Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 28-31

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 23:31:54-04

Topgolf Opens

Topgolf, a golf and entertainment venue, will open its first Ohio location at the Streets of West Chester on Friday. It features climate-controlled hitting bays, competitive golfing games, advanced technology to track players’ shots, free games including pool, foosball and shuffleboard, four bars, a restaurant and rooftop terrace. (Full disclosure: I attended the media preview and it’s pretty fantastic. Check out the photos.) Don’t worry: You don’t need to be Jack Nicklaus (or even know who he is) to have a good time.

Opens Friday. 9568 Water Front Drive, West Chester Township. For pricing, visit

Bengals Training Camp

The Cincinnati Bengals open training camp Friday at Paul Brown Stadium. Practices, which are free to the public, will be held on the grass fields just west of Paul Brown Stadium. The fields will have bleacher seating for 1,250 fans, plus additional standing room along the sidelines, and all practices will give fans the opportunity to snag free autographs from their favorite players.

Friday-Sunday. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., practice starts at 3 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium. Free admission. Through Aug. 11. 

Shakespeare in the Park

Starting Friday, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will perform 30 free shows of “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its Shakespeare in the Park summer series. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, a picnic — and maybe some bug repellent. And if you can't make a show this weekend, don't worry: Performances run through Sept. 1.

7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Friday: Seasongood Pavilion, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park; Saturday: McDonald Commons Park, 7451 Dawson Road, Madeira; Sunday: Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.

T-Shirt Expo

Can you ever have too many T-shirts? Add to your stash Friday and Saturday at the T-Shirt Expo on Fountain Square. Dozens of Cincinnati-themed shirts will be for sale -- expect to see tees featuring local landmarks and inside jokes. Be sure to bring your wallet!

11 a.m-11 p.m. Friday; 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets. Free admission. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Street Food Festival

Cruise into Summit Park in Blue Ash and enjoy the third annual Street Food Festival this Friday. The event, hosted by the Cincinnati Food Truck Association, showcases more than 30 regional food truck vendors offering eats that range from chicken wings to Korean barbecue. There also will be live music and craft beer on hand.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash. Free admission. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Danger Wheel

Big-wheel racing for adults, plus lots of beer from local breweries sounds like a great combination for a good time. And Nation Kitchen & Bar's Danger Wheel competition on Saturday will have both. It’s too late to register, but you can still watch the fun.

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Nation Kitchen & Bar, 1200 Broadway St., Pendleton. (Starting line is 378 E. 12th St.) Registration is closed but it’s free to watch. For more details, visit the event's Facebook page. 

Fibonacci Anniversary

Mount Healthy brewery Fibonacci Brewing Co. will celebrate its first year in business with a party on Saturday. The Nonstop Flavor Caribbean food truck will sell food at the party, which will feature live Fibonacci-inspired art, Brewhaus Dog Bones and live music. The birthday party also will feature two new beers: The Noid, an Irish red with honey, and Estivus, a summer ale made with grains of paradise and lemon zest. Also on tap will be year-round offerings Oberhausen, Earth Daisy, The Tollhouse and Dummy Tripel, along with seasonal brews Marty’s Hamilton Avenue and The Tollhouse Caps.

Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. 1445 Compton Road, Mount Healthy. Free admission. For updates, visit the event's Facebook page.


“Touch Me, Tease Me.” “Happily Ever After.” “Faded Pictures.” “Missing You.” I am so ready to hear them all live when R&B singer Case performs a free concert at Washington Park on Saturday. DJ Pillo and the Fixx Band will get the music started.

7-10 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Free admission. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Buckeye Beer Bash

Take a tour of Ohio’s best craft beers Saturday at the Buckeye Beer Bash. Hosted in Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Snake House, the event will showcase dozens of craft brews from Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Wauseon, Hamilton and Cincinnati. There also will be live music and food provided by Bonelicker’s and Renegade Street Eats food trucks.

6-10 p.m. Saturday. The Snake House behind Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. $25 presale, $30 day-of event.