Looking at the list of events coming up this week, we can expertly say that this is the biggest week of things to do in Cincinnati since the pandemic began. There are some HUGE happenings.
It’s a concert extravaganza with shows from Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, Blackberry Smoke, Judy Collins, Michael Buble (note: the Buble show is now postponed to Oct. 22), Brad Paisley and the I Love the 90’s Tour with Rob Base, Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc and Vanilla Ice.
The Reds are in town, FC Cincinnati has a home game. There’s Shakespeare bouncing around local parks.
And festivals galore, including the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion, Jewel’s Wellness Experience, the Greater Cincinnati House & Outdoor Living Show in Sharonville, the Whiskey City Summer Fest featuring music by the Kentucky Headhunters, and even the Bridalrama expo at Duke Energy Convention Center.
Holy cow. See what we mean? Packed!
We’re right smack in the middle of a time when people are trying to ease back into normalcy – but there’s also a resurgence of COVID-19 with the delta variant. We totally understand the need to cut loose and have fun, but be safe out there, everyone. Also, be sure to call ahead or check social media before attending any local event as the status of some events might change at the last minute.
Monday, Aug. 16
FAMILY: Butterflies of Bali, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Timed ticket entry. Runs May 8-Sept. 6. Reservations: krohn.ticketspice.com/butterflyshow.
RECREATION: Free Fitness Weeks, Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon and 2894 State Route 22, Deerfield Township. From Aug. 16-29 all adult fitness classes at both locations are free. Try TRX, boxing, zumba, pilates, yoga, muscle max, spin cycle and more. countrysideymca.org.
RECREATION: Trivia on the Square, 6-8 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Weekly through Oct. 11. Free. myfountainsquare.com.
SPORTS: Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Great American Ball Park, Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. reds.com.
SPORTS: Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason. Runs Aug. 14-22. wsopen.com.
Tuesday, Aug. 17
CONCERTS: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Memorial Hall.
CONCERTS: Dermot Kennedy, Taft Theatre. SOLD OUT.
HEALTH: Outdoor Fitness Series, 7 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township. Rotating series of HIIT, boot camp and zumba every Tuesday June 1-Aug. 31. greatparks.org.
MUSIC: Summermusik, 8 p.m., Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra performs. Program: Organic MicroBrass. Brand new arrangements of jazz classics. $35-up. 513-723-1182; ccocincinnati.org.
MUSIC: Summer Concert Series, weekly, Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. This week: The Klaberheads. blueashevents.com.
MUSIC: Acoustic Lunch Series, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Piatt Park, 100 Garfield Place, Downtown. Runs Tuesdays and Thursdays June 1-Aug. 31.
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Village Park, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. Macbeth. Free.
TOURS: Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth St., Aurora. Guided tours of historic home. $10, $4 ages 7-13, free ages 6-under. Discounts on Thursdays for seniors and veterans. 812-926-0087; hillforest.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
ART: Neighborhood Sign Walk, 7 p.m., Wave Pool Gallery, 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington. Walk with artist Paul Shortt. Free. wavepoolgallery.org.
CONCERTS: Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, Icon Festival Stage at Smale Park. Boston To Berkeley II Tour with the Bronx.
CONCERTS: Lloyd Banks, Bogart’s.
MUSIC: Reggae Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Live reggae music. Runs weekly May 12-Oct. 13. Free. myfountainsquare.com.
RECREATION: FCC Pre-game Party, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
SPORTS: FC Cincinnati vs CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m., TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Pkwy, West End.
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Mt. Storm Park, 700 Lafayette Ave., Clifton. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Free.
Thursday, Aug. 19
ART: Artist Talk: Paul Shortt, 6:30 p.m., American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth St., Camp Washington. Free. wavepoolgallery.org.
COMEDY: Elliott Morgan, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. liberty.funnybone.com.
CONCERTS: Blackberry Smoke, PNC Pavilion. With The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers and Jaimoe.
CONCERTS: Judy Collins, Memorial Hall.
CONCERTS: Marc Cohn, Ludlow Garage. With Randall Bramblett.
DANCING: Salsa on the Square, 7-10 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Weekly dance series with live salsa bands. Runs May 6-Sept. 30. Free. myfountainsquare.com.
FESTIVALS: Birds of a Feather Music & Arts Festival, Thursday-Sunday, Thornhill Dragstrip, 14200 Kenton Station Road, Morning View. $60 weekend pass. birdsofafeatherfest.com.
FILM/MUSEUMS OPENING: Asteroid Hunters, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Newest OmniMax film provides fascinating look at asteroids and their cosmic origins. cincymuseum.org.
