The Summer months just got better with more FREE, family-friendly events.
As part of the OTR Performs arts programming in Washington Park, ArtsWave Presents Sundays in the Park will feature a variety of participatory arts activities led by artists and arts organizations from across the community, including Visionaries and Voices, My Nose Turns Red, Cincinnati Ballet, Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Ensemble, Cincy Young People's Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Children's Theatre of Cincinnati and more! Special thanks to OTR Flags for their sponsorship of this series.
Leading off a full day of programming, the Sundays in the Park events will start at 2:00 PM. OTR Performs starts at 7:00 PM featuring everything from puppet shows and musicals to three-act plays and Shakespeare. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic or enjoy the concessions for sale in the park.
Celebrate the end of Macy’s Arts Sampler 2013 with the Sampler Sock-Hop in Washington Park. Featuring The Wonderettes from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, this fun event will have everyone singing and dancing along to the music of the 1950s and 60s. 5 to 7 pm on the Civic Lawn.
Top Picks for Families
Let the little kids’ imaginations run wild at Contemporary Arts Center’s UNMuseum starting at 11 am. And the whole family will enjoy playing in the CAC’s current main exhibition “ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds”.
Cincinnati Ballet has a world tour of dance with traditional Indian dance, belly-dancing, kung-fu, and yes, ballet.
Enjoy the Taft Museum of Art’s current exhibition “African American Art since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center” and stay for hip-hop dance and spoken word performances by teens from Elementz, and African drumming and dancing by Bi-Okoto. Doors open at Noon.
Teens and parents who love musical theater will want to head over to the Covedale Center in Westwood for a choreography demonstration and mini-lesson from Cincinnati Landmark Productions' current production of the musical, “Legally Blond”.
Learning Through Art’s “Books Alive for Kids” gets young kids inside the story with crafts, performances, and activities from 10 am to 2 pm.
Top Picks for Adults
Adults will want to play at the Contemporary Arts Center’s ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds exhibition, plus check out an eclectic mix of events throughout the day including Mam-Luft modern dance, Constella Festival chamber music, and Wasabi Jazz.
Brazee Street Studios in Oakely holds an open house with glass-blowing demonstrations by Queen City Glass from Noon to 3 pm.
Catch a sneak peek of the musical PARADE at The Carnegie in Covington at 2 pm.
Great Neighborhood Events
Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton will have music, crafts, and more for families starting at 10 am.
Enjoy great choral music from Cincinnati Children’s Choir and MUSE: Cincinnati Women’s Choir at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church in Clifton at 1 pm.
Sharonville Fine Arts Center hosts weaving demonstrations and a performance by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 3 pm.
College Hill Presbyterian hosts music, dance, crafts and a silhouette artist starting at 1 pm.
In Northern Kentucky, public libraries host musical groups in Fort Thomas, Newport, and Erlanger.
Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts in Mason will have an open house featuring traditional Indian dancing, henna painting, and food starting at 11 am.
ArtsWave and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up for the first-ever Art in the Park day on Sunday, April 7 at Great American Ball Park!
Come cheer on your Cincinnati Reds as they take on the Washington Nationals. ArtsWave will sponsor art performances and activities in the Fan Zone before the game, including performances and character greetings by Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and Pones, Inc.
Artistic Director of Playhouse in the Park, Blake Robison, will throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. and a group from the May Festival Chorus will sing "God Bless America" at the seventh inning stretch.
Get $5 off on tickets when you order online here: www.reds.com/artswave.
Fun Card and ArtsPass holders-- watch your email for a special discount just for you!
Our second Macy's Arts Sampler of 2013 is almost here! March 2 includes an incredible line-up of music, theatre, dance, and more. For an easy-to-print schedule, click here. For more details on events, use the Macy's Arts Sampler app on your computer or mobile device.
You could spend the whole day in and around Washington Park enjoying “Action! Adventure! Art!” with a variety of activities designed to showcase the thrilling side of the arts.
First, join us for a Choral Sampler hosted by Cincinnati Boychoir to hear Southern Gateway Chorus, Cincinnati Men's Chorus, Young Professional's Choral Collective, and the Cincinnati Boychoir at Memorial Hall starting at 10:00 am.
Grab lunch from one of the food trucks at Washington Park or at one of Downtown Cincinnati's great restaurants.
At 1 pm, head over to Music Hall for a joint concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The rare joint concert has a “Heroes & Villains” theme, with an adventurous line-up certain to thrill adults and kids including selections from Romeo & Juliet, Aida, Don Giovanni, Swan Lake and more in a fast 40 minutes.
After the concert, continue your art adventures at the School for Creative and Performing Arts where you can learn to make stage blood from chocolate syrup, see a rapier and dagger stage combat demonstration by students at CCM, make your own superhero cape with Hero Design Company from ArtWorks, learn circus tricks with My Nose Turns Red, and enjoy performances by the CCM Preparatory Dept. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will offer theatre tours and a fun “Science of Theatre” demonstration. Plus, take a hip hop dance class at Elementz and complete the Arts Action dance challenge by finding the four costumed dance heroes from Pones, Inc. -- the Astronaut, the Cowgirl, the Pirate, and the Superhero -- and learning their super moves!
Looking for events closer to home? Macy's Arts Sampler is pleased to present these great neighborhood events on March 2.
The Grove in Springfield Township has a great line-up for families including The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring production of Rumplestiltskin, Schoolhouse Symphony, and world music.
The Barn in Mariemont will have artists demonstrating a variety of media throughout the afternoon.
Ballet Theatre Midwest presents an exciting mix of classic and contemporary dance at their space in Columbia-Tusculum.
Oxford Community Arts Center has celtic music and more.
Visionaries & Voices opens their studios in Northside and invites families to participate in a hands-on craft activity.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center hosts a world percussion workshop.
In Price Hill, families can enjoy the Music for Youth in Cincinnati orchestra at Elberon United Methodist Church.
On Friday, February 8th people from all over Cincinnati gathered on Fountain Square to celebrate the kick-off of the 2013 ArtsWave Community Campaign.
In red hats, scarves, coats, and mittens, they danced, drank cocoa, ate cookies, enjoyed ice carving and played with Cincinnati Reds' Gapper.
Everyone cheered as our 2013 Campaign Chair George Vincent announced our campaign goal of $11.5 million!
Thank you to EVERYONE who came out for this event. Special thanks to Suzanne Schindler, the Cincinnati Reds and Gapper, Coffee Emporium, CrEATions by Melody, 3CDC and Fountain Square, and Arctic Diamond ice sculptors. You make Cincinnati amazing!