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Things to do every day this summer

By Staff · June 14th, 2012 · Special
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Wednesday, June 13

School and work can be tough, but following it up with PARTY IN THE PARK is always fun. Drinks and live music will ease anyone after a rough day. Happy hour prices run from 5-6:30 p.m., but by no means does the party have to end then. Different bands play every Wednesday, so each week will be a different experience. This week, 4th Day Echo performs. Free. 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays through July 25. Yeatman’s Cove, 805 Pete Rose Way, Downtown, www.party-in-the-park.com.

Thursday, June 14

CINCINNATI OPERA’S SUMMER FESTIVAL hosts some of the greatest talent in the world, and the setup is extravagant. This week, experience the tragic passion of Pagliacci and the humorous charm of Gianni Schicchi in a classical doubleheader. $25-$140. June 14 and 16 (Pride Night). Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742, www.cincinnatiopera.org.

Friday, June 15

Hungry? Why not pig out on some coneys? Fountain Square is hosting another CONEY EATING CONTEST. Participants have three minutes to eat one of Cincinnati’s favorite foods. Even if you aren’t participating, it’s fun to watch people devour foods at superhuman speeds. Free. Noon. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Saturday, June 16

The 25th annual JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL returns for another celebration of the end of slavery. Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues, and Pop music bands will all be on stage. A giveaway, other activities, food and drinks will also be at the event. Free. June 16-17. Eden Park, Mount Adams, www.juneteenthcincinnati.org.

Sunday, June 17

It’s a drive-in without cars at TOYOTA’S MOVIE NIGHT. Families from all around Cincinnati bring chairs, blankets, pillows and snacks to enjoy a movie on one of the largest public screens in Cincinnati. Drinks and movie snacks will be available for purchase. Bring Dad down for Father’s Day — tonight’s feature film is Father of the Bride II. Free. 7 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Monday, June 18

Mondays can be rough; good thing we have 4EG HAPPY HOUR to keep us lifted! Bands and drinks from one of 4EG’s bars will make their way to Fountain Square every Monday. This week, Haze Effect takes the stage as Tap & Go serves the booze. Free. 5-8 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 27. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Tuesday, June 19

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents THE SECOND CITY 2. After the first show was a sold-out success, the comedy company is ready for round 2. The Second City is known for its hilarious takes on current and local events, especially at the expense of politicians and celebrities. $54-$67. Tuesday-Sunday through July 1. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Downtown, 513-421-3888, www.cincyplay.com.

Wednesday, June 20

Come buy your favorite summer fruits and veggies before fall gets here at the NORTHSIDE FARMERS MARKET. The market has served the community produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, jams, mustards, plants and flowers, handmade soap and candles for more than a decade. 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October. Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street, Northside, www.northside.net.

Thursday, June 21

PADDLEFEST again returns to celebrate the Ohio River. The fest kicks off Thursday with a Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Expo, continues Friday with the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival and wraps up Saturday to end the event with paddle rides and races. June 21-23. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-588-6936, www.ohioriverway.org/paddlefest.

Friday, June 22

A new take on a classic story, CINDERELLA is the latest production by the De La Dance Company. Come watch the story of one poor girl who rises to a place of high fortune. This full-length production is sure to please fans of the glass slipper. $26-$30. June 22-24. Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787, www.cincinnatiarts.org.

Saturday, June 23

Admirers of architecture can share their passion at ROEBLINGFEST. The annual event celebrates the ingenuity of architecture, art, engineering and history in Cincinnati. Tours, food and drink will be available. Families can even take a trip to the top of the Covington-Cincinnati suspension bridge. A raffle and silent auction will give away goodies and gift cards. Free. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Park Place between Scott and Greenup streets, Covington, www.roeblingbridge.org.

Sunday, June 24

It’s a drive-in without cars at TOYOTA’S MOVIE NIGHT. Families from all around Cincinnati bring chairs, blankets, pillows and snacks to enjoy a movie on one of the largest public screens in Cincinnati. Drinks and movie snacks will be available for purchase. Tonight’s feature film is The Adventures of Tin Tin. Free. 7 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Monday, June 25

They might not be world famous, but the artists at KALEIDOSCOPE are sure to offer a good show. These local artists from Colerain are eager to show off their wide variety of paintings. Expect a range of styles from seascapes to abstracts. Free. Monday-Saturday through Aug. 4. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, 513-867-5340, www.fairfield-city.org/cac/.

