Top 9 things to do this weekend: Oct. 15-18

Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 17, 2015

Meet Me In The Tunnel

A$AP Ferg. The White Panda. Milk N Cooks. And a chance to dance deep into the night. (Well, at least until 2 a.m.) If you missed the first Ubahn music festival in 2013, this weekend offers you a do-over. Ubahn Fest will bring more than 40 hip-hop and EDM artists to the underground Metro transit tunnel this weekend. This edition again will feature freestyle dance battles during the Heroes Rise competition on Saturday, as well as DJs, live art installations and skateboard demos.

You can check out photos from Day One of Ubahn Fest HERE

7 p.m.-2 a.m.: Friday and Saturday. Cincinnati Metro Transit Center: 220 Central Ave., Downtown (between Third Street and West Pete Rose Way). Advance: one-day pass $30; weekend pass $40; weekend VIP pass $100. Day-of tickets: $40 for one day, $50 for the weekend.

Ladies First

Ladyfest Cincinnati is a three-day festival designed to showcase women artists and activists. The festival will bring music, visual art, film, photography, spoken word and multimedia, as well as empowerment and educational workshops, to multiple venues in Northside. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Thursday-Saturday, event times vary. Day pass: $10; weekend pass $24. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Acrobats + Music = A Great Show

Circus performers mix with musical theater stars during Broadway in Cincinnati’s production of “Pippin,” at the Aronoff Center through the weekend. Yes, this version of the coming-of-age musical features acrobats as equally compelling as the songs. If the buzz I’ve seen on social media is any indication, the show will stay on your mind long after the final curtain.

7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Tickets start at $29.

Sip, Savor Kentucky Wine

If you’ve read my Top 9 list for the past few months, you know how much I adore wine. Which is why I’ll be going to the NKY Wine Festival in Mainstrasse Village. It features Kentucky wineries such as Elk Creek, Seven Wells, Rose Hill Farm and Brianza Gardens on the Sixth Street Promenade at the Goose Girl Fountain. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and four sample tickets; however, you also can buy full glasses of wine, as well as bottles and cases. So raise a glass (or several).

3-10 p.m. Saturday. Main and Sixth streets, Covington. $10. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Food Trucks For All

There will be a food truck bonanza at Washington Park on Saturday during the CFTA Food Fest. Hosted by the Cincinnati Food Truck Association, the festival will feature more than 20 local food trucks, including popular favorites such as Empanadas Aqui, Bistro de Mohr, C’est Cheese and Red Sesame, plus music from Brea Shay, Erin Coburn Band and DJ Nate the Great. Time to eat!

2-8 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Hockey Fans, Unite

The Cincinnati Cyclones are kicking off their regular season this Saturday against the Toledo Walleye at US Bank Arena, and there’s more than hockey to draw you in. Enjoy $1 John Morrell hot dogs, Donatos pizza, soda and beer, and an afterparty with the players, coaches and staff at Holy Grail at the Banks. Go team!

7:30 p.m. Saturday. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. Tickets start at $13. 

Reading Is Fundamental

Book lovers, this is for you. Books By the Banks returns to Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday with more than 100 local, regional and best-selling national authors mingling with fans and discussing their work. Expect to see notable authors such as Rainbow Rowell, John and Sherry Petersik and Anthony Marra in the Authors Pavilion. There also will be writing and publishing panels and workshops for would-be writers, as well as activities geared toward children and teens.  

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Free admission.

Food Tradition #1

Sacred Heart Church’s famous Italian Dinner happens twice a year, once in spring and once in fall, drawing hundreds of hungry people each time. Volunteers work tirelessly to hand-roll thousands of ravioli and meatballs for the Italian feast and fundraiser. The meal doesn’t begin until noon, but expect lines to start forming hours in advance -- this tradition has lasted more than 100 years for good reason.          

Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Sacred Heart Church Cincinnati, 2733 Massachusetts Ave., Camp Washington. $12 adults, $5 children.

Food Tradition #2

Noted Cincinnati chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and his wife, Annette Pfund-de Cavel, host their SIDS brunch and silent auction every year with one goal in mind: to raise awareness of the disease that claimed the life of their daughter Tatiana. The brunch features food from the best chefs and restaurants in the Queen City, including Boca, Bouquet, Jeff Ruby Steakhouse, Jimmy G's, JR Table Group, Metropole, Mita's, Nicola’s, Oriental Wok and more. Each ticket helps to fund the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation’s outreach programs and research. 

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Adults, $65; children ages 5-12, $20. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway.