Looking for something to do this weekend? WCPO has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks.
1. Queen City Sausage Festival
Few places are as proud of their German heritage as Cincinnati (other than perhaps Germany), and in order to let that dignity gleam as bright as it should, a three-day festival devoted to sausage is in order.
None other than the region’s best-selling independent sausage maker itself, Queen City Sausage, will offer up more than 27 delicious ways their meaty treats can be enjoyed in most any recipe.
There will also be live musical entertainment, rides and games for the kids, and a sausage eating contest for those who enjoy watching people suffer.
More sausage information, including times on each day of the Friday-Sunday festival at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-queen-city-sausage-festival .
2. Bunbury Music Festival
Cincinnati gets its own Lollapalooza this weekend, with the first annual Bunbury Music Festival. The festival features more than 100 bands perform on six stages over three days down at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.
A first of its kind, the festival doesn't just feature local music, but very well-known national acts, such as headliners Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and Jane's Addiction.
For a full guide on what bands are playing when, how to get around and ticket information, go to http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/a-guide-to-bunbury-2012--what-you-need-to-know-who-you-need-to-see .
3. World Choir Games wraps up
Speaking of music, it's the last two days to see the very unique World Choir Games this weekend. There are still plenty of free concerts you can attend on both Friday and Saturday, along with several competition concerts you can pay to see.
And while the very visual Closing Ceremonies are sold out, you can catch all the action that happens inside U.S. Bank Arena on 9 News' special wrap up of the World Choir Games, Saturday at 7 p.m.
For ticket info on the other remaining concerts and a list of the free events you can attend, go to wcpo.com/worldchoirgames .
4. Taste the World Food Tour
Keeping the international theme going, head down to Findlay Market for the Taste the World Food Tour. Satisfy your taste buds’ curiosity for foreign foods in just 90 minutes, experiencing the explosive tastes of six different Findlay Market merchants and hear a bit about their history and products.
This dining delight happens Friday for just $15, and for an additional $5 you can replenish your palate with a wine tasting of four varieties from around the world at Market Wines.
Get more international info at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-taste-the-world-food-tour .
5. Bastille Day Celebration in Montgomery
Since we are already thinking overseas, why not stop by downtown Montgomery this Saturday for their annual Bastille Day celebration.
The street party will transform downtown Montgomery with French flair, French flags and beret-wearing volunteers.
The celebration will also feature live music, historic walking tours, beer tasting, 16 food booths with Best Of awards, a kids area, a waiter's race and much more.
For more info on the event, or to educate yourself on what the heck Bastille Day is, visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/bastille-day-celebration .
6. Fly Your Own Freak Flag
With even more international flare right here in the Queen City is the Fly Your Own Freak Flag exhibit.
As part of this coming Northside Second Saturday, they will have a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Thunder-Sky gallery, exhibiting more than 70 flags by artists from as far away as Japan.
For more info on the exhibit and times it's open, go to http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/art-fly-your-own-freak-flag .
7. Yankee Doodle Dandy
Coming back to America now with a song: "Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony..."
Well, you know the rest. And so does the Majestic showboat, hosting George M!, a show about a man who cranked out more than 500 songs during his lifetime, specifically many American favorites like "Over There" and "You're A Grand Old Flag."
After coming down from that international cloud we've been floating on the past two weeks during the World Choir Games, get that American Spirit back from the 4th of July and attend this show.
Details and ticket info can be found at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/onstage-yankee-doodle-dandy .
8. The City Flea
Thinking even more locally here in the good ole' USA, Cincinnati's City Flea Market pops up again this Saturday afternoon in the newly-renovated and beautiful Washington Park.
From clothing, furniture, music, food or coffee, window shoppers and art enthusiasts will easily stumble upon hidden treasures in this eclectic corner of the city. Now in its second season, City Flea focuses on local vendors with items customers can’t find in any store across the country.
Or if you're not interested in the goods, just stroll around all that the new Washington Park has to offer.
Get more information on the Flea and the Park at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-the-city-flea .
9. Comedian Sheng Wang
For a laughter break from the summer heat, visit the Go Bananas Comedy Club in Montgomery to see comedian Sheng Wang.
Wang didn't plan on being a stand up comic until a professor at UC Berkeley turned him on to Mitch Hedberg.
Wang was a quick study after that, and now uses both quick punch lines like Mitch, but with more stage-time he's resorted to more story telling that lead up to those punch lines.
Check him out all this weekend. For details on tickets and times, go to http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/ comedy-sheng-wang.
Things to do anytime
Dine at Wunderbar
I lied, the international theme isn't done just yet. "Wunderbar" means "Wonderful" in German, and that's just what a new restaurant in Covington called just that is.
When stepping foot inside Wunderbar, the new German-themed restaurant and watering hole, be prepared for the Wurst. Their German sausages are the cornerstone for the four-month-old eatery: wholesome, authentic and in most cases house-made, freshly ground from locally sourced meats and free of fillers.
Some delicious examples of the unique wurst at Wunderbar are the spicy Feuerwurst, the Terragon Wurst, the Currywurst and the slightly sweet Apple-Honey Wurst.
So if the Queen City Sausage Festival tickled your fancy or it was just too crowded to grab a wiener, head in to this fine eatery for a full meal, a snack or just a fine-German drink, the way only Northern Kentucky can do it.
Read a full review of Wunderbar at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_dining/review-wunderbar .
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