Top 9 things to do in Greater Cincinnati this weekend (July 25-28, 2013)

CINCINNATI - 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. Macy's Music Festival

Macy's Music Festival — still often referred to locally as "Jazz Fest" as a nod to the fest's roots — returns to downtown's Paul Brown Stadium Friday and Saturday.

The festival is a Cincinnati tradition regardless of what music is featured, but this year's Macy's Music Fest has one of the best lineups in recent memory. Here are some of this weekend's performers: Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott, Morris Day, R. Kelly, Leela James and more.

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2. "Ultimate Dinosaurs" makes a stop in Cincy

The Cincinnati Museum Center's "Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana" exhibit invites you to forget about the dinosaurs you've known and prepare for a whole new breed of beast — unusual looking dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.

Go back in time and wander among history's most bizarre dinosaurs and unearth their evolution through augmented reality exhibits.

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3. 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.

The Butler County Fair runs through this weekend. Get details here:

4. 53rd Annual Flying Circus Airshow

Summer spirits soar at the Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club's 53rd Annual Flying Circus Airshow. The two-day Model Aeronautics Extravaganza features more than 175 model aircrafts of all kinds including helicopters, jets and a rocket-powered Space Shuttle.

Sponge Bob, Harry Potter and more also take flight as part of the family-friendly fun. Visit for details.

5. Dive-In Movies at Kings Island

Come find Nemo as the Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island makes a big splash after hours this summer with its final Dive-In Movie starring everyone's favorite clownfish. Float around the wave pool with your family as you watch Finding Nemo on two big screens.

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6. Volksfest

Norwood's Listermann Brewing Company introduces a new beer and brewing festival, Volksfest, in concert with the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. "Volk" is the German word for "people," and Cincy area brewers have come together to show how much their customers mean to them.

Breweries involved include Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Moerlein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Mad Tree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit and Listermann.

Visit for details.

7. Comedian Alex Ortiz in town

While comedian Alex Ortiz enjoys performing at colleges, he likes getting back to traditional comedy clubs. It's his life experiences from which Ortiz draws most of his humor. "In general life is funny. I was married for 18 years so I've got plenty of material there."

He performs at the Funny Bone in Newport this weekend. Get show information here:

8. Let It Grow

The Krohn Conservatory presents a summer exhibit that showcases four new sustainable food production techniques. The show highlights the processes of aquaponics (cultivating plants in water with fish), aeroponics (growing plants in air without soil), hydroponics (growing plants in a mineral nutrient water solution) and vertical gardening (growing plants up instead of out), as well as a series of "how-to" lectures from local experts.

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9. Vintage Village and Arts Bazaar

This marketplace of antiques, furniture, home goods, tools, jewelry, clothing and more will feature more than 30 vendors and local artists. Now in its fifth year, the Village Vintage and Arts Bazaar (formerly Fourth Sunday Mainstrasse Antiques) is free to the public and features re-purposed items as well as vintage collectibles.

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