Local Events (and Socially Distanced) Fun Things To Do – May 2021

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It’s May and the weather is warm. Be sure to check out our full list of local, fun things to do this month. Events are organized by region – Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana. Some events are virtual, but most are “in person” activities. Enjoy!

CINCINNATI, OHIO AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Out of the Darkness Exhibition
Through May 22, 2021
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio
Indoor exhibit about art and COVID-19

Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground
Through June 25, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Digital performances. Interactive storytelling experience.

Martin’s Dream
Through June 30, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Digital performances. Learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oak Hills Band Association Spring Craft/Vendor Show

May 1, 2021
Oak Hills High School at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Look and purchase something homemade

Zoo Babies
May 1–May 31, 2021
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at  3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio
The babies are so cute!

German Biergarten Experience
May 1, 8 and 15, 2021 (most Saturdays through August 7, 2021)
Germania Park at 3529 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
German food, beer and music

Madeira Art Fair
May 2, 2021
Miami Rd in downtown Madeira, Ohio
Enjoy looking at the talent of artisans!

Spring Serenade
May 2, 2021
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra will be playing, Register for one of two time slots.

Pop Up Concerts at Washington Park
May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30, 2021 (Sundays at Thursdays at 6pm)
Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Adult beverages available for purchase from The Porch

Jazz in the Park at Washington Park
May 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021 (+June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12,19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30)
Washington Park Porch in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Limited seating

Breakfast with the Animals
May 5 and 22, 2021 (+June 4, 19; July 17, 31; August 7 and 28)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy early admission to the zoo as well as a full breakfast buffet. See the animals as they awake! Obtain tickets asap – this event sells out!

Party on the Purple
May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 (through August 4, 2021) Wednesdays through Aug 4
Purple People Bridge, downtown Cincinnati and Covington
Live music, food trucks
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VIRTUAL > Cincinnati Fire Museum Concert
May 7, 2021
RSVP on the Facebook event page
Live concert from the museum!

First Friday/Second Look Saturday
May 7–8, 2021
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Art, music and food!

Murder at the Banquet by Robert LaVohn
May 7–15, 2021
The Liberty Exhibition Hall at 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Dinner and a show!
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The City Flea
May 8, 2021 (+June 5, July 10, August 7, September 11, October 9 and December 11)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
See what treasures you can find from 100+ vendors! Food trucks, too

Crafty Supermarket Spring Show
May 8, 2021
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Independent vendor craft show

Germania Biergarten Experience
May 8 and 15, 2021 (+June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 24, 31; Aug 7)
Germania Park at 3529 W. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy German food, beer and music

Get to Know Indian Creek MetroPark
May 8, 2021
Indian Creek Metro park at 6500 Springfield Rd., Oxford, Ohio
.9 mile hike

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reap the Rewards
May 8, 2021
Village Green Park at 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
Learn about recycling through games, crafts and animal demonstrations

Hamilton Flea
May 8, 2021 (+June 12, July 10, August 15 and September 11)
Marcum Park in downtown Hamilton, Ohio
Urban artisan market!

Krohn Conservatory Butterflies of Bali
May 8 – September 6, 2021
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy seeing 1000s of butterflies! Purchase tickets ahead of your visit

Loveland Food Truck Rally
May 8, 2021
Shopper’s Haven Plaza at 597 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, Ohio
Food trucks, live music and beverages. Masks required

Maysville Annual Jazz Band Dinner and Dance
May 8, 2021
US Bank parking lot on McDonald Parkway, Maysville, Kentucky
Mason County High School Band and other local talent will be playing

Second Saturday Art Walk
May 8, 2021
Camp Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio
Walk and see some creative art along the way.

Second Saturday Flea Market
May 8, 2021 (second Saturday of the month) (+Jun 12, July 10,, Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 and Dec 11)
Laurel Bend at 86 Oldham Drive, Falmouth, Kentucky
Find a treasure

SpringFest
May 8, 2021
Lebanon, Ohio
Local artists, food and vendors

Jazz in the Park
May 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2021 (+June 7, 14,21, 28; July 5, 12,19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30)
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Free concerts

Burlington Antique Show
May 16, 2021 (+June 20; July18; Aug 22; Sept 19; Oct 17)
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild, Burlington, Kentucky
Over 200 dealers –find a treasure

Ronald Dalhl’s Matilda
May 19–22, 2021
Sorg Opera House, Middletown, Ohio
A musical

Art on Vine at Washington Park
May 9, 2021 (+June 6)
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Local artists will be selling their pieces

Reinhardt Conducts Mendelssohn’s Italian
May 14–16, 2021
Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

VIRTUAL: One Dish Wonders
May 12, 2021
Local chefs share recipes via Zoom (thanks to the Clifton Cultural Arts)

O.F.F. Market
May 8, 2021 (+June 12, July 10, Aug 14, and September 11)
Summit Park at 4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash, Ohio
Artisans, brewers, bakers, famers provide a unique shopping experience

Plant Sale – Lebanon Council of Garden Club
May 13–15, 2021
198 S. Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio
All kinds of perennials, annuals and vegetables! Stock up!

