by Jac Kern
The annual event, which turns 21 this year, celebrates Over-the-Rhine,
Cincinnati’s brewing history and the coming of Spring. And goats. But mostly,
beer! Bockfest weekend kicks off Friday with the parade, stepping off at 6 p.m. at Cincinnati’s
oldest bar, Arnold’s, and continuing north on Main Street to Bockfest Hall (1619
Moore St., Over-the-Rhine) for a ceremonial beer blessing.
Bockfest Hall will
fill with beer, food and live music all weekend long, offering brewery tours,
the Sausage Queen finals and traditional German performances throughout the
fest. Find a full event lineup here.
As usual, several bars
around Downtown and Over-the-Rhine also participate in the festivities with
plenty of local Bock beer.
annual showcase of edible artwork opens Friday. The Art of Food brings chefs and artists together for the seventh
year to prove you can wear your cake and eat it, too — that’s the saying,
right? Tonight’s opening features around 30 artists, more than 20 chefs and a
“Let Them Eat Cake (on the Cakewalk)” fashion show of beautiful and tasty
ensembles. Online tickets have sold out, but those in attendance are really in
for a treat (lots and lots of treats, actually). Read our cover story
for a look into the making of The Art of
Last year brought
us Night Owl Market, a
much-needed destination for late-night grub, shopping and music at the Central
parking lot at 107 Main Street. At Cincy NOM, local vendors and food trucks set
up shop near tons of popular bars until 3 a.m.! The Night Owl Market opens for
2013 in conjunction with Bockfest Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. When
your belly’s full of bock, swing by for some tasty noms from Café de Wheels,
C’est Cheese, Kaimelsky’s, SugarSnap! and more.
Saturday brings another
Macy’s Arts Sampler, a great opportunity to check out what all the local arts
organizations are up to. March’s sampler is focused in Washington Park and the
surrounding area in Over-the-Rhine (though there are a handful of participating
venues across the city). Free events include a Hip Hop dance class at Elementz,
a showcase of stage fight choreography at SCPA, performances from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Ballet, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Opera
and much more. Find a full lineup of events here.
For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our To Do page, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
by Jac Kern
Halloween is no
longer a one-night event just for kids. Like many holidays, Halloween’s reach
goes beyond Oct. 31 (I’m pretty sure I saw costumes descend into stores
mid-August), giving us grownups a chance to dress up and act out. This
(Hallo)weekend features events that celebrate all the weird, wonderful and
freaky aspects of our favorite holiday.
If staged dance
performances weren’t what you had in mind, think again. While not necessarily
Halloween-related, Cincinnati Ballet’s ALICE
(in Wonderland) will take audiences on a whimsical journey down the rabbit
hole Friday-Sunday. In addition to talented dancers and music by the Cincinnati
the costume and set designs are truly freaky-fabulous.
For a darker dance
experience, check out Exhale Dance Tribe’s one-night engagement, Dead
Can Dance. The troupe has transformed Emery Theatre into a haunted
house, where dancers will lead spectators from room to room, creating an
interactive, spooky show Saturday night. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
After a month of bringing
photography to the forefront of the Cincinnati art scene, FotoFocus will close
with Saturday’s Carnevil. The event boasts a full bill of entertainment from
live music and DJs to improv and burlesque to fortune-tellers. Guests are
encouraged to explore the venue, Newport’s Thompson House — which is said to be
haunted — and hunt for spirits from Southgate’s past. Find tickets and event
than three identical mute men, covered in paint? Blue Man Group wraps up its local run with performances at the
Aronoff Center Friday-Sunday. The show is an energetic spectacle that theater critic
Rick Pender describes as “a strange and wonderful communal experience.” Go here to read
our full review.
Judging by the
number of Halloween bar and club events, alcohol is the “candy” of choice for
many adult trick-or-treaters. So it looks like Arnold’s picked the perfect
weekend for The Bourbon Ball. The bar will be stocked with more than 30 top
shelf selections, offering specials on Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and other
bourbon classics as well as bourbon-infused bites like Bourbon Bacon Strips and
Bourbon Sauce Pork. The free event will also have swag bags and live music all
means Night Owl Market
is back, bringing food trucks and vendors together at the parking lot at Main
Street and Central Parkway. In addition to late night eats, NOMers can
participate in a costume contest and a flash mob-style “Thriller” dance with
Pones Inc. The free fun runs 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.
One thing that’s
definitely scarier than any haunted house or paranormal activity hotspot is
breed discrimination. Show some love to dogs that prove no breed is born “vicious”
at Bark Bash:
Celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
From pit bulls to puggles, all are welcome to romp around Voice of America Park
Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be raffles, vendors, kids activities and
appearances from the Ben-Gals and Cincinnati Rollergirls.
Few experiences are more
picturesque than spending a fall afternoon perusing Findlay Market. This Sunday
the market presents its annual Fall Food Festival, featuring a pie baking
contest, cider mulling demo, live music, food tour and more. Come hungry
between noon and 4 p.m. Find details here.
Check out ScaryBeat
for a full rundown of costume parties, bar events, haunted houses and more
happening this weekend through Oct. 31.
by Jac Kern
Odds are if you’re
reading this, you already know all about the 11th annual music
festival descending upon OTR and Downtown Cincinnati this weekend. MidPoint
Music Festival runs tonight through Saturday, bringing more than 100 local,
regional and national musicians to the city. If you still haven’t gotten
tickets, planned your schedule and read interviews with artists, find all that
good stuff here.
