Believe it or not, there are actually other things happening this weekend other than the BLINK light-based art festival taking place in Cincinnati and Covington. (Though to be fair, BLINK is pretty awesome and worth attending. You can learn everything there is to know about BLINK here.)
FOOD & DRINK
Cincinnati Coffee Festival: 12:30-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $12.50-$40. The Cincinnati Coffee Festival will once again kick off with a trade day on Friday for coffee shop owners, baristas and people interested in getting into the coffee business. Then on Saturday and Sunday the festival will be open to the public with 60 coffee roasters, coffee and tea shops, bakers, pastry shops and chocolatiers from around the region and across the country serving tastes of their wares. www.cincinnaticoffeefestival.com
Wellness Your Way Festival: Friday-Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $10 day pass; $25 three-day festival pass. The Wellness Your Way Festival is billed as one of the largest wellness and entertainment events in our region. The lineup for the three-day event sure seems to suggest as much. Celebrities such as Jewel, Perez Hilton, Shanicia Boswell and Black Mom’s blog founder Karena Dawn are slated to appear at the festival. Beyond the stars, the festival will also feature educational sessions, panel discussions, musical performances, live cooking demonstrations and fitness programs, a consumer food expo, kid-friendly activities, and interactive stations to test new health and wellness technology. www.wellnessyourwayfestival.com
Cincy Nice Social House: 4 p.m.- 2 a.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Switch Lighting & Design Studio, 312 W. Fourth St., Suit 2, Downtown. Make new friends, old friends, out-of-town friends and soon-to-be best friends during the Cincy Nice Social House’s pop up event taking place during BLINK this weekend. Throughout the three-day event there will be music, a cocktail reception for “Nice Faces, Nice Places: A Thousand Words Black Artist Showcase,” a pop up pancake house, community lounge and BLINK linkup up and walk events. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Sayler Park Harvest Festival 2019: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Nelson Sayler Memorial Park, 6600 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park. Free. Come spend a beautiful day in Cincinnati’s westside (best side?) riverfront neighborhood. Bring a chair and enjoy live music by Danny Frazier and Roger Franxman while shopping for a wide selection arts and crafts, baked goods, fall plants, pumpkins and gourds. There will also be food by Chili Rocks. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Cold Spring Fall Festival: 2-6 p.m. Saturday. City of Cold Spring, 5694 E. Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring. Free. Cold Spring will host a fun filled afternoon featuring a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, hayride, pumpkins, hot dogs, cotton candy and snow cones. For more information visit the Facebook page.
Lebanon Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Lebanon, East Mulberry Street, Lebanon. Free. Take in one of the last Oktoberfests of the season this weekend. Lebanon’s German fest will feature food, craft beer and children’s activities. The event also raises money for the Miller Park Fund. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
The Great Pumpkin Fest West Chester: 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Keehner Park, 7411 Barret Road, West Chester Township. Free. This free, family-friendly event features the Primrose School of West Chester costume contest (ages 0-12), a puppet show, petting zoos, a not-so-scary haunted trail, crafts, games and more. For more information visitthe event Facebook page.
Women Breaking Boundaries Community Opening: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free admission. Join the staff of the Cincinnati Art Museum and celebrate the opening of a new exhibition that explores the role of women in art and art history through works from the museum’s permanent collection. There will also be food, along with the chance to explore the creative of some of Greater Cincinnati’s women owned businesses. There will also be a panel discussion exploring how society can champion the role of women in the Arts from 2-3 p.m. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org