1. Guinness Cincinnati Celtic Festival
Genetic testing is all the rage these days, and maybe you’ve discovered a Celtic lineage in your family tree. Or maybe the sound of bagpipes and violins stirs your soul. Or hey, maybe you like the “Outlander” TV series and a good stout. You’ll find all of this and more at this family-friendly festival, which celebrates the Celtic territories of Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Highlights include a Highland dance competition, military tattoo with eight bagpipe and drum shows, live Celtic music, several Irish dance performances, contests for the reddest hair, most spots of Freckle and Biggest Tale, Traditional Food, Whiskey Tasting Tent, Guided Beer Tastings with Guinness Brewery Ambassador Jimmy Callahan, Throwing Darts and fun games and activities. A Celtic mass will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. on the stage lawn. The festival takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 12 pm-7pm Sunday along East Freedom Way to The Banks, downtown. cincycelticfest.com.
2. “Everything is fine”
The Know Theater returns live, in person, with this outdoor touring performance of “All’s Faire”, a new comedic comedy set during a Renaissance festival. The show is packed with original music, absurd gags, puppets, pirates, magical creatures and a dynamic private investigator duo that is sure to keep you entertained. The show starts at Carnegie (1028 Scott Blvd., Covington), where you can watch it at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as July 31 and August 7.
Other locations are: Wyoming Fine Arts Center (322 Wyoming Ave.) at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, at Humble Monk Brewing Co. (1641 Blue Rock Road, Northside) on July 29 and August 5, Fitton Center (101 S. Monument St., Hamilton) on July 30, Artsville (5021 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville) on August 1 , BonBonerie parking lot (2030 Madison Road, Evanston) on August 6 and at the Kennedy Heights Art Center (6546 Montgomery Road) on August 8. Tickets start at $ 15. knowtheatre.com.
3. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”
Another place you can enjoy live theater this weekend is at the Covedale Center for Performing Arts (4990 Glenway Ave., West Price Hill), where the Cincinnati Young People’s Theater presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the story of Joseph’s “coat of many colors” from the Bible.
The production takes place 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday until August 8. All seating is reserved, with seating that meets Ohio State guidelines for indoor theatrical performances. Tickets cost $ 22, $ 20 for seniors and students. 513-241-6550; cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.
4. Baby Expo and beyond
Whether you are expecting baby number one or adding to a growing family, this expo offers great resources and interactive activities for moms, dads and expectant parents. You’ll find baby gear, clothing, accessories and products from over 70 vendors, as well as healthcare and children’s experts on site, as well as pre and post pregnancy resources.
There are also fun and interactive games with prizes, including a Diaper Derby for robots, Swaddle Waddle for 2-person swaddled adult teams, and Dad’s Survival Games, where the winner is the person who can carry the most. objects until arrival. line without dropping any. Baby and Beyond Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sharonville Convention Center (11355 Chester Road). Tickets cost $ 20, $ 15 up front. VIP early entry (9 a.m.) $ 50. cincinnatimagazine.com/ohbaby.
5. Gems borrowed from Taft
In partnership with the Taft Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Museum Center showcases artwork from Taft’s collection as his historic home undergoes extensive restoration. Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art presents the collection of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, featuring works by masters such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Charles François Daubigny, JMW Turner and Thomas Gainsborough, in addition to decorative arts featuring featuring the Qing Dynasty Chinese ceramics and 18th century watches. The exhibition continues the reinterpretation of Taft’s permanent collection, covering a wide range of eras, cultures and art forms.
The exhibition opens Friday and will run through February 21, 2022 at the John A. Ruthven Gallery and the William L. Mallory Sr. Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Free entry. cincymuseum.org.
Honorable mention: Doc Galahan’s holographic musical experience
Local band The Hiders release new album “Forever at the End” in spectacular fashion Friday evening with a concert on the Grove Terrace (9158 Winton Road, Springfield Township). While the group is performing, guests can walk to a tree-lined area of the venue for an exhibition of steampunk experiential art by Doc Galahan, who created the album cover for the group’s new version. Visitors to the art exhibit will experience a mix of holograms, 3D prints, lenticular characters, and an illusion created by colored lights. The event will also be viewable live on Waycross, and holographic prisms for your cell phone will be available for purchase so you can take the holographic experience home with you. Food, beer, wine, and seltzer will be available for purchase, as will artist and band merchandise. Participation is free and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. springfieldtwp.org.
Honorable mention: Parade of vintage and classic cars
Attention, motor heads. The Antique and Classic Car Club of Butler County hosts its annual car parade Saturday, with more than 300 classic and vintage cars. The parade is open to all American and foreign vehicles from 1896 to 1996 in restored or original condition. Vehicles assemble at Butler County Courthouse Square (101 High St., Hamilton) for a 1 p.m. departure, which heads to Fairfield Crossing (4605-4627 Dixie Highway) between 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., then return to the palace of justice for an awards ceremony at 3:30 pm The parade is free for spectators and $ 20 for participants. antiquecars.org.
Honorable mention: celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon landing
A 17-day celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon landing kicks off this weekend at the National Museum of the US Air Force near Dayton. The command module will be on display in the museum’s space gallery, courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Other spaceships in the gallery include Mercury and Gemini, as well as the Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer. The anniversary celebration is taking place July 22-August. 7. The museum is located at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson AFB, Fairborn. nationalmuseum.af.mil.