Top 9 things to do in Greater Cincinnati this weekend (Aug. 23-25, 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. Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha brings more than 100 beers plus Tom Arnold to city's riverfront

Not only can you get your drink on, you can get your laugh on, too, as America’s largest beer and comedy festival -- Brew Ha-Ha -- returns to Cincinnati.

With more than 100 beers at your disposal for as little as $1, the laughs are sure to follow suit as more than 50 comedians take the stage at Sawyer Point throughout the weekend.

The event runs 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. While the comedy is free, you’ll need a $5 beer wristband to booze it up.

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2. Taste of Blue Ash brings star power to family-friendly celebration

Whether it’s your dream to see Kenny Loggins, Rodney Atkins and The Pointer Sisters in concert, or you just want to satisfy your taste buds, the Taste of Blue Ash aims to please with its promise of fun for the whole family.

The free end of summer celebration runs from 6-11 p.m. Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Ash Towne Square.

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3. Cincinnati Reds come home to face Milwaukee Brewers as Wild Card race heats up

The Cincinnati Reds are continuing a home stand as the Wild Card race heats up and you can get some sweet gear to support your favorite team.

The Reds are offering four tickets for $48 and you get four hats too as the team takes on the Milwaukee Brewers.

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4. What's new at U Square at the Loop?

The new U Square development across from the University of Cincinnati is opening up just in time for a new pack of Bearcats to descend onto the campus.

The $80 million development features several bars and restaurants including a new Keystone Bar & Grill, a cocktail bar called The St. Clair, and a craft beer bar called The Brass Tap, among others.

The U Square covers two city blocks between McMillan and Calhoun streets.

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5. Germania Society celebrates 43rd annual Oktoberfest at Germania Park in Northgate

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is still weeks away, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to get your lederhosen out.

The 43rd annual Germania Society Oktoberfest, “Cincinnati’s original and most authentic Oktoberfest,” has all the gemütlichkeit -- social good cheer -- of the Munich version.

The event runs from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday at Germania Park. It is $3 to get in; and is free for children 12 and under.

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6. Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival to support childhood literacy

For four days, jazz takes center stage in the Queen City as Washington Park, the Seasongood Pavilion and various venues throughout Over-the-Rhine transform into a Global Jazz Village, all to support early childhood literacy.

Listen to live music from the likes of Diane Schuur, Kathy Wade, Phil DeGreg and The Samba Jazz Syndicate, Gregory Porter and more, all for a good cause.

The jazz festival starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. and on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park.

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7. Esquire theater hosts Wayne's World quote-a-thon

Wayne's World! Party time! Excellent!

If you get a wave of nostalgia or just a good chuckle from those catch phrases, then it's time to head to Clifton.

Akin to the audience-dominated Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings, the Wayne's World quote-athon welcomes die-hard and virgin fans to participate in a screening of Wayne’s World without the silent formality of a typical movie theater.

The fun starts at Friday at 10:30 p.m. at the Esquire theater. Seats are limited.

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8. Price Hill Cultural Heritage Festival celebrates historic community's diversity

Come experience and learn about the various cultures representing Price Hill during the annual Cultural Heritage Fest.

The event is kid-friendly, complete with face-painting, ring tossing and the raffling off of a brand new bike.

The festivities kick off with an Illuminating the Arts decorated bike tour and gallery walk along Price Avenue 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The free event can be found at St. Lawrence Corner near the intersection of St. Lawence and Warsaw avenues.

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9.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performs Shakespeare in the Park across Greater Cincinnati

Shakespeare’s plays were first presented 400 years ago in open-air theaters such London’s Globe and they'll once again be outdoors as the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes the bard's plays across the Queen City.

You’ll find concise evening productions of the humorous Midsummer Night’s Dream and the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet this week at Burnet Woods in Clifton, Colerain Park and Vinoklet Winery in Colerain, Keehner Park in West Chester, President’s Park in Edgewood and Uptown Park in Oxford.

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