*Obviously this is not a comprehensive list and there are in fact many more things to do in Cincinnati this summer.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 10
Summer Cinema in Washington Park: Jurassic Park — Get ready for the next installment of Jurassic Park — Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, opens wide June 12 — with a summer screening of the original. Washington Park’s summer movie series screens the 1993 blockbuster on the lawn. Bring a chair or blanket; refreshments available via concession. Movies play every Wednesday in summer. Movie begins at dusk. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
How to Drink: Shrubs, Syrups and Infusions — Amy Tobin and Jay Dickerson teach you to prepare a variety of homemade shrubs, syrups and infusions to shake, stir and pour into summer cocktails. 6:30-8 p.m. $25. New Riff Distillery, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., newriffdistilling.com.
THURSDAY JUNE 11
Newport Italianfest — This authentic Italian festival features food from vendors like Pompilios and Bella Luna, live Italian music, cooking and pizza-eating contests, games, kids rides and a family photo booth showcasing the history of Newport’s Italian families. 5-11 p.m. June 11-12; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 13; noon-9 p.m. June 14. Free. Newport Riverfront, Newport, Ky., newportky.gov.
A Taste of Duveneck — A Taste of Duveneck celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Cincinnati Art Museum and Alice Bimel Courtyard will be filled with food, wine, beer, upbeat music and special surprises. 6-9 p.m. Tickets start at $80. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams,
FRIDAY JUNE 12
Hooray Rosé! Wine Tasting — Sample eight rosés from around the world and find your new favorite summer sipper. 6-8 p.m. $20. The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, winemerchantcincinnati.com.
Camp Washington Chili Coney Challenge — Watch 12 contestants eat as many coneys as they can in three minutes. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Annunciation Summerfest — A family festival in Clifton’s gaslight district with food from Thai Express, LaRosa’s and more, plus jugglers, balloon animals, a fire show, a petting zoo, pony rides and live music. 6-11 p.m. Free. 3547 Clifton Ave., Clifton, annunciationbvmparish.org.
St. Gertrude Parish Festival — More than 60 fun booths and rides, plus festival food, live entertainment, an air-conditioned gaming hall and more. 6-11:30 p.m. June 12; 5-11:30 p.m. June 13; 3-10 p.m. June 14. Free. 6551 Miami Ave., Madeira, stgertrude.org.
Schwabenfest — A German festival featuring homemade sausage and an oxen roast, plus American and German music. 6 p.m.-midnight June 12; 1 p.m.-midnight June 13. $3. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, cincydonau.com.
Banshee Brew Fest — Kings Island gets in on the craft beer craze with a two-day beer fest, featuring more than 100 craft beers from all over the country, food and live music. Drink beer, just don’t barf and ride. 4-10 p.m. June 12 and June 13. $59.99 fest and park admission. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.
SATURDAY JUNE 13
Urban Wine Festival — 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab hosts this parking lot wine party next to the café, featuring 24 wines from various local distributors — red, white, sparkling, rosé and more. A seminar with local wine professionals kicks off the fest, and tastings can be done in small portions or glass pours. Noon-10 p.m. $6 glass pour; $48 for 24 tastings. 1215 Wine Bar, 1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 1215vine.com/urban-wine-festival.
Queen City Vintage Baseball Festival — Four vintage baseball teams are pitted against each other in an 1869-style game. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, cincyvbb.com.
Fort Ancient Celebration: Gathering of Four Directions — A Native-American event at Fort Ancient with demonstrations, workshops, walking tours and more than 100 dancers in full regalia. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $9; $6 children. Fort Ancient State Memorial, 6123 Ohio 350, Oregonia, fortancient.org.
Sayler Park Sustains — A day of community, stewardship and sustainability with free music, demos, local food, local beer and activities for kids. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Nelson Sayler Memorial Park, 6600 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park, saylerparksustains.org.
SUNDAY JUNE 14
Hozier with Dawes — The music industry’s current favorite Irishman and “Take Me To Church” single-maker heads to The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino for an outdoor summer show. Los Angeles Folk rockers Dawes open. 8 p.m. $45. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway, Pendleton, horseshoecincinnati.com.
Clambake at Washington Park — Even though we’re in the relatively landlocked Midwest, you can still get a good clam. Head to this beach-themed seafood extravaganza for games, food and Louisiana-style Rock. Noon-6 p.m. $12 per bowl. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Mahrajan Lebanese Festival — A celebration of Lebanon with authentic cuisine (including vegetarian items), ethnic pastries, live entertainment, raffles and more. Noon-8 p.m. Free. St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2530 Victory Parkway, Walnut Hills, 513-961-0120, stanthonyofpaduachurch.com.
Concours d’Elegance — More than 200 premier collector vehicles will be on display in the park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25; $20 in advance. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, ohioconcours.com.
Second Sunday on Main — A themed Over-the-Rhine street festival held the second Sunday of every month with local crafters, vendors, food and beer. This month it is dogs! Noon-5 p.m. Free. Main Street between 13th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.
Lucinda Williams — 8 p.m. $28; $30 door. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., madisontheateronline.com.
MONDAY JUNE 15
Beer Dinner with Todd Kelly and Ei8ht Ball — A paired beer dinner with dishes from award-winning Orchids chef Toddy Kelly. 6-8 p.m. $50. New Riff Distillery, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., newriffdistilling.com.
Turner Trivia Night on the Square — Bring your brain to Fountain Square for beers and fast-paced team trivia. Teams must consist of no more than eight players. Full bar and drink specials available. Winners get gift cards. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
TUESDAY JUNE 16
Workout on the Green — Time to wear your leggings for something other than brunch/work/grocery shopping/sleeping/etc. Head to Washington Park’s main lawn Tuesday evening for two different instructor-led classes: total body sculpting with the YMCA followed by boot camp with FitNext. Workouts at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Through Sept. 2. Free. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 17
Margarita Madness — Celebrate the unofficial cocktail of the season: the margarita. It’ll be a margarita throw-down as participating bars and restaurants compete to make the best margarita — and you can taste them all. And since you can’t enjoy booze on an empty stomach, there will be plenty of eateries serving up summery bites as well as a “Guac Off.” DJ Matt Joy will provide the sounds of summer, so kick back riverside and enjoy a tribute to all things tequila. 5:30-8 p.m. $40; $125 VIP. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., citybeat.xorbia.com/margaritamadness.
THURSDAY JUNE 18
Il Trovatore — The Cincinnati Opera stages Verdi’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, civil war, bloodlust and gypsy curses. 7:30 p.m. June 18 and June 20. Tickets start at $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiopera.com.
Washboard Music Festival — An annual music festival over Father’s Day weekend to celebrate the washboard as a musical instrument. Arnett Howard kicks off a diverse musical lineup, including Steel City Rovers, The Hobos and more. Other activities include a quilt show, free tours of the Columbus Washboard Company, antique tractor and car shows and more. 5-10 p.m. June 18; noon-11 p.m. June 19-20. Free. 1 E. Main St., Hocking Hills, washboardmusicfestival.com.
Paddlefest Weekend — Get ready to get wet and celebrate the majestic Ohio River during the 14th annual Paddlefest Weekend, when thousands of boaters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts come together to promote and protect the river. Three days of fun kick off Thursday at Coney Island for the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, where children of all ages can learn water safety and outdoor education in a “village-type” setting. On Friday, spend an evening on the river at the Outdoor Music Festival. Check out boat demos on Lake Como or learn how to paddle while listening to local bands like The Hot Magnolias, The Rumpke Mountain Boys and more. Finally, on Saturday, paddle on a closed-to-traffic Ohio River from Coney Island to the Public Landing downtown with around 1,800 fellow boaters, finishing with the Finish Line Festival. The festival includes live entertainment, including a Global Water Dance at 11 a.m., plus food, beer and other refreshments. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 18; 4 p.m.-midnight June 19; 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 20. Various registration fees. Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson, ohioriverpaddlefest.org. — AMANDA GRATSCH
FRIDAY JUNE 19
Rajiv Satyal: “The I Am ... Tour” — Cincinnati-born comedian Rajiv Satyal discusses his Indian roots, white-bread upbringing and what it means to be Indian-American through hilarious first-person tales. 8 p.m. $30. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Goettafest — MainStrasse Village’s three days of food, shopping, games, crafts, entertainment and goetta. Sample Goetta Balls, Goetta Gumbalya, Goetta Chili, Goetta Chedda Cheese — goetta any way you can dream up. 5-11:30 p.m. June 19; noon-11:30 p.m. June 20; noon-9 p.m. June 21. Free. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest — The International Beer Fest features 400 beers from 100 different breweries, plus hard ciders and blended brews. 7-10:30 p.m. June 19 and June 20. $55 single day; $20 non-drinker. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, 513-674-6000, junglejims.com/beerfest.
Dream Tiger with Ofir Klemperer — Dreamy synth and Space Pop in a brewery. 9 p.m. Free. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com.
