Is there anything bigger this weekend than Oktoberfest Zinzinnati? It's three days of German food, beer and fun, from the Running of the Wieners to the ever-popular Chicken Dance, led this year by FC Cincinnati. Remember: It's in a new location this year, at Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm. Here’s everything you need to know before you go, plus tips for having a great time and food recommendations from WCPO contributor Julie Niesen Gosdin.
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5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Second and Third streets, Downtown, between Walnut and Elm streets. Free admission. www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com
Moerlein Lager House’s Uberdrome
Just can’t get enough Oktoberfest? Head down to Moerlein Lager House’s Uberdrome, a Munich-style biergarten set up under a giant tent on the adjacent Schmidlapp Event Lawn. Christian Moerlein beer will be flowing all weekend, and there also will be plenty of German food to eat, German bands and more entertainment. The after-party for the Hudy 14K will be held at the Uberdrome on Saturday, too.
4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Event lawn adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. Free admission. For more details, go to the event's Facebook page.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
The Cincinnati Pops kicks off its regular season with an electrifying concert of action and adventure movie music. The orchestra will perform favorite themes from "Star Trek," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Mission Impossible." Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos (best known for his roles on "Battlestar Galactica," "Blade Runner," and "Stand and Deliver") will narrate the performances.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. Tickets: $20-$99. www.cincinnatisymphony.org
Cincinnati Ballet will kick off its season with "Director's Cut," featuring works selected by artistic director and CEO Victoria Morgan in honor of her 20th anniversary season. This showcase features her all-time favorite pieces, as well as two world premieres.
8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $32-$108. www.cballet.org
Fifty Fest, Fifty West Brewing Co.’s annual celebration of beer, food and music, is even bigger and better this year. This year’s party will bring together more than 20 breweries, 10 bands and great food. Check out our guide to Fifty Fest.
Noon-midnight Saturday. Fifty West Brewing Co., 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont. $10 admission. fiftywestbrew.com
Bad Boy Reunion Tour
Diddy. The Lox. Lil Kim. Total. Faith Evans. 112. The Bad Boy Reunion Tour will bring them all to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday to perform their hip-hop and R&B greatest hits. Yes, this means we will get to hear "All About the Benjamins" live -- prepare to relive some of the best years of your life.
8 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St. $24.50-$125. usbankarena.com
A Jam For The Babies
The Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert comes to Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park on Saturday. The concert, which benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will feature music from Hocking River String Band, Hickory Robot and Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, as well as a performance for kids by Jennifer Ellis. There will be food from Dewey’s Pizza and craft beer from MadTree. (Note: In case there’s any question, the beer isn’t for the babies.)
3-9 p.m. Saturday. Seasongood Pavilion, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. Adults: $15 advance, $20 day of; kids 12 and under free. www.bluegrassforbabies.com
Taste of India
The Taste of India will feature food from Indian restaurants, a dance competition and vendors selling Indian clothing, jewelry, spices and other items. There also will be arts and crafts and games, as well as fireworks to wrap up the event.
Queen City Radio
The former mechanic shop turned beer garden and neighborhood bar is hosting its grand opening this Friday. Queen City Radio promises great sunset views with 11 local beers on tap and food provided by the Queen City Whip food truck.
4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. For more information go to the event's Facebook page.
Jason Segel at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Actor, comedian and novelist will sign his latest novel "Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby" at the Rookwood store on Friday. The event is free, but a purchase of Segel's book geared toward middle school students is required to attend.
7 p.m. Friday. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati. Free admission. Book: $14.54. www.josephbeth.com