Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: September 9–11

Cincinnatians are gearing up for food and culture fests, music, beer, and Bengals football fun all weekend long.

Raise a stein to German culture in Covington, celebrate Asian American heritage, unleash your inner emo fan, party at the GrainWorks anniversary bash, and cheer on the Bengals at their season opener this weekend.

Covington Oktoberfest

Raise a stein and celebrate German heritage at Goebel Park and MainStrasse Village with local food, beer (including Braxton’s Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale), and art at this free-to-attend festival—a Northern Kentucky tradition since 1979.

Sept. 9–11, Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., Covington

GrainWorks Fifth Anniversary Festival

GrainWorks celebrates five years of brewing with a free weekend extravaganza filled with event-exclusive beers, live music on a huge outdoor concert stage, food trucks, games, and more. See the full lineup of beers on tap and live entertainment here.
Sept 9–11, 7790 Service Center Dr., West Chester Twp.


Ohio Is For Lovers Festival

Emo takes over Riverbend Music Center this Saturday, where you can see acts like  Descendents, New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack, Bayside, The Amity Affliction, Silverstein, Senses Fail, The Wonder Years, Story of the Year, Hawthorn Heights, and more.

Sept. 10, doors at 11 am, Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp.

Cincinnati Moon Festival

The popular cultural festival returns to Fountain Square with an expanded program,  including family friendly activities, food, cultural displays and performances, and special guest artist Jason Chu and his team present a music and storytelling concert about Asian American experiences.

Sept. 10, 3–8 pm, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown


Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s been 208 days since the conclusion of the Bengals’ exhilarating Super Bowl run (yes, we’ve been counting), and at last, the Bengals face their old rivals for a what’s certain to be a thrilling season opener this Sunday. Tickets are still available here, or you can follow the action at home on WKRC and on ESPN 1530. As our Bengals columnist Robert Weintraub writes, there’s a lot to be excited about this season.

Sept. 11, 1 p.m., Paycor Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, downtown

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