Leapin Lizard's Tribal Night is like a mini-carnival celebrating Tribal music and art. Expect traditional Indian rhythms, drinks (for sale) and a drum circle. Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal. Tribal Night is every third Thursday of each month. This month's party has a holiday theme. There is a $1 discount at the door if you donate a canned good for the Covington charity Be Concerned, which assists low-income people in Northern Kentucky.
So what if I told you that you could be taking a dip with Alex from 'A Clockwork Orange' at a local pool party this Saturday? It could happen. The late night water resort party (celebrities may attend, but it's not guaranteed) is just one small part of HorrorHound Weekend, the area's largest horror movie festival. Besides Malcolm McDowell, practically the entire cast of 'Re-Animator' reunites, including Jeffrey Combs, Dr. Herbert West himself.
This Saturday, the area's largest green homes event offers workshops on solar energy for homes, greening older homes and working toward more sustainable lifestyles. The event includes a keynote presentation by Randy Florke, author of 'Recycle, Restore, Repurpose: Create A Beautiful Home' and a tour of local homes that were built or retrofitted to be energy efficient and easier on Mother Earth.
The Haunted Halloween Trail returns this year courtesy of Kenton County Parks & Recreation. Follow the lit jack-o-lanterns to the trail's beginning and run like hell until you reach the shocking conclusion. Expect mild scares that are suitable for young kids. A hayride takes you back to your car from the end. Saturday at Middleton Mills Park in Covington.
The city's most deranged janitor is back with new terrors and a devilish new detention hall. The Dent Schoolhouse has earned its title as one of the area's premier haunted attractions by amping up the scares with movie-quality sets and skilled actors, including the legendary Damien Reaper. It's been voted one of Haunted Attraction Magazine's 25 Must See Haunts. More than a dozen new scenes were added this year.
All things German are celebrated in one of our fair city's defining festivals Saturday and Sunday. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has been a tradition since 1966 and and offers delights such as great local microbrews, food and drink of the Motherland, dancing and a gaggle of games. Local "ultimate fighter" Rich Franklin leads the World's Largest Chicken Dance at noon Sunday.
The folks who created the Newport Gangster and Queen City Underground tours have a new installment that brings the city's strategic role in the Civil War to life. Most locals know about Cincinnati's role as an industrial powerhouse during the war, but it's a rare treat to hear tales of our courageous black regiments and the tens of thousands of troops stationed on the hillsides who turned back a Confederate invasion without firing a shot. Tours are held Saturdays through Sept. 25.
May is Bike Month! This week you can embrace bicycle commuting and share the road with cars and busses. Queen City Bike has worked with others in the bicycle community to organize bike commuter stations around town which will be open from 7-9 a.m. May 17-21. The stations will include free air, chain lube, coffee and goodie bags that will be available as long as supplies last.
The come-as-you-are event welcomes the public in to watch Cincinnati Ballet dancers rehearse. Visitors can also snack on hors d'oeuvres and mingle over drinks. The event is free but by reservation only. If spots are filled up, you can request to be put on a waiting list. "Ballet & Beer" is held on Thursdays one week before opening night.
The Shrine Circus brings its particular brand of American kitsch that includes tightrope walkers, motorcycle stunts and trapezists. It’s a favorite among children and families, delivering on promises of elephant rides, face painting and neon glow-in-the-dark swords. Friday-Sunday at the Cincinnati Gardens.