October 15, 2020

19 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Oct. 16-18)

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FRIDAY OCT. 16
Cincinnati Taco Week
The third-annual Cincinnati Taco Week will feature $2 specialty tacos from participating restaurants — some will even have three different unique Taco Week options — plus a special passport to guide you to taco nirvana. Get your passport stamped for each order of tacos. Earn a stamp from 5 or more participating locations and be entered to win the grand prize of $250 in gift cards and local Karrikin Spirits swag. Nothing goes better with tacos than a margarita. And since CityBeat's Margarita Madness party has been postponed until 2021, the event will be joining this year's Taco Week as restaurants compete to see who has the best margarita in Cincinnati. All competition participants will be using Taco Week sponsor Karrikin Blaze Agave Spirit as their tequila base, so all cocktails will start with a level playing field. Oct. 12-18. $2 tacos. Visit cincytacoweek.com to check out Cincinnati Taco Week menus and details.
Photo: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

FRIDAY OCT. 16

Cincinnati Taco Week
The third-annual Cincinnati Taco Week will feature $2 specialty tacos from participating restaurants — some will even have three different unique Taco Week options — plus a special passport to guide you to taco nirvana. Get your passport stamped for each order of tacos. Earn a stamp from 5 or more participating locations and be entered to win the grand prize of $250 in gift cards and local Karrikin Spirits swag. Nothing goes better with tacos than a margarita. And since CityBeat's Margarita Madness party has been postponed until 2021, the event will be joining this year's Taco Week as restaurants compete to see who has the best margarita in Cincinnati. All competition participants will be using Taco Week sponsor Karrikin Blaze Agave Spirit as their tequila base, so all cocktails will start with a level playing field. Oct. 12-18. $2 tacos. Visit cincytacoweek.com to check out Cincinnati Taco Week menus and details.
Photo: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
FRIDAY 16
Virtual Save Our Stages Fest
Big-name acts like Brittany Howard, the Roots, Demi Lovato and Foo Fighters are taking part in a three-day-long virtual Save Our Stages Fest this weekend. This event, put on by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), hopes to raise awareness about the plight of independent music venues as economic relief legislation languishes on the U.S. Senate floor. The whole affair will be livestreamed continuously on NIVA's YouTube channel, hosted by comedian Reggie Watts, and many of the performers will be coming to you live from legendary — and currently shuttered — spots like the Apollo, Ryman Auditorium and the Troubadour. Viewers are encouraged to donate to NIVA's Emergency Relief Fund, or call and email their congressional representatives to urge action on the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act or the Heroes Act. Sadly, the current Republican majority in the Senate has all but plainly stated that there will be no COVID relief passed before the election, preferring instead to concentrate on ramming through the nomination of a Supreme Court justice for Trump. So … enjoy the show as best you can, donate to NIVA and buy merchandise from your favorite venues. The Save Our Stages Fest airs virtually from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16-18, saveourstages.com.
Photo: Woodward Theater // Hailey Bollinger

FRIDAY 16

Virtual Save Our Stages Fest
Big-name acts like Brittany Howard, the Roots, Demi Lovato and Foo Fighters are taking part in a three-day-long virtual Save Our Stages Fest this weekend. This event, put on by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), hopes to raise awareness about the plight of independent music venues as economic relief legislation languishes on the U.S. Senate floor. The whole affair will be livestreamed continuously on NIVA's YouTube channel, hosted by comedian Reggie Watts, and many of the performers will be coming to you live from legendary — and currently shuttered — spots like the Apollo, Ryman Auditorium and the Troubadour. Viewers are encouraged to donate to NIVA's Emergency Relief Fund, or call and email their congressional representatives to urge action on the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act or the Heroes Act. Sadly, the current Republican majority in the Senate has all but plainly stated that there will be no COVID relief passed before the election, preferring instead to concentrate on ramming through the nomination of a Supreme Court justice for Trump. So … enjoy the show as best you can, donate to NIVA and buy merchandise from your favorite venues. The Save Our Stages Fest airs virtually from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16-18, saveourstages.com.
Photo: Woodward Theater // Hailey Bollinger
FRIDAY OCT. 16
Thrills on Wheels
The Cindependent Film Festival is bringing its mobile Reels on Wheels movie-screening trailer to different Cincinnati neighborhoods this October to offer some safe, family-friendly and slightly spooky films. The Thrills on Wheels tour will take the pop-up trailer to Camp Washington, Findlay Park, Northside, Mt. Adams, Hamilton and Price Hill to screen five, free, freaky films from local, national and international filmmakers, including local Shay Nartker's Avery and Amy’s Oddities documentary. 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the CampSITE Sculpture Park in Camp Washington. 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Price Hill Will in Price Hill, cindependentfilmfest.org.
Photo: Provided by Cindependent Film Fest