Dope — Director Rick Famuyiwa is riding a strong wave of attention following the reception of his latest coming-of-age dramedy, Dope, at the Sundance Film Festival, which is not necessarily known as a hotbed for embracing stories about geeks in Inglewood, Calif. While there will certainly be gangsters, drug dealers and tough choices facing Dope’s young college hopeful (Shameik Moore), Famuyiwa won’t forget to highlight the dreams that will not be deferred nor deterred. Rated R. Opens wide.
SATURDAY JUNE 20
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival — This nationwide festival celebrates the end of legal slavery in America. There will be live music, historical and cultural attractions, face-to-face meetings with the likes of Harriet Tubman and Abe Lincoln, children’s activities and food, including a sweet potato pie contest. Noon-9 p.m. June 20; 2:30-6 p.m. June 21. Free. Daniel Drake Park, 5800 Red Bank Road, Kennedy Heights, juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Monarch Fiesta — Join Long Branch Farm for a celebration of Monarch butterflies on their journey back from Mexico. The event will feature music from the Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, hikes along the Monarch Migration Trail, a picnic, food trucks, beer from Rhinegeist Brewery and more. 6-10 p.m. June 20. $10 adult; $5 child. Long Branch Farm, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen, cincynature.org.
Roeblingfest — Food from local restaurants, live music, art, beer and more on the Roebling Bridge. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Court Ave. and E. Third St., Covington, Ky., roeblingbridge.org.
The Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival — CityBeat knows that people really love pork, whiskey and live music, so we’re combining all three into a fun-filled day of barbecue, booze samplings and Americana and Bluegrass music during the aptly named Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival. Head to the Horseshoe Casino’s outdoor venue space The Shoe to imbibe, gorge and listen to local and national acts at the top of every hour, like Moriah Lawson, Ben Knight & The Well Diggers and special guest headliners Swear and Shake (8 p.m.). There will be more than 30 varieties of bourbon, scotch and whiskey available to sample; a whiskey education area with master distillers; a beer tent as an alcoholic alternative; and pork and beef barbecue from a handful of area restaurants. Entry to the party is free; food and drink are available for purchase. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 20. Free. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown, citybeat.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO
SUNDAY JUNE 21
Summer Solstice Lavender Festival — A farm market with everything lavender on the lavender farm, including cut-your-own lavender and a menu of lavender foods. Lavender! 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Road, Martinsville, peacefulacreslavenderfarm.com.
Butterflies of the Philippines — The final day of Krohn’s international butterfly show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7; $4 children. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
MONDAY JUNE 22
Cincinnati Pride 2015 — Cincinnati Pride week kicks off at Below Zero Lounge with Wiggin’ Out, the bar’s fourth annual turnabout show. A flurry of events follows through June 28, including a Pride Ride bike ride from Fountain Square June 23, a pub crawl and a Pride parade and festival. 7:30 p.m. June 22. Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatipride.org.
Queen City Baseball: Diamonds and Stars at the Cincinnati Museum Center— Cincinnati is home to the first professional baseball league: the 1869 Red Stockings. This exhibit explores the city’s rich history and players who made their marks locally. Through July 26. Included with admission. 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.
TUESDAY JUNE 23
Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band — Get out your parrot hat, find your salt shaker and grab your vaporizer: Jimmy Buffett’s back. Buffett makes a stop at Riverbend as part of his summer “Workin’ n’ Playin’” tour. 8 p.m. $36-$136. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 24
Food Truckin’ for Josh Cares — The third annual Food Truckin’ for Josh Cares takes over Fountain Square for an afternoon of food trucks, entertainment and the awarding of the Golden Spatula by a celebrity guest judging panel. Eat everything from gourmet grilled cheese and Korean barbecue to Cajun and gelato. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Prices vary. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Northside Farmers Market — Not only can you stock the fridge with local produce, you can also take a free instructor-led Ashtanga yoga class at the market. 4-7 p.m. market; 5:45-6:45 p.m. yoga Wednesdays. Free. Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsidefm.org.
Florence Freedom vs. Washington Wild Things — The Freedom takes on Chicago’s Thunderbolts in a three game series. Bonus? It’s Mountain Man Great Outdoors night. Come meet Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty; the first 1,000 fans get a duck quacker. 5:35 p.m. $10-$15. UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky., florencefreedom.com.
THURSDAY JUNE 25
Pedal Wagon Tavern Cruise — Book a cruise to bike and booze your way around four of Cincinnati’s favorite bars: HalfCut, Arnold’s, Lackman and Rhinehaus. Enjoy a discounted brew at each stop. Rides available Monday-Saturday. $25 per seat Sunday-Thursday; $30 per seat Friday-Saturday. 513-201-7655, pedalwagon.com.
The Heartless Bastards — One of Cincinnati’s best musical exports, The Heartless Bastards, take the Woodward stage for a two-night concert series in support of its latest album, Restless Ones. With opener Craig Finn. 9 p.m. June 25 and June 26. $15; $18 day-of. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-345-7981, woodwardtheater.com.
FRIDAY JUNE 26
Panegyri Greek Festival — The 40th annual Panegyri takes over the grounds of Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Finneytown with authentic Greek food, imported Greek wine, Greek music, Greek dancing and rides. Start with a gyro, grab a glass of Sitia Crete White and end with a baklava sundae … or two. 5-11 p.m. June 26; 3-11 p.m. June 27; 1-8 p.m. June 28. $2; free for ages 12 and younger. 7000 Winton Road, Finneytown, holytrinity.oh.goarch.org.
Pride Pub Crawl — Support Pride with a festive pub crawl. With three shuttle loops — NKY, downtown and Northside — the crawl hits 16 different bars. 9 a.m.-3 a.m. $10. Find stops and more info at cincinnatipride.org.
Guided Ghost Tours of Music Hall — It’s Halloween in June. The Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies group takes participants on a two-hour guided tour of the Hall’s haunted history — a chilling summer adventure. Patrons are invited to bring their own ghost hunting equipment. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tours through September. $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiarts.org.
Art After Dark: Steampunk Splendor — Catch a sneak peek of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Northern Baroque Splendor Dutch and Flemish exhibit before it opens at this after-hours party, with live dance from the Roja Dance Troupe, which blends Steampunk-inspired fashion and theater. 5-9 p.m. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
SATURDAY JUNE 27
Pride Parade and Festival — Get ready for an all-day party! The parade route this year runs from Seventh Street to Sawyer Point for a full-blown festival with live performances, libations, food and more. 11 a.m. parade; noon festival. More details at cincinnatipride.org.
Craft Beer Series @ the OTR Biergarten — Different breweries guest at the Moerlein biergarten in Findlay Market. This weekend it’s Weidemann. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Through Oct. 25. Beer prices vary. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org.
WestFest — Two big days of food and entertainment during the West Side’s largest street festival, featuring two music stages, a classic car show, craft tent, beer garden, kids zone and a ton of food vendors. 1 p.m.-midnight June 27; 1-10 p.m. June 28. $2. Downtown Cheviot, westsidestreetfest.com.
Moccasin Making Workshop — The Cincinnati History Museum discusses the cultural significance of moccasins to Eastern Woodland tribes and teaches you how to make your own pair. 1-3 p.m. $40-$45. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.
SUNDAY JUNE 28
Pop-Up Drag Brunch — Brunch is better with drag queens! As part of Pride, head to Metropole at 21c for a brunch featuring live drag performances, ample cocktails and food. Reservations suggested. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Prices vary. 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6660, 21ccincinnati.com/pride.
Cruise-A-Palooza — A classic car show with hundreds of makes and models spanning decades of car design and production. Trophies awarded to the top 50 cars. All day June 28. Free. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com.
Giant Game Night — Head to the Square for some friendly competition. Giant games available to play include Jenga, cornhole and Twister. A special competition for pre-registered teams includes an inflatable obstacle course, putt-putt and gaming on the giant LED video board. Noon-5 p.m. $30 team fee. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Dog Day of Summer — The eighth annual Dog Day of Summer lets your furry friends into Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum for one day only. There will also be dogs available for adoption, a luau picnic and a concession tent. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org.
MONDAY JUNE 29
Lobstapalooza — Lobster soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, cocktails, quesadillas, curries and more at Washington Platform. Through July 3. Prices vary. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com.
Shark Bridge at Newport Aquarium — The Newport Aquarium’s Shark Bridge lets guests walk across the top of the 385,000-gallon shark and fish tank. Spot more than 300 fish, four shark rays, two stingrays and nearly two-dozen sharks from a birds-eye view. Shark Ray feedings 1:15 p.m. Monday-Friday. Aquarium open daily. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $23; $15 child. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., newportaquarium.com.
