The 91 Days of Summer

Fests, exhibits, theater, events and family-friendly fun to soak in this season

Jun 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

click to enlarge Baby Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Baby Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo

*This is not a comprehensive list — Cincinnati has many other events worth checking out this summer. Events are subject to change.


Science Geek Week at Krohn — Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory hosts Science Geek Week, featuring carnival games, ice cream, sidewalk chalk and sprinklers (weather permitting) for the kids. Stop by The Majestic Monarch exhibit to see thousands of free-flying butterflies while you’re here! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5-8. Free with admission: $7 adults; $4 ages 5-17; free ages 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 41501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

Workout on the Green — This installment of Washington Park’s free outdoor series begins with Pilates with CORE followed by Strength with YMCA. Bring your own yoga mat. 6-8:30 p.m. June 7. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Lil Uzi Vert — Featured on Migos’ No. 1 Billboard hit “Bad & Boujee,” this rapper from North Philadelphia has a “relaxed style that connected the dots between Young Thug, Chief Keef and the A$AP Mob,” according to 7 p.m. June 7. $40 advance; $45 door. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky.,

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit — The Cincinnati Museum features more than 60 costumes from all seven Star Wars films during this exhibit to show the complex designs, challenges and thought processes behind the series’ most beloved outfits. Through Oct. 1. $24 adults; $21 seniors; $16 children; $17 adult member; $12 child member. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate,

Bark in the Park — Bring your pup to the stadium to watch the Reds face off against the Cardinals. Participate in a pre-game pet parade on the track surrounding the field, meet adoptable pets from the SPCA and have a photo taken of you and your dog in front of a special Reds backdrop. 7:10 p.m. June 7; pet parade begins at 6:30 p.m. $30 humans; $20 dogs. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown,

National Geographic Photo Ark at the Zoo — Led by photographer Joel Sartore, the National Geographic Photo Ark is a multi-year project to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in an effort to help find solutions to save them. Sartore has captured portraits of more than 6,000 species across 40 countries to date, but he isn’t finished: His goal is to photograph 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. More than 50 of these intimate portraits will be on display at the Cincinnati Zoo this summer in addition to free educational materials and activities. Through Aug. 20. Free with general admission: $19 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 

Culture Bites: Northern Kentucky’s Food Traditions — Developed by students in Northern Kentucky University’s Public History Graduate Program, this exhibit at the Behringer-Crawford Museum focuses on the impact of food from diverse immigrant populations on Northern Kentucky’s social and cultural development, featuring a variety of cuisines form different countries, their origins and traditions. Through July 23. $5; free museum members. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky.,

Ugo Rondinone: let’s start this day again — In a world that seems increasingly divided between scary clowns and jovial ones, the artist Ugo Rondinone provides a third choice: introspective, meditative, puzzlingly perplexing clowns. You can see 45 of them at the CAC in an installation that takes up much of an entire floor. There, the clowns are lost in a surrounding world of color so intensely alive it should make them want to jump and dance — even if they are life-like, life-size sculptures rather than actual humans. Through Aug. 20. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,


Anne Frank: A History for Today — Featuring Anne’s own wonderfully candid writing and photos of the Frank family and other occupants of the Secret Annex, this exhibit shows one family’s experience of persecution juxtaposed against world events before, during and after the rise of the Nazi party. Through June 9. $10; $5 students. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, 8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood,

Bandstand Bluegrass: Rabbit Hash String Band — Enjoy Bluegrass, Roots and Americana music at Washington Park’s Bandstand every Thursday this summer. This week’s artist, the Rabbit Hash String Band, has an old-time sound featuring tight rhythms and punchy guitar bass lines punctuated by intricate fiddle and banjo. 7-10 p.m. June 8. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 


The Weeknd — Grammy Award-winning artist The Weeknd debuted his newest album, Starboy, in Europe in February and traveled to North America in April. On June 9, The Weeknd travels to the Queen City to perform songs from his fourth full-length album. 6 p.m. June 9. Tickets start at $125. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, 

Schwabenfest— Like Oktoberfest in June, Schwabenfest features authentic German bier, pretzel sandwiches, live music and entertainment brought to you by the Donauschwaben Youth Group and Schuhplattlers. 6 p.m.-midnight June 9; 1 p.m.-midnight June 10. $3. Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain,

The Poetry of Place: William Clift, Linda Connor, and Michael Kenna — The Cincinnati Art Museum hosts this exhibition of black-and-white photographs, revealing moments steeped in history. Featuring unique interpretations instead of a documentary format, the collection of these three photographers has the essence of an ethereal world that will invite visitors to consider meanings beyond visible details. Through June 11. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

Italian Fest — Featuring live music, authentic Italian cuisine and a golf outing, the 26th-annual Italian Fest is a great way to celebrate Italian heritage and culture. June 8-11. Free admission. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.,


FC Cincinnati vs. Charlotte Independence — Cheer on Cincinnati’s own USL club soccer team as they take on Charlotte Independence from Charlotte, N.C. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., animals from the Cincinnati Zoo will be on the Sheakley Lawn for meet and greets before the game. 7 p.m. June 10. $10-$30. Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton,

Local Brews & Blues — Local breweries and Blues bands come together for a day full of tasting craft beer and listening to rhythmic Blues. Cheryl Renee, Jay Jesse Johnson band, The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and The Fabulous Blue Brothers will bring the beat while breweries including MadTree, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist, Urban Artifact and more bring the beer. 2-8 p.m. June 10. $30 advance; $35 door. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky.,

Cinema Patio at The Video Archive — Quentin Tarantino-themed bar and movie rental store The Video Archive screens a feature film every Saturday this summer. Grab a drink and be the ball: This week’s movie is Caddyshack8:30-11:30 p.m. June 10. Free admission. The Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills,

West Chester Farmers Market — Take home fresh fruits and veggies, homemade products and specialty prepared foods from the likes of Hoocha Doodle Farm, Garden of Eaten, True Nature Dog Treats and La Terza Coffee. Summer markets take place every Saturday through Oct. 28. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission. 9363 Center Pointe Drive, West Chester,

Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection — This who’s who of British painting at the Taft features 50 pieces spanning six centuries, including masterpieces by Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and John Singer Sargent.Through Oct. 1. $12 adults; $10 seniors and kids 6-18; free Taft members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown,


Opera in the Park — Celebrate Cincinnati Opera’s 97th Summer Festival with The Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and stars from the 2017 season as they perform a selection of Spanish-themed opera and musical theater. Stretch out on the lawn with a blanket and your favorite food truck cuisine and let the sweet music take you away. 7:30 p.m. June 11. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

