What To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: Aug. 24-26

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Friday 24
Germania Society Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest season in Cincinnati begins with the Germania Society’s 48th-annual celebration. Expect authentic German eats — sauerkraut balls, Oktoberfest chicken, schwenkbraten, wursts, pastries and more — German beer, German wine, schnapps and plenty of activities ranging from German music and carnival rides to games of chance and a market with imported German goods. 
6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $5; free for 12 and under. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com.

Friday 24

Germania Society Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest season in Cincinnati begins with the Germania Society’s 48th-annual celebration. Expect authentic German eats — sauerkraut balls, Oktoberfest chicken, schwenkbraten, wursts, pastries and more — German beer, German wine, schnapps and plenty of activities ranging from German music and carnival rides to games of chance and a market with imported German goods.
6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $5; free for 12 and under. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com.
Friday 24 and Saturday 25
Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
The Brew Ha-Ha comedy and beer festival takes over Sawyer Point with more than 80 comics and 100 different beers, ciders and wine. Comedian/actor Michael Ian Black headlines at 9:30 p.m. Friday night and Brian Posehn headlines 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.
5 p.m.-midnight Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Comedy is free; beer wristbands are $5 and $1 per beer ticket. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com.
Photo: Brigitte Jouxtel

Friday 24 and Saturday 25

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
The Brew Ha-Ha comedy and beer festival takes over Sawyer Point with more than 80 comics and 100 different beers, ciders and wine. Comedian/actor Michael Ian Black headlines at 9:30 p.m. Friday night and Brian Posehn headlines 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.
5 p.m.-midnight Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Comedy is free; beer wristbands are $5 and $1 per beer ticket. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com.
Photo: Brigitte Jouxtel
Friday 24 and Saturday 25
BeWILDerfest: Beer & Music Festival
Urban Artifact is hosting their third-annual music and beer fest centered around all things “wild.” Thirty bands will sprawl across three stages with the Indie Pop group Cults headlining the festival. Handfuls of your favorite local and regional bands including Dawg Yawp, Blossom Hall, Freekbass, Triiibe will be rocking out while you sip sour beer and smash some street food. All ages are welcome.
5 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. $16 advance; $20 day of; $50 VIP. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, bewilderfest.com.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25

BeWILDerfest: Beer & Music Festival
Urban Artifact is hosting their third-annual music and beer fest centered around all things “wild.” Thirty bands will sprawl across three stages with the Indie Pop group Cults headlining the festival. Handfuls of your favorite local and regional bands including Dawg Yawp, Blossom Hall, Freekbass, Triiibe will be rocking out while you sip sour beer and smash some street food. All ages are welcome.
5 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. $16 advance; $20 day of; $50 VIP. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, bewilderfest.com.
Friday 24
Big Lebowski at Esquire Theatre
The Esquire Theatre celebrates the 20th anniversary of Big Lebowski with a special screening. In this 1998 Coen Brothers film, Jeff Bridges stars at Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, an avid bowler and robe enthusiast. Costumes are encouraged and the theater will be slinging thematic white Russian cocktails at the bar.
10 p.m. Friday. $10; $7.50 senior/child. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com. 
Photo: Gramercy Films

Friday 24

Big Lebowski at Esquire Theatre
The Esquire Theatre celebrates the 20th anniversary of Big Lebowski with a special screening. In this 1998 Coen Brothers film, Jeff Bridges stars at Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, an avid bowler and robe enthusiast. Costumes are encouraged and the theater will be slinging thematic white Russian cocktails at the bar.
10 p.m. Friday. $10; $7.50 senior/child. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.
Photo: Gramercy Films
Friday 24-Sunday 26
The Drowning Girls by Clifton Players
This is an unusual drama about three women with a common thread: Each was married to George Joseph Smith … and each is dead. They surface from bathtubs where they were drowned to compare notes about their womanizing, murderous husband. The unusual show is about misconceptions of love, married life and the not-so-happily ever.
Through Monday. $25; $15 senior/student. Clifton Players at Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3838 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 
cliftonperformancetheatre.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography

Friday 24-Sunday 26

The Drowning Girls by Clifton Players
This is an unusual drama about three women with a common thread: Each was married to George Joseph Smith … and each is dead. They surface from bathtubs where they were drowned to compare notes about their womanizing, murderous husband. The unusual show is about misconceptions of love, married life and the not-so-happily ever.
Through Monday. $25; $15 senior/student. Clifton Players at Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3838 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, cliftonperformancetheatre.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
Saturday 25
Celebrate The King: The Gala
A multimedia celebration of all things King Records, the Gala kicks the litany of events off September's King Records Month in style, honoring some of the legends associated with the label and sharing stories about the past, while also looking ahead to the future of King. There will be musical performances throughout, panel discussions, video testimonials and lots of surprises. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented in honor of King greats Bootsy Collins, Henry Glover, Philip Paul and Otis Williams. 
Celebrate the King: The Gala 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. $20-$80. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com or thekingcelebration.com.
Photo: We Have Become Vikings

