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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September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Lebanon Feast & Fall-y

10am-6pm One Day

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

Join us for an alternative to big box sameness at a European style street fair showcasing industrial, artisan, patina, retro, upcycled and vintage wares with tastings of local fare.

Admission is Free

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September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

2017 Lebanon Country Applefest

10am-7pm One Day

Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway St.
​​Lebanon, Ohio 45036
(​513) 320-2775

Lebanon Ohio's largest and longest running craft and food festival! Several hundred craft and food booths! Hay ride provided by Irons fruit farm on site! Located at the Warren County Fairgrounds 665 N. Broadway St. Lebanon Ohio from 10 Am to 7Pm, free admission, free parking. All booths are on paved handicap accessible areas. Handicap parking on pavement near the grandstand. 

Admission is Free!

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October 01, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Bonnybrook Farms Fall Farm Days

12pm-6pm Weekly

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

  Fun on the Farm’ activities include a “Pick your Own” Pumpkin Patch; Archery; Clodhopper Golf; Crazed Corn Maze; Pony Rides; Giant Slingshots; 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.

Climb aboard the farm wagon for a family friendly Adventure Wagon Ride. Travel along the old stone roads of this historic farm... across an abandoned railway, past the old home site and into the valley of Todd Fork, where you will encounter colorful characters portrayed by professional actors.

The Farm Kitchen offers delicious farm dinners, apple dumplings, caramel apples and pumpkin pie, 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.

  • Free Admission - Fee for some activities
  • Free Parking
  • Cash, Credit Card
  • ATM available

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October 01, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

6pm Daily

Great Wolf Lodge
2501 Great Wolf Drive
Mason, OH 45040
(800) 913-9653

During the month of October, treat your kids to their most spooktacular Halloween ever during our month-long Howl-O-Ween festivities. Pack up your plastic pumpkin pails and plenty of ghostly garments for Costume Parades, Trick or Treat Trails, scary-silly Story Times and Monster Bash Dance Parties. And don’t forget the perfect 84-degree basking weather in our gargantuan water park. Howl-O-Ween begins on October 1, 2017 and continues until October 31, 2017.

Admission is Free!

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October 14, 2017 - October 14, 2017

Howl' oween Pooch Parade

11am-3pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-0393

The Howl' oween Pooch Parade is a dog gone good time for the whole family- putting our furring friends in the spotlight! Costume contest, pet booths, raffles, rescues, shopping and of course the Howl'oween Pooch Parade around the downtown!

Admission is Free!

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October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017

48th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

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

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-8855

Visit Waynesville Ohio for our premier festival, featuring SAUERKRAUT in many traditional and non-traditional ways. For example, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut pizza, Reuben's, pork, mashed potatoes and kraut, sauerkraut brownies, cookies, pies and fudge. Don't forget crafts from 25 states, featuring everything from jewelry, wood, holiday items, pottery and more. You don't want to miss this festival and all it has to offer!

Free Admission

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October 15, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Perimeter Hike

10am-4pm One Day

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

A guided hike on the 13-mile Perimeter Trail through some of our most scenic areas in the fall. Discover more about the woods and wildlife in our area, and see Caesar Creek from a whole new point of view. Free; open to the public. Meet at the 50 Springs parking lot. Hike starts at 10am.

Admission is Free!

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November 03, 2017 - November 05, 2017

Hearth Warming Holidays

Fri-Sat: 11am-8pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville
Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513)897-8855

Kick-off your holiday season and shop our quaint Main Street of 60 antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants.

Admission is Free

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November 11, 2017 - November 11, 2017

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Don't miss this opportunity to get out and have fun on this "Girls-only" adventure in downtown Lebanon! Shopping, eating, and socializing. Participating merchants offer store specials, giveaways, refreshments and fun!

Pick up your Goodie bag with coupons and stuff your punch card at participating businesses for a chance to win!

Shops open until 9:00pm

Admission is Free

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November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Christmas in Historic Springboro

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

South Main Street
Springboro, OH 45066
(937) 748-0074

Christmas in Historic Springboro is Warren County's largest three day street festival. Entertainment, food, kid's activities, crafters and so much more.

Admission is Free!

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November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Holiday Open House

See website for times Daily

Downtown Lebanon 
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036 
(513) 228-2322

You are cordially invited to spend an old fashioned holiday with us in Downtown Lebanon
Holiday Illumination- Christmas Tree Park
Santa, Carriage rides, Model Train Display, and shopping

Admission is Free

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November 25, 2017 - January 07, 2018

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

Times May Vary Daily

Great Wolf Lodge
2501 Great Wolf Drive
Mason, OH 45040 
(800) 913-9653

Snowland welcomes your family to the winter howl-i-days in proper Northwoods style. From November 25 through January 7, we transform Great Wolf Lodge into a magical winter wonderland, complete with spectacular decorations, visits with Santa, North Pole University activities and a life-size gingerbread house you can dine in! Take advantage of our Exclusive Snowland Deal, or make even more howliday memories when you book a Snowland-themed Suite! 

