From outdoor concerts to experimental theater festivals, summer in Cincinnati brings a host of opportunities to enjoy our region’s amazing arts scene with family and friends. Here are just a few upcoming highlights at the start of the summer season.

May Festival 2015

May Festival

Cincinnati’s renowned choral festival features the May Festival Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and guest singers from across the globe.  Two concerts remain in this season’s festival at Cincinnati Music Hall, May 29-30.  For tickets, call 381-3300 or visit

Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Experience 12 days and more than 150 performances of experimental theatre at venues throughout Over-the-Rhine. Know Theatre of Cincinnati presents local, national, and international artists who are creating theater that is new, different, and sometimes just weird. May 26 – June 6, Know Theatre of Cincinnati. For tickets, call 300-5669 or visit

Art After Dark: Cincinnati Art Museum

Enjoy live performances by the Young Heirlooms in the courtyard and lemonade-inspired drink specials. Guided tours of some of our best summer-inspired works from the collection will meet in the Great Hall at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, Cincinnati Art Museum, free plus parking fee. #ArtAfterDarkCincy

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater Grand Opening Celebration

Celebrate the opening of Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ new theater in Price Hill!  The street party will be at Matson Place in front of the theater with live music, local food and drinks, and Rozzi’s Fireworks to cap off the evening. Saturday, May 30, 6 – 10 p.m., free.

Cincinnati King Staged Concert Reading in Washington Park

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents a free stage concert reading of Cincinnati King by Playhouse Associate Artist KJ Sanchez. The new play explores the history of Cincinnati music, racial equality, music pioneer Syd Nathan and King Records.  Evening includes live music and activities for children starting at 5 p.m. Concert reading at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Washington Park, free.

JMR PopsCincinnati Pops Broadway Sing-Along

JMR conducts the Pops, joined by vocalists Julia Murney and Doug La Brecque, as well as Cincinnati’s own Young Professionals Choral Collective and the winners of ArtsWave’s CincySings competition. Lyrics will be displayed on a big screen for the audience to sing along. Saturday, June 6, 8:00 p.m. at Riverbend. For tickets, call 381-3300 or visit

Opera in the Park

Start the opera season with a free evening of magical music in Washington Park. The performance will feature a selection of opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars from the 2015 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Washington Park. Free, but registration is recommended at