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Here we are, just past Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of warm-weather festivals and fun. And Cincinnati is starting to burst with enjoyable events, some of them as soon as this weekend (June 3-5).
Residents of senior-living communities Marjorie P. Lee and Deupree House and their loved ones are especially well-positioned for the fun, being in an area filled with such events. Here’s a look at some in the general area.
Please forgive us for missing some events. There are many going on!
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Summerfair Cincinnati is a large, high-quality festival that features fine arts and crafts. It happens June 3-5, at Coney Island (Kellogg Road at Interstate 275). Tickets cost $10 for one day or $15 for all three, and it’s so much fun, that many people visit three times. The event is in its 54th year and still going strong. It starts Friday from 12-7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a rain-or-shine festival.
Some say this event is the actual way to launch your summer fun: JuneFest, presented by Our Lord Christ the King Catholic Church and its Cardinal Pacelli School (3223 Linwood Ave.) in the Mount Lookout neighborhood. This event also operates Friday (June 3) from 7 p.m. to midnight (ages 21 and up only this night), with $5 admission. On Saturday (June 4), admission is free, and everyone is welcome. The Saturday event runs from noon to 11 p.m.
“It’s a great way to kick off the summer — in fact, that’s our slogan: Summer Starts with JuneFest,” said church Communications Manager Alisa Fisher. “Especially Saturday, it’s a really fun family event because we have really fun kids’ games, music. We’ll have a strolling magician, and it’s an all-around fun time.”
The band Tone Yard will play vintage and modern rock during the Friday portion of JuneFest. There will be gambling, games of chance, the Taylor Made Sweets & Eats Food Truck, premium beverages, Giant Jenga and cornhole games, and catching up with the community.
Saturday, there will be KidsFest, face painting and glitter tattoos, a strolling magician, the games of chance, a grill, raffle drawing, and other fun.
.Two weeks before Father’s Day itself, Hyde Park Square shops will have a Father’s Day Sale on Saturday (June 4) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Promoters promise the ability to find everything “from fashion to fly fishing.” (The fishing accessories are at Delamere & Hopkins, while men’s apparel is at 45/46 Fine Men’s Apparel. Lots of other gift places and, of course, eateries.
The Hyde Park Farmers’ Market operates each Sunday through October from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on lovely Hyde Park Square. It’s considered one of the region’s best farmers’ markets, with lots of healthy produce from the area growers themselves. To make the world greener, you’re asked to bring your own shopping bags.
.The NKY Pride 2022 festival is in Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., in Covington, Ky., from noon to 5 p.m., with the NKY Pride Parade from 1-2 p.m.
.The Butterflies of the Nile exhibit, where the tiny creatures flutter above and around you, started in March at Krohn Conservatory and continues through June 19. Tickets, sold for one-hour periods, are $10 for adults; $7 for kids 5 through 17; and free for children 4 and younger.
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The 13th Annual Madeira Girls’ Night Out shopping event will happen Wednesday, June 8, from 5:30-8 p.m. The ladies can RSVP to this free event at cincinnatimagazine.com/girlsnightout and the first 300 guests who do so receive a Girls’ Night Out Swag Bag.
The 44th Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance, which compares “Euro Luxe” vehicles against “American Luxury” automobiles, happens on June 11 (a Saturday) and 12 (Sunday), The Concours d’Elegance runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., and features more than 200 cars and motorcycles in the beautiful historic gardens of Ault Park. Also during the show will be a Craft Beer Garden from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; the Will Sherman Automotive Art Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; and Brunch at the Pavilion, both also at Ault Park. Proceeds go to the Arthritis Foundation’s Juvenile Arthritis programs. Tickets for the Concours d’Elegance cost $35 for adults and $15 for students. Other events, which cost extra for tickets, include a Countryside Tour by the vehicles, which starts at Mariemont Square (1 p.m. Saturday); and a hangar party, which requires tickets, goes from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at nearby Lunken Airport.
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Queen City Opera opens its 2022 Summer Festival with La bohème, which runs June 18, 23, and 25 at Music Hall downtown. That is followed by the world premiere of Fierce (July 6, 9, and 10) at the School for the Creative and Performing Art’s Corbett Theater. Other shows include The Pirates of Penzance; Castor and Patience; Aida; and Morris & Friends, which is a night of Opera, Gospel, and Musical Theater.
Cincinnati’s 35th annual Juneteenth Festival, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, this year will be in Eden Park from noon to 9 p.m., with two stages for musical performances, a children’s fun area, historical re-enactors, other history information, art, and things to shop for. The event is from noon to 9 p.m.
The Cincy Pride Parade will launch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 25 downtown, beginning at 7th & Plum, proceeding down Vine Street past Fountain Square, and finishing at the Cincinnati Pride 2022 Festival at Sawyer Point & Yeatman's Cove. The Cincinnati Pride Festival happens throughout the day.
The evening Cincinnati Water Lantern Festival will light up on July 9 from 6-10:30 p.m. in beautiful Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive. People decorate lanterns and illuminate them with LED-lit “candles,” floating them on a pond for a time of serenity, prayer and reflection. Tickets for this event cost $25.99 until June 10 and climb steadily to $55.99 the day of the event. Organizers promise a night of food, magic and beauty, with the lanterns’ light reflecting on the water.
The Cincy Blues Fest, which CityBeat named the area’s best music festival, happens July 16, from 3-11 p.m. on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn at the Banks, downtown. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults; $5 for children 13-17; and those 12 or under free when accompanied by a guardian.
Among many other fun concerts playing locally are Keith Urban at Riverbend Music Center on July 16; Cincinnati fan favorite Jimmy Buffett, 8 p.m. July 21 at Riverbend Music Center; The Beach Boys and Aug. 16 at PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave.; and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Sept. 11 at PNC Pavilion.
World-class tennis will be played at the Western and Southern Open in Mason from Aug. 13-21
Taste of Hyde Park Square will happen Saturday, Sept. 24, from 5-9 p.m. letting visitors taste the best of all Hyde Park Square’s restaurants.
The Hyde Park Art Show will be Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the picturesque Hyde Park Square. It’s one of the area’s oldest and most prestigious art shows.
What’s your favorite summertime event in this part of town that we missed? We may add it to an upcoming blog.
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