CINCINNATI – Celebrate your Celtic side, sting like a queen bee and take in the sweet sounds from legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears this weekend.
Queen Bee Half Marathon: Ladies get your run on during the annual half marathon and four-mile run this Saturday. Festivities surrounding the races include Friday's Bee-U-Tique Expo from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday at the Duke Energy Convention Center and the post-race party at Lytle Park, Downtown. 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Jack Casino Cincinnati, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown. $50-$95. queenbeehalf.com
Cincinnati Celtic Festival: Come show your Celtic pride this weekend during the Cincinnati Celtic Festival at Summit Park in Blue Ash. There will be two stages of music, a Celtic tattoo ink contest, a men's "Bonnie Knee" judging contest, a haggis toss, drink and food. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash. https://cincinnaticelticfest.com/
Neltner's Fall Fest: Take a trip to the country and enjoy live music, fresh fruit, artisan crafts and family fun in Northern Kentucky this weekend. Neltner's Fall Fest will also include wine tastings, a corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a barrel train. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Neltner's Farm, 6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne, Ky. $5 ages three and up. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Second Sunday on Main: The October edition of this monthly street festival in Over-the-Rhine will include live music by Wonky Tonk, Lauren Eylise, Naquia Chante, Knotts and programming by Triiibe. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Second Sunday on Main, Main Street between 12th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week: Get out and explore Cincinnati's culinary scene during the final days of the inaugural Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week. Eight black-owned eateries are offering discounts on meals and desserts now through Sunday. The week, presented by the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio, will end with a Sunday brunch catered by KWality Eats at the Dive Bar in Corryville. For full details on discounts and participating restaurants visit www.ulypgso.org.
Rough Draft Halloween Costume Party: Consider this event at Queen City Radio practice for those other Halloween costume parties you plan to attend. Come dressed up and listen to local bands National Barks and Grand Process play from 8:30-10:30 p.m. 7-11 p.m. Thursday. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. 21 and over. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Kovington Karnivale 2018: This inaugural event blends a Masquerade Bar Crawl through Covington, a Covington commissioner candidate panel and the staged reading of "Bro'Kin River," an original community play. Don't worry, the Masquerade Bar Crawl through Covington begins 7 p.m. Friday at Lil's Bagels, located at 308 Greenup St. The candidate panel is 3 p.m. Saturday inside the Lincoln Grant Scholar House at 824 Greenup St., followed by the reading at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Big Hazy IPA Fest: Are you a craft beer drinker? Do you like New England-style IPAs? Then Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.'s Big Hazy IPA fest is for you. Buy a four-pack of the popular brew, groove to China Catz's Grateful Dead covers and make tie-dyed t-shirts during this fest. 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Second Annual Wizard Pub Crawl: Warm up those magic wands and prepare for a magical night of drinking when this popular pub crawl returns to Over-the-Rhine this Saturday. This Harry Potter-inspired event will stop at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, MOTR Pub, The Hub OTR, The Rook, Mr. Pitiful's, Below Zero Lounge, Drinkery, HalfCut, Gomez Salsa, Revel Urban Winery and OTR Live. 2-10 p.m. Saturday. 16-Bit, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine. $25-$42. 21 and over. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Comedian Eddie Griffin: Don't miss the multi-talented Griffin's standup this weekend at the Liberty Funny Bone. Griffin began his standup career in 1990 and then went into acting shortly after that. He won the 2000 NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the sitcom "Malcolm and Eddie," which he wrote for and starred in. 7:30 p.m and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St. Space A-120, Liberty Township. $40-$55. 21 and over. www.liberty.funnybone.com
Blood, Sweat & Tears at The Ludlow Garage: You won't want to miss the legendary jazz-rock band when they come to the Clifton music venue to perform back-to-back shows this Friday. Since forming in 1967, Blood, Sweat & Tears has produced such hits as "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "I Can't Quit Her." 7-8:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Friday. The Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $40-$60. For more information visit the event Facebook page.