Looking for something fun to do this weekend? WCPO has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks.
1. Paddlefest on the Ohio River
Did you know that the Queen City is the paddling capital of the United States?
As celebration of our town's heritage, Coney Island will host the 11th annual Ohio River Paddlefest, which is the largest paddling event in the Midwest.
The event runs June 21 through June 23, and began with the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo Thursday.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/time-to-gear-up-for-paddlefest) .
2. WestFest takes over Cheviot
Looking for some summer fun for the whole family this weekend? WestFest returns to downtown Cheviot for two days of live music, food and activities for both kids and adults.
There will be plenty of activities for kids throughout the weekend, as well as happy hour specials for adults. A shuttle service will be available starting at 3 p.m. for both Saturday and Sunday.
Get more details on the event here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/westfest-takes-over-cheviot) .
3. Panegyri Greek Festival
Baklava, bouzouki and Pericles, oh my! Follow the smell of shouts of “Opa!” to this year’s Panegyri Greek Festival. Fill up on traditional Greek cuisine, from chili to souvlaki to gyros. If you’re a less brazen eater, grab some Skyline Chili, but for those looking to broaden their Greek taste buds, choose one of Yia Yia’s Mezethakia (“grandma’s appetizers”).
Attendees wanting to avoid packing on the pounds after a hearty meal should take the floor for Greek dancing lessons provided by bouzouki dancers.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/panegyri-greek-festival) for more information.
4. Moerlein Lager House kicks off brewery tours
If you ever wanted to know more about Cincinnati's brewing history, now's your chance. The Moerlein Lager House on The Banks is offering tours, starting this weekend.
Beginning June 23, the restaurant and brewery will over tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. The 75 minute tour will feature a presentation by a brewer and a program about the history of Cincinnati beer.
Find out more on ticket information and reservations here (http:// www.wcpo.com/ dpp/entertainment/ citybeat/ moerlein-lager-house-kicks-off-brewery-tours) .
5. Have a beer with your best friend
The Famous Neons Unplugged, one of the most canine-friendly joints in the city, probably has heard all the best (and worst) “So a guy walks into a bar with a dog” jokes. Now it’s helping adoptable dogs find their own drinking buddies. Recycled Doggies and Adore-A-Bull Rescue will be in the beer garden from noon-5 p.m.
A portion of all beer sales will benefit the rescues. PhoDOGrapher Carolyn Evans will be there to document random scenes of mugs, pugs and puppy love, plus she’ll take posed shots for a fee.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/have-a-beer-with-your-best-friend) !
6. Art vs. Science performs on Fountain Square
If you haven't checked out the MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square yet, you're definitely missing out on one of the best events of the summer.
Every Friday, bands from around the world, as well as some from our own backyard, perform as a preview for the MidPoint Music Festival, which takes place in the fall. The event is free and fun for either the whole family, or a night out with friends.
This week Australian dance rock trio Art vs. Science performs with local acts You, You're Awesome, and Shadowraptr.
For more on AvS, read CityBeat's interview with the band here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_music/art-vs-science-makes-organice-dance-rock-with-power-and-a-positive-spin) .
7. Comedian Henry Phillips at Go Bananas
Comedian Henry Phillips wanted to be in a Rock band as a kid, and started incorporating dark humor into his lyrics while he struggled to become a serious musician.
“Music has always been my passion,” says comedian Henry Phillips. “When I was a kid, I always wanted to be in a rock band.” However, Phillips always had a funny streak inside. “I was always a fan of ‘Deep Thoughts’ on Saturday Night Live, in that it was presented in such a funny, serious way. You knew exactly what he was making fun of, and it was kind of dark, but the guy making the commentary was clueless as to the humor.”
He performs through Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery.
Get more information here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-henry-phillips-at-go-bananas) .
8. Symphonic Stylings: Fashion show, fundraiser
Ain’t no party like a warehouse party, especially when it includes edgy fashion, interactive art, orchestra collectives and plenty of libations. parProjects is a hub for creative ingenuity, organizing arts events throughout the city (the group presented 2011’s Factory Square Fine Arts Festival).
Support their mission and other local businesses Saturday at Symphonic Stylings. The fundraising event includes a fashion show by ARTAYA, NVISION and Sloane Boutique set to the tunes of concert:nova and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, matched by an exhibition of art by Susan Byrnes, Rob Wolpert and Billy Colbert.
You don't want to miss this event. Get ticket information here (http:// www.wcpo.com/ dpp/entertainment/ citybeat/ symphonic-stylings-at-the-electric-warehouse) .
9. RoeblingFest in Covington
The eighth annual RoeblingFest in Covington takes place this weekend.
On Saturday, June 23 you can expect a full day of live music and food from local vendors, including Keystone Bar and Grill, Moly Malone's and more.
The festival is held between the intersection of Park Avenue and Court Street from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Walking tours are also available.
Get more details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/roeblingfest-in-covington) .
Other things to do in the Tri-State:
Grand Opening of Sign Museum's new location
The American Sign Museum is celebrating the grand opening of its new location this weekend.
On Saturday, June 23, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. at 1330 Monmouth Street in Cincinnati. The museum is leaving its temporary home at Essex Studios for its own space.
Find out ticket prices here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/grand-opening-of-sign-museums-new-location) .
'Arsenic and Old Lace' debuts this week
Whether you’ve seen the film or not, you can enjoy Frank Capra’s classic 1944 comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace", onstage at the Showboat Majestic on the Public Landing.
The show runs through July 1. Get more details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/arsenic-and-old-lace-debuts-this-week) .
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