July gets a bad rap — it’s super hot and humid (we are in Cincinnati, after all), the kids are bored and, after the 4th, the excitement of summer starts to fade away.
Well guess what? We think July should be your favorite month of the summer, as we’ve literally found free fun to be had every single day of the glorious seventh month of 2017. Monday morning blahs? How about a free flick at the Esquire? Tuesday doldrums? Check out a new fitness class at Winton Woods. Lack of weekend inspiration? Check out a Shakespeare in the Park performance!
Here are 31 Days of free fun in Cincinnati this July:
Great Parks Free Entry Day
As a special thank you for their continued support of Great Parks, Hamilton County residents can enjoy free entry into any Great Park on the first day of June, July and August without the need for a Motor Vehicle Permit. All Great Parks.
National Geographic Photo Ark
Daily through Aug. 20
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a compelling and visually powerful project that aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world. Exhibit FREE with Zoo admission.
Patriotic Popsicles at Hubbard Swim School
July 3 from 3-7 p.m.
In honor of Independence Day, bring the kids in for a FREE red, white, and blue patriotic popsicle and observe one of our super-fun swim lessons!
Red, White & Kaboom
July 3 in Fairfield
Red, White & Kaboom celebrates Independence Day in Fairfield with an amazing fireworks display from Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks with entertainment, food and activities at four official viewing locations in Fairfield.
Red, Rhythm & Boom
July 3 at the Mason Community Center
This is a free, family-friendly festival featuring a carnival and kid zone activities such as a zipline, extreme air trampolines, interactive inflatables, a climbing wall, bounce houses, strolling entertainment and more! Phillip Phillips and Ben Rector are the featured artists for this year’s event. Stage entertainment will kick off at 6 p.m. with a skydiving exhibit presented by Start Skydiving and continue throughout the night until a fireworks display presented by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks at 10 p.m. FREE.
Free Movies for Kids
Mondays and Wednesdays in July
This summer, enjoy Free Movies for Kids on Mondays and Wednesdays at Kenwood Theatre, Esquire Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and Eastgate Brew & View. All movies carry a rating of “PG” or under.
OneMain Financial Red, White and Blue Ash
July 4 at Summit Park
The annual Independence Day celebration will feature entertainment from The Steel Woods at 5:30PM, followed by headliner REO Speedwagon at 8PM. The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m., presented by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics. The event, which draws tens of thousands of people each year, is free and open to the public. FREE.
July 4th Parade and Festival
July 4 in Downtown Montgomery
Parade starts at 10 a.m. along Cooper Rd and continues through Downtown Montgomey. The Independence Day Festival takes place in Montgomery Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is full of kids games, pony rides, a variety of food and drinks to enjoy along with the live music. The local little league All-Star game takes place at noon on the ball field as another bit of Americana at this community festival. FREE.
Summer Cinema at Washington Park
Wednesdays in July
Summer Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at the Park! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and join us for a fun, relaxing evening over on our civic lawn.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, a Community Concert
July 6 at Woodland Mound/Weston Amphitheater
Spend an evening in the great outdoors with the Cincinnati Pops, featuring John Morris Russell, Conductor. Presented by Great Parks Foundation.
Family Fun Night at Carol Ann’s Carousel
July 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Back by popular demand is Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Family Fun Nights! Come whirl with us inside Carol Ann’s Carousel for discounted ride packages, different themed nights, with featured crafts and activities! Enter for your chance to win tokens and tickets to a Krohn Conservatory Show!
July 7 at Woodland Mound
Join the naturalist at the wet playground today to see a few live animals before the little ones play.
Summer Concerts in the Park
July 8 from 7-9 p.m. at Winton Woods
Enjoy a free evening of R&B with The Mistics!
Free Junior Clinic
July 8 at 1 p.m. at Winton Woods
This free one-hour introduction teaches basic safety, etiquette and full swing fundamentals to junior golfers. For ages 7–17.
Bright Star Theatre: Aesop’s Fables
July 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the North Central Branch
These 2,600 year-old gems have never been this entertaining! From “The Fox and the Grapes”and “The Tortoise and the Hare” to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” these animal-filled adventures focus on honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness. Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Library Foundation and the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.
Wednesdays on the Greene
Wednesdays through Aug. 9 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Join us for this week’s Wednesdays on the Green – free evening concerts every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Smale Family Fun Day
July 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a full day of fun at Smale Riverfront Park with entertainment for all ages, including Grammy nominee Zak Morgan! Bring a picnic and make it a family day at the park. Be sure to visit Parks Naturalist booth. For event details, visit the park calendar at www.cincinnatiparks.com or https://www.facebook.com/CincyParks/.
Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo
July 14 at Winton Woods
Head to Winton Harbor for the largest free outdoor environmental education event for children in the Midwest! This unique opportunity will encourage kids’ interest in the great outdoors and recreational activities. Come out and discover more than 50 exhibitors and interactive activities. Presented by Great Parks and Green Umbrella. W
Shakespeare in the Park
July 14-Sept. 4 at various tristate locations
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its tradition for over a decade of performing Shakespeare in the Park in communities across the tri-state area with The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo and Juliet this summer! CSC provides one of the largest programs for free outdoor Shakespeare in the nation, both in number of stops and the radius of the region visited. Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and open to the public.
Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta
July 15 at VOA Park
BOATS! BOATS! BOATS! Cardboard boats, that is. The MetroParks of Butler County presents the 8th Annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta on Saturday, July 15th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Voice of America Park in West Chester! Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Then, sign your team up to build your own cardboard boat and join the amazing race around the lake! Sea legs aren’t quite ready; you say? No problem! Vendors, entertainment, activities, and more await you upon shore. So, come on out for some summer family fun, and don’t forget to keep calm and boat on!
Sign Language Story Time
July 15 at Blue Manatee
Bring your little one to learn simple signs through songs and stories with blue manatee’s Ms. Alison!
Free, all ages event.
Children’s Theatre Workshop “Once Upon a Time”
July 16 at 2 p.m. at Summit Park
This fun and interactive WorkShop will bring new life to classic fairy tales. Students will gain a historical context, be introduced to primary thematic elements, and have the opportunity to bring some of their favorite fairy tales to life. This event is open and free to the public. Recommended for children 2-6th grades.
Chill Out Funday
July 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Taft Museum
Spend this Funday relaxing with art! Tour the museum to find peaceful landscapes, complete some art puzzles at the Art Cart, and make a craft to take home. Learn how reptiles and amphibians manage their temperature during a presentation by Cool Critters at 2 p.m. Chill out even more with yoga in the garden from 3-4 p.m. No reservations required. FREE!
Try It! Fitness Classes
Every Tuesday in July & August at Winton Woods/Harbor
Take part in a free outdoor fitness class in the park! Weekly classes are taught by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati instructors and rotate offerings between hip hop aerobics, kickboxing, cardio combo and Zumba. Don’t forget your water bottle!
2017 Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters, & Crafts Festival
Get into the Zoo for just $1 during this special one-day event! Learning Through Art, Inc. invites you to our 12th annual Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters, & Crafts Festival! This event is perfect for kids of all ages. Admission to the zoo is $1.00 and includes free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Highlights of this event include: live music, dance performances, face painting, take home crafts, and hands-on fun. (Parking is not included in this special promotion.)
Frisch Marionettes Puppet Show
July 21 at the College Hill Library
The famous Frisch Marionettes will be giving a live performance at your library! Come join us for an exciting show of song, dance, and story. Fun for the whole family!
Kid Lit Trivia
July 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Blue Manatee
Kids and their grownups will compete as teams to score as many points as possible in this fun children’s book trivia challenge! Free event! Space is limited, so registration is required. Register your team by stopping by or calling blue manatee at 513.731.2665.
CAC Lab: Ceramic Pictures
July 24 at 2 p.m. at the Walnut Hills Library
Join the Contemporary Arts Center for a special workshop that uses an image transfer technique to create contemporary pottery. Learn how to take images we see every day (emojis, gifs, patches, magazine ads, etc) and turn them into a formal work of ceramic art.
July 28 at Gower Park
The Party With a Purpose will be taking over Gower Park on July 28, bringing music, rides, games, beer, food and lots of organizations that help make Sharonville great. Features lots of family friendly activities!
Raptor Inc. Open House
July 30 from 1-4 p.m.
Visit RAPTOR Inc. during our OPEN HOUSE EVENTS on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) between 1pm and 4pm and help support local bird of prey conservation! Meet our LIVE! avian ambassadors up close, learn about the important role raptors play in our environment, participate in fun activities and share some treats! The events are FREE and FUN for the whole family!
Harry Potter Birthday Celebration
July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Westwood Library
Happy Birthday Harry Potter! Come celebrate with Raptor Inc. and their magical creatures!