Like festivals, stand-up comedy or art exhibits? If so, then you're in luck. There are tons of exciting things taking place each weekend in the Queen City and CityBeat has partnered with WCPO to bring you the top nine picks.
1. Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati 2012
This weekend, Cincinnati will transform into Zinzinnati for the 2012 celebration of Oktoberfest downtown.
More than 500,000 herren und frauen (men and women) are expected to converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance.
Known as the largest celebration of its kind in the U.S., the 37th annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati features six stages showcasing continuous live German music, more than 30 food vendors and more than 50 brews on tap.
Other highlights of this year's Oktoberfest include the introduction of a glockenspiel, a clock tower with people who will mark each hour with music, the world's largest Chicken Dance led by former Reds star pitcher Tom Browning, the World Bratwurst-Eating Championship featuring top-ranked professional eater Joey Chestnut, and the stein hoist heard round the world, led by Sam Adams founder Jim Koch.
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2. 'Fire up the Night' at Coney Island
If you're a fan of fireworks, then Coney Island is where you want to be this Saturday night. For the first time ever, Coney Island will be hosting a fireworks competition with teams from the United States, Mexico and Canada. Cincinnati's own Rozzi Fireworks will conduct a show after the competition.
Live entertainment will be provided throughout the evening. Admission is $20 per carload which includes parking, rides and entertainment. Season pass holders pay $15 per carload.
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3. Cincinnati Park(ing) Day
Free health clinics. Lemonade stands. Bike repair shops. Mini urban farms. Art installations. All possibilities to squeeze into a standard downtown Cincinnati parking spot. Park(ing) Day, the fourth Friday of each September, is the day to make it happen; parking meters across the country get hijacked today to demonstrate the need for more artsy public space in urban areas.
See what Cincinnati creatives dream up and watch drab parking spaces come alive. Confirmed locations include Losantiville (1311 Main St.), Streetpops (1437 Main St.) and Coffee Emporium (110 E. Central Parkway), among others.
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4. Twilight in the Gardens: Covington celebrates the arts
This Saturday the city of Covington continues its celebration of the arts with the Baker Hunt's Twilight in the Gardens. The event is an outdoor dinner set in the garden setting of the Baker Hunt campus.
Twenty-three Tri-State restaurants, including Chez Nora, Cumin, Bakersfield, Quarter Bistro, and Otto's, will be offering food to guests. Organizers expect 500-600 people to attend this year. Tickets are still available.
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5. Actor Kevin Pollak performs at the Funny Bone
Not long after discovering a gift for mimicking famous movie actors, Kevin Pollak pursued a career in stand-up comedy. In the 1980s, that talent actually helped improve his acting skills, landing him roles in serious films like "A Few Good Men", "Grumpy Old Men" and "The Usual Suspects".
In 2001, Pollak decided to start doing stand-up again. “I wanted to put together a new act that featured impersonations, but I realized I had all of these firsthand stories from working with a lot of these people,” he says.
He performs at the Funny Bone on the Levee this weekend. Get more details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/actor-kevin-pollak-at-funny-bone) .