7 Free Things To Do In Cincinnati: September Edition

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While you're getting into the swing of the semester, don't forget to make time for fun and exploring—Cincinnati is a bustling place with lots of new and exciting things going on almost every day, from outdoor group yoga to doggy happy hours. However, you may be operating on a grad student’s budget (just like the rest of us), so we’ve compiled a mindful list of seven free things to do around the city in September. Enjoy!

Yappy Hour

2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Southwest Porch in Washington Park, bring your furry best friend to socialize with other dog owners and their pups. Drinks available for purchase.

Smale Mind & Body: MODO Yoga

Every Wednesday in September Smale Riverfront Park is hosting FREE yoga sessions, presented by Clifton’s own MODO Yoga. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. on the riverside lawn near Moerlein Lager House. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and peaceful attitude. Namaste!

Art After Dark

Now through November enjoy this free event at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Admission is free and includes live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, and access to the museum after hours. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Art After Dark will be held on September 28th, October 26th, and November 21st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Findlay Folk at Findlay Market

Every Friday in September head down to Findlay Market in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to unwind and listen to some live folk music. Festivities start around 5 p.m. Make sure you arrive before 6 p.m. to take advantage of the happy hour specials for purchase.

Saturday Cinema at The Video Archive

Cincinnati’s newest movie-themed bar, The Video Archive, is hosting a movie night on their outdoor patio every Saturday starting at 9 p.m. The showings will run through October. With movie titles such as Hairspray, Animal House, and The Twilight Zone, this cinematic weekend festivity is a no-brainer.

Hyde Park Farmer’s Market

Every Sunday in September embrace the chance to shop locally and farm-grown. The Hyde Park Farmer’s Market offers a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, pantry items, herbs, cut flowers, garden plants, and artisan prepared foods. Located in Hyde Park Square and open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event runs until October.

Loveland Bike Trail

Perhaps the most enjoyable outdoor activity as we slowly transition from summer to fall, biking on the Loveland Bike Trail is a Cincinnati staple appropriate for both experienced and casual bikers. With over 70 flat paved miles of trail, the trail stands as Cincinnati’s most popular, and most historic, place to ride. Bring your bike and explore the trail!  

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