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Free and Low-cost ongoing events for African Americans to enjoy in Cincinnati every day of the week.

Cincinnati has a vibrant cultural scene where various low-cost events and activities await. The city is a sanctuary for music lovers, offering everything from hip-hop and soul-stirring jazz performances to the rhythmic beats of reggae. Discover new things at exciting trivia events, let your inner star shine at fun karaoke events, or relive your childhood in roller skating rinks.

Cincinnati offers a wide range of culturally infused experiences that are free or under $20 per person. Unwind at happy hours, take in live music, work up a sweat in exercise classes, or visit thought-provoking exhibits.

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Mondays

Line Dancing

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Bond Hill Recreation Center (Bond Hill)
Free with membership
Ongoing
Meet new people and get your groove on by learning the latest trendy line dances. All skill levels are welcome.

Kids Eat Free

Hours Vary
Location Varies
Ongoing
Use this list to explore where kids eat free on each day of the week. Options for kids’ combos include sandwiches, fries, tacos, and more. Be free from overpriced eats for hungry kids.

Free Summer Movies for Kids

10:30 a.m.
Esquire, Mariemont and Kenwood Theatres
Free Admission, first-come, first-served tickets
Mondays and Wednesdays, through July 31
Enjoy free PG-rated movies at local theatres this summer. Children’s movie titles include Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, The Bad Guys, and Trolls.

Monday Wing Night 

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
Park Place Restaurant (Forest Park) 
Sixty-five cent wings all-day
Ongoing
At this Black-owned restaurant, try hot Caribbean jerk, BBQ, spicy garlic, Carolina gold, parmesan garlic, buffalo, and sriracha sauce flavors. 

Spin with Carmen

5:30 p.m.
Hirsch Recreation Center (Avondale)
$7 non-members; $5 members
Ongoing
Spin to some of your favorite tunes with Black fitness instructor Carmen Sanders. Call 513-751-3393 to reserve your bike.

Stretching & Strengthening 

6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Game On! Sports Complex (North College Hill)
$10
Ongoing on Mondays and Wednesdays
Rejuvenate yourself and start the week by enhancing your flexibility with yoga, low-intensity workouts, and stretching with Aniyah Janae. Yoga mats are provided.

Trivia Night

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
The series runs through October 14
Grab your team and show what you know at Trivia Night with Last Call Trivia. Gift card prizes are up for grabs!

Jazz at the Park

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
The series runs through October 28
Listen to local and regional smooth jazz artists on the Porch at Washington Park. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

woman stretching
Participate in Cincinnati health and wellness activities at little to no cost!

Tuesdays

Free things to do at the Library

Locations and Hours
Free Admission
Ongoing
The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library (CHPL) is a community hub that offers various accessible services and resources to members with library cards.

Jazz at the Square

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
The series runs through October 8
Visit the Square on Tuesday evenings for live Jazz music from local and regional acts. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Ziegler Workouts

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ziegler Park (Pendleton)
Free Admission
Class types change beginning in July. The series runs through October
Featuring cardio and yoga workouts that all ages and fitness levels can enjoy

Happy Hour 

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Yakitori Urban Hibachi Lounge (Roselawn) 
$7 drinks and $7 appetizers
Ongoing on Tuesdays through Fridays
Enjoy a Black-owned Asian-themed atmosphere infused with urban flare. Indulge in carefully curated dishes like zucchini tempura, yin-yang wings, hibachi fries, dragon salmon bites, and more. 

Taco Tuesday 

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  
Black Rose Café (Northside) 
$3 Tacos and $5 Margaritas
Ongoing
Experience positive vibes all day at a black-owned bar, where you can enjoy delicious tacos and margaritas. You can also enjoy a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and other spirits.

Tequila Tuesdays

6 p.m.
Fantasy Drink Lounge (Clifton)
Free Admission
Ongoing
Savor tequila deals while vibing to great music at this Black-owned bar. Guests can also enjoy various other drinks and explore the hookah options.

Trivia Night

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
The series runs through October 29
Grab your team and show what you know at Trivia Night with Last Call Trivia. Gift card prizes are up for grabs!

Karaoke Tuesdays

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Bar 29 (Avondale)
Free Admission
Ongoing
Join your friends for an unforgettable karaoke night at a Black-owned bar and sing your heart out!

people enjoying brunch together
Experience the city’s diverse food and bar scene at a price that does not break the bank.

Wednesdays

Acoustic Lunch Series

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piatt Park (Downtown)
Free Admission
The series runs through August 28
Enjoy relaxing music from various Cincinnati-based duos and soloists in the city’s heart. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Workout on the Green

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Class types change beginning in June. The series runs through October
Featuring yoga, HIIT cardio, and bodyweight circuit training workout classes to invigorate the mind, body, and spirit.

