Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 25-28

Posted at 12:24 PM, Aug 25, 2016

Woodburn Brewery’s grand opening

The wait is almost over for craft beer fans in East Walnut Hills: The Woodburn Brewery will host its official grand opening Friday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick things off at 3:30 p.m. and doors open at 4 p.m. A DJ will spin music, and Gomez Salsa will serve “turtles” to soak up all that beer.  The brewery will open with 10 house-made beers on tap, including a pineapple saison, a chocolate cherry stout; a cedar IPA, a lactose IPA made with peaches and vanilla, a Belgian wit and Stein Pils. P.S.: If you can’t wait, Woodburn will be open 4 p.m. to midnight today.

Opens 4 p.m. Friday. 2800 Woodburn Ave. Free admission. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Purple Party on the Purple People Bridge

DJ Chris Paul plays all the R&B music that I love, and his events consistently attract the “grown and sexy” crowd. Once again, he’s teamed up with fellow promoter Donny Young for their fourth annual Purple Party on the Purple People Bridge. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up -- purple attire is preferred but not required -- and dance under the stars.

10 p.m. Friday. Purple People Bridge, Newport. Advance tickets $20. For details, visit the event’s page on Facebook,,  

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

The comedy festival will feature more than 120 beers and 75 comedians at Sawyer Point, with “Last Comic Standing” finalist Chris Porter headlining Thursday, former “Cash Cab” star Ben Bailey headlining Friday and former “Talk Soup” host Hal Sparks headlining Saturday.

5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Free admission; $5 for beer wristband, beer tickets are two for $3.

Howl at the Moon and Splitsville Luxury Lanes grand opening

When Howl at the Moon and Splitsville Luxury Lanes opens Friday at the Banks, it will ring familiar for Greater Cincinnati residents who remember the first Howl at the Moon location on Covington’s riverfront in the 1990s. Like the previous incarnation of the dueling piano bar, two glossy black pianos will stand in the front of the space, where musicians will perform for guests. New updates include eight bowling lanes, 22 high-definition televisions, two bars with 20 beer taps and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio facing Second Street.

6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Howl at the Moon, 145 E. Second St., Downtown. RSVP required. For details, visit the event page on Facebook.

Taste of OTR

Tender Mercies will host its fourth annual Taste of OTR, and this year it has expanded to two days. You’ll get to eat for a good cause: The fundraiser benefits homeless adults with mental illness while showcasing all the delicious restaurants in Over-the-Rhine. There will be plenty of craft beer, eateries and food to sample, plus live music from acts such as Junior Brown, Maps & Atlases, 500 Miles to Memphis, Straw Boss, Multimagic and Daniel in Stereo.

5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission.

Germania Society Oktoberfest

The Germania Society of Cincinnati is kicking off the Oktoberfest season this weekend with its 46th annual event. WCPO’s own Dan Carroll will tap the ceremonial Oktoberfest keg on Friday as Germania’s official 2016 Biermeister. Expect a weekend filled with sauerkraut balls, Oktoberfest chicken, Schwenkbraten, wursts, pastries, entertainment and, of course, German beers, wine and schnapps.

6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road. Admission $5, children 12 and under free. 

Taste of Blue Ash

The Taste of Blue Ash will bring plenty of food and craft beer to Summit Park this weekend. There’s also a strong music lineup: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas headlines Friday, 3 Doors Down headlines Saturday and Easton Corbin headlines Sunday.

6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road. Free admission.


Urban Artifact in Northside hopes to push visitors, local brewers and bands outside of their comfort zones at this eclectic festival held at its taproom. The 30-plus bands set to perform at Bewilderfest are encouraged to play songs outside of their normal sets, and organizers have asked brewers to make something unique for sampling.

4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday, noon-1:30 a.m. Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. Free admission. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Cincy Summer Streets -- Northside

Cincy Summer Streets comes to Northside on Sunday. The event aims to create a car-free space for people to bike, run, skate, walk, create art and mingle. There will be live music and free activities, such as a BMX ramp and street painting.

Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hamilton Avenue between Pullan and Spring Grove avenues. Free admission. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.