TUESDAY JUNE 30
Morrissey — Moz of The Smiths supports his 2014 album, World Peace is None of Your Business … unless he cancels. 8:30 p.m. $48.25-$68.25. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa with Hoodie Allen — The multi-platinum-selling FOB and Wiz Khalifa co-headline the “Boys of Zummer” tour, with rapper/singer opener Hoodie Allen. 7 p.m. $28-$69.75. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
WEDNESDAY JULY 01
Party in the Park — Head to Yeatman’s Cove to unwind after work with 5,000 of your friends, drink specials and live music. 3 Day Rule plays live, with $2-off drinks 5-6:30 p.m. 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Through Aug. 12. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, party-in-the-park.com.
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Malt House Taproom Fowling — Fowling combines football, bowling and corn hole. Come play and sip on Moerlein crafts straight from the brewery’s draft. 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Free; $10 for a league. Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/christianmoerlein.
THURSDAY JULY 02
Newport Motorcycle Rally — Fireworks, games, food, live entertainment, contests and a charity ride. The best-looking bikes will be awarded prizes. 5-11 p.m. July 2-3; noon-11 p.m. July 4; noon-9 p.m. July 5. Free. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., newportmotorcyclerally.com.
Salsa on the Square — Get spicy on the Square with live Salsa music and dance instruction. Music from Kandela. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. Through Sept. 17. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival — Northside’s Fourth of July parade is one of the summer’s more unique attractions in Cincinnati, and the accompanying (free!) Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival is a perfectly weird counterpart. The Carnival presents a mix of local and national Rock acts, along with vendors and sideshow attractions like fire-breathers and sword-swallowers. The performers for this year’s Carnival are New York’s Nude Beach on Thursday with locals Ohio Knife, Jeremy Pinnell, The Harlequins and the Mason School of Rock. Friday, there’s the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Old City and headliners Beat Awfuls from Lexington. Then, on Saturday, Baltimore’s Wild Honey takes the stage before DAAP Girls, Chicago’s Flesh Panthers, Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds and headliners Those Darlins. Along with music, there’s also a ton of food and local beer. Music starts 6 p.m. July 2-4. Free. Hoffner Park, 1404 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsiderocks.com. — MIKE BREEN
FRIDAY JULY 03
Montgomery Independence Day Parade and Festival — The party kicks off with a Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra concert July 3 in Montgomery Park followed by a July 4 parade with floats, flags and candy. The parade ends at Montgomery Park, with family-oriented music, games, pony rides and refreshments. 7:30 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. Free. 10101 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, montgomeryohio.org.
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow — More than 30 floating hot air balloons light up the sky during Coney Island’s annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow. There will also be live music, family fun and Coney’s classic rides plus a Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display at 10 p.m. 5-11 p.m. July 3. Free admission; $8 parking until 2 p.m.; $10 parking after 2 p.m. Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com.
Cruise to Coney Island — Hop aboard a BB Riverboats cruise to Coney Island for LaRosa’s Balloon Glow and grand finale fireworks display. 6:30-11:30 p.m. $58. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.
Amy — On the heels of a stunning international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the life of the late singer Amy Winehouse arrives Stateside right in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, offering up a calculated bit of counter-programming that seems much in line with its subject. Winehouse, a captivating musical presence daring enough to bare her troubled psyche and soul in raw Pop tunes that defied easy categorization, snagged half a dozen Grammys during her brief career. But despite her phenomenal chops, she wasn’t a lock to become the next great Pop princess. Kapadia’s film, through a treasure trove of archival footage that guarantees we won’t simply be lectured to by a host of talking heads, captures the tragic circumstances of her meteoric brush with fame and fortune, while also laying a measure of responsibility upon us all. Rated R. Opens in select theaters. — TT STERN-ENZI
SATURDAY JULY 04
Northside Fourth of July Parade — An over-the-top parade in one of Cincinnati’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Parade organizers work to invite and involve people from all corners of the community as both participants and viewers. Expect drum lines, neon, glitter and a ton of red, white and blue. A Northside Family Fun Festival follows in Jacob Hoffner Park (4104 Hamilton Ave.). Noon. Free. Parade travels along Hamilton Avenue, Northside, northsidejuly4.com.
Red White & Blue Ash — Celebrate the Fourth with food, carnival rides and live music with the Doobie Brothers. Festivities culminate with a Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display at 10 p.m. The Doobie Brothers headline the mainstage at 8:15 p.m. 4-10:35 p.m. Free. Plainfield and Glendale-Milford roads, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com.
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Red, White and Boom! — John Morris Russell conducts the Pops through a patriotic concert of American music favorites. 8 p.m. $5-$35. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Fourth of July Jam at Washington Park — Details to come. 3-10 p.m. Free. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Self Diploma Saturday on Fountain Square — Celebrate the Fourth with some live Hip Hop. Headliner Ground Up, with openers David Zup, Swah and DJ Kev the Goon. Music starts at 7 p.m. Saturdays. Through Sept. 5. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
SUNDAY JULY 05
Tri-State Antique Market — Dealers, buyers and their treasures come together for this monthly first-Sunday summer fair, filled with all kinds of goodies: old trunks, ’60s vinyl, retro furniture and artistic pieces from the past, all required to be at least 30 years old and out of production. 7 a.m.-3 p.m Sundays. $3. Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Ind., queencityshows.com/tristate.
Volleyball at The Sandbar — Pick-up volleyball games on The Sandbar courts on Saturdays and Sundays. Reserve a court in advance at 513-533-3819. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. $4 open play. The Sandbar, 4609 Kellogg Ave., Anderson, thesandbarcincinnati.com.
MONDAY JULY 06
Rhinegeist Tour — Go behind-the-scenes with a team member to learn about brewery history, walk through the brewing process and get a glimpse into the brewery’s expansion plans. After the tour, enjoy a frosty brew in the taproom and play some corn hole or ping-pong. 4:30 p.m. Mondays. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-1367, rhinegeist.com.
Medicine Illuminated at the Lloyd Library — Features rare medical texts and illustrations alongside the library’s permanent pharmaceutical chemistry exhibit. An odd step back in time — and into air conditioning. Through July 31. Lloyd Library, 917 Plum St., Downtown, 513-721-6575, lloydlibrary.org.
TUESDAY JULY 07
Hop-Up Dinner at MadTree Brewing — Different area chefs and restaurants take over the MadTree taproom for a one-night-only pop-up dinner. The dinner service is super casual and a la carte. Check MadTree’s Facebook page for more details. Taproom opens at 4 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m. MadTree Brewing, 5164 Kennedy Ave., Oakley, facebook.com/madtree.
Beginning Wheel at Core Clay — Pick up a new hobby this summer. This six-week beginner pottery course teaches you to make cups, bowls, plates and more. 1-3 p.m. Core Clay, 2533 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, coreclay.com.
WEDNESDAY JULY 08
One Night, One Craft: State Embroidery — Local business Hoop and Needle will teach you to create your own tiny embroidered state on a hoop. Supplies included. 6-8 p.m. $5 member; $10 non-member, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Summer Cinema in Washington Park: Sandlot — A true summer classic, Sandlot is the story of the new kid in town who gets taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his gang. You’re killing me smalls. Bring a chair or blanket; refreshments available via concession. Movie begins at dusk. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Morning Star — It’s 1910 in New York’s Lower East Side, and Becky Felderman and her children are trying to find promise in the New World. The story of triumph, tragedy, struggle and sympathy unfolds. This world-premiere opera will be staged at the SCPA’s Corbett Theater. Continues through July 19. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 108 W. Central Parkway, Downtown, cincinnatiopera.org.
1776 — When America got started 239 years ago with the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, there were no TV cameras to record the events. Recreating what happened in July 1776 requires some serious imagining, and that’s just what composer and lyricist Sherman Edwards and scriptwriter Peter Stone did in 1969 (a few years before America’s Bicentennial). Their show, simply called 1776, won the Tony Award as the Broadway season’s best musical. It’s still a great piece of theater, led by John Adams portrayed as “obnoxious and disliked” — but truly the staunch backbone of the new nation. Idealistic Thomas Jefferson and pragmatic Ben Franklin are key players, too. They’ll all be onstage at the new Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre for three weeks. Get a history lesson that’s downright entertaining. Through July 26. $23-$26. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place, E. Price Hill, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. — RICK PENDER
THURSDAY JULY 09
Zootini — Drink zoo-inspired martinis around the park with appetizers, live music and special animal guests. $45; $35 designated driver. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
Up at Bat: Warhol and Baseball at the Cincinnati Art Museum — The museum brings together Andy Warhol’s three known paintings of baseball players, each of whom rose to the level of pop celebrity during his lifetime, including the CAM-commissioned Pete Rose work. Through Aug. 2. Free; $4 parking. 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
TEDxCincinnati — The theme is “Accelerate.” Speakers and members of the community will explore technology, education, health, arts, humanities, social justice, design and entrepreneurship. 4-9:30 p.m. $75. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tedxcincinnati.com.