MUSIC: Music on the River, 7-9 p.m., Civic Park, 111 E. High St., Lawrenceburg. Family-friendly atmosphere with live music, food trucks, vendors and beer garden. Bring lawn chairs. Free. This week: Dangerous Jim & the Slims.
MUSIC: Roots Revival, 7-9 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.
MUSIC: The Takeover, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Township. Free live music Thursdays June-August. This week: The Whammies. westchesteroh.org.
MUSIC: Summer Music Festival, 6-10 p.m., Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Circle, Mount Lookout. This month: Sapphire Express. Free.
SPORTS: Cincinnati Reds vs Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6:40 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Great American Ball Park, Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. reds.com.
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Free.
Friday, Aug. 20
CHARITY/SHOPPING: Portaluca Warehouse Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 4623 Wesley Ave., Norwood. For $20, fill a bag with merchandise, including clothing, shoes and accessories. Benefits Dress for Success.
COMEDY: Shuler King, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. Runs Aug. 20-22. liberty.funnybone.com.
CONCERTS: Michael Buble, Heritage Bank Center. ***POSTPONED to Oct. 22.
CONCERTS: Classical Roots, 7:30 p.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Conducted by John Morris Russell with full orchestra performing music created by some of the most important Black composers of the past and present. Zion Baptist Church, Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church and Quinn Chapel A.M.E. perform with orchestra. $14-up. cincinnatisymphony.org.
CONCERTS: Carriers, Woodward Theater.
FESTIVALS: Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown and Avondale Town Center, 3543 Reading Road, Avondale. Runs Aug. 20-22. myblackfamilyreunion.org.
FESTIVALS: St. Ignatius of Loyola Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday, 5222 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights. Live music nightly, food and more. Runs Aug. 20-22.
FESTIVALS: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday, 5900 Buckwheat Road, Milford. Live music, kids games, food, beer garden with ID, gambling under the big tent. Runs Aug. 20-22
FESTIVALS: St. Mary Funfest, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 3-8:30 p.m. Sunday, 2853 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. Live music all weekend, rides, games, gambling, food and more. Runs Aug. 20-22. smchp.com.
FESTIVALS: The Wellness Experience, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, The Banks, 25 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. Fitness and music festival. Work out with celebrity trainers, hear inspiring speakers, get healthy cooking tips practice mindfulness techniques and enjoy live music by Quinn XCII and Blessid Union of Souls on Friday, and the Opening Act talent competition on Saturday.
FILM: Movies in the Park: Shrek, 7 p.m., Miami Whitewater Forest Harbor, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Crosby Township. Craft and art vendors 5 p.m., film at 7 p.m. greatparks.org.
FILM: Hollywood Drive-In Theater, 9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1538 Cedar Ave., College Hill. Friday: The Greatest Showman. Saturday: Finding Nemo. $25 per car. hollywooddriveintheater.com.
MUSIC: Summermusik Under the Stars, 8 p.m., Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra performs. Program: Women in Musik. Marking just over 100 years since the 19th amendment gave women a voice at the ballot box, the CCO will look at the voice women have in classical repertoire. $35-up. 513-723-1182; ccocincinnati.org.
MUSIC: Fifth and Vine Live, 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St. Downtown. Friday: Michigander, Darity, Leland Blue. Saturday: Harlequins, Slow Glows, Pop Empire. Free. myfountainsquare.com.
MUSIC: Summer Concert Series, weekly, Towne Square, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. This week: The Remains. blueashevents.com.
MUSIC: Concerts in the Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Victory Park, 2078 Mills Ave., Norwood. This week: Sarah Gorak & Nick Heffron. Free.
RECREATION: The Big Biergarten Experience, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township. Area’s largest selection of German imported bier, plus German-inspired food, music and amusements. Two weekends: Aug. 20-22 and Aug. 27-29. Tickets required for everyone over the age of 12. eventbrite.com.
SHOPPING: Charm at the Farm, 4-8 p.m. Friday (VIP only), 9 a.m.-noon Saturday (early bird) and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 4953 Bunnell Hill Road, Lebanon. Vintage market. charmatthefarm.com.
SHOPPING: Pop-Up Party, 6-9 p.m., Highland Plaza, 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas. Vendors, food trucks, beer and music.
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 N. 6th St., Richmond, Ind. Macbeth. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 21
ART OPENING: The Way We See Ourselves: Telling Stories Through Self Portraits, ArtWorks V2 Gallery, 901 E. McMillan Ave., Walnut Hills. Runs Aug. 21-Oct. 16. artworkscincinnati.org.
ART: Pool Party + Parking Lot Art Fair, noon-5 p.m., Wave Pool Gallery, 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington. Free. wavepoolgallery.org.
