September 2023 guide to Family-Friendly Events


September 2023 events in cincinnatiFall Fun is right around the corner! We have your guide to all things Fall and end-of-Summer fun here in this September 2023 edition of Family-Friendly Events around Greater Cincinnati & NKY, including Oktoberfest, the Ren Fair, and Labor Day fireworks!

Bourbon & Books {Campbell County Public Library}

September 8

Fort Thomas’ Mess Hall
Tower Park
801 Cochran Avenue

The program will feature a panel of bourbon experts from various Northern Kentucky distilleries. After the panel, those age 21 and over can sample bourbon. There will also be a chance to peruse books, and attendees will get their own complimentary coaster. Registration is required. The panel is the perfect way to ring in National Bourbon Heritage Month!

A Talk with Silas House {Campbell County Public Library}

September 15
7pm (Sneak Peak at 2pm)

Campbell County Public Library
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
1000 Highland Avenue

Kentucky’s poet laureate, Silas House, will speak as part of the library’s ongoing Signature Series. The author will discuss how he draws inspiration from his home state of Kentucky and the American South when writing his novels. Among many other accolades, House received the 2022 Duggins Prize, the largest award in America for LGBTQ writers. The same year, he was named Appalachian of the Year. His most recent book, Lark Ascending, is set in the near future as a young man, Lark, attempts to flee the United States as fires spread across the country. The book was a Booklist Editors’ Choice and the 2023 Southern Book Prize winner. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch will close early at 5 pm to set up for the event. Free tickets are required.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Weekends & Labor Day September 2 – October 29
10:30am – 7pm

10542 East State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068

Immerse yourself in a world of lively shows, tantalizing food & drink, and unique shops that transport you back in time to the days of knights and queens.

September Summer Music Festival at Ault Park

September 21

Ault Park
5090 Observatory Circle
Cincinnati, OH

Celebrate the last few days of Summer while listening to live music from local acts during Ault Park’s September Summer Music Festival.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2023

September 14-17

5th Street
Downtown Cincinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati®, presented by Samuel Adams returns September 14-17, 2023! Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio.

Covington Oktoberfest

September 8

Goebel Park
501 Philadelphia Street
Covington, KY

A time-honored celebration returns to Covington at MainStrasse Village! Since 1979, families throughout the Midwest have joined local crowds to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Cincinnati Labor Day Fireworks

September 3

Mt. Echo Park
251 Mt Echo Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH

Come join us for food, games, and live music… and end the night with fireworks!

Cincinnati Lyte Sky Lantern Festival

September 30

Cincinnati, OH

Lyte is a simple yet unique Sky Lantern Experience like no other. With Lyte Sky Lantern Festivals across the United States you don’t have to travel far to experience this magical moment. Come join us with your family and friends as we Lyte the Night Skies.

Newport Oktoberfest

September 22-24

Newport on the Levee
Newport on the Levee Festival Park
One Levee Way
Newport, KY 41071

“Oans, zwoa, drei, gsuffa!” “One, two, three, drink!”
This classic and historic event features FREE live entertainment all weekend from some of the area’s top German bands! Of course, there will be cold beers, warm brats, and a whole lot more to celebrate this wonderful Cincinnati tradition. Come out and participate in contests such as stein holding and the chicken dance! All the festivities will be held under one tent just like they do in Germany at the Munich Oktoberfest.

Bluey’s Big Play, The Stage Show

September 19-21

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH

This is Bluey’s Big Play, For Real Life. When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans!

Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza

September 8

Taft Theatre
317 E 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH

The three-time Pollstar nominated Disney Junior tour is back with Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza at Taft Theatre on Friday, September 8! This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party, but mysterious green rain, wind, and smoke keeps interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza? Come join the party and see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, the Puppy Dog Pals, Bo from Firebuds, Ginny from SuperKitties, and Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends LIVE on stage!

What else do you plan on doing this month of August 2023 around town? Make sure to tag us on Instagram and use #MomsAroundCincy for us to join in your family fun!


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