Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Posted at 3:38 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 14:41:16-04

‘The Sound of Music’

The hills are alive with the sound of music. Broadway’s version of the iconic film about Maria and the Von Trapp family comes to the Aronoff stage. You know the words -- get ready to hum along.

7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St. $30-$106. Through Oct. 9. 

Pelleas Trilogy, Part II

Expect an eye-catching mix of music by French composer Fauré and both spoken and sung theater when the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brings the second installment of its Pelléas Trilogy, “Water,” to the Taft Theatre.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St. Tickets start at $12.

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

This weekend is the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest, featuring more than 25 imported and domestic beers on draft, pit-roasted Bavarian pig and chicken, homemade German sausage, stuffed cabbage, goulash with Spätzle, homemade pastries and lots more food to fill your bellies. There also will be live music and performances by the Donauschwaben dancers.

6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday; 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. Admission: $3, children 12 and under free.

DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival

DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival is partnering with the city of Covington to bring bluegrass music, food trucks and arts and crafts vendors to the bandshell in Devou Park on Saturday.  The Devou Park Trail Collective also will host bike and foot races as part of the new DevouGrass Run and Ride. It’s fun for a good cause: All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s youth addiction treatment programs.

Noon to dusk Saturday. Devou Park Bandshell, Covington. Free admission.

Cincinnati Street Food Festival

The Cincinnati Street Food Festival will let you stuff yourself on food from some of Cincinnati’s most popular food trucks and mobile vendors, including Empanadas Aqui, Red Sesame, C’est Cheese, Urban Vistro and Hungry Bros. There also will be beer from Woodburn Brewery and live music from Native Sun, Noah Wotherspoon Band, Braza Trio and Them Bones.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. East McMillan and Concord streets, Walnut Hills. Free admission. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Weekend of Fire

Test the limits of your taste buds during the 10th annual Weekend of Fire at Jungle Jim’s. Hundreds of the best hot sauces, barbecue sauces, spices, salsas, snacks and more spicy foods will be available for the attempted tasting. Sample at your own risk.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The Oscar Event Center, Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Adults, $10 per day, children $1 per day.

Hyde Park Square Art Show

If the rain stays away, it will be a good weekend to hang out on Hyde Park Square with a couple thousand of your fellow art fans. The 50th annual Hyde Park Square Art Show returns Sunday, featuring the work of more than 200 artists, primarily from the Tri-State. Expect to see work in multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, fiber, crafts and multimedia.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Hyde Park Square, 2700 Erie Ave. Free admission.

Bend in the River Art & Music Festival

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean that festival season is over. The Bend in the River Art & Music Festival will feature food, beer from Braxton and Blank Slate, and live music from Erin Coburn Music, Cookin' Hearts, My Brother the Bear, the Kentucky Struts, and Mark Utley and Bulletville.

6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday. The Sanctuary, 2110 St. Michael St. Lower Price Hill. $7 one-day pass; $10 two-day pass; $1 children under 12; free children under 5 and residents of Lower Price Hill. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Sunflower Festival

At Gorman Heritage Farm’s 13th annual Sunflower Festival, you can pick sunflowers and pumpkins to bring home, take hay rides, see the farm’s animals and enjoy food and live music.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale. Adults, $8; kids ages 3-17 and seniors ages 60 and up, $5; ages 2 and under free. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

More events to know

Saturday: Beats, Arts & Eats in Blue Ash will feature food trucks, 30 local artists, craft beer and live music.   
Sunday: FC Cincinnati opens the USL playoffs against Charleston at Nippert Stadium.