Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 20-23

Posted at 2:46 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 11:53:07-04

Steve Earle and the Dukes

Longtime country and folk singer Steve Earle will perform songs from his new album, “So You Wannabe An Outlaw,” Thursday at the Taft Theatre. Earle's band, the Dukes, will join him. Alt-country husband-and-wife team the Mastersons also will perform.

8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $43.50 and $48.50.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Jam with the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Friday at PNC Pavilion. The visit is part of the band’s “Wheels of Soul Summer Tour.” The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna also will perform, and admission includes a pre-show craft beer tasting.

7 p.m. Friday. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $48.50-$58.50.


Enjoy one of the oldest German heritage festivals in the United States this weekend. Schützenfest Cincinnati will celebrate its 151st year with German food, music and games, and there also be a special FC Cincinnati appearance this year.

6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Kolping Society, 10235 Mill Road, Springfield Township. Admission: $3 per adult; children 15 and under free; free parking.

Tequila Fest Cincinnati

Like tequila? Then you’re going to love Saturday’s Tequila Fest. The festival will bring more than 50 types of tequila, along with an assortment of tacos, salsas and guacamoles, to Fountain Square. There will be a margarita competition, vendors and a cash bar, too. Local reggae band The Cliftones and The Ark Band will perform. If you're a WCPO Insider, clickhere to get a $5 discount on tickets to the event.

7-11 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. $55.

Unlock the Block Music Fest

Covington’s Latonia neighborhood will rock Saturday during the inaugural Unlock the Block Music Fest. The event includes live music from local bands, a children’s activity zone, Rhinegeist and Wooden Cask beers, cocktails from Ludlow’s Second Sight Spirits and food from vendors such as Smokin' This and That BBQ, Shiver, Kona Ice and Dan the Corn Man. The Kenton County Public Library also will give free tours that share the history of the neighborhood.

4-10 p.m. Saturday. Ritte’s Corner Historic District, 9 E. Southern Ave., Latonia. Free.

One Love Fest

Share the love this Saturday during the One Love Fest in Washington Park. The festival, which is devoted to inspiring peace and love in Cincinnati, will feature music, speakers, spoken word performers and food trucks.

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. For more information visitthe event Facebook page.

Herzog Music grand opening

Come celebrate a piece of Cincinnati history when Herzog Music opens its new storefront Downtown this weekend. The two-day event will include new vinyl record releases, live music, guest speakers, food from Eli's BBQ and tours of the historic second-floor Herzog recording studios. The shop opening is part of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation’s mission to honor the Queen City’s rich musical past and build its future.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 811 Race St., Downtown. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

One World Music & Cultural Celebration

Celebrate Cincinnati’s diverse culture during the One World Music and Cultural Celebration this Sunday at Urban Artifact. The festival will include Latin American, Caribbean and Mediterranean music, food and artwork from a variety of local bands and businesses. Learn more about the celebrationby tapping on this link and reading about it.

2-8 p.m. Sunday. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. $12 in advance; $15 at the door; children under 12 free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

The Good People Festival

Have a good time with good folks Sunday during the fourth annual Good People Festival at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington. Live music, food, local art vendors and drinks will fill the day, which is designed to celebrate creativity and community.

Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. Covington. Free. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Bonus events

2017 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

Smith Park in Middletown will be lit this Friday and Saturday when more than 30 hot air balloons compete in the 2017 Ohio Challenge, a sanctioned hot air balloon race. There also will be balloon glows in the park at dusk each night, along with outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts, crafts and carnival rides. A fireworks display will cap off festivities Saturday.

4-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Smith Park, 500-600 Tytus Ave., Middletown. $4 walk-in admission; $10 parking plus free shuttle service to the park.

Fireworks Friday with the Cincinnati Reds and Pops Orchestra

Have a blast with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Great American Ball Park this Friday after the Cincinnati Reds 7:10 p.m. home game against the Miami Marlins. Conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops will provide a musical soundtrack for the Reds’ regular Fireworks Friday event. The set list will include some disco, music by the Beatles, local tunes and ends with James Brown.

Show starts approximately 15 minutes after 7:10 p.m. game ends Friday. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. $12-$280.