100 Hot Days of Summer: August-Sept

August Monday, Aug. 1 Get out of the house and do some climbin’. ROCKQUESTis fun for everyone of all ages, you don’t have to be an athlete, youjust need a desire to try something n

August

Monday, Aug. 1

Get out of the house and do some climbin’.

ROCKQUEST

is fun for everyone of all ages, you don’t have to be an athlete, you just need a desire to try something new and different. With approximately 20,000 square feet for indoor rock climbing and vertical heights up to four stories high, you’re bound to get your blood pumping. $35. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 3475 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, www.rockquest.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Strap on your studded belt and flat iron your side-bangs because it’s time for the annual

VANS WARPED TOUR

. This year acts include Gym Class Heroes, Jack’s Mannequin, A Day To Remember and tons more. $35. 11 a.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.

Cool down this summer with a creamy treat next to man’s — or woman’s — best friend during

DOG’S NIGHT OUT at participating Graeters locations

. Mingle with other dog lovers, buy yourself a tangy watermelon sorbet or stick with a classic like an original vanilla ice-cream, while your dog enjoys complimentary Frosty Paws. Participating locations include Cherry Grove, Clifton, Deerfield, Finneytown, Hyde Park, Mariemont, Northgate, Springdale, West Chester, and Western Hills. 6-9 p.m. First Tuesdays through Sept. 6.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Feed your art bug with the

KEITH HARING: 1978-1982

exhibit at the Contemporary art museum. Rarely exhibited early work of Haring examines prolific years that established his language as an artist, his politics and social conscience. $4.50-$7.50; free for kids under two and Mondays after 5 p.m. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, www.contemporaryartscenter.org.

Entertaining people after work on Wednesdays for more than 30 years,

PARTY IN THE PARK

presents a mix of live music, new friends and sweet happy hour deals. This week features 3 Day Rule. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown, www.party-in-the-park.com.

Thursday, Aug. 4

Pay a visit to

THE GREATER CINCINNATI POLICE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

and browse artifacts and records from two centuries of law enforcement in 600 communities of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 959 W. 8th St., Suite 201, Downtown, 513-300-3664.

Friday, Aug. 5

They say the best things in life are free. That includes

FREE FRIDAYS

at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Saunter through the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science (special exhibits, OMNIMAX and parking are extra). Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 4-8 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End, www.cincymuseum.org.

This Friday night dance has been a summer tradition over 20 years in the making. The

MOONLITE GARDEN PARTIES

feature live bands, DJs and a chance to dance under the stars. Groove the night away with DJ J.D. Hughes. $8. 7 p.m.-midnight. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., www.coneyislandpark.com.

Fountain Square becomes a music lover’s mecca during

MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER

every Friday night with performances by local and national Indie acts to preview MPMF. Live music, food and drinks with new performers each week will definitely keep things interesting. This week These United States, The Ready Stance and The Ridges perform. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/indiesummer.

Saturday, Aug. 6

GLIER’S GOETTAFEST

returns for the 10th year, featuring all things goetta plus live entertainment, a kids play area, games like the Goetta Toss and plenty more. This is the second day of the fest, so get your butt down there for some porky goodness. 5-11 p.m. Aug. 6; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 7; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 8. Newport on the Levee, Newport, www.goettafest.com.

Skip the typical summer concert scene for a more intimate show.

COLD WAR KIDS

bring Indie Rock to the stage at Madison Theater. $18. Doors open at 7 p.m. 730 Madison Ave., Covington, www.madisontheateronline.com.

Taking note from urban neighborhoods across the country,

THE CITY FLEA

has several goals in mind. It’s a place for the city’s creative minds and skilled hands to share what they are working on or collecting and a venue for social interaction amongst the already burgeoning local community of entrepreneurs, artists and enthusiasts. Peruse goods and goodies from local vendors like Chicken Lays an Egg, Uniquely Upcycled, Turophilia Quesadillas, Coffee Emporium and much more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The City Flea, Central Parkway and Vine Street at the Cincinnatus Mural, Over-the-Rhine, www.thecityflea.com.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Learn the basics in paddling techniques on Winton Woods Lake before heading out for the 7.5 mile trip along the Little Miami River in the

KAYAK QUICK START PROGRAM

. Classes and trip led by an American Canoe Association certified instructor. Equipment provided. Participants must fit properly in provided personal flotation devices. Children must be accompanied by adult. $25-$30. Noon. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Woods, www.greatparks.org.

