Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: May 12-15 July

CINCINNATI – Dance the street, go to a house party, and see the legendary Janet Jackson this weekend.

Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town

Hop into the good music cart when Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town take the stage at Riverbend Music Center. Special guests Natalie Hemby and Tenille Townes will join Lambert on their “Bandwagon Tour” in Cincinnati.

Friday 7 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $ 28.50- $ 88.25.

Evanescence + Lindsey Stirling

If band wagons aren’t your thing, how about rock music with a side of electronic violin? Two-time Grammy-winning rock band Evanescence and violinist Lindsey Stirling will headline a show together on Saturday night.

Saturday 7pm. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $ 25- $ 99.50.

Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour

There should be no need to explain the importance of stopping in Cincinnati for Janet Jackson. Ms. Jackson has been a global pop star for decades. She also reminds people why she is a musical legend with her current State of the World Tour. Honestly, if you only have the money or time to go to a concert this weekend, this is the one you need to attend.

Sunday 8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $ 29.95 to $ 179.95.

House party at the Taft Museum of Art

No, this isn’t a Kid ‘n Play production (and kudos if you get the reference). July’s house party at the Taft Museum of Art features a look at the “Ansel Adams: The Evolution of a Photographer” exhibit on Thursday evening. You can also enjoy cocktails and light bites while enjoying the soulful sounds of Freedom Nicole Moore and Electric Moon, along with members of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., excerpts from “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the “Far Flung” sculpture on the museum lawn .

Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Taft Art Museum, 316 Pike St., downtown. Free.

Spring Grove Date Night outdoor movie

Your significant other may give you an odd look when you suggest going on a date in a cemetery, but trust me, you’ll be fine by the end of the evening. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum will be hosting its third “Date Night Outdoor Movie” this Friday. The evening includes dinner and dessert from Dapper Donut, Sunny Side Brunch & More, and Quite Frankly Food Trucks, followed by an outdoor demonstration of “Grease” from 9pm. The cemetery encourages everyone to come in costume and be ready to sing and dance with you as the movie plays.

Friday, 7-11: 30 a.m. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village.

Go to Woodburn

Start Friday happy hour with a stroll along Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills. July’s Walk on Woodburn theme is “Anniversary”. The event features local art, shopping and dining in the shops of the East Walnut Hill business district.

Friday 6pm to 10pm. Go to Woodburn, 2500-2800 Woodburn Ave. Free.

The OFF store in Oakley

Continue your low-key neighborhood celebrations on Saturday at the OFF Market in Oakley. This monthly arts and crafts and vendors festival is part of MadTree Brewing. Browse, buy or just enjoy a delicious craft beer in the market.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. Free.

Westwood Second Saturday

After the OFF Market, head west to the Westwood Second Saturday event in July. This is more of a street party than a craft market. Maurice Mattei, New Sincerity Works, To’Nia Ruby and Tonefarmer will perform. There will also be beer and grocery vendors on site.

Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Westwood Town Hall District, Harrison Avenue, Westwood. Free. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Bacon Bourbon and Brew Festival

Sometimes the name of a festival tells you everything you need to know. Such is definitely the case for the Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival taking place in Newport this weekend. Enjoy delicious breakfast meat while sipping bourbon or beer. There will also be entertainment at the festival presented by Braxton Brewing Co.

Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 11pm; Saturday from 12pm to 11pm; Sunday 12 noon-9 p.m. Riverboat Row, One Levee Way, Newport. Free.

Lando’s second annual All White & Wine in Fountain Square

Have some wine, enjoy music and take part in one of the classiest events in Fountain Square this summer. Lando’s second annual All White & Wine takes place on Saturday evening with live neo soul and jazz, along with Lando, who puts on the event. And yes, come on in your best all-white clothing.

Saturday, 7pm to 11pm. Fountain Square, Fifth Street and Vine Street, downtown. Free. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Mais OTR Grand Opening

Expand your palette this Saturday when the new Venezuelan Maize restaurant celebrates its grand opening in Over-the-Rhine. Corn promises a menu of authentic Latin American dishes like arepas (imagine a thin biscuit made from ground corn dough) and empanadas, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mais OTR, 1438 Race St., over the Rhine.

Ice cream 5K

This event includes every reason I love running. Burn calories while skating the 5km ice cream, and feel guilt free after eating ice cream. Proceeds from the run will go to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. There’s also a baby and toddler crawl and a 1-mile run for kids.

Saturday 8-10: 30 a.m. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown. $ 10- $ 45.

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