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May 30, 2007 at 2:06 pm

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Wednesday, May 30

The CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL kicks off today, continuing its mission of challenging our perceptions of performing and visual arts. Artists from the Queen City and abroad descend on downtown and Over-the-Rhine for 12 days of experimental works. "Full-frontal" all-access Fringe pass is $150; $10 for individual performances. May 30-June 9 at Know Theatre Tribe, the Contemporary Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Inktank and many more venues.

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Friday, June 1

Coney Island hosts the 40th anniversary SUMMERFAIR, an artistic extravaganza that imports 300 painters, artisans and craftmakers from across the country hawking paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Entertainment includes live bands, jugglers and clowns. 2-8 p.m. June 1; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 3. $9, free for 12 & under. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-531-0050 or

The Funny Bone welcomes comic PAULY SHORE

for three nights of laughs. The Funny Bone, Newport on the Levee. Shows 8 and 10:30 p.m.

859-957-2000 or

Get prepared to find fossils! The West Chester Township Hall is offering ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORKSHOPS to give lessons on techniques, equipment and how to handle artifacts. (Archaeological dig for participants Aug. 7-10 on the Erie-Miami Canal.) 7 p.m. $25. West Chester Township Hall, 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester. 513-759-7311 or

Saturday, June 2

One of the nation's largest free festivals for children, the 29th annual KIDS' FEST features live entertainment, free activities, Frisbee dog shows, inflatable games and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2-3. Free. Sawyer Point Park, Downtown on the riverfront. 513-686-8597.

The Cincinnati Museum Center presents the third annual BUGFEST in its Museum of Natural History & Science. The festivities include everything from insect dishes to a Bugfest Art Gallery to a mini-lecture series. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 2. $10, $9 seniors, $7 children. 1301 Western Ave., West End. 513-287-7001 or

Never assembling a special issue without a celebration, CityBeat caps off the annual Hot Issue (the one you're reading now) by heating things up at the Southgate House with a HOT ISSUE PARTY featuring the bands Hot Pipes and Wax Fang. Show off some moves in the Dance, Dance Revolution contest to try to win tickets to Bonnaroo 2007. 8 p.m., but get there early. Free. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201 or

Sunday, June 3

The OVER-THE-RHINE SUMMER TOUR OF LIVING spotlights 19 hot apartments, condos and single-family homes built by a coalition of the city's best developers, all of which are open noon-5:30 p.m. for visiting via a self-guided walking tour (or a Metro bus shuttle). Two new stores open this weekend as well — Park + Vine and Metronation on Vine Street — and Findlay Market and a number of restaurants will be available for pre- and post-tour gatherings. $10. 513-721-1317.

The BLUE ASH SUMMERBRATION features Country artists including Joe Nichols with a BBQ festival, family activity area as well as local and national entertainment. But you'd better hurry, partner: Today's the last day. 1-10 p.m. Free. Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt Roads, Blue Ash. 513-745-6259 or

Monday, June 4

Grab a good book at the 35th annual BOOK SALE at the Main Library Downtown in the Atrium. Previous years' sales were held on Fountain Square, but it's been moved due to construction. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 4-6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 7 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8. 50 cents and up. 800 Vine St. 513-369-6035 or

Tuesday, June 5

Parents with 18-36 month olds can go on STROLLER SAFARIS at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. It's a guided walk with hands-on learning. 9 a.m. $24 ($16 for members.) Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 513-281-4700 or

Wednesday, June 6

Rockin' the river for more than 30 years, PARTY IN THE PARK presents live music by My Sister Sarah. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free. 513-579-3191 or

Thursday, June 7

The 16th annual NEWPORT ITALIANFEST, the region's largest food and music festival devoted to Italy, hosts celebrity pizza-tossing contests, cooking contests, opera performances, an Italian Navy Boat Parade and even Rozzi fireworks. 8-11 p.m. June 7, 5-11 p.m. June 8, 11a.m.-11 p.m. June 9 and noon-9 p.m. June 10. Free. Riverboat Row on the riverfront, Newport. 859-292-3666.

