CINCINNATI — Get to the Ohio riverfront by kayak, canoe or cardboard boat for festivals, food, beer and fun this weekend.
FOOD AND DRINK
Glier’s Goettafest Round Two: 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Newport Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport. Free admission. Can you handle even more goetta? Glier’s Goettafest’s second four-day weekend on the Levee kicks off Thursday evening. www.goettafest.com
St. Bernard German Luau: 6-11 p.m. Friday; 1-11 p.m. Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. St. Bernard City Hall, 110 Washington Ave., St. Bernard. Free. Do you remember the annual German Luau? If not, no worries. The community festival featuring live entertainment, food, games, a pig roast and Wiedemann beer is returning to St. Bernard after a 35-year hiatus. According to neighborhood lore, city officials stopped holding the original German Luau after it grew too big and the crowds became too unruly. If you did attend the original luau, please try to behave this time around. www.cityofstbernard.org
Cincy Summer Beerfest: 12:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown. $45 day of event; $40 in advance. This may be the best way for craft beer lovers to beat the summer heat. More than 90 breweries with hundreds of craft beers on tap will fill Smale Park. There will be two tasting sessions. The first will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m., followed by the second from 8-11 p.m. www.cincybeerfest.com
WCPO's High School Insider Live Taping: 3-3:45 p.m. Thursday. Chick-fil-A, 3436 Madison Ave., Fort Wright. Free. Hey, Northern Kentucky, you ready for some high school football? Then you’ll want to join 9 On Your Side reporter Mike Dyer at the Fort Wright Chick-fil-A for a live recording of WCPO’s High School Insider podcast. Special guests will include Covington Catholic High School coach Eddie Eviston and Beechwood High School coach Noel Rash, along with football players from both teams. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
The Delhi Skirt Game: 5-10 p.m. Friday. Delhi Park, 5125 Foley Road, Delhi. Free. One of the most beloved (and oddball) West Side fundraisers returns to field one at Delhi Park. Get ready for the 42nd annual Delhi Skirt Game by attending a tailgate party from 6-10 p.m. Thursday in the old Remke parking lot on Delhi Pike. www.delhiskirtgame.org
Days in the Park 2019 Festival: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Chamberlin Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Deer Park. Have a great time while supporting some great public parks during Deer Park’s annual Days in the Park Festival. Proceeds from the two days of live music, food and fun will benefit Deer Park’s park board throughout the year. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Bengals Family DEY: Begins 2 p.m. Saturday. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown. Free. The Cincinnati Bengals welcome everyone to the Jungle for the team's first public practice lead by new head coach Zac Taylor inside Paul Brown Stadium. The event is free, including free parking at lots A, B, D, E and UE outside the stadium starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. The gates into Paul Brown Stadium will open at 2 p.m. before Taylor and his Bengals take the field for practice at 2:30 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from players following practice and then take to the field for 20 minutes. www.bengals.com
Ohio River Paddlefest: Begins 7 a.m. Saturday. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert St., East End. $65 adult; $30 kids ages 4-17. Those hoping to rent either a kayak or canoe from organizers of this weekend’s Paddlefest will probably find themselves up a creek without, well, you know. By Tuesday afternoon, the Paddlefest website said there were fewer than 30 kayaks and 15 canoes available from the event’s rental fleet. That doesn’t mean folks can’t register their own person-powered watercraft to participate in the communal trip down the Ohio River. A rocking after party will follow from 4-9 p.m. Saturday back at the Schmidt Recreation Complex. www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org
New Richmond RiverDays: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. New Richmond, Ohio. It doesn't get better than rocking on the Ohio River while watching a cardboard boat regatta race, sipping a cold beer and eating good food. That’s pretty much what you get during the annual New Richmond RiverDays. www.newrichmond.org
FC Cincinnati Fan Fest: 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcats Way, CUF. Free. FC Cincinnati will stage its first Fan Fest, a free stadium-wide event for all fans. All FC Cincinnati players will be available for autographs, and a kid’s mini clinic will be held on the field starting at 6:15 p.m. Other on-field activities will include inflatables, bubble soccer and skills challenges. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
MUSIC AND COMEDY
Beck and Cage the Elephant: 6 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. $29.50-$200.50. Beck and Cage the Elephant will have more than two turntables and a microphone when their joint “The Night Running” tour stops at Riverbend. Spoon and Wilde Belle will join the chart-topping indie rockers. www.riverbend.org
Lebanon Blues Festival: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Lebanon, 47 E. Mulberry St., Lebanon. Free. Catch a little rhythm during this weekend's Blues Festival in historic downtown Lebanon. This year’s festival has grown into a two-day event with the addition of two live music performances on Friday, followed by eight bands taking the stage on Saturday. There also will be great food, drinks, a classic car show and “Red, Hot and Blue” 5K race during the fest. www.lebanonbluesfestival.com
Moving Images: 7 p.m. Thursday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. This month the museum will screen the 2006 Japanese animated film “Paprika” as part of its Moving Images film series. The 90-minute, subtitled movie tells the story of a psychotherapist who creates a device that allows entry into a patient’s dreams. Mikiko Hirayama, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of Japanese art history and director of Asian studies, will lead a post-screening conversation about the film. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org
CSO Look Around: 7 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 125th anniversary season with a free outdoor musical experience. The CSO Look Around will showcase more than 600 artists from 20 local ensembles at Washington and Ziegler parks in Over-the-Rhine. The celebration will culminate with a performance with the CSO conducted by Music Director Louis Langrée. www.cincinnatisymphony.org