by Jac Kern
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Cincinnati’s annual seasonal art celebration, Summerfair, returns for the 45th year at Coney Island
this weekend. The festival includes 300 crafters and fine artists from around
town, the country and Canada as well as performers and food vendors. Peruse photography, glass and wood works,
ceramics, fiber arts and more as you explore one of the longest running arts
and crafts fairs in the nation. Admission is $10 (parking included). Summerfair
runs, rain or shine, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Sunday. Tonight at Coney’s Moonlite gardens, Cincy Chic presents the
Little Black Dress party and fashion show. Summerfair’s artworks get a fierce
makeover at this event, which also features drinks and dancing from 7-11 p.m.
Tickets are $15.
Freestyle rap battle-meets-Draw Something: that’s how Ghost
Empire Collective describes its Art of War show tonight. In the largest GEC
event yet, seven artists from the collective will compete in a live art tournament.
An MC will randomly select a card with a word on it for each artist, who will
have 10 minutes to draw their subject (none of the artists have any idea what
mystery subjects appear on the cards). Once their time is up, the audience will
vote via applause for their favorites. The fun will continue until one artist
remains. The Art of War goes down at The Avenue Lounge in Covington. Admission
is free; the show begins at 10 p.m.
Bike month is over, y’all and there are some new
two-wheelers in town. The inaugural Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally celebrates
scooters (mods) and motorcyclists (rockers) with a group ride and celebration
Saturday. The ride kicks off at noon at Fuel Coffee in the East End, where scooters and bikes
will split up for two different scenic routes and eventually meet in Rabbit
Hash, then back north to Hoffner Park in Northside around 3 p.m. The rally at
the park (2-8 p.m.) will feature grub, live music, art, and lots of car-less
fun. Heat things up with a retro fashion show and pinup girl contest, hosted by
the Cincinnati Rollergirls. Afterwards, the group will migrate to The Comet
from 9-11 p.m. Find registration, a full route and schedule here.
You don’t have to brave the city’s core to have fun this
weekend, though. St. James Orthodox Christian Church in Loveland presents its
annual Mediterranean Food Festival through Sunday. Enjoy Middle Eastern music,
belly dancers, rides and games for kids and more authentic food you than can
throw a falafel at! Have your fill of kibbeh, grape leaves, shawarma, gyros and
more, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
Always clever with a theme, Dance_MF embraces June’s National
Safety Month status for its monthly event Saturday. Strap on your neon safety
suit and boogie down to Northside Tavern from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. You can dance if
you want to…This weekend is a great chance to check out some Fringe Festival performances. Go here for show reviews, schedules, ticket information and more.