Tuesday, June 26

Get your Bluegrass/Rock/Folk fix each Tuesday at AMERICAN ROOTS. Each week, a different local band gives a modern take on classic Americana. This week brings The Evans Collective and Josh Eagle and the Harvest City. Free. 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 28. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Wednesday, June 27

Throw on your Bob Marley shirt and channel your inner Rasta every week for REGGAE WEDNESDAY. A new band will be taking the stage every Wednesday to help listeners ease into a mid-week calm. This week, Lucky 7 jams out on the Square. Free. 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Thursday, June 28

For great entertainment, the CINCINNATI OPERA’S SUMMER FESTIVAL cannot be missed. It hosts some of the greatest talent in the world, and the setup is extravagant. Next up is the Gershwin masterpiece Porgy and Bess. $25-$140. 7:30 p.m. June 28, 30 and July 6; 8 p.m. July 8. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742, www.cincinnatiopera.org.

Friday, June 29

Art is cool, but do you know what is even cooler? Art at night... with booze. ART AFTER DARK, presented by Cincinnati Art Museum, will be burning that late night oil and serving cocktails and providing entertainment for those night owls looking to enjoy what CAM has to offer. Free. 5-9 p.m. final Fridays through Aug. 31. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, 513-721-2787, www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Saturday, June 30

Come celebrate diversity and tolerance at Cincinnati’s PRIDE PARADE. You don’t have to be part of the GLBT community to celebrate acceptance. The parade will have dozens of sections and go through most of downtown. The entire week will be filled with pride events. Free. 11 a.m. Seventh and Culvert streets, Downtown,
cincinnatipride.org.

Sunday, July 1

Take a trip across the border to buy some vintage goods at the TRI-STATE ANTIQUE MARKET. More than 200 vendors from around the Tri-state area will be lining up to show off some of their most interesting pieces, rain or shine. $3. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. first Sunday through Oct. 7. 351 East Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Ind., 513-738-7256, www.lawrenceburgantiqueshow.com.

Monday, July 2

No summer would be complete without a trip to CONEY ISLAND. Coney’s popular classic rides, arcade and mini-golf prove that some attractions never go out of style. Stay cool in Sunlite Pool, the largest flat-surface pool in the continent. $3.50-$22. Open daily. 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-8230, www.coneyislandpark.com.

Tuesday, July 3

Every Tuesday is another opportunity to shop for fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunches and beverages at STRAUSS TROY MARKET. If you aren’t hungry, fresh flowers and knick-knacks will also be readily available. Get the most out of your lunch break! Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 25. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Wednesday, July 4

The opening ceremony for the WORLD CHOIR GAMES is finally here. Come listen to hundreds of choirs from around the globe as they unite with music. It’s like the Olympics of vocal arts, and this is the first time the games have come to the United States, so there is a lot of anticipation for the shows. $25-$150. Through July 14. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown, 2012worldchoirgames.com.

Thursday, July 5

Add a little spice to your Thursday at SALSA ON THE SQUARE. Even if you don’t know how to Salsa dance, it’s fun to try! What better way to wrap up the work week than some Latin American grooves? This week’s music is by ¡Zumba!. Free. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Friday, July 6

For great entertainment, the CINCINNATI OPERA’S SUMMER FESTIVAL cannot be missed. It hosts some of the greatest talent in the world, and the setup is extravagant. This week, Porgy and Bess will be taking the stage. A second show is given Sunday at 3 p.m. $25-$140. 7:30 p.m. July 6 and July 8. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742,
www.cincinnatiopera.org.

Saturday, July 7

The FINDLAY MARKET FARMERS MARKET is known for its great local produce. Vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, flowers, cheese, and other goods line the vendors’ booths. The dozens of vendors are always nice and helpful. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Downtown, 513-665-4839, www.findlaymarket.org.