FRIDAY OCT. 16

Thrills on Wheels
The Cindependent Film Festival is bringing its mobile Reels on Wheels movie-screening trailer to different Cincinnati neighborhoods this October to offer some safe, family-friendly and slightly spooky films. The Thrills on Wheels tour will take the pop-up trailer to Camp Washington, Findlay Park, Northside, Mt. Adams, Hamilton and Price Hill to screen five, free, freaky films from local, national and international filmmakers, including local Shay Nartker's Avery and Amy’s Oddities documentary. 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the CampSITE Sculpture Park in Camp Washington. 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Price Hill Will in Price Hill, cindependentfilmfest.org.
Photo: Provided by Cindependent Film Fest
FRIDAY OCT. 16
Heritage Village Haunted Village
Described as a “slight fright,” this haunted attraction is completely kid-friendly and a lower-key haunted experience that won’t leave the youngsters with recurring nightmares until Christmas. A “ghost host” will lead private groups on tours through the recreated 19th-century village, “meeting ghosts, witches, pirates, a mortician, a fortune teller and a cursed archaeologist along the way.” Tickets must be purchased in advance for timed entry. Face masks required for those ages 6 and older; social distancing will be enforced. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 9-10; Oct. 16-17; Oct. 23-24. $8; free for members and kids 2 and under. 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
Photo: Provided by Heritage Village

FRIDAY OCT. 16

Heritage Village Haunted Village
Described as a “slight fright,” this haunted attraction is completely kid-friendly and a lower-key haunted experience that won’t leave the youngsters with recurring nightmares until Christmas. A “ghost host” will lead private groups on tours through the recreated 19th-century village, “meeting ghosts, witches, pirates, a mortician, a fortune teller and a cursed archaeologist along the way.” Tickets must be purchased in advance for timed entry. Face masks required for those ages 6 and older; social distancing will be enforced. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 9-10; Oct. 16-17; Oct. 23-24. $8; free for members and kids 2 and under. 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
Photo: Provided by Heritage Village
FRIDAY OCT. 16
Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride
Hold on tight: During this hellish hayride through a cornfield, riders are stalked and taunted by creatures hidden among the crops. Familiar faces like Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface and a bloodied take on Santa Claus appear alongside zombies, backwoodsmen, clowns and chainsaw-wielders. Sandyland Acres is asking their guests to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks at all times. Once you’re in the wagon, you can’t move from your seat until the ride is over. Cash only. Through Oct. 31. $15. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, sandylandacres.com.
Photo: facebook.com/shhfr

FRIDAY OCT. 16

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride
Hold on tight: During this hellish hayride through a cornfield, riders are stalked and taunted by creatures hidden among the crops. Familiar faces like Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface and a bloodied take on Santa Claus appear alongside zombies, backwoodsmen, clowns and chainsaw-wielders. Sandyland Acres is asking their guests to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks at all times. Once you’re in the wagon, you can’t move from your seat until the ride is over. Cash only. Through Oct. 31. $15. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, sandylandacres.com.
Photo: facebook.com/shhfr
FRIDAY OCT. 16
Dent Schoolhouse
According to legend, the bodies of several missing Dent Schoolhouse students were discovered in barrels in the building’s basement — and the janitor did it. Housed in an actual public school, Dent offers real ghost tours and lights-out experiences for those looking for a true fright, plus lights-on tours for kids and wimps. Tickets must be purchased online. Capacity has been cut in half this year so nights can sell out. Masks and social distancing are required. Through Nov. 13. $20-$25 general admission; +$20 fast pass; +$30 front of the line. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse

FRIDAY OCT. 16

Dent Schoolhouse
According to legend, the bodies of several missing Dent Schoolhouse students were discovered in barrels in the building’s basement — and the janitor did it. Housed in an actual public school, Dent offers real ghost tours and lights-out experiences for those looking for a true fright, plus lights-on tours for kids and wimps. Tickets must be purchased online. Capacity has been cut in half this year so nights can sell out. Masks and social distancing are required. Through Nov. 13. $20-$25 general admission; +$20 fast pass; +$30 front of the line. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse
SATURDAY OCT. 17
HallZOOween
The annual HallZOOween festival is going ahead this year, with some COVID precautions in place. “We’ve had to reimagine most of our events this year for the safety of visitors and staff,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “For HallZOOween, we’ll be offering pre-stuffed treat bags instead of inviting kids to trick or treat at multiple stations around the Zoo. We’re also limiting attendance to ensure that Voldemort and Harry Potter and can stay a zebra length apart on Zoo grounds.” Kids ages 2-12 will get a voucher for a free, pre-filled treat bag; animals will get special pumpkins; the Hogwart's Express train and Scare-ousel will be running; and festive fall food will be available. Costumes are encouraged and masks/facial coverings that adhere to CDC guidelines are still required. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Free with zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
Photo: Lisa Hubbard

