Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: September 24–26

Here are the events in Cincinnati you can’t miss this weekend, plus one weeknight event you’re sure to love.

Get out in nature with the family, experience thrills and chills at Kings Island, get down at outdoor concerts, celebrate fall’s perfect fruit, and enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza at these upcoming events in Greater Cincinnati.

Halloween Fun at Kings Island

Kings Island transforms into the amusement park of your nightmares just in time for spooky season during Halloween Haunt. Rides and roller coasters won’t be the only thrills—check out the park’s scare mazes, scare zones, and terrifying creatures skulking in the shadows. Haunt is intended for mature audiences, so find fun for the young ones at KI’s Tricks and Treats Fest, featuring food, fall activities, live entertainment, and plenty of spots to trick-or-treat. For kids too old for Tricks and Treats but still too young for Haunt, check out HalloTween, offering fun attractions with the right amount of thrills (and without gruesome characters).

Sept 24–Oct 31, Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason

Great Outdoor Weekend

Seeking some outdoor adventure? Experience everything nature has to offer at more than 100 free, family-friendly events across the tri-state during this 18th annual celebration of the outdoors. From farm encounters to winged nature walks, see some of our picks and check out the full schedule of Great Outdoor Weekend events here.

Sept 25–26, multiple locations

In Her Voice 2021

Produced by Queens Village and the Underworld Jazz Festival, this community music event in Ziegler Park is all about amplifying Black women’s power through music. Come out Saturday to enjoy performances by Sa-Roc, Nitty Scott, Natural Onyx, Jazmyn Alexis, Siri Imani, Q-Kidz, Nasty Nati Brass Band, DJ Apryl Reign, and MC Jori An Cotton.

Sept 25, 4–10 pm, Ziegler Park Great Lawn, 1322 Sycamore St., Pendleton

Country Applefest

Lebanon’s longest-running festival celebrates the perfect fall fruit and features nearly 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors at the Warren County Fairgrounds this weekend. Stick around for live entertainment and sink your teeth into delicious caramel apples, fudge apples, apple pie, apple fritters, and more.

Sept 25–26, 10 am–7 pm, Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon

Merchants and Music Festival

After last year’s festival was postponed, Merchants and Music returns to Tower Park this Saturday with lanes lined with local vendors, food, and drinks. The fest’s Kids Zone runs 2–7 p.m. with games, face painting, inflatables, jugglers, and more. Live music starts at 5 with David Tucker, Borderline, and The Leftovers opening for returning headliner Bret Michaels of Poison. Stick around for the afterparty with musical act Mad Costanza. 

Sept 25, 2 pm–midnight, Tower Park, 900 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas

Weeknight Bonus: Slice Night Returns Tuesday

We’re excited to once again gather at Yeatman’s Cove to enjoy America’s favorite food and support patient care at the UC Cancer Center. Listen to fun music while strolling the riverfront, imbibe at our bar, enjoy delicious dishes, and sample all-you-can-eat pizza from your favorite local pizzerias—all for a great cause. Get your tickets now!

Sept 28, 5–9 pm, Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown

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