Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Sept. 8-11

Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 18:19:55-04

Harvest Home Fair

The Harvest Home Parade on Thursday night kicks off the annual Harvest Home Fair in Green Township. For West Siders, Harvest Home celebrates life at the heart of that part of Greater Cincinnati. The fair will feature live music, 4-H activities, flower and art shows, exhibits and more entertainment throughout the weekend.

  • Parade: 6 p.m. Thursday. Starts at Harrison and Frances avenues. Free to watch.
  • Fair: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot. $5 adults, children under 12 free.

Cincy Beerfest

Cincy Beerfest will bring more than 300 craft beers from across the country to Fountain Square on Friday and Saturday. (Click here to check out the current beer menu.) There also will be food trucks and live music, too.

6-11 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Walk-up tickets, $15; designated driver tickets, $10; advance VIP, $40, $45 day of event.

Oktoberfests abound

It’s Oktoberfest season, and you know what that means: multiple celebrations featuring an overflow of wieners, brats, sauerkraut, strudel and more German food, plus live music, games, rides, raffles and more entertainment. 

  • MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest: 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 406 W. Sixth St., Covington. Free admission.
  • Hofbräuhaus Newport Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Hofbräuhaus Newport, 200 E. Third St., Newport. Free admission. 

Cincy ComiCon

Not to be confused with the Cincinnati Comic Expo taking place later this month, the Cincy ComiCon promises a unique celebration of comic book art and its creators. There also will be Lego displays, as well as “Star Wars” character R2D2 on hand to offer a little attitude.

3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington. Admission: $25-$75.

Food festivals

Two food festivals Saturday will appeal to various tastes.

The Cheese Fest returns for its second year with a shorter name, but it has kept its impressive list of cheese offerings from around the world. Did we mention there will be a grilled cheese competition where visitors get to decide the winner? Yum.

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Jazz & Barbecue Festival in Madisonville will serve ‘cue from Ron D’s, Just Q'in and Sweets & Meats, as well as food from Mazunte and beer from Blank Slate. Nasty Nati Brass Band, Triage featuring Eugene Goss and Jazz Renaissance will provide the music.

  • Cheese Fest: 1:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way, Downtown. $35 advance, $45 at the event.
  • Cincinnati Jazz & Barbecue Festival: 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Madison Road and Whetsel Avenue, Madisonville. Free admission.

Vinoklet’s Art & Wine Festival

Meanwhile, the Art & Wine Festival will bring more than 60 artists to Vinoklet Winery this weekend. There will be 10 varieties of Vinoklet’s signature blend to sample, as well as draft beer, live music and grape stomping competitions.

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Vinoklet Winery, Restaurant & Vineyard, 11069 Colerain Ave. Free admission.

Westwood Art Show

Expect more than just art at the eighth annual Westwood Art Show. The outdoor exhibition featuring dozens of local artists also will feature live music, face painting, wine tasting, food and craft beer.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave. Free admission.

Cincinnati Hispanic Fest

The Cincinnati Hispanic Fest, organized by the Hispanic Cultural Society of Cincinnati, will showcase the food, music and culture of the Hispanic and Latin community at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. There also will be dance demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music and more entertainment.

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (with Mass 11 a.m. Sunday). Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7820 Vine St. $8 per car, $1 walk-in.

Old West Festival

Giddy up! The Wild West returns to Williamsburg, Ohio, this Saturday for the Old West Festival, featuring saloons, food, shows, children’s activities and a working frontier town. 

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, Sept. 10-Oct. 16. The Old West Festival, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg. Tickets $9.99-$24.99.

Bonus: CSO’s season opener

Pianist Emanuel Ax opens the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s new season, its first at Downtown’s Taft Theatre. 

7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St. $12-$110.