The country’s largest paddling celebration is a 9-mile float on the Ohio River that begins Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Schmidt Recreation Complex (2944 Humbert Ave., East End) and ends at Gilday Riverside Park (3540 Southside Ave., Riverside) where a Finish Line Festival follows, with live music, food trucks, craft beer, refreshments and sellers. Don’t think you can go 9 full miles? This year, you can stop halfway, namely Cincinnati Public Landing (435 E. Mehring Way, Downtown). Registration fees are $ 75 (adult) and $ 25 (youth) for the 9 mile, $ 70 and $ 20 for the 4.5 mile.
If you’d rather just watch, some of the best vantage points include the Serpentine Wall and Smale Riverfront Park Downtown, Newport on the Levee, and Covington Plaza. The day before paddleboarding, you can check out the Outdoors for All exhibit, which runs from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Schmidt Recreational Complex and offers exhibitors and hands-on activities from all facets of outdoor living, a children’s area, an equipment sale and an exchange meeting, live music, catering and more. ohioriverpaddlefest.org.
2. German St. Bernard Luau
Put on your necklaces and tights! The St. Bernard German Luau is back. The 3-day festival, sponsored by the Village of Saint-Bernard, features entertainment on two stages, food stalls and food trucks, games of chance and skill, rides, roast pork and many craft beers served in collectible beer buckets. New this year will be a poultry hunting demonstration on Saturday in the Wiedemann beer garden, as well as the St. Bernard’s fresh market and a classic car cruise on Sunday.
Vine Street will be closed to traffic between Washington Avenues and McClelland Avenues, with stages set up on the grounds surrounding City Hall. The festival begins with a barrel and a blessing of Mango Hefeweizen Luau beer from Wiedemann at the armed services memorial near the town hall. The festival takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 am-5pm Sunday. Music includes Grant Park and the Klaberheads on Fridays; the SunBurners, John Banner and Pandora Effect on Saturday, and DJ Wild Bill and Slick Willy on Sunday. cityofstbernard.org.
3. The longest garage sale in the world
Tents and tables will line up with 127 US this weekend for Garage Sale 127, aka “The Longest Garage Sale in the World,” where you can hunt treasure from Michigan to Alabama – 690 miles of sweet and sweet shopping. Locally, US 127 crosses Hamilton, Fairfield, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Northside, Camp Washington and Downtown. In northern Kentucky, the road winds over the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge to Covington and follows US 25 and US 42 to Boone County.
Major vendor stops include Pleasant Treasures (4020 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton), Covered Bridge Antique Mall (7508 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy), and Gallatin County Fairgrounds (4690 US 127, Glencoe), all of which have 40 vendors or more. in one place. Most vendors are set up before 8 a.m. The sale takes place from Thursday by Sunday. 127yardsale.com.
4. Summer Sips: Tasting of vodka and tequila
Over 40 clear, infused vodkas and tequilas will be on offer Friday night at this benefit tasting in support of Ault Park. Your $ 40 bill gives you seven 1-ounce tastings of your choice, snacks, and mixers to whip up your own cocktails. Food trucks will also be on site, and wine will be available by the glass for those not participating in the tasting. The band Marty Connor offers live music for the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Ault Park Pavilion, 5090 Observatory Ave., Mount Lookout. aultparkac.org.
5. Art on the vine and the second Sunday on the hand
What started as eight artists selling wares in a parking lot in Over-the-Rhine has grown into a highly anticipated arts event featuring over 80 local and regional artists. Usually, during the summer months, Art on Vine takes place in Fountain Square, but this time around you’ll find it on the newly renovated Court Street Plaza between Vine and Race streets in the city center. It takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, and coincides with the Court Street Cruise-in. artonvinecincy.com.
A short walk (or tram) from Art on Vine is Second Sunday on Main, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday along Main Street between 12th and Liberty Streets in Over-the-Rhine. This street festival features over 100 local vendors, live music, street performers, an outdoor beer garden, and over 50 participating shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. You won’t want to miss the Second Line Parade, which takes place at 1:30 p.m. and is led by Nasti Nati Brass, the Q-Kidz dance team and the stilt walkers of the Afrakan Artist Alliance. Bring your fanciest umbrella and participate! secondsundayonmain.org.
Honorable mention: Family Day at Stricker’s Grove
A few times a year, Stricker’s Grove – a private theme park in Hamilton – opens its doors to the public. The family-owned and operated park will be open to the public on Sunday for Family Day, where you can enjoy a variety of rides for all ages, including two roller coasters, one of which is a classic wooden roller coaster. You’ll also find quintessential rides at theme parks like the Ferris Wheel, Scrambler, Merry Go Round, and Tilt A Whirl, among others.
Entrance to the park also includes an 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade with video games and skeeball, a shooting range and horseshoes. The family day takes place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The journey times are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Other foods and drinks, including alcohol, are available for purchase. Admission is $ 15, free for children under 2 years old. Stricker’s Grove is located at 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. strickersgrove.com.
Honorable mention: Summermusik
Some of the area’s most intriguing orchestral programming arrives with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Summermusik Festival. As audience health guidelines continue to evolve, CCO has followed the lead of several other arts groups and has chosen to release Summermusik this year. You can see “Restorative Strings” at 4:00 PM Sunday at the Moonlite Lodge in Coney Island (6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township). The program includes pieces by Smetana (“String Quartet n ° 1 in E min.”, 4th movement), “Allen & Lucien” by Nico Muhly (with musical director Eckart Preu on keyboard) and the world premiere of “No One’s Driving “, performed by the composer. Tickets start at $ 35. Check the CCO website for a complete listing of Summermusik concerts. 513-723-1182; ccocincinnati.org.
Honorable mention: Corn Crazy Festival
One of the simplest pleasures of summer is sweet corn. Whether it’s boiled, roasted, creamed, or fried, this is the month you can get it at the height of freshness. It’s a perfect occasion to party, which is exactly why the folks at Hidden Valley Orchards in Lebanon have a Corn Crazy Festival on Saturday. You’ll find fresh corn for sale – while supplies last – as well as apple cider slushies, seasonal sips, meals and sweets, live music, and lots of family fun. Children can enjoy a bouncy house, face painting, chalk games and Raptor Inc. will be on site from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for an educational discussion.
The Corn Crazy Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hidden Valley Orchards, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon. cachévalleyorchards.com.