You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy Ohio’s Largest Playground! There are plenty of ways for visitors to play, splash and explore in Warren County for free. Visit Caesar Creek State Park for swimming, boating, hiking and fossil-searching, and check out Warren County’s full list of parks (Download here) for even more outdoor adventure. Hike, bike or rollerblade on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. Interested in art? Visit the Franklin Murals. Take a self-guided walking tour of Springboro to learn about the Underground Railroad and visit as many as 50 confirmed safe houses.

Whether you are looking to keep your kids entertained, spend time outdoors or get active, you’ll find plenty of free activities in Cincinnati and Warren County, Ohio. Check out this weekly listing of some of the most interesting and fun free things to do in Southwest Ohio.

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August 06, 2016 - August 06, 2016

Lebanon Blues Festival

11am-11pm One Day

Downtown
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 588-0321

The 18th Annual Lebanon Blues Festival will be held Aug 6, 2016 from 11am to 11pm in Historic Downtown Lebanon. Enjoy blues bands, your favorite foods, and a deluxe beer garden. Gaze at more than 150 classic cars in the Classic Car Show. Red Hot Blues Run begins at 7pm. The event is presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club. For more Blues Festival information, call 513-588-0321.

Admission to festival is free. 

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August 13, 2016 - August 13, 2016

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-0667

Artists, Authors, Crafters, Art Contests, Free Book Swap, Cruise-In, Krafty Kids Market, Historic Displays, Entertainment

Admission Free

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August 13, 2016 - August 13, 2016

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 

Store Specials • Giveaways • Refreshments and more!

Admission is Free

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August 27, 2016 - August 28, 2016

The Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival

Sat: 10am-8pm | Sun: 10am-6:30pm Daily

Patricia Allyn Park
7266 St Rt 48
Sprinboro, OH 45066
(937) 657-5466

A weekend of award winning music at Patricia Allyn Park 7266 St Rt 48 in Springboro, OH featuring the Native American flute and folk & traditional Native American singers. Featured performers include Douglas Blue Feather, Chief Golden Light Eagle (Yankton Sioux Nation SD), Terri Sings with Ravens, Jan Seiden, Heart Wind, and the Miami Valley Flute Circle. Enjoy vendors with Native American style flutes, arts & crafts, and food. A family friendly event with free educational presentations and workshops. Relax to the music under a large shaded tent with chairs. 10am-8pm Saturday, Aug 27 and 10am-6:30 pm Sunday, Aug 28. Free and open to the public with plenty of free parking!

Admission is Free!

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September 10, 2016 - September 10, 2016

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-0667

Artists, Authors, Crafters, Art Contests, Free Book Swap, Cruise-In, Krafty Kids Market, Historic Displays, Entertainment

Admission Free

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September 24, 2016 - September 24, 2016

Lebanon Feast & Fall-y

One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Join us for an alternative to a life of big box sameness. Whether it be industrial, artisan, patina’s, retro, upcycled or kitsch, or foodie dreams of small plates from local joints. A European street fair, creative jubilee and vintage market with tastings of local fare.

Admission is Free

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September 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016

Civil War Encampment

Daily

Glendower Historic Mansion
105 Cincinnati Ave.
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 932-1817

The life of Union Civil War soldiers in camp. Canons boom, close order drill, campfire cooking and lots more. 

Admission is Free

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October 01, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Bonnybrook Farms Fall Farm Days

12pm-6pm Weekly

Bonnybrook Farms
3779 State Route 132
Clarksville, OH 45113
(937) 289-2500

Family traditions are enjoyed by many at Bonnybrook Farms, a beautiful and historic 370 acre working farm located in rural Warren County.

Climb aboard the farm wagon for a family friendly Adventure Wagon Ride. Travel along the old stone roads of this historic farm... past the old home site, railroad line and Todd Fork Creek where you will encounter colorful characters portrayed by professional theater actors.

Fun on the Farm’ activities include a “Pick your Own” Pumpkin Patch; Archery; Clodhopper Golf; Crazed Corn Maze; Pony Rides; Giant Slingshots; Geocaching; Horse Shoe Hill with 80’ Underground Slide; Farm Yard Play Area; Birthday Parties; Farm Animals to Pet and Brush and Fish to Feed. The Great Pumpkin 5K Trail Run/Walk and Pumpkin Chuckin' on Halloween weekend.

The Farm Kitchen Café offers delicious farm dinners, apple dumplings, caramel apples, cider and pumpkin cake, all "made from scratch" on the farm. Shop the Country Store for pumpkins, locally made jams, jelly, honey, fudge and kettle corn -- handmade candles, fall decorations and more.

