Wednesday, May 28
The CINCY FRINGE FESTIVAL performances kick off tonight. Continuing 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. "Full-frontal" all-access Fringe pass is $150; $10 for individual performances. Through June 7 at Media Bridges, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Know Theatre, Below Zero, Contemporary Arts Center, Coffee Emporium, New Stage Collective and SCPA. www.cincyfringe.com.
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, Sullivan Janszen Band plays a mix of Classic Rock and Alternative covers. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, 513-579-3191 or www.party-in-the-park.com.
Thursday, May 29
Krohn Conservatory's annual INTERNATIONAL BUTTERFLY SHOW features some 10,000 butterflies. This year the event captures the plants, the butterflies and the spirit of China with "The Silk Road." $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children 5-17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through June 15. 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams/Walnut Hills, 513-421-5707 or www.butterflyshow.com.
Friday, May 30
Join us for CityBeat's fourth annual HOT PARTY to celebrate the very Hot Issue you hold in your hands. Learn Salsa steps and dance the night away to the sounds of Tropicoso. You can even win tickets to Bonnaroo if you emerge victorious in the "Rock Band" PS3 video game tournament. Free. 8 p.m. The Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201.
Coney Island hosts the 41st annual SUMMERFAIR , chock full of painters, artisans and craft-makers from across the country hawking their paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Entertainment includes cloggers, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers and bands. $10; free for 12 & under. 2-8 p.m. May 30; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 31; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-531-0050 or www.summerfair.org.
The Funny Bone welcomes seasoned comedian BILL BELLAMY for three nights of laughs. $22. 8 and 10:30 p.m. May 30; 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. May 31; 7 p.m. June 1. The Funny Bone, Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-957-2000 or www.funnyboneonthe-levee.com.
Saturday, May 31
Shake It Records celebrates its 30th anniversary with a big reunion. THE CUSTOMS, whose last live show was 27 years ago, play the Southgate House along with The Long Gones and Tigerlillies. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. 8:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201.
RAVENS ON THE RIVER isn't some sort of apocalyptic omen, no, it's a live adventure scavenger hunt. Teams race against the clock, following a set of clues to win some Fabulously Tacky Prizes. After you sign up, you'll receive clues to lead you to the undisclosed starting location. $30. www.ravenchase.com.
The BIKERS CHURCH BIKERS RALLY is hosting its 7th annual event with a sport bike stunt show, bike blessing, car show, burn-out pit, biker build off, bike show, live music, food and games for the kids. Free. 10 a.m. May 31 and June 1. Bikers Church, a Ministry of Christ's Chapel Assembly of God, 3817 Turfway Road, Erlanger, 859-801-7795.
ARCADIA PUBLISHING presents its newest Cincinnati-themed book, Italians of Greater Cincinnati, written by Pamela Ciafardini Casebolt and Philip G. Ciafardini, with a book signing. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Kentucky Haus, 411 E. 10th St., Newport, 859-261-4287.
· june ·
Sunday, June 1
The second annual MAHRAJAN Lebanese Festival celebrates the culture, food and entertainment of Lebanon. Enjoy Middle-Eastern dishes prepared in the St. Anthony of Padua Church kitchen. Free. Noon-8 p.m. St. Anthony Padua Maronite Church, 2530 Victory Parkway, Walnut Hills, 513-961-0120.
The BLUE ASH SUMMERBRATION features Country artists like Tracy Byrd, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton with a BBQ festival, a family activity area and more local and national entertainment. But you'd better hurry, partner: Today's the last day. Free. 1-10 p.m. Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt Roads, Blue Ash, 513-745-6259 or www.blueash.com.
The Jelly Pudding Show's Mary Peale hosts the EVERYBODY'S RECORDS 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY with live music by The Goshorn Brothers, Psychodots, The Modulators, The Bluebirds, Sonny Moorman, The New Lime and more! $15. 6 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-491-2444.
