From gorging on goetta to drinking some brews in the burbs, there's plenty to do in Greater Cincinnati this weekend.
FRIDAY, JULY 30
Glier's Goettafest — After skipping a year due to the pandemic, Glier's Goettafest is back, bringing all of the goetta-infused creations you never knew you needed to both Newport's Festival Park on the Levee and Covington Plaza on the riverfront for two weekends of fun and flavor. The event will span eight days and two cities, offering plenty of opportunities for folks to sink their teeth into creative concoctions using the Greater Cincinnati culinary staple. The annual Goettafest draws big crowds and features plenty of vendors slinging goetta-centric dishes (as well as non-goetta food items), live music and activities. 5-11 p.m. July 29 and 30, noon-11 p.m. July 31, noon-9 p.m. Aug. 1 and 5-11 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6, noon-11 p.m. Aug. 7 and noon-9 p.m. Aug. 8. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Levee; Covington Plaza, Covington, goettafest.com
Butler County Fair — The Butler County Fair promises plenty of animal shows, as well as fine art and needlework displays, a demolition derby, pie and cake auction, yeast bread judging, flower show and men's bake off. July 25-31. $8 (includes parking); $3 ages 6-12 with paying adult. Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, butlercountyohfair.org.
Art After Dark — After more than a yearlong hiatus, Art After Dark final Friday cocktail parties are back at the Cincinnati Art Museum. This Friday, head to the museum to celebrate and investigate current exhibit Paintings, Politics and the Monuments Men. While typically ticketed, admission to this show is free during Art After Dark. In addition to a free art, guests will enjoy live music from the Monday Night Big Band and swing dancing with Pones in the Alice Bimel Courtyard, DJ ETrayn on the Art Climb, a cash bar and food for purchase from Dewey's and Sweets & Meats BBQ. 5-9 p.m. July 30. Free. 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 31
Brews in the Burbs — Brews in the Burbs is back this summer, bringing more than 30 Greater Cincinnati breweries together for a beer-centric celebration. The third-annual event will take place at Mason's Sonder Brewing. Each brewery will have a selection of their beers plus one specialty beer brewed specifically for the event. Breweries include local and regional names like 16 Lots, Fifty West, Dogfish Head, Grainworks, Warped Wing, Brink and Fat Head's Brewing. In addition to brews, folks can expect bites from local food trucks and live music, all while contributing to a local organization: The Edge Teen Center. 6-10 p.m. on July 31. $40 general admission (includes 10 5-ounce beer samples, a souvenir mug and free parking and entertainment); $10 designated driver; VIP sold out. Sonder Brewing, 8584 Duke Blvd., Mason, sonderbrewing.com.
Danger Wheel — The epic Big Wheel race for adults — Danger Wheel — officially returns to the streets of Pendleton for its sixth installment, bringing 64 teams to barrel down 12th Street through obstacles and ramps while battling for the title of champ. Registration is closed for the event, but viewing is free and open to the public. In addition to the race, folks can enjoy bites from a variety of food vendors with plenty of drinks to wash it all down. "Danger Wheel is organized by residents and will benefit the beautification of Pendleton, a quickly emerging neighborhood in the urban core of Cincinnati," the event site says. Noon-8 p.m. July 31. 12th Street, Pendleton, eventbrite.com.
Cincinnati Opera's Tosca — The Cincinnati Opera's (CO) summer festival continues with a production of Tosca at Summit Park. Set in Rome, the CO describes the action as: "tempestuous opera diva Floria Tosca is madly in love with the painter Mario Cavaradossi. When Tosca’s lover becomes entangled in a crime and is condemned to death, the lecherous police chief Scarpia insists only one thing can save him: Tosca herself." This production marks the company debut of acclaimed soprano Ana Maria Martinez as the tempestuous diva. The great Russell Thomas returns to sing her lover Cavaradossi, and baritone Quinn Kelsey is the devious Scarpia. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music alum Xian Zhang conducts. 8:30 p.m. July 31. $50. 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, my.cincinnatiopera.org
Steve Earle at Riverfront Live — The roguish Steve Earle & The Dukes are coming to Riverfront Live after the January release of their new album J.T. J.T. pays tribute to Earle's late son, Justin Townes Earle, who died in August 2020; he would have turned 39 on Jan. 4, 2021. Earle and The Dukes cover 10 of his son's songs on the album, including “Champagne Corolla” and “The Saint Of Lost Causes." The Mastersons open. 7 p.m. July 31. $25-$35. Riverfront Live, 4343 Kellogg Ave., California, cincyticket.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1
Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show — Butterflies of Bali is now open at Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory. The exhibit features 120,000 fluttering butterflies and is inspired by Bali's vibrant forests, rice paddies, beautiful beaches and lakes. This year, the show is operating at a reduced capacity, so it will be twice as long in order to accommodate all of its prospective guests. The conservatory has also extended the event's hours past its typical 5 p.m. closure, welcoming guests from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The limited capacity offers a comparatively unique and intimate experience with the show. Through Sept. 6. $10 adults; $7 ages 5-17; free for children ages 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
National Farmers Market Week and Sam Adams Beer Release at Findlay Market — National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 1-7, and Findlay Market is celebrating with free food samples from local farmers — plus a new local beer. Market neighbor Sam Adams has partnered with Findlay to craft a special "From the Market" lager. The lager will be infused with ingredients from market merchants, including "white tea leaves from Churchill’s Fine Teas, cardamom from Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, and orange zest from ETC Produce & Provisions and Roth Produce," reads a release. From the Market lager will be on tap at Jane's Bar (in the former Findlay Biergarten space) starting Aug. 1. And if you get to Jane's between 1 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 1, you just might get some free Sam Adams swag. The beer will also be available in the market-adjacent Sam Adams taproom (1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine), where they will be donating $1 of every pint sold to the nonprofit Corporation for Findlay Market. For more information, visit findlaymarket.org.
Tri-State Antique Market — The Tri-State Antique Market takes over the Lawrenceburg Indiana Fairgrounds with more than 200 antiques and vintage-only dealers. From estate jewelry and Civil War tintype to 19th-century primitives and Pop Art, everything must be at least 30 years old and out of production. It’s a show for collectors and casual shoppers alike. For some extra weekend fun, check out the first Vevay Antique & Collectible Flea Extravaganza on Saturday as well. Details at vevayextravaganza.com. Tri-State Antique Market hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1 with early bird admission at 6 a.m. $4 admission. Lawrenceburg Indiana Fairgrounds, US 50, Lawrenceburg, lawrenceburgantiqueshow.com.
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