The Music Man — Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway classic comes to the local stage at Blue Ash Amphitheater. Follow Harold Hill, a fast-talking traveling salesman, as he attempts to con the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments for a new boys’ band. 7:30-10 p.m. June 11. $10. Blue Ash Amphitheater, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash,

Concours d’Elegance Car Show — This nationally recognized car show displays more than 200 collector vehicles in the formal gardens of Ault Park. The theme for the 40th Concours d’Elegance Car Show is “Celebrating 40 Years of Automotive Excellence” and will feature special displays such as “Camaro & Firebird—50 Years,” plus 13 classes of classic, vintage, and exotic cars and motorcycles. Discount tickets available online. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11. $25 adults; $15 students (with ID); free children 12 and under. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park,

Ride Cincinnati — This non-competitive biking event raises funds for all types of cancer research in the Greater Cincinnati area. Choose to complete an 8-, 16-, 26-, 45-, 63-, or 100-mile route. Start times begin at 6:30 a.m. June 11. $35-$75 adult bikers; $45 adult walkers; $15 children 12 and under. Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,


The Head and The Heart —The six-piece American Indie Folk band based out of Seattle is stopping in Cincinnati on their 2017 tour, Signs of Light. J. Roddy Walston & the Business will also make an appearance. 7:30 p.m. June 12. $36. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their self-titled album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour cross-country this summer, performing classic hits and fan favorites. Tonight, Joe Walsh will set the mood before Tom Petty takes the stage. 7:30 p.m. June 12. $49.50-79.50. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown,


Blue Ash Concert Series: Maple Knoll Big Band — Enjoy live music every Tuesday and Thursday through June at the Blue Ash Nature Park. Today, the Maple Knoll Big Band takes the stage with their swingin’ big band Jazz. 7-9 p.m. June 13. Free. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4437 Cooper Road, Blue Ash,


A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America  — Comprised of more than 100 pieces made between 1800 and 1925, this exhibit includes approximately 60 works from the celebrated collection of Barbara L. Gordon and 40 regional loans. As the largest representation of historical American folk art in the history of the museum, A Shared Legacy celebrates minimalist art created by and for ordinary people rather than society’s upper tier. Through Sept. 3. $10 adults; $5 ages 6-17 and college students with ID; free for members. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

Noel Anderson: Blak Origin Moment — A Louisville, Ky.-born artist and an influential former professor at the University of Cincinnati, Noel Anderson is known for his investigations into the evolving makeup of black male identity via the historically revered medium of textiles. Specifically,Blak Origin Moment studies the fraught post-Ferguson era of Black Lives Matter and heightened racial tensions in the United States. Through June 18. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,


Andrea Bowers: Womxn Workers of the World Unite! — As an Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based artist, Bowers looks through (and participates in) civil disobedience as a lens to explore contemporary causes including women’s, gay & trans rights, immigration, environmental protection and labor relations. View her exhibition, which focuses on her survey of the feminist movement and its contested evolution, at the Contemporary Arts Center for a limited time. Through June 18. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,

College Hill Farmers Market —Forget chain grocery stores; this summer, shop local and find all of your food supplies at farmers markets around the city. College Hill’s market even has live music most weeks. 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free. College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill,


Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest — More than 100 breweries, including 50 West, Ballast Point, Kona, Braxton, Jackie O’s and SweetWater will be serving up more than 400 different and international beers — including unique and rare brews  — during the 12th-annual International Beer Fest. 7-10:30 p.m. June 16-17. $45-$55 per day; $20 designated driver. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield,

Over-the-Rhine Food Tour — A casual guided tour of OTR eateries. Learn about the history of the neighborhood, sample bites at four or more local restaurants and pass by Washington Park, churches, Music Hall and other historic sites. Options to purchase drinks along the way. Limited space; reservations required. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. select Fridays. $45. Leaves from the Information Desk at Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,

Indie Vol. 2017 with Jeremy Enigk, Son Little and Korey Dane — Frontman of the Seattle-based Sunny Day Real Estate Jeremy Enigk performs with Son Little, a Blues artist from Philadelphia, and Korey Dane, an Indie Folk Rock musician from Long Beach, Calif. Free indie music showcases take place Friday nights throughout the summer. 7 p.m. June 16. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

MainStrasse Village Original Goettafest — Put goetta on everything: sandwiches, pizza, cheese and so much more. The fest also includes games, live music and activities for kids. Through June 18. Free admission. MainStrasse Village, 406 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., 


RoeblingFest — Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the John A. Roebling Bridge with walking tours, music, art, historical presentations and more at the 13th-annual RoeblingFest. New this year is a presentation by Kriss Roebling, who is a direct descendant of John Roebling. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17. Free. Roebling Point Entertainment District, Court Avenue and E. Third Street, Covington, Ky.,

The City Flea — For a unique and local shopping experience, visit the City Flea in Washington Park during select Saturdays this summer. Vendors include Cincy Threads, Ohio Valley Beard Supply, Ohio Against the World and many more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Cinema Patio at The Video Archive — Quentin Tarantino-themed bar The Video Archive screens a feature film every Saturday this summer. This week, hunt for the fortune of One-Eyed Willy during The Goonies. 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 17. Free admission. The Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Over-the-Rhine,

TEDxCincinnati Main Stage Event: Connected — Learn about extraordinary people, wellness, entertainment and technology from performers and speakers. The seminar will also include a networking cocktail hour. 5 p.m and 8:30 p.m. June 17. $75 general admission; student tickets and bundles available. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Cincinnati Men’s Chorus Pride Concert — It’s Pride Week! The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus kicks things off Saturday and Sunday with music that helped shape many of today’s top artists and created the soundtrack of our movement from the beginning of Berry Gordy’s Motown to Macy Gray‘s Sexual Revolution. 8 p.m. June 17; 2 p.m. June 18. $25. School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine,

Juneteenth Festival — This Father’s Day weekend, bring Dad to Eden Park for entertainment and smooth Jazz provided by The Deele, Ellis Williams, Under New Order and more. June 17-18. Free. Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,


Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers —Treat Dad to a Reds game and a free Reds baseball cap, available to the first 10,000 dads this Father’s Day. 1:10 p.m. June 18. $5-$280. Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, 

Stingray Hideaway: Enter Their World — Get up close and personal like never before with 15 species including stingrays, colorful fish, iguanas and other reptiles at Newport Aquarium. Through Sept. 2. $24.99 adult; $16.99 ages 2-12. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky.,