Fountain Blues

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
The series runs through August 28
Each week, a new, talented Blues artist will take the stage, delivering a performance that will leave you wanting more. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Wednesdays in the Woods

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Burnet Woods (Clifton)
Free Admission
The series runs through August 14
Enjoy live music in the park from local and regional artists. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Reggae Wednesdays

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Select Wednesdays from June 12 through August 7
Come groove to the rhythms of live reggae music. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Karaoke Wednesdays

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Esoteric Brewing (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Ongoing
Sing your heart out with your favorite tunes. Enjoy delicious Esoteric brews and food from Decibel all night long.

LoFi Wednesdays 

7 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
Revel Urban Winery (OTR) 
Free Admission 
The series runs through June 26
Catch a vibe while enjoying relaxing live LoFi hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, and LoBop music spun by DJ ShadeWon and DJ MaxxRevive.

Cinema at Ziegler Park

9 p.m.
Ziegler Park (Pendleton)
Free Admission
The series runs through September 18
Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at Ziegler Park this summer and fall! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and enjoy a relaxing evening. Click the link for the weekly featured movie.

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Attend free, family-friendly live music events and concerts in Cincinnati’s parks.

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Thursdays

Major Taylor Cycling Club of Cincinnati

Time Varies
The location depends on skill level
Free Admission
Ongoing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Enjoy safe and fun cycling geared toward African American communities.

Rockin’ The Roebling

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Smale Riverfront Park (Riverfront)
Free Admission
The series runs through July 18
Enjoy local bands in front of the beautiful backdrop of the Roebling Bridge. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Live on the Levee

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Newport on the Levee Plaza (Newport)
Free Admission
The series runs through August 29
Groove to the sounds of your favorite local bands. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Hip Hop & RNB Bingo 

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
Bugatti’s Ultra Lounge (Springdale) 
Free Admission 
Ongoing
Enjoy bingo – with a twist. Win prizes by covering your cards and listening to hits played by DJ Essentials and DJ Guy West.

Salsa on the Square

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
The series runs through September 26
Featuring live local and regional Latin bands specializing in Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Latin Jazz. In addition to the live music, local dance instructors host large dance classes teaching basic and intermediate Latin dancing. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Top Shelf Thursdays

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Out The Way Bar & Grill (West Chester)
Free Admission
Ongoing
Check out drink specials at a Black-owned bar while enjoying music and entertainment from around the world.

Late Night R&B Lounge 

8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz (OTR) 
Free Admission 
Ongoing
Enjoy happy hour at this Black-owned lounge from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., then immerse yourself in the sultry vibes of R&B for an unforgettable night of soulful rhythms and vibrant energy. 

Adult Skate

9 p.m. – Midnight
The Place (Groesbeck)
$14+
Ongoing on Wednesday & Thursday
Lace-up your skates and enjoy a kid-free vibe. Adult skate nights are 21+ on Wednesdays and 30+ on Thursdays.

black woman skating | Low-cost ongoing events
Connect with the community through events and activities under $20.

Fridays

Mural Tour

Various Locations Cincinnati
Free Admission
Ongoing Daily
ArtWorks has installed more than 50 public art exhibits. Each tells the stories of African Americans’ contributions to the rich history and vibrancy of the greater Cincinnati region.

Get a Meal Under $15 at a Black-owned Restaurant

Hours Vary
Various Locations in Cincinnati
Under $15
Ongoing
Enjoy African flavors, classic BBQ, comforting soul food, and spicy Jamaican dishes. Find a feast for under $15 and support local Black-owned businesses.

Pop in Friday Happy Hour

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cinema OTR (OTR)
Free Admission
Ongoing
Enjoy discounted cocktails and more in an intimate Black-owned lounge dedicated to 90’s R&B, hip-hop, and classic Black films.

Friday Flow

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
The series runs through August 30
Groove in the park to your favorite R&B tunes performed by talented local and regional acts. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Sizzling Summer

Time Varies
Colerain Park (Colerain)
Free Admission
June 14 through August 30
Enjoy free movies and concerts in Colerain Park. Bring picnic blankets and sleeping bags to enjoy an evening under the stars. Click the link for the weekly featured artist or movie.

Feel Good Friday Happy Hour

5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Mango’s Tropical Oasis (Springdale)
Free Admission
Ongoing
Guests 25 and up can start their weekend with a mixx happy hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a set by DJ Guy Wes at this Black-owned tropical-themed bar and restaurant.

International Fridays 

10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Cove51 (Sharonville) 
Free Admission 
Ongoing
Catch a vibe and kick off the weekend by dancing to a guest DJ’s latest hip-hop, Afrobeat, R&B, and reggae music at a Black-owned bar. 

men on a picnic blanket | Low-cost ongoing events
Enjoy local arts and performances for the Black community at affordable prices.

Saturdays

Urban Hikers

Time Varies
Meetup Location Varies
Free Admission
Ongoing
Experience the urban environment alongside exciting people with diverse experiences and fresh perspectives. Check the link for location and time.

