Wave Pool's Pool Party Block Party Is Back with Live Music, Carnival Games and an Inflatable Waterslide

Camp Washington's Wave Pool art gallery and community space is taking its name literally this weekend with a Pool Party fundraiser and block party.

click to enlarge Live music will take place throughout the day during Wave Pool's Pool Party. - Photo: Provided by Wave Pool
Photo: Provided by Wave Pool
Live music will take place throughout the day during Wave Pool's Pool Party.

Camp Washington's Wave Pool art gallery and community space is taking its name literally this weekend with a Pool Party fundraiser and block party.

Wear your bathing suit and be prepared to careen down an inflatable waterslide in between sets of live local music and carnival games, all located along the street and grassy lots around the neighborhood.

The event lasts noon-5 p.m. Aug. 21, and musicians include Brooks Taylor, Jennifer Grantham and Brad Myers, Freedom Nicole Moore and Byron Hutchins, as well as parades by the "Heavy Metals Marching Band."

click to enlarge The Pool Party promises "pool-side" drinks and tamales. - Photo: Provided by Wave Pool
Photo: Provided by Wave Pool
The Pool Party promises "pool-side" drinks and tamales.

There will also be an "artist-made carnival," says Wave Pool, with "artful versions of PLINKO, bean toss, duck pond, put-put and more."

Current artist in residence Paul Shortt will be helping people make signs. Shortt's "Signs to Change Cincinnati" project works with the public to craft "news signs for public spaces around the city that encourage new uses, comment or highlight the infrastructure and hopefully create conversation starters for further redevelopment and use." Think things like "Bike Lane Needed" or "Community Garden Here."

If all that activity has you working up a thirst, drinks and tamales will be available.

In addition, wander over to the "9x18 Parking Lot Experiment" by Wave Pool's firehouse parking lot to check out performances and experimental offerings as part of a "live art fair." 

All of this activity helps support Wave Pool and its annual exhibition and programming, which also helps pay artists. If you can't jump into an inflatable pool this weekend while sipping on a beverage, you can also donate at https://bit.ly/3qrizyP.

The Cincinnati Art Book Fair is also taking place noon-5 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at the nearby CampSITE Sculpture Park (2866 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington), featuring indie zines, books, prints and more. 

Wave Pool is located at 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington. More information: wavepoolgallery.org.

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