Local Events, Festivals and Fun Things to Do Throughout April 2018

It’s April and it’s time to get out and enjoy our communities. There are so many fun, local things to do this month: enjoy a concert, play, parade, festival, lecture or Broadway show. And, ArtsWave is offering some free events this month, too! We have listed over 70 things to do:

Malcolm Cochran: Requiem
Through April 8, 2018
Cincinnati Arts Association at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Memorial to death from genocide, warfare and injustices

The Color Purple
Through April 15, 2018
La Comedia Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio 45066
Enjoy the music and story of this well-loved film now featured live on stage

Through April 22, 2018
Playhouse in the Park at 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio
Follow the paths of romance and marriage

Zoo Blooms
April 1-30, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at  3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio
The zoo will be blossoming in color during April. See 80,000 tulips. Enjoy free concerts in the garden from 6-8:30pm.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Youngs Dairy
April 1, 2018
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
Over 7,000 eggs!

Findlay Market Opening Day Parade 
April 2, 2018
Findlay Market and through downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A tradition since 1920!

Opening Day Parade Party
April 2, 2018
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Games, music and food to enjoy after the parade passes by!

2nd Street Market
Apri 5-7, 12-14, 20-22, and 27-29, 2018
600 E. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Local growers, bakers and artisans at this European-style market

First Friday / Second Look at Pendleton Art Center – Middletown
April 6-7, 2018
1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042
Artists will be available to show off their talents, food, music and more!

Last Pirates of the Vast Golden Treasure
April 6-8, 2018
Clark State Theatre Arts – Kuss Auditorium in Springfield, Ohio
Pirates, monsters, treasure and more.

Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
April 6-15, 2018
2655 Olson Drive at Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, Ohio
A Kettering Children’s Theatre production.

Get a Glimpse Behind the Scenes 
April 6 and 20, 2018
National Air Force Museum at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
Participants are shuttled to the restoration hangars, located about one mile from the main museum complex

Easter Egg Bunny Express
April 7, 2018
LM&M Railroad at 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Enjoy a train ride with the Easter Bunny! Kids will enjoy an easter egg hunt

Run for the Health of It 5k/10k
April 7, 2018
Riverscape MetroPark in downtown Dayton, Ohio
Walk, run family event!

ArtsWave Days: Be Our Guest Tea Parties 
April 7, 2018
Contemporary Arts Center at 44 E 6th Street, Cincinnati Ohio
Cincinnati Ballet performs Beauty and the Beast

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret XIII – Masquerade
April 7, 2018
Yellow Cab Tavern – 700 East 4th Street, Dayton, Ohio
Variety show with bands, fire dancers, aerials arts and more. Age 21+

April Brew Out
April 7, 2018
BrewTensils at 2621 S. Smithville Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45420
Meet fellow brewers.

Fort Ancient Lecture
April 7, 2018
6123 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia, Ohio 45054
Dr. Jarrod Burks, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology Inc. presents “New Earthwork Discoveries in Southern Ohio—Revealing the Bounty of Hidden Ancient Monuments with Aerial Photos and Geophysics.”

Journey to Oz
April 7, 2018
Victoria Theatre at 138 North Main St., Dayton, Ohio 45402
We’re off to see the Wizard!

Victory of Light Psychic Festival
April 7-8, 2018
11355 Chester Road at the Sharonville Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati’s Premier Body, Mind & Spirit Event Celebrates 25 Years!

Mary Poppins Jr.
April 7-8 and 13-15, 2018
Taft Theater at 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents this classic!

Lawrenceburg Speedway
April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2018
Lawrenceburg Speedway, 351 E. Eads Pkwy. (US 50) in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Sprint, modified, pure stock and hornet racing on 3/8 mile high-banked clay oval track

Go Fly a Kite
April 8, 2018
Eagle City Soccer Complex in Springfield, Ohio
Build and fly a kite! The American Kite Flyers Association will be there!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
April 10-22, 2018
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
A classic! Getting to know you…

Party on the Purple
April 11, 18, 25 (+May 2 , 9,  16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1), 2018
Purple People Bridge accessed via Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky or Sawyers Point in downtown Cincinnati
Live music and food trucks

Blood at the Root
April 11-15, 2018
Sinclair Black Box Theatre at 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Inspired by the racially divisive 2006 case of the Jena Six involving black teenagers accused of an attack on a white schoolmate

Phantom of the Opera
April 11-22, 2018
The Schuster Center at 1 W 2nd St, Dayton, Ohio 45402
The phantom of the opera will always be in your mind… (singing)

Kate McIntosh: In Many Hands
April 12-14, 2018
Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Dive into the tactile and the multi-sensory, inviting the audience to test, touch, listen, search and sniff

Project38 Festival
April 12-21, 2018
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival with 38 different area schools perform Shakespeare.