Monday, June 2
Pick up a steamy romance novel or an enlightening non-fiction work on health and fitness at the 36th 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. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 2-4; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 5; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 6. Cincinnati Public Library, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown, 513-369-6035 or www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
Tuesday, June 3
The band Tupelo Honey performs original songs and modern covers during the LPK ACOUSTIC LUNCH CONCERT SERIES . Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Piatt Park, Eighth and Vine Sts., Downtown, 513-352-4080.
Wednesday, June 4
Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by the Rusty Griswolds with $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, www.partyatsawyerpoint.com.
Lace up them roller skates because the FUN FACTORY 's offering some sweet hump-day deals. $4.25; $1.25 kids 12 and under. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun Factory Roller Rink, 1631 Sherman Ave., Norwood, 513-631-1311.
Thursday, June 5
Comedian PABLO FRANCISCO takes the stage at the Funnybone for four nights of exaggerated movie preview narrations and Telemundo parodies. $20. 7:30 p.m. June 5; 10:30 p.m. June 6; 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. June 7; 7 p.m. June 8. Funnybone on the Levee, Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-957-2000.
Friday, June 6
Over two weekends, the CHOREOGRAPHERS FESTIVAL 2008 will present 13 works by newcomers like Ka-Ron Brown Lehman and Jeanne S. Mam-Luft, expanding its Choreographers Without Companies into a veritable festival! Performances will also include choreographers that once called Cincinnati home but have since moved elsewhere like Jan Van Dyke and Shawn Womack. $22-$27; $17 students. 7:30 p.m. June 6-7. Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787 or www.cdt-dance.org.
Saturday, June 7
The Cincinnati Museum Center presents BUGFEST , a creepy, crunchy exhibit in the Museum of Natural History & Science. The arthropod programming includes everything from insect tastings to cockroach racing and a few entomology lectures. $10; $9 seniors; $7 children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7. 1301 Western Ave., West End, 513-287-7001 or www.cincymuseum.org.
One of the nation's largest free festivals for children, the 30th annual KIDS' FEST, features face painting, balloon art, clowns, sports, music, interactive games, giveaways, prizes, inflatable slides, moonwalks, a gigantic sandbox and more. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7-8. Sawyer Point Park, Downtown on the riverfront, 513-686-8597.
The new exhibit GIRAFFE RIDGE is finally open at the Cincinnati Zoo. And, for the first time ever, visitors will be allowed to hand-feed the giraffes. $13; $11 seniors; $8 children. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700 or www.cincyzoo.org.
With the Roots and Folk music tradition of paying homage to flowing rivers, it's fitting that RIVERTOWN BREAKDOWN , which features the best of the local Americana music scene (Jake Speed and the Freddies, the Katie Laur Band, the Rumpke Mountain Boys) would be themed around the mighty Ohio River. Proceeds from the concert event benefit ORSANCO's River Sweep, an annual clean-up project that cleans all 981 miles of the Ohio. $12. 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201 or
Sunday, June 8
The SECOND SUNDAY ANTIQUES MARKETPLACE turns Mainstrasse into a vintage street fair with over 50 antique dealers selling quality pieces and collectibles. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mainstrasse Village, Covington, 859-491-0458.
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 bridal models have survived breast cancer and young survivors share their stories. Proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, One W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, 859-261-1500 or www.yourbridalshow.com.
Monday, June 9
The 47th annual HOMEARAMA takes over the luxury waterway community of Long Cove. Check out ten homes priced within a $1.6 - $2.5 million range, more than one mile of waterways, a clubhouse, pools and more. $12; children 12 and under admitted free. 4-11 p.m. Long Cove, Deerfield Township, Mason, 513-851-6300 or www.homearama.cc.
Tuesday, June 10
THE RACONTEURS play the brand new National City Pavilion with guests the Black Lips. $29.25. 8 p.m. National City Pavilion, Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
See the future of design when DAAPWORKS 2008 displays the best of the brightest in all of DAAP's design and art programs. Free. 5-9 p.m. June 10; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 11-13; noon-4 June 14. The Aronoff Gallery for Design and Art and in the Meyers Gallery, the Steger Student Life Center, University of Cincinnati, Clifton, www.daap.uc.edu/daapworks.