The 17th annual A TASTE OF DUVENECK kicks off the summer-long celebration of the Cincinnati Art Museum's 126th birthday. Wine tastings start the festivities. 6-9p.m. $60 in advance, $75 at the door. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park. 513-721-2787 or

Friday, June 8

Participants in the Contemporary Dance Theater's Guest Artist Series' annual CHOREOGRAPHERS WITHOUT COMPANIES concert might be without companies, but the show reliably showcases quality work from veteran choreographers alongside up-and-coming talent. 8:30 p.m. June 8-9. $22-$27. Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-621-2787 or

Get red-carpet ready for UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning's (DAAP) 56th ANNUAL FASHION SHOW in conjunction with DAAPWorks (a showcase of graphic design, sculpture and photography), featuring threads created by DAAP's Fashion Design program seniors. 8 p.m. $35-$150. Aronoff Center for Design and Art, corner of Clifton and Martin Luther King, enter at College Ct., off Clifton Ave., UC campus, Clifton. 513-556-3446 or

Saturday, June 9

With the Roots and Folk music tradition of paying homage to flowing rivers, it's fitting that RIVERTOWN BREAKDOWN, which features the best of the local Americana music scene (Jake Speed and the Freddies, the Katie Laur Band, the Rumpke Mountain Boys) would be themed around the mighty Ohio River. Proceeds from the concert event benefit ORSANCO's River Sweep, an annual clean-up project that cleans all 981 miles of the Ohio. 7 p.m. $10. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201 or

Give Back Cincinnati organizes PAINT THE TOWN, updating the exterior of more than 35 College Hill homes — their biggest yearly event. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, June 10

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati gets the red carpet treatment at its annual TONY AWARDS PARTY, an opportunity to watch the ceremony on the big screen at Paul Brown Stadium East Club Room. 6 p.m. $150; $35 for the broadcast only. 100 Broadway, Downtown. 513-421-3555 or

Join the Cincinnati Opera has gone to the dogs, and you can bring your four-legged pal, too! The theme is OPERA DOGS — canines in operatic fashion. Registration at 11 a.m., "Dogpera" singing contest at noon, Dog Parade at 1:30 p.m. to Second Sunday on Main Street Festival. $10 to register, free to watch. Washington Park Pavilion, Elm, Race and 12th streets across from Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 513-921-2199 or

PRIDE ALIVE FESTIVAL continues for its second day. The annual celebration of gay, lesbian and bisexual dignity offers fun, food, entertainment and awareness. 4-10 p.m. June 9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 10. Pride Parade begins at 1 p.m. June 10 from Burnet Woods, followed by more music and play at Hoffner Park in Northside. Free.

Monday, June 11

College-Conservatory of Music's nine-day festival MUSIC07 begins with new music by CCM's young composers. Various times June 11-16. All performances are free and take place in the CCM Village, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183 or

Krohn Conservatory's annual INTERNATIONAL BUTTERFLY SHOW features some 10,000 butterflies. This year the event highlights Australian butterflies, some of the world's largest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through June 24. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 5-17. 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams/Walnut Hills. 513-421-5707 or

Tuesday, June 12

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents an evening filled with hilarious and touching stories and Bluegrass Gospel favorites in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING. 7:30 p.m. $40.50-$56.50. Playhouse in the Park,Thompson Shelter House, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Eden Park. 513-421-3888 or

Wednesday, June 13

NKU's Summer Dinner Theatre series opens with MAN OF LA MANCHA. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 8 Tuesday-Saturday; Sunday dinner is 5 p.m., curtain at 6:30. Through July 1. $50 two-show package (includes dinner); $28 for one show with dinner; $14 show only. Corbett Theater, Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 859-572-5464 or

Thursday, June 14

The Cincinnati Opera opens its 2007 summer festival with Charles Gounod's FAUST. 8 p.m. June 14 and 16. $27-$144. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-241-2742 or

The only cat scratch fever that is enjoyable: TED NUGENT plays at Bogart's. He is accompanied by Alex Winston. 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. $30. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. 513-281-8400 or

Friday, June 15

Spend an evening with PETER FRAMPTON WITH THE CINCINNATI POPS. The Cincinnati Pops will be opening with hits from their British Rock Program, playing tunes by the Beatles and many more. 8:30 p.m. $30-$50. Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. 937-296-3300 or