There’s more to
MPMF than hopping from venue to venue and discovering your new favorite band
(though that is an awesome aspect). The MidPoint Midway, which takes over
Twelfth Street between Vine and Walnut, is not only the box office location
(where you can still purchase three- or one-day tickets) but also features the
returning Box Truck Carnival, poster expo, photo booth, food court and more.
Here, MPMFers can enjoy box truck gallery exhibits, improv shows, an arcade
and more interactive activities between concerts each day.
Just down the
street at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the Midland Film
Institute presents the first MidPoint Film Festival, featuring local,
independent and cult films (ahem, Human
Centipede double feature). It’s a great sign that MPMF has
expanded beyond music to incorporate art, film, theater and more entertainment
— there’s quite literally something for everyone, from children to hip kids to
old timers. Read more about the carnival and film fest here.
When you’re all
MPMF-ed out, there’s even more happening around town.
Amid the MidPoint
action, Night Owl Market returns to the parking lot at Main Street and Central
Parkway. Grub out on goodies from local food trucks like SugarSnap!, New
Orleans To Go and C’est Cheese from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Vendors
will also be on hand hawking goods each night.
Remember our cover
story on the area steampunk trend? The antiqued-futuristic creatives who
brought the Steampunk Symposium to Cincinnati present Pandoracon Friday-Sunday.
Whether you’re into comics, sci-fi, anime, cosplay or anything in between,
there’s a nerd in all of us that wants to come out and play at Pandoracon. Meet
fantasy artists and authors, geek out in the game room, dress in costume, watch
sideshow circus acts and stop by what are sure to be some of the craziest hotel
parties — all at Blue Ash’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. There are tons of events all
weekend long, so go here for more info and tickets.
This weekend is
locals’ last chance to celebrate Oktoberfest this year with Newport on the
Levee’s festival running Friday-Sunday. Enjoy live music, traditional dancers
and all the beer and schnitzel you can stomach. Find a full rundown of events and menus here.
From UC students
and grads to retired hippies to skater kids, Clifton has been home to many of
us at one point or another, and the neighborhood holds special memories for
most who have visited. Make more during A Weekend in Clifton, a celebration of Ludlow Avenue and its surroundings. The street will be closed
from 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday to accommodate Cliftonfest — featuring vendors, live
music and artists — and the 10th annual StreetScapes street-painting
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Labor Day weekend
is upon us, and even though the weather may stay hot through October, it
represents our kiss goodbye to summer. Fire up the grill, bust out the
margaritas and find your prime spot to watch Sunday’s WEBN fireworks
because no matter which side of the river you’re cheering from, there are tons
of events to cram in this long weekend.
Washington Park sometime Friday-Sunday to check out the AVP Cincinnati Open. Pro beach volleyball
players straight from the London Olympics compete daily to qualify for the 2012
AVP Championships in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tickets run $15-20.
The MidPoint Indie
Summer Series wraps up Friday night with Wussy, R. Ring and The Guitars playing
Fountain Square, 7-11 p.m. We’re officially four weeks away from the main
event: MPMF Sept. 27-29. Do you have your wristband yet? You should get on
Enjoy Friday’s blue
with a group ride organized by The Urban Basin Bicycle Club. Meet at outside Know Theater by 8:30 p.m. and enjoy a short, flat ride around
Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. Deck yourself and your ride out with battery-powered lights,
sparkles and other shiny materials to keep this ride fun and safe for everyone.
Final Friday means
OTR’s galleries, bars, restaurants and shops will be a-buzz all night. After
you’ve gotten your arts and drinks fix, be sure to check out the Night Owl
Market at the
parking lot at Main Street and Central Parkway. Food vendors
will be serving up tasty goodness from 10 p.m.-3 a.m., in addition to shopping and more
late-night fun. Read more about the new monthly market here.
Has it been a
while since you made the voyage north to Harveysburg for the Ohio Renaissance
Festival? The epic old-timey fair returns this weekend,
and it’s way more than what you probably remembered as a kid. The 30-acre, re-created
16th century English village is chock-full of jousting, mud fights and
fire-breathers, games, rides and shopping, plus more food and booze than you can
shake a giant turkey leg at! The fest is open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday
and weekends through Oct. 21. Huzzah!
many find the Ren Fest to be a romantic outing,
maybe you're looking for a different suggestion for date night. Fountain Square hosts the
Guinness Oyster Fest Saturday. What, oyster speed-eating contests don’t rev your engine? Well, the
slippery mollusks are known to be an aphrodisiac.
So chow down on raw and cooked oyster dishes from area restaurants and enjoy
plenty of Guinness and live music from 5-10 p.m.
The lovely little
town of Rabbit Hash in Burlington celebrates its 33rd
annual Old Timer’s Day Saturday. The “center of the universe”
promises a day of live music, yummy
grub, a “barnival” for kids and endless river views. Leave the coolers at home
— the General Store is stocked with all the snacks, pop and beer you’ll need (plus
countless rustic knick knacks you’ll want to take home). Visit the mayor (Lucy
Lou, a border collie) and walk through the picturesque community 11 a.m.-11
Night Owl Market is a lively addition to OTR nightlife
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NOM is a unique event in that it serves
multiple purposes for late-night visitors — it’s a great place for bar
hoppers to stop for some munchies and music, or to keep up the pace
after the bars close. But it’s also a fun, booze-free alternative for