by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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Two annual festivals
descend on the Ohio River this weekend: Paddlefest and RoeblingFest. The 13th
annual Ohio River Paddlefest takes over Coney Island — and the nearby river —
Friday through Sunday, bringing hundreds of canoes, kayaks, boats and lovers of
the outdoors. The weekend kicks off with the ninth annual Kids Outdoor
Adventure Expo on Friday (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The Paddlefest Outdoor Expo and Roots on the River Music Festival runs 10
a.m.-midnight Saturday and the main event is Sunday, where more than 1400
human-powered boats will take the trip from Coney to the Public Landing
downtown. Go here for daily event lineups.
is in its 10th year of celebrating the John A. Roebling Bridge, which connects
downtown Cincinnati with Covington, Ky. The festival first and foremost
highlights the bridge’s historic relevance, and guests can take guided tours of
the bridge and surrounding murals, landmarks and statues as well as browse
informational displays with photos and artifacts from area museums and
organizations. There will also be art for sale, children’s activities, food
from local restaurants and live music, all from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The fun takes place on Court Street between Third and Fourth streets and Park
Place between Scott and Greenup streets. Find more info here.
Indie Summer is in full swing. This week’s acts include Those Darlins, The
Harlequins, The Frankl Project and Those Crosstown Rivals. Music starts at 7
p.m. Friday on Fountain Square. If you don’t have your MPMF wristbands yet,
purchase those on the square and get access to all these killer acts.
Summer Solstice is
Saturday, and the Cincinnati Observatory is offering a unique way to ring in
the season. Visitors can enjoy wine, snacks and a killer view during Celestial
Sips 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Shannon Depenbrock of D.E.P.’s Fine Wines will
sample four organic, biodynamic wines (which means the grapes are planted and
harvested according to the moon’s phases) and, pending clear skies, guests can
view Saturn’s rings through America’s first telescope. Tickets are $60 and
space is limited; call 513-321-5186 or go here
Cincinnati Opera’s season
opener Carmen continues through this
weekend. Performances are Friday and Sunday. Get tickets and full summer
opera season information here.
The U.S. takes on Portugal in
their second World Cup game this Sunday. Fans can join Cincinnati Saints, the
city’s pro soccer team, at Fountain Square
to watch the game on the jumbo screen, listen to music and enjoy food and beer
from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Read this week’s cover
story on the Cup here.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
by Jac Kern
at 11:44 AM | Permalink
The Ohio River
will be a-buzz this weekend when thousands of locals on canoe and kayak come
through for Paddlefest. Celebrate the mighty river Friday at the Ohio River Music & Outdoor
Festival. Enjoy live roots music, boating demos, a kayak fishing tournament,
gear swap and much more river-y goodness. The free fest takes over Coney Island
until 11:30 p.m. The main event begins early Saturday morning, with day-of race
registration from 6:30-9 a.m. Racing events include a 14-mile pro race, an
11-mile amateur race and a 5-mile stand up paddleboard race. Not into paddling?
Come to watch the river fill with boats then grab some food and listen to music
by Lagniappe at the Finish Line Festival until 2:30 p.m.
Cincinnati means food-filled cultural festivals almost every week. Next up: Panegyri
Greek Festival in Finneytown! St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church’s annual
celebration features delicious, authentic food, Greek dancing lessons, cooking
demos, shopping and more. Taste your way through Greece with spanakopita,
gyros, salads, baklava and the best Greek gift to Cincinnati of them all:
Skyline Chili. Admission is $2 and the festival is open Friday-Sunday. Go here for directions. Opa!
Northside Art in
fills Jacob Hoffner Park with fine art, gifts and crafty goods from 11 a.m.-7
p.m. Saturday. This is the ever-eclectic Northside we’re talking about, so
don’t expect your grandma’s art sale here. More than 50 vendors will be hawking
funky handmade jewelry, quirky ceramics and incredible art for your home. Stop
by the Taco Azul food truck, on-site for lunch or dinner and bring the kids for fun
activities, a hoola hoop workshop, face-painting and more.
You may not know
civil engineer John Augustus Roebling, but if you’ve ever crossed the
suspension bridge, you’re definitely familiar with his work. Roebling went down
in history for designing wire rope suspension bridges like the one that
connects Cincy to northern Kentucky and some little New York bridge.
Celebrate the famous bridge designer, local architecture and all the Queen City
has to offer Saturday at RoeblingFest. From 11 a.m.-11 p.m. the bridge will host a giant bash with food and drink
vendors, live music and performers, raffles, exhibits and more. Learn about
local architecture and public art with guided historic tours and on-site museum
exhibits throughout the day. The event ends with fireworks on the river.
You don’t need to
go to a sketchy Brooklyn neighborhood
for a killer warehouse party — at least
not this weekend. Local arts organization parProjects (which introduced many to
the new American Can Lofts space with 2011’s Factory Square Fine Arts Festival)
presents Symphonic Stylings at The Electric Warehouse Saturday.
The new creative space (located in Northside’s Bertke Electric Buildings) will
come alive with interactive art installations, fashion and music. Washington
D.C.'s ARTAYA and local shops NVISION and Sloane Boutique will present a
fabulous fashion show set to the tunes of concert:nova and the Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra. The warehouse will also feature work by artists Susan Byrnes, Rob
Wolpert and Billy Colbert along with plenty of libations. Support parProjects
with and get down beginning at 8 p.m. VIP tickets grant early admission, a
drink and dinner by the bite. Stick around after the show or come late for a
dance party 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. with DJ Pillo.
Cincinnati is a local chapter of a global grassroots movement seeking to
promote good, clean and fair
food in the area. If you support the idea of eating food that is delicious and nutritious,
beneficial to the environment and good for the people who grow and produce it,
join the group for a Slow Food Dinner at Local 127 Sunday. The downtown restaurant’s
Chef and Master Sommelier, Steven Geddes, will prepare a sustainable,
locally-sourced meal with wine optional pairings to be served at 6 p.m. Come
early to watch him butcher a whole hog at 1 p.m. It’s not as odd as it may
sound — it’s good to know where our food comes from! Reserve your spot by
calling Local 127 at 513-721-1345.