Sunday, July 8

It’s a drive-in without cars at TOYOTA’S MOVIE NIGHT. Families from all around Cincinnati bring chairs, blankets, pillows and snacks to enjoy a movie on one of the largest public screens in Cincinnati. Drinks and movie snacks will be available for purchase. Tonight’s feature film is Where the Wild Things Are. Free. 7 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Monday, July 9

Travel to the far reaches of the world to see a variety of aquatic life at the massive NEWPORT AQUARIUM. Check out exhibits on sharks, penguins, jellyfish and much more. This summer Mighty Mike, the country’s largest alligator outside of Florida, returns to Gator Alley. $15-$23. Open daily. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-261-7444, www.newportaquarium.com.

Tuesday, July 10

Get your Bluegrass/Rock/Folk fix each Tuesday at AMERICAN ROOTS.

Each week, a different local band gives a modern take on classic Americana. This week brings Browngrass and a special performance from the World Choir Games. Free. 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 28. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Wednesday, July 11

Art, music, and fun are abound at Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s WEDNESDAY ON THE GREEN. Bring a blanket, maybe some food and drinks, and enjoy the tunes and atmosphere. Tonight brings special Friendship Concerts from the World Choir Games. 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 1. 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, 513-497-2860, www.cliftonculturalarts.org/wotg2012.htm.

Thursday, July 12

The final group concert of the 2012 World Choir Games finishes on a high note, both literally and figuratively with the GOSPEL AND SPIRITUAL CELEBRATION CONCERT. See the top choirs from around the world do what they’re best at, sing! The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Downtown. $20-$42. Call 513-621-2787 or visit www.2012worldchoirgames.com.

Friday, July 13

Now is the time to see all the winners from nine days of non-stop music competition. The 2012 WORLD CHOIR GAMES AWARDS CEREMONY displays the top talent from more than 70 countries and six continents. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $15-$20. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.2012worldchoirgames.com.

Saturday, July 14

The 11-day celebration of musical talent from around the world culminates in the 2012 WORLD CHOIR GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and May Festival Chorus headline the event. See the ringing of the Peace Bell and get the chills as a choir of thousands harmonizes at once. $20-$50. 7 p.m. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, 800-745-3000, www.2012worldchoirgames.com.

Sunday, July 15

REDS VS. CARDINALS in the finale of a three-game series as both teams battle for the NL Central crown. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce look to play a little long-ball with the Cardinals pitching staff. There’s nothing like some Reds baseball during the dog days of summer. $5-$250. 8 p.m. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, 513-381-7337, www.reds.com.

Monday, July 16

Curators Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells present SPECTACLE: THE MUSIC VIDEO. The video explores the ever-changing landscape of music videos, since MTV is no longer devoted to doing so. See the influence of different genre’s on this contemporary art form while the video examines the present and future of music videos. $4.50-$7.50. Wednesday-Monday through Sept 3. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org.

Tuesday, July 17

A blast from the past brings more than 250 artifacts to Cincinnati. A DAY IN POMPEII displays the 1,700-year-old artifacts discovered in the Roman city in the 1700s. $4.50-$12.50. Open daily through Aug. 12. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End, 513-287-7000, www.cincymuseum.org.

Wednesday, July 18

Learn about God, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark and sin at the CREATION MUSEUM. $24.95; $19.95 seniors; $14.95 children. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open 7 days. 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Ky., 888-582-4253, www.creationmuseum.org. 

Thursday, July 19

Comedy Central veteran stand-up and ventriloquist extraordinaire JEFF DUNHAM brings his newest act, Controlled Chaos, to NKU. Come see “Walter,” the grumpy-ass old man and “Achmed the Dead Terrorist.” Dunham will make you laugh so hard you might want to bring a change of underwear. $47.50. 7:30 p.m. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky., 800-745-3000, www.bankofkentuckycenter.com.

Friday, July 20

Free, quality concerts from independent bands draw crowds each Friday for the MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER SERIES. This week, The Ridges, Izzy and the Catastrophics and Ha Ha Tonka perform. The series builds anticipation for September’s MidPoint Music Festival. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 31. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Saturday, July 21

Virginia-based rock band SONS OF BILL visit the historic Taft Theatre as they mesmerize the crowd with guitar driven rock and alternative country songs off their recently released album Sirens. The band rides a fine line between modernity and alienation in this powerful collection of songs. $12-$15. 9 p.m., Taft Theatre, 315 E. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-232-6220, www.tafttheatre.org.

