Feel the stress melt away while toning muscles and dancing to the beat. The top 5 drum circles in Ohio attract both young and old alike. Put on some comfortable clothes, kick off your shoes and gather with the free spirited performers that drum circles attract around the country.
Most event are free to attend, and do not require commercial drum sets or a high level of skill to participate. Drums come in all shapes and sizes, with many of the instruments often seen at circles made by the performers themselves. Bamboo and stretched canvas bongo drums, crudely crafted tambourines and plastic shakers filled with uncooked beans are not a rare sight at drum circles.
All that is required to join the fun is a moderate sense of rhythm and common courtesy. Newcomers just follow along with drum circle veterans and tap to the same tune. No one drum or performer outshines the other. Drummers strive to create a cohesive singular sound to welcome either the dawning of a new day or the celebrating the setting sun.
The primal sound of beating drums beckons the crowd to join in the experience and mingle around the circle. Belly dancers, acrobats, Zumba dancers and various street performers routinely attend the musical gatherings. A free flowing sense of mutual acceptance allows even the least coordinated members of society to become involved in a drum circle.
Dates and times of community drum circles may change over time, so visit the circles website to confirm activity information before loading your two foot tall homemade bongo set into the car.
Cleveland Drum Circle
During the winter months the group meets every Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 5 pm at Studio 11 in Lemko Hall. Pound on a drum all day at Edgewater Park with group members during warm weather months. Rock to the beat of bongo drums and tribal songs in northern Ohio.
Bellaire Community Drum Circle
Stretch your muscles with the group every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. During warm weather months the group performs outside around a bonfire. In the winter the circle moves inside an earth-friendly geodesic dome to drum and dance. This circle draws a large crowd year around and welcomes chanter, dancers, fire spinners, acrobats and flautists to join the weekly event.
Cincinnati Drum and Dance Circle
Meet and mingle with performers before the circle each Saturday evening at the Bi-Okoto Studio. Can’t find a babysitter? No problem, the drum circles welcomes fans and participants from four to one hundred and four.
Circle on the Square
Spend the evening in downtown Cincinnati at the historic Fountain Square. The group meets weekly on Fridays from 11:30 am. To 1 pm. The event is organized the the Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre and School of African Cultures.
Final Fridays Drum Circle
Journey to the hill country of southern Ohio and join in all of the activity which surrounds the Final Fridays event. Each month throughout the year street performers and artists gather around the fountain on the historic Nelsonville Public Square. The art galleries and Stuart’s Opera House stay open late for viewings and art workshops. Wine and cheese tours of the countryside and Robbins Crossing 1800’s village at Hocking College are often scheduled during the final weekend of each month to coincide with the downtown cultural activities. Drum circles occur continuously from 6 pm to 10 pm.