Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: September 3-5

1st Ohio Renaissance Festival

Last year a plague swept the country and caused the townspeople of Willy Nilly on the Wash to lock their doors, but this year the festivities return to the 16th century village. The Ohio Renaissance Festival features more than 300 costumed artists and 14 stages with over 100 shows daily – everything from live music, dueling swordsmen and free-flying birds of prey to rowdy pirates, classic literary stories in the mud, comedy knife throwing and yes, tournament with full armor.

With over 150 masters and craftsmen, whose articles are handcrafted according to certain Renaissance criteria, you will also find chainmail, corsets, kilts, historical jewelry, medieval and Renaissance board games, swords, knives, clothing and more. Here you will find many restaurants and pubs where you can drink an ale and gnaw a turkey leg to your heart’s content and try your hand at games of chance and skill.

The family-friendly festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday Sunday through October 31, 10542 E. Ohio 73, Harveysburg. The festival is also on this Labor Day weekend Monday. Admission is $ 19 for adults and $ 7.50 for children under 12.

Take a ride in a B-25 this weekend during Lunken Airport Days.  Flight experiences should be booked in advance by calling 800-359-6217.

2. Airport days in Lunken

This weekend, see historic military and civil aircraft – jets, warbirds, sport aircraft, and helicopters – as well as vintage military vehicles and classic cars during Lunken Airport Days. See them up close, sit in, and even take a ride in a WWII B-25 or helicopter (advance booking required). Pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers are on hand to answer questions, there’s a color guard ceremony every lunchtime, and find vendors, food trucks, and family-friendly activities.

The Lunken Airport Days are free and public. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sunday at Lunken Airport (262 Wilmer Ave., East End). Flight experiences are offered by Monday and cost extra. To book a ride call 800-359-6217 or email [email protected];

Riverfest fireworks over downtown Cincinnati, photographed from Olden View Park in the Incline District Sunday, September 1, 2019.

3. Western & Southern WEBN fireworks at Riverfest

The final summer rush happens on Sunday on the banks of the Ohio River with a one-day party that culminates in one of the most impressive choreographed fireworks in the country. And whether you choose a spot in Cincinnati, Newport, or Covington, you’re sure to find plenty to do and see.

On the Cincinnati side, a family-friendly riverside festival stretches along Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove (705 E. Pete Rose Way) from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Note that anyone entering the area is subject to inspection. Oversized bags, luggage and backpacks are a no-go. If you’d rather avoid downtown, Cincinnati Parks hosts Riverfest West in Mount Echo Park (381 Elberon Ave., East Price Hill) with kid-friendly activities, live music, and great views of the fireworks display, which starts at 9:00 p.m. The river starts from the barges.

4. Smoke on the Water BBQ Fest

In Kentucky, the best place to see the fireworks is Festival Park in Newport on the Levee (One Levee Way). That is, unless you want to be right on the water. BB Riverboats offers a fireworks cruise that embarks on Sundays at 4pm for $ 160 per person. Covington Plaza (144 Madison Ave.) is hosting a brand new festival all weekend with barbecuing the star. The Smoke on the River BBQ Fest takes place from 5pm to 11pm Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with live music and lots of good food.;

If you don’t feel like fighting the traffic, you can take the fireworks train. He leaves Eagles Station (2863 Harris Place, Norwood) at 6 p.m. Sunday and runs along the “Oasis” line of the former Pennsylvania RR to the Montgomery Inn. Discounts for purchases on board. Passengers disembark for the fireworks and then return; a journey time of 6 hours. It costs $ 35-60.

Terror Town opens on Friday and runs until November 6th.  Terror Town offers haunted themes and walking trails, shops, restaurants, live music, and many other attractions.

5. Terror city

Yes, it may seem early to think of Halloween, but in the words of the industrial goth band Ministry: “Every Day is Halloween” and nowhere is this more evident than in Terror Town, which opens this weekend in Williamsburg. Soak in the sights and sounds of an old 19th-century west town where you can eat, drink, shop, play games, and enjoy live music and “Scary-O-Ke” while you wait to make your way around.

The trail experience is an immersive haunted attraction where you will meet mad scientists, doctors, cultists, and more. If the usual haunted attraction is too tame for you, opt for an extended experience that may see you locked in a prison cell, covered in blood, or even buried alive. Improved experiences are indicated by a gold or red bracelet. Those who have been upgraded to gold are covered in a bloody mess from head to toe, while those who wear red ribbons are also exposed to physical contact. Terror Town is open from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday through November 6 at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg. From 16 years for basic and gold experience, from 18 years for red experience. Tickets cost $ 25 to $ 35. 513-304-0444;

the 27th annual Cincinnati Hispanic Festival takes place on Sunday at St. Boniface Church in Northside.

Honorable Mention: Cincinnati Hispanic Festival

After the 2020 Cincinnati Hispanic Festival was canceled due to the pandemic, it is returning for the 27th time. Here you will find great food, live music, dancing and fun activities for the whole family. It happens from 12pm to 10pm Sunday in St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Ave., Northside. Admission is free.

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