Sunday, July 22

If you blast B105 in your pickup, you’re probably familiar with the spiky-haired, hunky boys known as RASCAL FLATTS. The popular country trio heads the American Band Tour featuring the up-and-coming Eli Young Band and Eden’s Edge. $36.75-$78.25. 7 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 800-745-3000, www.riverbend.org.

Monday, July 23

Come immerse yourself in True Theatre with their presentation of TRUEGRIT. Individuals of all walks of life come together to share their stories of perseverance and determination. Complete strangers will laugh, smile and cry as they gain a sense of community. $15. 7:30 p.m. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-300-5669, www.knowtheatre.com.

Tuesday, July 24

Every Tuesday is another opportunity to shop for fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunches and beverages at STRAUSS TROY MARKET. If you aren’t hungry, fresh flowers and knick-knacks will also be readily available. Get the most out of your lunch break! Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 25. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Wednesday, July 25

See, hear and feel the message of music at HYMNS, BLUES AND ROCK: MUSIC OF CHANGE. The influential music that highlights this exhibit is a modern day soundtrack in the struggle for civil rights. $8-$12. Tuesday-Sunday through Sept. 22. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, 513-333-7500, www.freedomcenter.org.

Thursday, July 26

Throw on the helmet if you’re on two wheels; throw it on the passenger seat if you have four wheels. Then let go of the clutch and punch the gas at THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTZ. Heads-up car and motorcycle races, a burnout competition and music will run well into the night. … Oh, don’t forget the $1 beers. $10-$15. 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Edgewater Sports Park, 4819 E. Miami River Road, Cleves, 513-874-2508, www.edgewaterrace.com.

Friday, July 27

This week’s installment of the MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER SERIES features Eclipse Movement, The Cliftones and Orgone. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 31. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Saturday, July 28

Country superstar TOBY KEITH headlines this concert with acts Branley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett. Wear your red, white and blue and have a beer because Keith is big on the patriotism and the red Solo cups. If you can still stand, head down to his I Love This Bar and Grill downtown, where you might catch a closer glimpse. $25-$99. 7 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 800-745-3000,
www.riverbend.org.

Sunday, July 29

More than 100 local wedding professionals will be on hand to answer every question for mom, dad, the bride and the groom at BRIDALRAMA. Find all you need to get organized and avoid any bridezilla meltdowns. $10. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, 513-419-7300, www.bridalrama.net.

Monday, July 30

The CINCINNATI ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDEN is the second largest in the country, featuring more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species. Stop by today to meet your favorite animals, ride the train and maybe get a peek at some adorable zoo babies. $10-$24. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700,
cincinnatizoo.org.

Tuesday, July 31

Blink 182 said it best: “I couldn’t wait for the summer at the Warped Tour.” The VANS WARPED TOUR makes its yearly stop in the ’Nati. Main stage must-sees include: Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Yellowcard and We the Kings. $35-$44. Noon. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 800-745-3000, www.riverbend.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Come buy your favorite summer fruits and veggies before fall gets here at the NORTHSIDE FARMERS MARKET. The market has served the community produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, jams, mustards, plants and flowers, handmade soap and candles for over a decade. 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October. Hoffner Park, Hamilton and Blue Rock avenues, Northside, www.northside.net.

Thursday, Aug. 2 

Parrot Heads unite, pile in the car and head over to the eastside to see Cincinnati favorite JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND. The margaritas will be flowing as I swerve to avoid drunks walking up and down Sutton Road, guaranteed. $36-$136. 8 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 800-745-3000, www.riverbend.org.

Friday, Aug. 3

Head down to the levee, past the aquarium down to the river for GOETTAFEST. If you haven’t tried this delectable combination of pork, oats and seasoning now is your chance, if you have enjoy the most innovative goetta dishes anywhere. And don’t worry about the heat; two cool zones will keep you ripe for an all night goetta eating party. Free. Aug. 2-5. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-291-1800, www.goettafest.com.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Dr. Watson and detective Sherlock Holmes star in the farcical mystery THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has three actors portraying multiple roles in this fast-paced comedy. Will the Watson and Holmes be able to survive the vicious hound and each other? Through Aug. 12. $26-$32. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, www.cincyshakes.com.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Take a trip across the border to buy some vintage goods at the TRI-STATE ANTIQUE MARKET. More than 200 vendors from around the Tri-state area will be lining up to show off some of their most interesting pieces, rain or shine. $3. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. first Sunday through Oct. 7. 351 East Eads Pkwy., Lawrenceburg, Ind., 513-738-7256, www.lawrenceburgantiqueshow.com.