Wednesday, June 11
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, The Menus play. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, 513-579-3191 or www.party-in-the-park.com.
Cincinnati Opera opens its 2008 summer festival with Giacomo Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY . $25-$145. 7:30 p.m. June 11, 13; 3 p.m. June 15. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Thursday, June 12
The 17th 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. 8-11 p.m. June 12; 5-11 p.m. June 13; 11a.m.-11 p.m. June 14; noon-9 p.m. June 15. Riverboat Row on the riverfront, Newport, 859-292-3666.
The 18th annual A TASTE OF DUVENECK features gourmet food, great beers and fine wine. You can also enter a raffle for a chance to win a 2008 Harley-Davidson Cross Bones motorcycle. $75. 6-10 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-2787 or www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Friday, June 13
KANYE WEST comes to support his Glow in the Dark Tour with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco. $55-$85. 7 p.m. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown, 513-421-4111.
Over two weekends, the CHOREOGRAPHERS FESTIVAL 2008 will present 13 works by newcomers like Ka-Ron Brown Lehman and Jeanne S. Mam-Luft, expanding its Choreographers Without Companies into a veritable festival! $22-$27; $17 students. 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 14. Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787 or www.cdt-dance.org.
Get red-carpet ready for UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning's (DAAP) 57th ANNUAL FASHION SHOW featuring threads created by DAAP's Fashion Design program seniors. $35-$150. 8 p.m. The University of Cincinnati's Campus Recreation Center, University of Cincinnati, Clifton, 513-556-3446 or www.daap.uc.edu.
A former textile warehouse, MURMUR is now one of the local art scene's up-and-coming social undergrounds. Check out a poetry event, The Murmur Readings featuring Kim Burgas, David Eichert, and 1 more. Free. 8 p.m. 2450 Beekman Ave., Fairmount, www.myspace.com/murmurmurspace.
Saturday, June 14
The 21st Annual JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL celebrates the end of slavery with music on two stages and a dozen Gospel, Blues, R&B and Pop bands, including a special performance by The Deele. A children's area features games, crafts and a petting zoo. Sunday features a Father's Day concert. Free. Noon-9 p.m. June 14; 2:30-6 p.m. June 15.
Mirror Lake and Seasongood Pavilion, Eden Park, 513-631-7289 or www.juneteenthcincinnati.org.
The first CINCINNATI HORROR FILM FESTIVAL brings you some real scary summer fun. This day-long event will feature horror films from area filmmakers, raffles, guests and more. $12-$25. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fairfield Community Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, www.cincinnati.horrorsociety.com.
Give Back Cincinnati organizes PAINT THE TOWN to update over 40 homes in Covington, KY. Last year they painted 35 homes in College Hill. Free. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. www.givebackcincinnati.org.
Kentucky Speedway's big NASCAR Busch Series race, the MEIJER 300 , starts at 8:30 p.m., but there are races and activities (including a pre-race concert by Smashmouth). $50-$80. Events start at 2 p.m. Kentucky Speedway, 5120 Sparta Pike, Sparta, 888-652-RACE or www.kentuckyspeedway.com.
Sunday, June 15
PRIDE ALIVE FESTIVAL continues for its second day. The annual celebration of gay, lesbian and bisexual pride offers rainbow-tastic fun, food, entertainment and awareness. Free. 3-11 p.m. June 14; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 15. Pride Parade begins at 1 p.m. June 15 from Burnet Woods, followed by more music and fun at Hoffner Park in Northside, www.prideisalive.com.
College-Conservatory of Music's nine-day festival, MUSIC08, begins with new music by CCM's young composers and guest composers Steve Reich, Jack Body and Frederic Rzewski. Free. Various times June 15-22. CCM Village, UC campus, Clifton Heights, 513-556-4183 or www.ccm.uc.edu.
Monday, June 16
Artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow DAVID MACAULAY speaks and signs his books that are on display at both the Fitton Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum in Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay. Free. 6-8 p.m. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument St., Hamilton, 513-863-8873.
Tuesday, June 17
CHICAGO and the DOOBIE BROTHERS roll through town. $14-$81.75. 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
THE MATES OF STATE take the stage. $12. 8 p.m. The Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201.
