The CINCY FRINGE FESTIVAL kicked off yesterday but the action continues tonight! In line with the fest’s mission of challenging our perceptions of performing and visual arts, artists from here and everywhere descend on downtown and Over-the-Rhine for 12 days of experimental works including performance, visual, film and a bar series with bands. “Full-frontal” all-access Fringe pass is $200; $12 for individual performances. Through June 12 at Media Bridges, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Know Theatre, Below Zero, Coffee Emporium, the YWCA, Ensemble Theatre and other venues. www.cincyfringe.com.
Thursday, June 3
Krohn Conservatory’s annual INTERNATIONAL BUTTERFLY SHOW features some 10,000 butterflies. This year the event captures the plants, the butterflies and the art and culture of Japan with “Butterflies of Japan.” $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children 5-17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through June 20. 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, 513-421-5707 or www.butterflyshow.com.
Friday, June 4
Can’t wait until September for MidPoint? Get a sneak peek of all the music action with MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER on Fountain Square. Every Friday three bands will perform on the square to give you a MidPoint preview. This week kicks off the party with Camera Obscura. Free. 7-10 p.m. Fountain Square, corner of Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsqure.com.
Coney Island hosts the 43rd annual SUMMERFAIR, chock full of painters, artisans and craft-makers from across the country hawking their paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. There will be five stages full of entertainers, a youth arts fest with hands-on activities and variety of delicious food. $10; free for 12 & under. 2-8 p.m. June 4; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 6. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson, www.summerfair.org.
Saturday, June 5
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 & the Freddies, who also happen to organize the event, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Straw Boss and more) would be themed around the mighty Ohio River. Proceeds from the concert event benefit the P.A. Denny River Education Center in Covington. $12. 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, www.rivertownbreakdown.com.
Looking for some original art? Head to the NORTHSIDE SUMMER ART SALE to purchase work from local artists for a low price and get some crazy balloon hats for the kids. It will be a “hip, wacky, crafty fine art sale.” Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jacob Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Road, www.northsidearts.org.
Also in Northside on Saturday is THE TASTE OF NORTHSIDE. Several Northside restaurants will set up booths and sell some of their specialties, booths will be set up with information about living in Northside and live music is planned. All this is taking place in concert with the unveiling of the ninth annual CiTiRAMA at Rockford Woods, a 36-lot development located off Hamilton Avenue in Northside. Free. Noon-5 p.m. www.cincybuilders.com.
The Cincinnati Zoo opens a new exhibit: DRAGONS! This exciting show features the largest, longest, smallest and some of the most colorful monitor lizards in the world. $9-$14. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, www.cincinnatizoo.org.
Creepy, crawly fun returns to Union Terminal for their popular BUGFEST event. Kids and adults alike will enjoy building insects, tasting insects, racing cockroaches and more. $6.50-$8.50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, www.cincymuseum.org.
Sunday, June 6
Pick up a steamy romance novel or an enlightening non-fiction work on health and fitness at the annual BOOK SALE in the atrium of the Main Library. There will also be a ton of CDs, DVDs, videos and books on tape. 50 cents and up. 1-5 p.m. June 6; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 7-9; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 10-11. Cincinnati Public Library, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown, 513-369-6035 or www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
Head down to Fountain Square for FAMILY DAYS. This special event for children 10 and under partners the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, children’s entertainer Zak Morgan, Happen Inc., Children Inc., Junior Jazzercise and more for afternoons of family fun and activities. This week’s theme is “Health.” Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.
YOUR BRIDAL SHOW AND SALE returns with a cause. Shop for gowns and accessories at deep discounts while learning about the importance of breast health and self-exams. Featured models will share their stories of breast cancer survival. Proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, 513-675-8426 or www.yourbridalshow.com.
Monday, June 7
Relax and cool off with a day of family-friendly fun at THE BEACH WATERPARK, the largest waterpark 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 $10.50-$27.99. Group rates available. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, 513-398-SWIM.
Tuesday, June 8
Fountain Square turns into a fresh air market with STRAUSS & TROY MARKET ON THE SQUARE. There will be fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunches, fresh flowers and handmade items. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 28. Fountain Square, corner of Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.
See the future of design when DAAPWORKS 2010 displays the best of the brightest in all of DAAP’s design and art programs. Free. 5-9 p.m. June 8; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 9-11; noon-2 p.m. June 12. Aronoff Gallery for Design and Art and in the Meyers Gallery, Steger Student Life Center, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Heights, www.daap.uc.edu/daapworks.