Saturdays in the Park

10 a.m. – Noon
Inwood Park (Mt Auburn)
Free Admission
Saturdays in June and July
Join CCAC for a free, family-friendly concert. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

The City Flea

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Monthly on Saturdays, click the link for dates
Washington Park hosts an urban flea market once a month. Vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios.

Art on Vine

Noon – 6 p.m.
Court Street Plaza (Downtown)
Free Admission
Monthly on Saturdays, click the link for dates
The series runs through October 5
A monthly local art show featuring fine art and handmade goods from over 80+ artists throughout the Ohio region.

FC Cincinnati Pre-Match at the Park

4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Monthly on Saturdays and Wednesdays of FC home games through October 5
Festivities will include music, many vendors to interact with, various food trucks serving delicious grub, inflatable baseball games, the inflatable FCC slide, and so much more!

Music at the Esplanade

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Smale Riverfront Park (The Banks)
Free Admission
The series runs through August 31
Enjoy a vibrant blend of live music, delectable food, refreshing drinks, captivating art, and a farmers’ market. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Fifth and Vine Live

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
The series runs through October 5
Enjoy a variety of local and regional acts performing on the square. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Live Jazz Saturdays 

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 
Symphony Hotel & Restaurant (OTR) 
Free Admission 
Ongoing
Get ready to be swept away by the sounds of local jazz acts while enjoying the sophisticated bar and lounge setting. Check out award-winning cuisines and craft cocktails during an evening of sensational music. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

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Explore local culture at Cincinnati’s low-cost and free ongoing events.

Sundays

Black Historic Sites

Various Locations
Admission Varies
Ongoing Daily
These Black Historic sites in Cincinnati tell the history of various famous athletes, activists, locations, and more. Spend your time uncovering the rich history around the city.

Music at the Market

Time Varies
Findlay Market (OTR)
Free Admission
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through July 28
Listen to your favorite Cincinnati-based bands and premier artists while you enjoy a crisp local beer or a delicious meal from a market vendor. Click the link for the weekly featured artist.

Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame Exhibit 

6 a.m. – 11 p.m.  
Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame (Downtown) 
Free Admission  
Ongoing Daily
Take a trip down musical memory lane with this family-friendly interactive musical experience that brings history to life through immersive technology. This journey of Black musicians, songwriters, and industry professionals has reverberated worldwide, shaping everything from funk, jazz, pop, and gospel to hip-hop, classical, R&B, and rock. 

Sunday Morning Yoga

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Olden View Park (Price Hill)
Free Admission
The series runs through October 26
Join the Price Hill Wellness Community Action Team for free yoga in one of the loveliest vistas in Cincinnati.

Fifth Third Community Days

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Underground Railroad Freedom Center (The Banks)
Free Admission
Monthly on the fifth and third Sunday, click the link for dates
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center creates a collective heritage, a complete history that unites the community. Enjoy free admission to all museums monthly.

Second Sunday on Main

Noon – 5 p.m.
Main Street between 12th and Liberty (OTR)
Free Admission
Monthly on the second Sunday, click the link for dates
A neighborhood street festival in OTR. The celebration includes vibrant arts and music programming, a diverse vendor market, and a Biergarten lounge and promotes the small businesses of Main Street!

Brunch on the Low

Noon – 5 p.m.
Copa Lounge (OTR)
Free Admission, price varies
Ongoing
Indulge in bottomless mimosas and a delicious brunch buffet at a Black-owned lounge.

Discount Movie Matinees

Before 4 p.m.
AMC Locations in Cincinnati
Price Varies
Ongoing Daily
Every day before 4 p.m., you can save 25% on evening ticket prices. Every day is the perfect day to catch a movie and save!

| Low-cost ongoing events
Enjoy free and discounted movies throughout Cincinnati.

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Free and Low-cost reoccurring events on Various Days of the Week

Brady Block Parties

6 p.m.
Location Varies
Free Admission
June 6 to August 1
Enjoy music and art activations, activities for all ages, and food trucks from local vendors. Check out a free cookout with various food options, plus a popcorn and cotton candy machine. The party is capped off with an outdoor concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Shakespeare in the Park

Time Varies
Location Varies
Free Admission
July 12 through September 1
This summer, become immersed in the intrigue of Shakespeare’s Hamlet—a riveting blend of passion, ghosts, and royal drama that promises to heat your summer nights with gripping intensity.

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Low-cost events in Cincinnati give many opportunities to create lasting memories throughout the summer. Join the celebration and add your voice to Cincinnati’s Black culture scene.

Submit additional low-cost ongoing events to The Voice of Black Cincinnati calendar. The event description must include 300 words and a feature photo that is not a flyer.

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Written by Sophie Barsan

Sophie Barsan is a writer at The Voice of Black Cincinnati, where she covers events and client -focused content. Sophie's work is central to keeping the community informed about Cincinnati vibrant array of activities and opportunities. Her dedication to exploring and highlighting the city's cultural richness makes her stories a must-read for anyone looking to engage with the local scene. Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn for a deeper look into her articles and contributions.

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