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.


December 05, 2014 - December 05, 2014

Christmas in Mason

6pm-9pm

Come join friends and neighbors for this annual kick off to the Christmas season. Local businesses, food vendors, area restaurants, and plenty of activities will be part of the fun. Kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on the plaza and create a fun craft at the Toymaker's Workshop. The event begins at 6 p.m. Bundle up and come on out for a festive time in Mason! 

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December 05, 2014 - December 07, 2014

Christmas in the Village

Dec 5 12-9, Dec 6 12-9, Dec 7 12-5

Step back in time and visit Waynesville this holiday season. We will have 1300 luminaries on Friday & Saturday. Strolling characters & entertainment all weekend. Don't forget all the shopping for the special people on your list, also charming restaurants in quaint settings to celebrate the season.

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December 06, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Lebanon Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival

10am - 8pm

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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December 06, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Candlelight tour

4-8pm

Enjoy Ohio's first Christmas as you step back in time to 1803.

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March 14, 2015 - March 14, 2015

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm

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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March 15, 2015 - March 15, 2015

LEBfest Business to Community Expo

9am - 3pm

Visit with and get information from 80+ local businesses in Lebanon. Activities include raffle, entertainment, food and more!

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March 21, 2015 - April 04, 2015

Waynesville Peeps Show

Daily Merchant Store Hours

Come celebrate spring and check out the exciting styles and inventory Waynesville has to offer. In addition, the creative minds that have put together a Peeps diorama in fun settings!
Many shops showcase “Peeps” dioramas. It just adds a fun atmosphere to what is already dubbed one of the most walkable communities in America and the Antique Capitol of the Midwest.
The Peeps Show is held in early April and most shops will keep displaying their dioramas up until Easter. The five-block “Old Main Street” is lined with more than 60 Mom & Pop shops featuring a wide-array of antiques, crafts, custom woodworking, collectibles, eateries, coffee houses and specialty shops.

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March 21, 2015 - March 21, 2015

Springboro Hometown Expo

Hometown Expo is Springboro's Business Expo, showcasing over 200 businesses to the public. This free event welcomes the public to Springboro High School, to engage a wide variety of businesses during this one day community event. 

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May 09, 2015 - May 09, 2015

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm

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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May 24, 2015 - May 24, 2015

Old Main Street Spring Antique Show

9am-4pm

The Old Main Street Antique Show is held from 9am-4pm on Sunday during Memorial Weekend each year. Waynesville is known for its fine antique shops and antique malls but on this one day of the year, Waynesville Merchants invite guest dealers to come and set up at this fun show. You never know what treasures you will find at this show!
Waynesville is known as the Antiques Capital of the Midwest and Antique Show Day is a great time to come explore the shops and show!

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June 05, 2015 - June 06, 2015

2015 Valley Vineyards Wine & Beer Festival

Fri: 5pm-11pm | Sat: 11am-11pm

A Taste of Warren County! Join us and celebrate our 45th Anniversary Friday evening, enjoy live, local music! Taste the delicous food of local producers from all over Warren County Tour our cellars, and learn how our wines and beers are made. Join us for live, local music all day Saturday! Royalty from the Ohio Renaissance Festival will be offering toasts on this special day. Enjoy this celebration with wine and beer tasting, available by the bottle or glass, all day. Ride/watch the hot air balloon from Bella Balloons, offering tethered rides ... and a beautiful night glow at dusk! $5 Parking Fee

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June 13, 2015 - June 13, 2015

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm

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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June 13, 2015 - June 13, 2015

3rd Annual Lebanon Country Music Festival

11am-11pm

Located in downtown Lebanon, this annual Festival features live Country music bands, a beer garden, food and shopping vendors, a Kidz Zone, and Family activity stage. This free event is a great way to enjoy outstanding Country music, great food, and many activities in the heart of Lebanon. For more info.

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July 04, 2015 - July 04, 2015

Red, White and Blue, Run 4 Home 5K and Kid's Fun Run

Registration: 7am | Race: 8:30am

This 3.1 mile course is in a shaded park atmosphere and is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. The race starts promptly at 8:30am with registration beginning at 7am on race day. On line registration is at www.ihnwc.net. There is chip timing and age group awards. See the web site for details on registration costs. This is a benefit for the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County which is the shelter program for homeless families in Warren County.

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July 11, 2015 - July 11, 2015

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm

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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August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm

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

  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

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 27, 2015

Civil War Encampment

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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September 26, 2015 - September 26, 2015

2015 Lebanon Country Applefest

10am-7pm

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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October 10, 2015 - October 11, 2015

46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step back in time to an Old Fashioned Christmas complete with carolers, carriage rides, 1300 luminaries (Fri & Sat Night), costumed characters, and great Christmas shopping and dining. It's a perfect way to capture the holiday spirit! 

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