Join Cincinnati Wine School at Bang Nightclub for the fundraiser 7 DAYS FOR SIDS. Sip on Sangria and enjoy tasty tapas all for a good cause. Proceeds from admission and raffle will go toward SIDS research. 6-10 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Bang Nightclub, 314 W. Fourth St., Downtown. 513-503-BANG or

Saturday, June 16

The 20th Annual JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL, celebrating the end of slavery, returns with music on two stages and a dozen Gospel, Blues, R&B and Pop bands. A children's area features games, crafts and face painting. Sunday features a Fathers Day Gospel concert. Noon-9 p.m. June 16 and 2:30-6 p.m., June 17. Free. Mirror Lake and Seasongood Pavilion, Eden Park. 513-631-7289 or

The annual GOETTAFEST & RIVER RAID RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL celebrates the beloved/reviled German meat product with goetta pizza, goetta hoagies and more. Live entertainment includes square dancing, dulcimer music, clogging and the crowning of a Goetta Queen and King. All of this is along with demonstrations, crafts, more food, music and fun. Noon-9 p.m. June 16-17. Free. MainStrasse Village's Goebel Park, Covington. 859-491-0458 or

Kentucky Speedway's big NASCAR Busch Series race, the MEIJER 300, starts at 8 p.m., but there are races and activities (including a pre-race Country concert by Peter Frampton) much of Friday and Saturday. $50-$80. Kentucky Speedway, 5120 Sparta Pike, Sparta, Ky. 888-652-RACE or

Sunday, June 17

The annual CHILD WELLNESS FAIR features kid-themed fun and health-related information. A fire safety program and fire fighter competition are the weekend highlights. There's also a live talent competition, a martial arts tournament and a Fathers Day picnic. Noon-6 p.m. June 17-18. Admission is free, parking costs $6. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-241-1879.

Monday, June 18

Dollar Day Monday at the FLORENCE FREEDOM game against Rockford. Soda, hot dogs and popcorn are $1. 7:05 p.m. $8-$9.50. Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence. 859-594-4487 or

Tuesday, June 19

Go back to the '80s for an evening with POISON with special guests RATT and WHITE LION. 7 p.m. $11.75-$31.75. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-232-5882 or

Wednesday, June 20

UC's College-Conservatory of Music's CINCINNATI FLUTE SYMPOSIUM — a seven-day chance for musicians to participate in master classes and perform with some of the nation's most celebrated flutists — begins (June 17-June 23). At the end of the week, the best participants are awarded cash prizes and perform in a Gala Closing Concert. Free concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday and Saturday at Warner Recital Hall, all other events are also on UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4476 or

Thursday, June 21

Presented by the New Stage Collective, it's RADIANT BABY, a musical story about '80s graffiti artist Keith Haring and his art in the New York City subway system. 8 p.m. $20; $12 students. New Stage Collective, 1140 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-621-3700 or

Friday, June 22

The 35th annual PANEGYRI GREEK FESTIVAL serves up plates full of souvlaki, pastichio, mousaka, mezzethakia and even a baklava sundae. Also look for live music, costumed folk dancers, booths with imported handicrafts and jewelry and cooking demonstrations. 5 p.m.-midnight June 23, 3 p.m.-midnight June 24 and 1-9 p.m. June 25. $2 adults; free for children 12. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, Finneytown. 513-591-0030 or

Saturday, June 23

Cincinnati's second modern season of the SOAP BOX DERBY brings back the old tradition of a pint-sized car race lining up at the top of the hill and rolling — no pedals, no machinery — to the bottom. $75 per car. Call for race and workshop schedules. 513-322-5135 or

Come to one of the biggest Mixed Martial Arts events in the region: The MMA BIG SHOW: DOMINATION. The show features fighter Solomon Hutcherson with special guest Ed "Short Fuse" Herman. A portion of the show's profits will benefit the Cincinnati's Children's Home. 7 p.m., doors at 6 p.m. $36-$46. Cincinnati Gardens Arena, 2250 Seymour Arena, Bond Hill. 513-351-3999 or

Sunday, June 24

Catch brunch and a show: the Broadway smash-hit version of GREASE returns to La Comedia Dinner Theatre. All of your favorite songs and dances on stage along with a meal. 10:30 a.m. $51-$56. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. 937-746-4554 or

