Looking for something to do this weekend? Find everything from giant dinosaurs and a dog parade to a seltzer fest and superhero scavenger hunt.
A whole weekend devoted to one of the most beloved (and versatile) tortilla-based creations is taking place this weekend (June 25-27) on the recently revitalized Covington Plaza. Dubbed the Rockin Taco Festival, the free, three-day event is sponsored by FedEx Ground and will feature menus from five local restaurants, live entertainment all weekend and plenty of boozy and non-boozy bevs to wash it all down. Restaurant vendors include award-winning Greater Cincinnati eatery Mazunte, Montez Mexican Cafe, Taco Dan's, Glier's Goetta and Latin Taste Grill. Live music and entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend, including the Armador Sisters on Friday night, free salsa dance classes on Saturday, and the Cincy Brazil Samba Dance on Sunday. Covington Plaza, Covington, cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com.
Cincinnati's Food Truck Association is hosting a Food Truck Festival at Summit Park. More than 30 trucks will be parked there offering their specialty eats. There will also be craft beer and live music. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, facebook.com/CincinnatiFoodTruckAssociation.
Hopefully you already have tickets to this sold-out event at the Cincinnati Zoo. Zoo La La includes dinner by the bite across the park, along with drinks. There will be animal encounters and a bird show. The attire is "zoo chic." 6:30 p.m. June 25 VIP; 7:30 p.m. general admission. $150 VIP; $100 general admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-la-la.
Drive your way into the Jurassic period with Dinosaur Adventure at Coney Island. The park's grounds will transform into a prehistoric parade June 19-27. Get up close and personal with life-sized T-Rex, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Velociraptors and more without ever leaving the comfort of your car. Burgeoning paleontologists can also opt for an educational audio tour and meet a "baby" dinosaur. Through June 27. Tickets start at $49 per vehicle. Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, facebook.com/dinosauradventure.
Get ready to save the Queen City with this family-friendly interactive scavenger hunt. "Using time-traveling portals found around Cincinnati, teams will get clues after visiting famous historical figures," says event producer City Scavenger. "Form a supreme team with your friends, family, or coworkers as you help find and stop Boris and Valencia Sinister from their diabolical plot to rule the world." Use your smartphone to follow clues and defeat villains in this three-hour-ish outdoor event. Start time is anywhere between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 26, but you must be done by 4 p.m. Teams can consist of two to six people. Tickets are $50 per team. For more info and to get tickets, visit thecityscavenger.com.
Sycamore Township's March First Brewing and Distilling and its sister breweries FigLeaf in Middletown and Woodburn in East Walnut Hills are throwing a citywide hard seltzer festival called Seltzer Smash. The fest will of course highlight March First's brand of seltzers, Astra Hard Seltzer — in Red Cream Soda, Pink Lemonade, Bomb Pop, Saturn Peach, Galaxy Grape and special editions Pickle, Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake, Cucumber, Lime and Chili (Tajin Seasoning) and Arnold Palmer. But they've also asked other Greater Cincinnati and Ohio breweries to join them, with offerings from Humble Monk, Karrikin, Municipal Brew Works, Rebel Mettle Brewing, Sibling Revelry, Swine City and Urban Artifact. Seltzers will be $5 a pour. 11:30 a.m.-midnight June 26. Free admission. March First Brewing and Distilling, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; FigLeaf Brewing, 3387 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Middletown; Woodburn Brewing, 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, facebook.com.
Downtown's 21c Museum Hotel is inviting everyone to "party with the yellow penguins" during its Pride Block Party in Gano Alley. From 4-8 p.m. June 26, this event — "inspired by St. James Joy socially distanced disco block parties in Brooklyn this last year," per a release — features family-friendly activities including face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing and bubbles (with a side of booze-free slushies). Chef Vanessa Miller of Metropole and her staff will also be out grilling burgers, brats and hot dogs. Need a drink? There will be White Claw floats and craft beer. DJs will be spinning tunes, and guests will have a chance to win raffle prizes. 4-8 p.m. June 26. Free, but proceeds benefit Transform. 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 21cmuseumhotels.com.
Cincinnati Electronic group Black Signal will craft masterful Synthwave at Fountain Square during Fifth & Vine Live. Fifth & Vine Live is a Saturday concert series on the square — and on the newly built stage. Happy hour runs 5-7 p.m. and concessions will serve everything from Coca-Cola products to local beer and Yes Way Rose wine. 7-11 p.m. June 26. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Enjoy brunch and a show during The Summit Hotel’s “The Ladies Who Brunch” event on June 26. The all-ages event includes brunch, one mimosa (for those of age) and a drag show featuring The Lady Phaedra, Jayda Mack, Stixen Stones and Dandy Lyin. Guests have the option to enjoy chicken and waffles, avocado toast or a Summit Omelet as their meal. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26. $86.24-$344.96 (plus fees). The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville, eventbrite.com.
The Cincinnati Rollergirls are rolling into Pride month with an evening “rollout.” The celebration — held with Cincinnati Skate Collective — will start at 8 p.m. June 26 at the Smale Park Piano and will end at the Riverside Outdoor Rink where folks can skate their hearts out until 10 p.m. All wheels (or feet) are welcome to join in on the fun. DJ Rah D will be spinning tunes and the groups will be collecting donations for Transform. 8-10 p.m. June 26. Free admission. Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown, cincinnatirollergirls.com.
The Denton Affair — Cincinnati's dedicated Rocky Horror Picture Show live shadowcast troupe — is back for their "big gay return." Celebrate Pride with a festive time warp and don your "gayest apparel." 11:55 p.m. June 26. $10.25 adult. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.
Washington Park is hosting a shopping pop-up on June 27 with the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce and Cincinnati Pride. The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 20 “LGBTQ-owned and affirming” vendors, including &Sundries, Originalitees, Spice Spice Baby and Queen City Cotton Candy. In addition to shopping opportunities, the event will have DJs, food trucks, drinks and free HIV testing from Caracole. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com.
On Sundays at Summit Park, take two different workout classes in a row. First, Body Alive leads a yoga class on the Great Lawn. Then, get ready to Zumba with Lori under the canopy at Summit at 10:15 a.m. 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 26. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, summitparkblueash.com.
Ever wanted to meet the Tri-State's most famous furry public servant? Wilbur, the current mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky — who also happens to be a French bulldog — will be at Fort Thomas' Tower Park on Sunday for Paws in the Park. The event, hosted with Campbell County FURever Friends, will feature vendors, adoptable pets from local rescues and shelters, food trucks, prizes and a Pooch Parade. Wilbur will lead the parade with Ashley Dawn from B105. Anyone else who wants to participate is invited to dress up their dog in patriotic flare. 5-8 p.m. June 27. Free. Tower Park, 911 Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas.
*A previous version of this story said July instead of June. It's June. Not July.