Art Deco Afternoon: Picnic in YOUR Parks

Join The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks for a revival of the 1920’s when art, architecture, and Jazz roared into fashion. Get ready to don your best deco at this afternoon picnic supporting YOUR Cincinnati Parks.

Proceeds from Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s most vital fundraising event are used wherever they benefit the parks system most, from parks programming, to capital projects, to underwriting general operating support. For every picnic basket purchased, in addition to supporting our mission, a donation will be made  to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, to provide meals for children experiencing food insecurity.

Tickets are no longer available. 


On October 1, 2021, we invite you to take a small group of friends or family to your favorite neighborhood Cincinnati Park to partake in a community picnic.

You will receive a collapsible, insulated picnic basket which includes two lunches from Eat Well Celebrations, picnic essentials, and a special gift from our featured milliner Abby Langdon.

Find out how you can further support our beautiful parks through the Cincinnati Parks Foundation by contacting CPF staff at jdevine@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org or (513) 438-3999. We appreciate your support, and look forward to celebrating together, while staying safely distanced.

Entertainment Lineup:

Please join us Friday, October 1 from 12-1 p.m. at the following Cincinnati Parks to enjoy live entertainment.

Ault Park Picnic Shelter: Ed “Sax” Thomas – An accomplished inspirational jazz saxophonist and versatile musician, with nearly 40 years of experience playing solo, with large Gospel choirs, and small Jazz ensembles. Enjoy selections from the Jazz Age and beyond.
The picnic shelter is located in the northwest end of Observatory Circle and is NOT the Ault Park Pavilion with the Fountain.

Burnet Woods Bandstand: New Liberty Dance Orchestra – Under the direction of Matt Tolentino, The New Liberty Dance Orchestra is an 11-piece group dedicated to performing and preserving the music of 1900 -1935 right here in the Queen City. Tolentino has garnered national praise and recognition for authentic replication of days gone by.

Mt. Echo Pavilion: The Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance – The Flying Cloud Academy is dedicated to the preservation, performance, and teaching of historic ballroom dance and music. Enjoy a performance of authentic music and dance from the 1920s followed by a tutorial and opportunity to participate.

Mt. Storm Shelter: Kathy Wade – Opening for everyone from Eartha Kitt, Whitney Houston to David Sanborn, performing on stages around the world, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, Beehive and Crowns, Emmy award-winning producer Kathy Wade is twice-voted Best Singer by Cincinnati Magazine in addition to numerous civic, artistic and social awards.

Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park: The Cincinnati POPS – Enjoy a performance from a small ensemble of the Cincinnati POPS Orchestra as they play special selections from the golden age ofthe Great American Songbook.

Hats Off Luncheon Honorary Co-Chairs:

Ellen Sole & Sheila Simmons


Hats Off Luncheon Picnic Basket
Cincinnati Parks Foundation reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event because of natural disaster, act of God, disease epidemic, or government restrictions. In such situations, the full price of the ticket will be considered a fully tax-deductible donation and no refunds, rain checks, exchanges or replacements will be made.


Thank you to our 2020 Hats Off Luncheon sponsors for helping us exceed our fundraising goal and for supporting Cincinnati Parks.