Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Weekend Warm-Up: August 29 – September 1

My recommendations for something to do this Labor Day weekend

A three-day holiday weekend basically means there is a lot going on all around town . . .

The weekend begins a little early actually with the first UC football game at 7:30 PM tonight from Nippert Stadium against Easter Kentucky. I will be tailgating before each and every home game. And even a few away games. It should be an interesting season.

Over the Rhine
Final Friday coincides with Labor Day weekend so it should be a great time to hit the galleries and shops of Main Street, the Gateway Quarter, and the Pendleton Art Center.

Way Beyond the Rhine
Friday is also the GLBT Community Center’s Pride Night at Kings Island. Gates open at 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased a head of time or at the gate. Parking is free this year and the park is closed to only those with tickets. Proceeds benefit the GLBT Community Center.

Fountain Square
Friday kicks off the second to last full weekend of the PNC Summer Concert Series on Fountain Square and Saturday Night is the second to last movies on Fountain Square. (Although they did a special Halloween Movie Night last year so let’s hope they do that again.)

Further from the Fountain
The weekend always brings a host of exhibits, shows, and concerts to Downtown and just beyond. We are however strangely between shows at all the major theatres and performing arts companies – Music Hall, The Know, Ensemble, New Stage, Playhouse, Shakespeare, and the Aronoff. Most have new offerings beginning in early September. Emma will kick it off first on September 2 at Playhouse in the Park. There are still of course exhibits to see at places like the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Freedom Center. And "Bodies: The Exhibition" was to be in its final weekend at the Museum Center, however it has been extended to September 7. I still haven’t been but was planning to go early Saturday.

See side bar for additional links.

is having their last tours of Northside for the season this Saturday and Sunday. Tour leaves both days at 11:00 AM from the BP Station at Hamilton & Spring Grove Avenues. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Riverfest kicks off at noon on Sunday at Sawyer Point and ends with the WEBN Fireworks at 9:05 PM. Check this handy guide in CIN Weekly for details or links to details. A perk of living downtown is the ability to walk home after the fireworks and no traffic!

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