Great Parks of Hamilton County

Urban Farming Festival

Come visit our hidden gem during this second annual free community festival celebrating Roselawn.

Learn ways to incorporate sustainability practices at home by joining our Roselawn community garden to plant seeds and sample some local produce. You'll also find out how mindfulness, music, and art are tied to nature while swaying to the sounds of local music artists with our chickens and farm animals.

Not into cha-cha-cha-ing with chickens? Throughout the afternoon, guests can also enjoy taking an urban mini hike, making s’mores, grabbing a bite to eat from local food trucks, going yoga and so much more. Check out everything going on throughout the day below.

Guests of all ages are welcome to join the festivities!

New to Great Parks? Be sure to stop into the Nature Center at the Summit during your visit. 

The Urban Farming Festival is made possible with significant support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation and the Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation. Thank you to Roselawn Community Council for being our event partner.

Great Parks is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will make adjustments as necessary, with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Hamilton County Public Health.

Where

Great Parks Nature Center at the Summit
 1580 Summit Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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When

Saturday, October 8 | 3:30–8:30 p.m.

Cost

Free!

Food and beverages available for purchase.

  • Mindfulness Tent

    Full lineup coming soon!

  • Entertainment

    Artist Line-Up:

    4:30 p.m. Freedom Nicole Moore
    5:30 p.m. Strobobean
    6:30 p.m. KAE Savage
    7:30 p.m. Devin Burgess

    DJ and Sound: DJ Pillo

    Emcee: Mr. Fantastic

    Curated by: warmth.culture

  • All Day Offerings

    • Bonfire and s’mores roasting
    • Urban mini hikes on the hour: 4–8 p.m.
    • Take-home seed starting
    • Chicken and farm animal meet-and-greets
    • Tea making
    • Great Parks’ inflatables
    • Fish filet demos: 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
    • Eco Brick display
  • Art Installation

    We invite people to participate in a silk-dyeing workshop for a new art installation at The Summit Center with Columbus-based artist Benedict Scheuer.

    3:30–5 p.m.

    Public dyeing: Visitors can come and add to the silk designs through drawing and application of color with dye.

    55:15 p.m.

    Preparation of silk to be steamed: Visitors can assist and learn in the proper silk-rolling technique to prepare material for vertical steaming.

    5:157:15 p.m.

    Silk is placed into a steamer for two and a half hours—this process molecularly binds the silk.

    During this time, guests can come to see the steamer in action, learn about the process, and see examples of silks made from this process. 

    7:158 p.m.

    Silk is hand-washed and ironed. 

    8:15 p.m.

    Finished silks are presented and hung on the festival grounds.

  • Plant Swap

    Plant Swap from 4:30 - 6:30pm with Lucrecer Braxton from Soul Sista Plants.

    Bring a plant and take a plant home! There will be plants for everyone. House and native plants welcome.