Cincinnati Beer Week — A full week of beer-related events taking place at venues throughout Greater Cincinnati. Expect pint nights, tap takeovers, special events and a craft can festival. This year, Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, 50 West, Rhinegeist and more collaborated to create six new beers, which will be available at Beer Week locations. June 18-24. Select locations around Greater Cincinnati,

Summer Solstice Lavender Festival — Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm is in full bloom. Try lavender-infused foods, pick your own organic lavender fresh from the field, make your own wreaths and wands, practice yoga in the field, listen to live music and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18. Free. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Road, Martinsville, Ohio,

Damn Yankees — Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic, sells his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory against the New York Yankees. It’s the last day to see this seven-time Tony Award-winning, wickedly funny romantic comedy. Don’t miss its final performance. 2 p.m. June 18. $29 adults; $26 students and seniors. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill,

Bring Your Shorty Day at 16-Bit — 16-Bit Bar+Arcade opens its doors to gamers of all ages from noon to 5 p.m. Parents can enjoy $1 off craft drafts all day long. Noon-5 p.m. June 18. Free. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,


Trivia Night at Fountain Square — Put your thinking cap on and head down to Fountain Square each Monday night for beer specials, gift-card prizes and fast-paced trivia. No more than eight people to a group. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Monday Night Trivia at Taft’s — Wager points depending on how confident you are in your answers and compete to win one of three gift cards. Questions range from music and television to history and science. Taft’s trivia night special offers two sliders and a beer for $10. 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Free. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,

Miike Snow — The Swedish Pop Indie band from Stockholm comes to Cincinnati this Monday to serenade your soul. All ages. Doors open 7:30 p.m. June 19. $25. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville,


Strauss Troy Market — Every Tuesday, local vendors gather in Fountain Square to sell everything from fresh produce to sweet treats and handmade items. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Laugh Out Proud — Celebrate LGBTQ pride with comedians Julie Goldman from The Big Gay Sketch Show and Pandora Boxx from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. 21 plus. 7 p.m. June 20. $10-$20. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,


Party on the Purple — Every Wednesday, make it down to the Purple People Bridge for live music, food from local food trucks and more in order to raise money for bridge maintenance. 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Purple People Bridge, Pete Rose Way and Third Street, Downtown/Newport, Ky.,

Pride Movie Night feat. Hairspray — Join Cincinnati Pride for a free movie under the stars to celebrate Pride Week with a showing of Hairspray, starring John Travolta, Zac Efron and Queen Latifa. 9-11 p.m. June 21. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Queen City Pop-Up Drag Show — Queen City Radio presents a pop-up drag show in Washington Park after Pride Movie Night to benefit Cincinnati Pride. A portion of proceeds raised from JELL-O shots will be donated to Cincinnati Pride. 11 p.m.-1 a.m. June 21. Free. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine,


My Morning Jacket with The Record Company — My Morning Jacket, a Louisville-based Rock band, makes an appearance at Riverbend today with special guest The Record Company, an American power rock trio from Los Angeles. 7 p.m. June 22. $49.50. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 

Party on the Plaza — Sit back, relax and grab a $2 beer at happy hour as you listen to the Nick Netherton Band. As part of the Party on the Plaza series, come back on July 20 for the Leroy Ellington Band. 5:30-9 p.m. June 22. Free. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Newtown,


Panegyri Greek Festival — Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church hosts their annual celebration featuring authentic Greek cuisine, music, dancing, raffles, games, amusement rides and more. A portion of proceeds benefits the Freestore Foodbank. 5-11 p.m. June 23; 3-11 p.m. June 24; 1-8 p.m. June 25. $2 adults; free for children 12 and under. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, Finneytown,

Cincinnati Pride Community Recognition Ceremony — Head to the Contemporary Arts Center to help honor leaders within the local LGBTQ community. 7 p.m. June 23. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,

Craft Beer Series & Music at the Market — Every weekend features selections from a different local brewery. This weekend features West Sixth Brewing, so head to the OTR Biergarten to chat with representatives and hear their stories. June 23-25. Free. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,

Northside Music Festival — What began as a one-day music showcase has evolved into a full-blown, two-day music fest. This year’s lineup includes Kuber and Chuck Cleaver on Friday, and Brian Drabant + Kevin Frey take the stage Saturday, among many other performers. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. June 23-24. Free. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside,


Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival — Pride Week activities culminate with this large-scale parade and festival downtown, featuring food, drinks, vendors, live entertainment and more. Visit for updates and parade routes. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 24. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

CAT Walk — Help “stomp out the stigma of addiction” at the Center for Addiction Treatment by raising funds and awareness for CAT’s programs during this half-mile event. Before you walk or run, enjoy a continental breakfast; afterward, check out the basket raffles and kids’ activities. All proceeds benefit CAT. 8:30 a.m. June 24. $25 individuals; $75 family four-pack. Veterans Park, 6239 Harrison Ave., Cheviot,

Kids Live at the Levee — Families can enjoy an evening of kids’ live music by Zak Morgan Trio and Songs For Seeds, plus other entertainment like a magician and puppet show. 12:30-4:30 p.m. June 24. Free. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky.,

Montgomery Farmers Market — Browse goodies from vendors like The Pickled Pig, Like Mom’s Only Vegan, Pine Lane Soaps and Argos All-Natural Pet Food & Supply every Saturday in Montgomery. Markets also feature live entertainment and food trucks. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free entry. Montgomery Elementary School Parking Lot, 9609 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 


MainStrasse Village Bazaar — Check out antiques and collectibles at MainStrasse Village’s weekly bazaar on Main Street. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. Free. Main St., Covington, Ky.,

Sun-Day Sunday Sundae — The Cincinnati Observatory hosts a sweet soirée that’s all about the sun. The event includes short talks about the sun, tours of the historic observatory and safe viewings of sunspots and solar flares through the building’s 1845 telescope (weather permitting). All participants receive a free sundae. 1-4 p.m. June 25. Free; no reservations needed. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout,


Christmas in July at EnterTRAINment Junction — Escape the summer heat at EnterTRAINment Junction — aka the North Pole. Have a chat with Santa while festive model trains chug by. Through July 31. $13.95 adults; 11.95 seniors; $9.95 children 3-12; free kids 2 and under. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester,


Loveland Farmers Market — Local farmers, cottage industry vendors and artisans come together at Fairgrounds Park. Markets feature weekly entertainment and family-friendly activities in the Kids’ Patch. 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through October. Free entry. Fairgrounds Park, 205 Broadway St., Loveland,


