Top Things to Do in Cincinnati this Weekend: July 11 – 14

If you're looking for things to do in Cincinnati this weekend, you've come to the right place. Here is our breakdown of the top events going on this weekend, July 11 through July 14.


Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival

What do you have when you take one of America’s most loved breakfast meats and celebrate it along with beer and bourbon enthusiasts? The Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival! The tri-states top food vendors will be on hand introducing their creative menus featuring recipes that will include bacon, bourbon or craft beer. The Bourbon Society of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting serious tastings, lectures, group discussions and some of the area’s top mixologists will be sharing their bourbon creations.

When: Thursday – Sunday
Where: Festival Park on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport
Cost: Free Admission

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U-Pick Lavender

Enjoy a relaxing experience in a lavender field and pick your own lavender bunches. Bring the family along and let them say “Hi” to the goats, ducks, and chickens.

When: Thursday, 6PM – 8:30PM
Where: Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm, 2471 Moore-Saur Road, Morrow
Cost: $5

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Paradise Music & Beer Festival

This is a one of a kind event coming to the Cincinnati, OH and Northern Kentucky area. A huge variety of live music and entertainment will be hosted at one of the area’s most prominent breweries, Braxton Brewing Company. Admission to the event is free and all ages are allowed and encouraged.

Musical acts ranging from local bands to nationally recognized talent, will be joining us both July 12th and 13th. Headlining acts such as The Infamous Stringdusters and Keller Williams, will be joining us for 2 full days of music, beer and fun!!

The array of craft beer selections will be brought to you by Braxton Brewing Company which will be available for purchase to those of legal drinking age and during hours of operation. A variety of local food vendors will also be available so no need to pack a lunch!

When: Friday-Saturday
Where: Braxton Brewery, 27 W. 7th St., Covington
Cost: Free Admission

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Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour

Peter Frampton remains one of the most lauded artists in rock history. Most recently, Frampton performed as part of “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” concert as well as receiving the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 NAMM Show’s 34th annual TEC Awards. The Cincinnati show will feature special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

When: Friday, 7:30PM
Where: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati
Cost: $29.50 +

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Brendan Schaub

Brendan Schaub is an American stand upcomic, podcast host, and TV personality based out of Los Angeles, California. He currently cohosts two hit podcasts with his best friends/fellow comedians. After two years of headlining sold out shows worldwide on January 19th, 2019 Schaub recorded his first one-hour comedy special, “You’d Be Surprised”, with Showtime. In addition to his successful career in comedy Schaub is also on Bravo’s “Play by Play”, E!’s “After Party”, Showtime’s “Below the Belt”, Comedy Central’s 7th season of “This is Not Happening”, David Ayer’s upcoming film “Tax Collector”, and Joe Rogan’s Fight Companion podcast.

When: Friday – Saturday
Where: Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St Space A-120, Liberty Township
Cost: $25 +

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Fifty West Punch Out: Round Four

Fifty West Brewing Company is proud to announce the 4th Annual Punch Out on Saturday, July 13th at 6 p.m., where brewery-on-brewery boxing matches will feature Cincinnati’s bravest brewery employees. A professional ring under the big lights will offer a prime stage to duke it out for bragging rights at Fifty West Brewing Production Works in an evening of all-American entertainment.

Now in its fourth year, Punch Out  gathers Cincinnati’s top brewery employees in amateur boxing matches, which includes participants from Rhinegeist Brewery, MadTree Brewing Company, Fibonacci Brewing Company, West Sixth Brewing, Platform, Samuel Adams, Moerlein, Fretboard, Sonder, Warped Wing, Little Miami Brewing Company, and Fifty West Brewing Company.

When: Saturday, 6PM
Where: Fifty West Production Works, 7605 Route 50, Cincinnati
Cost: $20 +

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Cincy Blues Fest

The Cincy Blues Fest has been our cornerstone event of the summer. This year, we celebrate the 27th Cincy Blues Fest. We started out with humble beginnings in with our first fest in Music Hall’s Topper Ballroom. In 1994, we moved the fest to Sawyer Point Park, and this year will be our first year at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn in Smale Park.

In our history, the fest has featured outstanding national acts such as Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, Pigmeat Jarrett, Watermelon Slim, Ana Popovic, John Nemeth, Nick Moss, Teeny Tucker, John Primer, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Bobby Rush, Blind Boys of Mississippi, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Samantha Fish and many, many others.

The mission of the Cincy Blues Society is to “Keep the Blues Alive” and we are excited to bring the international performing act, the Blues Beatles. Please join us for an amazing day of great music and fun.

When: Saturday, 3PM – 11:30PM
Where: Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati
Cost: $20 +

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Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson: Twins of Evil “Hell Never Dies” Tour

The co-headlining ‘Hell Never Dies Tour 2019’ North American summer tour will include a stop in Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center on Saturday, July 13. Palaye Royale will join the show as support.

Past praise for the Twins of Evil tour:
“A rockers dream come true with the most intense music the world will ever know.” -Aquarian Weekly
“How much shock can one rock show handle? Concert in Virginia Beach has an answer.” – The Virginian-Pilot
“The masterfully raucous duo of Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson brought bedlam.” – Buffalo News
“Like being strapped into an electric chair and zapped with 50 trillion volts of heavy metal madness.” – Las Vegas Review Journal
“Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson’s performances are the stuff of nightmares — in the best possible way.” – Phoenix New Times

When: Saturday, 7PM
Where: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati
Cost: $35 +

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British Car Day

The British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati has over 100 members dedicated to driving, maintaining, restoring and preserving British Motor Cars. Their main event is the annual British Car Day held each summer. The 2019 British Car Day supporting the Aubrey Rose Foundation will be held Sunday, July 14th at Harbin Park in Fairfield, OH. This year British Car Day is celebrating 50 years of the Triumph TR6. Over 70 awards will be given.

When: Sunday, 9AM – 4PM
Where: Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Rd, Fairfield
Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

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Second Sunday on Main

C’mon and get your kicks at the Second Sunday Sock Hop. On July 14th Second Sunday on Main throws it’s very first Sock Hop dance party. Enjoy the tunes of the 1950 & 60’s with live music by Ricky Nye, The Queen City Sisters, and Keith Jones and the Makeshifts. Cincinnati Baila Dance Academy will perform salsa and polka dancing that was all the rage 1950’s. There will be a Muscle Car Show featuring hot rods and muscle from the era.

When: Sunday, Noon – 5PM
Where: Located on Main Street between 12th and Liberty Streets in Cincinnati’s OTR neighborhood
Cost: Free Admission

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