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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 12-15

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-14 06:50:26-04

CINCINNATI – Dance in the streets, go to a house party and see the legendary Janet Jackson perform this weekend.


Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town

Jump on the good music bandwagon when Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town take the stage at Riverbend Music Center. Special guests Natalie Hemby and Tenille Townes will join Lambert for her "Bandwagon Tour" stop in Cincinnati. 

7 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $28.50-$88.25. www.riverbend.org

Evanescence + Lindsey Stirling

If bandwagons aren't your thing, how about rock music with a side of electronic violin? Two-time Grammy Award-winning rock band Evanescence and violinist Lindsey Stirling are co-headlining a show together Saturday evening.

7 p.m. Saturday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $25-$99.50. www.riverbend.org

Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour

There should be no need to explain how big of a deal it is for Janet Jackson to stop in Cincinnati. Ms. Jackson has been a global pop star for decades. She's also reminding people why she's a musical legend with her current "State of the World Tour." Honestly, if you only have the money or time for one concert this weekend, this is the one to attend.

8 p.m. Sunday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $29.95-$179.95. www.riverbend.org

House Party at the Taft Museum of Art

No, this is not a Kid 'n Play production (and kudos if you get the reference). July's House Party at the Taft Museum of Art will offer a peek of the "Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution" exhibit Thursday evening. You'll also be able to grab a cocktail and light bites while enjoying the soulful sounds of Freedom Nicole Moore and the Electric Moon, along with members of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Co. performing excerpts of "Midsummer Night’s Dream" in the "Far Flung" sculpture on the museum's front lawn.

5-8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown. Free. www.taftmuseum.org

Spring Grove Date Night Outdoor Movie 

Your significant other might give you an odd look when you suggest going on a date at a cemetery, but trust me, it will all be good by the end of the evening. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum will host its third "Date Night Outdoor Movie" this Friday. The evening will include dinner and dessert by the Dapper Doughnut, Sunny Side Brunch & More and Quite Frankly food trucks, followed by an outdoor screening of "Grease" beginning at 9 p.m. The cemetery is encouraging everyone to come dressed in costume and be ready to sing and dance along as the movie plays.  

7-11:30 p.m. Friday. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village. www.springgrove.org

Walk on Woodburn

Begin Friday happy hour with a stroll down Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills. July's Walk on Woodburn theme is "Jubilee." The event will feature local art, shopping and dining from the shops that line East Walnut Hill's business district.

6-10 p.m. Friday. Walk on Woodburn, 2500-2800 Woodburn Ave. Free. www.walkonwoodburn.com

The OFF Market in Oakley

Continue your low-key neighborhood celebrations on Saturday at Oakley's OFF Market. This monthly arts, crafts and vendors festival will take place inside MadTree Brewing. Browse, buy or just enjoy a tasty craft beer at the market.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. Free. www.theoffmarket.org

Westwood Second Saturday

After the OFF Market head west to July's Westwood Second Saturday event. This one's more of a street party than crafters market. Maurice Mattei, New Sincerity Works, To’Nia Ruby and Tonefarmer will perform. There will also be beer and food vendors onsite.

5-10 p.m. Saturday. Westwood Town Hall District, Harrison Avenue, Westwood. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Bacon Bourbon and Brew Festival

Sometimes a festival's name tells you everything that you need to know. This is definitely the case for the Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival taking place in Newport this weekend. Savor some tasty breakfast meats while sipping bourbon or beer. There will also be entertainment at the festival presented by Braxton Brewing Co.

5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Riverboat Row, One Levee Way, Newport. Free. www.cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com 

Lando's Second Annual All White & Wine on Fountain Square

Sip some wine, enjoy some music and take in one of the classiest events on Fountain Square this summer. Lando's Second Annual All White & Wine will take place Saturday evening with live Neo Soul and Jazz, along with Lando deejaying the event. And yes, come dressed in your best all-white attire.

7-11 p.m., Saturday. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Maize OTR Grand Opening

Expand your palette this Saturday when new Venezuelan eatery Maize hosts its grand opening in Over-the-Rhine. Maize promises a menu of authentic Latin American dishes such as arepas (imagine a thin biscuit made of ground maize dough) and empanadas, as well as vegan and vegetarian food options. 

5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday. Maize OTR, 1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. maizeotr.com

Ice Cream 5K

This event includes every reason why I like running. Burn calories while running the 3.2-mile Ice Cream 5K and then feel guilt-free eating ice cream afterward. Proceeds from the run will go to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. There's also a baby and toddler crawl and a kids 1-mile run. 

8-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. $10-$45. icecreamrun5k.com