1. Celebrate Reds BaseballWith back-to-back out-of-town series, you may be experiencing some Reds withdrawal, but it’s nothing a visit to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum can’t fix. Brush up on your Reds trivia with a 145-year retrospective of the greatest moments in team history or explore the park behind the scenes on a 90-minute guided tour. Then root, root, root for the home team this weekend as the Reds take on the Washington Nationals. Museum hours: 10 am to 5pm; Games: July 25, 7:10 pm; July 26, 4:05 pm; and July 27, 1:10 pm, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, (513) 381-7337, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com
2. Pick a festival. Any festival. How about Greater Anderson Days?One of the many festivals this summer, Greater Anderson Days has your typical food and fun: live music, carnival games, and rides, charitable gambling, and of course a ton of food vendors. Not to be missed, the second annual “Anderson’s Got Talent” competition will feature 30 local acts performing Friday and Saturday with one lucky winner walking away with a $1,000 grand prize. End the weekend with a Sunday night fireworks show. July 25-26, 5-11 pm and July 27, 5-10 pm, Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Rd., Anderson, andersonparks.com/adays
3. Catch a Movie in the ParkCincinnati loves its parks, and outdoor movies are a great excuse for visiting one. This week, catch a Hitchcock classic and two animated family films: Visit Eden Park for a viewing of Rear Window on Thursday (The Faux Frenchmen will be playing before the film). Saturday, you have a choice between Happy Feet in East Price Hill or The Lego Movie in Milford. You can’t go wrong either way, but if you’re headed to Milford be sure to stop by the Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally for a pre-movie feast. Rear Window: July 24, 7 pm, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, mtadamstoday.com/2014/cinema-in-the-city-for-2014/; Happy Feet: July 26, 8:30 pm, Olden View Park, 2610 W. 8th St., cincinnatiparks.com; The Lego Movie: July 26, dusk, Riverside Park, 425 Victor Stier Drive, milfordohio.org
4. See The Cincinnati Drinking Play in OTR“Two parts sketch comedy, one part social games,” Bye Bye Liver is an interactive production with local actors serving up comedic genius one shot at a time. Laughs guaranteed, hangover not (necessarily) included. July 26, 8 pm, $15, Below Zero Lounge, 1122 Walnut St., downtown, byebyeliver.com
5. Eat like a Queen (City)Head to Washington Park for the second annual Taste of OTR on Saturday, featuring the best of Over-The-Rhine eateries. And if you haven’t had enough barbecue or beer yet this summer, the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Event at Findlay Market will have more than a dozen craft beers on tap and a Backyard BBQ Contest with a People’s Choice Award.Taste of OTR: July 26, 11 am to 11 pm, Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-The-Rhine, washingtonpark.org/event/taste-of-otr-2/; Smokin’ Hot BBQ Event: July 26, 6-10 pm, and July 27, 10 am to 4 pm, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., findlaymarket.org/events/
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