FRIDAY JULY 10
MLB All-Star FanFest — Autograph sessions, player appearances, family-friendly baseball training drills, an authentic baseball memorabilia auction, live entertainment and more for baseball fans. Starts 9 a.m. July 10-14. $30-$35; FanFest Family Packages available. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, duke-energycenter.com.
Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Volksfest — “Volk” means “people” in German, and this is a party for the people. More than 14 local craft breweries come together for two days of local beer, live music, food and German-inspired fun. Session beers featured will have lower ABV for all-day drinking. 5 p.m.-midnight July 10; noon-11 p.m. July 11. Free. Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, listermannbrewing.com.
Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival — A fest with everyone’s three favorite things: bourbon, craft beer and food made with at least one of the three titular ingredients. July 10-14; times TBD. Free. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., newportky.gov.
St. Rita Fest — What started as visiting day for St. Rita’s School for the Deaf students in 1916 has turned into one of the longest-running festivals in the area. There will be raffles, live entertainment and the festival’s famous turtle soup. 7 p.m.-midnight July 10; 4 p.m.-midnight July 11; 1-10 p.m. July 12. $2. St. Rita’s, 1720 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale, 513-771-7600, srsdeaf.org.
SATURDAY JULY 11
4192 - An Evening with Pete Rose — This live theatrical event recreates the feeling of going to the ballpark, featuring a set complete with home plate and batters box. Pete Rose takes the stage and guides the audience through his playing career, childhood and tells big tales of the Big Red Machine. 8 p.m. $32.50-$125. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
The Color Run MLB All-Star 5k — An un-timed 5k with mascots, baseball legends, special guests and a dousing of colored powder every kilometer. Fest at the finish line withe more color and live music. 9 a.m. $50. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, allstargame.com.
The City Flea: All-Star Edition — A special iteration of Cincinnati’s curated urban flea market for All-Star Weekend. Find local craft and vintage vendors sandwiched between artisan foods and tons of people. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.
Don Pasquale — Once the star of Tinseltown, the fading Don finds a splash of color in a young ingénue. She seems perfect — or is she? This zany Cincinnati Opera production is set in 1950s Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiarts.org.
Civil War Weekend — Civil war reenactors demonstrate Civil War fashion, games, entertainment and more. Battles at 2 p.m. each day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 11; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12. $8; $4 children. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
Covington Home Tour — A guided tour of six homes in the historic Licking Riverside area of Covington. 10 a.m., with tours every half hour until 6 p.m. $40. Church of Christ, 218 Garrard St., Covington, Ky., americanlegacytours.com.
SUNDAY JULY 12
Second Sunday on Main — A themed Over-the-Rhine street festival held the second Sunday of every month with local crafters, vendors, food and beer. This month, Second Sunday celebrates Pride. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Main Street between 13th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.
Cincy Sports Fest — A sports trade show focused on the hobby of collecting sports memorabilia and autographs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12-13; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14. $5. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, Ky., cincy2015.com.
MONDAY JULY 13
Neil Young and Promise of the Real with special guest Band of Horses — Neil Young and Promise of the Real (Willie Nelson’s son’s band) have joined forces for a new album and tour. Indie rockers Band of Horses open. 7:30 p.m. $30-$350. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Serials! 3 Roundhouse — Know’s serialized summer play series returns with the theme “Roundhouse.” Each performance will feature 15-minute episodes of new plays every two weeks with five playwrights, five stories and five episodes. It’s like TV, except live, with a bar. 7:30 p.m. $15. Know Theatre Underground, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.
TUESDAY JULY 14
MLB All-Star Game — The big news of the summer: The 86th annual MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park. More info on page 11. 7:30 p.m. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, allstargame.com.
Morgan’s Outdoor Adventure Canoeing — Take a half-day canoe trip from Fort Ancient to Morrow, Ohio. Stop at the halfway point at Riverside Campground for a picnic (and clean bathrooms). 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; trip departure times subject to change based on water levels and weather conditions. $33 per canoe. Morgan’s Outdoor Adventure, 5701 State Route 350, Oregonia, Ohio, 513-932-7658, morganscanoe.com.
WEDNESDAY JULY 15
The Vesper Project: Titus Kaphar — Titus Kaphar explores racism in America and art history through an abstract recreation and installation of a 19th-century American home. Make your museum stop even better with the Collection CAC café happy hour 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays with $3 beer and $4 wine, and free museum admission. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Through Oct. 11. Free after 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Wednesdays on the Green — Clifton Cultural Arts Center hosts a weekly concert on the green. Evenings include free live music, kids activities, summer treats and more. This week, enjoy music from Young Heirlooms and treats from streetpops. 7 p.m. Free. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, cliftonculturalarts.org.
THURSDAY JULY 16
Vans Warped Tour — A diverse array of Punk, Metal, Indie, Rock and Pop acts, from established to emerging. Major names include Simple Plan, H20, Motion City Soundtrack, Riff Raff, Silverstein and more. 10 a.m. $38.50. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Cocktails and Crown Jewels — Pack a picnic and grab a date to take to Smale Riverfront Park for an evening of Jazz. Features Craig Bailey and the Cincy Jazz All-Stars. 7:30 p.m. Free; $25 VIP area. Smale Riverfront Park, Schmidlapp Lawn, 100 W. Mehring Way, Downtown, mysmaleriverfrontpark.org.
Dinner at the Abbey — This cooking class teaches you to make the kinds of dishes Lord Grantham and his fictional family enjoy at Downton Abbey. The menu pays tribute to the patrician class with recipes for roasted Cornish game hen, Yorkshire pudding, sticky toffee and more to satisfy the likes of Lady Mary and the Dowager Countess. 6-9 p.m. $55. CooksWares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, 513-489-6400, cookswaresonline.com.
FRIDAY JULY 17
Jen Kirkman — Comedian Jen Kirkman — you may know her from her stints on Drunk History, her Netflix comedy special I’m Gonna Die Alone or her New York Times best-seller I Can Barely Take Care of Myself — takes the Taft stage for an evening of stories and stand-up. 8:30 p.m. $15. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
MidPoint Indie Summer Series with the Ting Tings — British Synthpop duo The Tings Tings headline the MidPoint Indie Summer Series concert on Fountain Square. Openers include locals Black Signal and New Jersey’s Brick + Mortar. 7 p.m. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Meet Lil’ Bub — Famous Internet cat Lil’ Bub will be at Leapin’ Lizard Gallery for Ohio Alleycat Resource’s second annual art show. Bid on art, support homeless cats in the Cincinnati area and meet-and-greet with Lil’ Bub, an advocate for homeless and special needs animals. 7 p.m.-midnight. $50. Leapin’ Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Covington, Ky., ohioalleycat.org.
Nacht Der Tracht — Head to the Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom for a German-themed monthly dance party. Break out your dirndls and lederhosen and fill your stein before you hit the dance floor. 8 p.m.; additional parties Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Free. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, christianmoerlein.com.
SATURDAY JULY 18
Star Trek: Live in Concert — The Cincinnati Pops perform Michael Giacchino’s score of the 2009 J.J. Abrams film Star Trek, live and in sync with a screening of the movie. 7:30 p.m. $10-$75. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
The 1919 Tour — As the birthplace of the first professional baseball team, as well as the creation of the World Series and the location of the National League and American League merger, Cincinnati has a long history of incredible on- and off-field moments. American Legacy Tours digs deeper into the city’s baseball past with The 1919 Tour. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Through October. $20. Leaves from Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,
Walking Tour: Cincinnati’s Skyscrapers — Historians Paul Tenkotte and Christopher Smith lead an exploration of downtown’s urban landscape. The tour begins at the Taft Museum of Art and ends near Piatt Park. 11:15 a.m. $10 Taft Museum members; $15 public. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, 513-684-4515, taftmuseum.org.
SUNDAY JULY 19
Double Talk Ventriloquism Show — Vent Haven Museum celebrates the art of ventriloquism at Double Talk 2015, a family-friendly show featuring a handful of professional ventriloquists. Double Talk functions as a fundraiser for Vent Haven, one of the only museums in the world dedicated to ventriloquism. 3 p.m. $20. Notre Dame Academy Performing Arts Center, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, Ky., ventshow.com.
Craft Beer Series @ the OTR Biergarten — Different craft breweries guest star at the Moerlein biergarten in the market. This weekend it’s MadTree. Noon-4 p.m. Beer prices vary. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org.
Trainwreck — Amy Schumer can currently do no wrong, thanks to the high-comedic standard she has set with her Comedy Central show (Inside Amy Schumer). The first trailers for her summer movie, directed by Judd Apatow, showcased the comedic stylings of LeBron James. Dude looks unironically All-Star funny playing a version of himself. And Bill Hader is a romantic lead just as unexpected. Rated R. Opens wide.
Burlington Antique Market — A premier vintage collectibles- and antique-only show with more than 200 dealers. Rain or shine. Early bird admission available. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. third Sundays. Through October. $3. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., burlingtonantiqueshow.com.
