Cincinnati Weekend Picks June 14-16

The Fairy Tale Festival, Juneteenth, and Dierks Bentley in town this weekend.
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Live out your royal fantasy at the Highfield Discovery Garden Fairy Tale Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

Photograph courtesy of Great Parks

It’s one of the busiest weekends in the Queen City yet. Concerts, fairs, and fests are set up all over town. Would you like to sample one of over 400 international craft beers? Or perhaps you’d rather watch a free ballet performance in the park? Either way, we’ve got you covered. If you want to specifically find Pride events, you can do so here and if you want to find local Juneteenth information, you can do so here.


CFTA Food Fest

Join the Cincinnati Food Truck Association for their annual industry celebration. 50 food trucks will be set up at Summit Park for you to peruse with cuisines ranging from Nigerian to Native American and everything in between. Since the park is a DORA district, you’ll be able to bring your beer from Fretboard and Highgrain around as you sample the variety of foods on offer. Friday, June 14, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash

Micheal Ian Black at The Commonwealth

If you’ve wanted to check out the city’s hottest new comedy venue, here’s a great opportunity. Star of RENO 911!, Wet Hot American Summer, and The State, Michael Ian Black, will be performing standup at the Commonwealth Sanctuary all night. Black will be doing two sets— one at 7:30 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Friday, June 14, 7:30 & 9 p.m., Commonwealth Sanctuary, 522 5th Ave., Dayton, KY

Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Festival

The crack team of international beer experts at Jungle Jim’s (which was recently recognized by RateBeer.com as one of the top four beer retailers in the country) has put together a tasting journey around the world with over 400 different craft beers from 100 different breweries. Upon entry, you’ll be given the comprehensive tasting guide and your commemorative reusable tasting glass. Food trucks, cigars, and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. Friday tickets are $55, Saturday tickets are $60, and non-drinker tickets are $25 and include free water, coffee, and soda. Friday, June 14- Saturday, June 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Oscar Station at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 8871 North Gilmore Rd., Fairfield

Juneteenth Block Party

The annual block party hosted by Paloozanoire is back for the fifth year. The Banks will be turned into a celebration of Black culture, music, and joy. There will be experiences for everyone— vendors, food, community activations, live music, dancing, family zones, art works, and more. Don’t forget to stick around towards the end of the night for a beautiful fireworks display. Saturday, June 15, 4-11 p.m., The Banks, E. Freedom Way, downtown

Loud & Queer – Teen Pride Fest

It’s Cincinnati’s first Pride event for teens. Girls Rock Cincinnati is bringing together local young artists, vendors, and musicians for the party. Drag performer Guad Ala Jara will be hosting and leading festivities. Resource and education booths from Transform Cincy, PFLAG, Lighthouse Youth Services, and the Cincinnati Public Library will also be on site. This free event is primarily focused on teens, so it will be a dry/sober venue. Saturday, June 15, 5-8 p.m., Five Points Alley, 2425 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills

Dierks Bentley Concert

The country singer-songwriter is making a stop at Riverbend on his Gravel & Gold Tour. This multi-platinum artist told us he has fond feelings for the city, “Cincinnati was the very first time (Bentley’s 1990s country cover band) Hot Country Knights ever took the stage… Cincinnati will always hold a very special spot in my heart because of that particular show.” Tickets start at $30.75 for lawn seating. Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson

Fairy Tale Festival

Head to the most fantastical gardens in the city to immerse your kids in a storybook world. You’ll be able to meet fantasy characters like Robin Hood and Rapunzel then go on their adventures by climbing a tower and testing your archery skills. There will be booths where you can get your hair braided, face painted, and get fairy accessories. MadCap Puppets and an armored sword fighting group will be providing live entertainment. Tickets are $9 for adults, $12 for kids, and entry times are scheduled every two hours. Saturday, June 15- Sunday, June 16, Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Glendale

37th Annual Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival

Celebrate emancipation all weekend in Eden Park at the Juneteenth Festival. Saturday will feature two stages of all-day live entertainment like poetry, Nigerian Ijo Ugo Dancers and Drummers, and a headlining performance by The Original Lakeside. There will also be plenty of food, shopping, kids activities, education, and free health screenings. Sunday is the more spiritual celebration with a Father’s Day concert of inspirational music and liturgical dancers. Saturday, June 15- Sunday, June 16, Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park

Black, Brown, & Ballet Summer Concert

Revolution Dance Theatre is bringing ballet to the people for free. Underrepresented performers will show the audience that everyone can and should be welcomed into the world of dance. The show in Washington Park will feature dancers from Revolution as well as guest artists from other prestigious national companies. Revolution Company Artist Asya Graves will be bid farewell and receive special honors at the performance for her contributions to the local dance scene. Sunday, June 16, 6 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

The Dad Games

Spend Father’s Day as a family and engage in some healthy competition. At the first ever Dad Games at Dave & Busters, families will compete for high scores in an arcade showdown. The dad with the highest average team score will win free play for a year. Tickets include Dad Games entry, a $20 Power Card, unlimited soda, and a playoff banquet with foods like sliders, pizza, chicken tenders, and fries. Dads get unlimited video game play all day. Sunday, June 16, 12 p.m., Dave & Busters, 11775 Commons Dr., Springdale

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