An Italian fest, a German fest, a beer fest — oh, my!
FRIDAY, JULY 16
Newport Italianfest — Celebrate Italy's recent Euro 2020 soccer win this weekend at the 29th Newport Italianfest. The beloved festival honors the Tri-State's Italian heritage with live music, historical displays and tons and tons of food. This year, folks can expect a family photo booth featuring Newport's Italian history, a cooking contest and Italian musicians. Restaurants including Pagano's, Pompilios, LaRosa's, Trotta's, Alfio's and more will provide the authentic eats, which range from arancini to alfredo and zeppole to cannoli. Organizers also promise "ice cold drinks." 5-11 p.m. July 15 and 16; noon-11 p.m. July 17; and noon-9 p.m. July 18. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Levee, italianfestnewport.com.
Schützenfest — Carrying the title of America's oldest German festival, Cincinnati's Kolping Society is hosting the 155th annual Schützenfest this weekend at its headquarters in Mount Healthy. Translated as “The Marksman’s Festival,” the original Schützenfest began in the 15th century when, according to the legend, a German marksman shot an eagle that attacked a child. When German immigrants settled in Cincinnati, they brought the traditional fest with them, holding the first Schützenfest here in 1866. Today, the Kolping Society continues the tradition with a weekend that includes a competition for the shooting of a hand-carved eagle, a bier dash, authentic German food and plenty of beer, wine and schnapps. 6 p.m.-midnight July 16; 4 p.m.-midnight July 17; 1-9 p.m. July 18. $5; free for those under 12. Kolping Society, 10235 Mill Road, Mount Healthy, schuetzenfestcincy.com.
Cincinnati Burger Week — Cincinnati Burger Week is back, bringing $6 beefy bites (plus plenty of vegetarian options) from nearly 100 different local restaurants to the hungry mouths of the Queen City. The week-long event begins July 12 and continues through July 18. Participants can snag a Burger Passport and receive stamps for each restaurant they visit. Collect at least 5 stamps and be eligible for a very special grand prize drawing featuring the Ultimate Grill Out, Jack Daniels swag and $250 in gift cards. Through July 18. See participants and menus at cincinnatiburgerweek.com.
Kenton County Fair & Horse Show — Activities include exhibits, a cookie-baking contest, kids pedal tractor pull, beauty pageants, horse shows, a demolition derby and tug-of-war. There will be a beer garden (cost is $4 per ticket). July 12-17. $12 (includes rides); free for ages 2 and under. Kenton County Fairgrounds, 2836 Harris Pike, Independence, kentoncountyfair.com.
St. Cecilia Festival — This year's fest will feature a new kids zone, a petting zoo, flea market, live music, a raffle (with a $10,000 grand prize), fest food and beer. 6 p.m.-midnight July 16; 5 p.m.-midnight July 17; 4-9 p.m. July 18. 3105 Madison Road, Oakley, stceciliacincinnati.org.
The Boys in Red Hats at The Esquire — An infamous incident involving a Greater Cincinnati high school will see its transition from social media notoriety to the silver screen when the new investigative documentary The Boys In Red Hats premieres on July 16. The film covers the events and aftermath of Jan. 18, 2019, when Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, made national headlines when a video of an altercation involving one of its students and a Native American activist was uploaded to social media. The Boys in Red Hats, which is 87 minutes long and unrated, according to its official materials, will premiere in Cincinnati at the Esquire Theater located at 320 Ludlow Ave. in Clifton. Nationwide, it can be found screening in-person in New York City and Los Angeles and through virtual cinemas all over the country. Find ticketing and showtime information for the Esquire, or learn more about The Boys in Red Hats.
SATURDAY, JULY 17
Cincy Summer Beerfest — Beerfest is back in the Queen City, bringing plenty of brews, bites and live music to Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park. The fest will feature more than 150 local and craft brews to try, as well samples from new craft wineries and distilleries. The annual event will have two different sessions to choose from on Saturday. Folks who want to get in on the fun a little sooner can purchase the early admission ticket for either session to arrive one hour earlier. Tickets include 25 sample tickets and a souvenir mug. The event will feature music, a silent disco and food trucks. Two sessions: 2-5 p.m. July 17 or 8-11 p.m. July 17; Early Admission gets in one hour earlier. $40 regular admission; $45 day of; $50 Early Admission; $55 Early Admission day of; $25 designated driver. Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown, beerfesttickets.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 18
Burlington Antique Show — The Burlington Antique Show, the Midwest’s premier antique market takes place the third Sunday of the month. Expect to hunt through authentic wares — Midcentury Modern, Art Deco, pre-war, Industrial and more — from more than 200 dealers offering the best antiques and vintage collectibles. If you’re a real hunter, aim for early-bird admission ($6; 6-8 a.m.) The show lasts until 3 p.m. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18. $4; $6 early bird. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, burlingtonantiqueshow.com.
BONUS: MONDAY, JULY 19
Warren County Fair — Expect (tons of) animal shows, drag racing, live music, barnyard olympics and a beer garden Wednesday through Saturday. July 19-24. $5; free for ages 8 and under; free for military and seniors on Tuesday. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon, warrencountyfairohio.org.
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