10 best things to do in Greater Cincinnati this week, including Dave Matthews Band live

Dave Matthews, shown here performing during the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 50th Annual Induction And Awards Dinner in New York City earlier this month, makes his annual trip to the Riverbend Music Center on July 2. GETTY IMAGES
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Dave Matthews, shown here performing during the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 50th Annual Induction And Awards Dinner in New York City earlier this month, makes his annual trip to the Riverbend Music Center on July 2. GETTY IMAGES

Here are 10 things to do in the Greater Cincinnati region this week:

Dave Matthews Band

This popular alternative rock jam band has sold over 30 million albums and is the only group in Billboard history to have six consecutive albums debut at #1. They released their ninth album, “Come Tomorrow,” last year. See them at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on July 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45.50-$115. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Kidz Bop Live!

The Kidz Bop kids are on the road again, singing the latest popular hits for their kid peers. See them at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on June 30 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $23.50-$95. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Oxford Freedom Festival

Oxford’s Fourth of July party includes hot air balloon rides, a rock climbing wall, a pie-baking contest, giant inflatables, magicians, face painting, vendor booths, door prizes, popular dance music by DJ John, and fireworks at 10 p.m. Check it out at Oxford Community Park, 6801 Fairfield Road, Oxford, on July 3 from 6-10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per car. For more information, call 513-523-8687 or visit www.enjoyoxford.org.

Red, White and Kaboom: Fireworks Over Fairfield

Per usual in Fairfield on the 4th of July, you can view Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks from four locations: Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Marsh Lake, and the Fairfield Aquatic Center. Numerous food vendors will be available at Harbin and Village Green, or you can fish at Marsh Lake or swim at the Aquatic Center. The only charge is $5 for Marsh Lake (unless you’re a season pass holder). The party starts on July 3 at 8 p.m. at Harbin and Village Green, 5 p.m. at Marsh Lake, and 7 p.m. at the Aquatic Center. For more information, call 53-867-5300 or visit www.fairfield-city.org.

LaRosa’s Balloon Glow

The Balloon Glow is celebrating its 20th anniversary by inviting families to enjoy the Coney rides, Sunlite Pool, new Cannonball Cove, live music, five daily shows by the Circus Stunt show and, finally, the launching of many multi-colored, glowing hot-air balloons accompanied by Rozzi’s Fireworks. Check it out at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., on July 3-4. Parking is $10-$15. The stunt show and balloon glow are free but regular admission prices apply for the pool and rides. For more information, call (513) 232-8230 or visit www.coneyislandpark.com.

Hamilton 4th of July Parade and Festival

Hamilton’s 4th of July celebration starts with a parade at the Butler County Courthouse, 10 High St., on July 4 at 10 a.m. Afterward, there’ll be Taste of Hamilton food trucks and the Hamilton Concert Band at the courthouse, Native American and pioneer living demonstrations at Monument Park, a patriotic ceremony at the courthouse at noon, and fireworks at 10 p.m. at Veterans Park. For more information, call 513-785-7000 or visit www.hamilton-city.org.

4th of July at Stricker’s Grove

This private amusement park is only open to the public a few times a year, and their 4th of July event is their biggest public party of them all. Come out for the rides, the food (you can also bring your own food), and the fireworks. Check it out at Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, on July 4 from 3-11 p.m. Parking is $5-$8 per car. Ride tickets are $2 (individual) and $10-$20 (multiple tickets). For more information, call 513-521-9747 or visit www.strickersgrove.com.

Red White and Boom with Cincinnati Pops

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Chorale, The U.S. Army Six String Soldiers, and guest vocalist, Montego Glover, will put on an epic showcase of patriotic favorites at one of our largest concert venues. Fireworks by Rozzi’s will follow. See it at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on July 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5-$50. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

4th of July Campout

Celebrate America’s birthday by diving into the American wilderness with this campout that includes guided hikes, wildlife tours, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, archery and more. Check it out at Caesar Creek State Park, 8570 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, on July 4-7. For more information, email caesarnaturecenter@gmail.com or visit the Caesar Nature Center 4th of July Campout Facebook page.

Red White and Blue Ash

One of the Tri-State’s biggest 4th of July parties includes food, drinks, and family activities. Natalie Brady (“The Voice”) & the Nite Owls and Kansas (“Carry On, My Wayward Son”) will supply the live entertainment. Check it out at Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, on July 4 from 4-10:30 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit www.blueashevents.com.

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