinneweber in 2005 and parts of it were displayed in Mariemont for several years.  It was obvious that extensive renovation was needed to keep the exhibit in good condition.  This summer a campaign was put in place to fund the restoration and find a more permanent home.
So, plan to visit all 11 scenes that take you through the life of Santa's helpers at the North Pole. at Newport on the Levee this year.

German Traditions Still Observed in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team


 Christkindlmarkt - Germany Comes to Cincinnati - November 23-25    cincideutsch's Chriskindlmarkt

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