Monday, June 25

Relax and cool off with a day of family-friendly fun at THE BEACH WATERPARK, the largest in Ohio (2.5 million gallons over more than 35 acres). With real sand, a wave pool and palm trees, who needs to trek to the coast to go to a beach? Individual admission $10-$27.99. Group rates available. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason. 513-398-SWIM or

Tuesday, June 26

More than 130 performers have been selected to show in the 51st anniversary WORLD PIANO COMPETITION. Performances open to the public. June 26-July 7 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-621-2787 or

Wednesday, June 27

Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by Leroy Ellington and the E Funk Band and $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. P&G Pavilion with an after party at Jefferson Hall. Sawyer Point, Downtown. 5:30- 10:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday, June 28

With knitting all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE FESTIVAL (Formerly known as the Sewing/Quilting/Embroidery Festival). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28-30. $8 (one day); $11 (two days); $15 (three days); children under 13 free. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. 513-771-7744.

Friday June 29

The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras present THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR. Erich Kunzel conducts. 8 p.m. $20-$75. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-381-3300 or

The CITYFOLK FESTIVAL returns with live Celtic, Folk, Blues and World music, a family fun area, weavers' area, dance pavilion, marketplace and more than 20 food vendors. 1-11 p.m. June 29- 30 and noon-11 p.m. July 1. Free. Riverscape Metro Park, E. Monument and N. Patterson Blvds., Dayton, Ohio. 937-223-3655 or

Saturday, June 30

Get your motor runnin'! It's the second annual NEWPORT MOTORCYCLE RALLY, where awards are given to the best lookin' bikes. Friday June 29-July 1. Free. Newport Festival Park along the riverfront, Newport. 859-292-3686 or

Want to see how swift a cheetah really is? The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's exhibit, CHEETAH ENCOUNTER, features several of the fastest felines in two running demonstrations of speed. Demonstrations are 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fridays-Tuesdays June 1-Sept. 3. $12.95 adults; $7.95 children (2-12). Parking is additional. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 513-281-4700 or

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Sunday, July 1

AMERICA'S CELEBRATION runs June 29-July 1, with fireworks, games, live entertainment and food along the Newport Festival Park along the riverfront. Also check out the Newport Motorcycle Rally. Free. 5-11 p.m. Fri.; noon-11 p.m. Sat.; noon-11 p.m. Sun. (with fireworks display at 10 p.m.) Newport Festival Park along the riverfront, Newport. 859-292-3666.

Monday, July 2

Put on your cowboy hats for the perfect family farm adventure at PARKY'S FARM in Winton Woods, which offers a 100-plus acre educational farm with pony and wagon rides for only $2 each. Kids can also play in a giant indoor playbarn or experience farm animals up close. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and holidays. Summer schedule in effect until Aug. 19. 10073 Daly Road, Winton Woods. 513-521-3276.

Tuesday, July 3

The seventh annual LAROSA'S BALLOON GLOW delivers an evening sky illuminated by more than 30 hot and cold air balloons of every color. Followed by fireworks. 5-10 p.m. Fireworks free; $18.45 for a pass to both Sunlite Pool and rides, children 4-11 $16.45, seniors $12.95. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-232-6701.

PARTY IN THE PARK presents live music by 3 Ways Out. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown riverfront. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free. 513-579-3191 or

Wednesday, July 4

Steve Reineke and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra celebrate the Fourth with RED, WHITE AND BOOM! Also featuring the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus and fireworks. 7 p.m. $20-$25. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-381-3300 or

Thursday, July 5

Learn about the history of firefighting and check out some cool vintage emergency gear at the CINCINNATI FIRE MUSEUM. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $4-$6. 315 W. Court St. near Plum Street, Downtown. 513-621-5553 or

Friday, July 6

PADDLEFEST 2007 is billed as the largest canoe and kayak festival in the Midwest. Competitions include expert and amateur canoe races. Races begin at 8 a.m. Fees to compete; free to watch. Four Seasons Marina, 4609 Kellogg Ave., Columbia Tusculum. 513-588-6936 or

Discover more than 135 years of history at the CINCINNATI REDS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM. Open 10 a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Sat; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $8 or $5 with purchase of game admission. Great American Ball Park, 100 Main St., Downtown. 513-765-7000.

