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



1. Campbell County Secondary Roads Farm Tour

Get an overview of the farms in Campbell County and learn about the importance of preserving the county’s primary farmlands with this self-guided tour of eight working farms. The whole family will enjoy exploring the county’s horticultural farms, vineyards, equestrian centers and beef cattle operations, where you will have the opportunity to chat with local farmers, learn stewardship and farm skills. experts and explore the fields of local farms. Many farms also have produce, wine, crafts, and other farm produce for sale, so be sure to bring a cooler to store perishables.

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, be sure to wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty, bring all-weather clothing, and leave your pets at home. Children 12 and under can collect a passport at the registration table to be stamped at each farm stop. Five stamps enter them into a draw. For a full list of participating farms, visit campbellkyconservation.org.

Savor spaghetti and other Italian fare this weekend at ItalianFest in Newport.

2. ItalianFest

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

ItalianFest runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday along Riverboat Row in Newport. Pete Wagner Big Band opens each day of the festival, with Model Behavior closing it on Thursday, Four C Notes on Friday, Vinyl Countdown on Saturday and Naked Karate Girls on Sunday. Italianfestnewport.com.

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

3. Kolping Schutzenfest

Schutzenfest, translated as Marksmen’s Fest, is a traditional German festival dating from medieval times that celebrates a skilled sniper (“Schutze”) who saved the life of a young child from an eagle attack, and the grateful locals crowned it “Schutzenkonig”. The festival, brought to Cincinnati in 1866 by German immigrants who had fought in the Civil War, is America’s oldest German festival and continues the tradition each year with the shooting of a hand-carved eagle atop a post, with the winning shooter crowned “Schutzenkonig” for the year.

The festival takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Kolping Society, 10235 Mill Road, Springfield Township. You will also find German beer, wine, food and entertainment for the whole family. There’s a 1K Bier Dash Fun Run on Friday night, a big raffle, a Kinderplatz with inflatables, balloon performers and magic shows on Saturday and Sunday, and – new this year – an underwater area. 21 years honoring the king and the junior queen. You will also find several German draft beers imported to America exclusively for Schutzenfest: Konig Ludwig Helles, Konig Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel and Warsteiner Brewers Gold. Admission is $ 5, free for those 15 and under. Free parking on site. kolpingcincinnati.com.

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

4. Grand Carnival

Experience the extravagant sights and sounds of this international festival, which opens Saturday overnight at Kings Island (6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason). The Grand Carnivale is a larger-than-life cultural celebration showcasing the rich traditions, cuisine, games and crafts of China, Germany, France, India, Italy and from Spain, as well as a bit of New Orleans.

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You’ll see a Spectacle of Color nighttime parade featuring cheerfully decorated floats, street performers, and thrilling beats, and have the chance to sample authentic food and drinks from around the world with the Grand Carnivale Tasting Card, which costs $ 30. $ additional and includes six tasting foods of your choice from the tasting menu. The Grand Carnivale takes place every evening from 5 p.m. to closing from July 17 to August 1 and is included in the entrance to the park. visitkingsisland.com.

Artist and poet Annie Ruth's exhibition On Her Shoulders runs from July 9 to August 9.  30 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

5. Exhibition On His Shoulders

This new exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave., Queensgate) features the work of internationally renowned artist and poet Annie Ruth. The exhibition, made possible through an ArtsWave Truth & Reconciliation grant, celebrates the diversity of voices and experiences in our country through 12 murals that share an intimate look at the lives of black women.

On His Shoulders runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until August 30 at the MCC’s Museum of Natural History and Science and is included with admission to the museum. Ruth will host an opening gallery conference from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the gallery, which is also free with admission to the museum. cincymuseum.org/on-her-shoulders.

Cincy Beerfest offers over 120 beers from local and national breweries.  Pictured is the Big Ash Brewery with the "Life too Schwartz" and the blonde at the cafe, "Backbeat" from a previous Cincy Beerfest.

Honorable mention: Cincy BeerFest

Beer lovers are already all the rage at Cincy Beerfest, which features hundreds of craft beers from over 120 breweries. You have the choice between two sessions. The day session runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with early entry at 1 p.m. and the night session, which runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with early entry at 7 p.m. Regular admission is $ 45, with early admission an additional $ 10. Entry includes 25 samples and a 5-ounce beer mug. Designated driver tickets cost $ 25 and include soft drinks, bottled water, and a $ 5 food truck voucher. In addition to libations, there is live music and a silent disco. Profits will be donated to the Big Joe Duskin Music Foundation. It happens Saturday at Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, downtown. cincybeerfest.com.

Stroll through Glenwood Gardens or one of Hamilton County's other great parks, without the need for a motor vehicle permit this Saturday.

Honorable mention: Great Parks of Hamilton County celebrates 91 years

Celebrate the anniversary of Great Parks of Hamilton County Saturday as the organization celebrates its 91 years. Some things have remained the same throughout its history, like the park’s first structure – Pavilion Grove Shelter in Sharon Woods, built in 1932 – while others have changed a lot over the decades. You can experience over 17,700 acres of natural habitat, nearly 80 miles of trails, lakes and river access, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and more on Saturday without having to need a Great Parks Motor Vehicle Permit. greatparks.org.

You never know what treasures you'll find 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 runs from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Boone County Fairgrounds (5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington). You’ll find over 200 dealers in antiques, vintage jewelry, primitive items, garden and architectural items, mid-century collectibles, Americana, memorabilia, retro furniture and vintage and much more. Admission is $ 6 for early birds (6-8 a.m.), $ 4 for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children under 12 enter for free. burlingtonantiqueshow.com.