Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 13-16

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-15 08:10:59-04

Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival

Miracles really do happen. The Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival will make dreams come true for lovers of pork products and booze for three days along the levee in Newport. Organizers will provide music and games, too, but really, we’ll be too focused on all of the bacon.

5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Newport on the Levee, 1 Riverboat Row, Newport. Free. For more information visitthe event Facebook page.

Shakespeare in the Park

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company kicks off its 2017 Shakespeare in the Park season this Friday, performing “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park. Actors will then take the play to Washington Park at 7 p.m. Sunday. The troupe will perform “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” as well as “Romeo and Juliet,” at a variety of Greater Cincinnati locations through Sept. 3.

7 p.m. Friday. Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free.

Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta

The seventh annual Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta promises daylong fun for the whole family. Participants will make real boats out of cardboard and then race them in a pond at Voice of America Park. The park also will host food and drink vendors during the event.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township. Free.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival will return for its second year at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park this Saturday. This year’s festival features live blues bands selected by the Cincy Blues Society, barbecue vendors and craft beer tastings. Participating vendors include Sweets & Meats BBQ, Neal’s Famous BBQ, Wicked Hickory and Remi J’s Barbecue Food Truck. The Beaumonts, The Magic Lightnin’ Boys, The SoulFixers and the Sean Carney Band will perform music throughout the day.

3-9 p.m. Saturday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-12.

Lando’s All-White & Wine Affair

Dress in your finest all-white attire for this New Orleans-style party hosted by Lando on Fountain Square. The event will include wine, food and New Orleans-inspired neo-soul and fusion jazz music on stage.

7-11 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Free admission; $100-$225 to reserve tables. Ages 30 and up. For more information visit the event Facebook page.


Celebrate 50 years of Chicago this Saturday at Riverbend Music Center. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform favorites such as “You’re the Inspiration” and “If You Leave Me Now.” Heads-up: The Doobie Brothers were originally scheduled to play with Chicago but had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $25-$125.

CeCe Winans at the Taft Theatre

Ten-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans takes center stage this Saturday at the Taft Theatre. Winans released “Let Them Fall in Love” after a nearly decade-long hiatus from the music scene. Her latest album is filled with horns, strings and pianos from the Nashville String Machine and features fellow Detroit-born legends the Clark Sisters.

8 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $29.50-$49.50.

Jungle Jim’s Taste of Italia

Delizioso! That’s what you’ll say during the Taste of Italia event at Jungle Jim’s International Market. For $20, get an unlimited sampling of Italian dishes made at the Jungle Jim’s Eastgate location. Don’t forget to take time to also shop the market’s wide selection of wines, craft beers and exotic foods.

6-11 p.m. Saturday. Jungle Jim’s Eastgate Paradise Pavilion, 4450 S. Eastgate Drive, Eastgate. $20. 21 and older.

Summer Covington Night Bazaar on Pike Street

Enjoy two magical nights of street vendors, entertainment, food and drinks in Covington this weekend. The Summer Covington Night Bazaar returns to Pike Street with the theme of “the mystics.” Organizers promise plenty of food trucks and entertainment.

4-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Covington Night Bazaar, Pike Street and Madison Avenue, Covington. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.