Admission: Free (fee for some activities)
Free Parking

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October 01, 2016 - October 01, 2016

Cabbage Roll Run

8am One Day

Sponsored by the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Clint Fultz Field
Corwin Road
Corwin, OH 45068

As the official kickoff to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, which is the following weekend, we host the Cabbage Roll Run. It is a 5 mile race that runs along the Little Miami Bike Trail and back to Clint Fultz Field. A lot of runners like our run because it is a little longer than a 5K. 

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October 08, 2016 - October 09, 2016

47th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Sat: 9am-8pm | Sun: 9am-6pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
10 B North Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068

Join us in Waynesville OH, for the 47th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. You will be amazed at the handmade crafts ,that line the festival grounds, that hail from 25 states. They include but not limited to, candles, clothing, purses, country crafts, florals, glass and pottery, holiday crafts, jewelry, metal, pet and more.

Don't forget the humble cabbage, SAUERKRAUT, served in traditional and non-traditional ways. For example, sauerkraut sundae, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut pizza, Polish Cabbage Soup, sauerkraut brownies, bread and cookies, Not a fan of sauerkraut, no worries, we have plenty of food offerings to keep you satisfied. 

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October 13, 2016 - October 13, 2016

Twilight Canoe & Dinner for Two

5:30pm One Day

Valley Vineyards
2276 East US 22 & 3
Morrow, OH 45152
(513) 899-2166

Your favorite river outfitter, Morgan's Outdoor Adventures, is pairing up again with your favorite winery, Valley Vineyards, for our Twilight Canoe & Dinner for Two.

Come join Morgan's for a guided 3-mile canoe trip down the Little Miami River, ending back at Valley Vineyard for a cookout! Valley Vineyard's famous grill-it-yourself steak or salmon cookout and Live Music will be waiting for you at the end of the 1 hour float past the Blue Heron rookery and beautiful seasonal foliage and fauna. Don't miss this event!

Admission Fee $95

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October 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Perimeter Hike

10am One Day

Caesar Creek State Park 
8570 East Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Come join the Naturalists for a guided hike of our 12.7 mile Perimeter Trail through some of our most scenic trails, while enjoying all that fall on the Park has to offer. Discover more about the woods and wildlife in our area, and see Caesar Creek from a whole new point of view. Free and open to the public. Meet at the 50 Springs parking lot to join the adventure! 

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free 

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October 21, 2016 - October 21, 2016

Halloween Camp Out

Daily

Caesar Creek State Park Campground
9000 Center Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
(513) 897-2437

Enjoy a fun family weekend of activities on Caesar Creek State Park!

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free 

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October 22, 2016 - October 22, 2016

Howl' oween Pooch Parade

One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry St.
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

6th Annual Howl' oween Pooch Parade- Lebanon has gone to the dogs! Bring dog for a day of Howling fun!

Admission is Free

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November 05, 2016 - November 05, 2016

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 

Store Specials • Giveaways • Refreshments and more!

Admission is Free

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November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Hearthwarming Holidays

Fri&Sat: 10am-8pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-3003

Waynesville's Annual Holiday Open House

Admission Free

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November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016

2016 Christmas in Historic Springboro

Fri: 6pm-10pm | Sat: 10am-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

South Main St.
Springboro, Ohio 45066


Christmas in Historic Springboro is one of the largest 3-day street festivals in Southwest Ohio, boasting over 65,000 attendees each year. 

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November 25, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Lebanon Holiday Open House

Daily

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

You are cordially invited to spend the holidays with us in Historic Downtown Lebanon!
HOLIDAY ILLUMINATION 6:30PM, SANTA CLAUS IN TOWN HALL , MERCHANT’S OPEN HOUSE, FREE CARRIAGE RIDES and much more! 

Admission is Free

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November 26, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday

One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Shop Local- Shop Lebanon. Small Business Saturday

Admission is Free

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December 02, 2016 - December 04, 2016

Christmas in the Village in Waynesville, Ohio!

Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
10 B North Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068

Visit Waynesville Ohio, this holiday season and capture the spirit. On Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm, the festivities kick off with a tree lighting ceremony, located at the gazebo on Main Street. We will have a heated entertainment tent all weekend long, where you will see a wide variety of holiday entertainment. Don't forget Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive daily via Wayne Township Fire Department fire truck. They will drive down on Main Street and will wave to all the kids and will be dropped off at Canada Goose Gallery, located at 97 South Main Street. He will be there on December 2, 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday December 3, 1-9 pm and Sunday, December 4, 1-4 pm.

Friday and Saturday evening will have 1300 luminaries that will line the entire downtown, Friday at 6:00 pm and for the remainder of the weekend we will have strolling costume characters, barbershop quartets, carriage rides and other entertainment. Don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining throughout the Village. You will be amazed at all the special goodies that Waynesville has to offer. We promise you will feel the holiday spirit with all the activities that we provide for this festive weekend. 

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