Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 18-21

Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 09:26:12-04

Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion

Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion is a longtime tradition in Cincinnati, featuring a job fair, parade and a celebration with good food, chess and bid whist games, arts, vendors and performers. And this year, performers include Cameo (6-8 p.m. Saturday), the funk band behind the hits “Word Up” and “Candy,” and gospel great Donnie McClurkin (5-8 p.m. Sunday). For the full schedule of events, go to

  • Heritage Breakfast / Opening Ceremony: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday. The Word of Deliverance Ministries for the World Inc., 693 Fresno Road, Forest Park. Free admission.
  • Job Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Free admission.
  • Black Family Reunion Community Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday. Begins at the Avondale Town Center, 3529 Reading Road. Free admission.
  • Black Family Reunion Celebration: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Free admission.
  • Sunday Morning Outdoor Service: 10 a.m. Sunday. Sawyer Point. Free admission. Hosted by Donnie McClurkin.

Western & Southern Open

It’s faced a bit of soggy weather, but the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament is getting close to the final rounds of play at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Quarterfinals are Friday, semifinals are Saturday and finals are Sunday, with daily matches determining the field. Several big names are still in the tournament, so there’s sure to be plenty to see. 

Through Sunday. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason. For round-by-round schedules and ticket pricing options, go to

Broken Spoke Festival

The inaugural Broken Spoke Festival, featuring local music, art, food trucks and bike racing events, kicks off Saturday at England-Idlewild Park in Burlington. The festival is the brainchild of Dave Huff, executive director of grassroots nonprofit Riding Forward, and is aimed at sharing Huff’s passion for biking with young adults in Northern Kentucky. Races include BMX dirt jump, BMX best trick, dual slalom, short track madness and a Tri-State 6HR race. Best of all: It’s free to attend.

Races start at noon Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. England-Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington. Free admission. To register and see full schedule, go to

Hearth and Home Dining Series 

Paul Weckman and Emily Wolff, owners of Otto's and Frida 602 in Covington, will share which books have shaped their culinary tastes at the Mercantile Library's latest installment of its "Hearth and Home" dining series. The Mercantile also will serve food and drinks at the event.

7-9 p.m. Thursday. The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., #1100. $15 library members. $25 non-members. For more information visit the event's Facebook page.

Remembering the Beatles

Sunday will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ 1966 concert at Crosley Field, and WVXU-FM is planning a special event to commemorate the occasion. WVXU will host a free party on Sunday at the Blue Ash Sports Center's Crosley Field. One of my favorite former colleagues, WVXU contributor John Kiesewetter, will interview DJs Dusty Rhodes and Jim LaBarbara, as well as Scott Belmer, author of “The Beatles Invade Cincinnati 1964 & 1966.” There will be Beatles music playing all morning and a Beatles sing-along with Jeff and Misty Perholtz from The Newbees to cap the event. Bonus: There will be plenty of selfie opportunities in front of the iconic Crosley Field scoreboard with a photo from the concert of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday. Blue Ash Sports Center's Crosley Field, 11540 Grooms Road. Free admission. For more details, click here.   

Beatles Night with the Reds

The Cincinnati Reds also are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' visit to Crosley Field. There will be a fireworks show set to the band's music, plus a commemorative Crosley Field Beatles fleece blanket giveaway, for the Reds game Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

7:10 p.m. Friday. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way. $25 and up. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

City Flea

Break out your wallet and head to the City Flea in Washington Park on Saturday. The weather is finally looking a bit brighter, so it’s the perfect time to wander the dozens of vendor stalls offering everything from jewelry to art to clothes.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Free admission.

Namaste India

Celebrate India's rich culture through music, dance and other art forms at Washington Park on Sunday. The event, organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, is part of the OTR Performs series.

7-9 p.m. Sunday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Free. For more information visit the event's Facebook page.

Rooftop Yoga Series

I haven’t done yoga in several months, but this event could draw me back. Top of the Park, the rooftop bar on Downtown’s Residence Inn, will host three yoga classes on Sunday. Getting your stretch on while surrounded by those beautiful views way up high? Count me in. There also will be a juice bar provided by Rooted Juicery.

4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Top of the Park, Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown, 506 E. Fourth St. Must bring own yoga mat. $30. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.