Kings Island Opening Day
May 15, 2021
Mason, Ohio
Ride, eat and have fun!

Let’s Go Hiking! Spring Birding
May 15, 2021
Hardin Park at 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield, Ohio
Hike and look for birds. Pre-registration required.

Music in the Park
May 15, 2021
Upper shelter near the City Building, Deer Park, Ohio
The Remains will be playing 1960s–2000 music

VIRTUAL: Greater Cincinnati Remake Learning Days
May 15-17, 2021
Hands-on learning of creative projects

Burlington Antique Show

May 16, 2021
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewood Rd., Burlington, Kentucky
Find a treasure!

The Summit Cinema
May 19, 2021 (+June 16; August 18; September 15)
Summit Park
Watch a movie on a giant screen from the great lawn! Movies start at dusk

Greenhills Concert on the Commons
May 19, 2021 (+June 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; Aug 11; Sept 8)
Greenhills Commons at 24 Farragut Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
View the concerts on the internet, too.

Rockin’ the Roebling
May 20 and 27, 2021 (June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept 2)
Smale Riverfront Park at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn; Mehring Way and Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the music

RiversEDGE 2021 Concerts
May 21 and 27, 2021 (+June 4, 11, 18 and 25; July 4, 9, 16, 23; Aug 7, 13, 21 and 27; Sept 3, 11 and 18)
116 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio
Live music along the river

May Festival
May 21–30, 2021
Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the performances
Digital performaces

Great U.S. Route 50 Yard Sale
May 22–23, 2021
Along US 50, Milford, Ohio
Find a bargain!

VIRTUAL: Crafty Supermarket Spring Show
May 22–23, 2021
Cocktail demos, maker sessions and demos, virtual tours

Music at the Esplanade
May 22, 2021 (+June 5 and 18; July 10 and 24; Aug 14 and 28)
Smale Riverfront Park at Castellini Esplanade at Mehring Way and Main Street), Cincinnati, Ohio
Free concerts

Strawberry Days
May 22 – June 6, 2021
Blooms and Berries Farm Market at 9669. S. SR 48, Loveland, Ohio
Pick your fresh strawberries; strawberry bounce pad, petting zoo, games, bakery items

Loveland Concerts in the Park
May 23, 2021
Nisbet Park and Amphitheater at 126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio
Bring your chairs and blankets for this free concert.

Coney Island Opening Day
May 29, 2021
6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunlite Pool is open!

Summer Concert Services
May 29, 2021 (+July 4 and Aug 7)
Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, Cincinnati, Ohio
Free community concert

VIRTUAL: Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021
Park Hills, Kentucky
A video will be displaying the “parade”

Blue Ash Memorial Day Ceremony
May 31, 2021
Bicentennial Veteran’s Memorial, Blue Ash, Ohio
11:30am

Loveland Memorial Day Parade and Memorial
May 31, 2021
Veterans Memorial at 211 Riverside Drive, Loveland, Ohio
Parade at 9am at Loveland Elementary School followed by the memorial

DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

The Sound of Music
Through June 13, 2021
LaComedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
These are a few of my favorite things!

Beethoven 1 and The Firebird
May 1, 2021
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform

Moving Day Dayton
May 1, 2021
Dixie Drive-In Movie Theater at 6201 N. Dixie, Dayton, Ohio
Family-friendly walk course and kid’s area (fund raiser)

Spring Fields and Flowers
May 1–2, 2021
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Flowers, artists and crafters

Springboro May Nature Walks
May 1, 8 and 15, 2021
North Park at 195 Tamarack, Springboro, Ohio
Explore the woods and trails with a volunteer naturalist

Show and Tell on the Farm – Grow Your Own Pizza
May 2, 2021
Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Picnic Shelter at 2070 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton, Ohio
Take home a pizza starter kit

Deeds Carillon Concerts
May 2, 9, 16 and 30, 2021 (+June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; Aug 8, 15, 22, 29; Sept 5 and 11)
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Listen to the 51 bells!

Food Truck Thursday in Springboro
May 6, 2021
S. Main Street, Downtown historic Springboro, Ohio
Stores open late, too. Every first Thursday through September 2021 starting at 4:30pm

Late Night at the Air Force Museum
1100 Spaatz Street,Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
May 6, 2021
First Thursday 5pm–8pm; Enjoy an evening exploring the museum

Show and Tell on the Farm – Magnificent Moms
May 6, 2021
Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Picnic Shelter at 2070 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton, Ohio
Explore motherhood on the farm through activities, crafts and live animals

Disney’s The Lion King
May 6–23, 2021
Schuster Center at 1 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio
Six Tony awards! A must see!

