16 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (May 29-June 2)

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WEDNESDAY 29
FILM: The Mummy at Washington Park
The Summer Cinema series at Washington Park is back with weekly, family-friendly blockbusters. Grab some lawn chairs, lay down a blanket or sprawl out on the grass as Brendan Fraser fends off an ancient foe in the inaugural flick The Mummy (1999). Concessions will be available onsite, offering light snacks and refreshments, including beer, wine and spirits. Next Wednesday, it’s The Secret Life of Pets. 9-11 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Photo: 3CDC

WEDNESDAY 29

FILM: The Mummy at Washington Park
The Summer Cinema series at Washington Park is back with weekly, family-friendly blockbusters. Grab some lawn chairs, lay down a blanket or sprawl out on the grass as Brendan Fraser fends off an ancient foe in the inaugural flick The Mummy (1999). Concessions will be available onsite, offering light snacks and refreshments, including beer, wine and spirits. Next Wednesday, it’s The Secret Life of Pets. 9-11 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Photo: 3CDC
THURSDAY 30
COMEDY: Greg Hahn
Comedian and South Florida native Greg Hahn had a pretty normal childhood. Catholic school led to Rollins College in Central Florida where he was on the basketball team. “I had a sweet spot on the bench,” he says. After graduation, he got a good-paying job with Lockheed. It was while there he became interested in stand-up. “Why make $200 a day when I can be a comedian and make that in a week?” he says. Unfortunately, the Orlando area wasn’t a hotbed of comedy at the time, so Hahn found other comedy-adjacent work including a job in a stunt show at Universal Studios. “I was also emcee of the lumberjack show,” he adds. He eventually wound up doing stand-up full-time and today is a much sought-after comedian for corporate and private events. A regular on the Bob & Tom radio show, appearing at Go Bananas gives him a chance to let loose a little. 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday. $10-$18. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: greghahn.com

THURSDAY 30

COMEDY: Greg Hahn
Comedian and South Florida native Greg Hahn had a pretty normal childhood. Catholic school led to Rollins College in Central Florida where he was on the basketball team. “I had a sweet spot on the bench,” he says. After graduation, he got a good-paying job with Lockheed. It was while there he became interested in stand-up. “Why make $200 a day when I can be a comedian and make that in a week?” he says. Unfortunately, the Orlando area wasn’t a hotbed of comedy at the time, so Hahn found other comedy-adjacent work including a job in a stunt show at Universal Studios. “I was also emcee of the lumberjack show,” he adds. He eventually wound up doing stand-up full-time and today is a much sought-after comedian for corporate and private events. A regular on the Bob & Tom radio show, appearing at Go Bananas gives him a chance to let loose a little. 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday. $10-$18. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: greghahn.com
FRIDAY 31
MUSIC: Bunbury Music Festival
Founded by veteran Cincinnati promoter Bill Donabedian, the Bunbury Music Festival began drawing thousands of music fans from across the region in 2012 with early lineups that included bands like Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and The National. In 2014, Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Productions took over, helping further cement the riverfront festival’s status as one of the region’s marquee Alternative-to-mainstream music events with bookings like The Black Keys, The Killers, Muse, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg and Post Malone. Returning to Cincinnati’s riverfront May 31-June 2, this year’s Bunbury is the first since PromoWest was acquired by huge global promotions company AEG and the first since PromoWest announced it would be building a new concert facility across the Ohio River in Newport. Bunbury 2019 will feature headlining acts like Fall Out Boy (who also performed at 2014’s fest), The 1975 (which played a sold-out Cincinnati show at PNC Pavilion earlier in May), Greta Van Fleet, Girl Talk and Run the Jewels. There is also a pair of popular ’90s bands who’ve carried on after losing their lead singers to accidental drug overdoses — Stone Temple Pilots and Sublime with Rome. Undercard options include Clutch, Joywave, Flora Cash, Jukebox the Ghost, Great Good Fine OK, Tropidelic and Reignwolf. Representing the Cincinnati music scene at this year’s Bunbury are Trauma Illinois, Young Heirlooms, Jack Burton Overdrive and Hip Hop ensemble Triiibe. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 1:30 p.m. $79 (for single day); $189 (for three-day passes); VIP packages also available. Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, bunburyfestival.com.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