Designer Playtest Night at The Rook — Play tabletop games created by local designers — or submit your own game — at The Rook the final Wednesday of every month. 7-10 p.m. June 28. Free; food and drink purchase encouraged. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,

Trivia Night at Listermann — Bring your pup along for some trivia with a twist. Prizes are awarded to winning teams. 7 p.m. June 28. Free. Listermann Brewing, 1621 Dana Ave., Norwood,


Picnic in the Park — Join Moerlein Lager House for a picnic in Smale Riverfront Park. 4-10 p.m. June 29. Free entry. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 Ted Berry Way, Downtown,


Jungle Jim’s Pint Night — Enjoy $3 pints from featured breweries and take home a glass. 5-9 p.m. Fridays. Free entry. Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield,


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Riverbend — Witness two-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell perform alongside his band, the 400 Unit, with a special appearance by The Mountain Goats. Following 2015’s Something More Than Free, the band is currently on tour while finishing their new album. Patrons who purchase a ticket will be treated to a pre-show craft beer tasting. 21 plus. Doors open 7:30 p.m. July 1. $43-$57. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,

FSQ on the Square — Groove with FSQ (otherwise known as Funk, Style, Quality) on Fountain Square as part of their free concert summer series, which occurs every Saturday until September. Bar opens 5 p.m. July 1. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Firecracker Festival — Kick off Fourth of July week with this family-friendly celebration that includes live music, rides, vendor and food booths, fireworks and more. The event will commence rain or shine. 3-11 p.m. July 1. Free. Symmes Township Park, 11600 N. Lebanon Road, Loveland,


OTR Performs — Lean back and let the rhythm of the Cincinnati Brass Band wipe away the stresses of the looming work week as part of OTR’s free concert series in Washington Park. Bring extra cash to enjoy a full-service bar. 7-9 p.m. July 2. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St, Over-the-Rhine,

Hyde Park Farmers Market — Head to Hyde Park Square every Sunday this summer for presentations from local chefs, environmental educators and local products from more than 30 vendors and special events and activities. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays through October. Free admission. Hyde Park Square, Erie Avenue and Edwards Road,


Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival —Slip on your studded leather jacket and red, white and blue gear for one of the city’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Since 2006, the Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival has been supported by Northside Business Association and a network of the neighborhood’s residents. Along with showcasing an array of artists — both near and far — the Fire Breathers will perform acts such as sword-swallowing and laying on a bed of nails. July 3-4. Free. Hoffner Park, Blue Rock Street and Hamilton Avenue, Northside,

Live Music at the Memo — Check out local Jazz acts Animal Mother and On a Limb, who add fresh timbres and percussion to the trio format. Throughout June and July, Memorial Hall will feature Jazz, sure to soothe the souls of aficionados and newcomers alike. Doors open 7 p.m. July 3. $6. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square — Deck yourself out in red, white and blue and enjoy the smell of freedom as fireworks are set off from the roof of Macy’s downtown store. Additional details to be announced. 7-11 p.m. July 3. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

LaRosa’s Balloon Glow at Coney Island — Witness colors meld and sizzle in the sky at this annual celebration. The grand finale, Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display, will unfurl above Lake Como and begin at 10 p.m. The pool area hours will be extended for a unique view of the event.10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3. Free admission; $9 parking until 2 p.m.; $12 parking after 2 p.m.; normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and rides. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave, California,


Red, White and Blue Ash — Each year, this event attracts thousands of attendees. Expect large crowds, bounds of food and plenty of entertainment throughout the day. The Steel Woods kick things off at 5:30 p.m., followed by headliner REO Speedwagon at 8 p.m. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. (Pro tip: if your main interest lies in the fireworks, scope out a spot in front of the Blue Ash Rec Center for great views and a little breathing room.) 4-10:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, 

Independence Day Celebration Spectacular — Spend the day in suburban Ohio, starting with a parade along Cooper Road and ending with a kid-friendly festival in Montgomery Park. Enjoy all-American fare and a ballgame. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. Free. Festival takes place at Montgomery Park, 10105 Montgomery Road, Montgomery,

Stricker’s Grove Fourth of July Fireworks — Only open to the public four times a year, this privately owned amusement park has an annual firework bash. Spend the day on their coasters and rides. 3-11 p.m. July 4. Free admission; $15 unlimited rides; $5 parking. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton,


Workout on the Green — Stretch out with CORE Pilates and build up strength afterward with YMCA. 6 p.m. July 5. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Trivia Night at Queen City Radio — The Approximate Knowledge Institute of Cincinnati hosts a trivia night every Monday at Queen City Radio. The top three teams snag some prizes. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Free entry. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine,


College Hill Farm Market — Stock up on local produce at the open-air farmer’s market every Thursday until October. Live music will fill the atmosphere most weeks. 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays through October. Free. College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, 

Salsa on the Square — Cha-Cha the night away and hone your salsa skills with Fountain Square’s weekly event. Salsa bands, skilled instructors and dancers will teach you moves. 7-10 p.m. July 6. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St, Downtown, 


Friday Flow — Washington Park’s R&B series returns this summer with Friday Flow. Feed the soul with chill tunes, grab a drink and find a place on Civic Lawn. This time, Shauni Maque & The Package takes the stage. 7 p.m. July 7. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


The Taco Festival — Self-described as a “tacotopia of epic porportions,” the festival features about 50 restaurants to choose from. Refresh at beverage stations with margaritas, beer, water and soda. The festival operates on a token system, with each token worth $2. 4-10 p.m. July 8. $12 general admission; $85 VIP.Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 

Ice Cream 5K —Starting at Sawyer Point and racing along the riverbank, this event benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The 5K event will also offer a 1 mile kids’ race and a baby/toddler crawl. Participants can cool down afterward with some much-needed ice cream. Run begins 8:45 a.m. July 8. $40 registration; $25 Kids’ Run; $10 Baby/Toddler Crawl/Walk. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 

Frida — Catch the Cincinnati Opera’s last showing of Frida before it leaves the Aronoff Center. Spurned by the taunts of the other girls, Frida turns instead to the politics of revolutionaries. Follow Frida Kahlo, whose real life has transcended time, and remains an emblem of independence.7:30 p.m. July 8. Tickets start at $45. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 


