Cincinnati Weekend Picks July 5-7

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wake N Skate, and The Pokémon Hikes in town this weekend.
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Spend the morning skating away at the Sawyer Point Riverfront Rink on Saturday.

Photograph courtesy of Skate Downtown Cincy

Just because the Fourth of July is the week doesn’t mean we can’t also enjoy this weekend. While you finish off your leftover hot dogs, why not try one of the many fun events around Cincinnati? From the Rock and Roll Carnival to the Witches Market to Wake N Skate, you’ll find your perfect activity.


Northside Rock and Roll Carnival

Head to Hoffner Park for three days of live local music. Following the popular Northside Fourth of July Parade, musical festivities will commence with 30 different bands/performers taking the stage over the weekend. If you want an early taste of the music acts, you can check out this Spotify playlist. There will also be food and 25 different craft vendors selling everything from chainmail to caterpillarsThursday, July 4- Saturday, July 6, Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave., Northside

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Unlimited Love Tour

90’s rock sensations, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, are bringing their world tour to Riverbend. The artists known for songs like “Californication,” “Give It Away,” and “Under the Bridge,” have officially sold all tickets, so any purchases made now will be resales. Jazz duo DOMi & JD BECK will be the opening act. Check Riverbend’s website for bag and chair policies. Friday, July 5, doors at 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson

Gotta Catch ‘Em All Weekend

Over two days, Sharon Woods will become the ultimate gym for local Pokémon masters. On Friday, Pokémon GO trainers can go on a mile and a half hike with breaks at Pokéstops along the way. At each stop, participants can try to catch Pokémon, restock on supplies, and learn about the nature and history of Sharon Woods. On Saturday, trainers can meet at the Sharon Centre to learn about the connection between local wildlife and their favorite Pokémon. Friday, July 5- Saturday, July 6, 1 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville

Funky Wake N Skate w/ DJ Flava & DJ Vader

What better way to start your Saturday morning than with roller skating? Skate Downtown Cincy will be leading the day’s activities at Sawyer Point Riverfront Rink. The morning will start with yoga at 10 a.m. followed by all-ages open skate from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. with a 12:30-2 p.m. adult skate finishing the day. DJ Flava and DJ Vader will provide the tunes and Skate Downtown will provide free coffee and brunch bites. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sawyer Point Riverfront Rink, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown

Jungle Jim’s Sip by Sip Wine Tasting

Whether you’re a cabernet connoisseur or a Bordeaux beginner, the wine team at Jungle Jim’s are there to help you taste and discover new favorites. At Sip by Sip, JJ wine experts will walk you through some of the month’s unique selections and their personal favorites. The tasting will take place in The Cooking School where the experience will be more personal and hands-on than the busy liquor aisle. Tickets are $30. Saturday, July 6, 1-3 p.m., The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield

Dogs and Doughnuts

You and your fluffy friend will get to enjoy delicious treats and gorgeous art together at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Doughnuts will be given to humans and dog-friendly snacks will be given to pups. In addition to getting treats, you’ll be able to tie-dye a bandana as a cute summer accessory for you or your dog (but your dog has been so good, don’t they deserve it?) The event and craft are both free. Saturday, July 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton

Covington Witches Market

Local vendors of all things magical and holistic are setting up shop at the Sixth Street Promenade. Crystals, incense, candle, tarot— if you need anything for the practice of witchcraft or wicca, you’ll find amongst the 30 different booths of magical items. If you miss the Covington Market, there are also opportunities to shop other days in Hamilton and Milford. Saturday, July 6, 6-9 p.m., Sixth Street Promenade, W. Sixth St., Covington

Tri-State Antique Market

You can shop from over 125 different dealers at this enormous antique market. All merchandise is required to be at least 30 years old and out of production so you know you’ll get the good stuff. The market, which has been running since 1986, is also known as “Indiana’s largest antiques and vintage only market” due to the nearly 3,000 shoppers that come each month. Parking is free and adult admission is $5 but it’s cash only. Sunday, July 7, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, US 50 and Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg

Ice Cream Social Cruise

Sweet treats and sweet views await you on this afternoon BB Riverboats cruise. Ice cream will be served as you sail along the Ohio River on this one and a half hour sightseeing journey. The Captain will even talk you through the history and fun facts of the area. A cash bar and snacks will be available. Tickets are $32 for adults and $27 for kids ages 4-12. Sunday, July 7, boarding starts at 2:30 p.m., cruise 3-4:30 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing Dock, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport

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