Washington Park officially reopened to the public on Friday, July 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the historic bandstand, followed by interactive activities throughout the park.
Washington Park is now open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and offer such amenities as a children's playground, dog park, interactive water fountains, public restrooms and concession building. The garage is open 24 hours a day.
Here is the list of Cincinnati Parks & 3CDC's programs for the upcoming weeks:
Bandstand Bluegrass: Wednesdays, July 11 to Sept. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. Every Wednesday, gather 'round the bandstand and enjoy free performances from the likes of Jake Speed & The Freddies, The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and many, many more. Whether you're new to scene or simply a long time fan, Washington Park promises to offer some of the best musical performances you've ever experienced! Tomorrow, local bluegrass and ragtime favorite Jake Speed & The Freddies will take to the bandstand from 7 to 9 p.m.
Jake Speed & the Freddies make up boxcars full of original Cincinnati songs while reviving the music of legends like Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Elizabeth Cotten, and Jesse Fuller. The Freddies' travels aboard the Cincinnati music scene have landed them many high profile shows, including opening sets for national acts such as Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Over-the-Rhine and Jay Bennett (from the band, Wilco).
Click here for more details, including a full band lineup!
Jazz in the Park: Thursdays, July 12 to Sept. 6, 7 to 9 p.m. Every Thursday night, Washington Park will be filled with the sounds of sweet, soulful Jazz. Whether you're looking to dance the night away, or simply take a seat and enjoy-Jazz in the Park will have something special waiting just for you.
On Thursday night, Jazz aficionados can enjoy performances from the one and only Chris Comer Quintet, featuring Scott Snyder and Terry Twitty, along with a special guest performance from ISQHAT?!'s Napoleon Maddox.
Friday Flow: Fridays, July 13 to Sept. 7, 7 to 10 p.m. Every Friday night, the silky sounds of R&B and Neo Soul will take over Washington Park. You can get up and dance, or simply sit back and enjoy as local and national performers take to the stage delight the crowd with their smooth moves and soulful voices. Each night will feature a unique combination of local, national and regional acts.
Neo-Soul sensation, Dwele, is set to take the stage this Friday. A major player in the contemporary soul music of today, Dwele has collaborated and with everyone from Earth Wind & Fire ("That's The Way of the World") and Common ("The People") to Slum Village ("Tainted") and Kanye West ("Flashing Lights")-many of which have spawned a number of memorable hits. Remember, this is a FREE concert, and everyone is welcome!
This Friday night, you can also expect performances from Under New Orders, Darris Sneed & The Pulse, as well as DJ's from "Selecta's Choice", featuring DJ Rare Groove, DJ Apryl Reign & DJ Pillo). Mahogany's will also be the in the park, serving of up some of their delicious soul food combinations.
City Flea: Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City Flea is a place for the city's countless creative minds and skilled hands to share what they are working on or collecting. The flea serves as a venue for social interaction amongst the already burgeoning local community of entrepreneurs, artists, and enthusiasts. It is a new common space for city dwellers who are strolling after brunch, walking the dog, thirsty for coffee, hungry for lunch, on their way to Findlay Market, or just looking for someplace to hang out.
This Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your favorite urban flea market will make its way to Washington Park. Whether you are a collector, looking to browse, or a simply curious, City Flea is sure to have something that will pique your interest. For more information regarding City Flea, click here.
Curiosity Saturday: Saturdays, July 7 to Sept. 1, 12 to 2 p.m. Curiosity Saturdays will feature a variety of FREE interactive programs designed foster children's creativity, feed their curiosity, and expose them to the many wonders of nature in a unique, urban setting. Parents and children alike can expect appearances from organizations like the Cincinnati Museum's "Pompei" Program, Cincinnati Park's "Explore Nature" Program, the Cincinnati Public Library, and many more.
This Saturday, Happen Inc, will host one of their "creative experience" session in the Children's Playground. Each session is designed to increase art awareness, stimulate children's creativity, and promote "family time" between parents and their children.
Date Night: July 14 to Sept. 1, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. If you're looking for a new way to spend quality time with your special someone, then look no further than the park! Every Saturday from now until September, couples are invited to lay down their blankets, curl up on the Civic Lawn and enjoy a one-of-a-kind date night. A new flick will be featured each night, which means you can expect everything from big-name blockbusters to well-known classics.
This week, Washington Park's Date Night will feature a screening of the guy-friendly Captain America. Visit the Washington Park web site for the full Date Night movie line up.
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