What To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: Aug. 3-5

Glier's Goettafest; Ohio River Paddlefest; The Book of Mormon; Delhi Skirt Game; World's Longest Yard Sale; and more

FRIDAY 03

click to enlarge A goetta donut at Glier's Goettafest - Photo: Provided
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A goetta donut at Glier's Goettafest


EVENT: Glier’s Goettafest

It’s not a successful summer in Cincinnati without the chance to gorge yourself on the most “Cincinnati” food item that isn’t Skyline. Imagine a county fair centered around a crispy, creamy meatloaf — that’s what you’re getting yourself into at this weekend’s Glier’s Goettafest. People travel great lengths to get their hands on the strangest, most inventive goetta creations from Cincinnati’s most beloved vendors. To keep the playing field even, each vendor must stick to a strict 3-2-1 rule: three goetta items, two non-goetta items and one dessert. You won’t find two of the same dish here. There will also be live entertainment, goetta games, a goetta vending machine, a beer garden and more. 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Free admission. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, goettafest.com.

MUSIC: Sunny Sweeney embraces contemporary modes of Country expression at the Southgate House Revival. See more about Sweeney and the High on Honky Tonk tour here

EVENT: The World’s Longest Yard Sale

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World's Longest Yard Sale

Calling all antique enthusiasts, estate sale scavengers and flea market aficionados: this one’s for you. It’s time for the best, biggest, greatest and most awesome yard sale ever. The World’s Longest Yard Sale (more formally known as the 127 Yard Sale) starts in Addison, Mich. and follows scenic State Route 127 nearly 700 miles down to Gadsden, Ala. Lucky for us, it runs right through a quaint little part of Northern Kentucky we call MainStrasse. For four magical days, MainStrasse will transform into a yard sale wonderland. As with all yard sales, pretty much anything goes, so prepare to sift your way through other people’s basement clutter and vintage collections and score a treasure or two to take home. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday- Sunday. Free admission. MainStrasse Village, Main St., Covington, 127yardsale.com.

COMEDY: Marlon Wayans

One might call the Wayans family the Jacksons of comedy. Of the 10 Wayans siblings, over half are in show business including Dwayne, Keenan Ivory, Damon, Kim, Shawn and Marlon. The latter will perform at the Liberty Funny Bone this weekend. Marlon is probably best known for collaborations with his brother Shawn on such projects as the sitcom The Wayans Brothers, as well as the Scary Movie films and Little Man. Earlier this year Marlon released a Netflix special called Woke-ish. On stage these days he talks about his personal life, including thoughts on growing older and being a father. He also dabbles in politics, but not too deeply. “Donald Trump is the Flavor Flav of white people,” he tells an audience. He follows that up later with, “When Barack Obama was elected, it was the first time we as black people felt we won — well, that and the OJ trial, but we knew he was guilty.” 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $35-$45. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.

EVENT: Price Hill Creative Community Festival

The Price Hill Creative Community Festival takes over East Price Hill for two days for a collaborative celebration of this creative and inclusive community. Hear from local musical favorites like Triiibe, talented out-of-towners like Lauren Elyse, and watch and learn from Classical musicians, Jazz pros, poets, rappers, dancers, singers, performers and storytellers of all kinds. Enjoy art installations, get involved at DIY workshops and work up an appetite for all the food trucks on site. As a special feature for 2018, five of the festival’s artists-in-residence will be creating an original work with MYCincinnati, Price Hill’s free youth orchestra program. 5 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. The Warsaw Avenue Firehouse, 3120 Warsaw Ave., East Price Hill, creativecommunityfestival.org.

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Delhi Skirt Game

 EVENT: Delhi Skirt Game

As one of West Side’s staple events, the Delhi Skirt Game is something truly special. This year marks the 41st annual skirt game, a tradition started by the Delhi Athletic Association and Delhi Fire Department to raise money for those in need in Delhi. Still going strong, men of all sizes, shapes and ages dress up in their best skirt and wig and play their hardest in a friendly softball competition to win big for charity. Each year, the guys are asked to dress in a theme. This year’s theme is local and national broadcasters, with real-life broadcaster Bob Herzog acting as the master of ceremonies. Along with food, beer, kid rides, gambling, games and a fireworks show, the Delhi Skirt Game is always one unique fundraiser and rollicking neighborhood party. 5-11 p.m. Friday. Free. Delhi Park, 5125 Foley Road, Delhi, delhiskirtgame.org.

