Top Things to do in Cincinnati this Weekend: June 6 – 9

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, June 6 - June 9.


Hawthorne Heights

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Silence in Black and White (Hawthorne Heights) and The Weak’s End (Emery)

When: Thursday, Doors open @ 7PM
Where: 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati
Cost: $20 – $25

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Standup Comedian Raanan Hershberg

In 2017, he was a finalist in StandUp NBC and The Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta, GA. He regularly opens for Kathleen Madigan in sold out theaters across the country. His first album Self-Helpless climbed all the way to the top of the iTunes Comedy Charts. His comedy has been featured on “Laughs” on FOX and is regularly played on Sirius XM. He is the founder of Character Assassination, a popular fictional roast series that started in Louisville and has now branched out to The Laugh Factory in Chicago and The Creek and the Cave in New York City, and was selected to be a part of TBS’s The New York Comedy Festival this year. He recently premiered his latest solo show OFF THE GRID in the New York International Fringe Festival, which was called ‘One of the best one-man shows you are likely to see anywhere’ by Hy Bender in (you can read the full review here). He currently resides in New York City.

When: Thursday, 8PM
Where: Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, OH
Cost: $8

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Freekbass & the Bump Assembly featuring Sammi Garett of Turkuaz

Freekbass is one of the world’s great bass players. He has been on the cover of Bass Musician Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine/UK, three times, and has been featured in Bass Player Magazine numerous times. He has hosted master classes at “Bass Player Live” in Los Angeles and New York and “The London Bass Guitar Show”. And along with these bass superpowers, Freekbass has a funk music pedigree that is authentic. He has worked alongside funk legends, Bootsy Collins (who gave him his nickname during a studio session) calling Freekbass “The New Spritual Warrior for the Funk” and keyboard icon, Bernie Worrell, who guested on many of Freekbass’ albums and live projects.

Touring group, Freekbass & The Bump Assembly features drummer, Rico Lewis (previously with George Clinton) and Sky White on keys (Foxy Shazam). Vocalist, Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), who has collaborated on the recent Freekbass album, often joins the touring line-up, when schedules allow. And songstress Reilly Comisar, joins the tour, when schedules do not. The Freekbass sound is rich with danceable, infectous grooves, by a wealth of collaborative musicianship, and an energetic nonstop performance. Quite simply, this is a show.

When: Thursday, 9PM
Where: Top Cats, 2820 Vine St, Cincinnati
Cost: $10

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National Donut Day!

Free Donuts on Fountain Square while supplies Last!

Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association (GCRBA) has been sponsoring this sweet event since 2010. Participating bakeries include: Schmidt’s, Holtman’s, Busken, Reginia, Servatii, Harrison, Bakery Hill, Wyoming, North College Hill, Marcella’s, Graeter’s, Jupiter, Bonomini and The Bean Haus Bakery.

When: Friday, 12PM–1PM
Fountain Square, Downtown
Cost: Free

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Second phase of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Phase II will feature an array of additional artworks and include more room-sized installations, eclectic couture and both intimate and large scale photographs—including some submitted by Burning Man participants responding to an Open Call organized exclusively by the Cincinnati Art Museum.

When: Starts Friday, 11AM–5PM
Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati
Cost: Free Admission

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Standup Comedian Karlous Miller

Karlous Miller is a comedian/actor most known for being a veteran cast member on MTV’s Wild ’N Out with Nick Cannon. NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING alum, Karlous can also seen on MTV’sJOKING OFF, MTV2’s UNCOMMON SENSE, BET’s COMIC VIEW,and Bill Bellamy’s WHO’S GOT JOKES. Every week, Karlous hosts the hit 85 SOUTH SHOW podcast with DC Young Fly, which has gained a fanbase across the globe. He most recently filmed for HBO’s stand-up series ALL DEF COMEDY (reboot of Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam) as well as his 30-minute special on Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud network. Karlous has also guest starred in the sitcom FAMILY TIME for BounceTV.

When: Friday, 7:30PM
Where: The Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St, Space A-120, Liberty Township
Cost: $15 – $45

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Luke Bryan with Cole Swindell, Jon Langston, and DJ Rock

Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan comes to Cincinnati on his Sunset Repeat Tour. The tour’s special guests include multi-platinum singer/songwriter Cole Swindell and EMI/32 Bridge Entertainment recording artist Jon Langston. DJ Rock will also join the show as support.

Luke is a two-time Academy of Country Music and a two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years.

When: Saturday, 7PM
Where: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati
Cost: $54– $129.50

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Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival

Everyone loves strawberries, right? Well, the community of Shandon sure does. They celebrate everything strawberry the second Saturday in June every year during the Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival.

The Strawberry Festival features local vendors and artists, an antique tractor show, fresh refreshments and produce, traditional live Welsh harp music and live organ music. Explore Shandon’s diverse antique heritage by visiting local shops in historic houses that feature antiques, country crafts, original art, pottery and furniture. Don’t miss the antique car show at Salty Dog Museum from 8AM-4PM and catch a ride in an antique fire engine!

When: Saturday, 10AM-5PM
Where: 4782 Cincinnati Brookville Road, Hamilton
Cost: Free Admission

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REBEL REVEL is a one-night-only festival celebrating those who truly and boldly push the limits of gender expression by combining drag, burlesque, avant-garde fashions, and radical makeup with subversive and often political performances. Inspired by Rampleman’s vivid video explorations of identity and set amongst a dazzlingly tall Mylar curtain backdrop, suspended disco ball, and accent stage lighting, the performing artists and models will activate the Weston’s voluminous street-level space with their visually stunning creativity.

When: Saturday, 8PM
Where: Weston Art Gallery in the atrium of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street
Cost: Free Admission

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Second Sunday on Main

Come to Over-the-Rhine where you can eat, drink, shop, and relax at this FREE monthly neighborhood street festival. Rain or shine, every second Sunday of the month from June to October. More than 30 participating shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cultural venues on Main Street, plus 100+ local vendors, food trucks, live music, street performers, and outdoor beer garden.

When: Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Where: Main Street Between 12th & Liberty, Cincinnati
Cost: Free Admission

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Trillium Art & Music Fair

The Trillium Art & Music Fair features more than 30 local artists showcasing their talents with illustrations, photography, textiles, painting and more. Enjoy an afternoon of live local music, demonstrations, crafts, food and drink. Hot sandwiches, fresh salads, gourmet cookies, bottled water, soft drinks and other snack items will be available for purchase. This event is held rain or shine in picturesque Glenwood Gardens and is free and open to the public.

When: Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Where: Glenwood Gardens Gatehouse, 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn
Cost: Free Admission

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