MONDAY JULY 20
Warren County Fair — Food, games, rides, tractor pulls, live harness racing, livestock shows and sales, barnyard displays, zoo animals, pony rides, musical groups, corn hole tournaments, talent shows, karaoke and a parade with hot air balloons. So many things! Do not miss the Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Thrill Show performing daily. July 20-25. $5 Monday; $8 Tuesday-Saturday. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 North Broadway, Lebanon, 513-932-2636, warrencountyfairohio.org.
TUESDAY JULY 21
Northern Baroque Splendor at the Cincinnati Art Museum — This exhibit features Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings in virtually all genres — history painting, portraiture, genre, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and flower pieces, animal paintings and hunting scenes. Through Sept. 20. Free; $4 parking. 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Urban Basin Bicycle Club Ride — Riders of all ages and skill levels are invited to meander around the urban basin at a conversational pace. Newbies can get used to riding on city streets. Debriefing drinks at a local bar after. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Meets at Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, facebook.com/groups/391316300890025.
METZ with Viet Cong — Canadian Noise Rockers METZ hit Cincinnati in support of its latest album, II. With openers Viet Cong. 9 p.m. $15; $17 door. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.
WEDNESDAY JULY 22
Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters & Crafts Festival — A family fun day at the zoo that celebrates different cultures through music, art, dance and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $1 (includes zoo admission). Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-961-1870, learningthroughart.com.
Burger and Beer Night at Fifty West Brewing Company — Fifty West pairs their tap brews with house-ground burgers for only $10. 5 p.m. $10. Fifty West Brewing Company, 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-834-8789, fiftywestbrew.com.
THURSDAY JULY 23
Weezer — Iconic Indie Pop group Weezer plays selections from its decades-long career. 8 p.m. $43. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway, Pendleton, horseshoecincinnati.com.
“Wurst” Date Night — Start your evening at Wurst Bar on the Square before taking a complimentary shuttle to the Cincinnati Observatory for an evening of star gazing and viewing of Jupiter and Saturn. Then grab a shuttle back to the bar for happy hour pricing all night. 8:30 p.m. $30. Wurst Bar on the Square, 3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, cincinnatiobservatory.org.
Wine Pairing Dinner at Nectar — Chef Julie Francis prepares a four-course dinner to accompany champagne and bordeaux wines. 7 p.m. $85. Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, dineatnectar.com.
FRIDAY JULY 24
Cincinnati Music Festival — Formerly the Macy’s Music Festival and, even more formerly, the Kool Jazz Festival, this 53-year-old event has presented a mix of classic and contemporary R&B acts, and this year’s lineup is especially strong: Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, The O’Jays, Jill Scott and more. 7:30 p.m. July 24 and 25. $55-$500. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown, cincymusicfestival.com.
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra presents Seth MacFarlane — Yeah, the guy from Ted, Family Guy and the contemporary classic film A Million Ways to Die in the West is more than a triple-threat: he can sing, act, write songs, produce and direct. As a Pops special guest, he’ll accompany the orchestra by singing Broadway, Big Band and Jazz hits. 8 p.m. $35-$75. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Cincy T-Shirt Market — Show off your Cincinnati spirit with a Queen City-themed T-shirt. Vendors will hit the Square for a full day of hawking their wares, designed, made for, inspired by and about Cincinnati. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices vary. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Greater Anderson Days — More than 40,000 people attend this weekend of events, which includes live music from local bands, an Anderson’s Got Talent competition, games, rides, gambling, a plethora of food on “food row” and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. July 24-26. Free. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson, andersonparks.com.
SATURDAY JULY 25
The O.F.F. Market — Oakley Fancy Flea Market is a vendor marketplace pop-up with vintage, handmade, artisan and antique goods, food and fashions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Oakley Square, Madison Road, Oakley, theoffmarket.org.
Incubus and the Deftones with Death From Above 1979 and The Bots — A loud show with plenty of Alt and Heavy Rock; feed your angst. 6:15 p.m. $25-$99.50. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Smokin’ Hot BBQ Weekend — A weekend of craft barbecue and craft beer. Saturday, enjoy barbecue from locals like Eli’s, Velvet Smoke and more. Sunday is a backyard barbecue competition, accompanied by live music. 6-10 p.m. July 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26. Free. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org.
The City Flea — Cincinnati’s curated urban flea market has almost outgrown Washington Park. Find hundreds upon hundreds of local artisans, creatives, craftsmen and vendors hawking their homemade wares, vintage goods and gourmet edibles. Bring a dog, bring a friend, bring the kids and shop and socialize. The park is flanked by food trucks during the Flea, so bring your appetite, too. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO
SUNDAY JULY 26
MainStrasse Village Bazaar — This marketplace features antique, vintage and upcycled furniture, homegoods, décor, clothing, jewelry and more from area vendors. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every fourth Sunday. Through October. Free. MainStrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
Butler County Fair — Providing education and entertainment since 1836. Look for livestock shows, fresh food — honey, cake, candy, preserves, etc. — contests, art shows, a demolition derby, parade, tractor pull and more. Noon-11 p.m. July 26; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. July 27-Aug. 1. $8 for adults; $3 for ages 6-12; free for seniors 62 and older. Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, 513-892-1423, butlercountyohfair.org.
Sunday School Cocktail Class at 21c — Metropole at 21c mixologist Catherine Manabat leads Sunday School cocktail classes, teaching you the history and recipes behind classic cocktails. This month, learn all about summer tiki drinks. Call for time and cost. Metropole at 21c, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6686, metropoleonwalnut.com.
MONDAY JULY 27
Boat on Sharon Lake — Rent a rowboat, pedal boat, canoe, kayak or pontoon to float around the 35-acre Sharon Lake. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Rentals start at $10.98. Sharon Woods Boathouse, 4631 E. Kemper Road, Sharon Woods, greatparks.org.
TUESDAY JULY 28
Kelly Clarkson with Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson — American Idol Kelly Clarkson takes the stage with openers and a capella sensation Pentatonix. 7 p.m. $20-$99.50. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
WEDNESDAY JULY 29
Hundred Days at Know Theatre — Know’s 18th season mainstage opener is a fierce musical about love, loss and life. Through Aug. 22. $25; Wednesday night shows are free as part of Know’s “Welcome Experiment.” Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.
Turandot — In ancient China, princess Turandot is an enigmatic beauty who reigns with an iron fist and cold heart, until she meets a mysterious suitor. Performed by the Cincinnati Opera. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiopera.org.
Wednesdays on the Green — Enjoy music from Jake Speed & The Freddies and treats from Graeter’s. 7 p.m. Free. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, cliftonculturalarts.org.
Preserving the Harvest Class — Learn to freeze, dry and pickle your summer garden bounty. 6-8 p.m. $10. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, civicgardencenter.org.
THURSDAY JULY 30
Bandstand Bluegrass in Washington Park — Live Bluegrass in Washington Park with Red Cedars and the Blue Rock Boys. 7-10 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Thursday Night Slow and Steady Ride — A casual bike ride for any type of bike: tall bike, BMX, regular bike, etc. Learn how to ride in an urban environment. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Hoffner Park, 4104 Hamilton Ave., Northside, queencitybike.com.
Planes Mistaken for Stars — One of the first live shows at new Northside bar the Northside Yacht Club. With openers New Strange, Everyday Objects and Smoke Signals. 9 p.m. $10; $12 day-of. 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, facebook.com/northsideyachtclub.
FRIDAY JULY 31
Jerry Seinfeld — Seinfeld heads to the Aronoff to perform his signature stand-up routine about nothing. What’s up with stand-up? 7 and 9:30 p.m. $49-$150. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Mount Adams/Holy Cross Immaculata Festival — Brats, metts, veggie burgers, taco booth, craft beers, wine, happy hour, air-conditioned casino room, a “biergarten” with a view and a special appearance by The Modulators. July 31-Aug. 1. Free. 30 Guido St., Mount Adams, 2011.hciparish.org.
Art After Dark: Baseball & Beer — An after-hours party in the museum with a biergarten in the courtyard and live music from The Tillers. 5-9 p.m. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Shakespeare in the Park — Calling all mortal fools and star-crossed lovers: The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet to community parks and venues throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky this summer. Since 2006, Cincy Shakes has performed the Bard’s more family-friendly classics for free during their summer Shakespeare in the Park tour, and festivities kick off this year with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park on July 31. Open seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pack a picnic, pack a blanket and pack a sense of wonder. Shows start at 7 p.m. Free. Visit cincyshakes.com for specific dates and venues. — MAIJA ZUMMO
SATURDAY AUG. 01
Lebanon Blues Festival — Eight Blues bands — including Inner City Blues Band, Kelly Richey Band, Keith Little with Ricky Nye and more — plus a Red Hot Blues Run, a music and beer garden and a motorcycle show. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Downtown Lebanon, 513-588-0321, lebanonbluesfestival.org.
