Friday 12 August
Big sea festival inland
The Ohio River may not be a body of water normally associated with fresh seafood, but this weekend Newport’s Festival Park will be awash with delicious sea creatures of all stripes. The Great Inland Seafood Festival brings several vendors to the riverfront offering everything from half shell oysters and shrimp po’boys to shrimp buckets and seafood paella. Whole Maine lobsters are also available for $11.95. Complement your shellfish with beer and local live music throughout the weekend. Read CityBeat‘s list of all you can eat there. 5-11pm August 11 and 12; noon-11pm Aug 13; 12-9pm Aug 14th. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Dike, thingstodocincinnati.com.
fight club screening at Sawyer Point
The first rule for this fight club Demonstration at Sawyer Point is that you must be at least 21 years of age to attend. NightLight 513 projects this dark David Fincher classic on August 12 on the park’s P&G stage. In addition to the film, tickets to this adults-only event grant you access to local food trucks, Taft’s craft beer, and presale. DJ show. The film begins at sunset. 6:45 p.m. early admission; 7:30 p.m. general admission. $7.99 general admission; $10.99 early entry; $13 per day (if available). 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, nightlight513.com.
MidwestCon at the Cincinnati Academy of Art
MidwestCon is a self-proclaimed “immersive experience” taking place this weekend at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The event, co-hosted in part with Disrupt Art, promises “leading innovations in technology, DEFI, fintech and crypto with activations across the city,” according to their description. Experts from across the country will be on hand to discuss Web3, NFTs and the future of the metaverse as it relates to all aspects of arts, culture, fashion and entertainment. Speaking topics include “NFTs 101”, “CyberSecurity in the Digital Age” and “Women Who Disrupt Web3”. The weekend also includes a music and fashion presentation and a Non Fungible Awards ceremony. View the full schedule online. 12-14 August. $30-$175. 1212 Jackson St., Over the Rhine, midwestcon.disrupt.art.
Saturday 13 August
Western & Southern Open
tennis, anyone? The answer is better yes, as Cincinnati is once again gearing up to host the Western & Southern Open, taking place from August 13th to 21st. The star-studded tennis tournament features the “world’s top 41 men and 39 women, led by No. 1 players Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek,” according to a press release. Other players set to appear include both Venus and Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and previous tournament winners such as Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Garbiñe Muguruz and Karolina Pliskova for the WTA and Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic for the ATP . Men are competing for a $5 million prize while women are aiming for $2.8 million. The men’s and women’s singles finals will take place on August 21st. 13-21 August. Multi-day packages sell out, but day passes are available for $12 to $85. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, wsopen.com.
Fifty West Pool Run
Looking for a novel way to cool off after a summer run? Fifty West Brewing Company’s Pool Run 5K literally concludes at Ziegler Park Pool, where competitors are invited to cross the finish line by jumping in the water fully clothed. Runners can check in and leave any items they don’t want to get wet before heading out on their 3.2 mile run through OTR. A photographer will be stationed at the finish line to capture every splash. A pool party follows with Fifty West beer and pizza provided. Read CityBeat‘s story about the run. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 13. $40 registration. Ziegler Park Pool, 216 Woodward St., Over-the-Rhine, fivewestbrew.com.
The OFF market
Local producers, food artisans and artisans come to Summit Park for the OFF market. The monthly pop-up offers shoppers the opportunity to browse and shop from independent vendors while enjoying local food and beverages and all of Summit Park’s amenities.10am-4pm 13 Aug. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, theoffmarket.org.
Anniversary of the Northside Yacht Club
Northside Yacht Club is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a literal splash. The bar is hosting an all-day party featuring a special Rheingeist co-op brew, the only-day-long return of the infamous deep-fried chilli-cheese coneys — with a special food contest — and a celebrity dunk tank. The dunk tank will host famous locals like Blake “The Attorney” Maislin, Chef Christian Gill, WCPO’s Evan Millward and more to raise funds for Shelterhouse Cincinnati. The bar will also have a charity “shot and a slap stand” featuring the popular peanut butter tequila shot. 11 a.m. to August 13. Admission free. 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com.
George Remus: A New Musical at the Carnegie
The outrageous life of local smuggler George Remus is retold onstage in an original production. George Remus: A New Musical contains a jazz-age and ragtime score accompanying the story of the notorious man, a multi-millionaire with a reputation as the ‘King of Smugglers’, who shot and killed his wife in Eden Park while they were en route to divorce proceedings ( She was having an affair with an undercover Prohibition agent, and the duo stole Remus’ fortune.) Carnegie’s content guide for the show warns of “adult themes and language,” adding that it’s “not appropriate for young children.” Read CityBeat theater critic Rick Pender’s full story on the production. 13-28 August. $25-$32. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, thecarnegie.com.
Sunday 14 August
Family day out at Strickers Grove
Stricker’s Grove is a private, family-run, 25-acre vintage amusement park near Ross, Ohio. It is closed to the public most of the year except for Labor Day, July 4th, Customer Appreciation Day, and Family Day, which occurs that weekend. The nostalgic theme park is home to loads of games and classic rides, including a scrambler, a tilt-a-whirl and a rocking pirate ship, as well as the teddy bear roller coaster originally located on Coney Island. The park also offers miniature golf, games and more. Food and alcohol can be bought on site. 12.00-20.00 August 14. $18 (includes rides, mini-golf, free soft drinks); free under 2 years. 11490 Hamilton Cleve Road, Ross, facebook.com.
Second Sunday on the Main
Over-the-Rhine block party Second Sunday on Main is getting the New Orleans vibe going with this weekend’s Second Line Sunday event. The Nasti Nati Brass Band and the Q-KIDZ Dance Team will lead a traditional second-line parade down Main Street from 1:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to don beads, feathers and glitter and carry umbrellas. In addition to the procession, the event will feature live music, a pickleball demo space, MadTree Beer Garden, Revel OTR wine, local vendors and more. 12-5pm Aug 14th. Free admission. Main Street, Over-the-Rhine, secondssundayonmain.org.
Court Street Car Show
Head downtown to Court Street Plaza to check out some classic rides. This weekend’s auto show promises “a unique and eclectic gathering of auto enthusiasts.” There will also be live music. The monthly car show is hosted by Frisch’s. 11am-3pm 14 Aug. Free admission. Court Street Plaza, downtown, facebook.com.
Taste of India
The Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati commemorates the 75th anniversary of India’s independence with Taste of India. The grounds of the temple are occupied by stalls celebrating Indian culture. There will be clothing and jewelry vendors, games, rides, Indian dancers and plenty of food options offering everything from momos and pani puri to curries and Bengali sweets. 11am-7pm, 14 Aug. Greater Cincinnati Hindu Temple, 720 Barg Salt Run Road, Summerside, cincinnatitemple.com.
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