Friday, Aug. 5
World’s Longest Yard Sale
This weekend will be a treasure hunter’s paradise as the World’s Longest Yard Sale returns for its 35th year. The annual event, also known as the “127 Yard Sale,” stretches along the 127 corridor from Gadsden, Alabama up to Addison, Michigan — and right through Covington and Cincinnati. From Aug. 4-7, more than 2,000 vendors will be set up along roadsides, in RV parks and campgrounds, in antique malls and more to sell anything and everything. Check out a list of major vendor stops at 127yardsale.com. And swing by MainStrasse in Covington from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7, where vendors will be set up along Sixth Street, or the Northside Summer Market, with vendors set up from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 6 along Hamilton Avenue. Get more info about the MainStrasse yard sale at facebook.com and more info about the Northside Summer Market at northsidesummermarket.com.
Glier’s Goettafest continues this weekend at Newport’s Festival Park with insane eats, cold beer, live music, kid-friendly games and the world’s only goetta vending machine. Gorge on more than 50 different sweet and savory goetta-infused dishes ranging from goetta nachos and deep-fried goetta cheese coneys to goetta brownies and a goetta donut sandwich. 5-11 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 6; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 7. Free admission. Newport’s Festival Park, Newport on the Levee, goettafest.com. Read CityBeat‘s story for everything you can eat at Goettafest.
St. Bernard German Luau
Originally launched in 1971, this popular neighborhood festival was recently resurrected by the Village of St. Bernard and the St. Bernard Recreation Department. The weekend-long party features a pig roast, live music, food trucks, games, a celebrity dunking booth, a dog costume contest and German Luau beer pails from Wiedemann’s. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 5; noon-midnight Aug. 6. Free admission. Vine Street, St. Bernard, facebook.com/stbgermanluau.
Holy Cross-Immaculata Summer Festival
This favorite summer church festival boasts live music, boozy drinks and an air-conditioned casino room. Head up to Holy Cross-Immaculata in Mt. Adams on Friday and Saturday to enjoy food vendors, a bevy of drinks (craft beer, wine, cocktails), festival games, a special family-friendly “Kids Alley,” a silent auction and raffle. The Dukes Band plays Friday and Union Son plays Saturday. A shuttle will run to the fest from the Rookwood Restaurant parking lot. Proceeds benefit Holy Cross-Immaculata Parish. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 5 and 6. Free admission. 30 Guido St., Mt. Adams, facebook.com/hcichurch.
Frisch’s Mobile Roller Rink
Get ready to strap on some skates and tap into your retro roller skating-persona because Frisch’s Mobile Roller Rink is popping up on Court Street Plaza this weekend. The 9,000-square-foot rink originally debuted over Memorial Day weekend to honor Frisch’s 75th anniversary, with a nostalgic nod to how popular roller skating was back when the local chain was founded. Bring your own skates or rent some and get ready to roll. Food and drink vendors will also be on hand. Reservations are not required. 4-8 p.m. Aug. 5; noon-8 p.m. Aug. 6; noon-6 p.m. Aug. 7. $2 admission; $5 skate rental fee. Court Street Plaza, Downtown, facebook.com/mobilerollerrink.
Lebanon Blues Festival
The 23rd Lebanon Blues Festival takes over downtown Lebanon this weekend. There will be 10 bands performing throughout the weekend, including Bob Margolin with Pinetop Perkins, Keith “T-Bone” Colbert and the Leroy Ellington Band. In addition to live music, the fest promises a classic car show, a craft beer garden, artisan vendors and food offerings ranging from barbecue to dessert. The fest suggests attendees bring their own lawn chairs. Proceeds benefit the Lebanon Optimist Club community organization. 5-10 p.m. Aug. 5; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 6. Free admission. Downtown Lebanon, lebanonbluesfestival.com.
Outdoors for All Expo
Prep for the Ohio River Paddlefest on Saturday with the Outdoors for All Expo at the Schmidt Recreation Complex — the launch point for Paddlefest boaters. The free event features outdoor exhibits, demos and hands-on fun in addition to live music, MadTree beer and food trucks. Buy or sell outdoor gear at the on-site market, check out the kids zone and listen to local bands Gabbard & Co., Tracy Walker and The Tillers. 4-9:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Free admission. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave., East End, ohioriverpaddlefest.org.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Ohio River Paddlefest
Thousands of kayakers, canoers and other person-powered boaters will descend on the Ohio River on Saturday for the annual Paddlefest. Launched in 2001 by a group of friends, the fest has grown from 275 attendees to more than 2,000 and is centered around a 9- and 4.5-mile paddle down the river. The river will be closed to motorized traffic until noon for racers or casual paddlers to make their way from the Schmidt Recreation Complex in the East End to either the Public Landing (4.5-mile stop) or the Gilday Recreation Complex in Riverside (9-mile stop). A Finish Line Festival will be set up at Gilday and will include food vendors, music, local beer and exhibitors. Paddlefest proceeds benefit Adventure Crew, a nonprofit that helps get Greater Cincinnati teens get out into nature. Races start 7 a.m. Aug. 6. Finish Line Festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is $20-$25 for youths and $70-$75 for adults. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave., East End, ohioriverpaddlefest.org.
Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at the Andrew J Brady Music Center
It’s about to be a very emo Saturday night at the Andrew J Brady Music Center. Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness are co-headlining this local show with openers Armor for Sleep. Get ready to sing along. 5:30 p.m. doors Aug. 6. Tickets start at $39.50. Andrew J Brady Music Center, 25 Race St., Downtown, bradymusiccenter.com.
More than 100 local vendors will be taking over the area around Westwood Town Hall on Saturday. Shop independent makers and small businesses while enjoying food trucks and bites from artisan food vendors. There will also be a free workout class and kid-friendly activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 6. Free admission. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood, westsidemarketcincy.com.
CatVideoFest at the Esquire Theatre and Mariemont Theatre
Do you spend an inordinate amount of time scrolling through adorable animal videos on social media? See the feline-centric cream of the crop at the CatVideoFest this weekend. According to an event description from the Esquire Theatre, the film festival is a “compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses.” An international event, the CatVideoFest does screenings at theaters around the world, all to benefit local cat rescues and animal welfare organizations. Cincinnati’s CatVideoFest events will benefit The Scratching Post in Silverton, a self-described nonprofit “no-kill, no-cage shelter for stray and abandoned cats.” 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, Mariemont. $10. esquiretheatre.com; mariemonttheatre.com.
Sunday, Aug. 7
Art on Vine
The Art on Vine pop-up maker market featuring local vendors and artisans is moving this month. It will now be held on Court Street Plaza instead of Fountain Square, but will still boast its collection of more than 80 local makers. The move coincides with the Frisch’s Mobile Roller Rink pop-up on the plaza. Art on Vine will return to Fountain Square in September. Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 7. Free admission. Court Street Plaza, Downtown, artonvinecincy.com.
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