Top 9 things to do this weekend in the Tri-State (Sept. 19-22)

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. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Pick out your best lederhosen and brush up on your German as Zinzinnati hosts the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the entire country, including a chicken dance led by George Takei!

Patrons will take down hundreds of thousands of gallons of German bier while dining on hundreds of pounds of sauerkraut and 200 other über German dishes all weekend long.

The festival is so large, it’s second only to the original in Bavaria.

It takes place on Fifth Street from Vine Street to Sentinel downtown through Sunday.

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2. CityBeat Cool Issue/MPMF Launch Party

Thursday at Over-the-Rhine’s Kaze sushi restaurant/bar, CityBeat hosts a special, free party in honor of both this week’s fall-previewing Cool Issue and next week’s huge MidPoint Music Festival.

There you will be able to purchase tickets to the fest, sign up for a chance to win two free VIP MPMF tickets and hear some mostly acoustic performances by excellent local MidPoint performers.

You can also pick up copies of the official MidPoint guide that was inserted in last week’s issue of CityBeat.

It all starts at Kaze in Over-the-Rhine at 5 p.m.

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3. Weezer rocks out at The Shoe

Modern Pop/Rock heroes Weezer headlined the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival last year with a set full of hyper-catchy Rock & Roll anthems; they return to the area to help usher our the summer outdoor music season at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati downtown

Weezer’s appearance at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is one of the last performances of the new gaming center’s surprisingly strong inaugural summer concert series at its cozy outdoor venue, The Shoe.

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4. Carrie: The Musical

A musical version of Stephen King’s creepy novel Carrie about a bullied adolescent girl who unleashes telekinetic vengeance on her persecutors had a rocky Broadway premiere in 1988, when it closed after five performances and was dubbed one of the worst musicals of all time.

Cast members say they will be performing the 2012 revised version, which is more akin to a "rock musical" than the original 1980s version.

Hopefully this rendition won’t end in a rain of pig’s blood on the patrons as the Showbiz Players bring the classic tale to The Carnegie in Covington.

The show runs through Sept. 29.

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5. George Takei, Cincinnati Pops take listeners on voyage into 'The Final Frontier'

Need more George Takei? Boldly go to the The Final Frontier with the Cincinnati Pops, conductor John Morris Russell and narrator and sci-fi legend Takei as they perform epic scores from Star Wars and Star Trek along with other intergalactic orchestral masterpieces.

Cincinnati Observatory astronomer Dean Regas will also be on hand projecting large-scale images from NASA onto the big screen while the Pops plays.

Stick around after the performances for a stargazing lesson.

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6. The Kentucky 300 roars into Sparta

Get your campers in gear, your binoculars at the ready and keep your head on a swivel as The Kentucky 300 comes to The Kentucky Speedway.

The weekend-long event features NASCAR Nationwide racing as well as the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series ZLOOP 150.

There will also be all-day, family-fueled activities for racing enthusiasts. Campgrounds open noon Thursday in Sparta.

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7. Release your inner cowboy at Old West Fest

Live like John Wayne every weekend in September (and the beginning of October) as you travel back to the days of the Wild West.

The Old West Festival transforms some rambling acreage of the Ohio countryside into an authentic Dodge City Wild West town dating back to 1878 -- so don your best period attire and play along.

The live action retelling takes you back in history for some family-friendly fun featuring antique storefronts, period interpreters walking the streets to say

“howdy,” puppet shows and gunfight reenactments.

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8. Widespread Panic brings southern rock/jam to Taft Theatre

With more than 30 years on the road, Widespread Panic is bringing its experienced and funky performance to the Taft Theatre on Sunday.

Over the course of the next 25 years, 10 studio albums, nine legitimate live releases, more than a dozen video/DVD efforts and countless audience-taped concert recordings, Widespread Panic has become one of America’s most beloved and supremely talented Jam bands, adroitly combining Southern Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Prog into an exquisite sonic gumbo.

So get your groove on and head downtown to the Taft Theatre to catch the acclaimed act.

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9. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers

Get out your black and orange!

It’s time to send those Cheeseheads packing as the Cincinnati Bengals keep the home stand alive at Paul Brown Stadium to take on Green Bay.

After a deciding victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals are looking to solidify their pre-season pick as a serious Super Bowl contender.

Get on down to the riverfront for some tailgating and cheer on the team!

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