The only thing better than the amazing arts in our region is when those arts opportunities are FREE. Check out some of the ways to experience the arts at little to no cost this winter. Join the conversation about amazing arts experiences by using #CincyWinterArts. Share photos, video, or updates about your arts experiences!


Bring the kids for some free opera. See Hansel & Gretel from ROKCincy at Dunham Arts Center on January 10 at 2pm.

Art on Vine is a boutique art fair showcasing works by various artists, available for sale. Check it out at Rhinegeist on January 8 from Noon-7pm.

No plans on a Monday night? Visit Below Zero Lounge on January 12 at 7:30pm for Paula Vogel's playAnd Baby Makes Seven, presented by Queen City Queer Theatre Collective ($5 suggested donation). 

Free theatre for ages 11 and up: see the sensitive but unsentimental teen story Theory of Mind at Oxford Community Arts Center on January 30 at 7pm. This play is part of the Off the Hill series from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.Check the full schedule to find more free performances of this production.

Check out a brand new opera for free! The Cincinnati Opera's Opera Fusion: New Works will present excerpts from Meet John Doe on January 31 at 7:30pm at Memorial Hall. 

The Contemporary Arts Center is renovating the lobby space and are offering free admission through March 12.


AIA Cincinnati is presenting a lecture with Ashley Schafer, one of the curators of the US Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale, and a panel of local architects and designers. Check it out on February 18 at 6pm

Enjoy comedy? See Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon at Temple Sholom Cincinnati. The show runs February 27-March 1. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.

Get some free arts at the Walnut HIlls High School Fine Arts Sampler. Walnut Hills HS Fine Arts Sampler Schedule - Feb 21 2015 of free arts offerings for February 21.


ArtsWave's Macy's Arts Sampler is back for one weekend only. Enjoy free arts across the region on Saturday, March 7 and an open house at Music Hall on Sunday, March 8

If you're a fan of the World Choir Games or the Sing-Off, check out ArtsWave's CincySings Semi-Finals at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theatre on March 14 at 2pm, hosted by Local 12's Bob Herzog. Employee choirs from across the region will compete for a spot in the CincySings finals (April 8 at Music Hall, hosted by Drew Lachey).

Check the schedule from ROKCincy for more performances of Hansel & Gretel at libraries throughout Greater Cincinnati.

ArtReach from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati will present a production of The Rockin' Adventures of Peter Rabbit on March 8 at 1pm at the Mayerson JCC and on March 20 at 7pm at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

TBA: Free Dance Concerts from MamLuft&Co. Dance this spring! 


Discover more amazing free things to do at, including visual arts, performing arts, music, literary events, and culture. 

Love museums? You can always visit the Taft Museum of Art for free on Sundays (thanks to Western & Southern Financial Group). Want something more modern? The Contemporary Arts Center has free admission (thanks to Macy's) on Monday nights from 5-9pm.  The Cincinnati Art Museum has free admission, as well as numerous free events (especially on weekends), like daily tours, Art 360, Art After Dark, Family First Saturdays, and more! 

Downtown has lots of great opportunities for free art. Check out the Weston Art Gallery, located next to the Aronoff Center; discover your new favorite ArtWorks murals, take a glance at the YWCA gallery, or see some free art at the public library

Looking for something a little more daring? Manifest Gallery shows some of the latest cutting-edge art, and is always free to visit! 

Christ Church Cathedral (in downtown Cincinnati) has Music Live at Lunch every Tuesday! Free if you bring your own lunch, or just $5 to buy lunch at the cathedral.

Wednesdays mean free live theatre at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Read more about the radical and revolutionary "Welcome Experiment."

Want more info on free art? Follow ArtsWave on Facebook and Twitter to see more updates on free arts events. 

Do you have a free arts event to add to this list? Email our Manager, Digital Communications Rebecca Calkin to get your event added.