If you don’t want to join the crowd at Riverfest, there will be plenty of watch parties for the Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks on Sunday.
Here are the biggest events on our radar. (And make sure to also check out WCPO Contributor Julie Niesen Gosdin’s top picks for bars and eateries with a great view of the show -- several are having watch parties, too.)
The OTR Country Club: Starts at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Rookwood, 1077 Celestial St., Mount Adams. All-you-can-eat barbecue, music, a cash bar and a view of the fireworks. $30. Complimentary shuttle from the Lackman in Over-the-Rhine. otrcountryclub2016.splashthat.com
Newport Central Catholic High School’s Family Fireworks Fest: Starts at 5 p.m. Sunday. Newport Central Catholic High School, 13 Carothers Road, Newport. $5 admission; age 6 and under free. ncchs.com
Dick’s Last Resort Riverfest Watch Party: 5 p.m.-midnight Sunday. Purple People Bridge, Newport. $40 advance, $50 day of fireworks. Free appetizers 5-7 p.m. Live music by DJ DB, beer, cornhole and giveaways. Call 859-581-2500 or email Kvandruten@dlrmc.com for tickets.
Light Up the Sky: Starts at 4 p.m. Sunday. Hip-hop artists Mix Fox, Tyler Keast, Nicole Blake, Ladyy Ace, Young Z, Ianigma, Cleatis, Elijah Campbell and Ricky James. The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. $10 advance, $15 day of show. http://thompsonhousenewport.com
Mount Adams Pavilion: Starts at 5 p.m. Sunday. DJs Fuseamania and Simo, live music by Cherry on Top, food and drinks. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams. For tickets and VIP tables, call 513-744-9200. http://mountadamspavilion.com
Bar Louie’s Labor Day Launch Party: Noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Bar Louie Newport, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. Upper deck: $100, which includes seating, a food item and drink. Lower deck: free, ages 21 and up, with live music by Right Turn Clyde and Swan. 859-291-4222. www.facebook.com/BarLouieNewport
Rockin’ Ribs at Riverfest: 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Montgomery Inn Boathouse, 925 Riverside Drive. Barbecue, cocktails, silent auction and open bar. $175. Benefits the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. www.thechildrenshomecinti.org
Celebrations Riverboats’ Riverfest party: Boards 4:30-5:15 p.m. Sunday, returns at 11 p.m. 848 Elm St., Ludlow, Kentucky. Hor d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, open bars and DJ. $175 plus 6 percent sales tax. celebrationriverboats.com
Incline Public House's fireworks party: Starts at 6 p.m. Sunday. 2601 W. 8th St. All-you-can-eat buffet menu and cash bar. $75. For tickets, call 513-251-3000. www.facebook.com/events/1678104919181288/
Cincinnati Railway Co.: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad’s Fireworks Train departs 6 p.m. Sunday from the rear parking lot of the Green Sales Co., 2172 Seymour Ave. $30. www.lebanonrr.com/fireworks. Cincinnati Dinner Train’s Fireworks Train also departs 6 p.m. Sunday from Green Sales Co. Coach car, $60; dining car, $115. www.cincinnatirailway.com/dinnertrain/reservations
Queen City Riverboats: Boarding begins at 5 p.m. Sunday; boat departs at 6 p.m. 100 O'Fallon Ave., Dayton, Kentucky. Dinner includes chicken Marsala, roast beef, salad and a cash bar. Dinner cruise: $119.79; cruise only is $62.54. 859-292-8687.
Mitchell’s Fish Market VIP seating: 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Mitchell’s Fish Market, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way. $59.99 per person three-course dinner. Table reservations start at $200.www.newportonthelevee.com
AquaFest 2016: 5:30-11:30 p.m. Sunday. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, 1 Aquarium Way. $119 for adults 21 and over. $99 for aquarium pass holders 21 and over. www.newportaquarium.com