Wednesday, June 18
Catch brunch and a show: Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY comes to La Comedia Dinner Theatre. All of your favorite songs and dances on stage along with a meal. $47-$52. 10:30 a.m. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, 937-746-4554 or www.lacomedia.com.
Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by Kristen Key with $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, www.partyatsawyerpoint.com.
Thursday, June 19
AMERICAN IDYLL: CONTEMPORARY ART AND KARAOKE is a multimedia, karaoke installation at the Contemporary Arts Center. There are full-scale images of artists like Phill Collins and David Herbert singing and an on-site karaoke café installation that requires the participation of the viewer, and by "participation" we mean you have to sing. There's a disco ball and cash bar at the cafe- all you need to get drunk enough to hit the stage. $7.50; $6.50 seniors; $5.50 students. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400.
Friday, June 20
The eighth annual GOETTAFEST & RIVER RAID RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL celebrates the beloved/reviled German meat product with goetta pizza, goetta hoagies and more. Live entertainment includes square dancing, dulcimer music, clogging and the crowning of a Goetta Queen and King. All of this is along with demonstrations, crafts, more food, music and fun. Free. 5-11 p.m. June 20; noon-11 p.m. June 21; noon-9 p.m. June 22. MainStrasse Village's Goebel Park, Covington, 859-491-0458 or www.nkyvillage.com.
Saturday, June 21
Cincinnati's SOAP BOX DERBY brings back the old tradition of a pint-sized car race, lining up at the top of the hill and rolling -- no pedals, no machinery -- to the bottom. For ages 8-17. Free for spectators; $50 entry fee. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Gilbert Ave., between Eden Park Drive and Elsinore, Eden Park, 513-322-5135 or www.cincinnatisoapboxderby.com.
The CINCINNATI POPS perform with the ever-musical von Trapp Children. $18-$46. 8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-5882.
The Cincinnati Art Museum recently confirmed that it'll feature photographer GREGORY CREWDSON for the second time this year, this time for an exhibition. If you missed his appearance in February as part of the Lightborne Lecture series, make sure to see this show, which will highlight five works from Crewdson's latest series, Beneath the Roses. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday. Through Oct. 5. Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, 513-721-ARTS.
Sunday, June 22
The annual CHILD WELLNESS FAIR features kid-themed fun and health-related information. A fire safety program and fire fighter competition are the weekend highlights, not to mention a chicken dinner. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Perfect North Ski Slopes, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 531-943-1900.
Get classy when the CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs Vintage Classics with guest violinist Mikhail Simonyan. He's a big deal. Grab some wine and snacks before the show at a wine tasting. $15 for the 6 p.m. tasting. $18-$46. 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-5882.
Monday, June 23
Although we don't support drinking followed by machinery operation, summer isn't really complete without a little cabrewing. The LITTLE MIAMI CANOE RENTAL opens daily at 8 a.m. to provide you with an aluminum canoe, life vests and paddles. Rates vary on group size and ages. Little Miami Canoe Rental, 219 Mill St., Morrow, 513-899-3616.
Tuesday, June 24
Relax and cool off with a day of family-friendly fun at THE BEACH WATERPARK , the largest in Ohio (2.5 million gallons over more than 35 acres). With real sand, a wave pool and palm trees, who needs to trek to the coast to go to a beach? Individual admission $10.50-$27.99. Group rates available. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, 513-398-SWIM or www.thebeachwaterpark.com.
Wednesday, June 25
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, The Paul Otten Band plays covers of everything from Funk to Country to Rock. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, 513-579-3191 or www.party-in-the-park.com.
Thursday, June 26
The witchy woman herself, STEVIE NICKS , takes the stage. $66.25-$96.25. 8 p.m. National City Pavilion, Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., www.nationalcitypavilion.com
THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE FESTIVAL , now in its fifth year, features sewing, knitting, needle art and crafts, along with a few guest speakers. $8 (one day); $11 (two days); $15 (three days); children under 13 free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 26-27; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, 800-473-9464.