Eintracht Fish Fry Friday
May 7, 2021
2707 Troy Street, Dayton, Ohio
Carry out available

First Friday Downtown Dayton
May 7, 2021 (5–10pm)
Shops, galleries, restaurants are open
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Go Green First Friday
May 7, 2021
Main Street, Troy, Ohio
Masks and social distancing required. Shops and restaurants will be open for business.

1st Friday Art Hop at Front Street
May 7, 2021
1001 East 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Art, entertainment and more
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Troy Main Street Car Show
May 7, 2021
Downtown Troy, Ohio
View some cool cars!

Out on 5th Downtown Dayton
May 7,14, 21 and 28, 2021
Fifth Street in the Oregon District, downtown Dayton, Ohio
Shop, dine and have a beverage

Xenia Food Truck Rallies
May 7,14, 21 and 28, 2021
150 S. Miami Ave., Xenia, Ohio
Every Friday enjoy food truck fare

Fitness in the Park – Riverscape
May 8, 15 and 22, 2021
Riverscape Park, Dayton
Saturdays 10–11am. Virtual available

Open Aircraft Days at the Air Force Museum
May 8, 2021 (+June 19, July 9, August 20, Sept 11, Oct 16, Nov 13 and Dec 18)
National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Up-close look at different aircraft

Patterson Homestead Afternoon Tea
May 9 and 16, 2021 (+June 6 and 13; Aug 15; Sept 12; Dec 4–5 )
1815 Brown Street, Dayton, Ohio
Three-course tea service by costumed interpreters

Dayton Dragons Opening Day
May 11, 2021
Day Air Ballpark at 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Play ball!

Fairborn Food Truck Rally
May 12 and 26, 2021 (3pm–7pm)
103 W. Main Street, Fairborn, Ohio
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
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Antique Show and Flea Market
May 14–16, 2021
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Park, Springfield, Ohio
Find a treasure at the May extravaganza

Superhero Donut Run 5k/10k
May 15, 2021
Centerville High School at 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, Ohio
Wear your costume!
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Blessing of the Bikes
May 16, 2021
Kil-Kare Raceway at 1166 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Xenia, Ohio
Motorcycles are blessed for a safe riding season

3rd Sunday Market
May 16–17, 2021
1001 East 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Art, live entertainment – bring your mask!

3rd on Third Outdoor Market
May 16, 2021 (+June 20, July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19 and Oct 17)
1301 East Third Street, Dayton, Ohio
Eclectic outdoor market

Greenhills Summer Concerts on the Commons

May 19, 2021(+June 2, 16, 30; July 14, 28; Aug 11 ; Sept 8)
Greenhills Commons at 24 Farragut Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bring your lawn chairs and snacks!

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally
May 21, 2021
Yellow Cab Tavern at 700 E. 4th Street, Dayton, Ohio
Dinner and dessert trucks! Every third Friday March – October

Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition
May 22, 2021
Miami County Fairgrounds at 650 N. County Rd., Troy, Ohio
40 food trucks to give a try!

Patriot Freedom Festival
May 22–23, 2021
Dayton VA Medical Center at 4100 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio
Food vendors, kids’s activities, historical reenactments

Vintage Ohio South – Ohio Wine Festival
May 22, 2021 (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday)
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 South Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
2nd annual festival. Sample winds from throughout Ohio. Local craftsmen and artisans. Food trucks, too.

Fairborn Food Truck Rally
May 12 and 26, 2021 (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday)
103 W Main St., Fairborn, Ohio
Try some great food!

Memorial Day Weekend at Young’s Dairy
May 27–31, 2021
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Carnival rides

Kettering Memorial Day Celebration
May 28, 2021
Kettering Rec Complex at 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
Picnic, swing-style band and fun!

Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival
May 28–31, 2021
Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, Ohio
Fun run, parade and more

Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show
May 28–30, 2021
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Look at lots of cars

Kettering’s Adventure ReefWater Park Opens
May 29, 2021
Kettering, Ohio
This 3-acre outdoor aquatic park is open for the season!

Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park
May 30, 2021
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Special activities, costumed interpreters, Dayton Philharmonic


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Batesville Masonic Lodge Monthly Breakfast
May 1, 2021
119 W. Pearl St., Batesville, Indiana
Lodge #663 hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast starting at 6am.

Versailles State Park – Welcome Weekend
May 1, 2021
1387 US 50, Versailles, Ohio
Take a hike and admire spring flowers

Tri-State Antique Market 
May 2, 2021 (+ June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5 and October 3, 2021)
Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds at U.S. 50 and Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Find a special treasure!

Vogt Farm Hanging Basket Festival
May 7, 2021
12115 N. State Road 129, Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy the flowers

Mayfest
May 8–9, 2021
The Sherman at 35 S. Main St., Batesville, Ohio
Enjoy live music

Spring Wine Walk
May 14, 2021
Downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy sipping wine

Art in Nature Community Art Show
May 17–19, 2021 (+May 22)
Versailles State Park at 1004 US 50, Versailles, Indiana
View art demonstrations