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A visitor’s guide to All-Star Weekend in Cincinnati

Jul 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

So, you’re in Cincinnati. Porkopolis. The Queen City. Birthplace of assorted specialty meats (goetta, aqueous chili: see page 05), modern baseball (the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team) and once home to President William Howard Taft, Steven Spielberg, Doris Day and boy band 98 Degrees, among others.

You’re most likely here for the 86th-annual MLB All-Star Game Weekend (fun fact: Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game four other times since 1938) — for work, play or because you got dragged here on a family vacation. And while Major League Baseball has its own events scheduled throughout the “weekend” (July 10-14), including FanFest at the convention center, a celebrity softball game Sunday with Nick Lachey and Snoop Dogg and a home run derby Monday night before the game itself Tuesday evening, Cincinnati has plenty more to offer.

We’ve got a glut of craft breweries for drinking and touring, nationally recognized bars and restaurants — from five-diamond AAA stunners and Food & Wine favorites to swank food trucks — sweeping river views, an explosion of local boutiques for men and women, a bunch of beautiful historic Art Deco and Italianate buildings, tons of public art and giant city parks with live music, free yoga and water fountains you can jump in.

The following pages include staff favorites for what to eat, drink, see and do in Cincinnati, as well as tips on how to get around (walk; use our bike share). So whether you’re here for America’s pastime or are just looking to pass some time, we’ve got you covered. — Project Editor, Maija Zummo