FRIDAY 31

MUSIC: Bunbury Music Festival
Founded by veteran Cincinnati promoter Bill Donabedian, the Bunbury Music Festival began drawing thousands of music fans from across the region in 2012 with early lineups that included bands like Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and The National. In 2014, Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Productions took over, helping further cement the riverfront festival’s status as one of the region’s marquee Alternative-to-mainstream music events with bookings like The Black Keys, The Killers, Muse, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg and Post Malone. Returning to Cincinnati’s riverfront May 31-June 2, this year’s Bunbury is the first since PromoWest was acquired by huge global promotions company AEG and the first since PromoWest announced it would be building a new concert facility across the Ohio River in Newport. Bunbury 2019 will feature headlining acts like Fall Out Boy (who also performed at 2014’s fest), The 1975 (which played a sold-out Cincinnati show at PNC Pavilion earlier in May), Greta Van Fleet, Girl Talk and Run the Jewels. There is also a pair of popular ’90s bands who’ve carried on after losing their lead singers to accidental drug overdoses — Stone Temple Pilots and Sublime with Rome. Undercard options include Clutch, Joywave, Flora Cash, Jukebox the Ghost, Great Good Fine OK, Tropidelic and Reignwolf. Representing the Cincinnati music scene at this year’s Bunbury are Trauma Illinois, Young Heirlooms, Jack Burton Overdrive and Hip Hop ensemble Triiibe. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 1:30 p.m. $79 (for single day); $189 (for three-day passes); VIP packages also available. Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, bunburyfestival.com.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
FRIDAY 31
EVENT: Art After Dark: On the Fringe
Art After Dark at the Cincinnati Art Museum gets a twist as it doubles as the kick-off party for the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, the local two-week kinda weird theater and arts fest produced by Know Theatre. There will be live music from Largemouth Brass Band, preview performances from Cincy Fringe acts and food for purchase from Eli’s BBQ, Dewey’s Pizza and Graeter’s Ice Cream. In addition, guests will be able to explore the entire museum free of charge, including limited-time exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. 5-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Photo: Cincinnati Art Museum

FRIDAY 31

EVENT: Art After Dark: On the Fringe
Art After Dark at the Cincinnati Art Museum gets a twist as it doubles as the kick-off party for the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, the local two-week kinda weird theater and arts fest produced by Know Theatre. There will be live music from Largemouth Brass Band, preview performances from Cincy Fringe acts and food for purchase from Eli’s BBQ, Dewey’s Pizza and Graeter’s Ice Cream. In addition, guests will be able to explore the entire museum free of charge, including limited-time exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. 5-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Photo: Cincinnati Art Museum
FRIDAY 31
EVENT: Wildman Days
Wildman Days is a family-friendly celebration of all things Sasquatch held in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky the weekend of May 31. The fest features live music, contests and even a marathon that snakes through Bigfoot territory. Just under a two-hour drive from Cincinnati, it also makes for quirky road trip. May 31-June 2. Lawrenceburg, Indiana, wildmandays.com
Photo: Top Vector Studio

FRIDAY 31

EVENT: Wildman Days
Wildman Days is a family-friendly celebration of all things Sasquatch held in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky the weekend of May 31. The fest features live music, contests and even a marathon that snakes through Bigfoot territory. Just under a two-hour drive from Cincinnati, it also makes for quirky road trip. May 31-June 2. Lawrenceburg, Indiana, wildmandays.com
Photo: Top Vector Studio
FRIDAY 31
EVENT: CincItalia
Get a taste of the old country at the 10th-annual CincItalia Festival — a celebration of Italian cuisine, wine, music and culture. Things kick off with an adults-only carnevale on Friday with live music from The Rusty Griswolds and assorted games of chance. Things get family-friendly the rest of the weekend with rides and games, Italian cooking demos, Italian trivia contests and live music from acts including Italian tenor Elio Scaccio. It wouldn’t be an Italian fest without food, and there will be plenty — lasagna, spiedini, arrosticini, bruschetta, fried ravioli, stromboli, cavatelli, sausage, gelato, tiramisu, limoncello cake, cannoli (homemade by the La Societa Fuscaldese Femminile) and cookies. Visit the wine garden for Bolla wines.  6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 3-11 p.m. Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. Harvest Home Park, 391 North Bend Road, Cheviot, cincitalia.org.
Photo: Provided by CincItalia

FRIDAY 31

EVENT: CincItalia
Get a taste of the old country at the 10th-annual CincItalia Festival — a celebration of Italian cuisine, wine, music and culture. Things kick off with an adults-only carnevale on Friday with live music from The Rusty Griswolds and assorted games of chance. Things get family-friendly the rest of the weekend with rides and games, Italian cooking demos, Italian trivia contests and live music from acts including Italian tenor Elio Scaccio. It wouldn’t be an Italian fest without food, and there will be plenty — lasagna, spiedini, arrosticini, bruschetta, fried ravioli, stromboli, cavatelli, sausage, gelato, tiramisu, limoncello cake, cannoli (homemade by the La Societa Fuscaldese Femminile) and cookies. Visit the wine garden for Bolla wines. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 3-11 p.m. Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. Harvest Home Park, 391 North Bend Road, Cheviot, cincitalia.org.
Photo: Provided by CincItalia
FRIDAY 31
EVENT: Summerfair Cincinnati
More than 300 artists will travel to Coney Island from across the country to display and sell their works at one of the nation’s oldest continuous art fairs. The exhibits will be accompanied by live performances and plenty of fair food, with all proceeds supporting scholarships and exposure opportunities for student and professional artists. Come Saturday morning (9-11 a.m.) for Brunch in the Gardens, with food from chef Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts and music from The Amy McFarland Trio.  2-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10; $40 brunch. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, summerfair.org.
Photo: Provided by Summerfair

