13 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (June 17-19)

Set a world record, see an opera or jam to '90s pop acts this weekend.

click to enlarge Puccini’s La Bohème opens the Cincinnati Opera's 2022 season. - PHOTO: YVES RENAUD, OPERA DE MONTREAL
Photo: Yves Renaud, Opera de Montreal
Puccini’s La Bohème opens the Cincinnati Opera's 2022 season.

Friday, June 17

Water Slide World Record Attempt at Coney Island
This weekend, Coney Island will attempt to set a world record for the most people down a water slide in 24 hours. The fun will happen on the green Twister, a 45-foot-high water slide that features four separate chutes that twist and turn over a quarter mile in length before dropping riders into the pool. June 17-18. Ticket prices vary. 6201 Kellogg Ave., California. coneyislandpark.com. Read CityBeat’s preview of the world record attempt. (Lindsay Wielonski)

Schützenfest at in Mount Healthy
America’s oldest German festival, Schützenfest, will take place this weekend at the Cincinnati Kolping Society’s headquarters, marking the 156th edition since the first Cincinnati celebration in 1866. Schützenfest fêtes a legend from the 15th century involving the shooting of an eagle that attacked a child. Festivities will include a shooting competition of a hand-carved eagle, a 1K Bier Dash, a parade and authentic German food. June 17-19. Times vary. $5 adults, age 15 and under are free . 10235 Mill Rd., Mount Healthy. schuetzenfestcincy.com. Read CityBeat’s preview of Schützenfest. (Lauren Serge)

'Butterflies of the Nile’s' Final Weekend at Krohn Conservatory
Meet the Egyptian butterflies at the Krohn before they say goodbye to Cincinnati. Inspired by paintings found in temples and tombs, the exhibit mimics the gardens of ancient Egypt and features elements seen in these authentic paintings, like palms and fish ponds with lotus plants, according to Krohn Conservatory’s website. About 120,000 butterflies will zoom by. Through June 19. Times vary. Tickets start at $7. Free for children under four. 1501 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams/Walnut Hills. cincinnati-oh.gov/cincyparks. (LW)

Saturday, June 18

Bluegrass Music & Craft Festival at Vinoklet Winery
The third-annual Bluegrass Music & Craft Festival at Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant will showcase bluegrass musicians such as Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Bring blankets and chairs to listen to the featured bands while enjoying food and beverages from Vinoklet and viewing arts and crafts from on-site vendors. June 18. Craft show 11 a.m.-7 p.m., music Noon-11 p.m. $5 admission. 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. vinokletwines.com. (LS)

Father’s Day Backyard Grill Out at Braxton Brewing Company
Braxton Brewing Company and Weber will team up to celebrate Father’s Day weekend with burgers, brats and a special Garage-Beer-infused barbeque sauce, made in partnership with Eli’s BBQ. The event will also include beer, live music and yard games, according to a press release. Guests also will be able to enter a raffle to win a Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill and other Weber and Braxton Brewing Company merchandise. June 18. 11 a.m. 27 W. 7th St., Covington. braxtonbrewing.com. (LW)

Hippie Dippie Summer Fest at Third Eye Brewing Company
Dress in your hippiest clothing to attend the Hippie Dippie Summer Fest. According to the event website, the fest will have “experience stations” that will include astrology readings, tarot readings, Thai yoga and energy healing. There also will be thematic shops selling goodies such as essential oils, crystals and CBD items. June 18. Noon-4 p.m. $22 admission. 11276 Chester Road., Sharonville. eventbrite.com. (LS)

Juneteenth Craft Fest at Estoeric Brewing Co.
The second-annual Juneteenth Craft Fest will celebrate Black culture through a fun-filled outdoor festival. The event will include music, art, food and craft beer to honor Emancipation Day. June 18. 2-7 p.m. 918 East McMillan St., Walnut Hills, eventbrite.com. Read CityBeat’s list of other Juneteenth events. (LS)

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo at Hard Rock Cincinnati
The husband-and-wife musical duo will come to Cincinnati this weekend to perform their classic hits from the ‘80s. Pat Benatar, best known for songs such as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love is a Battlefield” will share the stage with husband Neil Giraldo, who successfully wrote, produced and arranged songs for Benatar and other ‘80s artists. The couple will perform at the Hard Rock's event center. June 18. 8-11 p.m. Ticket prices vary. 1000 Broadway St., Downtown. hardrockcasinocincinnati.com. (LS)

Pride Block Party at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
On Saturday, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati and Metropole Restaurant will partner with Rookwood Pottery and Nicholson’s Pub to host their second-annual 21c Pride Block Party. The family-friendly celebration will include food and drink from Metropole, music and DJs from Warmth Culture, and drag performances featuring Jessica Dimon, according to an emailed press release. In addition, Metropole’s own “It’s About Damn Time” Pride cocktails will be sold. Proceeds from the block party will benefit Cincinnati Pride. June 18. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 609 Walnut Street, Downtown. 21cmuseumhotels.com. Read CityBeat’s list of even more Cincinnati Pride events in Greater Cincinnati. (LW)

La Bohème Opens at Cincinnati Music Hall
Cincinnati Opera’s summer festival kicks off this weekend with Saturday’s performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. Bohème’s romantic and poignant story of love found and lost in Paris contrasts intimate emotional moments with rowdy comedy. The cast features soprano Talise Trevigne, tenor Ji-Min Park and Raven McMillon, a Metropolitan Opera audition winner and alum of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. June 18. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. cincinnatiopera.org. Read CityBeat’s preview about Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 season. (LW)

Final Weekend of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Now in its 19th year, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival is back in force with an eclectic selection of offbeat shows that represent a broad creative spectrum — monologues, musicals, satires and serious storytelling. Artists from 15 U.S. states, Washington D.C., and Australia are performing their final shows of the festival on Know Theatre’s Jackson Street stage in Over-the-Rhine, as well as on classroom stages in the nearby Art Academy of Cincinnati. Multiple shows run daily through June 18. Single tickets start at $16; passes are available. 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. cincyfringe.com. Read CityBeat's final must-see picks from the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. (LW)

Sunday, June 19

Burlington Antique Show at Boone County Fairgrounds
The Burlington Antique Show will return this Sunday for its monthly display of unique vintage dealers, showcasing over 200 antique vendors at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The show is celebrating its 41st year in business, hosting an event on the third Sunday of each month. Early bird tickets are available from 6-8 a.m. June 19. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. 5819 Idlewild Rd., Burlington. burlingtonantiqueshow.com. Read CityBeat’s preview of the Burlington Antique Show. (LS)

Train at Riverbend Music Center
Award-winning band Train will take the stage in Cincinnati as part of their tour that began on June 8. The tour supports the release of their 11th studio album AM Gold, their first new album in five years. The band, known for its performance of songs such as “Hey Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter,” will be accompanied by Jewel, Blues Traveler and Will Anderson. June 19. Doors 5 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. 6295 Kellogg Ave., Downtown. riverbend.org. (LS)

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