Wild For Pets Festival — Bring your dog, cat or bird to Jungle Jim’s for vendor booths, a pet costume contest, music, food trucks, petting zoo and pet info. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6; $2 children. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
Full Moon Walking Tour of Spring Grove — The ninth annual nighttime tour of Spring Grove Cemetery leads guests on a unique lanterned walk of historic sections of the grounds. 9 p.m.; registration necessary. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org.
SUNDAY AUG. 02
Hyde Park Farmers Market — Grab a tote or basket and head to the farmers market to gather yourself a portable picnic. Today, Chris Weist of Cincinnati Knife Sharpening will be on hand to sharpen your knives. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays. Through October. Free. Located at the intersection of Erie Avenue and Edwards Road, Hyde Park, hydeparkfarmersmarket.com.
Tri-State Antique Market — Dealers, buyers and their treasures come together for this monthly first-Sunday summer fair filled with all kinds of goodies: old trunks, ’60s vinyl, retro furniture and artistic pieces from the past, all required to be at least 30 years old and out of production. 7 a.m.-3 p.m Sundays. Through October. $3. Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Ind., queencityshows.com/tristate.
MONDAY AUG. 03
Walk the Labyrinth at Grailville — One of the largest grass-mown labyrinths in the Midwest, boasting a Cretan design. Wander the spiraling path to reflect or meditate. Grailville has been a place for spirituality, tranquility and transformation since 1944. Open during daylight hours. Free; paid retreat options available. 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, grailville.org.
TUESDAY AUG. 04
The Beach Boys and the Temptations — It’s hard to think of the sounds of summer without thinking of the Beach Boys. The Boys and the Temptations team up for a summer of “Surf & Soul.” 8 p.m. $45-$65. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
The Healing Garden at Krohn — Krohn Conservatory’s summer floral show features a garden full of flowers, fragrance, color and music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Oct. 25. $4; $2 child. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 05
LumenoCity — The smash-hit illuminated concert experience returns to Washington Park. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra provides the soundtrack to a lighted animation architectural mapping of Music Hall for LumenoCity. Concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. each night and will be open to the public at 4 p.m. Aug. 5-7 and 3 p.m. Aug. 8-9. $15-$20. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-744-3372, cincinnatisymphony.org.
Hamilton County Fair — Visit the 160th annual Hamilton County Fair for impressive flower and produce shows, classic midway rides, festival food and a demolition derby. There will also be a farm animal exhibit, exotic animal petting zoo, dog show, cow-milking demo, antique historical bus display, baking exhibit and more, including live big-cat stunts. 4-11 p.m. Aug. 5-7; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 8; noon-10 p.m. Aug. 9. $5; $5 parking. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7700 Vine St., Carthage, hamiltoncountyfair.com.
THURSDAY AUG. 06
Glier’s Goettafest — A gluttonous weekend of all things goetta — that meaty mix of pork, beef, oats and spices — with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and goetta on top of everything from pizza to fudge. Aug. 6-9; times TBD. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., goettafest.com.
World’s Longest Yard Sale — Bargain hunters, unite: Cities and towns along the Highway 127 Corridor host a giant yard sale stretching 690 miles from Addison, Mich., to Gadston, Ala. — including through Covington, Ky. Aug. 6-9. Free. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org, 127sale.com.
FRIDAY AUG. 07
MidPoint Indie Summer Series with Tweens — Local Trash Pop trio Tweens headline the MidPoint Indie Summer Series concert. Openers include local Leggy. 7 p.m. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Fantastic Four — Josh Trank, thanks to his found-footage take on superpowers (Chronicle), earned the right to tackle a decidedly alternative approach to the Fantastic Four with his sterling cast, featuring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. Not yet rated. Opens wide.
Cincy Blues Fest — A more than two-decade-old Blues festival, featuring national headliners, locals and a Boogie Woogie piano stage. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7; 5 p.m. Aug. 8. $20 daily; $33 weekend. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybluesfest.org.
Frontier Folk Nebraska Album Taping — Local Folk/Indie/Americana rockers will be recording their next album live at the Southgate House over the course of two nights, with specials guests The Mitchells and Wussy. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. $8; $10 door. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com.
SATURDAY AUG. 08
Cycling Tour of the Rhine District — Take a guided cycling tour via Red Bike and visit historic buildings, restored homes, shops, cafés and more. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $30. Leaves from the Red Bike Station at 1014 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-279-2452.
Barons Brew Bus Tour — A four-hour guided tour of five Greater Cincinnati breweries: Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Christian Moerlein, Braxton Brewery and the Hofbrauhaus. Noon. $65. Tour leaves from Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, americanlegacytours.com.
The Smashing Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson — Together for the “End Times Tour.” p.m. $27.50-$75. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Jim Gaffigan — The stand-up comic makes a Cincinnati stop on his “Contagious Tour.” 7 and 9:30 p.m. $39.75-$59.75. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
SUNDAY AUG. 09
Family Day at Stricker’s Grove — The private amusement park opens for family day. Ride historic carnival rides like a merry-go-round, tilt-a-whirl, rambler, teddy bear coaster, kiddie cars and more. A day of nostalgia and family fun. 2-9 p.m. $12. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Crosby Township, strickersgrove.com.
Second Sunday on Main — A themed Over-the-Rhine street festival held the second Sunday of every month with local crafters, vendors, food and beer. This month it’s EcoMAINia; very fitting because everyone’s favorite green general store, Park +Vine, is happily nestled on Main. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Main Street between 13th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.
MONDAY AUG. 10
The Signs and Rhymes of Burma-Shave — Celebrate the American Sign Museum’s 10th anniversary with a screening of The Signs and Rhymes of Burma-Shave. This film, from filmmaker Jim Delaney, explores the art of burma-shave jingles and American nostalgia. 6:15 p.m. $20. American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth St., Camp Washington, 513-541-6366, americansignmuseum.org.
TUESDAY AUG. 11
An Elegant Summer Table Cooking Class — Learn the art of sophisticated summer dining, featuring dishes prepared with ease. Recipes include sparkling spiced lemon cocktail, grilled pork tenderloin, roasted-corn-and-challah bread pudding and more. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.$50. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com .
MOTR Mouth — Head to MOTR Pub’s basement for a night of up-and-coming, local and national stand-up. Held every second Tuesday. 8 p.m. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 12
One Night, One Craft: Booze and Up-Dos with Parlour — Drink and do your hair with guidance from Parlour salon stylists. 6-8 p.m. $5 member; $10 non-member, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Summer Cinema in Washington Park: Jaws — Dun dun. Dun dun. Dun dun. Dunnn dun duunnnnnn. A gigantic great white terrorizes a small island community. Bring a chair or blanket; refreshments available via concession. Just don’t get in the water. Movie begins at dusk. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY AUG. 13
Great Inland Seafood Festival — This annual festival features premium seafood dishes from area restaurants and music. Whole Main lobsters available for purchase. Aug. 13-16; times TBD. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., greatinlandseafoodfest.com.
Twilight Canoe and Dinner for Two — Morgan’s Outdoor canoe pairs with Valley Vineyards for a guided three-mile canoe trip down the Little Miami River, ending at Valley Vineyards for a cookout with the winery’s popular grill-it-yourself steak night. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $85 per couple. Valley Vineyards, 2276 E. US 22, Morrow, 513-899-2485, morganscanoe.com.
FRIDAY AUG. 14
Bengals Preseason Game — The Bengals take on the New York Giants in their first preseason game. Watch it locally on channel 12, at a bar or in person. 7:30 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown, bengals.com.
Straight Outta Compton — The tagline for this movie — “The World’s Most Dangerous Times Created the World’s Most Dangerous Group” — screams Rap hyperbole straight outta the late 1980s and the early 1990s, which is, of course, when NWA emerged from the streets of Compton. Their glorified tales of hood life set to revolutionary funky beats came packaged with music videos from a young upstart named F. Gary Gray, a kid from the same rough streets who dreamed of becoming a movie director. It’s fitting that when it was time to document the group’s story on the big screen that Gray (Friday; The Italian Job) would be the man for the job. Opens wide.
St. Mary Funfest and 5k Run — A church festival with live music all weekend, a spaghetti dinner on Sunday and a fun run on Thursday. Aug. 15-16. Free. St. Mary, 2853 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, smshp.com.
SATURDAY AUG. 15
Bogart’s 40th Anniversary Show: Highway to Hell – an AC/DC Tribute — Bogart’s turns 40 with a Rock tribute show. A great excuse to get plastered and sing along to all sorts of AC/DC classics. 7 p.m. $16.12. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
1940s Weekend Swing In — The Cincinnati Museum Center turns back time to the 1940s. Celebrate this pivotal decade with Big Band music, Lindy Hopping, classic cars, pin-up hair and makeup tutorials, 1940s film screenings, food tastings and more. Aug. 15 and 16. 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.