Admission is Free!

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December 01, 2017 - December 03, 2017

Christmas in the Village

Fri-Sat: 12pm-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-8855

Join us in Waynesville Ohio, as you experience the joys of the holiday season. Our charming town transforms to a holiday celebration, with strolling characters, barbershop quartets, strolling entertainment, 1300 luminaries on Friday and Saturday evening, heated entertainment tent, and some of the best shopping to help check everything off your list. Don't forget the delicious dining that we have to offer too. You will walk away with the most joyous feeling when you visit us, during Christmas in the Village. 

Admission Free

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December 09, 2017 - December 09, 2017

Holiday Traditions

10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm One Day

Caesar Creek Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-2437

Create one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations with local, natural materials to take home and share with your loved ones. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early at the Nature Center. Call for more info. 513-897-2437

Admission is Free!

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May 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Old Main Street Antique Show

9am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Main Street Antique Show with visiting guests selling antiques

Admission is Free

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June 09, 2018 - June 09, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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June 21, 2018 - June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice Sunrise Program

Gates open at 5:30am One Day

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve
6123 St Rt 350
Oregonia, OH 45054 
(513) 932-4421

Join Fort Ancient in welcoming the first day of summer through this exciting program of observing the sunrise as the Ancient peoples did 2,000 years ago. Watch the sun rise between two walls of earth when aligning yourself between the earthen wall and a stone covered mound. Guests will also learn the importance of Fort Ancient to those who built it between 100BC and AD 500.

Admission Free

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July 03, 2018 - July 03, 2018

Red Rhythm and Boom

4pm-10pm One Day

Mason Municipal Campus
6000 Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040
(513) 229-8500

Join us for the City of Mason's annual Red Rhythm and Boom event on Tuesday, July 3 2018! This patriotic event will feature music by nationally acclaimed artists, kids activities and attractions, food, exhibitors, fireworks and more! The event takes place at the Mason Municipal Campus at 6000 Mason Montgomery Road.

Parking and Admission are FREE!

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July 14, 2018 - July 14, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

7/14/2018 One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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August 11, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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September 08, 2018 - September 08, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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September 15, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Heritage Festival and Parade

10am-4pm One Day

Mason Municipal Campus
6000 Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040 
(513) 229-8500

Mark your calendars for the annual Heritage Festival and Parade taking place on Saturday, September 15 at the Mason Municipal Center Campus! The event will feature a parade, kids’ activities, carnival games, crafts, vendors, music entertainment and more! The event will begin at 10 a.m. with the annual parade followed by activities and entertainment until 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and is sure to include fun for all ages!

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October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018

49th Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

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

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Festival with local nonprofit food booths and hand crafted items only. Live Entertainment

Admission is Free

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October 20, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Day

12pm-3pm One Day

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve
6123 St Rt 350
Oregonia, OH 45054 
(513) 932-4421

Bring your ID for Free Admission
Come and join us to experience an informative orientation on Fort Ancient, its 2,000-year-old history, and the people who built this amazing earthwork as an astronomical observatory and ceremonial site. The goal is to show you, the teacher, the opportunities that await you and your school children. You will become the students and Fort Ancient volunteers will be on hand to take you through our wonderful educational program that is designed for grades 2-6 and 6-8. Volunteers will lead you through the museum with a grade appropriate scavenger hunt. There will be hands-on opportunities to play the game of double ball, learn to throw a spear with an atlatl ( spear thrower ), and enjoy our educational interactive room with over 60 artifacts, an 18th century dress up area, drums and rattles, and a wigwam. The day is for you , teachers, to honor the work that you do.

Admission Free

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November 02, 2018 - November 04, 2018

Hearth Warming Holidays

Times vary with each store Daily

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Decorated Store Fronts kicking off the holidays with beautiful merchandise.

Admission is Free

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November 21, 2018 - November 21, 2018

Winter Solstice Sunrise Program

7:30am One Day

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve
6123 St Rt 350
Oregonia, OH 45054 
(513) 932-4421

As the leaves have fallen leaving the trees bare at the end of autumn, guests will be able to clearly view the 2,000-year-old earthen walls as the sun rises on the shortest day of the year. Experience the solstice as ancient people may have done during this ceremonial moment several thousand years ago.

This event is free to the public.

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November 30, 2018 - December 02, 2018

Christmas in the Village

Fri: 6pm-9pm | Sat: 12pm-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-8855

Christmas in Waynesville with luminaries, carriage rides, heated entertainment tent

Admission is Free

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