Friday, June 27
The 36th annual PANEGYRI GREEK FESTIVAL serves up plates full of souvlaki, pastichio, mousaka, mezzethakia and even a baklava sundae. Also look for live music, costumed folk dancers, booths with imported handicrafts and jewelry and cooking demonstrations. $2 or 2 canned food items. 5 p.m.-midnight June 27; 3 p.m.-midnight June 28; 1-9 p.m. June 29. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, Finneytown, 513-591-0030 or www.holytrinity.oh.goarch.org.
The KIDS EX-STREAM EXPO teaches hands-on water safety, offers up nature education and activities, lets kids look at the fishes in the Ohio River and also provides music, food, refreshments and games. This is part of the Ohio River Way Music, Arts and Outdoor Festival. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellog Ave., 513-588-6936 or www.ohioriverway.org.
OHIO RIVER WAY MUSIC, ARTS AND OUTDOOR FESTIVAL offers up live music, food, refreshments, craft vendors, outfitter displays, environmental exhibits and paddling films under the stars all in order to celebrate the Ohio River. There will also be boat and gear swaps, classic boats and kayak lessons. Overnight camping available. Free. 4 p.m.-midnight. Coney Island, 6201 Kellog Ave., 513-588-6936 or www.ohioriverway.org.
Saturday, June 28
What's hotter than some chicks knocking each other around on roller skates? The badass CINCINNATI ROLLER GIRLS Black Sheep and Silent Lambs take on some teams from Harrisburg, Pa. $15; $10 in advance. 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill, 513-631-7793 or www.cincinnatirollergirls.com.
The OHIO RIVER PADDLEFEST offers up a variety of races or leisurely glides down the mighty Ohio. Race your canoe or kayak, or just take a swim when the river is closed to boat and barge traffic. A finish line festival features live music, food and beer. $25-$30 to race; $20 to swim. 7:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellog Ave., 513-588-6936 or www.ohioriverway.org.
The Cincinnati Pops perform STAR TREK: THE MUSIC , themes from the hit television and film series. Resistance is futile. $12.50-$46. 8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
Sunday, June 29
UC's College-Conservatory of Music's CINCINNATI FLUTE SYMPOSIUM -- a seven-day chance for musicians to participate in master classes and perform with some of the nation's most celebrated flutists -- begins. At the end of the week, the best participants are awarded cash prizes and perform in a Gala Closing Concert. Free concerts will be given during the week. June 29-July 5. University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, UC campus, Clifton Heights, 513-556-4476 or www.cincyflute.com.
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK . Watch them perform A Midsummer Night's Dream the way it's meant to be, outside, in a park. Free. 2 p.m. Lytle Park, 501 E. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-381-2288.
Monday, June 30
What else are you going to do on a Monday but spend an evening with RUSH on their Snakes & Arrows tour? $25-$86. 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
· July ·
Tuesday, July 1
ARCHITREKS leads you on a walking tour of our fine city. Learn about downtown buildings and architecture in this guided discussion of buildings like the Contemporary Arts Center, Carew Tower, the Lombardy Building, Dixie Terminal and more. The walk covers approximately two miles and takes about two hours. $10; $5 children. 11 a.m. Architreks "Cincinnati-Walks" begins at the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-721-4506.
Wednesday, July 2
More than 175 performers have been selected to show in the 52nd anniversary WORLD PIANO COMPETITION . Performances open to the public. Tickets start at $10. July 2 - July 13. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787 or www.cincinnatiwpc.org.
Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by Marsha Brady with $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, www.partyatsawyerpoint.com.
MODEST MOUSE headlines an evening of radio-friendly Alternative Rock. $29.50-$35. 7 p.m. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, 513-872-8801.
Thursday, July 3
Get your motor runnin'! It's the third annual NEWPORT MOTORCYCLE RALLY/AMERICA'S CELEBRATION , where awards are given to the best looking bikes. Festival also includes food, fireworks and games. Free. 5-11 p.m. July 3-4; noon-11 p.m. July 5-6. Newport Festival Park, Newport, 859-292-3686 or www.newportmotorcyclerally.com.