Spirit of OTR Mural Tour — Take a walking tour of ArtWorks’ Over-the-Rhine murals. This mile-long tour stops at seven to 10 murals, including Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat, The Golden Muse and the Harry Holtgrewe strongman mural. Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Through November. $20. Leaves from Coffee Emporium, 110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown, artworkscincinnati.org.
Party in Plaid and Paisley — Caracole’s annual fundraiser to help provide safe and affordable housing, along with supportive services, for individuals and families living with HI/AIDS. 6:30 p.m. $125; $40 young professional. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, caracole.org/party-in-plaid.
SUNDAY AUG. 16
Burlington Antique Market — A premier vintage collectibles- and antique-only show with more than 200 dealers. Rain or shine. Early bird admission available. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. third Sundays through October. $3. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., burlingtonantiqueshow.com.
National Roller Coaster Day — Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day at Kings Island. Maybe take a ride on the Beast, the world’s longest wooden rollercoaster, which is right in your backyard. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $30-$100. Kings Island, Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.
MONDAY AUG. 17
Western & Southern Open — Men’s and women’s premier tennis matches. Through Aug. 23. Single session tickets start at $10. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, wsopen.com.
TUESDAY AUG. 18
Idina Menzel — Grab the kids for this one. Frozen’s favorite belter Idina Menzel heads to the PNC Pavilion. 8 p.m. $27.50-$125. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 19
American Sign Museum — Step out of the sun and into an air-conditioned past featuring historic American signage from gold leaf and neon to roadside signs and artifacts. Includes a working neon shop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15; $10 seniors. 1330 Monmouth St., Camp Washington, americansignmuseum.org.
Reds vs. Royals — The Reds take on the Royals at Great American Ball Park, followed by a special post-game fireworks show with soundtrack. 7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $5. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, reds.com.
THURSDAY AUG. 20
Cincy Brew Ha-Ha — More than 50 comedians take to four stages in Sawyer Point. And the festival isn’t only about laughs; it’s about beer, too. There will be more than 100 different craft beers to try for only $1 each. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 20-21; 4 p.m.-midnight Aug. 22. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com.
MadLot Summer Series — MadLot, a creatively transforming parking lot in Covington, welcomes live music, a farmers market, food, drinks and free bike tune-ups. 4-8 p.m. Free. MadLot, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, Ky., covingtonky.gov.
FRIDAY AUG. 21
Friday Night Porch Party at Mt. Carmel — Every Friday, Mt. Carmel throws a porch party (weather permitting), featuring live music, great brews and a rotation of the city’s best food trucks. 6-10 p.m. Prices vary. Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, 4362 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Mt. Carmel, mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com.
Ohmstead Music Festival — A true DIY affair, Ohmstead (founded by and named after disbanded Cincy Jam band The Four Ohms) has been providing an eclectic mix of music in the great outdoors for the past 14 years. Aug. 21-24. $50. VFW Campground, Franklin, Ohio, ohmstead.net.
Indie Craft Market on Fountain Square — Local and independent designers and artisans take over Fountain Square for the Indie Craft Market. Buy goods from small businesses while listening to local Indie bands onstage. 5-11 p.m. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
SATURDAY AUG. 22
Shake It Up Fest at Jungle Jim’s — Ring in the close of summer with some mixed drinks at Jungle Jim’s first cocktail festival. More than 20 different brands will be bringing signature cocktails for sampling, with summertime food pairings and a fireworks display to celebrate the store’s 40th birthday. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $40; $15 non-drinker. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
An Afternoon with the Beer Barons — Participating brewers will be paying a visit to Spring Grove Cemetery for samples during this salute to Cincinnati beer barons. Join docents on a tour of beer baron graves and history throughout the cemetery grounds. Food provided. 4-7 p.m. $40. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org.
Visitor Appreciation Day at the Zoo — Half-price admission for everyone as a thank you from the Cincinnati Zoo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9 adult; $6.50 child. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
SUNDAY AUG. 23
Romeo & Juliet in the Park — Cincy Shakes present a plein air rendition of Romeo & Juliet. 7 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
MainStrasse Village Bazaar — This marketplace features antique, vintage and upcycled furniture, homegoods, décor, clothing, jewelry and more from area vendors. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every fourth Sunday through October. Free. MainStrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
Jason Aldean with Cole Swinell and Tyler Farr — A little bit Rock & Roll and a whole lot Country, the “Burn It Down Tour” is a boys’ night of pick-up trucks, cold beers and girls in summer dresses. 7:30 p.m. $29-$69. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Rides on Monmouth Car Show — See more than 200 classic cars at this family-friendly event, which includes food and a raffle. Aug. 23. Free. Monmouth Street, Newport, Ky., 859-547-9329, newportky.gov.
MONDAY AUG. 24
Ride the Ducks — See your city in a new way with an amphibious tour. Cruise the Ohio River and learn about the historic Newport, Covington and Cincinnati riverfronts in a WWII DUKW-inspired boat/car. Noon-5 p.m.$18 adult; $13 children. Boards at Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., ridetheducks.com .
TUESDAY AUG. 25
The Art of Yoga — Unwind in the afternoon with some light yoga. This instructor-led Vinyasa flow class is not too hot, not too cool — perfect for lunch. Bring a mat, some water and your intention to do some yoga to the Contemporary Arts Center. Offered by The Yoga Bar. Noon. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Smale Riverfront Park — Feel like a kid again. Take a ride on Carol Ann’s Carousel, splash and play in the plaza fountains, and relax and take in the views of the Ohio River and Kentucky on the Rosenberg Swings. Or just run around the P&G Go Vibrant Landscape, with its giant foot piano, flying pig, water pump and more. Carousel open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Mondays). $2 for one ride. 100 Mehring Way, Downtown, mysmaleriverfrontpark.org.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 26
Bark in the Park — Watch the Reds take on the Los Angeles Dodgers … with your dog. Ticket packages are available for dogs and their owners, which include pet activities, a pre-game pet parade around the field, samples and more in the Kroger Fan Zone. 7:10 p.m. $50; includes one human and one dog. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, reds.com.
Karaoke at Kaze — Head to Kaze during happy hour from 4-7 p.m. for cheap cocktails and half-price sushi. Stick around for karaoke with KJ Sean P. Hafter starting at 8 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays. Free. Kaze, 1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, kazeotr.com.
THURSDAY AUG. 27
Cocktails and Crown Jewels — Pack a picnic and grab a date to take to Smale Riverfront Park for an evening of Jazz. Features the Sound Body Jazz Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Free; $25 VIP area. Smale Riverfront Park, Schmidlapp Lawn, 100 W. Mehring Way, Downtown, mysmaleriverfrontpark.org.
Whispering Beard Folk Festival — An area celebration of Roots/Americana music. Lineup TBA. Aug. 27-30. $20-$80. First Street and Friendship Road, Friendship, Ind., whisperingbeard.com.
Bandstand Bluegrass in Washington Park — Live Bluegrass in Washington Park featuring the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 7-10 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
FRIDAY AUG. 28
Germania Society Oktoberfest — The Germania Society’s 44th annual Oktoberfest celebration claims to be the most authentic Oktoberfest in town. Enjoy German food, booze, dancing and music. 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 28; 2 p.m.-midnight Aug. 29; noon-10 p.m. Aug. 30. $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Germania Society, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com.
Taste of Blue Ash — Find out what Blue Ash tastes like during the 30th annual Taste of Blue Ash. Feast on food from local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment. 6-11 p.m. Aug. 28; 2-11 p.m. Aug. 29; 2-9 p.m. Aug. 30. Free. Blue Ash Towne Square, 9520 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash, blueashevents.com.
Night Zipping — Oregonia, Ohio’s Ozone Zipline offers nighttime full-moon ziplining adventures in the dark. Approximately one and a half hours long; stargazing included. Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. $55. Ozone Zipline, 5291 State Road, Oregonia, Ohio, campkern.org/ozone.
SATURDAY AUG. 29
Taste of OTR — This new annual festival features all of the delicious edibles Over-the-Rhine restaurants have to offer, as well as musical entertainment, dancers, performers, artists and more. Proceeds benefit and raise awareness for Tender Mercies, a nonprofit transforming the lives of homeless adults with mental illnesses. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 29. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, tendermerciesinc.org.
Starlit Picnic — Dine outdoors under the stars at the Cincinnati Observatory. Take in the sunset, the rise of the full moon, and live music. Pack your own food and drinks. 7-9 p.m. $30. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, RSVP to 513-321-5186.
Jungle Jim’s Cigar Festival — This festival celebrates cigars and cigar culture by bringing industry experts to cigar enthusiasts. There will be more than a dozen sought-after brands, live demonstrations and food, plus bourbon and beer tastings. 3-9 p.m. Aug. 29; 1-7 p.m. Aug. 30. $45-$110. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
Jay Mohr — Actor, comedian, radio host, author and former SNL-er brings his stand-up schtick to the Taft Theatre. 8 p.m. $32.50-$37.50. 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
SUNDAY AUG. 30
NiFi Festival — A Country and Rock headliner crossover fest at the Kentucky Speedway featuring Spoon, Built to Spill, Hank Williams Jr. and Trace Adkins. Aug. 28-30. $199-$250 weekend pass. Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky., nififest.com.
