Make no bones about it: This weekend is filled with good food, great drinks, fall fun and more than a few off-the-cuff ways to enjoy your down time.
FOOD & DRINK
Slice Night 2019: 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Find your new favorite slice of pizza during Slice Night 2019. General admission will get you unlimited pizza tastings from 16 local pizzerias, plus music and entertainment provided by Q102. All proceeds from this event benefit cancer research at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. www.foundation.uc.edu
Braxton Barrel House Grand Opening: 3-11 p.m. Friday. Braxton Barrel House, 2501 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell. Free. Braxton Brewing Co. will open its third Northern Kentucky location on Friday. The Braxton Barrel House will celebrate its grand opening inside the former Remke Market in Fort Mitchell with live music, barrel-aged beers and local food options. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Walnut Hills Street Food Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Healthy Harvest Mobile Market, 954 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Celebrate the cornucopia of talent and food in the Walnut Hills community during the seventh annual Walnut Hills Street Food Festival. The festival will take place in the former Kroger location near Peebles Corner. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Queen of the Wing: Cincinnati's Wing Fest: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. Washington Park will transform into a wing lover's heaven, featuring more than 30 of the sauciest wing vendors from across the Greater Cincinnati area. There will also be live music and plenty of contest opportunities during the event. Bring some cash and wet naps and get ready to chow down. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Mason Deerfield Oktoberfest 2019: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Sonder Brewing, 8584 Duke Blvd., Mason. Free. Mason Oktoberfest is happening at Sonder Brewing with other breweries from around Ohio joining in on the fun. The event will feature German beers, festive food by BrewRiver, activities and music, plus a German beer homebrew competition. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Great Outdoors Weekend: Saturday and Sunday. Greater Cincinnati Parks. Each year nonprofit Green Umbrella organizes and offers more than 100 events during its Great Outdoor Weekend. These events will take place throughout the entire Greater Cincinnati region. Browse the Great Outdoors calendar to find your own adventure. www.greatoutdoorweekend.org
Lebanon Country Applefest: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon. Free. For the first time in its 37-year history, the Lebanon Country Applefest will be a two-day event. The Warren County Fairgrounds will feature homemade crafts, great food and entertainment each day. www.countryapplefest.com
Neltner's Fall Fest: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Neltner’s Farm, 6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne, Kentucky. $5 admission ages 3 and up. Neltner’s Farm in Campbell County will be filled with artisans, crafters, a three-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, home-cooked food, fall items for purchase, pony rides and barrel train rides. The weekend’s live music will include performances by Ruby Green on Saturday and Willow Tree Carolers on Sunday. Both bands will perform at 1:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Jack O’Lantern Junction: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. $15.95. Halloween fun for the whole family will roll into EnterTRAINment Junction starting this Saturday and continuing through Oct. 31. You’ll be able to walk through a kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, visit a mini-animated display and enjoy an indoor Pumpkin Patch where children can get a free mini-pumpkin. www.entertrainmentjunction.com
IF Cincy: the Improv Festival of Cincinnati: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $15 single tickets; $100 full festival pass (eight shows). Improv artists from across the country will perform at the sixth annual IF Cincy improv festival this weekend. Performers will include Sweater Puppies, an all-star, Atlanta-based female ensemble featuring Amber Nash, who is best known for her role as Pam Poovey on the animated show “Archer.” www.ifcincy.com
Art After Dark: Get Into the Groove: 5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. Bust out your spandex, leg warmers and acid wash jeans. Cincinnati Art Museum’s popular silent disco is back and this time the museum is kicking it '80s style. Enjoy food for purchase from FUSIAN and Busken Bakery, specialty cocktails and docent-led tours. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays Beethoven: 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$115. Four-time Grammy winner Anne-Sophie Mutter was called the "undisputed queen of violin-playing" by “The Times, London.” Judge for yourself when the musical phenomenon performs Gabriella Smith’s “f(x) = sin²x – 1/x,” Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto” and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4” with conductor Eun Sun Kim. www.cincinnatisymphony.org
MUSIC & COMEDY
Kathleen Madigan: 8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $38. Comedian Kathleen Madigan will perform material from her most recent special "Bothering Jesus" when she comes to the Taft Theatre. Her fifth hourlong standup special is just the latest in Madigan’s long career, which also includes 25 appearances on the “Tonight Show” and multiple appearances on big and small screens. www.tafttheatre.org
Grits and Biscuits: 9 p.m. Friday. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Clifton. Ages 21 and older. $20. Are you ready for a Dirty South dance party? Grits and Biscuits returns to Cincinnati with a night full of Southern hip-hop. www.bogarts.com
Merchants & Music: Bands Against Cancer: 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Tower Park, 900 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas. Enjoy a day of great music, shopping, food trucks and fun activities in Fort Thomas. While the event is free to attend, a percentage of sales from all vendors will benefit the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Anjelah Johnson: 7 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $39.75-$159.75. Internet sensation Anjelah Johnson is bringing her “Technically Not Stalking” tour to the Queen City. Johnson first gained fame with her viral video “Nail Salon,” which in turn has led to many standup, television and film opportunities. www.tafttheatre.org