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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 2-5

Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-04 09:32:24-04

CINCINNATI – Celebrate a local country singer, eat some delicious local "cuisine" and support a local parish and neighborhood this weekend.

Lily Tomlin

Who doesn't like to laugh? Iconic comedian Lily Tomlin is guaranteed to deliver more than a few chuckles Thursday evening during her one-woman show at the Taft Theatre. Tomlin started performing standup and acting Off-Broadway in the 1960s. Her career took off in 1969 when she became a cast member on the "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in" variety show . Most recently, Tomlin starred as Frankie Berstein in the popular Netflix series "Grace and Frankie."

8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $38.50-$125. tafttheatre.org

'Book of Mormon'

Keep the laughs going this weekend with "The Book of Mormon." The touring Broadway musical has returned to the Aronoff this weekend with its hilarious story about the misadventures of a pair of mismatched missionaries sent to spread the Good Word.

7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $39-$140. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Charlie Puth with special guest Hailee Steinfeld

Charlie Puth found fame the hard way: He gained the attention of individuals and record labels by posting song videos on YouTube. Puth is now a multi-platinum artist, musician and producer touring the country. Puth's "The Voicenotes Tour" will stop at Riverbend this Friday evening. Special guest Hailee Steinfeld will open the show for him.

7:30 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $25-$69. www.riverbend.org

The Old 97's

Enjoy an evening of alternative country with one of the bands that helped define the genre. The Old 97's roared out of Dallas more than 15 years ago with a distinctive sound that gained them a loyal national following.

8 p.m. Friday. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $23. www.bogarts.com

Zac Brown Band: Down the Rabbit Hole

The Zac Brown Band will rock Great American Ball Park, Saturday evening. The visit is part of the band's "Down the Rabbit Hole" tour. Singer Leon Bridges will join the band at the ballpark.

7 p.m. Saturday. Great American Ball Park, 1 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. $41.25-$130. www.mlb.com

Rascal Flatts with Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce

End your weekend of country and Americana music with Rascal Flatts at Riverbend Sunday evening. The band's local "Back To Us" tour stop will also feature performances by Dan + Shay and Taylor Mill, Kentucky-native Carly Pearce.The up-and-coming country recording artist made her hometown proud in June when she won Breakthrough Video of the Year at the Country Music Television Awards.

7:30 p.m. Sunday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $29.50-$93.75. www.riverbend.org

Glier's Goettafest 2018

If you grew up in Greater Cincinnati then I don't have to tell you about that local delicacy that is goetta. I'm just here to remind you that this weekend the annual Glier's Goettafest is taking place in Newport. There will be a wide variety of goetta-based dishes served, live entertainment an family-focused games the entire time.

5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Riverboat Row, Newport. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Forty Years of Jack

You might think you don't know Jack, but if you've frequented Arnold's Bar & Grill within the past forty years chances are you do. Jack Toebbe has been slinging suds behind the bar at Arnold's for the past 40 years. The bar's owner is celebrating Jack's milestone anniversary with $3 pints of Jack's favorite brew, Christian Moerlein Brewing's Little Kings. The Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle will play on the patio stage. Arnold's will also sell $5 t-shirts designed by cartoonist Joe Hoffecker made just for Jack’s anniversary. And for those who are wondering, there will be cake too.

6 p.m.-midnight Friday. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

House Party

Ever crash a party held at the home of a former United States president? Now is your chance. The Taft Museum of Art is hosting its open house party Friday evening. Enjoy cocktails and other drinks from the Taft bar, along with light bites from Dean's Mediterranean Imports and Horchata. Triiibe LLC will perform a blend of spoken word, hip-hop and soul for live entertainment

5-8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Covington Outdoors Weekend

While there is a slight chance of rain this weekend, the overall weather forecast looks great for going outside. That's good news for the Covington Outdoors Weekend presented by Renaissance Covington. Covington will host a variety of free outdoors events each day. Some of those events include the Madhatter Park launch, a "beer mile" race, dusk cinema at Linden Grove Cemetery and a Paddlefest watch event.

5-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Multiple locations in Covington. www.rcov.org

Ohio River Paddlefest

Row, row, row your boat down the Ohio River this Saturday during Paddlefest 2018. The event bills itself as the largest paddling celebration in the nation. People are welcome to bring their own paddled-powered boat or rent one for Saturday's event. Paddlefest begins with a party, boat drop-off and optional camping Friday evening at the Schmidt Recreation Complex at 2944 Humbert Ave. in East End. Boat put-in starts early Saturday morning and the float ends later in the morning at Gilday Rverside Park located at 3540 Southside Ave. in Riverside. Another party will take place after you exit the Ohio River.

4-8 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2994 Humbert Ave., East End. $50 plus $10 on-site registration fee.www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org

The Delhi Skirt Game

This West Side tradition is 41 this year and still going strong. The Delhi Skirt Game festivities begin this year witha tailgate party from 6-10 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Remke Markets, located at 5025 Delhi Road. The game itself will once again be held at ball field number one at the Delhi Township Park. There will be food, drinks and games for all ages at the event, along with the softball match that pits cross-dressing team players against one another.

5-11 p.m. Friday. Delhi Township Park, 421 Delhi Park Drive, Delhi Township. delhiskirtgame.org

Holy Cross-Immaculata Mount Adams Festival

Catholic festival season is in full swing and this weekend Mount Adams will host one of the most popular of them. The Holy Cross Immaculata Catholic Church festival will have a Mount Adams scavenger hunt, Taste of HCI international food festival and live music. There will also be a free shuttle from Playhouse in the Park and the Martin Drive ball field to take you to and back from the event.

5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Holy Cross Immaculata Catholic Church, 30 Guido St., Mount Adams. Free. hciparish.org

Ridge Day & Night 2018

You'll want to come out and celebrate the neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge, even if it isn't where you live this Saturday. Ridge Day & Night begins at 10 a.m. with a parade down Montgomery Road through Pleasant Ridge's business district. It then continues with food, games, inflatables, music, magicians and more than 25 local vendors from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. The party goes up a notch from 5-11 p.m. with Ridge Night at 6096 Montgomery Road. The evening will include beer and wine, food from Revolution Rotisserie and music by Sundays on Parkview and The Code.

10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5950 Montgomery Road and Mullaney's, 6096 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Art on Vine

The monthly Art on Vine vendor event returns to Fountain Square this Sunday. Browse the works of up to 60 local artists and maybe find something new for your home or office.

Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St. Downtown. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.