Cincinnati events: Top 9 things to do weekend of (Aug. 8-11, 2013)

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks!

1. Hamilton County Fair

Produced by the Hamilton County Agricultural Society, the 158th Hamilton County Fair features a variety of events from demolition derbies to cooking contests to an exotic animal petting zoo. Fairgoers will enjoy live entertainment, classic midway rides and a cow-milking demonstration for curious city folk.

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2. Taste of OTR

Celebrate the spirit of Over-the-Rhine and give back to the community at the inaugural Taste of OTR.

Organized by Tender Mercies — a nonprofit that provides security, dignity and community via transitional and permanent housing for homeless adults with mental illness — the event features food from a huge array of OTR restaurants and vendors along with live music and entertainment in a day-long festival.

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3.  MainStrasse Village Classic Car Show

For the 11th year, classic cars, hot rods and kustom cars (modified 1930s-1960s vehicles) will take over the streets of MainStrasse for a day of oohing, ahhing and exhibiting.

Many top prizes are offered: 40 for pre-1980s vehicles, 20 for post-1980s and 10 “Best Of” awards

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4. Great Inland Seafood Festival

While the words “inland” and “seafood” may seem mutually exclusive, Newport’s 26th annual Great Inland Seafood Festival is out to once again convince festivalgoers otherwise. There will be more than 15 local and national food vendors selling the freshest seafood, from shrimp and crawfish to oysters and salmon, even whole, live Maine lobsters for just $10.95.

Don't miss out! Find out more here:

5. Take a trip back to the 1940s

If a traditional trip to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal isn’t enough of a step back in time for you, head there this weekend for a 1940s weekend.

The museum will relive Union Terminal’s heyday — when it was transporting up to 34,000 people daily — with two days of living history.

Visit for details.

6. LEGO My Music Hall

Let 60,000 LEGOs take you back in time for a bird’s-eye view of Cincinnati’s Music Hall as it stood more than 100 years ago. A miniature model of one of the Queen City’s most beloved buildings is on display inside present-day Music Hall, built entirely out of the plastic building blocks.

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7. It’s Commonly Jazz free concert series

The It’s Commonly Jazz free concert series has one of the hottest young names in Jazz Thursday: the Etienne Charles Quintet. Charles is a Trinidad-born trumpeter who has been winning accolades from The New York Times, JazzTimes and DownBeat.

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8. Covington’s Carnegie presents "Chicago"

Maybe you’ve seen the 2002 film of this classic show, but "Chicago" is even more brassy and sassy onstage. Find out for yourself as Covington’s Carnegie opens its production of the sexy Jazz Age story about murder and mayhem in 1920s Chicago.

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9. Comedian Rich Guzzi at the Funny Bone

Though comic Rich Guzzi still does some traditional stand-up for his “The Rich Guzzi Comedy Hypnosis Show,” the bulk of his show is audience volunteer hypnosis and something Guzzi describes as a self-help element.

His show is a night of comedy and motivational speaking in one. He performs through Sunday at the Funny Bone. Find out more here:

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