Monday, Aug. 6

Capture a visual of the masterful work of architect Zaha Hadid as you behold the fascia of this majestic edifice. Then step inside as the spectacle continues with FRANCIS UPRITCHARD: A LONG WAIT. The techno-colored figures complement the extravagance of the building itself. $4.50-$7.50. Wednesday-Monday through September. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Join the flock of fans during the FLORENCE FREEDOM VS. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS game. Cheap beer and hot dogs sure do beat the fortune you’ll pay at the Reds game. And there’s not a bad seat in the house — save the tissues because there will be no nosebleeds. $10-$12. 7:05 p.m. Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, 859-594-4487, www.florencefreedom.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Grammy Award winner and Cincinnati resident PETER FRAMPTON strokes the strings and sweetly synthesizes as the summer draws to an end. “Show Me the Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Baby, I Love Your Way” are just a handful of Frampton’s hits. Talk box or not, it will be a great show. $27-$57. 8 p.m. Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, 800-514-3849, www.fraze.com.

Thursday, Aug. 9

Scarf, devour or munch your way into seafood bliss at the 26th annual GREAT INLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. Satiate your seafood appetite with sample size seafood entrees from local restaurants. The festival will also feature live entertainment, food and drink. There will also be BB Riverboats harbor cruises at noon-3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free. Aug. 9-11. Riverboat Row, Newport, 513-477-3320. 

Friday, Aug. 10

This week’s installment of the MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER SERIES features Sidewalk Chalk, Kansas City Bible Company and Budos Band perform. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 31. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,
www.myfountainsquare.com.

Saturday, Aug. 11

After a day of “fun on the farm” activities, you’re bound to work up an appetite. CHUCK WAGON DINNER RIDE will have your mouth watering with a barbeque dinner of hickory smoked pulled pork, chicken and fresh local sides. After dinner, board the wagon for a ride that includes freshly baked desserts, tin cup coffee and soft drinks before gathering around a campfire. $17-$30. 5-9 p.m. Bonnybrook Farm, 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, 937-289-2500, www.bonnybrookfarms.com. 

Sunday, Aug. 12

COMMUNITY YOGA IN THE PARK by Covington Yoga brings all the benefits of yoga to the park on Sunday mornings. Bring your mat, towel or blanket and become physically, mentally and spiritually in-tune with your body as you enjoy the fresh air and scenery of the park. Free. 10-11 a.m., weather permitting. George Rogers Clark Park, Riverside Dr., Covington. 

Monday, Aug. 13

The WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP WOMEN’S OPEN serves up preppy fun at the Lindner Family Tennis Center that involves the best players in the world. $5-$450. Aug. 11-19. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, 513-651-0303, www.cincytennis.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

Since bursting onto the music scene some odd years ago, KELLY CLARKSON AND THE FRAY WITH CAROLINA LIAR visit Cincinnati to promote Clarkson’s certified gold album, Stronger. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $14-$95. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp.,
www.riverbend.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Throw on your Bob Marley shirt and channel your inner Rasta every week for REGGAE WEDNESDAY. A new band will be taking the stage every Wednesday to help listeners ease into a mid-week calm. This week, The Ohms jam out on the Square. Free. 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Thursday, Aug. 16

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

Friday, Aug. 17

“Excuse me, but are you saying meow?” JIM GAFFIGAN’s quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. So, be sure not to miss this. Oh yeah, Hot Pocket… $39.75-$49.75. 7 and 9:30 p.m. 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-562-4949, www.tafttheatre.org. 

Saturday, Aug. 18 

The 24th annual MIDWEST BLACK FAMILY REUNION features R&B and Gospel concerts as well as ethnic food vendors, a children’s area, a targeted job fair, a parade and themed pavilions. Free. Aug. 17-18. Sawyer Point Park, Downtown, 513-742-9378, www.midwestbfrc.com.