Queen City Underground Tour — Tread the underbelly of Cincinnati during this American Legacy Tour that navigates the city through a historical lens. Explore more than 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens and theaters. Afterward, you’ll descend beneath the city streets and discover where some of Cincinnati’s earliest residents were buried in a hidden crypt. Walk along the underground tunnels that were vital to the blooming of the city’s brewery heritage. The tour ends with a look into the Christian Moerlein bottling plant and tap room. Tours last between 90 minutes and two hours.11:30 a.m. July 9. $30. Leaves from 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,

Second Sunday on Main — Celebrate your pride during OTR’s monthly street festival. The event features vendors selling vintage items, handmade jewelry, art, produce and more. Today’s theme is “MAINpride.” Entertainment includes drag queen contests and races, salsa dancing and an array of musical acts. Noon-5 p.m. July 9. Free. Main Street between 12th and Liberty, Over-the-Rhine, 


Monday Night Trivia at Taft’s — Put your brain to the test at Taft’s Ale House every Monday night during a general knowledge trivia game. Categories include everything from music to science to television, with first- through third-place winners taking home a gift card. Every trivia night, order up two sliders and a beer for $10. 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Free entry. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,


Josiah Wolf at Urban Artifact — Lose yourself in the experimental haze of locally grown experimental Jazz, performed by Josiah Wolf. Stoop Kids and Hanging Heart will also be performing. 7-11 p.m. July 11. $5. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside,


Blue Ash Farmer’s Market — Spend an afternoon in Summit Park and wander through rows of local produce. The Blue Ash Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday until October. 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, 

Summer Cinema at Washington Park — Welcome to Harvard! Today’s Summer Cinema screening is Legally Blonde, complete with a pop-up shop by Spruce Natural Nail Salon. 9-11 p.m. July 12. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 


Brazee Street Studios: Open Studio Nights — Explore 30 professional art studios and C-LINK gallery’s latest show and top it off with creating glass fusion projects in the classroom. 6-9 p.m. July 13. Free. Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, 

Cocktails for Conservation — Chill with residents of the Cincinnati Zoo and their handlers, all while sipping on specialized zoo-themed cocktails, chowing on appetizers and enjoying live music. All proceeds go to the zoo’s Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. 6:30-9 p.m. July 13. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 


Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival— This fest features copious pork products, bourbon and beer. Munch on bacon, walk the streets of Newport and enjoy live music, games and activities while you’re at it. July 14-16. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., 


Magic Flute — Join main character Tamino as he sets forth on a quest to save a princess, encountering mythical creatures and a wretched queen along the way. Derived from Mozart’s tale, Magic Flute has been reimagined by Komische Oper and the British theater group 1927. Delve into this tale on that’s not as it seems. Through July 23. $45-$159. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 

Newport Gangster Tour — Snuggled between the banks of the Ohio and Licking Rivers, explore the streets of Newport where gangsters once reigned, gamblers lost their millions and their lives and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Lasting two hours, the tour begins with two gangster guides leading a high-energy presentation inside an old casino. After, they’ll lead you through the streets of “Sin City” during a 90-minute walking tour of historic sites in Newport. You’ll explore Newport’s connections to some of the most well-known crime figures like: Moe Dalitz, George Remus and more. 5 p.m. July 15. $17. 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky.,

The City Flea — Cincinnati’s original curated urban flea market returns to Washington Park with more than 160 vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 


Saturday Night Fever at the Esquire — Disco the night away like it’s 1977 with John Travolta for a special screening of Saturday Night Fever, as part of the Esquire’s 40th anniversary series. 5 p.m. July 16. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 

Pints for Pitties at 16-Bit — 16-Bit Bar+Arcade goes to the dogs to benefit pit bull rescue organization Adore-A-Bull. Canine-themed brews like Citra Dog IPA, Whippet Wheat Ale and Labrador Lager will be available on tap, with $1 per pint benefitting the rescue. Adore-A-Bull pups will be onsite to spread some bully love. Noon July 16. Free admission. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 


Pinegrove at Southgate House Revival — Sway to Pinegrove’s Indie Folk-infused Emo in an atmospheric setting. Vagabon and Adjy are the opening acts for the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. July 17. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky.,

Song From the Uproar — The Cincinnati Opera teams up with acclaimed ensemble concert:nova to present a work by the boundary-breaking Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek. The opera is inspired by the salvaged journals of early 20th-century explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, who traveled alone to Algeria, dressed as a man, converted to Islam and joined a Sufi order. July 17-21. $30. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 

CityBeat Events Burger Week — A week dedicated to an American delicacy: the hamburger. Feast upon culinary artistry sculpted from sizzling patties and crafted by chefs across Greater Cincinnati, each armed with their own take on the burger. Cincinnati Burger Week ultimately aims to get people to embrace the food and culture of the Queen City. Get out, take a bite to eat and try something new. July 17-23. Prices and venues vary,


BB Riverboats Captain’s Lunch Cruise — Eat lunch on the water during this two-hour cruise, which includes a buffet-style meal, games and entertainment. 11 a.m. boarding; noon sailing July 18. $40 adults; $36 seniors; $24 kids. BB Riverboats, 1 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.,


Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival — Attend a special day at the zoo in support of Learning Through Art Childhood Literacy Programs. For today only, general admission to the zoo is $1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 19. $1 general admission; $10 Zoo adventure ticket. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 


The Wizard of Oz — Follow the yellow brick road to Theatre 42 for a production of The Wizard of Oz. The Mason Community Players will recreate the classic film and novel. 8 p.m. July 14-22. $17 adults; $14 seniors; $12 students. Theatre 42, 2752 US-42, Lebanon,

College Hill Farm Market — Every Thursday brings a new crop to College Hill. Farmers, vendors and artists frequent College Hill Presbyterian Church throughout the summer. They’ll spotlight seasonal produce with recipes to try at home. 3-6:30 p.m. July 20. Free admission. 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill,


Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival Embrace the pork with the Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. The sauce-smothered event will take place in Blue Ash’s Summit Park for two days of barbecue, whiskey sampling and outdoor entertainment. 5 p.m. July 21; 11p.m. July 22. Free entry. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash,

Friday Flow — Move to the music of R&B and soul artist Calvin Richardson in this week’s Friday Flow at Washington Park. 7-10 p.m. July 21. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Market in the Park — Visit Stanbery Park for a farmers market every Saturday. Enjoy nature with your neighbors, stock up on fresh produce from urban farmers and learn about the people and businesses that make Mount Washington thrive. 9 a.m.-noon July 22. Free admission. Stanbery Park Oval, 2221 Oxford Ave., Mount Washington,


High Tea in the Garden — Surrounded by the flowering fields of Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, guests will enjoy scones, sandwiches, desserts and teas in a four-course high tea. 2 p.m. July 23. $30; reservation required. Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, 2410 Lanes Mill Road, Hamilton,


Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu — This exhibit explores Nelson Mandela from his beginnings. In his fight for equality, justice and freedom in South Africa, he became one of the world’s most well-known leaders. Through Aug 20. $5 with general admission. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown,


AMOS LEE & Lake Street Dive at Riverbend — Acclaimed troubadour AMOS LEE teams up with multi-genre band Lake Street Dive for a summer tour across North America. Bonus: All ticket holders will be treated to a pre-show wine tasting 90 minutes before the show begins. 8 p.m. July 25. Tickets start at $22. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 


Summer Cinema: Space Jam — This week’s Wednesday movie is an ode to the ’90s kid. Watch as every kid’s hero, Michael Jordan, teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Loony Toons. 9-11 p.m. July 26. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

The Blue Wisp Big Band at Urban Artifact — You’ll hear the smooth sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Thad Jones spill from the doors of an old, white church in Northside every Wednesday. Cincinnati’s legendary big band performs at Urban Artifact, Northside’s own neighborhood brewery, every week. 8:30-11 p.m. July 26. $10. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside,


Cincinnati Music Festival — Mary J. Blige, Usher and Kid Capri are among the artists performing at this year’s festival. July 27-29. $50 Thursday; $60 and up Friday and Saturday. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown, 

Red, White & Zoo — Country music stars Carly Pearce and Dylan Scott will salute the troops at the Cincinnati Zoo. Join Cincinnati’s B-105 to benefit the United Service Organizations of Central and Southern Ohio. 7 p.m. July 27. $20 in advance; $25 day of. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — Join the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre as it tells “a tale as old as time.” This local production of a Disney classic promises to bring theater lovers together both onstage and off. Through Aug. 6. $18 adult; $16 college age and senior; $14 high school age and younger. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale,


Rookwood Pottery Factory & Artisan Tour — Join American Legacy Tours to learn about the history and intricacy of Rookwood Pottery. On the way, you’ll hear about Findlay Market, old breweries and Over-the-Rhine. Tours last between 90 minutes and 2 hours.12:30 p.m. July 28. $20. Begins at Market Wines in Findlay Market, 128 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine,


Saturnday — If conditions are clear, this will be the best day to see Saturn. Join the Cincinnati Observatory for telescopes, talks and tours. If it’s cloudy on the 29, plan to visit Aug. 5 for Saturnday 2. July 29. Free admission. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout,

Queen City is Haunted Tour — Feeling spooky? Learn more about Ohio’s haunted history on this American Legacy walking tour. You’ll hear about grisly murders, shocking deaths and other disturbing tales as you go on a hunt for paranormal activity. 7 and 9 p.m. July 29. $20. Tour begins at 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,


Walk of Angels 5K — Walk in memory of the victims of two fatal car crashes. Walk of Angels honors Lauren Dietz, Miranda Phelps and Jessica Phillips, three Cincinnati high schoolers and select soccer players, whose lives were taken by accidents in 2007 and 2009. Proceeds benefit competitive soccer players with financial needs, as well as Northwest High School’s Driving Angels safety driving course. 7:15 a.m.-noon July 30. $20; price increases July 22. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,


Monday Meet-Up at The Rook — Join a group of casual games every Monday at The Rook OTR, Cincinnati’s first board game parlor. Each week features a different theme; check online for updates. 7-10 p.m. Mondays. Free; food and drink purchase encouraged. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,


Trivia Tuesday at the Overlook Lodge — Gorilla Cinema presents trivia every Tuesday at The Shining-themed Overlook Lodge. Winners of each round receive a prize. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Free entry. Overlook Lodge: A Rustic Watering Hole, 6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge,


Tegan and Sara — Tegan and Sara aren’t just twins, they’re an Indie Pop duo. After the release of their latest album, Love You To Death, they’re coming to Cincinnati as a part of their worldwide tour. Japanese Breakfast will join the band as an opener. 8 p.m. Aug. 2. $35 advance; $37 door. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky.,

The Drowsy Chaperone — This five-time Tony Award winner is a show within a show. Join the narrator as he presents his favorite musical, the fictitious Drowsy Chaperone. He’ll guide the audience through this parody of American musical comedy. Through Aug. 27. $29 adults; $26 kids. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill,

Summer Cinema: UP with Gorilla Cinema — Ditch your typical transport and let a colorful bunch of balloons sweep you to Washington Park for a viewing of Pixar’s UP. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 2. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Goettafest — Try goetta in chili, lo mein, burritos and bread pudding at this year’s Goettafest. Games, live entertainment and food are featured throughout the four-day event. Through Aug. 6. Free admission. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky.,

Venti Viennese: Coffeehouse of Culture — Celebrate the union of coffee and culture with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Inspired by Vienna’s coffeehouses, which served as a place where artists and their art forms mingled, this installment of the Summer Series will combine classical and popular music. Hip Hop artist Elementz will join the strings section in a reinterpretation of Beethoven. Coffee available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 3. Burnet Woods Bandstand, 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton,

Hans Zimmer at U.S. Bank Arena — This legendary composer has had a hand in the scores of the silver screen. With the music of InceptionPirates of the CaribbeanThe Dark Knight Trilogy and more to his name, he’ll stop in Cincinnati for the first tour of his career. 8 p.m. Aug. 3. Tickets start at $45. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown,


Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper at Riverbend — If you want to be forever young or just want to have fun, make sure to catch these Pop music legends at Riverbend. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Tickets start at $30. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, California,

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach  This musical will retell the beloved children’s story by Roald Dahl. The orphaned James escapes his dreary life with the help of a giant, enchanted peach and the insects that live inside. Presented by the Beechmont Players, Inc. Through Aug. 12. $15 general; $13 seniors (60+) and students. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson,


Urban Trials — Crack the code to a bank vault and steer clear of booby traps as you get away with your loot on an escape bus. There will be 15 physical and mental challenges in this 5K fun run. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5. $49. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

Paddlefest — Last year over 1,800 paddlers took to the Ohio for Paddlefest. This year, they’re hoping to break that record. Rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard — or bring your own — for the 9-mile trip. The course will lead from Cincinnati’s East End to Riverside. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Standard rates: $40 ages 15 and up; $15 kids 4-14. Day-of rates: $45 ages 15 and up; $20 kids 4-14. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave., East End,


