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.


August 01, 2015 - August 01, 2015

2015 Lebanon Blues Festival

11am-11pm One Day

The 17th Annual Lebanon Blues Festival will be held Aug 1, 2015 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. Admission to festival is free. The event is presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club. For more Blues Festival information, call 513-588-0321.

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August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

It’s time to gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 
We even lined up a sitter! Call Jump Stop Safari (513) 228-0333 and ask about the Girls’ Night Out special!
Store Specials | Giveaways | Refreshments and much more!

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August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

  Second Saturday Street Faire features over 40 artists, crafters and authors, art contests, a cruise-in, a free book swap, historic costumed storytellers from Pioneer Village, local entertainment and more! Come spend a day in the Quaint Village of Waynesville where the Street Faire and over 60 shops and restaurants await you!

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September 12, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Second Saturday Street Faire features over 40 artists, crafters and authors, art contests, a cruise-in, a free book swap, historic costumed storytellers from Pioneer Village, local entertainment and more! Come spend a day in the Quaint Village of Waynesville where the Street Faire and over 60 shops and restaurants await you!

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September 26, 2015 - September 26, 2015

2015 Lebanon Country Applefest

10am-7pm One Day

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

The 33rd Annual Lebanon Country Applefest has moved to the Warren County Fairgrounds, which will be filled with homemade crafts, great food, and entertainment. The Warren County Fairgrounds festival area is all blacktop or concrete with booths both indoor and outdoors, more on-site free parking and handicap access. We hope to see you there!

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September 26, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Civil War Encampment

Daily

Meet the Ohio Valley Civil War Association as they camp on the lawn at Glendower historic mansion. The group re-enacts an authentic Civil War soldiers' encampment including camp fire cooking. signal and telegraph core, cavalry, canon firing and close order drill. Glendower is open for tours both days, admission charged. See wchsmuseum.org for more details.

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October 03, 2015 - October 31, 2015

Bonnybrook Farms' Fall Farm Days

12pm-6pm Weekly

3779 St. Rt. 132
Clarksville, Ohio 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.

Fun on the Farm’ activities include a family friendly Adventure Wagon Ride. Soldiers, town folk, spies and politicians portrayed by professional theater actors commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War in Ohio.

“Pick your Own” Pumpkin Patch; Archery; Clodhopper Golf; Crazed Corn Maze; Pony Rides; Giant Slingshots; Orienteering; Horse Shoe Hill with 80’ Underground Slide; Farm Yard Play Area; Birthday Parties; Farm Animals to Pet and Brush and Fish to Feed. Pumpkin Chuckin' on Halloween weekend.

The Farm Kitchen Café offers Delicious Farm Dinners, Apple Dumplings, Caramel Apples, Cider 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 (fee for some activities) Free Parking

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October 10, 2015 - October 11, 2015

46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

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

Join us for the 46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, featuring 460 craft exhibitors, entertainment, and sauerkraut—served in many traditional and non-traditional ways. Always one of Southwest Ohio's tastiest gatherings.

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October 24, 2015 - October 24, 2015

2015 Howl' oween Pooch Parade

12pm-3pm One Day

Costume Party, Parade and Contest for Dogs (and their owners!). Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Prettiest; scariest; funniest; best character and best pet duo, pet and owner. One award each will be give to large and small dogs.
After the contest there is a parade around downtown Lebanon followed by an Awards ceremony. All entries will get a "doggy bag" filled with a variety of prizes. Raffles for door prizes will also be held. Several vendors offering a variety of pet products will be in attendance as will representatives from the Warren County Humane Association and several rescue leagues.

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November 05, 2015 - November 07, 2015

Isaacs' Shaker Hill Annual Holiday Open House

10am-5pm Daily

We are celebrating 24 years of business and you are cordially invited to come and visit with us during this exciting time of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time for focusing on friendships, families and all our many blessings. This year we are continuing to feature MADE IN AMERICA merchandise. Our showrooms will be decorated for the season and we will have specials during the open house hours on many gift items! Please enjoy cookies and cider while you browse and shop. God Bless, The Isaacs' Family

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November 06, 2015 - November 08, 2015

Hearth Warming Holidays

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

Holiday Open House at Waynesville's Shops to celebrate the start of the Holiday Season. Shops will be featuring their new holiday merchandise and serving light refreshments. Participating shops will be sharing their favorite holiday recipes so as visitors collect recipes during the evening, they will create their own holiday recipe book using the cover and binder rings provided by the shops. Shops have extended hours from 10am-8pm on Friday and Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday during this weekend open house.

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November 07, 2015 - November 07, 2015

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

It’s time to gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun!

We even lined up a sitter! Call Jump Stop Safari (513) 228-0333 and ask about the Girls’ Night Out special!

Store Specials | Giveaways | Refreshments and much more!

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November 09, 2015 - November 14, 2015

Isaacs' Shaker Hill Annual Holiday Open House

10am-5pm Daily

We are celebrating 24 years of business and you are cordially invited to come and visit with us during this exciting time of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time for focusing on friendships, families and all our many blessings. This year we are continuing to feature MADE IN AMERICA merchandise. Our showrooms will be decorated for the season and we will have specials during the open house hours on many gift items! Please enjoy cookies and cider while you browse and shop. God Bless, The Isaacs' Family

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November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Christmas in Historic Springboro

Daily

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 27, 2015 - November 28, 2015

2015 Lebanon Holiday Open House

Daily

Come to Lebanon for an old fashioned Christmas . Christmas tree lighting, Carriage Rides, Shopping, and much more.

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December 04, 2015 - December 06, 2015

Waynesville's Christmas in the Village

Fri-Sat: 11am-9pm | Sun: 12pm-6pm Daily

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

Join us in celebrating the holidays in Waynesville Ohio, December 4-6, 2015. This celebration has grown over the years with 1300 luminaries (Friday and Saturday evenings), carriage rides, strolling characters and choirs, musicians, and Santa Claus arrives daily via a fire truck. In addition to all the festivities, we have our downtown retailers prepared to help you with all your gift giving needs. We will have extended shopping hours during this event until 9:00 pm! Don't forget the great dining that will help make your experience just a little more special. For more information you can call 513-897-8855.

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December 05, 2015 - December 05, 2015

Lebanon Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival

10am-8pm One Day

Lebanon's largest annual event, always held the first Saturday in December. Kick off the holidays with two horse drawn carriage parades and an all day festival with entertainment and street vendors. Parade Times 1pm and 7pm

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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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