Sunday, Aug. 19

It’s a drive-in without cars at TOYOTA’S MOVIE NIGHT. Families from all around Cincinnati bring chairs, blankets, pillows and snacks to enjoy a movie on one of the largest public screens in Cincinnati. Drinks and movie snacks will be available for purchase. Tonight’s feature film is Hugo. Free. 7 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,
www.myfountainsquare.com.

Monday, Aug. 20

Feelin’ lucky? Swing through Indiana and visit HOLLYWOOD CASINO for a day of slots, tables, drinks and fun. After you strike it rich, visit one of the casino’s six restaurants and bars and get down at Boogie Nights nightclub. Open daily. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, 888-274-6797, www.hollywoodindiana.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Sure, improv comedy can be funny, but it just seems that much better with a beer in your hand. What’s even better is that beer is free. LITTLE BIG NIGHT at Know Theatre is sure to have you laughing, but be careful. You don’t want that awesome free beer coming out of your nose. That hurts... 8 p.m. $5. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-300-5669, www.knowtheatre.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Come buy your favorite summer fruits and veggies before fall gets here at the NORTHSIDE FARMERS ARKET. The market has served the community produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, jams, mustards, plants and flowers, handmade soap and candles for over a decade. 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October. Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street, Northside, www.northside.net.

Thursday, Aug. 23

Take a night off from the modern and enjoy a classic cocktail or craft beer while taking in the sounds of MICHAEL MCINTIRE AND THE MARMALADE BRIGADE at Japp’s. Free. 9 p.m. Japp’s, 1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-1524, www.japps1879.com.

Friday, Aug. 24

This week’s MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER SERIES. offers Soapland, Way Yes and School of Seven Bells. Free. 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 31. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Show your west side pride at the PRICE HILL CULTURAL HERITAGE FEST and celebrate the rich history and diversity that makes up the neighborhood. The day will be filled with great food, local art, diverse music and crafts for kids. Noon-6 p.m. 3724 St. Lawrence Ave., Price Hill, 513-251-3800.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Watch the CINCINNATI REDS take on the Cardinals at Great American Ballpark. Pay an arm and a leg for a hot dog and beer, but enjoy it because you’re watching America’s greatest pastime. That’s all that really matters, right? $5-$235. 7:10 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. www.cincinnatireds.mlb.com.

Monday, Aug. 27

Sometimes vacations aren’t enough of a getaway. If you really want an escape, go back in time at LOVELAND CASTLE. The 10th century-style castle, also known as Château Laroche, was hand-built by Harry Andrews beginning in 1929. Tour the building and gardens, and bring a lunch to enjoy in perfect picnic areas. $3. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through September. 12025 Shore Road, Loveland, 513-683-4686, www.lovelandcastle.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

JASON MRAZ takes the stage with Christina Perri at Riverbend. This performance will differ from other Mraz concerts — he will play music exclusively from his new album. $20-$60. Doors open at 6 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., www.riverbend.org. 

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Throw on your Bob Marley shirt and channel your inner Rasta every week for REGGAE WEDNESDAY. A new band will be taking the stage every Wednesday to help listeners ease into a mid-week calm. This final week, The Cliftones jam out on the Square. Free. 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, www.myfountainsquare.com.

Thursday, Aug. 30

KINGS ISLAND is the amusement park with everything from terrifying roller coasters to water rides and funnel cakes to giant stuffed toys. They have 80 state-of-the-art rides, 15 world-class roller coasters a 15-acre water park, an award-winning kids’ area, fun-filled musical productions, games of skill and an assortment of dining and shopping facilities. $30-$52. Open daily. Kings Island Drive, Mason, www.visitkingsisland.com.

Friday, Aug. 31

Art is cool, but do you know what is even cooler? Art at night... with booze. ART AFTER DARK, presented by Cincinnati Art Museum, will be burning that late night oil and serving cocktails and providing entertainment for those night owls looking to enjoy what CAM has to offer. Free. 5-9 p.m. final Fridays through Aug. 31. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, 513-721-2787, www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Saturday, Sep. 1

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

Sunday, Sep. 2

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

Monday, Sep. 3

Enjoy your Labor Day at PYRAMID HILL SCULPTURE PARK. Peruse outdoor artwork, have a picnic lunch by the lake, hike with your puppy and take in all nature has to offer. Open daily. 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton. 513-887-9514, www.pyramidhill.org.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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