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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Oct. 3-6

Posted: 11:21 AM, Oct 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-04 09:15:13-04
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If you're looking for booze, blooms, movies or tunes this is definitely your weekend in Greater Cincinnati.

FOOD & DRINK

Kentucky’s Edge: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington. $150 conference admission; varying individual event prices. The organizers of Kentucky’s Edge describe it as the South By Southwest festival for bourbon. For two days the Northern Kentucky Convention Center will be the central hub for all things bourbon. The convention center also will be a great meeting spot to gather with friends and leave from in order to attend multiple bourbon-based festivities at multiple venues throughout Northern Kentucky. For example, there will be mixology classes held at Smoke Justis and The Hannaford, pairings at participating restaurants, buskers on every corner, special tasting events, tours of local distilleries, a Friday block party, movies and two live concerts at the Madison Theater. www.kentuckysedge.com

The Tequila Party: 2-10 p.m. Saturday. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Way, Carthage. $15-$30. Ages 21 and older. Enjoy Hispanic culture and music mixed with a little R&B soul during the Tequila Party. The party will feature beer, drink and food specials, live entertainment and three complimentary shots of tequila with paid admission. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Jungle Jim’s Weekend Of Fire: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door. Hot sauce, salsas, mustards, rubs, marinades and beef jerky will take center stage during Jungle Jim’s 13th annual Weekend of Fire. This year will feature more samples, more fiery foods and more heat with new competitions, newly imagined Weekend of Fire awards and plenty of spicy foods. www.junglejims.com

COMMUNITY

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. Admission: $3; children under age 12 free. This annual Oktoberfest will feature performances by the Donauschwaben Dance groups as well as traditional German beer and food. (It also actually takes place in October.) www.cincydonau.com

Cliftonfest: 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Historic Ludlow Avenue, Clifton. Free. Cliftonfest returns to the streets and sidewalks of Clifton with two days of fun this year. Come out Friday evening for a preview music performance and then return Saturday for a full day of music, food, drinks, sidewalk drawings and fun. www.cliftonfest.com

Sunflower Festival 2019: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale. Take time to stop and smell the sunflowers during the 22nd annual Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival this weekend. While not all of this year's crop of sunflowers will be in bloom, there still will be plenty to do and see down on the farm. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

THE ARTS

Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, seven Cincinnati locations. $10 individual movie ticket; $75-$250 festival passes. Get ready, film fans, this weekend’s Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival will showcase more than 80 feature-length and short films at seven venues around Cincinnati. The films selected for screenings reflect the festival’s vision of a world that celebrates differences and diversity. The festival will also include panel discussions with filmmakers, workshops, an open casting call for various audition opportunities, wine tastings and a closing-night awards ceremony. www.otrfilmfest.org

Assia Live in Concert: 7 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $47.25. Assia, a musical prodigy from the age of 5, will take the stage in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater and wow audiences with her violin. The international artist will perform her favorite songs, which include many modern ballads. www.cincinnatiarts.org

America’s Wonders in 3D: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $25 adults; $15 children. Take in the grandeur of America’s wonders during this installment of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s “Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Premier” series. Conductor Jacomo Bairos will lead the Pops in providing live music set to stunning visual images. www.cincinnatisymphony.org

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen: 8 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $58.75-$353.75. Join Emmy award-winning television host Andy Cohen and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation. They will interview each other and take questions from the audience. www.cincinnatiarts.org

CPS International Jazz Festival: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $10. Enjoy a dynamic evening of jazz featuring award-winning Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana and her international jazz artist group; the Pipkov National Music School Jazz Ensemble (Bulgaria); and the Cincinnati Public School Elementary Jazz Academy Orchestra. This event is in support of jazz education opportunities for CPS students. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Hyde Park Square Art Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Hyde Park Square, 2700 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. The 53rd annual Hyde Park Square Art Show will feature 300 artists representing media from painting to sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, multimedia and more. hydeparksquare.org

MUSIC & COMEDY

Legends of Hip-Hop: 8 p.m. Friday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $63-$129. Some of the most iconic names of hip-hop will take the stage during this weekend’s “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour” at U.S. Bank Arena. The tour stop will feature performances by E-40, Mystikal, Scarface, 8 Ball & MJG, Too Short, Bun B and Pastor Troy. www.usbankarena.com

Nate Bargatze: 7 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $35-$85. When comedian Nate Bargatze brings his “Good Problem to Have” tour to the Taft Theatre, you can expect a relatable and clean stand-up set. Bargatze has sold out multiple shows and in 2017 toured with Chris Rock during the legendary comedian’s “Total Blackout Tour.” www.tafttheatre.org