CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top 9 picks!
1. The Warren and Butler County Fair
Nothing says summer like some good old-fashioned fun at the fair. So whether you're feeling nostalgic for your 4-H days or just a city-dweller looking to get in touch with your Americana roots, you're in luck: Fair season is in full swing in Ohio. Cheer on your favorite 4-H-er, show off your country side with a slice of the best pie in the county, feel the excitement of demolition derbies and tractor pulls or snuggle up with some cute animals at the petting zoo.
Get details on the Warren and Butler County Fair here: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-28160-event_the_warren_county_and_butler_county_fair.html.
Celebrate all things German this weekend at the annual Schutzenfest which is presented by the Kolping Society of Cincinnati. This weekend's festival, located at 10235 Mills Road in Springfield Township, is a family-friendly event that will have live music, German-American food, entertainment for children, domestic and imported beers, and more.
Find out more here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/kolping-society-of-cincinnati-presents-schutzenfest.
3. Bastille Day in Montgomery
Celebrate Mongtomery's sister city relationship with Neuilly-Plaisance, France, which has been built over 24 years of friendly exchange, with a special Bastille Day celebration. The day will feature two stages of entertainment, featuring live music from Off the Hook, The Mistics, Ridge Runners and the Sycamore Community Band, in addition to food vendors, wine, beer, games and more.
4. Sawyer Point's 25th Rockin' Birthday Bash
Believe it or not, Sawyer Point is turning 25 this weekend and to celebrate organizers have put together a full day of live 80s and 90s music, including a performance by headlining band Firehouse.
In addition to music, there will be plenty of food and drink vendors, as well as a Kids' Zone to keep the little ones entertained. You can also expect to see henna tattoo artists, cartoonists, vintage T-shirt sales and handcrafted jewelry at the event.
Get details on times and admission here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/sawyer-point-25th-rockin-birthday-bash.
5. Cincinnati Opera presents "Aida"
Cincinnati Opera winds up their season with Verdi's grand opera "Aida," featuring a stellar cast headed by American soprano Latonia Moore whose last-minute Metropolitan Opera debut last year as the doomed Ethiopian princess was textbook "A Star Is Born."
Aida loves the Egyptian general Radames (tenor Antonello Polombi) — unfortunately, so does the princess Amneris, sung by formidable mezzo Michelle DeYoung.
This show is not to be missed. Find out more here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cincinnati-opera-presents-aida.
Philly native Jeffrey McNeill is one of the few Rap artists who can legitimately promise listeners and those who attend his concerts something they haven't seen or heard before.
This Friday, Thee Phantom and an Illharmonic featuring local players headlines Over-the-Rhine's Washington Park for its free, weekly "Friday Flow" concert.
For more info on Thee Phantom and this week's show, visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/music-friday-flow-with-thee-phantom.
7. Think you can type fast?
Then join in on the Cincy Typing Challenge this Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Participants can prove themselves as the fastest typist in three categories: typewriter, keyboard and texting.
Cash prizes are awarded. Find out more here http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/Cincy-Typing-Challenge-will-test-typists-and-texters-feature-high-tech-TREWGrip-keyboard.
8. Crazy Cardboard Regatta
If you think building a boat out of cardboard sounds crazy, then you don't want to miss this weekend's Crazy Cardboard Regatta.
The annual event challenges teams to build boats out of cardboard for a race at the Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester.
There will be an awards ceremony, music, food and drinks. Find out more here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/crazy-cardboard-regatta.
9. Comedian JR Brow comes to town
After some 20 years doing stand-up, JR Brow has amassed quite a collection of jokes, characters and songs. The mix has developed into a unique blend of comedy with a little music thrown in.
The songs are unique in that they're not particularly silly, nor are they parodies. For example, he'll give the audience a sense of what it would be like if Cheech and Chong covered "Hotel California." He also demonstrates how recognizable just the first two notes of "Sweet Home Alabama" are.
Find out more on his show here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-jr-brow-at-go-bananas.
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