Top 5 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: June 4-6
1. Pride celebrations
June is Pride Month, and there are two local events this week where you can look absolutely fabulous. The first is a newcomer: Hamilton Ohio Pride is hosting its first in-person pride event on Saturday. The walk starts at 11 a.m. from Rotary Park (208 S. High St.) and heads to Marcum Park (116 Dayton St.), where you’ll find a festival with vendors, food trucks, live music, and a DJ. , and games and activities for children. At 6 p.m. there will be a free concert at RiversEdge Amphitheater with performances by drag, Dakota Green and headliners The Skivvies. The march and the festival are open to everyone, but the concert is reserved for those 18 and over. hamiltonohiopride.com.
At Sunday Head to Mainstrasse Village for a socially distanced NKY Pride, complete with vendors, performers, family-friendly activities, and food and drink options. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. nkypridecenter.org.
After:Greater Cincinnati Pride Month Events 🏳️🌈
2. Tractor and Machinery Show
See vintage tractors, stationary engines, garden tractors, machine shows and more this weekend at the Pendleton County Fairgrounds (320 Falmouth Road, Falmouth) when the Licking Valley Antique Machinery Association hosts their exhibit annual. It’s a “trophy-free” environment with no entry fees, and you don’t need to be a member to participate. If you have an old tractor, engine, car or truck, bring it and show it. More the merrier, the merrier!
You don’t want to miss one of the highlights of the weekend: a tractor parade through Falmouth, which starts at noon on Saturday. You’ll also enjoy tractor games, an old-fashioned tugboat, craft fair, flea market, and silent auction. The show is free and parking is also free. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or sun.
After:The Ultimate Kentucky Summer Bucket List ☀️💙
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3. Cincinnati Fringe Festival
When the pandemic brought it all to a halt, the Know Theater quickly transitioned to a predominantly digital season, and that tradition continued through to this year’s Fringe Festival, where you can catch 10 of its main shows as real performances. Live, empowering viewers to experience the energy of live performances – presented in real time, non-pre-recorded – wherever you are in the world.
But not everything is digital. You can also experience live art, music, dance and theater in person on two outdoor stages throughout the 14 days of the festival. Outdoor and on-demand performances run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends, with additional programming and late-night afterparties taking place outside of these hours. Outdoor stages are located on Jackson Street near the theater (1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine). Opening of the Cincy Fringe festival Friday and runs until June 19 (no performance on Mondays). All-access passes cost $ 275, with tickets for one-time performances at $ 11. cincyfringe.com.
4. Summer fair
One of the oldest art fairs in the country, Summerfair has always been identified as one of the top 200 art exhibitions in the United States. With over 300 sworn exhibitors – only top quality artists and artisans are accepted to exhibit – you will find original mixed 2D and 3D artwork, ceramics, drawing and engraving, fiber and leather, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and metal and woodworking.
In addition to art, there is also music, entertainment, and food vendors at this three-day event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 am-7pm Saturday, 10 am-5pm Sunday at Coney Island (6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township). Admission is $ 10. summerfair.org.
5. Afrika stage! presents Stono
This world premiere highlights the spirit of resistance and activism within the framework of American history that has often been overlooked: the largest insurgency of African slaves in North America. It happened in 1739 in South Carolina on the banks of the Stono River, and this powerful and thrilling play by Step Afrika! incorporates song, dance and humor to tell the story.
The 30 minute performance of “Stono” is available to stream via the Cincinnati Arts Association from Saturday From June 5 to 18. Additionally, at 7:30 p.m. on June 8, CAA will welcome C. Brian Williams, Founder and Artistic Director of Step Afrika !, as well as a variety of local artists, in a live chat via Zoom on the Effects of racism against artists of color and the artistic community as a whole. Virtual events can be purchased separately for $ 6, or in combination for $ 10. cincinnatiarts.org.
Honorable mention: American Idiot: La Réunion
For one night only, the original cast of The Carnegie’s production “American Idiot” reunite to perform this fun and popular musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-winning multi-platinum album of the same name. The show follows three disgruntled young men living in the suburbs, who dream of a different life in the city. There is a happy hour mix and mingles with the casting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie (1028 Scott Blvd., Covington) followed by the show. The profits go to artists and local teams affected by the pandemic. $ 15. 859-957-1940; thecarnegie.com.
Honorable Mention: Historical Footwear Exhibition
If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the exquisite collection of kicks on display at the Taft Museum of Art (316 Pike St., Downtown), this weekend is your last chance. “Walk This Way: The Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes” features over 100 pairs of striking shoes spanning nearly 200 years and multiple countries. Catch it from noon to 4 p.m. Friday Saturday and 11 am-4pm Sunday. Book your scheduled entrance reservations at taftmuseum.org.
Honorable mention: Outdoor shopping
There are three separate outdoor shopping events that take place on Sunday with something for everyone.
The largest of the three is the Tri-State Antiques Market (Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg), spanning 5 acres with over 200 vendors selling antique, vintage, and retro wares from different periods. It is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (early risers can enter at 6 p.m.). Admission is $ 4. lawrenceburgantiqueshow.com.
Flea in the Fort takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Tower Park (900 Fort Thomas Ave.) in Fort Thomas. You will find local artisans, artisans, vendors and food trucks at this market. ftthomas.org.
Are you looking for quality art? Art on Vine has up to 80 local artists exhibiting and selling artwork and crafts in Fountain Square (520 Vine St., Downtown) from noon to 6 p.m. artonvinecincy.com.
The opening of Coney Island has been delayed by a broken water line, but the park and pool are finally open for the season on