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Malt House Taproom Tours — Head to the Moerlein’s OTR brewery for taproom tours. Go below the brewery to explore pre-Prohibition lagering tunnels and sample some fresh-tapped suds or fill a growler to go. Tours 1 and 3 p.m. Free. Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, christianmoerlein.com.
Sunday School Cocktail Class at 21c — Metropole at 21c mixologist Catherine Manabat leads this class about beer and wine cocktails. Call for time and cost. Metropole at 21c, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6686, metropoleonwalnut.com.
MONDAY AUG. 31
Van Halen with The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band — David Lee Roth joins Van Halen for its summer tour, with guest The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. 7:30 p.m. $35-$175. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Serials! 3 Roundhouse — Know’s serialized summer play series returns with the theme Roundhouse. Each performance will feature 15-minute episodes of new plays, every two weeks with five playwrights, five stories and five episodes. It’s like TV, except live, with a bar. 7:30 p.m. $15. Know Theatre Underground, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.
TUESDAY SEPT. 01
Florence Freedom vs. Windy City Thunderbolts — The Freedom take on Chicago’s Thunderbolts in a three-game series. 6:35 p.m. $10; $13 dugout; $15 VIP, includes in-seat concession service. UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky., florencefreedom.com.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 02
Reggae Wednesday at Fountain Square — The last installment of summer Reggae on the Square, featuring Anthem Band. 6-10 p.m. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
THURSDAY SEPT. 03
Diversity in Baseball at the Freedom Center — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center explores America’s pastime through the lens of race. The exhibit reveals how baseball was ahead of its time in terms of both gender and race equality. Through Sept. 13. $10-$14. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, freedomcenter.org.
FRIDAY SEPT. 04
Craft Beer and BBQ Cruise — BB Riverboats combines two of everyone’s favorite things in a leisurely dinner and drinking cruise down the Ohio. Brewers from Rivertown will be on hand to talk about their beer and direct a tasting. Barbecue dinner buffet to follow, with live music from a local band. 7:30-10 p.m. $58. BB Riverboats, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.
SATURDAY SEPT. 05
Tony Bennett — The crooner comes to the PNC Pavilion, hot on the heels of his Grammy win for his joint album with avant-garde Pop diva Lady Gaga. A wine tasting precedes the concert at the Party Plaza. 8 p.m. $57-$104. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Ohio Renaissance Festival — Giant turkey legs!! Spend a Medieval day with Queen Elizabeth and more than 150 costumed characters in a 30-acre, recreated 16th-century English village. There are daily shows, unique arts and crafts shops and various meat products. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Oct. 25. $18.95 adults; $8.95 children. 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, renfestival.com.
Cincy Wine Wagon Tour —Visit three local wineries — Valley Vineyards, Vinoklet and Meier or Henke — for tours, tastings and more. 11:40 a.m. $75. Meets at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Kenwood Towne Centre, Kenwood, 513-258-7909, cincywinewagon.com.
Incline District Street Fair — A celebration of the treasures and multiculturalism of Price Hill. Full of craft beer, food trucks and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Holy Family Parish, 3006 W. Eighth St., Price Hill, theinclinedistrictstreetfair.com.
SUNDAY SEPT. 06
Riverfest — Food, booze and live entertainment on Riverboat Row with 500,000 of your closest friends before the annual Rozzi’s fireworks display choreographed to WEBN. Noon-10 p.m.. Free. Newport and Cincinnati riverfronts, WEBN.com, riverfestcincinnati.com.
Art on Vine on Fountain Square — Art on Vine craft market takes over Fountain Square. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
MONDAY SEPT. 07
Reds vs. the Pirates — The Reds take on the Pirates in a three-game series. Grab a cheap seat and a pricey beer. 1:10 p.m. Tickets start at $5. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, reds.com.
TUESDAY SEPT. 08
The Secret Garden at the Playhouse in the Park — A soaring, family-friendly musical based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the Playhouse in the Park follows the story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox and her secret, locked-away garden in a foreboding English manor, which she coaxes back to life. Though Oct. 3. 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 09
Yappy Hour at Washington Park — After a ruff day, bring your furry friend to Washington Park to unwind. Meet other dog owners, drink cheap beer, snack and enjoy some doggy-themed fun. 6-8 p.m. Free. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY SEPT. 10
Harvest Home Fair — The 156th annual Harvest Home Fair is a West Side festival with a parade, live music, games, horse show, 5k and more. 6 p.m. Sept. 10; 5-11 p.m. Sept. 11; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 12; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 13. $5; free for 12 and younger. Harvest Home Fairgrounds, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, harvesthomefair.com.
Salsa on the Square — Get spicy on the Square with live Salsa music and dance instruction. Music from Tropicoso. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. Through Sept. 17. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
FRIDAY SEPT. 11
Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic — A three-day celebration of food and wine in the Queen City. A curated collection of more than 100 chefs, artisans and beverage pros will descend on Washington Park, Woodward Theater and other secret locations for demos, dinners, competitions, panels and other interactive culinary programming. Sept. 11-13. Ticket prices vary;
Pride Night at Kings Island — Members of the LGBTQ community and allies get run of the park. Tickets include free parking and Pride-worthy entertainment. Gates open 5:30 p.m. $39; $43 at gate. Kings Island, Kings Island Drive, Mason, cincyglbt.com.
SATURDAY SEPT. 12
Old West Festival — Step back in time into a recreated Dodge City Wild West town from 1878. Hang out with reenactors, bank robbers, salon owners, and John Wayne-types and gorge on cold beer, sarsaparilla and food. Take a covered wagon ride, shoot a bow and arrow, take in a magic show or saloon dancers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Oct. 18. $12. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, Ohio, oldwestfestival.com.
Cincinnati Hispanic Festival — A community fest with food, culture and entertainment from Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and more. Includes a soccer tournament. Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 12; 11 a.m-11 p.m. Sept. 13. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7820 Vine St., Carthage, cincinnatihispanicfest.org.
Rocky Horror Picture Show — Do the time warp again — and again. Dress up for the every-other-Saturday screening of this cult classic. Bring flashlights, noisemakers and bells. 11:55 p.m. $9.75. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.
SUNDAY SEPT. 13
Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series — The Cincinnati Ballet starts the season with their innovate New Works Series. This year features three world premieres and one Cincinnati premiere. 2 p.m. Through Sept. 19. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cballet.org.
Second Sunday on Main — A themed Over-the-Rhine street festival held the second Sunday of every month with local crafters, vendors, food and beer. This month Second Sunday is Dance on Main. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Main Street between 13th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.
MONDAY SEPT. 14
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden — As the weather starts to cool, it’s a perfect time for a romp around the zoo. Daily animal encounters start at 9:15 a.m., during which visitors can watch everything from an elephant bath to a cheetah encounter show at noon and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $18; $12 child/senior. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
TUESDAY SEPT. 15
A Bevy of Blossoms and a Flock of Flowers at Krohn — Krohn Conservatory’s fall floral show features an entire room of chrysanthemums. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Oct. 25. $4; $2 child. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
Luna Gale — Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati kicks off its season with the regional premiere of Luna Gale, the story of Caroline, a veteran social worker, who thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. Through Sept. 27. $18-$44. 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3555, ensemblecincinnati.org.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 16
Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians at the Taft Museum of Art — Photographer Edward Curtis captured the living and disappearing world of the American Indian. The photos in the exhibit were taken between 1900 and 1930. On view through Sept. 20. Also, every Wednesday at 1 p.m., tour the Taft in 10. Come for lunch and stay for an informal 10-minute conversation about a different piece of art. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; $8 students/seniors; $4 kids. 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
THURSDAY SEPT. 17
Ed Sheeran with Christina Perri — Everyone’s favorite emotive redhead and Taylor Swift’s BFF brings his blend of Folk and Hip Hop hooks to PNC Pavilion. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$75. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
FRIDAY SEPT. 18
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati — The best chicken-dancing, beer-drinking, lederhosen-wearing weekend in the Queen City. The Running of the Wieners (where 100 dachshunds race on Fountain Square) kicks off the weekend. Celebrity Chicken Dance leader to be announced. 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 18; 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 19; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 20. Free. Six blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine to Sentinel, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Cincinnati Comic Expo — Calling all comic geeks: The Cincinnati Comic Expo is a weekend of cosplay, celebrities guests, comics, panels, parties, anime and more. Guests include Sean Astin, Ian Zaring, Eve Myles, Morena Baccarin and more. Sept. 18-20. $5-$99. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnaticomicexpo.com.
Paula Poundstone — Comedian and observational humorist Poundstone — frequent panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me — will play off audiences at the Taft for a unique stand-up set. 8 p.m. $37.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.