Friday nights in Loveland were made for the sultry sounds of music. Formerly known as Concerts Under the Clock, this informal show takes place every Friday eve of the summer—providing a rich, resonant soundtrack to anyone cruising the bike trail, enjoying a stroll or relaxing around town. 5–8 p.m. under the clock in the heart of Loveland.
So much more than a celebration of summer’s start, this longstanding Loveland tradition pays homage to all who have given their lives in service to our country. The route starts at Loveland Elementary School and concludes at the Veterans’ Memorial, where the annual ceremony of honoring local veterans immediately follows. Parade begins at 9 a.m., so secure your spot early!
No need to camp out for tickets, but get in this queue early! Usually closed to the public, Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm allows carloads of lucky pickers inside their gorgeous grounds during their U-Pick event, July 6. Advance tickets required and prize timeslots will sell out—get yours now, then come relax among their fields. On sale at 2 p.m. SunshineAcresFarm.com
Bring on the cowboy boots (and maybe a twangy accent). SummitFest is back, the only free country music jamboree headlining national artists. Tyler Farr kicks up his heels at 6:30 p.m., followed by Lee Brice, your 9 p.m. superstar. A family-friendly night with food trucks and kids’ fun (and a beer and whiskey garden). 2–11 p.m. Yee-haw! BlueAshEvents.com
Each year, HOMEARAMA showcases the best and most beautiful in new-build homes. This year, Gallery Veronique is displaying the best and most beautiful as well—art and artists handpicked by owner Veronique Hammons. Consider her choices inspiration for your own home. Weekdays 4–10 p.m., weekends noon to 10 p.m. Admission $19 at Kensington, off Fields Ertel, Deerfield Township. GalleryVeronique.com
When 8-year-old twins Hannah and Alexander learned there were Cincy kids without books of their own, they launched their nonprofit, Adopt a Book. Eight years later, these Loveland siblings have donated more than 140,000 books—and they’re still going strong. Bring your new and gently used children’s books to Cappy’s to support their cause—and enjoy discount pints all night long. AdoptABookOhio.org
Race for a good cause. Born as Loveland’s Amazing Race, the Amazing Charity Race has grown over the last 14 years into a seriously fun, seriously low-stress event—and among the biggest races in the tri-state. As always, the course is kept strictly confidential until each challenge unfolds … what will this year bring? Register or volunteer to find out! AmazingCharityRace.com
A one-of-a-kind event combining healthy, healing relaxation with eco-friendly fun. Kick off the day with a yoga practice, but stick around for the belly dancing, kids’ crafts, plant and herb sale, and long list of local live music—plus artisans, organics and vendors galore. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and yoga mat. Free event, noon to 8 p.m. BotanicalsAndHerbFest.com
Summer is festival season, and no Loveland local does it better than St. Columban. Come together with the entire community for live music (you know you love the Dan Varner Band and the Rusty Griswalds!), plus poker, raffles, rides, games and more—including a legendary chicken dinner. Friday and Saturday 6–11 p.m., Sunday 3–9 p.m. StColumban.org/Festival-1
Picture a 56-acre farm as host to a charming, open-air market. Now picture yourself amid local artisans and independent shops—perusing (and buying, how can you resist?) their rustic gifts, decor, handmade furniture, food and fare. More than a quaint market, this summer staple is a weekend experience. $5 admission, Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. CharmAtTheFarm.com
Two great bands, one glorious day. Part of the Miami Township Summer Concert Series, family fun meets serious blues—featuring Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project opening for the Tullie Brae Band. Nosh to your BBQ-lovin’ delight with Pickles & Bones, or go for the dogs at U-Lucky Dawg, plus Kona Ice, drinks and more. 5–9 p.m. MiamiTWP.org
Boom! Celebrate your independence with firecrackers and food trucks (and rides, music, cars and more). This annual event just got bigger—now a two-day affair at Symmes Park, with a separate car lover’s extravaganza on Saturday at Home of the Brave Park. Friday’s fest is 4–10 p.m., Saturday’s is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday-only car show, noon to 2 p.m. LMRChamberAlliance.org