Saturday, July 7

THE SPURZZZ entertain in the ballroom while Ricky Nye with Chris Werner play in the lounge. 9 p.m. Free. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201 or

Sunday, July 8

Take in a ball game as the CINCINNATI REDS meet the Diamondbacks. 1:15 p.m. $5-$215. Great American Ballpark, Walnut and Second Sts., Downtown. 513-381-REDS or

Monday, July 9

Follow one man's journey to make peace with the mountain that took his father's life in Omnimax's THE ALPS. Shows every hour between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $5.25-$7.25. Cincinnati Museum Center, Omnimax Theater, 1301 Western Ave., West End. 513-287-7000 or

Think you know it all? Test your trivia skills at Monday night MLTRIVIA. Teams of 1-5 compete in seven rounds of the best trivia around. With unique and fun categories everyone will enjoy. Winning team gets $100! Every Monday evening. 9-11 p.m. Mt. Lookout Tavern, 3209 Linwood Ave, Mt. Lookout. 513-871-9633 or

Tuesday, July 10

Walk the labyrinth at GRAILVILLE RETREAT CENTER in Loveland. No, it's not a maze — it's a circular path used for reflection and meditation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. Grailville, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland. 513-683-2340.

Wednesday, July 11

Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by Kristen Key and $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown riverfront. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday, July 12

The Cincinnati Opera presents NIXON IN CHINA by John Adams. 8 p.m. July 12 and 14. $27-$144. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-241-2742 or

Friday, July 13

STARSHIP STARRING MICKEY THOMAS and the LITTLE RIVER BAND headline the Midsummer at the Meadows Festival. There's also a Taste of Miami, cornhole tournament, Kidz Fun Zone, magic shows, petting zoo, games, car shows and the ubiquitous Rozzi fireworks. 6-11 p.m. July 13; 2-11 p.m. July 14. Free. Miami Meadows Park. 1546 Ohio Route 131. Miami Twp. 513-248-3725 or

MARK FARNER (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) will headline the Festival in Sycamore, two days of fun, food and music. 6 p.m.-midnight. July 13-14. Free. Bechtold Park, 4312 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Twp. 513-791-8447.

The 91st annual ST. RITA FEST, one of the Tristate's largest summer festivals, kicks off with more than 100 booths and games. The event is particularly famous for its turtle soup and funnel cakes. 7 p.m.-midnight July 13, 4 p.m.-midnight July 14 and 1-10 p.m. July 15. Free. St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. 513-772-7005 or

Saturday, July 14

As if it won't be hot enough already, the CINCY LATINO FESTIVAL spices things up a bit with two days of hot Latin food, music (by Andy Montanez, Pimienta Negra, Elia Cortes & Taller Tamborcua, Rolando Morales-Matos), games and activities. Noon-11 p.m., July 14-15. Free. Sawyer Point, along the riverfront, Downtown.

Sunday, July 15

The Contemporary Arts Center continues its exhibition of the THE LONG VIEW: A FILM EXHIBITION. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except Tuesday (open until 9). Runs July 16-22. $7.50. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. 513-345-8400 or

Monday, July 16

The 157th annual WARREN COUNTY FAIR includes parades, clowns, tractor pulls, alligator shows and demolition derbies, as well as farm animals, food vendors and more. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. July 16-21. $7; free for kids 12 and under. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon. 513-932-2636 or

Tuesday, July 17

Take in the history of Price Hill in an Art-deco building and look at the collection of artifacts from PRICE HILL. 1-4 p.m. Free. Price Hill Historical Society Museum, 3640 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill. 513-251-2888 or

Wednesday, July 18

Stroll though historic LOVELAND CASTLE, a handmade replica of its European cousins. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m daily. $3 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 12025 Shore Road, Loveland. 513-683-4686.

Thursday, July 19

College Hill gardeners offer up delicious summer produce at the FARM MARKET OF COLLEGE HILL. 3-7 p.m. College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill. 513-541-5676.

