Make memories this Memorial Day weekend with some of these fun events happening in Cincinnati!
Friday, May 24
FREE NO SPECTATORS: THE ART OF BURNING MAN
Art enthusiasts will be transported to the infamous Burning Man gathering with the exciting new exhibition. Installations featuring mutant art vehicles, costumes, films, jewelry and more will celebrate the innovation of the 70,000 creative minds who head to Black Rock City, Nevada each year. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
THE ARLINGTON GARDENS MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES
Feelings of respect, gratitude and inspiration will be abundant at the “Field of Memories” this Memorial Day. In 2018 over 700 flags were displayed to honor veterans, first responders, public servants and other special individuals. 2019’s goal is to dedicate 1,000 flags. 3 foot by 5 foot flags are dedicated at $35 each, with net proceeds donated to “Operation: Ramp It Up For Veterans”. The Arlington Memorial Gardens , 2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati; May 23 – 27; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Free to visit, $35 to dedicate a commemorative flag.; 513-521-7003 or amgardens.org.
Bring the family to meet the Zoo’s newest family members, the zoo babies. Six-foot-tall stork statues will lead visitors to adorable baby animals throughout the zoo. Zoo members and adventure ticket holders can enter the grounds one hour early, at 9 a.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; NEW! Save money and utilize plan-ahead ticketing by visiting the zoo website. Walk-up tickets available for purchase, call or go online for more information.; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-babies/.
Saturday, May 25
CONEY ISLAND OPENING DAY
Start summer off right with a visit to Coney Island; come out and play! Take a dip in Sunlite Pool, zip down the Silver Bullet and yell “CANNONBALL” at Coney’s newest attraction, Canonnball Cove. Thrill-seekers of all ages will find a ride to enjoy at Coney; little ones will love the Turtle Parade and Airplanes while older riders will have a screaming good time on The Python and Topspin. Whether in the water or on dry land… there’s something for everyone. Looking for family fun? Coney has it! Sunlite Pool open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Classic Rides open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; See website or call for pricing details. Daily passes and season passes available.; 513-232-8230 or coneyislandpark.com.
SUMMER FUN AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION
Chugga chugga, choo choo! Chug on over to EnterTRAINment Junction to enjoy two popular outdoor train rides opening for the summer, the hand-cranked locomotives and the family train ride (weather permitting). Plus, visitors purchasing a special Do-It-All ticket through June 23 will get a free admission ticket to Coney Island’s classic rides. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $16.95 Do-It-All admission, includes FREE Coney Island classic rides ticket; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
Sunday, May 26
The most whimsical family tradition has fluttered it’s way back to the Queen City. Head to the Krohn Conservatory with the whole family to experience thousands of beautiful butterflies happily flying overhead; a butterfly might even land ON your head if you are lucky! Be sure to look within the pages of Cincinnati Family Magazine for a $1 off admission coupon. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children 5 to 17 years old, Free for children 4 years old and under.; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS
Egyptologists of all ages will enjoy learning about the daily life of Egyptians during the time of Pharaohs. Step back in time with over 350 original artifacts (including some more than 4,500 years old), impressive scale models of cities and interactive hands-on components. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $19.50 Adults, $17.50 Seniors, $12.50 Children ages 3 – 12, Member Adults, $12.50, Member Children $8.50. ; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
TASTE OF CINCINNATI
Explore all that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have to offer your taste buds in this culinary festival that includes live music, family activities and of course, tasty treats! With more than 50 restaurants present and over 45 musical acts performing, this beloved Memorial Day tradition is sure to be a huge hit with the entire family. Downtown Cincinnati, West 5th St., Cincinnati; May 25 – 27, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; free admission, menu items range from $2 – $7.; tasteofcincinnati.com.
Monday, May 27
GREETINGS FROM CINCINNATI
Celebrate Memorial Day and send a special Cincinnati “hello” to veterans and members of the military by making postcards! Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; Program included with discovery pass admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members).; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONY
Celebrate Memorial Day with a community parade featuring the Fairfield Police Department, Fire Department and EMS units, veterans groups, military units and more. After the parade, at 11 a.m., there will be a brief ceremony and patriotic concert to pay tribute to veterans of the past and present. Veterans Memorial Park, 701 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 10 a.m.; fairfield-city.org/memorialday.