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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: May 31-June 3

Posted at 11:58 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-02 07:56:06-04

Cincy Fringe Festival

Get a little weird this weekend with the Cincy Fringe Festival. The 13-day event, which started Tuesday, focuses on avant-garde film, theater, art, dance and music. The festival is organized by the Know Theatre, with performances hosted at 13 different locations in Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are available for individual events and ticket packages are available as well. Fringe continues through June 10. 

Thursday-June 10. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. Prices vary by event. www.cincyfringe.com

Valley Vineyards Wine & Beer Festival

Enjoy a taste of Warren County this weekend at the Valley Vineyards Wine & Beer Festival. The festival will include wine and beer tastings, libation education, live music, balloon rides and cellar tours. Food producers from Warren County also will offer tastings of their delicious dishes.

5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Valley Vineyards, 2276 E. U.S. 22 & 3, Morrow. www.valleyvineyards.com


Summerfair has drawn crowds and artisans for more than 50 years. Some of the best artists from around the country will showcase works in 10 categories each day at Coney Island Amusement Park. Summerfair also will include food, music, dancing and an art area for children.  

2-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $10-$15. summerfair.org

It's hard not to love a festival focused on Italian food, wine, beer and music. CincItalia will take place at Harvest Home Park all weekend long. Beyond eating and drinking, there also will be cooking demonstrations, dancing, games, rides, raffles and a grand prize of $10,000. 

6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Harvest Home Park, 3961 N. Bend Road, Cheviot. Free. cincitalia.org

Bunbury Music Festival

One of Cincinnati's biggest outdoor music festivals will return to Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove this weekend. This year's Bunbury Music Festival lineup includes headliners Jack White, the Chainsmokers, Post Malone and Incubus. Make sure to take plenty of sunscreen and prepare to rock.

Noon-11 p.m. Friday; noon-10:45 p.m. Saturday; 2-11 p.m. Sunday. Yeatman's Cove and Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. $89 single-day general admission; $179 three-day general admission; $450 three-day VIP. bunburyfestival.com 

Throwback Reunion

Bunbury isn't the only fun music festival in town this weekend. The Throwback Reunion will kick off Friday afternoon at Woodlawn Park with a "classic R&B Funk celebration" hosted by Jimmie "JJ" Walker. The fun continues Saturday with an R&B and hip-hop celebration hosted by Vivica Fox and ends Sunday with a "Throwback Jazz" celebration hosted by Shucky Ducky. The Throwback Reunion is a nationally touring festival "that celebrates 50 years of fashion, hairstyles, dances, automobiles, food, games and entertainment." Organizers also partner with local groups to provide health, wellness, technology, financial literacy and other information to the public during the event.

7 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Woodlawn Park, 10050 Woodlawn Blvd., Woodlawn. $20-$70. ilovethrowbacks.com

Tough Mudder Kentucky

Tough Mudder isn't typically an obstacle race you want to participate in without some preparation, but it's always fun to watch. This weekend, Tough Mudder organizers will transform the Kentucky Speedway into a grueling course for the full 10-mile and five-mile half Tough Mudder. There also will be a three-mile, 10 best-in-class obstacle course challenge for those brave enough, but not quite ready, to conquer the full course. Teamwork in any event is encouraged. After finishing the race there will be beer and music. 

7 a.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday. Kentucky Speedway, 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Kentucky. $94-$199. toughmudder.com

Art on Vine

Art on Vine, the monthly local boutique art fair, will return to Fountain Square on Sunday. The fair will showcase the works of up to 60 local artists, and all work displayed will be for sale. Best Thing Smokin's food truck, along with the BanaSun smoothie bar and Kona Ice, will sell refreshments.  

Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Free. artonvinecincy.com

Cincy Blues Challenge

Dance or just listen to some sweet music during the Cincy Blues Society's Cincy Blues Challenge on Sunday at Germania Park. The gate opens at 11:30 a.m. and the dancing begins at noon. Featured performers will include Lil' Red & the Roosters, Bob Dellaposta and Rhythm Jones.

Noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township. $15 non-members, $10 Cincy Blues and Germania societies members. cincyblues.org

Taste of Newport

Sample dishes from more than 20 restaurants at Taste of Newport on Sunday. Food at the festival will be priced $5 and under. There also will be live music, artisans, vintage campers, beer and a chalk art contest during the event.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Taste of Newport, 600-800 blocks of Monmouth Street, Newport. Free. www.newportky.gov


3 Points Urban Brewery Grand Opening

Cincinnati's newest craft beer joint, 3 Points Urban Brewery will celebrate its grand opening all weekend long. The brewery is located in the triangle-shaped neighborhood of Pendleton (hence its name). The brewery's taproom is open, light and spacious. There will be live music all weekend long. And the beers on tap are pretty good too.

4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday. 3 Points Urban Brewery, 331 E. 13th St., Pendleton. For more information visit the event Facebook page