Your guide to great summer date ideas in Cincinnati


OWhether you’re in a new, stable relationship or have been married for years, dating should stay the same: fun and exciting. While dinner and a movie might be a must, try spicing things up with this list of fun party ideas happening around the tri-state, which we’ll be updating all summer long.

Van Gogh: the immersive experience

Experience one of the world’s most renowned artists like never before. Step into one of Vincent Van Goghs paintings with this 20,000 square foot light and music encounter that projects the artist’s most captivating works across two floors. June-August, 18 W. Fourth St., downtown. Adults $34.90 adults, children $19.90.

Photography by Dan Swartz for Exhibition Hub & Fever

Candlelight concerts

Enjoy a variety of different and intimate orchestral concerts bathed in candlelight. At Transcept, catch your favorite Taylor Swift setlist, or opt for a more classic option with Vivaldis Four Seasons. Witness a rock tribute at the Rhinegeist Brewery with symphonic tributes to the Beatles and Queen. May-July, tickets $25.

Washington Park Summer Cinema

This free movie screening in Washington Park brings a fresh take on dinner and a movie. Dust off your lawn chairs and pack your favorite blanket because this could become a main date night for the summer. As the movies start at 9 p.m., you and your partner will want to get there early to take advantage of the on-site bar and food trucks. Find the 2022 film program here. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare in the Park

This free summer event brings the Bard’s works to life at 40 area parks from July 15 to September 4. Attracting more than 10,000 patrons each summer, this event is a not-to-be-missed night out for residents across the city. This year, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present the show, Twelfth Night.

StoneBrook Winery Sunset Cruise

Enjoy this unique experience on the Ohio River with BB Riverboats and StoneBrook Winery, where guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, StoneBrook wines, live music and a beautiful sunset as they cruise down the river. All the places are reserved. BB Riverboats, 1 Riverboat Row, Newport. Adults $69, children $51.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The second-oldest zoo in the United States and home to world-famous hippopotamus Fiona, a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo is a quintessential summer day. Find your share of fun while seeing your favorite animals and basking in the romantic tranquility of the gardens. 3400 Vine Street, Avondale. General admission $22.50-$28.50 for ages 13-61 and $16.50-$22.50 for ages 62 and older.

Rockin’ The Roebling

Moerlein Lager House presents this series of free concerts every Thursday this summer. Listen to Cincinnati bands while indulging in soft pretzels and beer cheese and sipping on a crisp, cold beer. Pack a blanket when you’re done eating so you can listen to the bands while you relax on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park. Find the full line-up of artists here. Food and drinks to be purchased on arrival. Thursdays, May 19-September 1, 6-10 p.m., Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way. Free.

Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Shows

Now through June 19, feel like you’ve stepped into the Gardens of Ancient Egypt as you’re immersed in the “Butterflies of the Nile” experience. As you walk among the palms and lush flowers of what were once the ancient gardens, youYou will appreciate the colorful butterflies that flutter gracefully around you. Tickets are available for purchase on site or on their website. Capacity is limited in the showroom, so plan accordingly. Wednesday, March 16 through June 19, 10 p.m. to 7 p.m., Cincinnati Parks, 1501 Eden Park Dr. General admission $10 for ages 18 and older.

Salsa on the square

Rock your hips with this spicy live music event. Each week there will be a different local and regional Latin band offering a variety of styles including salsa, merengue, cumbia and Latin jazz. There will also be local dance teachers leading great dance classes for those looking to learn a new skill. Open your appetite because of all these dances? Enjoy tacos, tostadas, guacamole, and bar services provided by Mazunte. Food and beverages are available for purchase upon arrival.

Every Thursday, from May 5 to September 30, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free for the community. Fountain Square, 520 Vine Street.

Summit Park Observation Tower

Offering a variety of events and opportunities throughout the summer – the observation tower is a great evening to watch a sunset or buy local produce from their Wednesday Farmerthe market. In shape? Try yoga, zumba or line dancing classes until the end of September. All year round, Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday 7am-10pm. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road.

Photograph by Claire Poirier

Analog coffee bar at Carabello

Offering you a chef’s table experience with mocktails in the cafe, Carabello offers a specialty coffee bar in its main cafe. Set up a reservation with your partner for a night full of coffee and dessert tastings. You’ll hear all about their current coffee selection and what makes their menu unique. Their current menu focuses on spring herbs and flowers, and new menus are offered every six weeks. Only six seats are available at the Analog bar. All year. Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Newport, 107 E. Ninth St. Prices vary.

Night-light movie nights

Looking for an adult-only movie night? NightLight is your go-to city destinations the best local food trucks, craft beer and wine. Featuring classics like, The Breakfast Club” and Fight Club,” this 21+ movie experience will leave you with a full stomach and a full heart. Be sure to arrive early with your blankets and pillows to set up your movie viewing spot and listen to the pre-movie DJ. The food trucks vary with each event. Food and drinks extra on arrival. Thursdays, June 16-October 14, 6:45 p.m.-11 p.m. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way. General admission $9.99, early admission $14.99.

Picnic around town

We may not have a beach along the coast, but the Ohio River will do. Grab a blanket, your favorite snack or meal and picnic near The Banks. It’s the perfect way to spice up a lunch or dinner, while still being affordable for those looking for something inexpensive. Want to escape to the city center? Try a picnic in Parc Ault with its beautiful greenery and lush trees.

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