SATURDAY OCT. 17

HallZOOween
The annual HallZOOween festival is going ahead this year, with some COVID precautions in place. “We’ve had to reimagine most of our events this year for the safety of visitors and staff,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “For HallZOOween, we’ll be offering pre-stuffed treat bags instead of inviting kids to trick or treat at multiple stations around the Zoo. We’re also limiting attendance to ensure that Voldemort and Harry Potter and can stay a zebra length apart on Zoo grounds.” Kids ages 2-12 will get a voucher for a free, pre-filled treat bag; animals will get special pumpkins; the Hogwart's Express train and Scare-ousel will be running; and festive fall food will be available. Costumes are encouraged and masks/facial coverings that adhere to CDC guidelines are still required. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Free with zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
Photo: Lisa Hubbard
SATURDAY OCT. 17
The City Flea
The City Flea is hosting a spaced-out makers pop-up in Washington Park on Saturday. With a reduced capacity, the market — which features good from local artisans ranging from jewelry and apothecary to T-shirts, vintage and pet goods — is asking both vendors and shoppers to wear masks and be respectful.  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

SATURDAY OCT. 17

The City Flea
The City Flea is hosting a spaced-out makers pop-up in Washington Park on Saturday. With a reduced capacity, the market — which features good from local artisans ranging from jewelry and apothecary to T-shirts, vintage and pet goods — is asking both vendors and shoppers to wear masks and be respectful. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
SATURDAY OCT. 17
Energy Lounge
On Saturday, Energy Nightclub will be recreated as Energy Lounge featuring audio-visual projection mapping on giant screens surrounding the space, for an immersive 3D experience. Reservations are required to get a seat and guests will follow COVID protocols during the night, watching the show in socially distant seating, with cocktails. They will feel and hear the synchronized audio. 18+. 8-10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $10 general admission; $20 VIP couch. Longworth Hall, 700 W Pete Rose Way, Downtown, www.energycincy.com 
Photo: Provided by Energy Lounge

SATURDAY OCT. 17

Energy Lounge
On Saturday, Energy Nightclub will be recreated as Energy Lounge featuring audio-visual projection mapping on giant screens surrounding the space, for an immersive 3D experience. Reservations are required to get a seat and guests will follow COVID protocols during the night, watching the show in socially distant seating, with cocktails. They will feel and hear the synchronized audio. 18+. 8-10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $10 general admission; $20 VIP couch. Longworth Hall, 700 W Pete Rose Way, Downtown, www.energycincy.com
Photo: Provided by Energy Lounge
SATURDAY OCT. 17
Big Ash Blues Bash at Big Ash Brewing
Anderson Township's Big Ash Brewing is hosting a special, socially distanced gathering this weekend that celebrates live music, great beer and giving back. The Big Ash Blues Bash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 and will raise funds for The Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders; funds will also support the performers.  The ticketed bash will take place in two segments — an afternoon session and an evening session. The afternoon session kicks off at noon and runs through 5 p.m. (afternoon session ticket holders are asked to exit by 5:15 p.m. to make way for evening session ticket holders), and evening session opens at 5:45 p.m. and is introduced by Alberto J. Espay, MD, MSc, FAAN, FANA of The UC Gardner Center, and continues through 11 p.m. There are indoor and outdoor stages/ Table reservations are required, and tickets are available online. Guests must be masked when not seated, both inside and outside of the brewery, and organizers ask that ticket-holders refrain from dancing to keep safe and socially distanced. Session 1: noon-5 p.m. Session 2: 5:45-11 p.m.  $30 for a rail table for 2-3 to $200 for a VIP table for 8. Big Ash Brewing, 5230 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, facebook.com/BigAshBrewing.
Photo: facebook.com/BigAshBrewing

SATURDAY OCT. 17

Big Ash Blues Bash at Big Ash Brewing
Anderson Township's Big Ash Brewing is hosting a special, socially distanced gathering this weekend that celebrates live music, great beer and giving back. The Big Ash Blues Bash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 and will raise funds for The Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders; funds will also support the performers. The ticketed bash will take place in two segments — an afternoon session and an evening session. The afternoon session kicks off at noon and runs through 5 p.m. (afternoon session ticket holders are asked to exit by 5:15 p.m. to make way for evening session ticket holders), and evening session opens at 5:45 p.m. and is introduced by Alberto J. Espay, MD, MSc, FAAN, FANA of The UC Gardner Center, and continues through 11 p.m. There are indoor and outdoor stages/ Table reservations are required, and tickets are available online. Guests must be masked when not seated, both inside and outside of the brewery, and organizers ask that ticket-holders refrain from dancing to keep safe and socially distanced. Session 1: noon-5 p.m. Session 2: 5:45-11 p.m. $30 for a rail table for 2-3 to $200 for a VIP table for 8. Big Ash Brewing, 5230 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, facebook.com/BigAshBrewing.
Photo: facebook.com/BigAshBrewing