CONCERTS: I Love the 90’s Tour, Great American Ball Park. With Rob Base, Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc and Vanilla Ice.
CONCERTS: Average White Band, Ludlow Garage.
CONCERTS: Polo G, PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation.
EXPOS: Greater Cincinnati House & Outdoor Living Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. $5, free ages 18-under. homeshowcenter.com.
EXPOS: Greater Cincinnati Women’s Health Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville. Complimentary swag bags, interactive demos and workouts, screenings, pop-up shops, local health experts and services. Free, but registration required: cincy.live.
FESTIVALS: Queen of the Wing,Saturday-Sunday POSTPONED UNTIL 2022, Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Showcases the region’s best chicken wings. Runs Aug. 21-22. Free admission. queenofthewing.com.
FESTIVALS: St. Philip Heavenly Hole in One Golf Ball Drop & Social, 5:30-11 p.m., St. Philip, 1404 Mary Ingles Hwy., Melbourne. Food, bar, live music, kids’ games, poker, split the pot. stphilipky.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities.
MUSIC: Whiskey City Summer Fest, 5 p.m., Civic Park, 111 E. High St., Lawrenceburg, Ind. Food trucks, beer garden, live music. Bring lawn chairs. No coolers allowed. Headliner: Kentucky Headhunters. Also appearing: The Georgia Thunderbolts, The Renegades, Jessie Strassell. Free admission and parking. thinklawrenceburg.com.
MUSIC: Keehner Park Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Keehner Park, 7211 Barret Road, West Chester. This week: The Remains.
MUSIC: Great Parks Summer Concert, Miami Whitewater Forest, Harbor, 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Crosby Township. Ben Levin. Free. greatparks.org.
RECREATION: Tacos & Tequila Bar Crawl, 1-5 p.m., 1133 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. Ticket includes 3 tacos, koozie, discounted drink specials at each stop, map, entertainment and raffles. Stops include Treehouse/OTR LIve, Rosedale OTR, Mr. Pitifuls, Revel OTR, Below Zero Lounge, MOTR and more. $12-$30. eventbrite.com.
SHOPPING: Torn Light Parking Lot Sale, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Torn Light, 356 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. Shop for vinyl records, VHS and Bluray. Thousands of LPs and 12″ singles for $1. tornlightrecords.com.
SHOPPING: The Market at Medpace, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5375 Medpace Way, Madisonville.
SHOPPING: That’s Why I Love You, noon-5:30 p.m., Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington. Shop small businesses, crafters and food. Benefits All for Autism/Aspergers.
SHOPPING: Sports Card Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township. Over 50 dealers. Free admission.
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Eden Park, Seasongood Pavilion, 1600 Art Museum Drive, Mount Adams. Romeo and Juliet. Free.
Sunday, Aug. 22
ART: Baker Hunt Artists’ Show, noon-3 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington. Single-day showcase of artwork created by Baker Hunt students. Free. bakerhunt.com.
CONCERTS: Brad Paisley, Icon Festival Stage at Smale Park. With Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe.
EXPOS: Bridalrama, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Wedding show that gives couples the opportunity to meet with professional wedding specialists. $10. bridalrama.net.
FESTIVALS/VIRTUAL: Cincinnati Festival of Faiths. Runs Aug. 22-28. More than 40 local organizations and 14 world religions take part in cultural, spiritual and fun activities for all ages. Includes panel discussions, spiritual meditations and more. Free. equasion.org.
HEALTH: Fit in the Fort, 2-5 p.m., Tower Park Amphitheater, Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas.
RECREATION: CinciFatty Splash Pool Party, 6:15-8:45 p.m., Waterworks, 2701 Harris Ave., Norwood. Inclusive swim party for ages 18-up of all sizes and genders. Optional PHAT Aquatic Yoga class at 7 p.m. Register: eventbrite.com.
SHOPPING: MV Flea, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mainstrasse Village, Sixth Street Promenade, Covington. facebook.com/mvillageflea.
SHOPPING: Burlington Antique Show, 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington. Features over 200 dealers of antiques, vintage jewelry, primitives, garden & architectural elements, mid-century collectibles, Americana, memorabilia and retro and vintage furniture. $6 early birds (6-8 a.m.), $4 general admission. Ages 12-under free. burlingtonantiqueshow.com.
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Shawnee State University Alumni Green, 940 Second St., Portsmouth. Macbeth. Free.
TOURS: Historic Mount Adams Walking Tours, 1 p.m., Mount Adams Bar & Grill, 938 Hatch St., Mount Adams. 2-hour guided walking tour of neighborhood. Wear comfortable shoes and mask. Runs Sundays through Oct. 31. Benefits Mount Adams Civic Association. $10. mtadamscincy.org.