Friday, July 20

Come ready to dance at Coney Island's MOONLITE GARDEN PARTY featuring Ooh La La and the Greasers. 7 p.m.- midnight. $8. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-232-8230 or

Saturday, July 21

NOCTALUCA, SCREAMING KINGS and AMERICAN HARDCORE at the Southgate House. More info to be announced. 859-431-2201 or

Bring your pole, bait and energy drink for ALL-NIGHT FISHING at Lake Isabella. Lake is stocked with panfish, carp and channel catfish. 8 p.m. $8.50, free for ages 12 and under. Lake Isabella,

10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Twp. 513-791-1663 or

Sunday, July 22

The BUTLER COUNTY FAIR features Country music bands, livestock exhibitions, rides and concessions sales. Noon-11 p.m. July 22, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. July 23-28. $6, $1 children 6 to 12. Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton. 513-892-1423 or

Monday, July 23

The CLERMONT COUNTY FAIR, a tradition since the days of the Gold Rush, includes monster truck shows, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, farm displays, auctions and horse races. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 23-29. $5 at 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $8 after 3 p.m.; $2 children 6-12. Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville. 513-732-0522 or

Tuesday, July 24

ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA at Coney Island's Moonlite Gardens. 8 p.m. $39. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-562-4949 or

Wednesday, July 25

Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by the Jim Morris Band and the Jimmy Buffett Warm Up Party with $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown riverfront. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday, July 26

Take a walk on the mild side at CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE along Kellogg Avenue. The totally pristine hiking trails accommodate different levels of ability, including the one-mile California Junction Trail, Trillium Valley Trail and Prairie Meadow Trail. A great place to spot flowers, birds and butterflies. Dawn-dusk daily. Free. 5400 Kellogg Ave., California. 513-231-8678.

Friday, July 27

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, Mainly Art, Urban Eden, Deogracias Lerma Photography, Publico, Enjoy the Arts, Designsmith Gallery, Rosette Studio, Pendleton Art Center, City Art, Uptown Arts, Urban Sites Properties, Media Bridges and more. 6-10 p.m. Free. North Main Street, Over-the-Rhine. 513-621-4700 or 513-260-8434.

The Southgate House gets lit with LITE BRITE INDIE POP AND FILM FEST. A collaboration between Thigmotrope Productions and Underneath Cincinnati, it's a "collision between two frontiers." Enjoy the collision of experimental independent film and adventurous independent music. 7 p.m. July 27-29. $7. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201 or

Saturday, July 28

The NEWPORT ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL features craftspeople from across America who will display their fine arts and crafts, from pottery to handmade jewelry, stained glass to mosaics. Noon-11 p.m. July 28 and noon-9 p.m. July 29. Free. Riverboat Row between the Taylor-Southgate and L&N bridges, Newport. 859-292-3686.

GREATER ANDERSON DAYS has thrill rides, games, food vendors and gambling tents for the grown-ups with casino-style games such as blackjack. The Rozzi fireworks display lifts off at 10 p.m. Sunday. 5-11 p.m. July 27-29 and 5-10 p.m. July 30. Free. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-474-0003 or

Sunday, July 29

Catch brunch and a show: the classic musical THE WIZARD OF OZ comes to La Comedia Dinner Theatre. All of your favorite songs and dances on stage along with a meal. 10:30 a.m. $46-$63. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. 937-746-4554 or

Monday, July 30

Did you hear about Cincinnati Young People's Theatre's production of Children of Eden last summer? Get your tickets right away for this year's presentation of ANYTHING GOES — they're sure to sell out fast! July 27-Aug 5. $19-$21. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Price Hill. 513-241-6550.

Tuesday, JULY 31

The CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER offers the most complete hands-on nature study you'll find in the area, with numerous educational programs for youths, including spring and fall biology programs and summer classes. Dawn to dusk daily. $3 weekdays and $5 on weekends. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Glen Este. 513-831-1711.

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Wednesday, Aug. 1

The HAMILTON COUNTY FAIR showcases frenzied demolition derbies and other examples of extreme auto sports. There are also the standard favorites: 4-H agricultural contests, milking parlors, petting farm, barn tours, dog obedience shows, sheep shearing and rabbitjjudging. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 2-6. $7, free for children 2 and under free and seniors. Admission includes all mechanical rides and grandstand shows. Vine Street at Paddock Road, Carthage. 513-761-4224 or

PARTY IN THE PARK presents live music by band Chrome. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown riverfront. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free. 513-579-3191 or

Thursday, Aug. 2

The WORLD'S LONGEST YARD SALE — 450 miles of bargains along U.S. Route 127 — begins in Covington and runs down to Gadsen, Ala. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2-5. Free admission, free parking in the Fifth Street Lot. Call for vending information. 859-491-0458.

