Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: September 3–6

Celebrate your three-day weekend right with dazzling fireworks, end-of-summer festivals, outdoor concerts, fantasy adventure, and more at these events happening in Greater Cincinnati.

Celebrate your three-day weekend right with dazzling fireworks, end-of-summer festivals, outdoor concerts, fantasy adventure, and more at these events happening in Greater Cincinnati.

Smoke On The River BBQ Fest

This free riverfront festival serves up great barbecue from Guns Up Bar B Q, BJ’s BBQ, Mick Noll’s Covington Haus, Sweet Jazz Treats, and Mazunte. Chow down on smoked eats, get down to live music, and enjoy Covington Plaza’s scenic river views.

Sept 3–5, Covington Plaza, 144 Madison Ave., Covington

Liberty Home German Society Oktoberfest

The tri-state’s oldest Oktoberfest celebrates its 55th anniversary with beer, German fare, rides, games, and family fun. Don’t miss the car show Sunday afternoon and live German entertainment all weekend. Find more details and a full schedule here.

Sept 3–5, Liberty Home Association, 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton

Ohio Renaissance Festival Opening Weekend

Hear ye, hear ye! The Ohio Renaissance Festival’s 16th century village comes to life once again this Labor Day weekend. Meet interesting characters, browse wares at unique shoppes, catch a thrilling show, and dine on massive turkey legs (a Ren Fest staple) at this fantasy festival for all ages. Find a full schedule and upcoming weekend events here.

Sept 4–6, 10:30 am–7pm, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville

Cincinnati Pops Labor Day Concert in the Park

Relax on a cool summer night with a free concert in Forest Park, featuring American standards and pop favorites by John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copeland, Duke Ellington, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, and more.

Sept 4, 7:30 pm, Central Park, 1201 W. Kemper Rd., Forest Park

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s The Boy Band Diaries

The No Promises Vocal Band joins the KSO Boogie Band to close out summer with two concerts this weekend, featuring hits from The Ink Spots, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Alabama, Boys II Men, and NSYNC. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and boogie shoes.

Sept 4, 7:30 pm, Devou Park Amphitheater, 1 Bandshell Blvd., Covington

Sept 5, 7:30 pm, Tower Park Amphitheater, 900 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas

Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest

A tri-state tradition since 1977, Cincinnati’s biggest riverfront party offers music, food, and family fun all day. Say farewell to summer with entertainment on both sides of the river in a festival that ends with a bang, courtesy of Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks and a rockin’ soundtrack from WEBN. Get there early to secure your front-row (front-river?) seat.

Sept 5, Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown

Stricker’s Grove Labor Day Picnic

The Hamilton amusement park opens Labor Day to celebrate America with a day of rides, roller coasters, 18-hole mini golf, food, drinks, and more. Spend your day off with the whole family and invite your friends out for a day of fun.

Sept 6, noon–8 pm, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton

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