Wednesday, June 9
Getting people drunk after work for more than 30 years, PARTY IN THE PARK presents a mix of live music, new friends and sweet happy hour deals. This week, Stays in Vegas plays the best in classic and contemporary dance songs. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, www.party-in-the-park.com.
Thursday, June 10
The 19th annual NEWPORT ITALIANFEST, the region’s largest food and music festival devoted to Italy, hosts pizza-eating contests, cooking contests, Italian music, harbor cruises and even fireworks. Free. 5-11 p.m. June 10-11; 11a.m.-11 p.m. June 12; noon-9 p.m. June 13. Riverboat Row on the riverfront, Newport, 859-292-3666.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati and the City of Cincinnati have joined together for CITIRAMA 2010: ROCKFORD WOODS in historic Northside. This ninth annual CiTiRAMA will feature seven single-family homes starting at $205,000 in a new 36-lot development in the eclectic neighborhood. $7; free for 12 and under. 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. June 3-13. www.cincybuilders.com.
Friday, June 11
MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER kicks the summer off right with a series of performances by local and national indie acts to preview MPMF. It happens every Friday on the square with three acts and food and beverages. This week, check out music by headliners Neon Indian. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/indiesummer.
Get red-carpet ready for UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning’s (DAAP) 59th ANNUAL FASHION SHOW featuring threads created by DAAP’s Fashion Design program seniors. $40-$100. 8 p.m. UC Campus Recreation Center, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Heights, 513-556-3446 or www.daap.uc.edu.
CHOREOGRAPHERS WITHOUT COMPANIES 2010 presents diverse dance works with unique styles and voices.
It’s a juried showcase of the best new work by the Tristate’s most talented choreographers. $22-$27. 8:30 p.m. June 11-12. Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, www.cdt-dance.org
Saturday, June 12
Give Back Cincinnati celebrates the ninth year of PAINT THE TOWN, a community volunteer event to update homes in Avondale and Evanston. Paint the Town has painted a total of 202 houses in the communities of College Hill, East End, Price Hill, Northside, Madisonville, Hartwell/Carthage, Covington and more. 8 a.m. www.givebackcincinnati.org.
ROEBLINGFEST is a celebration of art, architecture, history and engineering along the Covington riverbanks. This year the Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee and the Roebling Point Business Association (a group of bar and restaurant owners determined to create a vibrant entertainment district and a welcoming gateway) have joined together to expand RoeblingFest for a day of games, food, beer, entertainment and fireworks. The festival events include a petting zoo, tricycle and Segway races for adults, a moon-bounce, a corn-hole tourney, a dunking booth, face painting and a farmer’s market. Entertainment will include several bands, karaoke and bag pipers. Free. 11 a.m. Park Place between Scott and Greenup streets, www.roeblingbridge.org.
Learn about the Newport underground with the NEWPORT GANGSTER TOUR, a historical walking tour. Walk the streets where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their lives and ladies of the night earned their living. $15. 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 56 E. Fifth St., Newport, www.newportgangsters.com.
Shandon’s 85th annual STRAWBERRY FEST celebrates Welsh food, music, history, friendship and strawberries! Food will include fresh strawberries, homemade shortcake, Welsh potato and leek soup, Welsh cakes, pies and a strawberry bake-off. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Various locations throughout Shandon, 513-738-2962.
Sunday, June 13
Celebrate 33 years of classic cars with Ault Park’s annual CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE. This year’s theme “International Designers and Coachbuilders,” is a tribute to the quality and craftsmanship of automobiles from around the world, with representation from the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy. It’s the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, so see some of those along with historic hotrods and vintage beach cars. $20-$25. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ault Park, Hyde Park/Mount Lookout, cincyconcours.com.
This is the second day of the WEST CHESTER DOGFEST. Bring your furry friend for a day of fun with food vendors (for you and pup), more than 100 booths, entertainment, demonstrations, contests and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 12 and 13. Free. Voice of America Museum Park, 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester, www.dog-fest.org.
SECOND SUNDAY IN OTR (formerly Second Sunday on Main) is an open-air festival with musicians, craftspeople, food and drink celebrating the health of Over-the-Rhine and the Gateway Quarter. This month’s theme is “Dog Days.” Free. Noon-5 p.m. Main and Vine streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.
Monday, June 14
REDS DAY AT THE ZOO will be red hot with a question and answer period with Reds players and a meet-and-greet with Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red and Gapper. $9-$14. Noon-3 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, www.cincinnatizoo.org.
Tuesday, June 15
Nothing says summer like the arrival of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. The band tours with special guest Robert Earl Keen. 7 p.m. $49.90-$81.70. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson, www.riverbend.org.
Wednesday, June 16
Whether you’re Irish, a literary fan or not, come celebrate BLOOMSDAY at the Irish Heritage Center. Celebrated each June 16 in over 60 countries, this event with a literary twist looks at the lives of ordinary citizens of Dublin, as seen through the eyes of James Joyce. Follow Leopold Bloom, Joyce’s Ulysses, as he travels around Dublin on June 16, 1904, having the same kinds of adventures as Ulysses in Homer’s epic. There will be readings and dramatizations from the novel as well as an anthem of Joyce’s favorite song. $10. 7 p.m. 3905 Eastern Ave., East End, 513-533-0100.
Want to help charity by eating a good meal? Then the annual TASTE OF THE NFL dinner-by-the-bite fundraiser may be right up your alley. Hosted by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers as well as Chef Jose Salazar and Pastry Chef Summer Genetti of The Palace. Enjoy bites, auctions, raffles and more to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. $150-$2,000. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium, Club Lounge West, Downtown, 513-482-7539.
Thursday, June 17
The Contemporary Arts Center hosts SHEPARD FAIREY: SUPPLY AND DEMAND. The exhibition is the first museum retrospective for this street artist and political provocateur. $7.50; $6.50 seniors; $5.50 students; $4.50 children. 10 a.m.-9 p.m Monday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, www.contemporaryartscenter.org.
Friday, June 18
MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER heats up the summer with a series of performances by local and national indie acts to preview MPMF. It happens every Friday on the square with three acts and food and beverages. This week, check out music by headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Units. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/indiesummer.
Enjoy the region’s favorite meat product at MainStrasse’s ORIGINAL GOETTAFEST! There will be all incarnations of goetta available for your gastronomic pleasure, as well as live music, good times and family fun. June 18-20. MainStrasse Village, Covington, www.mainstrasse.org.
Cincinnati is Chilitown USA and Fountain Square is hosting a CONEY EATING CONTEST to prove just how much we love it. Twelve contestants will compete in a timed event. The object is to eat as many cheese coneys as possible in three minutes. Come watch people chow down and/or barf. Noon. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com/eatingcontest.
Saturday, June 19
Cincinnati’s skirted derby babes, the CINCINNATI ROLLERGIRLS, take over Cincinnati Gardens for some flat-track rough rollin’. They’ll be up against the Milkwaukee Roller Girls. Let’s hope they win. $10; $15 for trackside. 7 p.m. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Norwood, www.cincinnatirollergirls.com.
The annual JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL celebrates the end of slavery with music on two stages and almost two dozen Gospel, Blues, R&B and Pop bands. A children’s area features games, crafts and a petting zoo. Sunday features a Father’s Day concert. Free. June 19-20. Mirror Lake and Seasongood Pavilion, Eden Park, www.juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Kings Island hosts JOYFEST, a Gospel music festival. The concert will feature musical artists such as Fred Hammond, Donald Lawrence, Martha Munizzi, 21:03 and a special guest appearance by Bone Hampton. $29.99-$42.99. Cost includes admission to the park. 10 a.m. Timberwolf Amphiteatre, Kings Island, Mason, www.visitkingsisland.com.
Sunday, June 20
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Park Vine and World Peace Yoga with the YOGIC TAKEOVER OF FOUNTAIN SQUARE. The event includes yoga-asana practices, live music and delicious vegan treats for the whole family. Free. 12:30-4 p.m. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.parkandvine.com.
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra celebrates the music of Swedish Pop legends ABBA with ABBA: THE MUSIC. The renowned Swedish tribute band (including two original ABBA band members) joins the Pops at PNC Pavilion for an all out ABBA-fest. It’s going to be awesome because ABBA is great. $25-$45. 8 p.m. 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., www.riverbend.org.
Monday, June 21
The Cincinnati Observatory is hosting an OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SUMMER CAMP, which is the perfect adventure for kids to learn about astronomy at the historic observatory in the heart of the city. Ages 8-12. $195; $175 for members. June 21-24. Reservations required. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Hyde Park/Mount Lookout, 513-321-5186.
Tuesday, June 22
Sing along as the Southgate House hosts KARAOKE VOCAL SOCIAL with your host DJ Swirl. Free. 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201.
Wednesday, June 23
Cincinnati Opera opens its 2010 summer festival with Richard Wagner’s singular humane comedy, DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG. $35-$212. 6 p.m. June 23 and 26. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.org.
PARTY IN THE PARK presents a mix of live music, new friends and sweet happy hour deals. This week, Bootleg Rider gets the party started. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, www.party-in-the-park.com.
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