The ninth annual LAROSA'S BALLOON GLOW delivers an evening sky illuminated by more than 20 hot and cold air balloons of every color. Followed by fireworks. Free. 5-10 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp, 513-232-6701.
Head down to Yeatman's Cove for an ALL-AMERICAN BIRTHDAY PARTY. There will be live music, food, games, family fun and fireworks. Free. 4-11 p.m. Yeatman's Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 513-352-6180.
Friday, July 4
Dayton's CITYFOLK FESTIVAL is a three-day multi-cultural celebration, featuring the best in traditional and ethnic music, dance and arts from across the United States and around the world. Free. 6-10:30 p.m. July 3; 1-11 p.m. July 4-5. RiverScape MetroPark, between Jefferson and Patterson Streets, Dayton, www.cityfolk.org.
Steve Reineke and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra take a tuneful tour of America with RED, WHITE AND BOOM! The evening also features the Comet Bluegrass All-stars, the May Festival Summer Chorus and Rozzi's Famous fireworks. $12.50-$20. 8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.com.
Saturday, July 5
Grab a really expensive beer and a tasty dog. The CINCINNATI REDS take on the Washington Nationals. $7-$77. 7:10 p.m. The Great American Ball Park, Second and Main Sts., Downtown, 513-765-7000.
Sunday, July 6
The Beach Waterpark brings you REGGAE FEST every Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. Grab a beer and listen to some Jamaican rhythms while basking in the sun or hiding under the shade of a real palm tree. It's like a mini, cheesy vacation. $10.50-$27.99. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, 513-398-SWIM or www.thebeachwaterpark.com.
Monday, July 7
The Psychedelic Rock show LASER MAGIC returns to the Drake Planetarium. Music from bands like Led Zeppelin, Metallica and the Beatles are set to an array of 3-D animation and undulating geometric visual displays. Drugs not included. $9 in advance; $12 at the door. Call for times. Through Aug. 9. Drake Plaentarium, 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood, 513-396-5578.
Tuesday, July 8
See a real live Beatle when RINGO STARR & HIS ALL-STARR BAND play comfy Fraze Pavilion. Billy Squier, Edgar Winter and Gary Wright are among the musicians Ringo has invited to tour with him. $35. 8 p.m. Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, 937-296-3300, www.fraze.com.
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS play Riverbend with Steve Winwood. Just the idea of it makes you want to sit in the grass and drink a giant beer, doesn't it? $31.25-$96.25. 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
Wednesday, July 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, Three Day Rule plays contemporary covers. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, 513-579-3191 or www.party-in-the-park.com.
And if Party in the Park doesn't suit you, how about a singles booze cruise? Candlelight singles hosts weekly LOVE BOAT PARTIES -- moonlight, dinner, music and a bunch of singles ages 23-65 included. $85. 6:30-10 p.m. Queen City River Boats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, 513-761-6201.
Thursday, July 10
Walk the labyrinth at GRAILVILLE RETREAT CENTER in Loveland. No, it's not a maze -- it's a circular path used for reflection and meditation. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Grailville, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland, 513-683-2340.
The Cincinnati Opera presents FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS . $25-$145. 7:30 p.m. July 10 and 12. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Friday, July 11
JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA , presented by the New Stage Collective, hilariously combines all the low-brow, white-trash drama of the Springer Show with the high art of opera. $21.25; $13 students. 8 p.m. The New Stage Collective, 1140 Main St., Downtown, 513-621-3700.
LOVERBOY and KANSAS headline the Midsummer at the Meadows Festival. There's also a Taste of MidSummer, Kidz Fun Zone, rides and games. Free. 6-11 p.m. July 11; 3-11 p.m. July 12; 3-9 p.m. July 13. Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio Route 131, Miami Twp., 513-248-3725 or www.miamitwpoh.gov.