Pentatonix — The five-member A Cappella group that found success on NBC’s The Sing-Off will take the stage with only their voices at PNC Pavilion this summer. 8 p.m. Aug. 6. Tickets start at $85. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Deathmatch Monday at 16-Bit — Is there anything better than classic arcade games? What about classic game tournaments paired with $7 stadium cups all night long? Head to 16-Bit for some liquid courage and show off your skills. Mondays. Free admission. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,


Foreigner at Riverbend — It’s Foreigner’s 40th, and the band is on tour to celebrate. They’ll play Riverbend with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Tickets start at $28. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, California,


Summer Cinema: La La Land — Follow your dreams to Los Angeles — or just to Washington Park to see this highly acclaimed romance. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 9. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

CityBeat Events Sugar Rush — Feel like Finn and Jake from Adventure Time by surrounding yourself in a world of pure imagination. Several local sweeteries will come together and sample their best cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, pies, pastries and everything else your mom told you not to eat before dinner. Vote on your favorite treat and the winner will receive an award to put on display for a year. Want more? A panel of experts will hand out recognitions for the most creative sweet. August 9. Free entry. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — You’ve heard of Joseph’s coat of many colors from Genesis, but you’ll see it in technicolor during this production by the East Side Players. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the musical on the lawn of the Blue Ash Amphitheatre.Through Aug 19. $10; free kids under 3. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash,

Madcap’s Monsters of Baseball — This touring show brings monsters to the ballpark, though apparently they’re not welcome. A young boy brings a little monster named Gus to see a game, showing there’s room for everyone on the baseball field. 11 a.m. August 10. Free admission. Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Downtown,

Great Inland Seafood Festival — Join 10,000 live lobsters — and people, too — at this annual seafood festival. Take a whole Maine lobster home for $10.95, or eat fresh and tasty seafood from over 15 local restaurants and national vendors right on Riverboat Row. Through Aug. 13. Free admission. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.,

Brad Paisley at Riverbend — Country music star Brad Paisley returns to Cincinnati for his Life Amplified Tour. He will perform tracks from his latest album, Love and War. 7 p.m. Aug 10. Tickets start at $25. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, California,


Cincinnati Blues Fest — “Boogie-woogie” with bands, singers, pianists and more at this celebration of Cincinnati Blues. National and home-grown acts will take to the riverfront for this annual fest. Local acts will be chosen from the best of the Cincy Blues Challenge. Aug. 11-12. Early bird (through July 11): $20 Friday or Saturday; $35 weekend. Regular: $25 Friday and Saturday; $45 weekend. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

Kings of Leon at Riverbend — Rock royalty will make its way to Riverbend in an added leg of the WALLS tour. 7 p.m. Aug. 11. Tickets start at $28. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Western & Southern Open — The top tennis players in the world return to Cincinnati for the W&S Open. Both men and women compete for millions in prize money. Through Aug. 20. Tickets start at $10. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason,

The Color Run — Embrace your inner unicorn in this colorful 5K. With a focus on happiness, healthiness and individuality, this 5K has no winners. It’s not even timed. Navigate color and foam zones, paint your aspirations on a dream wall and take selfies with giant inflatable unicorns, all for fun. 9 a.m. Aug. 12. $40 team member; $45 individual; $14.99 youth participant entry and kit; free youth participation entry. Cincinnati Riverfront, Downtown,

Into the Woods Jr. presented by Jersey Productions — Venture into the woods with Cinderella, Little Red, Jack and Rapunzel for a junior production of Stephen Sondheim’s dark fairytale. Watch as Sondheim’s reimagined characters sing their way through a dangerous adventure to break an evil witch’s curse. 7 p.m. Aug. 12. $15 adults; $11 students and seniors. Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

American Acoustic Tour — The Punch Brothers and I’m With Her may tour together, but neither is an opener. These two bluegrass bands perform in an unusual collaborative effort. 8 p.m. Aug. 12. Starting at $30. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

In Depth: A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America — Curator of Decorative Arts and Design Amy Dehan will guide guests through the world of folk art in the museum’s latest special exhibition — A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. A celebration of American creativity, the exhibit features self-taught artists from 1800 to 1925. 2-3 p.m. Aug 12. Free admission; reservations required. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,


The Full Monty — You’ll see unemployed steelworkers bare all in this musical comedy at The Carnegie. In an effort to restart their bank accounts and their lives, a cast of memorable characters sets out to create a male strip tease act. They’ll learn to overcome their fears, love their bodies and throw caution to the wind. Through Aug. 27. $30. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington, Ky., 

Art in the Garden — Walk through 3 acres of bright blooms to see art and meet artists at Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping. You’ll see paintings, sculptures and more. Wine and refreshments, as well as art and plants, are available for purchase. Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 13. $8. Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, 2410 Lanes Mill Road, Hamilton,

Cin City Reptile Show — With over 40 regular vendors, this monthly show is host to thousands of exotic reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug 13. $5 adults; free children under 10. 74 Donald Drive, Fairfield, 


Taking Back Sunday at Bogart’s — New York rockers Taking Back Sunday stop by Bogart’s on the heels of their seventh album, Tidal Wave, released in September 2016. All ages. 6:30 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. show Aug. 14. Tickets start at $27. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville,


Tournament Tuesdays at The Rook — Compete against other gamers every Tuesday at The Rook. Tournament Tuesdays offer a competitive experience; although all skill levels are welcome, players are asked to be familiar with each week’s game (go online for updates). 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays. Free entry. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,


Farmer in the Dell — This event will bring the farm to your family. A barnyard petting zoo, ponies, tractors and trucks will meet in Beech Acres Park. Park concessions available for purchase. 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 16. $5 per child. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson,

Summer Cinema: The Karate Kid — “Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.” Mr. Miyagi would be proud. Now, take a break from your first lesson to enjoy a classic ’80s film in the park. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 16. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Birds of a Feather Music and Arts Festival — This festival boasts a scenic 80 acres. Swim in a lake, hike through the woods and bike on the trails of Thornhill Farm. Bring a tent or even an RV to camp through this four-day fest, which features bands like Rumpke Mountain Boys, Backup Planet, The Cliftones and more. Aug. 17-20. $75 Thursday-Sunday; $50 Saturday-Sunday. Thornhill Farm, 14114 Kenton Station Road, Morning View, Ky.,

