18 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Sept. 25-27)
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Nihilist Arby's at Northside Yacht Club
As Nietzsche once said, "God is dead." But beef and cheddars are not. They exist and proof can be found Friday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Oct. 2 at Northside Yacht Club's Nihilist Arby's pop-up, the first of its kind. NSYC has crafted a menu to mimic the Arby's menu (obviously, otherwise it would be named something else) with 24-hour sous-vide dry-rubbed then braised beef, Sixteen Brick onion rolls and mornay sauce made with UrbanStead cheese. They are also offering Restaurant Depot curly fries, "because you cant improve on perfection," says co-owner Stuart MacKenzie. "Just kidding perfection is a myth designed create unattainable goals that reinforces hegemonic norms and power structures." For vegetarians (and vegans), there is a seitan steak option and a boozy, vegan spin on a Jamocha Shake. 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25-Thursday, Oct. 2. Northside Yacht Club, 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com.
Photo: Northside Yacht Club
The Dent Schoolhouse's homicidal Charlie the Janitor is turning into Mr. Clean this Halloween season. Kicking off Sept. 25, the West Side haunted house welcomes guests to visit their "scary, safe, and fun experience," which continues with general admission tickets and special nights like lights-on for kids, lights-off for extra thrill seekers, and construction and ghost tours. Tickets are on sale now and range in price from $20-$25. Guests have the option to purchase an additional $20 "fast pass" or a $30 "front of the line" ticket. Sept. 25-Nov. 13. Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse
Great Outdoor Week
This year's Great Outdoor Weekend has expanded to encompass nine days of nature-focused fun, transforming into Great Outdoor Week. Hosted by the Green Umbrella regional sustainability alliance, from Sept. 19-27, venues across the area will be offering special free programming for the initiative, which aims to encourage adults and kids to "sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available."The outdoors are open! said Ryan Mooney-Bullock, executive director of Green Umbrella, in a release. With essential measures like wearing a mask and physical distancing when around others, its safe and beneficial to get outside and enjoy the beauty that our regions outdoor spaces have to offer. This year especially, Great Outdoor Week offers families and individuals alike a much-needed respite from being cooped up inside. Through Sept. 27. Free. Find Great Outdoor Week-associated events at greatoutdoorweekend.org.
Lebanons Country Applefest
Take a bite out of Lebanon Countys Applefest this fall. The festival is filled with over 300 food and arts and crafts vendors to check out during the two-day festival. Plenty of apple-infused eats will be available, including chocolate or caramel covered apples, fritters and pies, plus non-appley eats like ribs, kettle corn, brats and more. Make sure to stick around for the live entertainment available on both days. All vendors, staff and attendees are required to wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 26; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27. 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, countryapplefest.com.
Pyramid Hill's Art & Music Festival
Pyramid Hill is hosting an Art & Music Festival on its 300-acre grounds this weekend. The 18th-annual juried art fair portion will feature more than 50 artists exhibiting and selling handmade creations. There will also be live music, family-friendly activities food, and a beer garden with beer from Fretboard Brewing Company. Attendees, volunteers and vendors are required to wear masks. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27. $10 per carload or $15 for a two day pass. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, pyramidhill.org.
Photo: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
Plum Gorgeous Fall Floral Show at Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory's fall floral show is a violet delight. Plum Gorgeous
introduces visitors to an alternative autumnal hue, featuring a dazzling display of traditional fall plants and trees decked out in rich shades of purple. Flowers and plants range from fuchsia mums and deep purple ipomoea to lavender, cabbage and kale, plus alyssum, scabiosa and a smattering of plum trees. The floral show runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Oct. 25. The conservatory is closed on Mondays. General admission is $7 for adults; $5 for youth 5-17; and free for children under 4. Krohn Conservatory, 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Digital Season Opener
After canceling their in-person concerts for the fall and winter, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops are producing a new series of reprogrammed performances that will be livestreamed on their website and social media channels, as well as via giant screens at Fountain Square and Washington Park. The CSO is now offering four concerts beginning Sept. 26 and the Pops will present three concerts, including a December holiday show, all produced live at Music Halls Springer Auditorium. All seven concerts will be free. Performances are an hour with no intermission. Langrée is conducting programs on Sept. 26, Oct. 4, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. The CSO's digital season opener will feature soprano Angel Blue and the Catalyst Quartet performing Jessie Montgomery's Banner
, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915
and Copeland's Suite from Appalachian Spring
. 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. cincinnatisymphony.org.
Photo: Provided by the CSO
Land of Illusions Haunted Scream Park
Why explore only one haunted attraction when you could have six? Land of Illusion has six frights to choose from: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Zombie Sniper Patrol, Middletown Haunted Trail and Dr. Psychos Haunted Estate, plus live music and/or DJs every Friday and Saturday. They also have a full bar. According to the website, they will be encouraging social distancing and will implement timed entry for each maze. Weekends through Nov. 1. Tickets start at $20. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, landofillusion.com.
Kings Islands Tricks and Treats Fall Fest
Tricks and Treats Fall Fest at Kings Island is promising to be your one-stop-shop for all the fall fun (instead of their annual Halloween Haunt event). It offers plenty of treats to fill your bellies and spirits, like spooky-themed snacks and activities for kids including tractor rides and corn mazes. So get dressed up, decorate your own pumpkin and go trick-or-treating. 11 a. m.-8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 26. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. $30 for admission and six tastings. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.
Sausage Fest at Longfellow
Hey all you weenie lovers: Head to Over-the-Rhine's Longfellow bar this Saturday, Sept. 26 for a good ol' fashioned sausage fest. Just to be quite clear, we're talking about a wholesome patio grill out, featuring some Lithuanian sausages made from a recipe courtesy of bar owner Mike Stankovich's grandfather Al. According to the event page, the sausages are "heavy on the paprika, spice and fennel." In addition to the meats, they will have a "vinegar-ey" Bavarian-style potato salad. Wash it all down with an Ayinger Märzen brew. The special will be available until they sell out. The sausage party kicks off at 2 p.m. and the bar will be open until 10 p.m. Longfellow, 1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, longfellowbar.com.