The 92nd annual ST. RITA FEST, one of the Tristate's largest summer festivals, kicks off with more than 100 booths and games for people of all ages. Try the famous turtle soup-a secret recipe only the family knows, $31, 500 Texas Hold 'Em tournament on Sunday, all you can Ride special for kids on Sunday 1-5 p.m. for $12. 7 p.m.-midnight July 11; 4 p.m.-midnight July 12; 1 p.m.-midnight July 13. St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale, 513-772-7005.
Saturday, July 12
The 16th FESTIVAL IN SYCAMORE celebrates summer with two days of fun, food and music. Check out national acts like Ambrosia and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Free. 6 p.m.-midnight July 11-12. Bechtold Park, 4312 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Twp., 513-791-8447.
Sunday, July 13
Sporting the freshest food in town at a fraction of the cost of a grocery store trip, FINDLAY MARKET is history, an outing and value in one spot. Free to roam. 8a.m.-6p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 100 block of West Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-621-2239 or www.findlaymarket.org.
SECOND SUNDAY ON MAIN is an open-air festival with musicians and craftspeople, as well as businesses and restaurants, who are open for brunch. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Main Street between 13th and Liberty, Over-the-Rhine, www.irhine.com.
Monday, July 14
The 158th annual WARREN COUNTY FAIR includes parades, karaoke, tractor pulls, alligator shows and demolition derbies, as well as farm animals, food vendors and more. $7; free for kids 12 and under. 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 14-15, 18; 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 16-17; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 19. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon, 513-932-2636 or www.warrencountyfair.org.
Tuesday, July 15
Visit the HARRIET BEECHER STOWE HOUSE , the actual home where Stowe learned of slavery and was inspired to write Uncle Tom's Cabin. Tours $4-$8. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays. 2950 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-632-5120.
Wednesday, July 16
Q102 and Bud's PARTY AT SAWYER POINT presents live music by Super-Massive with $1.50 beer during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, www.partyatsawyerpoint.com.
Start finding scalpers today because JIMMY BUFFET AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND are at Riverbend tomorrow night. The show, as usual, is sold out, but maybe if you take the van down to the parking lot early or bring your boat around back you might get a good enough spot to hear or drink margaritas with some Parrot Heads. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
Thursday, July 17
Pick up some fresh, local produce at the MT. WASHINGTON FARMERS' MARKET . Along with the usual fruits and veggies, there will be local honey, goat milk soaps and fresh pastries. 3-6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Mt. Washington Farmers' Market, 6136 Campus Lane, Mt. Washington, 513-232-5724.
Friday, July 18
Every Friday through August, Lake Isabella is the place to be for FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL OUTS . Pick out a specialty dinner or a grill out dinner featuring your choice of a burger, grilled chicken or pulled pork BBQ. There will also be a la carte choices include hot dogs, brats and metts, as well as a dessert menu and assorted beverages including beer and wine. Every night will feature live music starting at 6 p.m. $3.75-$8.85. 5-8 p.m. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Township, 513-521-PARK.
Saturday, July 19
What's hotter than some chicks knocking each other around while on roller skates? The badass CINCINNATI ROLLER GIRLS take on the Carolina Rollergirls all-stars. $15; $10 in advance. 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill, 513-631-7793 or www.cincinnatirollergirls.com.
Sunday, July 20
The BUTLER COUNTY FAIR features Country music bands, livestock exhibitions, rides, concession sales and classes- including sheep decorating. $6, $1 children 6 to 12. Noon-11 p.m. July 20; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. July 21-26. Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, 513-892-1423 or www.butlercofair.com.
The CLERMONT COUNTY FAIR , a tradition since the days of the Gold Rush, includes monster truck shows, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, farm displays, auctions and horse races. $5 at 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $8 after 3 p.m.; $2 children 6-12. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 20-26. Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville, 513-732-0522 or www.clermontcountyfair.com.
Monday, July 21
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC parodies popular songs. $26.25-$46.25. 8 p.m. National City Pavillion, Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
Tuesday, July 22
Take a walk on the mild side at CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE along Kellogg Avenue. The totally pristine hiking trails accommodate different levels of ability, including the one-mile California Junction Trail, Trillium Valley Trail and Prairie Meadow Trail. A great place to spot flowers, birds and butterflies. Free. Dawn-dusk daily. 5400 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-231-8678.
