Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 News has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks.
1. MidPoint Music Festival
More than 180 bands from around the world converging on downtown Cincinnati and OTR for a live music celebration will leave you with plenty do to this weekend. But fear not! We've got a guide of all the action, with full schedules and band lists, not to mention some handy-dandy recommendations of where you should be and who you should see.
The action started Thursday, and continues through Saturday night. There are various types of tickets available, including 1-day passes at $50, and cover fee per venue should you choose to attend just a few shows in a few spots. Get all the info you need at wcpo.com/mpmf.
2. Newport Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest season is almost over in the Tri-State, but you can get one last stein of that beer and one last mouthful of that sauerkraut at Newport on the Levee this weekend.
The Newport Oktoberfest says they will be the "most authentic Oktoberfest in the area," with live music, happy Bavarian dancing and maybe even a German-style wedding, all under huge fest tents sponsored by German breweries.
New this year is the Great American Beer Run, which canvasses four beer stops celebrating the Queen City's rich brewing history.
Get all the info you need at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-newport-oktoberfest.
As part of the fall festival season, come experience the best Clifton has to offer at Cliftonfest. There will be live music the entire weekend as well as many artists showing off their creations.
Highlights at the fest feature Art Cars and sidewalk chalk drawing. For more information and a complete list of events, go to http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-a-weekend-in-clifton-celebrating-streetscapes-and-cliftonfest.
4. Art After Dark
Are you a fan of wine? How about jazz? And maybe art too? Well come on down to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Mt. Adams for a combo of all three during Impressions of Venice.
A cash bar will dish out cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while the Chris Comer Trio performs contemporary jazz to set the backdrop of special exhibition.
Impressions of Venice will be open from 6-8 p.m on Friday and is free to attend. View more info at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/art-after-dark.
5. Laugh with the Woods
Like most comedians, Tony Woods had many day jobs before becoming a full-time stand-up. One such job was security guard. Woods' first assignment was at a bank where he was armed with only a Billy club.
Woods jokes about that predicament, among other odd jobs that he has experienced when he performs this weekend at Go Bananas. Information on his show times can be found at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/comedy-tony-woods.
6. Women: Prepare to Vote
You've heard the hubbub about the issues of women's rights in the 2012 election; the more priorities and concerns are discussed openly, the more efficacy women can possess as a voting bloc this November.
The YWCA hosts "What Women Want: 2012 Town Hall Meeting," a non-partisan, all-female interactive gathering intended to spark engaged, passionate conversation about the most important civic issues facing women voters, including health care, racial justice and the economic empowerment.
Get information on attending at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-what-women-want-2012-town-hall-meeting.
Cincinnati's brand new convention, Pandoracon, will appeal to the geek in all of us. Pandoracon is a Cincinnati-exclusive convention, and the celebration of comics, anime, science fiction and everything in between will take place this weekend at the Blue Ash Crowne Plaza Hotel, will feature guest artists, authors, live music, dance and a costume contest masquerade.
Get more info on this new Queen City "con" at http:// www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-pandoracon .
8. Dia de los Muertos
With all the hubbub of MPMF, why not add a little rock and roll to your art-going experience? MOTR Pub on Main Street (a MPMF venue, actually co-owned by festival producer Dan McCabe) will feature paintings and Dia de los Muertos masks by Robyn Nomadical Roth, opening this Final Friday.
The artist began painting calaveras (the sugar skulls associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday) in 2008, and has since painted more than 80 masks.
Opens this Friday. To get more info on the art, go to http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/art-motr-muerte-an-art-exhibit-of-dia-de-los-muertos-masks-and-paintings.
9. You Gotta Eat
Make time for that growling stomach at some point this weekend, and why not at one of Cincinnati's newer eateries. Check out the new and notable on the Cincinnati dining scene at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/whats-new-and-notable-on-the-cincinnati-dining-scene.
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