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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 19-22

Posted at 2:00 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 13:29:39-04

CINCINNATI – Rock the Vans Warped Tour one last time, kick off the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games and celebrate good people this weekend.

Vans Warped Tour

It's time to say farewell to the Vans Warped Tour. Thursday will be the final time this annual summer event plays at Riverbend Music Center. The festival's final lineup includes a wide array of bands from its 24-year history. Some of those bands include Reel Big Fish, 3OH!3 and Trash Boat, along with dozens of other artists throughout the day. The tour starts early and will rock on throughout the day.

11 a.m. Thursday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $45 in advance; $50 day of show. www.riverbend.org

Red, White & Zoo

What a great way to start the weekend. Local radio station B-105 is presenting "Red White & Zoo" at the Cincinnati Zoo this Thursday evening. Country music artists Jordan Davis and Granger Smith are performing at the event, which benefits the United Service Organizations of Central and Southern Ohio. The Cincinnati Zoo is also donating one zoo admission ticket to a local military member for every ticket sold for the event. This is an all-ages show.

7-10 p.m. Thursday. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. cincinnatizoo.org

Cincinnati Opera’s 'Another Brick in the Wall'

This weekend take in an opera like no other at Cincinnati Music Hall. The Cincinnati Opera will premiere "Another Brick in the Wall," an adaptation of Pink Floyd's seminal 1979 rock opera "The Wall." Julien Bilodeau composed the operatic version of "The Wall" originally written by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. Dominic Champagne crafted the concept and stage direction for the show. The two-and-half-hour opera will be sung in English with projected titles. "Another Brick in the Wall" is rated "R" for adult themes including drug and alcohol use, sexual situations, and violence. If you can't make this weekend's performances there will be others on July 26, 28 and 31.

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $35-$195. www.cincinnatiopera.org

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes fans, the wait is finally over. The indie pop band will perform songs from its third studio album " Crack-Up" at the Taft Theatre this Friday. It's been nearly six years since Fleet Foxes released its last album "Helpless Blues." Nilufer Yanya, a London-based, 22-year-old singer-songwriter will open for the band.

8 p.m. Friday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $37.50-47.50. tafttheatre.org

Wheels Of Soul Tour

End your weekend with a unique concert experience at Riverbend Music Center.  The 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing its blend of American soul, blues, rock and country to Cincinnati as part of its "Wheels of Summer Tour." The band, which is led by the husband and wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, will be joined by Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band. There will be a pre-show beer tasting as well.

5-11:30 p.m. Sunday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $23.50-$86. www.riverbend.org

Schützenfest Cincinnati 2018

Feed your need for German food, beer, music and fun this weekend at the annual Schützenfest. German immigrants began holding this three-day festival in 1866, according to event organizer the Kopling Society of Cincinnati. Schützenfest translated into English means Marksmen's Fest. The festival began as a celebration of a marksman who saved a child's life from an eagle attack in medieval times. That history is honored each year when people shoot at a hand-carved eagle during Schützenfest before feasting, drinking and dancing. 

6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Kopling Society, 10235 Mill Road, Springfield Township. www.schuetzenfestcincy.com

CoreLife Eatery Grand Opening

A new healthy food option is hosting its grand opening in Hyde Park this Friday. CoreLife Eatery promises ingredients that are free of GMOs, trans fats and artificial additives that will contribute to a healthy lifestyle. CoreLife will serve a variety of bowls that include grains, greens and bone broth, as well as healthy beverages. 

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. CoreLife Eatery, 3804 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Muse Cafe Anniversary Party

Come join Westwood's Muse Cafe celebrate its first year in business. The cafe is marking the occasion with food and drink during a special ticketed evening event. Those tickets cost $20, cover the cost of eats and drinks, and can be purchased at the cafe.

7 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Muse Cafe, 3018 Harrison Ave., Westwood. $20. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Crafted Local Food, Beer & Music Festival

You might need a strategy before you go in order to fully enjoy this event. The Crafted Local Food, Beer & Music Festival will feature more than 38 craft beers and seven restaurants this Saturday at Sawyer Point. Proceeds from the event will also benefit local charity League for Animal Welfare. Featured breweries include MadTree, Rhinegeist, Bad Tom Smith Brewing, Brink Brewing and many more. Bouquet, Muse Cafe and Cozy's Cafe & Pub will be among the local restaurants serving food. Doc Robinson and the Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle will provide the tunes.

2-6 p.m. Saturday. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. $60 general admission; $85 VIP; $35 designated driver. craftedfest.com

The City Flea

If you didn't break your monthly budget during Amazon Prime Day then you'll definitely want to visit this month's City Flea at Washington Park. The urban flea market will showcase the wares of more than 100 local and regional vendors. As a bonus, there is no wait time for delivery on purchases and you're supporting local businesses.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)'

How many of the Bard's works do you think you'll recognize during the Cincinnati Shakespeare Co.'s performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)?" Beginning this Friday, three actors will hilariously attempt to recreated abridged versions of 38 Shakespeare plays in 90 minutes. The event kicks off the company's 25th anniversary season. Additional performances will take place through Aug. 11.

7:30 p.m. Friday. The Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$54. cincyshakes.com

Cincinnati Neighborhood Games Opening Ceremonies

Celebrate community Saturday evening during the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games opening ceremonies at Washington Park. This is the second year for the games, which puts community pride on the line by pitting Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods against one another in fun competition. Saturday's ceremonies include a parade around Washington Park, a bicycle torch relay, music by Deuces Musik, cornhole and Jenga. The games then continue throughout next week before final competitions take place on July 28 at Yeatman's Cove.

7-10 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. www.cincygames.com


Find your center during Saturday morning's yoga class on the field of Paul Brown Stadium. The Yoga Bar will lead the one-hour NamasDEY session. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. and yoga at 9 a.m. followed by water and light snacks from 10-10:30 a.m. The $10 entry free will be donated to the nonprofit Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank.

9-10 a.m. Saturday. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown. $10. www.bit.ly/2LkpCY7

The Good People Festival

Covington business owner Rachel DesRochers created the Good People Festival in 2014 as a way to celebrate community, gratitude and music. The fifth annual free event will take place this Sunday at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center. The musical line-up for the festival will include Young Heirlooms, Chelsea Ford & The Trouble, The Newbees, Stephen Williams, Maria Carrelli, Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band, and Ben Knight & The Welldiggers. MadTree Brewing will be serving beer and there will be food vendors on location as well.

Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.