7 Free Things To Do In Cincinnati: June Edition

You’ve already read our 7 Free Things to Do: May Edition, so now you may be wondering what’s in store for June? Summer has officially arrived and everyone in the city is ready to have a little fun. Do so without hurting your wallet.

Check out these free and enjoyable Cincinnati activities:


1. Summer Cinema on The Green, every Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Presented by PNC, Summer Cinema is a free outdoor movie series on the lawn at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. The 2018 showing schedule includes classics such as The Land Before Time, Jumanji, The Big Short, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Lion King. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and get comfy in the grass with some popcorn (and bug spray).

2. Writer’s Night at MOTR Pub, June 5th, 9 p.m.

Voted best open mic in the city by City Beat 5 years and running, MOTR’s Writer’s Night is an open mic dedicated to original work, to “further enrich our ever-growing music and arts scene.” Come listen to stand-up comedy, poetry, music, and much more, or even perform yourself. Cash prizes are awarded to a selected few who perform. Begins at 9 p.m. and goes to midnight or later.

3. Trivia Night at Fountain Square, every Monday, 7 p.m.

What could be better than a summer night playing trivia in the middle of the city? Presented by Last Call Trivia, this massive game of trivia is played in the center of downtown Cincinnati at fountain square. Teams must consist of no more than eight members. Remember to bring your friends and your trivia skills.

4. Outdoor Fitness Classes at Winton Woods, every Tuesday, 7 p.m.

There’s nothing quite like being outside in nature and getting your daily workout in. Skip the gray and robotic aesthetic of the gym for outdoor fitness classes in the beautiful Winton Woods. Classes are free and include Zumba, Cardio Blast, and “High Intensity Interval Training.” Each class is taught by a professional YMCA instructor. Make sure to remember your water bottle.

5. OTR Performs, every Sunday, 6 p.m.

Presented by DBL Law, OTR Performs is back this summer with an excellent selection of featured performers. Every Sunday evening on the lawn at Washington Park enjoy some sort of live performance (music, theater, dance) and your favorite Cincinnati concessions (Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Fifty West). This summer’s lineup includes: OTR Improv, the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and much more.

6. Party On The Purple, every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.

This party is not for those who dislike heights. Presented by Metro PCS, Party On The Purple is, quite literally, a huge party on the Purple People Bridge. Packed with live music and food trucks, the bridge becomes one large, purple, tall social gathering. Check out their website to see which bands play which week, and which food trucks will be in attendance (Brio, it looks like, will be there every week—yum). Although admission is free, food and drink is sold to support bridge maintenance.

7. 21c Museum Hotel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Part hotel and part cocktail bar, this art gallery located downtown across from Nada on Walnut Street is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and showcases contemporary art in perhaps one of the coolest restored historic buildings in Cincinnati. While the cocktail terrace on the roof closes by 1 a.m. most nights, the art gallery is accessible at all hours. Maybe it’s 2 a. m. and you find yourself with a bad case of insomnia—head on over to appreciate some art in the middle of the night. Admission is free, so why not?


Written by Danniah Daher, graduate assistant to the graduate school office.