Spring in Cincinnati Bucket List

 Every Spring in Cincinnati I’m always shocked at just how many people live in this city. It’s like we all hibernate all winter and then once the weather warms above 65 degrees everyone is everywhere. It makes me smile. I’m so glad to live in a city where there’s always things to do. With all the options it’s tough to decide what is a Cincinnati must-do, so I’ve decided to make a bucket list of things to do this Spring. Since I live near downtown, most of my activities focus on this area. If you’re from Cincinnati, please share any places or events you think I should check out. Here’s my Spring in Cincinnati Bucket List.
Cincinnati Spring Bucket List



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Cincinnati Reds at GABP
April 4 is Opening Day and it’s truly a holiday here in Cincinnati. My office is downtown and I’m really not sure how anyone gets any work down on a day like this. Regardless, if you’re unable to attend Opening Day celebrations, it’s a given that you must make it to at least one Cincinnati Reds game every season. Whether or not baseball entertains you, it’s about the overall experience. Have a few drinks and kick back with thousands of fans.

#latergram view from the #PhelpsBar ? #Cincinnati

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Patio Drinking & Dining
You knew this one was making an appearance, right? There’s only one thing we Cincinnatian’s love more than drinking our local craft beer and that’s drinking our local craft beer outside during some nice weather. ? We are easy to please. There are endless opportunities to drink and dine outside in Cincinnati. I think this actually deserves a post of it’s own, so I’ll deliver soon. For now, a few of my favorites include Neon’s Unplugged (a total classic and for good reason), Kreuger’s Tavern (great burgers and I think the only rooftop dining space in OTR), Northside Yacht Club (huuuge outdoor space), The Deck at Washington Park and Top of The Park at the Marriott Residence Inn (the views are insane here).


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Fountain Square – Strauss Troy Market
Starting in April, every Tuesday through September the Strauss Troy Market will be held at Fountain Square. The market includes LOCAL vendors selling fresh produce, sweet treats, handmade goodies, apparel and more. Plus, there will, of course, be a great selection of food trucks on site as well. If you work downtown, there’s no reason not to get some fresh air and enjoy the scene at Fountain Square some Tuesday soon. See all the Fountain Square events here.

Party in the Park
Party in the Park doesn’t kick off until May, but that gives you plenty of time to enjoy all these other spring opportunities first. The official lineup for PITP has not yet been released, but you can see the current schedule here. Party in the Park is held on Wednesday’s from May through August from 5-8 p.m. You’ll find the party at another lovely Cincinnati park, Yeatman’s Cove Park. Play some frisbee or just relax on the Serpentine wall while listening to live bands and enjoying the view of the Ohio river. Not bad for a Wednesday, right?

#WashingtonPark view from #MusicHall ????

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Washington Park – Workout on the Green
Fall in love with Washington Park while sweating it out. Washington Park offers five fitness classes per week(!!!) starting in April. Last year, they held fitness classes through the entire summer and into October/November. Super sweet, right? The lineup includes yoga, pilates, bootcamps and more. I typically attend the 6 pm classes which are yoga and pilates, but the bootcamp classes look so tempting I might have to stay for the 7:15 pm classes. Currently, classes are offered on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, plus Saturday mornings. See the schedule here.

Zoo Tunes and Blooms
I just discovered this event last year and due to rain and a busy schedule, I wasn’t able to attend any of the concerts. Not again! I’m making Zoo Tunes and Blooms a priority for several reasons. The event showcases local bands in the Zoo’s gorgeous gardens and it’s all FREE. Zoo Tunes and Blooms will be held Thursday’s in April from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup for the month:
April 7 – Honey & Huston & Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle
April 14 – Jake Speed & the Freddies & Shiny and the Spoon
April 21 – The Cliftones
April 28 – MULTIMAGIC & Young Heirlooms
And… the Zoo offers free admission after 5 p.m. so you can enjoy a stroll to see the animals before enjoying the music. Make this a weekly date night, okay! If you’re obsessed with the Cincinnati Zoo like me, you can subscribe via Facebook to Cincinnati Zoo events here.

If you’re a flower fanatic like myself, there are even more opportunities to bask in their beauty in Cincinnati. In addition to Zoo Tunes and Blooms, you can visit Krohn Conservatory and the Cincinnati Flower Show.
Krohn Conservatory holds seasonal events and all Spring long you can enjoy the Butterflies of the Carribean Show. Details here. And one of the most gorgeous and best smelling 🙂 events in Cincinnati during the Spring season would have to be the Flower Show held at Yeatman’s Cove from April 13-17. Tickets are available here. The general admission cost is super reasonable and includes both the Flower Show plus the Fine Food Show for all of us foodies.

The Flying Pig
The Flying Pig marathon is such a huge event in Cincinnati that it’d be a shame not to participate in some way. Whether you’re running a marathon or 5K, volunteering or just cheering on the participants, it’s a weekend that really showcases Cincinnati pride. Everyone is there to do something positive and the energy is something special. If you haven’t participated in some way, I really encourage you to check it out this year. Events will be taking place April 29 – May 1. Get the details here.

What’s on your #springInCincy bucket list? And what did I miss?! I’d love to hear your suggestions below. I’ll share my experiences all spring long as I check them off my list.


  1. I am a Clevelander, but I love Cincinnati too. My son just graduated from Miami U. and I had a few opportunities to visit Cinci and had a great time…mostly shopping!

  2. I haven’t been to Cincinnati except to fly through it. Thanks for sharing about this city!

  3. I’ve been to Cleveland, but not Cincinnati. The things to do are similar to what Chicago has to offer, but Chicago does have more. Thanks for the insight!!

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