5th Annual Black & White Party
April 13, 2018
Black Box Gallery Springfield Museum of Art
Dance party and you are encouraged to wear white and black!

Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens
April 13-14, 2018
John Legend Theater at 700 S. Limestone Street in Springfield, Ohio
Springfield Jr. Civic Theatre performers present a southern-style play to enjoy

Coppelia, presented by Miami Valley Ballet Theatre
April 13-15 and 20-22, 2018
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
An eccentric toy make and magician dreams of bringing his toys to life

Fairfield Spring Fest
April 14, 2018
Fairfield Freshman School at 8790 N. Gilmore Avenue, Fairfield, Ohio
Inflatable obstacles course, 50 vendors and businesses. Get blood pressure checked and more. Food trucks available.

MasterWorks IV – Springfield Symphony Chorale and Soloists
April 14, 2018
Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Mendelsohn: Elijah

Amazing Race
April 14, 2018
Yankee Park at 7500 Yankee Street, Centerville, Ohio 45459
Your friends and family will race versus other teams. Race begins at Yankee Park and travels to eight other parks throughout Centerville

Swing into Spring – Senior Dances on Main
April 14, 2018
Corner of Second and Main Streets, Aurora, Indiana
This community event is for seniors and anyone interested in enjoying a night out in Historic Downtown Aurora

Southeastern Indiana Art Guild Spring Art Show
April 14-28, 2018
Art Guild Studios, Second and Main Streets, Aurora, Indiana
Fine art and photography show

Motherhood Out Loud
April 14-29, 2018
The Carnegie at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Kentucky 41012
Moms, step moms, mothers-in-laws – enjoy parenthood as it is presented

Todrick Hall
April 15, 2018
Bogarts at 2621 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45210
First seen on American Idol…enjoy music, costumes and more!

3rd on Third Dayton Outdoor Market
April 15, 2018
1121 E. 3rd St., Dayton, Ohio
Find a treasure at this outdoor market!

Burlington Antique Show
April 15, 2018 (+May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16 and October 21, 2018)
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idelwild Road, Burlington, Kentucky
Find a special treasure!

David Sedaris
April 16, 2018
Kuss Auditorium at Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Listen to the wit of humor writer, David Sedaris

Party for the Planet – An Earth Day Celebration
April 19, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn about living a green life

Spring Concert – Kettering Civic Band
April 19, 2018
3000 Glengarry Drive at Kettering Middle School Auditorium, Kettering, Ohio
Favorite classics to be played.

Walk on Woodburn April Showers
April 20, 2018 (6-10pm)
Along Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio
Meet neighbors and local businesses

Spring Ladies’ Night
April 20, 2018
MainStrasse, Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy special deals at your favorite shop! Food and drinks specials, too!

Midwest Ceramics Show
April 20-21, 2018
Butler County Fairgrounds at1715 Fairgrove Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Classes, demonstrations and competitions.

Bingo! The Winning Musical
April 20-28, 2018
Village Players of Fort Thomas at 8 North Fort Thomas Ave. Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
Bingo players are determined to win!

Terra-cotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China
April 20 – August 12, 2018
Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
View 120 Chinese life-sized  army figures

ArtsWave Days: Block Party
Apri 21, 2018
Taft Museum of Art at 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Inside the museum and on the lawn – music, crafts, games, food and fun!

Family Farm Chores at Carriage Hill MetroPark
April 21, 2018
Carriage Hill Farm and MetroPark at 7800 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights, Ohio45424
Get to know some of the farm animals up close and personal.

Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration
April 21, 2018
Blue Ash Summit Park 4335 Glendale-Milford Rd,, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
Learn about wasting less food with home gardening, composting and eating local foods

CCM Presents the Starling Chamber Orchestra
April 21, 2018
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at the University of Cincinnati, 290 CCM Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Music from talented students

Aurora-Dearborn County Brewoff
April 21, 2018
Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing Street, Aurora
Earn a medal and bragging rights!

