CINCINNATI – Ready for a boot-scooting boogie, beer run, a feast of fall festivals and the world's largest ghost hunt this weekend?
It's all going on in the list below.
Oktoberfests: Celebrations of the region's German heritage continues this weekend with multiple community Oktoberfests. Newport is holding its Oktoberfest Friday through Sunday along the Newport Levee. St. Agnes Parish in Fort Wright will also host its German-themed event Friday through Sunday. Across the Ohio River, St. Cecilia will hold its Oktoberfest in Oakley from 5-11 p.m. Saturday.
Cincinnati Beer Run: The Fall edition of the Cincinnati Beer Run will be lit this weekend. The adults-only two-and-a-half-mile run will take place in the evening and include a bit of night glow along with beer stops along the route. The run will also offer gluten-free beer options and an afterparty. 7:20 p.m. Friday. Riverboat Row, Newport. $40. www.cincinnatibeerrun.com
Boots and Brews: Practice your two-step dance moves before heading out to the inaugural Boots and Brews benefiting The Point/Arc this Saturday. The evening will feature live music by the Derek Alan Band, food trucks, cornhole and beer. Founded in 1972, the Point/Arc is a nonprofit that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 4-10 p.m. Saturday. DCCH Center for Children & Families, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell. $30 advance tickets; $40 at the door. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Streetside Brewery Two Year Anniversary Bash: Anniversaries are a big deal. So is craft beer in Cincinnati, which is why this event in Columbia Tusculum/East End is such a big deal. Streetside Brewery will celebrate its second anniversary Saturday with live music, a cellared-beer sale and taps flowing with some of Streetside's best brews. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Streetside Brewery, 4003 Eastern Ave., East End. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Bobby Mackey's Ghost Hunt: Get into the Halloween spirit with a ghost tour of the notoriously haunted Bobby Mackey's bar in Northern Kentucky. Ghost Hunts USA will lead the tour through the basement, otherwise known as "The Gateway to Hell." 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday. Bobby Mackey's Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Wilder. $129. www.ghosthuntsusa.com
Lawrenceburg Fall Fest: Take in three days of food, drink, rides, contests and live music this weekend in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The town on the Ohio River's annual fall festival will feature performances by headliners Dwight Yoakam, Walker Hayes, Walker Montgomery and Justin Moore. 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 4:30-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Near Todd Lane in Downtown Lawrenceburg. www.lawrenceburgfallfest.net
Art After Dark: The Cincinnati Art Museum will hold its monthly Art After Dark event on Friday. This month's theme "When You See It" will challenge visitors to consider what they view as art. The free event will include live music by Us, Today, scavenger hunts, art-making activities, food for purchase from Ché and access to the museum after hours. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Cincinnati Moon Festival: Celebrate the splendor of fall with Cincinnati's Chinese community this Saturday on Fountain Square during the 2018 Cincinnati Lantern Festival. The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange will host what is its Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to showcase its cultural heritage with all to enjoy for the first time ever. 2-9 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, Downtown. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Roebling Point Block Party for a Cause: Ever dreamed of riding a zip line down Main Street in Covington? Well, here is your chance. The Roebling Point Block Party will feature a zip line, along with food, Covington's Farmers Market, a petting zoo, Circus Mojo and live music. Proceeds from the party will benefit various organizations in Kenton County that raise awareness and resources for lower-income students. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Smoke Justis 302 Court St., Covington. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Mound Street Block Party: Visit the West End this weekend and help the Betts-Longworth Historic District celebrate the neighborhood. The annual Mound Street Block Party will feature food, drink, live music, children's activities and cornhole. Mound Street between Chestnut and Elizabeth streets will be closed Saturday for the party. 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Betts-Longworth Historic District, 1030 Mound St., West End. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
World's Largest Ghost Hunt: Love a good scare? How about helping to preserve historic places? The third annual National Ghost Hunting Day's "World's Largest Ghost Hunt" will take place at multiple local participating sites this Saturday. Led by various paranormal groups, people can tour historic sites known know to be inhabited by things that go bump in the night. Locally, City Goat in Covington, Benton Farms in Walton and the Butler County Historical Society building are just a few of the places participating in the ghost hunt. The hunt was originally created in Hamilton, Ohio as a way to educate and raise support for preserving historic places. For more information visit nationalghosthuntingday.com.
IF Cincy 2018: A wide array of voices and styles will perform during the three-day Cincinnati Improv Festival this weekend. Headliners for the festival include Cincinnati-native Emily Fightmaster from Chicago, Working Title from Atlanta and Broke Gravy from Portland. Performances will begin at twice on two separate stages each evening. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $20 single ticket; $35 two-ticket bundle; $65 four-ticket bundle; $90 six-ticket bundle. www.ifcincy.com
Lauren Daigle: The two-time Grammy Award nominee will perform in Cincinnati as part of her "Look Up Child" tour to promote her latest album of the same name. Daigle gained a strong following after releasing her 2015 debut album "How Can It Be." Everyone who purchases an online ticket for Daigle's show at the Taft Theatre will also receive a physical copy of her new album. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $27.50-$77.50. tafttheatre.org
Comedian David Koechner: Fans of "The Office" won't want to miss their chance to see the man who played Todd Packer on the hit sitcom. Actor, writer and producer David Koechner will share his unique brand of humor during a special engagement at the Liberty Funny Bone during multiple performances this weekend. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St. A-120, Liberty Township. $20-$50. 21 and older. liberty.funnybone.com
Modest Mouse: Indie pop band Modest Mouse will perform at the Taft Theatre this Friday. The band gained national fame with its 2004 breakthrough album "Good News For People Who Love Bad News." Since then, Modest Mouse has continued to tour the country and will definitely play its melodic brand of music during its stop in Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Friday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $39.50-$49.50. tafttheatre.org
Joshua Bell + The Rite of Spring: Violinist Joshua Bell returns to Music Hall to perform Sibelius' "Violin Concerto" with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Other music performed by the CSO will also include Stravinsky's "Fireworks" and "The Rite of Spring." 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$115. cincinnatisymphony.org