Wednesday, July 23
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, Patsy's Decline plays. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Yeatman's Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown on the riverfront, 513-579-3191 or www.party-in-the-park.com.
JOHN MELLENCAMP and LUCINDA WILLIAMS give you a little Southern comfort and all-American tunes. $11.75-$250. 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellog Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
The Cincinnati Opera concludes its 2008 summer festival with Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. $25-$145. 7:30 p.m. July 23 and 25; 3 p.m. July 27. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Thursday, July 24
Comedian JOHN CAPARULO performs. $15. 7:30 p.m. July 24; 8 and 10:30 p.m. July 25; 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. July 26; 7 p.m. July 27. Funny Bone on the Levee, One Levee Way, Newport, 859-957-2000.
Friday, July 25
The Southgate House gets lit with the LITE BRITE INDIE POP AND FILM TEST . Enjoy experimental independent film and adventurous independent music in this "collision between two frontiers." Also enjoy an appearance by John Waters on the final night of the test. 7 p.m. July 25-27. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201 or www.litebritetest.com.
GREATER ANDERSON DAYS has thrill rides, games, food vendors and gambling tents for the grown-ups with casino-style games such as blackjack. The Rozzi fireworks display lifts off at 10 p.m. Sunday. Free. 5-11 p.m. July 25-26; 5-10 p.m. July 27. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-474-0003 or www.andersonparks.com.
The Cincinnati Young People's Theatre presents their annual summer musical: THE PAJAMA GAME , a story of a workplace romance in a pajama factory. $10-$20. 8 p.m. The Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Glenway, 513-241-6550.
Saturday, July 26
Does just eating dinner not excite you the way it used to? How about a MURDER MYSTERY DINNER ? 3 Strikes...You're Dead! features Lucky Haskins, a minor-league baseballer who's finally moving up to the majors! Tonight, honor Lucky's good fortune/death. $33.50, includes dinner. 6:30 p.m. Sweetwine Banquet Center, 600 Nordyke Road, Clubhouse for The Vineyard Golf Course, Anderson, 513-728-3551, ext. 355
The second of a two-day musical extravaganza, the MACY'S MUSIC FESTIVAL brings the best in R&B including Patti LaBelle, Earth, Keyshia Cole and Jill Scott. Wind & Fire. $48-$88. 7:30 p.m. July 25-26. Paul Brown Stadium, Second and Elm Sts., Downtown, 800-452-3132.
Sunday, July 27
Celerbrate the second day of the NEWPORT ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL , which features craftspeople from across America who will display their fine arts and crafts, from pottery to handmade jewelry and stained glass to mosaics. Free. Noon-9 p.m. July 27. Riverboat Row between the Taylor-Southgate and L&N bridges, Newport, 859-292-3686.
Monday, July 28
The WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP MASTERS (formerly known as the Tennis Masters Series and ATP) serves up at the Tennis Center at Kings Island. The $2.75 million event is one of the mandatory tour stops for top-ranked players. $15-$450 (for a ticket package). All day and evening, July 25-Aug. 3. 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, 513-651-0303 or www.cincytennis.com.
Tuesday, July 29
The Taft Museum shows you Italy in VIEWS FROM THE UFFIZI: PAINTING THE ITALIAN LANDSCAPE , a collection of 40 landscape pieces from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. $8; $6 seniors and students; free 18 and under. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, 513-241-0343.
Wednesday, July 30
Put on your studded belt because it's time for the annual VANS WARPED TOUR . This year acts include bands like Against Me!, Say Anything, Cobra Starship, Story of the Year and more. $27. 10 a.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-6220.
Thursday, JULY 31
Even though he's dead and gone, Jerry lives on at the GRATEFUL GARCIA GATHERING . This annual event celebrates the life and death of Garcia through a weekend gathering full of camping and live music. Each band will perform their own originals, plus up to three cover songs by the Grateful Dead / Jerry Garcia Band. $85. July 31-Aug. 2. Legend Valley, 7583 Kindle Road, Thornville, 608-354-6711
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