Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: August 24–27

Cross an item off your bucket list, see an AI and cocktail combination, get inked, and more this weekend.

See Shakespeare for free in local parks (while the season is still going!), get inked and educated at a tattoo festival, cheer for FC Cincinnati, swim across the Ohio River and back, see a family art installation and craft fair, and pair AI with cocktails at these Cincinnati weekend events.

Shakespeare in the Park

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors for free in local parks now through September 3. As summer wanes, check out this weekend’s performance lineup so you don’t miss when the Bard arrives at a park or arts center near you:

Aug 24, 7 pm, Franklin County Arts Council, Third Place, 734 Main St., Brookville

Aug 25, 7 pm, Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park, 1600 Art Museum Dr., Mt. Adams

Aug 26, 7 pm, Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Pike, Washington Twp.

Aug 27, 6 pm, Washington Park Great Lawn, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine (live audio description available at this performance)

5th Annual Cincinnati Tattoo Arts Festival

Get inked by celebrity artists from Ink Master and VH1, learn about tattoo history, see the work of fine artists at the tattoo competition, find entertainment from daring magic, sideshow, and burlesque performers, and more fun at this three-day downtown tattoo expo.

Aug 25–27, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown

FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC

FCC fell in penalty kicks to the Big Pink Steamroller (aka Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami) this week. But, still sitting atop the MLS standings, the Orange and Blue seek a win against NYC FC, currently 13th in the East.

Aug 26, 7:30 pm, TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Pkwy., West End

Photograph courtesy Great Ohio River Swim/Adventure Club

The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim

Strike “swim across the Ohio River” off your bucket list at the largest open water swim across the river and back. Join more than 200 swimmers in the 900-meter race from the Serpentine Wall back to the Public Landing. Proceeds from the swim benefit Adventure Crew, a local nonprofit that provides outdoor recreation opportunities to teens in 24 high schools across the region.

Aug 27, GORS starts at 8:15 am, Serpentine Wall, 613 Front St., downtown

Family Craft Fair at Ziegler Park

Queens Village (of Cradle Cincinnati) and Black Art Speaks present a vibrant, interactive sidewalk storybook chalk and painting event. You’ll also find family-friendly games, crafts, and activities at Ziegler Park.

Aug 26, noon – 2 pm, 1322 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine

Cocktails and Creatives – An Alchemy Fest Event

AI artists and cocktail crafters join forces for a one-of-a-kind spirits contest in Covington, hosted by the same folks who present the annual Alchemy Fest. Each team (one artist and one mixologist) work together to create a cohesive art and cocktail concept for the crowd to taste and see. Then, you’ll get to vote for the best overall concept, best art, and best cocktail.

Aug 27, noon – 3 pm, Second Story, 100 W. Sixth St. No. 2, Covington

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