Fairy Princess Costume Tea Party
April 21, 2018
(Boy Scout Cabin) Pixie Hollow, 461 W. High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enchanting lunch, fairy wings, halos, crafts, and photos with the fairies

Ruffles and Rust Expo
April 21-22, 2018
Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Unique shopping experience including boutique, repurposed, handcrafted and industrial products. These are juried vendors.

International Kite and Cultural Festival
April 21-22, 2018
Cardome Center in Georgetown, Kentucky
Celebrate international cultures along with food, cultural demonstrations and kite flying

Spring in Early Cincinnati: 1803 Muster & Social Reenactment
April 21 & 22, 2018
Heritage Village Museum at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Enjoy viewing the military of the 1800s and see drilling, civilian demonstrations and more!

Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island
April 21 – May 19, 2018
Playhouse in the Park at 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Pirates, treasure and more!

Running of the Goats
April 22, 2018
MainStrasse Village, Covington, Kentucky
Goats begin their parade at the southern end of downtown Covington and march their way to their seasonal home at Kenny Shields Park in MainStrasse.

History in Bloom
April 22, 2018
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45232
Horse-drawn carriage rides and walking tours

Hollywood Series at the Air Force Museum Theatre
April 22, 2018
Air Force Museum Theatre at 1100 Spaatz St., Dayton, Ohio 45324
Watch inside and out!

Earth Day OTR
April 22, 2018
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Music, food, eco-friendly products and more

Bernstein at the Basilica
April 22, 2018
Cincinnati May Festival at 1140 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky 41011
Songs from Leonard Bernstein and more!

His Eye is on the Sparrow
April 24 – May 19, 2018
Ensemble Theatre at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Play about Ethel Waters overcoming racial injustice to become a Vaudeville success, jazz singer and Oscar-nominated actress

The Piano Guys
April 27, 2018
Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
An Internet sensation!

Cincinnati Funk Fest
April 27, 2018
US Bank Arena, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli, Hi Tek, Kameron Corvet, & Speed Walton

Oakley After Hours
April 27, 2018
Oakley Square on Madison Road in Oakley (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Live music and entertainment  the last Friday (April – August)

Walking History Tour – Troy
April 27, 2018
Downtown Troy, Ohio
Explore historic Troy and learn about its history

Sugar Maple Festival
April 27-29, 2018
Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, beer garden, 5k run, dog show, children’s tent and lots of fun!

West Side Story: Film with Orchestra
April 27-29, 2018
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Cincinnati Pops live while watching the big screen!

Boat Demo and Family Festival
April 28, 2018
Weather Oar Knot Marina at 5895 Beaver Road in Union, Kentucky
Demos on water boat safety; Kids encouraged to wear super hero costumes

Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love
April 28, 2018
Kuss Auditorium at Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Enjoy music from 1967-1969 from this Styx alumnus.

15th Annual Health Expo
April 28, 2018
Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Health screenings, activities, food and entertainment

2018 Lebanon BrewHaHa
April 28, 2018
Warren County Fairgrounds at Exhibit Hall C at 665 North Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy craft beer, food and some laughs

ARTventures at Dayton Art Institute
April 28, 2018
Dayton Art Institute at 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio 45405
Learn new art-making techniques and create artwork and memories that you’ll take home

3rd Annual World Maker & Inventor Expo
April 28, 2018
Boone County High School at 7056 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky
Contests, interactive displays and activities!

CFTA Street Food Festival
April 28, 2018
Eggleston Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy local food – from a truck!

April 28-29, 2018
Smale Park in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebration of music, art and cultural connections!

Dye Hard 5K
April 29, 2018
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Run (or walk), get showered with color and then have fun after the race!

21st Annual Taste of Greene County
April 29, 2018
Wright State University Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45435
Sample food from over 20 local restaurants

Art on the Vine
April 29, 2018
Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy seeing the fine art of 60 local Cincinnati artists

Pup Crawl
April 29, 2018
Oakley Square (Oakley) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Dogs and their humans will have fun!

Throughout the month:

American Narratives: Selected AAA Prints from the Permanent Collection
Through May 30, 2018
Springfield Museum of Art at 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, Ohio 45504
Associated American Artists present an art series of prints

International Butterfly Show: Butterflies of Madagascar
Through June 16, 2018
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy seeing the butterflies all around you

Storied Threads
Through June 30, 2018
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Kentucky
Celebrating regional textile artists who tell stories through their quilts

Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday (Deer Gallery)
Through July 1, 2018
Springfield Museum of Art at 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, Ohio 45504
Enjoy viewing the urban landscapes of Columbus, Ohio-based Christopher Burk

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