by Jac Kern
69 days ago
Posted In: Events
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MPMF Weekend is
upon us! Two nights of music still lie ahead, plus free events for all ages on
the MidPoint MidWay. Parents can bring the little ones to KidPoint on the
Midway from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, where family-friendly fun awaits — activities
in the ArtWorks box trucks, street performers, interactive presentations from Cincinnati
Ballet’s CBII (Second Company), local food vendors and, of course,
live music. MidPoint shows start at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday
and continue late-night all weekend at Washington Park, Grammer’s, Taft
Theater, the Contemporary Arts Center and tons of other venues around Downtown
and Over-the-Rhine. Check out the official guide with schedules, maps and more
The idea of “flea
markets” has evolved in recent years from bazaars with folks hawking a hodgepodge of chintzy items to curated marketplaces full of local, handmade goods. The final Oakley
of the season is Saturday at 3047 Madison Road, near Oakley Pub. From 10 a.m.-4
p.m., shoppers can browse jewelry, housewares, artwork and more Cincy-centric stuff.
celebrates the quirky and colorful Ludlow Avenue — and that description will
become literal as the street is transformed with sidewalk chalk art. Friday
through Sunday, artists will create “art carpets” on the street’s edges that
will last for months. The fest also features artisan vendors, live music and a
pet parade (Sunday). The free event runs 7-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
“premier urban art fair” Art Off Pike brings more than 80 artists to Covington this
weekend to exhibit and sell their works. In addition to lots of artist booths,
there will be demos and workshops, graffiti kiosks, live music, film
screenings and local beers, bourbons and wines — all from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday on Seventh Street between Madison and Washington avenues.
between Kentucky and Ohio this Sunday may be alarmed to see more than 100 people
in the river below. Worry not — they’re swimming by choice! The Great Ohio
River Swim race kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday
and is just one event in association with Great Outdoor Weekend, an annual
showcase of Cincinnati’s plethora of nature-oriented events and organizations.
More than 150 events across the Tri-state are scheduled for the GOW Saturday
and Sunday at area parks, farms, nature preserves and other venues. Find a full lineup here.
For more art openings, theater shows and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks and full calendar.
by Stefanie Kremer
Posted In: Events
at 01:43 PM | Permalink
It's no coincidence that Sept. 22 marks both the beginning of fall and the first day of the ninth annual Great Outdoor Weekend in Cincinnati. The best time to enjoy the outdoors is autumn — when there's crunching leaves beneath your feet and a cool gust of wind at your back. An initiative of Green Umbrella, the Great Outdoor Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of Cincinnati parks celebrate nature with more than 120 free events that are open to the public. Whether you are taking your dog out for a stroll around the neighborhood, planning a hiking trip to a local park you don't often frequent, or taking a camping trip, there's no better time than this weekend to take an outdoor adventure. It was in the car ride home from the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford on a crisp morning that my mini autumn adventure hit me. My mom and I were discussing the 20+ miles of trails that the nature center offers, the deer and changing leaves we saw while hiking, and how good we felt after getting some exercise in the fresh air. Somewhere in between our excitement about what we just did, and dreaming about what we could do if we didn't have real life responsibilities, we decided we would explore a different park in Cincinnati each day for three days. The first day at the Cincinnati Nature Center inspired our outdoor adventure and our next stop confirmed it. Devou Park is most famous for it's picture-perfect view of Cincinnati. On any given day, you might see a professional and his camera atop the hill taking a photo of the skyline, a couple picnicking or perhaps a duo that was just wed. The park is definitely known for it's view, but did you know it has several miles of hiking and mountain biking trails too? It wasn't hard for me to get lost underneath the canopy of trees and forget that I was less than five miles from downtown Cincinnati. On the third day, a wander in the woods even led me to brush up on some history. Unexpected, but true. We visited the Johnson Nature Preserve which was built just outside downtown Montgomery after the 1999 tornado. In an attempt to preserve an urban forest after the destruction, the nature preserve is now a short nature trail, a place of biology study, and also a tribute to the tornado. This hike was the shortest one, but after getting so involved with the stories about the history of the area and the plans for the future, we ended up hiking it twice because we didn't want to miss anything. Does all of this outdoorsy talk have you searching for your old hiking boots yet? You're not the only one. Hundreds of people, rookies and seasoned outdoorsmen alike, are marking their calendars for the Great Outdoor Weekend. Before you set off into the wilderness, you could attend a seminar that will make you trail ready. Learn where to set camp, how to pack, and what to eat on your next trip by attending a Great Outdoors seminar and overnight with Roads Rivers and Trails. With great weather in the forecast, there's no reason not to dust off those boots, find a hiking stick, and go get wanderlust in some of Cincinnati's beautiful parks. For more information on the Great Outdoor Weekend, go here. The parks I explored are only a few of the many places to see in the area. So, go on, take a break from your normal routine and plan a day or two to get a little dirty in the woods this weekend.