Top 5 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: August 27-29

1. House party 1212: a celebration of the opening of site 1212

The Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts is having a house party this weekend to celebrate a major campus expansion with the unveiling of site 1212 – it’s a new community impact center – and everyone is invited . The festivities take place along the 1200 block of Jackson St. in Over-the-Rhine and at the former BarrelHouse Brewing Co. site. Take a peek at the new space from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, which features live music by Wussy Duo and receptions for Constance McClure’s new exhibition Never a Day Without Drawing, as well as House Party: Reunion, an exhibition showcasing the work of Academy of Fine Arts alumni.

The party resumes from noon to midnight Saturday with musical performances by Cincinnati Music Accelerator and Inhailer Radio, as well as a flagship performance by Young Heirlooms. Fans of the old BarrelHouse Brewing co. enjoy the micro-made vanilla stout created by BarrelHouse original master brewers Rick Debar and Brian Sprance, while viewing a showcase of the work of Jim Effler, BarrelHouse’s original bottled beer illustrator. There will also be vendors, a burlesque show, a Lindsey Whittle fashion show, and tours of OTR murals provided by ArtWorks. You will find food to buy at Taste of Belgium, Banging Burgers and Hoff’s Pretzel Co. The house party is free and open to the public on both days.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor (11) watches a ball as he catches during training camp practice on Monday August 16, 2021 at the training grounds next to Paul Stadium Brown in Cincinnati.

2. Cincinnati Bengals pre-game vs. Miami Dolphins

Here’s your chance to get a first face-to-face look at the team as the Cincinnati Bengals host a pre-season game against the Miami Dolphins at 4 p.m. Sunday. You can cheer on the team with other fans at Paul Brown Stadium (One Paul Brown Way, Downtown), or if you’re not quite ready for a stadium, you can watch the game on CBS at home or in your favorite water point. Tickets for the game start at $ 35.

Participants push the Serpentine Wall as they begin the 9th Annual Great Ohio River Swim on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The 900-yard swim is the largest cross-river open water swim along the Ohio River. where participants swam from the Serpentine Wall, Kentucky and finshed at the Cincinnati Public Landing.

3. The Bill Keating Jr. Great Ohio River Swim

This is your chance to dive into the Ohio River from the downtown public pier, swim to the Kentucky side of the river, and back – a distance of about half a mile – while the river is closed to motorized traffic. The Bill Keating Jr. Great Ohio River Swim is a fundraiser for Adventure Crew, a local nonprofit that provides outdoor recreation opportunities for teens in the city.

New this year, “Double Dippers” can swim 2.5 miles downstream along the Ohio shoreline before joining those of the traditional 900-meter course. Double divers must pledge to raise $ 500 for the Adventure Team swim training program. Registration opens on site at 7 a.m., with mandatory safety instructions in open water at 8 a.m. followed by departure at 8.15 a.m. Sunday. If the river conditions are not ideal, swimming will be postponed until September 19. Registration costs $ 40, $ 35 for college, $ 25 for 12-17 year olds.

World Peace Yoga will host a class on Saturday at Burnet Woods during Cincy Vegfest.

4. Cincy Vegfest

Nationally and internationally renowned presenters, musicians, authors, artists and conductors converge at Burnet Woods on Saturday for Cincy Vegfest, a festival dedicated to compassionate vegan living and environmentalism. Savor world-class vegan cuisine as you mingle with well-known vegan authors, speakers and friends while learning about cooking, nutrition, gardening and more. There will also be seminars on eco-living, discussions on the environment, world peace and compassionate living, mindfulness practices, meditation, yoga and sacred activism. Vegfest takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday around the Burnet Woods Bandstand, 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton.

Adam Tran portrays the Great Khan in Know Theater's Mongrel, August 26 to September 7.  12 at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum.

5. “Bastard”

In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Mongols swept the world, led by a charismatic and powerful leader, crushing any resistance in their path and folding the conquered people back into their empire. Now you, the public, with your besieged city, have the opportunity to make your case before the Khan himself. But first, you will need the advice of the Khan’s most trusted advisor.

The Know Theater gives you the chance to step directly into the inner circle of the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire by presenting this world premiere of Adam Tran’s solo exhibition at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & ​​Museum (1763 Hamilton Cleves Road , Hamilton). The outdoor performances take place on grass with a gentle slope. Due to the increase in the delta variant of COVID-19, masks are required for in-person presence. Show time is 8 p.m. Thursday To Sunday this weekend then wednesday-sunday until September 12. Tickets cost between $ 15 and $ 35.

Children have the chance to meet chickens on Saturday at the Festival of Urban Agriculture.

Honorable mention: Festival of Urban Agriculture

Great Parks of Hamilton County hosts the Urban Farming Festival from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Great Parks Nature Center at the Summit (1580 Summit Road, Roselawn), offering indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. You can learn to incorporate sustainability practices at home, take an urban mini-hike, enjoy live music, yoga and meditation classes, chicken meetups, vendors, a plant exchange, the s’mores making and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Watch local duo Lung live on Fountain Square on Saturday night as they celebrate the release of "Come clean now," the new album is now out on SofaBurn Records.

Honorable mention: Lung Album Release Party

Powerful Art-Punk Duo Lung Celebrates Release of New Album “Come Clean Right Now” – Now Available on SofaBurn Records – With Album Launch Party Saturday night on Fountain Square (520 Vine St., Downtown). The group – made up of classically trained opera singer and electric cellist Kate Wakefield and drummer Daisy Caplan, formerly of Foxy Shazam, Babe Rage and Ayin – begin a North American tour with Mac Sabbath and Speedealer on September 1.

The outdoor show begins at 7 p.m. and features forerunners Paige Beller and Small Reactions. It’s free and open to all ages. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St. Downtown.

The Cincinnati SPCA's annual fundraiser is getting disco fever this year.  Fur Ball Gala: Disco InFURno takes place Saturday night at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Honorable mention: Gala de la Boule de Fourrure: Disco InFURno

Dust off that casual costume or your flashy disco dress and get ready for your moves! The DJ will be playing plenty of funky tunes when Cincinnati’s biggest Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) fundraiser turns the Sharonville Convention Center into an InFURno nightclub. The evening features an open bar, dinner at the plate, live and silent auctions, raffles and a whole load of boogie on the dance floor. You could even have fun with the puppies at the shelter. The disco ball lights up at 6.30 p.m. Saturday. The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road. Tickets cost $ 250. 513-426-2216;

FastFoward, the Contemporary Art Center's annual art auction and fundraising gala, takes place on Saturday night.

Honorable mention: FastForward: Gala CAC + Encan

Also on Saturday, the Contemporary Arts Center (44 E. Sixth St., Downtown) is hosting its annual art auction and fundraising gala, FastForward. View and bid on original artwork, prints and more by more than three dozen notable artists, enjoy artistic performances and installations, food, and an open bar. Gala tickets also include entry to NewFuture, the afterparty at CAC Black Box. There is no formal dress code for the gala, but guests are encouraged to display their own personal concept of futurism. It works from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $ 150, the afterparty is just $ 20.

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