Get your goetta straight up, fried in patties, put between two buns or rolled into balls during Glier’s Goettafest. The festival, held in front of Newport on the Levee, also will feature live entertainment, amusement rides and drinks in celebration of the region’s favorite breakfast food.
5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. Free. www.goettafest.com
Delhi Skirt Game
Batter up! A unique fundraising event returns to Delhi on Friday. Men will don their best skirts and play softball to raise money for various community nonprofits. Food and drink booths also will raise money for community causes during the game, which was first played in 1978.
5 p.m. Friday. Delhi Park Field #1, 5125 Foley Road, Delhi. Free. www.delhiskirtgame.org
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper at Riverbend
Pop legends Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper will deliver a lot of memories from the 1970s and 1980s when they take the stage at Riverbend Music Center on Friday. Stewart is best known for songs such as “Maggie May,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Forever Young.” Lauper built a career out of her flamboyant stage presence and such songs as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “True Colors” and more recently the music she created for the hit Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”
7:30 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $30-$149.50. www.riverbend.org
Great American Date Night ... and Flo Rida
Take the one you love to the Great American Date Night game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on Friday. Stay after the game for free fireworks and a concert by rapper Flo Rida. Date Night includes food, drinks and appetizers from the Machine Room Grille, and the concert is the second in a series of three free shows at the ballpark this season.
6:40 p.m. Friday. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. $12-$125 for game. $250 per couple for Great American Date Night. www.reds.com
Covington Outdoors Weekend
Cross your fingers and hope for good weather during Covington Outdoors Weekend, which kicks off Friday. Renaissance Covington has organized 15 free outdoor events to showcase what Covington has to offer. The weekend starts with a bike ride, yoga and outdoor movie night. It ends on Sunday with an obstacle race, free golf and a chance for your pooch to splash in a public pool.
5-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Multiple locations in Covington. www.rcov.org
Our Lady of Victory Holy Smokes BBQ Competition
The name alone makes this annual West Side event stand out. That the Our Lady of Victory Holy Smokes BBQ Competition is one of the few Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned cookoffs in the region makes it a must-attend event for meat lovers. More than 30 teams from across the country will compete in four categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket) for the title of Holy Smokes grand champion. There will be a new children’s barbecue division competition this year as well. Did we mention you get to sample all the food? And don’t miss the piglet races and other games that benefit Our Lady of Victory Parish.
6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Our Lady of Victory Parish, 810 Neeb Road, Delhi Township. holysmokesbbq.org
Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally
Come hungry to the Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally on Saturday. Sample food and drinks from more than 20 local vendors during the festival, which benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Clermont County. Vendors include C’est Cheese, MadTree and Old Firehouse breweries, Chicken Mac truck and others.
3-10 p.m. Saturday. 701 Chamber Drive, Milford. Free parking and admission. www.milfordstreeteats.com
Ohio River Paddlefest
Boat rentals may be sold out, but there is still time to bring your own or just head down to the river and watch Paddlefest on Saturday. There will be a Paddle Party on Friday night, followed by the 9-mile float down the Ohio River on Saturday, as well as finishers festivities.
7 a.m. Saturday. Schmidt Boat Launch Ramp, 2944 Humbert Ave., East End. $40 for ages 15 and up and $15 for ages 4-14 through Friday; $45 for ages 15 and up and $20 for ages 4-14 day-of on site. www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org
Higher Gravity Grand Opening
What does an assembly of 500-plus beers look like? Some might say heaven. Higher Gravity will officially open its pearly gates with a grand opening celebration in Northside this Saturday. The bar and bottle shop will feature $5 flight specials from Urban Artifact, Rhinegeist, Braxton and Fifty West breweries during the event. Django also will sell tacos at the store.
1-11 p.m. Saturday. Higher Gravity, 4106 Hamilton Ave., Northside. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Bonus event: Nappy Roots at the Woodward
Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots will perform on Saturday at the Woodward Theater. The group from Bowling Green, Kentucky, rose to fame in the 1990s with such hits as "Po' Folks," "Awnaw," "Roun' the Globe" and "Good Day." Doughty Family also will perform.
9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $15 advance; $18 day of show. For more information visit the event Facebook page.