Ease your mind indoors at the onstage performance of

CRAZY FOR YOU

. Story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930’s playboy, who’s dream in life is to dance. Despite efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancee, Bobby achieves his dream. High-energy comedy includes mistaken identity, plot twists, dance numbers and classic Gershwin music. $10-$20. 2 and 8 p.m. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts 4990 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati, www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

Monday, Aug. 8

Getting too steamy outside? Then consider a visit to the oft-overlooked (and free)

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

. Run by the National Park Service, the museum preserves President Taft’s birthplace. Free. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 2038 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn, 513-684-3262.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

GFour Productions presents

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL

. Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. This hilarious musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 10 years. $50. 8 p.m. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, www.cincinnatiarts.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

From 500-million-year-old fossils to 2,000-year-old Native American earthworks to current issues of water conservation and habitat loss, the

OZONE ZIPLINE ADVENTURES

canopy tour will delight riders with its unique vantage point to view millions of years of history while providing thrilling experiences riders won’t soon forget. Coast 45 feet in the air along 6,000 feet for tours lasting 3-5 hours. $79-$105. Open daily April-December. Camp Kern, 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, www.ozonezips.org.

Thursday, Aug. 11

JANET JACKSON

will be bringing her latest tour to the PNC Pavillion. This tour will differ from her previous concerts — she will be performing music exclusively from her chart topping cd number ones. $60-$150. 8:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., www.riverbend.org.

Have a fork full of lobster and a plate full of music at the 25th annual

GREAT INLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

. Local restaurants will hawk sampler size seafood entrees at the fest. The festival will also feature more than 100 boats, marine accessories, live entertainment, food and drink. Aug. 11-14. Riverboat Row, Newport, 513-477-3320.

Friday, Aug. 12

INVISIBLE: SLAVERY TODAY

consists of three main areas: the first exploring the many forms of modern-day slavery; the second detailing the scope and causes of modern-day slavery and a final section providing information on global efforts to combat trafficking and slavery abuses. $8-$12; free ages five and under. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, www.freedomcenter.org.

Fountain Square becomes a music lover’s mecca during

MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER

every Friday night with performances by local and national Indie acts to preview

MPMF

. Live music, food and drinks with new performers each week will definitely keep things interesting. This week Maritime, The Dukes and more perform. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/indiesummer.

Saturday, Aug. 13

The

WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP WOMEN’S OPEN

serves up at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. $5-$450 (for a ticket package). Aug. 12-21. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, 513-651-0303, www.cincytennis.com.

Sunday, Aug. 14

SECOND SUNDAY ON MAIN

is an open-air festival with musicians, craftspeople, food and drink celebrating the health of Over-the-Rhine and the Gateway Quarter. This month’s theme is “Indie ‘Nati” featuring plenty of music, shopping, galleries and vendors. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Main and Vine streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.

Relax on the river with a performance of

THE ART OF MURDER

. A mystery by Joe DiPietro in which greed and vengeance and personal recognition are free to play with the sanity and the lives of everyone involved. $16-$17. Aug. 10-28. Showboat Majestic, 435 E. Mehring Way, Downtown, www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

Wind down with some live Soft Rock and R&B music from the

BLUE BIRDS TRIO

. They’ll be performing at Bella Luna, home of the Taste of Cincinnati Best Damn Dish 2011, the Prime Rib Cannelloni. Free. 8 p.m. 4632 Eastern Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, www.bellalunacincy.com.

Monday, Aug. 15

The

AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM

boasts 6,500 square feet of, uh, signs. $10 per person, free for children 12 and under. Tours available Saturdays and by appointment. $10. Essex Studios, 2515 Essex Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-258-4020, www.signmuseum.net.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Take the whole family out for a day at the

A-MAZE-N

FUNHOUSE

. Four separate sideshow tents featuring a large mirror maze, a discombobulating spinning vortex tunnel, a hilarious tilt room, the astonishing Ames Room where people appear to grow and shrink, a confusing curtain maze, a claustrophobia hallway, distortion mirrors, an illusory endless corridor and more. $10. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, www.entertrainmentjunction.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Entertaining people after work on Wednesdays for more than 30 years,

PARTY IN THE PARK

presents a mix of live music, new friends and sweet happy hour deals. This week features music by Core. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown, www.party-in-the-park.com.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Drop by the Cincinnati Observatory for

ASTRONOMY THURSDAYS

where you can enjoy presentations, Q&A, observatory tours and telescope viewing (weather permitting). Visitors ages 8 and up are welcome to visit week to week, as topics — and the sky — are constantly changing. $4 suggested donation. 8:30-10 p.m. Thursdays. 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, 513-321-5186, www.cincinnatiobservatory.org.

