10 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (July 1-3)

Spend your 4th of July weekend at music festivals, sprawling markets and art exhibits.

click to enlarge Coney Island Balloon Glow - Photo: Provided by Coney Island
Photo: Provided by Coney Island
Coney Island Balloon Glow

Friday, July 1

Jane Austen: Fashion and Sensibility Exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art

The Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility exhibit, a special exhibition that features costumes worn by Hollywood celebrities in film and television adaptations of Austen's novel, will continue at the Taft Museum this weekend. The collection of "meticulously tailored ensembles will transport audiences to the Regency era through ball gowns, wedding dresses, day dresses, hats, jackets, waistcoats, riding habits, and other middle- and upper-class clothing," according to the museum. Through Sept. 4. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown. Info: taftmuseum.org. Read CityBeat’s in-depth profile of the exhibit. (Lindsay Wielonski)

Hairspray at Aronoff Center for the Arts

Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical will make its rounds in Cincinnati this weekend, sharing the enigmatic story of Tracy Turnblad. The musical was initially set to be shown in January 2022, but will instead be shown this week, bringing its iconic musical numbers and colorful costumes to Cincinnati. July 1-3. Times vary. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Info: cincinnatiarts.org. (Lauren Serge)

Spin Doctors Headline Taps, Taste and Tunes Festival at Voice of America Park

This Fourth of July weekend, 1990s two-hit wonders, the Spin Doctors, play West Chester's Taps, Tastes and Tunes Festival. From Friday-Sunday, the Voice of America Museum at Voice of America Park will host the fest, complete with food, drinks, music and activities. A fireworks show closes out the weekend on Sunday at 10 p.m. July 1-3. Free admission. Voice of America Park, 8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester. Info: facebook.com/tapstastesandtunes. Read CityBeat’s preview of the festival to learn more about the Fourth of July celebration. (LW)

Saturday, July 2

Ice Cream 5k at Sawyer Point

The Ice Cream Run, owned by Fun Runs LLC, will host a 5K on Saturday. The event will include a one-mile race for children, an adult 5K/10K run and a toddler crawl. Registration includes ice cream, among other goodies. Face painting, line dancing lessons and games will be available at the 9:30 a.m. afterparty, according to the company’s website. The first racers set off at 8 a.m. July 2. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Info: icecreamrun5k.com.  (LW)

WestSide Market at Westwood Town Hall

Over 100 local vendors will set up shop this Saturday in Westwood for the WestSide Market. The market will feature local small businesses selling handmade art, jewelry and flowers at the pop-up. The market will also include various local food vendors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Info: westsidemarketcincy.com. (LS)

Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival at Hoffner Park

The Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival returns to Cincinnati this weekend, bringing three days of live music leading up to Northside’s Fourth of July parade. The carnival will feature several musical artists during the three-day show, such as Freedom Nicole Moore, Leggy, Multimagic and Culture Queer. Food and drink vendors will also be in attendance. July 2-3. 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave., Northside.  Info: northsiderocks.com. Read CityBeat’s preview of the carnival. (LS)

Frisch’s Roller Rink at Court Street Plaza

Frisch’s and 3CDC are hosting another weekend of their newly-established mobile roller rink. The rink originally debuted over Memorial Day weekend to honor Frisch's 75th anniversary, with a nostalgic nod to how popular roller skating was back when the local chain was founded. Roller skates will be available for rent for $5. July 1-4. Times vary. $2 admission. Court Street Plaza, E. Court St., Downtown. Info: facebook.com/mobilerollerink. Read CityBeat’s preview of Frisch’s Roller Rink. (LS)

Sunday, July 3

Balloon Glow at Coney Island

The grounds of Coney Island will light up with illuminated hot air balloons during the 22nd Balloon Glow. Sunlite Pool opens at 10 a.m., with an inflatable obstacle course available 3-9 p.m. Starting at 8 p.m., dozens of tethered hot air balloons will be set aglow, with a Rozzi’s Fireworks show over Lake Como at 10:15 p.m. 10 a.m.-10: 15 p.m. July 3. $20 before 2 p.m.; $25 after 2 p.m.; $10 walk-up. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California. Info: coneyislandpark.com. Read CityBeat’s preview of Coney Island's Balloon Glow. (LW)

Art on Vine at Fountain Square

Art on Vine is a monthly Cincy arts market that hosts local makers showcasing their goods. The event began eight years ago as a college project, and has since hosted 85 markets featuring more than 2,500 local artists.  Shoppers will find everything from photography and pottery to fine art, jewelry and more. In addition to goods, there will also be food available from local restaurants and food trucks. Noon-6 p.m. July 3. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Info: artonvinecincy.com. (LW)

Sparks in the Park at Milford

Celebrate Independence Day in Milford on July 3 at Riverside Park Ballfield. The American Legion will be serving up alcoholic beverages, while Kona Ice and Johnny’s Creamy Whip provide the treats. Street Fried food truck will also be serving food. Live music from Sean Riley and the Billy Rock Band will entertain attendees before the night ends with Rozzi’s Fireworks at 10 p.m. 7-10 p.m. July 3. Free. Riverside Park Ballfield, 425 Victor Stier Dr., Milford. Info: milfordohio.org. Read CityBeat’s list of Cincinnati Fourth of July events. (LW)

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Lauren Serge

Lauren Serge is a frequent contributor to CityBeat. Born in Mason, Ohio, Lauren graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism, working for various publications during her education. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and enjoys spending time with her friends and family and making copious Spotify...
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