Friday, Aug. 3

CINCY BLUES FEST (15th year) is the annual two-day music festival loaded with acts ranging from Blues, Gospel and Spirituals all the way to Ragtime, Bluegrass and Jazz. Aug. 3-4. $5 each day. Sawyer Point Park, Downtown on the riverfront.

GLIER'S GOETTAFEST returns for the fifth year, featuring all things goetta plus live entertainment, a kids' play area, games like the Goetta Toss and plenty more. 5-11 p.m. Aug. 3, noon-11 p.m. Aug. 4, noon-9 p.m. Aug. 5. Newport on the Levee, Newport.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Enjoy seven blues bands, your favorite foods, and a deluxe beer garden at the 9th annual LEBANON BLUES FESTIVAL. Gaze at over 150 classic cars in the Blues, Bumpers, and BBQ Car Show. Free admission. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Downtown Lebanon. 513-588-0321 or

The New Stage Collective presents HELLO AGAIN, a musical featuring 10 nameless characters searching for a perfect lover in a cycle of encounters that spans decades. (Ages 16 and up). 8 p.m. $20, $12 students. New Stage Collective, 1140 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-621-3700 or

Sunday, Aug. 5

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents GREATER TUNA, a comedy with two performers, three wigs and 20 characters. 2 p.m. $20-$26. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-2273 or

Cool off with REGGAE FEST at The Beach Waterpark. Located on the Kokomo Kove Stage. Price included with admission to the park. 2-5 p.m. $10.50-$27.99. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Dr., Mason. 513-398-7946 or

Monday, Aug. 6

One way to cool off in August is at BOOMERANG BAY, formerly Water Works, which includes the Tazmanian Typhoon, Kookaburra Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, 30 water slides as well as waterfalls, lagoons, rivers and surfable waves. Boomerang Bay at Paramount's Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. $37.99; $29.99 children 3-6 and adults 60 and up (includes Kings Island admission). 513-754-5700 or

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Delhi Park's Summer Concert Series presents ELAINE AND THE BISCAYNES. Enjoy the tunes and get some available concessions, such as snow cones, to keep you cool. 7-9 p.m. Free. Delhi Park, 5125 Foley Rd., Delhi. 513-922-8609 or

The NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, a festival promoting neighborhood safety, features crime prevention and awareness, free food, drinks and a chance for residents and police officers to sit down and talk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Dogwood Park, Mariemont. 513-271-3246

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT present live music by Amnesia Lane and $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown riverfront. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Aug. 9

The now-legendary SCRIBBLE JAM runs Aug. 9-12 with local and national Hip Hop musicians, DJs, dancers and graffiti artists. 7 p.m. each night. Doors open 4 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at door. Annie's Outdoor Pavilion, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Columbia-Tusculum. 513-321-0220 or

Friday, Aug. 10

Have a fork full of lobster and a plate full of music at the 20th annual GREAT INLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. More than two dozen local restaurants, a record number, will hawk sampler size seafood entrees at the fest, which is now being held on both sides of the Ohio River. Yeatman's Cove, Sawyer Point Park, Bicentennial Commons and the Serpentine Wall, Downtown on the riverfront and along Riverboat Row, Newport. 6-11 p.m. Aug. 9-10, noon-11 p.m. Aug. 11 and noon-9 p.m. Aug. 12. Free admission, but a river shuttle costs $4 round-trip. 513-684-4722 or

The WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP MASTERS (formerly known as the Tennis Masters Series and ATP) serves up at the Tennis Center at Kings Island. The $2.95 million event is one of 13 mandatory tour stops for top-ranked players. All day and evening, Aug. 10-19. $5-$450 (for a ticket package). 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason. 513-651-0303 or

UNION CENTRE BOULEVARD BASH returns for three days of music and food. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 10, noon-midnight Aug. 11 and noon-10 p.m. Aug. 12. Free. Union Centre Boulevard exit at I-75, West Chester. 513-579-3197 or

It's HAMILTON COUNTY APPRECIATION DAYS at the Cincinnati Zoo, meaning everyone (not just county residents) gets half-price parking (a $3.25 value) plus half-price admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 10-12. Regular admission is $12.95; $7.95 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Parking $6.50. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 513-475-6124 or