Friday, Aug.19

Fountain Square becomes a music lover’s mecca during

MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER

every Friday night with performances by local and national Indie acts to preview MPMF. Live music, food and drinks with new performers each week will definitely keep things interesting. This week Bad Veins, Chocolate Horse and Kry Kids perform. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/indiesummer.

This Friday night dance has been a summer tradition more than 20 years in the making. The

MOONLITE GARDEN PARTIES

feature live bands, DJs and a chance to dance under the stars. Groove the night away for the final time with BlueStone Ivory and DJ J.D. Hughes. $8. 7 p.m.-midnight. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., www.coneyislandpark.com.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Forget about the frozen dinners tonight, come to the

ASIAN FOOD FESTIVAL

. Music, artistic performances and dances by local artist and regional talents, cultural food and craft vendors and Asian games for adults and children. All benefits will be donated to Care2Share. 4 p.m.-midnight Aug. 20, 2-10 p.m. Aug. 21. Kolping Center, 10235 Mill Road, Forest Park, www.asianfoodfest.org.

If you’ve never seen

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

in all its glory, pull out your fishnets and head over to Clifton. Actors and actresses act in conjunction with the classic film. $7-$10. 11:55 p.m. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, www.rhps.net

Show your West Side pride at the

PRICE HILL CULTURAL HERITAGE FEST

and celebrate the rich history and diversity that makes up the neighborhood. The day will be filled with great food, local art, diverse music and crafts for kids. Noon-6 p.m. 3724 St. Lawrence Ave., Price Hill, 513-251-3800.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The 22nd annual

MIDWEST BLACK FAMILY REUNION

features R&B and Gospel concerts as well as ethnic food vendors, a children’s area, a targeted job fair, a parade and themed pavilions. Free. Aug. 19-21. Sawyer Point Park, Downtown, 513-742-9378, www.midwestbfrc.com.

Monday, Aug. 22

Cincinnati’s most populous necropolis (try saying that three times fast while spinning in front of a black mirror),

SPRING GROVE CEMETERY

, offers daily opportunities for solitude, hiking and biking. Please try not to push up the daisies. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Winton Place, 513-681-7526.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

JIMMY BUFFET

concerts are quickly becoming as much of a Cincinnati tradition as Opening Day, Skyline Chili and liking the Bengals only when they’re winning. Parrotheads know that if you want to catch Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, you best buy your tickets fast; they’re sure to sell out. $36-$136. 8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Come buy your favorite summer fruits and veggies before fall gets here at the

NORTHSIDE FARMERS MARKET

. Market includes produce, baked goods, jams, mustards, plants and flowers, handmade soap and candles. 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October. Hoffner Park, Hamilton & Blue Rock avenues, Northside, www.northside.net.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Experience a

ONE-HOUR TRAIN RIDE

through Warren County. Visit the train’s open-air gondola during the ride and listen to conductors describe railroad history and operation. Boarding 10 minutes before departure. 10 a.m. and noon. $13; $8 ages 62 and up and ages 5-16; $5 ages 2-4; free for ages under 1. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, 513-933-8022.

Friday, Aug. 26

It’s

FINAL FRIDAY

, so why not meet an artist or two, have a drink and stroll the galleries/shops along Main Street? Participating venues include Base Gallery, Creative Gallery, Enjoy the Arts, designsmith Gallery, Pendleton Art Center, 1305 gallery, Media Bridges and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. N. Main Street, Over-the-Rhine, www.irhine.com.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Witness vintage baseball at its finest as

THE 1869 RED STOCKINGS

and

THE CINCINNATI BUCKEYES

take on Mansfield, Ohio’s Independents in a double-header. These teams play using Civil War-era rules, uniforms, the works. Free. 1 p.m. Heritage Village, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, 513-563-9484.