COMEDY: The Jesse Miller Talk Show

Jesse Miller is bringing his talk show to MOTR Pub. Miller — aka Cincinnati-born Andre Hyland — is a “self-proclaimed mogul and Hollywood insider” who chugs energy drinks while leading a show that mixes stand-up, competitions and in-depth, slightly bizarre guest interviews. Past guests have included comedians Bob Odenkirk, Nick Kroll and Eric Andre. This time, Miller will be interviewing musician Yoni Wolf from the band WHY? and more TBD. An L.A.-based filmmaker, comedian and actor, Hyland is also the head writer for the Adult Swim show Mostly 4 Millennials. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. $10. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/motrpub.

SATURDAY 04

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Ohio River Paddlfest


ONSTAGE: The fourth-annual Cincinnati One-Minute Play Festival takes place at Know Theatre. See more about the fest here.

CLASSICAL: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik series continues with British Invasion, featuring Cincinnati native and cellist Coleman Itzkoff. Read an interview with Itzkoff and learn more about the concert here.

EVENT: Ohio River Paddlefest

Jump in a canoe or kayak and join the nation’s largest paddling celebration at the Ohio River Paddlefest. This is more than a day of recreation; it’s a party. Kicking off with a Friday Paddler’s Party, the event includes live music, food trucks, craft beer, a wooden boat display and an opportunity to camp by the river. Saturday morning — starting at 6:45 a.m. — paddlers will hop in a boat of their choosing to learn about local and historical points along the 9-mile Ohio River course or participate in the paddle race. No matter what floats your boat, Paddlefest ends with a finish line party starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, which will include music, food trucks, vendors and lots of craft beer. 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. $50 for ages 18 and up; $25 for ages 4-17. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave., East End, ohioriverpaddlefest.org.

ONSTAGE: The Book of Mormon

click to enlarge The Book of Mormon - Photo: Julieta Cervantes
Photo: Julieta Cervantes
The Book of Mormon

There’s not much that’s sacred about this crazy musical comedy that pokes fun at the earnest, white-shirted religious recruiters from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — aka Mormons — who get sent to Uganda and start making things up about their beliefs. Here’s a tip about the 2011 Tony Award-winning show’s creators: They are the guys behind South Park and Avenue Q. It’s eye-poppingly crass and overtly profane, yet at the same time it’s laugh-out-loud funny and never mean-spirited. Along the way it satirizes a couple of Broadway shows with witty, catchy tunes. Even Mormons have enjoyed the show, saying it’s like looking at themselves in a fun-house mirror. Through Sunday. Tickets start at $39. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.

SUNDAY 05

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Photo: Jesse Fox
Inside Krohn


ATTRACTIONS: An Apothecary Soul Garden at Krohn Conservatory

Krohn’s beloved butterfly exhibit has flown the coop and now healing herbs and mossy rocks have taken its place. The summer seasonal exhibit has switched over from a fluttering flurry of butterflies to an exhibition that explains the history and handicraft of apothecary in An Apothecary Soul Garden. Expand your knowledge of grassroots herbal medicine and healing practices among a forest of rosemary and echinacea. Through Aug. 19. $4 adult; $2 ages 5-17; free 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com

EVENT: Art on Vine

Art on Vine takes over Fountain Square with more than 70 local artisans hawking fine art and handmade goods. What started as a school project has grown into a monthly maker fair connecting customers directly to Cincinnati creatives. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, artvinecincy.com. 

ART: Mark de Jong: Swing House and Chris Larson: Function Is Redundant exhibit different and surreal looks at architecture at the Contemporary Arts Center. See more in a review here.

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