Friday, Sept. 16Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Since 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has been Cincinnati's favorite celebration of beer, brats and dashing dachshunds in hot dog costumes. The festival, which hosted more than 700,000 people last year, will be held downtown this weekend. As the nation's largest Oktoberfest event, in addition to all the German-inspired food, drink and costumes, expect the return of beloved events like the Running of the Wieners, the giant Chicken Dance and the World Brat-Eating Contest. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 16 and Sept. 17; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 18. Second and Third streets, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Watkins Family Hour at Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall is hosting an "encore" presentation of the Watkins Family Hour, a musical performance led by siblings and progressive bluegrass musicians Sean and Sara Watkins. Since the founding of the Watkins Family Hour in 2002, the siblings have released three studio albums in addition to a host of solo projects and collaborations with other Americana heavyweights like Chris Thile (to form Nickel Creek) and Aoife O'Donovan (to form I'm With Her). Singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy will join the Watkins siblings at this Memorial Hall performance.
8 p.m. Sept. 16. $35-$55. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com.
Hear Me Roar: A Celebration of Women in Song with the Cincinnati Pops
The Cincinnati Pops kicks off its season with a salute to divas everywhere. Hear Me Roar: A Celebration of Women in Song features conductor John Morris Russell leading singers Aubrey Logan, Erica Gabriel and Mandy Gonzalez in a program of music from Broadway hits Hamilton, Frozen, In the Heights and Funny Girl, as well as tunes from Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Party and more. The evening promises "an inspiring display of vocal fireworks." 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and Sept. 17; 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Tickets start at $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.
Bridesmaids at Sawyer Point
NightLight 513 is screening bridal buddy comedy Bridesmaids at Sawyer Point. This movie night is for those 21+, and in addition the screening, tickets get you access to local food trucks, craft beer and a pre-show DJ. Expect eats from the likes of Kabobske, The Chili Hut and Wild Side Experience, plus Urban Artifact Beer. 6:45 p.m. early entry; 7:30 p.m. general admission Sept. 16. $7.99; $10.99 early entry; $13 day-of. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, nightlight513.com.
The Sandyland Acres haunted hayride is opening for the season on Friday. Stuffed with characters from horror films old and new, stalks of corn conceal all manner of fiends and an enthusiastic cast intent on terrifying you during the 25-minute ride. A second on-site attraction is a haunted barn dedicated to a vengeful farmer. Note: Sandyland Acres is cash only. 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30. $15 hayride; $10 haunted barn; $23 combo. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, Ky., sandylandacres.com.
Saturday, Sept. 17The City Flea
The City Flea curated pop-up market returns to Washington Park. Vendors will be spread across the grounds offering everything from vintage finds and hand-crafted jewelry to artisan eats, plenty of plants and apothecary items. Look for food trucks parked along the perimeter of the park as well. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.
Music in the Woods
Imago Nature Center is hosting the 20th anniversary of Music in the Woods this weekend. The self-described "eclectic" fest features local acts including Siri Imani, Jake Speed & The Freddies, Wild Carrot and the Blue Rock Boys. In addition to music, attendees can enjoy dance performances and a dedicated Forest Fair, featuring nature-, youth- and art-focused vendors. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the "rare urban forest that is Imago's Nature Preserve," reads a release. Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 17. $30; $35 day-of; $10 youth; free 6 and under. Imago Nature Center, 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, musicinthewoods.net.
Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries
Loveland's Blooms & Berries is getting ready to welcome Fall on the Farm. The autumnal spirit arrives this weekend, with hayrides, a petting zoo, pumpkins for sale, a 5-acre corn maze, a bakery stuffed with cider and pies, and a hot dog stand and beer garden on weekends. Kids can play on a bounce pad or take a mini train around the grounds. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. $5.95-$17.95. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. State Route 48, Loveland, bloomsandberries.com.
Apple Truck Tour
Michigan's Apple Truck is making its way to Cincinnati, offering apples from the Apley family farm. Head online in advance to purchase 20-pound boxes of fresh-picked apples, 12-pound boxes of honeycrisp-specific crates and half gallons of cider. The truck will be parked at Hope Church (4934 Western Row Road, Mason) from 8:30-10 a.m. Sept. 17 before heading to the Kenwood Towne Centre (7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood) from 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 17 for order pick-up. It will also be at Eastgate Mall (4601 Eastgate Mall Drive, Eastgate) from 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Pre-order online in advance at theapple-truck.com.
Sunday, Sept. 18King Lear at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare's classic tragedy gets a slightly modern makeover. King Lear, now set in contemporary Europe, uses a concept inspired by the HBO series Succession. Families are torn apart by ambition and intrigue as "an aging patriarch splits his estate between two wicked daughters and casts out the third — the only one who truly loves him," per Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Through Oct. 1. Tickets start at $14. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com.
Ault in Bloom
The Greater Cincinnati Rose Association is hosting Ault in Bloom. Themed after the "Swinging Sixties," this eighth-annual event will feature garden roses in arrangements and containers, with awards given for best in show in several categories. There will also be educational opportunities to learn about herbs, aquaponics, wildflowers, pollinators and more. Wander the Morgan's Air Bee and Butterfly Experience, watch plein air painters, listen to music from the George Simon ensemble, buy cut roses and other flowers and enjoy some ice cream. Master gardeners and rosarians will be on hand and tours of the Garden of Old Roses will be offered. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 18. Free admission. Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, rosesgcra.org.
The Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub — colloquially known as “the Hub” — aims to help mitigate the effects of climate change, with a mission to “revolutionize how people think about ‘things’ and to provide a place where almost anything can be recycled or reused." This weekend, the facility is hosting an open house and fundraiser event. HUB-toberfest will include tours, food trucks, beer, a DJ, a silent auction and crafts. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 18. $5 suggested donation. The Hub, 911 Evans St., Price Hill, cincinnatirecyclingandreusehub.org. Read CityBeat's story about how the Hub aims to revolutionize how locals approach waste reduction.
Northside House Tour
The Northside House Tour lets curious spectators into the private residences of a handful of Northsiders during its biannual event. Launched in 1990, homes are "chosen for integrity of architecture, unique design and personal flair." Pick up the Northside House Tour passport between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Northside House Tour HQ to get the addresses of the homes on the self-guided tour. There will also be an afterparty at the HQ. Tickets are available online or in-person at Shake It Records, Northside Bank and Trust, Happen, Inc. and the Northside Farmers Market. Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 18. $15. Northside House Tour HQ, 4100 Colerain Ave., Northside, eventbrite.com.