Top 9 Things to Do in Greater Cincinnati This Weekend: July 16-18

It’s definitely summer in the city (no matter what city you live in).

Enjoy Italian cuisine, religious festivals, fairs and a balloon glow this weekend.

FRIDAY FLOW: 7 p.m. Friday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., on the Rhine. Release. Make the weekend easier with Friday Flow presented by 3CDC in Washington Park. This week, Vibe 5 will fill the park with its funky sounds. Drinks will be on sale. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the sounds. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

ITALIAN NEWPORT FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; noon-11pm Saturday; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Riverboat Row, Newport. Release. Newport Italianfest offers authentic Italian cuisine and live Italian music performed by artists from across the country. Other entertainment includes a cooking contest, games and rides for the little ones. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

MIDDLETOWN BALLOONS FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Smith Park, 500-600 Tytus Ave., Middletown. Release. Enjoy balloons, music, food and more during this weekend’s Middletown Balloon Fest. For more information visit

KENTON COUNTY FAIR: Doors open at 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Kenton County Fairgrounds, 2836 Harris Pike, Independence. $ 12 per person. Enjoy the vehicle pulls, food, music, ride contests and more at this year’s Kenton County Fair. For more information visit

ST. CÉCILIA FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 4 pm-9pm Sunday. Sainte-Cécile Catholic Parish, 3105 Madison Road, Oakley. Release. Enjoy food, a new kid’s fun zone, music, raffles and more at this classic summer festival in Oakley. For more information visit

SCHUTZENFEST: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday; 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Kolping Company, 10235 Mill Road, Cincinnati. $ 5; free parking. Schützenfest is a traditional German festival dating back to medieval times. It celebrates an alert and skilled sniper (“Schütze”) saving the life of a young child from an eagle attack with food, drink and dancing. For more information visit

THE MARKET IN MEDPACE: 9 am-1pm Saturday. Medpace, 5375 Medpace Way, Madisonville. Release. Enjoy this open-air market with artisanal food and over 30 local shops. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

“CARMEN” AT SUMMIT PARK: 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash. Join the Cincinnati Opera House as they perform open-air “Carmen” at Summit Park. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

CINCY SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way, city center. $ 55 until Friday; $ 65 the day of the event. Cincy’s Summer Oktoberfest returns to Smale Riverfront Park with over 150 regional crafts. New craft distilleries and wineries also join in the fun with music and more. This event is split between a day and night session. For more information visit

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