Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Sept. 7-10

Posted at 2:59 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 14:59:02-04

IF Cincy Improv Festival

These people want you to laugh at them. No, really. The IF Cincy festival is a gathering of improvisational comedy troupes showcasing their humor and wit. Multiple performances will leave you in stitches this weekend.

Thursday-Sunday; showtimes vary. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. $9-$

Harvest Home Fair

Now in its 60th year, the Harvest Home Fair continues to celebrate community while supporting good causes. The fair's annual parade starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. Horse shows, 4-H exhibits, food and drink vendors, stage shows, art displays and a scavenger hunt will follow. The festival's organizer, the Kiwanis Club of Cheviot-Westwood, will donate proceeds to select community projects and groups.

Parade starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. Fair: 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday. 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot. $5 adults; children 12 and under, free.

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest

The 39th annual MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest begins with a parade Friday, followed by opening ceremonies. Traditional German food, arts, music, beer and crafts will be available throughout the weekend.

5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Mainstrasse Village, 636 Main St., Covington. Free.

Rhythm on the River

Radio station 100.3 R&B and Old School will bring rhythm to the Ohio River with a free music festival at Newport on the Levee. Rhythm on the River will include performances by 2nd Wind, Al B. Sure, Natural Progression, Jersey Jam and others. The festival also will feature food, treats and amusement rides.

5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Newport Riverboat Row, 1 Levee Way, Newport. Free admission.

Ubahn Fest

This year marks a pivotal turn for the hip-hop/electronic dance music Ubahn Festival, according to WCPO contributor Gil Kaufman. The 4-year-old festival's lineup includes rap favorites Gucci Mane, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae and EDM superstar Steve Aoki, as well as local favorites such as ClockworkDJ and Speed. Local organizer AGAR also promises a few surprises for the festival, which will take place inside the Riverfront Transit Center under Second Street.

6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Riverfront Transit Center, 220 Central Ave., Downtown. $65 advance-purchase single-day pass; $75 day-of single-day pass; $120 two-day pass; $250 VIP pass.

Arts and Wine Festival

Vinoklet Winery will host its annual post-Labor Day weekend arts and crafts festival this weekend, featuring regional and national artists, a grape-stomping contest, food, drinks, family-friendly activities and musical performances.  

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Free admission.

Cincinnati Hispanic Festival

The Cincinnati Hispanic Festival, organized by the Hispanic community of San Carlos, will bring food and drink vendors, music, dancing and fireworks to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Organizers also will crown a new festival queen and give away a 2017 Hyundai.

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7700 Vine St., Carthage. $10 per vehicle; $2 per walk-in.

Food fests

Fill your belly this weekend with multiple festivals celebrating food.

Cincy Cheese Fest: Cheese lovers rejoice! This festival will bring more than 350 cheeses and 75 cheese makers to Smale Riverfront Park. You'll surely discover a new favorite. 2-10 p.m. Saturday. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 Ted Berry Way, Downtown. $10 general admission (additional purchase available).

Cincinnati Street Food Festival: Saturday's weather looks perfect for this annual Walnut Hills food festival. Street food, food trucks, interactive art and live music will fill East McMillan Street all day. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. East McMillan Street, Walnut Hills. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Taste of India: Celebrate Indian food and culture with the Hindu Society of Greater Cincinnati this Saturday. This festival will include authentic Indian cuisine, dancing, games, shopping and pony rides. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. The Hindu Society of Greater Cincinnati, 720 Barg Salt Run Road, Union Township.

Old West Fest

Giddy up to the Old West Fest, which begins Saturday. Games, shows, activities and food will take over the festival’s grounds, along with a variety of different themed events each weekend.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15. The Old West Festival, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, Ohio. General admission: $14.99 adults; $11.99 children ages

Bonus events

Harvest Pizzeria grand opening:Celebrate the official grand opening of Over-the-Rhine's newest pizzeria this weekend. Located near Findlay Market, Harvest partners with Ohio farms to offer pizza, small plates and salads made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Harvest Pizzeria, 1739 Elm St. Over-the-Rhine.

Grainworks Brewing grand opening: This West Chester Township brewery will open its doors Saturday with six to eight beers on tap. Lyons BBQ Catering will serve food in the brewery's taproom and patio.11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. 7790 Service Center Drive Unit B, West Chester Township. For more information visit the event Facebook page.