FRIDAY 31

EVENT: Summerfair Cincinnati
More than 300 artists will travel to Coney Island from across the country to display and sell their works at one of the nation’s oldest continuous art fairs. The exhibits will be accompanied by live performances and plenty of fair food, with all proceeds supporting scholarships and exposure opportunities for student and professional artists. Come Saturday morning (9-11 a.m.) for Brunch in the Gardens, with food from chef Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts and music from The Amy McFarland Trio. 2-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10; $40 brunch. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, summerfair.org.
Photo: Provided by Summerfair
FRIDAY 31
EVENT: Cincinnati Garlic Festival
Arnold’s Bar & Grill isn’t afraid to get smelly with their food: Introducing the Cincinnati Garlic Festival 2019. On Friday and Saturday, Cincinnatians can consume all the garlic they want via an assortment of specially prepared local food and beer at the downtown bar: Listermann, Fifty West and Rhinegeist will bring garlic beers; Madisono’s will have garlic gelato; Wunderbar! will have garlic pretzels; Avril-Bleh butchers will provide assorted garlic sausages; Arnold’s will have a slew of garlic cocktails, appetizers, entr?es and desserts from chef Kayla Robison; and more. In 1998, Jim Tarbell hosted the original Cincinnati Garlic Festival in the Grammer’s parking lot in Over-the-Rhine. Arnold’s got Tarbell’s blessing and reinvented the Queen City tradition. In addition to food, there will be live music from Root Cellar Xtract and The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, plus Garlic Festival merch. 5-11 p.m. Friday; all day Saturday. Free admission. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, facebook.com/arnoldsbar.
Art: We Have Become Vikings

FRIDAY 31

EVENT: Cincinnati Garlic Festival
Arnold’s Bar & Grill isn’t afraid to get smelly with their food: Introducing the Cincinnati Garlic Festival 2019. On Friday and Saturday, Cincinnatians can consume all the garlic they want via an assortment of specially prepared local food and beer at the downtown bar: Listermann, Fifty West and Rhinegeist will bring garlic beers; Madisono’s will have garlic gelato; Wunderbar! will have garlic pretzels; Avril-Bleh butchers will provide assorted garlic sausages; Arnold’s will have a slew of garlic cocktails, appetizers, entr?es and desserts from chef Kayla Robison; and more. In 1998, Jim Tarbell hosted the original Cincinnati Garlic Festival in the Grammer’s parking lot in Over-the-Rhine. Arnold’s got Tarbell’s blessing and reinvented the Queen City tradition. In addition to food, there will be live music from Root Cellar Xtract and The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, plus Garlic Festival merch. 5-11 p.m. Friday; all day Saturday. Free admission. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, facebook.com/arnoldsbar.
Art: We Have Become Vikings
SATURDAY 01
EVENT: Pinups at the Zoo
OH! Pinups is bringing vintage styles and sass to the Cincinnati Zoo for a family-friendly day of fashion and fun. Sport your favorite pinup look all day and meet other lovers of 1950s styles. OH! Pinups is a social group centered around “vintage and retro culture, from cars to clothes, music, dance and everything in between.” Members of the group will be out and about posing for photos and classing up the joint with Victory Rolls and wiggle dresses. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. $18 adult admission, $10 kid admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. cincinnatizoo.org.
Photo: Scott St. Martin Nebuleux LTD

SATURDAY 01

EVENT: Pinups at the Zoo
OH! Pinups is bringing vintage styles and sass to the Cincinnati Zoo for a family-friendly day of fashion and fun. Sport your favorite pinup look all day and meet other lovers of 1950s styles. OH! Pinups is a social group centered around “vintage and retro culture, from cars to clothes, music, dance and everything in between.” Members of the group will be out and about posing for photos and classing up the joint with Victory Rolls and wiggle dresses. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. $18 adult admission, $10 kid admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. cincinnatizoo.org.
Photo: Scott St. Martin Nebuleux LTD
SATURDAY 1
MUSIC: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
Clinton's 'One Nation Under a Groove Tour' is coming to Riverfront Live for an epic night of Funk that will also feature special guests Galactic, Fishbone and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf.  6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1. $40. Riverfront Live, 4343 Kellogg Ave., East End.
Photo: JMSCHNEID (CC-BY-3.0)

SATURDAY 1

MUSIC: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
Clinton's 'One Nation Under a Groove Tour' is coming to Riverfront Live for an epic night of Funk that will also feature special guests Galactic, Fishbone and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1. $40. Riverfront Live, 4343 Kellogg Ave., East End.
Photo: JMSCHNEID (CC-BY-3.0)