Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: Sep 22 – 24

We’ve got you covered with all the weekend events in the Queen City.

Two Oktoberfests again await you in the Queen City this weekend, along with the most important Reds homestand in a decade, a killer film festival, the chance to see some mermaids, some free hiking, and some incredible flower-related festival activities.


Cincinnati Psychotronic Film Festival

The second year of this unique film festival returns with all the weird and wacky cult films you can think of. Torn Light’s Justin Wiese (who we profiled in 2022, and who wrote for us about the importance of the theater experience in February ’23) has returned to the Esquire Theatre with a lineup of action, horror and unclassifiable flicks that will knock your socks off. Friday’s lineup features The Sword and the Claw, The Dragon Lives Again, and legendary low-budget action Deadbeat at Dawn—filmed and set in Dayton, Ohio!—while Saturday boasts a spooky lineup of Frankenhooker, Dr. Caligari, and Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s iconic comedy-horror classic House.
Sep 21-23, Esquire Theatre, Clifton

Mermaids at Newport Aquarium

For the first time in three years, Newport Aquarium is welcoming mermaids back to the tank. Starting September 23rd, mermaids will be diving underwater in the Coral Reef Tunnel surrounded by hundreds of tropical fish. Plus, they’ll be swimming and meeting guests in Mermaid Cove this year.
Sep 23, Newport on the Levee, Newport

Cincinnati Nature Center’s Great Outdoor Weekend

This weekend, attendance is FREE at Rowe Woods in Milford and Long Branch Farm & Trails in Goshen. In addition to hiking their many nature trails, you can also enjoy special plant sales, artist markets, and scavenger hunts all around the premises.
Sep 23-24, Milford/Goshen

Oktoberfest Newport

Missed Oktoberfest last weekend? Don’t worry; Newport’s German favorite Hofbrauhaus is putting on their own Oktoberfest, too.
Sep 22-24, 200 E. Third St, Newport

Sam Adams Oktoberfest

And for another Oktoberfest, you can head to Sam Adams’ taproom in Over-the-Rhine for all your favorite German brews alongside various Sam Adams classics.
Sep 22-23, 1727 Logan St, OTR

Ault in Bloom

Head to Ault Park on Sunday for a celebration of roses, flowers, dahlias, wildflowers, herbs, gardens, and more. Fashion shows, floral jewelry, bouquet arrangement competitions, flower painting, and more—if it’s flower related, they’ve got it here.
Sep 24, Ault Park, Mount Lookout, 1 – 4 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

In the past few Weekend Picks, we’ve referred to pretty much every single Reds homestand as “the one to watch” and a “must-win.” Well, that’s always been true, but it’s doubly true for this one. This is the last time the Reds will play this year in Cincinnati. They are just 0.5 games (literally, half a game!) out of the playoffs. Sweep this series against division rival Pittsburgh, and they’ve got a fantastic chance to make the playoffs for the first time in ages. Go Reds.
Sep 22-24, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown


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