Sunday, Aug. 28

MAINSTRASSE ANTIQUES, ETC

. turns MainStrasse into a vintage streetfair with more than 50 antique dealers selling quality pieces and collectibles. Rain or shine. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mainstrasse Village, Covington, 859-491-0458.

Fountain Square hosts its popular weekly film night all summer long with

TOYOTA’S MOVIE NIGHT

. For this last event, prepare yourself for some crazy dreams with Inception. Bring your own blankets, chairs and pillows then kick back and relax. Adult beverages, soft drinks and movie snacks are available for purchase. Free. 7-9 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/movies.

Monday, Aug. 29

Watch the

CINCINNATI REDS

crush the Phillies at Great American Ballpark. Eat snacks, wash them down with beers and balance it out yell real loud. $5-$235. 7:10 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. www.cincinnatireds.mlb.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Fountain Square turns into a fresh air market with

STRAUSS & TROY MARKET ON THE SQUARE

. There will be fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunches, fresh flowers and handmade items. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 27. Fountain Square, corner of Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Ever wonder what it was like to meet Cleopatra? Well now you can. Head over to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal for

CLEOPATRA: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST QUEEN OF EYGPT

and view more than 150 artifacts from her time, taking you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen. See statuary, jewelry, daily items, coins and religious tokens that archaeologists have uncovered from the time surrounding Cleopatra’s rule, all of which are visiting the U.S. for the first time. $10-$23. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 4. 1301 Western Ave., West End. www.cincymuseum.org.

September

Thursday, Sept. 1

KINGS ISLAND

is the amusement park with everything from terrifying roller coasters to water rides and funnel cakes to giant stuffed toys. They have 80 state-of-the-art rides, 15 world-class roller coasters a 15-acre water park, an award-winning kids’ area, fun-filled musical productions, games of skill and an assortment of dining and shopping facilities. 2011 welcomes Dinosaurs Alive!, the world’s largest animatronic dino park, and the 301-foot Windseeker swing ride. $30-$52. Open at 10 a.m. daily. Kings Island Drive, Mason, www.visitkingsisland.com.

Friday, Sept. 2

Sample international award-winning wines while a the laid-back atmosphere during

HARMONY HILL VINEYARDS’ SUMMER SAMPLING SERIES

. Continuous music is featured on The Hill Center Stage. Bring your own food and enjoy a relaxing stay. Free, samples $.50. 5-9 p.m. Friday, 2-9 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 8. 2534 Swings Corner/Point Isabel Road, Bethel, www.hhwines.com.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Taking note from urban neighborhoods across the country,

THE CITY FLEA

has several goals in mind. It’s a place for the city’s creative minds and skilled hands to share what they are working on or collecting and a venue for social interaction amongst the already burgeoning local community of entrepreneurs, artists and enthusiasts. Peruse goods and goodies from local vendors like Chicken Lays an Egg, Uniquely Upcycled, Turophilia Quesadillas, Coffee Emporium and much more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The City Flea, Central Parkway and Vine Street at the Cincinnatus Mural, Over-the-Rhine, www.thecityflea.com.

CRUISE-A-PALOOZA

features hundreds of makes and models from all through the years! Professional judges will award trophies to the top 50 cars. Games, prizes and music make this event fun for the entire family. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., www.coneyislandpark.com.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Summer comes to an explosive conclusion when the

RIVERFEST

fireworks detonate over the Ohio River. Live music and general festivities kick off the day at noon on the riverfront, but it’s the pyrotechnics, which lift off at precisely 9:05 p.m., that are the major draw of this final salute to summer. Free. Noon-10:30 p.m. Cincinnati riverfront, stretching from the Public Landing along the Serpentine Wall to Sawyer Point and Bicentennial Commons (as well as the Newport and Covington riverfronts on the opposite side of the Ohio River), www.webn.com.

Monday, Sept. 5

Enjoy a laid-back Labor Day at

PYRAMID HILL SCULPTURE PARK.

Peruse outdoor artwork, have a picnic lunch by the lake, hike with your puppy and take in all nature has to offer. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (outdoor museum opens at noon). 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton. 513-887-9514, www.pyramidhill.org.
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