Top 5 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: May 16-18 July

1st Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour

Get an inside look at Campbell County’s farms and learn about the importance of preserving the county’s prime farmland on this self-guided drive through eight working farms. The whole family will enjoy exploring the horticultural farms, vineyards, equestrian centers and beef cattle farms in the county, where you will have the opportunity to chat with local farmers, learn guide and farming skills from expert guides, and cultivate the fields of local farms explore. Many farms also have produce, wine, handicrafts, and other agricultural products for sale. So remember to bring a cool box to store perishable goods.

This tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. Since these are working farms, wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty, bring weatherproof clothing, and leave your pets at home. Children up to the age of 12 can pick up a pass at the registration desk so that they can be stamped every time they stop at the farm. Five stamps will be entered into a raffle. A full list of participating farms can be found at

Enjoy spaghetti and other Italian dishes at ItalianFest in Newport this weekend.

2nd ItalianFest

Celebrate Newport’s Italian heritage during this family-friendly festival where you can sample food from some of the area’s best Italian restaurants, including Anthony’s, Pompillios, Paganos, Tony’s and more. Test your skills on the free bocce court and enjoy live music during the four-day festival. Further highlights are a fireworks display on Friday evening and a cooking competition on Sunday.

ItalianFest runs from 5pm to 11pm Thursday, 5 pm-11: 30 pm Friday, Noon-11.30 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday along Riverboat Row in Newport. The Pete Wagner Big Band opens every day of the festival, with Model Behavior closing on Thursday, Four C Notes on Friday, vinyl countdown on Saturday, and Naked Karate Girls on Sunday.

Nick Gulacsy plays the accordion at Schützenfest, America's longest festival since 1866. The festival takes place July 16-18 at the Kolping Center in Springfield Twp.

3rd Kolping Guardian Festival

Schützenfest, translated as Schützenfest, is a traditional German festival from the Middle Ages that celebrates a skilled rifleman who saved the life of a small child from an eagle attack, and the grateful townspeople crowned him the “Guardian King”. Bred to Cincinnati in 1866 by German immigrants who fought in the Civil War, the festival is America’s oldest German festival and continues the tradition each year with the shooting of a hand-carved eagle high on a pole, with the winner being crowned. Schützenkönig “for the year.

The festival runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. – midnight Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Kolping Society, 10235 Mill Road, Springfield Township. Here you will also find German beer, wine, food and entertainment for the whole family. On Friday evening there is a 1K Beer Dash Fun Run, a large raffle, a children’s area with bouncy castles, balloon artists and magic shows on Saturday and Sunday and – new this year – an U21 zone in honor of the junior king and junior queen. You will also find some German beers on tap that were brought to America exclusively for the Schützenfest: King Ludwig Helles, King Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel and Warsteiner Brewers Gold. Admission is $ 5, free for children under 15. Free on-site parking.

The opening night of the Kings Island Grand Carnivale begins with a Spectacle of Color Parade on International Street.

4. Great Carnival

Experience the flamboyant sights and sounds of this international festival that is about to open Saturday Night on Kings Island (6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason). Grand Carnivale is a larger-than-life cultural festival that highlights the rich traditions, cuisines, games, and crafts of China, Germany, France, India, Italy, and Spain, plus a bit of New Orleans.

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You’ll see a nightly Spectacle of Color parade with colorful floats, street performers, and vibrant rhythms, and have the opportunity to sample authentic food and drinks from around the world with the Grand Carnivale tasting menu, which costs an additional $ 30 and includes six items includes tastings of your choice from the tasting menu. The Grand Carnivale runs every evening from 5:00 p.m. through July 17 through August 1 and is included with park admission.

The exhibition On Her Shoulders by artist and poet Annie Ruth runs from July 9th to August 8th.  30 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

5. Exhibition “On Your Shoulders”

This new exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave., Queensgate) shows the work of internationally recognized artist and poet Annie Ruth. The exhibition, made possible by the ArtsWave Truth & Reconciliation Grant, celebrates the diversity of voices and experiences in our country through 12 wall-sized paintings that share an intimate look at the lives of black women.

On Her Shoulders runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 30 at the CMC Museum of Natural History & Science and is included with museum admission. Ruth will give an opening gallery talk from 1pm to 1pm Friday in the gallery, which can also be visited free of charge with museum admission.

The Cincy Beerfest features over 120 beers from local and national breweries.  Big Ash Brewery is pictured with the

Honorable Mention: Cincy BeerFest

Beer lovers are already hot at the Cincy Beerfest, which features hundreds of craft beers from more than 120 breweries. There are two sessions to choose from. The day session lasts from 2 pm to 5 pm, with early admission at 1 pm; and the night session, which runs from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with early entry at 7:00 p.m. Regular admission is $ 45, with early admission an additional $ 10. Admission includes 25 samples and a 5-ounce beer mug. Tickets for specific drivers are $ 25 and include soft drinks, bottled water, and a $ 5 food truck voucher. In addition to the libations, there is live music and a silent disco. The proceeds will go to the Big Joe Duskin Music Foundation. It happens Saturday at Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown.

This Saturday, take a stroll through Glenwood Gardens or any of Hamilton County's other great parks without a vehicle permit.

Honorable Mention: Great Parks of Hamilton County celebrates 91 years

Celebrate Great Parks of Hamilton County’s birthday Saturday the organization is 91 years old. Some things have stayed the same throughout its history, like the first park structure – Pavilion Grove Shelter in Sharon Woods, built in 1932 – while others have changed quite a bit over the decades. You can experience over 17,700 acres of natural habitat, nearly 130 km of hiking trails, lakes and river access, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and more on Saturday without the need for a Great Parks Motor Vehicle Permit.

You never know what treasures you will discover at the Burlington Antique Show, which takes place on Sundays at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Honorable Mention: Burlington Antique Show

It’s time again for the Burlington Antique Show, which takes place from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Boone County Fairgrounds (5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington). You can find 200+ dealers in antiques, vintage jewelry, primitives, garden and architectural items, mid-century collectibles, Americana, memorabilia, retro and vintage furniture, and much more. Entry is $ 6 for early risers (6-8am), $ 4 for 8am to 3pm.

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