13 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (July 15-17)

Devour gourmet burgers, enjoy live blues music or laugh with Instagram's comedy queen.

click to enlarge Heyday is one of the dozens of participants in Cincinnati Burger Week. - Photo: provided by Heyday
Photo: provided by Heyday
Heyday is one of the dozens of participants in Cincinnati Burger Week.


Friday, July 15

Cincinnati Burger Week
It's the final weekend for deals on amazing burgers throughout Greater Cincinnati. Through July 17, more than 80 restaurants are offering discounted burgers in honor of Cincinnati Burger Week. Patrons are able to enjoy $6 to $7 gourmet burgers (pricing is listed on the Cincinnati Burger Week app) and Samuel Adams drink specials. Both traditional and plant-based burgers are available. Through July 17. cincinnatiburgerweek.com. Read CityBeat’s preview about Cincinnati Burger Week. (Lindsay Wielonski)

Planetarium Show at Northern Kentucky University’s Haile Planetarium
Head to Northern Kentucky University’s Haile Planetarium to be guided through constellations and a viewing of a full-dome movie. 6 p.m. showings are ideal for young children, while 7:30 p.m. shows are suitable for general audiences. Seat reservations are required. Fridays through July 29. 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free admission; $5 suggested donation. 409 Natural Science Center, Highland Heights. inside.nku.edu. (LW)

'Shakespeare in the Park' at Various Locations
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is kicking off its "Shakespeare in the Park series," which brings free performances to outdoor locales across the Tri-State. This summer, the traveling troupe will showcase Twelfth Night. July 15-17 and various dates through Sept. 1. Times vary. Free admission; donations accepted. Various locations. cincyshakes.com. Read CityBeat’s story about "Shakespeare in the Park." (LW)

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at Great American Ball Park
Four of rock’s most celebrated bands have joined forces for a stadium tour, including a stop at Cincinnati’s own Great American Ball Park. All four have anthems worthy of a stadium performance, including "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Def Leppard), "Kickstart My Heart" (Mötley Crüe), "Talk Dirty to Me" (Poison) and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Joan Jett). July 15. 4:30 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. ticketmaster.com. Read CityBeat’s list of can't-miss July concerts. (LW)

Christmas in July at Taft Brewing Company
Taft Brewing Company will host a Christmas in July party featuring its limited-edition “Santa’s Bribe” beer. Sweets from Donna’s Gourmet Cookies will also be available, and attendees will receive a surprise gift. Additionally, there will be an ugly sweater contest, and the top-contender will win a $50 Taft’s Brewing Company gift card. Tickets required. July 15. 5-10 p.m. Tickets start at $12. 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove. taftsbeer.com. (LW)

Saturday, July 16

Lavender Picking at Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm
Lavender can be picked by the bunches during the U-Pick Lavender event at Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm. Guests can purchase stems of lavender and other lavender-themed items or simply take a walk through the purple fields. Parking tickets are required for all who attend. July 16-17. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 2471 Moore-Saur Rd., Morrow. sunshineacreslavenderfarm.com. (Lauren Serge)

The City Flea at Washington Park
Launched in 2011, the popular pop-up brings an entire park's worth of vendors to Over-the-Rhine each month. Expect to find everything from plants and screen-printed T-shirts to vintage treasures, pet products and apothecary items from local and indie vendors. Food and drink vendors will be on-site. July 16. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1230 Elm St., Over-The-Rhine. thecityflea.com. Read CityBeat’s story about the return of The City Flea earlier this year. (LW)

Cincy Blues Fest at Smale Riverfront Park
The Cincy Blues Society will host its 28th-annual Cincy Blues Fest, which will feature live blues music. Artists scheduled to perform include Toronzo Cannon, Marquise Knox and Shaun Murphy, among others. July 16. 3-11 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. $20 general admission; $5 for ages 13-18; free for ages 12 and under. 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown. cincyblues.org. (LW)

Keith Urban at Riverbend Music Center
The four-time Grammy-award-winning Keith Urban is on "The Speed of Now" tour, his first world tour in four years. During shows, pop-country star Urban shares new songs that have not been performed live in quite a while. “Every night is the first time we’ve played these songs for that audience,” Urban said in a statement. The show features special guest Ingrid Andress. July 16. 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. 6295 Kellogg Ave., Downtown. riverbend.org. Read CityBeat’s list of can't-miss July concerts. (LW)

Sunday, July 17

Jewish Bicentennial Celebration at Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will team up to host a day dedicated to Jewish history in honor of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentenial. The day will include panel discussions, a film screening, tours of Union Terminal and the Holocaust & Humanity Center, a gallery talk and story time with the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, according to a release. The event is part of CMC's exhibit Our Shared Story: 200 Years of Jewish Cincinnati, which runs through Oct. 2. July 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission starts at $12.50. 1301 Western Avenue, Queensgate. cincymuseum.org. (LW)

Celebration of Life for Philip Paul at Washington Park
A celebration of iconic Cincinnati musician Philip Paul is set to take place at Washington Park. Paul was a legendary drummer and musician, having played on over 350 recordings for Cincinnati's King Records during his time as session drummer from the early 1950s through the mid-'60s and beyond. July 17. 2-6 p.m. Free admission. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Read CityBeat’s story about Philip Paul’s legacy. (LW)

Ice Cream-Eating Contest at Aglamesis Bro’s Ice Cream and Candy
To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Aglamesis Bro's – which recently announced it's upcoming expansion – is hosting an ice cream-eating contest. Patrons who devour an eight-scoop French Quarter Bonanza sundae in 30 minutes or fewer will get the sundae for free in addition to a specially-engraved Aglamesis glass. Registration for time slots at either the Oakley and Montgomery locations is required by July 15. July 17. Times vary. Multiple locations. Registration website. (LW)

Celeste Barber at Taft Theater
Celeste Barber — who has amassed a huge Instagram following thanks to posts in which she recreates sexy celebrity social media photos and videos in a more realistic style — is bringing her "Fine, Thanks." stand-up tour to Cincinnati. The Australian currently is shooting a Netflix special and has won a number of awards for her comedy. July 17. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.. Tickets start at $50.50. 317 E. 5th St., Downtown. tafttheatre.org. (LW)

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