Saturday 25 Celebrate The King: The Gala
A multimedia celebration of all things King Records, the Gala kicks the litany of events off September's King Records Month in style, honoring some of the legends associated with the label and sharing stories about the past, while also looking ahead to the future of King. There will be musical performances throughout, panel discussions, video testimonials and lots of surprises. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented in honor of King greats Bootsy Collins, Henry Glover, Philip Paul and Otis Williams.
Celebrate the King: The Gala 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. $20-$80. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com or thekingcelebration.com.
Photo: We Have Become Vikings

Friday 24 and Saturday 25
Cindependent Film Festival
It’s been three years since the city of Cincinnati has had an all-genre film festival — the Cincinnati Film Festival took place in 2015 — but local filmmaker and actress Allyson West will change that when the Cindependent Film Festival convenes Aug. 23-25 with screenings at sites in Over-the-Rhine. Though it’s brand new, it arrives with an impressive degree of planning and organization. It also debuts with a scoop — the premiere of Elizabeth Littlejohn’s 24-minute documentary Leelah’s Highway, about Leelah Alcorn,  a Kings Mills transgender teen, who died by suicide in 2014.
The Cindependent Film Festival runs Aug. 23-25 in Over-the-Rhine. Individual short blocks are $10; VIP passes are $250; a three-day pass is $70; and a one-day pass is $25. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit cindependentfilmfest.org.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25

Cindependent Film Festival
It’s been three years since the city of Cincinnati has had an all-genre film festival — the Cincinnati Film Festival took place in 2015 — but local filmmaker and actress Allyson West will change that when the Cindependent Film Festival convenes Aug. 23-25 with screenings at sites in Over-the-Rhine. Though it’s brand new, it arrives with an impressive degree of planning and organization. It also debuts with a scoop — the premiere of Elizabeth Littlejohn’s 24-minute documentary Leelah’s Highway, about Leelah Alcorn, a Kings Mills transgender teen, who died by suicide in 2014.
The Cindependent Film Festival runs Aug. 23-25 in Over-the-Rhine. Individual short blocks are $10; VIP passes are $250; a three-day pass is $70; and a one-day pass is $25. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit cindependentfilmfest.org.
Friday 24-Sunday 26
Whispering Beard Folk Festival
This 11th-annual hoedown hootenanny held in the aptly named Friendship, Ind. is a celebration of Folk music, camping and good vibes with fellow Beardos. This year’s lineup features Great Lake Swimmers, Banditos, The Tillers, Mapache, Young Heirlooms, Frontier Folk Nebraska and plenty more to get you through three days and nights of music, food, a craft market and square dancing. 
Day passes are $10-$55; weekend passes are $80 advance and $90 at the gate. Old Mill Campground, 8544 W. 690 N., Friendship, Ind., whisperingbeard.com.

Friday 24-Sunday 26

Whispering Beard Folk Festival
This 11th-annual hoedown hootenanny held in the aptly named Friendship, Ind. is a celebration of Folk music, camping and good vibes with fellow Beardos. This year’s lineup features Great Lake Swimmers, Banditos, The Tillers, Mapache, Young Heirlooms, Frontier Folk Nebraska and plenty more to get you through three days and nights of music, food, a craft market and square dancing.
Day passes are $10-$55; weekend passes are $80 advance and $90 at the gate. Old Mill Campground, 8544 W. 690 N., Friendship, Ind., whisperingbeard.com.
Friday 24
Chamber Crawl 4: Alt Rock
Classical music often finds a home on the stages of fancy theaters and on “Perfect Concentration” Spotify playlists, but if you think that it’s only for stogy, sophisticated types, you’ve really got it all wrong. Sure, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is no stranger to classic compositions à la Beethoven, but this summer they’ve focused their efforts on performing renditions of historical American classics, Prohibition-era tunes and, this week, the grungy anthems of your favorite AltRock bands. 
7:30 p.m. Friday. $30 adult; $10 student/child. The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, ccocincinnati.org.
Photo: CCO

Friday 24

Chamber Crawl 4: Alt Rock
Classical music often finds a home on the stages of fancy theaters and on “Perfect Concentration” Spotify playlists, but if you think that it’s only for stogy, sophisticated types, you’ve really got it all wrong. Sure, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is no stranger to classic compositions à la Beethoven, but this summer they’ve focused their efforts on performing renditions of historical American classics, Prohibition-era tunes and, this week, the grungy anthems of your favorite AltRock bands.
7:30 p.m. Friday. $30 adult; $10 student/child. The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, ccocincinnati.org.
Photo: CCO
Saturday 25
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra'sThe Hero Within
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra closes out its Summermusik Fest with The Hero Within, featuring compositions that were written and will be performed by four Cincinnati musicians under the age of 20. 
7:30 p.m. Saturday. $30; $10 student/child. School for the Creative & Performing Arts, 108 West Central Parkway, Downtown, ccocincinnati.org
Photo: Angie Lipscomb

Saturday 25

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra'sThe Hero Within
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra closes out its Summermusik Fest with The Hero Within, featuring compositions that were written and will be performed by four Cincinnati musicians under the age of 20.
7:30 p.m. Saturday. $30; $10 student/child. School for the Creative & Performing Arts, 108 West Central Parkway, Downtown, ccocincinnati.org
Photo: Angie Lipscomb