Bandstand Bluegrass: Willow Tree Carolers — This event brings Bluegrass, Roots and Americana to the bandstand. Cincinnati-grown folk band Willow Tree Carolers will take to the park with banjo and fiddle in hand in this week’s installment. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 17. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Midwest Black Family Reunion — One of the city’s largest family events returns for three days. It will bring families, nonprofits and businesses together to celebrate the strengths and values of black families. Join for a city-wide parade Saturday (departing from The Avondale Town Center, 3529 Reading Road, at 10 a.m.), and enjoy music, performances, art and games throughout the event. With the inclusion of health screenings and a jobs fair, the event promises to fuel mind, body and soul. Aug. 18-20. Free admission. Multiple locations,


Loveland Castle Days — Lords and ladies alike can take a stroll through castle gardens, visit a crafts market and enjoy historical entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19. $8 adults; free kids 5 and under. Loveland Castle, 12075 Shore Road, Loveland,

Simple Plan at Bogart’s — These Canadian Pop punkers are back with their 15th-anniversary tour: No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls. It’s a celebration of their first album of the same name. 7 p.m. Aug. 19. Tickets start at $25. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville,

The City Flea — The Flea hosts its first fall market of the year in conjunction with the City Flea Kids Market, which gives local children ages 4-14 the opportunity to showcase their own wares. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 


Green Day at Riverbend — Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool will bring Punk back to Cincinnati. The band returns for its Revolution Radio tour and will be joined by Catfish and the Bottlemen, alternative rockers hailing from Wales. 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Tickets start at $39. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Red to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues —  Local sculptor Tom Tsuchiya has created statues in bronze of eight Reds legends. Learn about these Reds icons and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and tools used by Tsuchiya. Through Sept. 4. $10 adults; $8 students/seniors; free ages 4 and younger. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown,


Taft’s Tuesdays — Grab half-price pints and growler fills all day long at Taft’s Ale House — just wear any brewery or beer apparel. Tuesdays. Free entry. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 


CityBeat Events Margarita MadnessPretend the Ohio River is a destination beach far, far away with the tropical tastes of Margarita Madness. Vendors will compete to see who can make the best margarita. Curb the booze with summery bites from restaurants and a “Guac Off” to crown the best guacamole. Tunes from Beloved Youth will drift in the air. 5:30-8:30 p.m. August 23. $35-40. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 

Summer Cinema: Homeward Bound — This isn’t your average Wednesday at Washington Park. As always, man’s best friend is welcome to attend Summer Cinema, but this time Dogs of Cincy will join. The Humans of New York-style blog dedicated to dogs is looking to tell your dog’s story. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 23. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Cincy Brew Ha-Ha — Cincy Brew Ha-Ha is bringing lager and laughter to Sawyer Point for the 10th time. The annual festival will feature over 120 beers and more than 75 comedians on four stages. Chris Porter, a Last Comic Standing alum, will headline. Aug. 24-26. Free admission; $5 beer wristbands; $3 for two beer tickets. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,


Taste of Blue Ash — Sample cuisine from more than 20 Blue Ash establishments in this year’s festival. There will be live entertainment from Blessid Union of Souls and Loverboy on Friday. Return Saturday to see Halfway to Hazard and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy. Bring the kids for rides and a family fun area. Noon-11 p.m. Aug. 25-26. Free admission. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash,

Shakespeare and the Queen City — Shakespeare’s stories have been set in the Elizabethan era, the modern era and every age in between. This exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center will explore the transformation and relevance of the Bard’s work throughout history. At its center: Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623. Through Oct. 29. Ticket price TBA. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate,


Butterfly Walk in Liberty Township — Meet the butterflies of Cherokee Park in this nature walk led by Bill Walker. 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 26. Free admission. Cherokee Park, 4616 Watoga Drive, Liberty Township,

Taste of OTR — Come for the all-new Craft Beer Village, but stay for the usual fare — great eats from OTR and area restaurants. This two-day event features music, children’s activities and raffles. Aug. 26-27. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

John Mayer at Riverbend — John Mayer stops in Cincinnati for the summer leg of his Search for Everything World Tour. 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Tickets start at $36. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Cheetah Run — A cheetah can run up to 75 mph. While you may not run as fast as them, you can run to benefit them. Proceeds from this 5K go to the Cincinnati Zoo and its care of the animals who call it home. 8 a.m. Aug. 27. $35 zoo members; $40 non-members; free kids 12 and under. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,


Monday Night Trivia at Taft’s — Put your brain to the test at Taft’s Ale House every Monday night during a general knowledge trivia game. Categories include everything from music to science to television, with first- through third-place winners taking home a gift card. Every trivia night, order up two sliders and a beer for $10. 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Free entry. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,

BB Riverboats Historic Cincinnati Sightseeing Cruise — Set sail and sit back on a one-and-a-half-hour sightseeing tour of the Ohio River. Your captain will regale you with facts about the Queen City (did you know that one out of every four steamboats built in the United States was constructed in Cincinnati?). The cruise includes a cash bar and snacks available for purchase. 2:30 p.m. boarding; 3 p.m. sailing Aug. 28. $23 adults; $17 kids. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.,


Fountain Feud — It’s time to play! Head to Fountain Square for a local version of Family Feud. Compete against other teams to guess the most popular answers to trivia questions. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 29. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown,


Summer Cinema: Beauty and the Beast — Be a guest at Washington Park’s final movie screening of the summer. Enjoy concessions and a full bar, with craft beer offerings available from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, MadTree Brewing and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 30. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Salsa on the Square — Dance the night away on Fountain Square and cool down with an adult beverage. Tonight’s installment of Salsa on the Square features live music by TROPICOSO. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown,


Indie Vol. 2017 with Eric Nally — Catch the summer’s final installment of Indie Vol. 2017, featuring former Foxy Shazam member Eric Nally. 7-11 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


Shakespeare In Love — Watch as William Shakespeare himself falls into a love that inspires the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet. The Oscar-winning film comes to life on the stage of Marx Theatre. Through Sep. 30. Ticket price TBA. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams,

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at U.S. Bank Arena — Country music’s favorite couple comes back to Cincinnati on a joint tour, Soul2Soul. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets start at $69.50. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown,



Labor Day Picnic at Stricker’s Grove — Hamilton’s own private amusement park, Stricker’s Grove, opens to the public for its annual Labor Day celebration. Guests can take a ride on the park’s two rollercoasters, the Tornado and the Teddy Bear, play its 18 holes of mini golf, visit its video game arcade and much more. 1-8 p.m. Sept. 4. $12.50. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton,


Improv Festival of Cincinnati — OTRimprov hosts IF Cincy, bringing local and national comedy troupes to the Know Theatre. Grab an all-access, weekend or one-night pass for five days of entertainment. Sept. 5-10. Tickets start at $6. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,