Labor Day weekend is here, and the city is sure to be bustling with excitement over the coming days. Here are a handful of things to do to get you off the couch and on the move.
1- If you’re not up for the madness along the river, opt to watch the iconic Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest West 2019. Head to Mt. Echo Park with your friends and family to enjoy delicious food from Harvest Mobile Cuisine, Kona Ice, Loveland Dairy Whip, and Price Hill Safety CAT. There’s plenty of activities for your little ones too, including a bounce house, chalk, connect four, a gaga pit, pop-a-shot, and demonstrations from the Cincinnati Circus Company and the Cincinnati Nature Center.
September 1, 3-10 p.m., Mt. Echo Park
2- Celebrate America’s favorite pastime with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark where the hometown team will face off against the Philadelphia Phillies. Watch Mr. Redlegs, Mr. Red, Gapper, and Rosie Red play on the field before game time along with more than 20 mascots from local schools and businesses. Stay post-game for the Jeremy Camp concert, which is free to all fans with a game ticket.
September 2, 2:10 p.m., Great American Ballpark
3- If you’re looking for some family fun this weekend, search no further than Stricker’s Grove. Open to the public only four times each year, this family-owned amusement park offers days full of fun rides, roller coasters, 18-hole mini golf, free soft drinks and parking, and more. Tickets start at $14 per person, and kids two and under receive free admission. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
September 2, 1-8 p.m., Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, strickersgrove.com
4- Relax over the long weekend at the Brewgrass Beer Festival. Highlights include beer gardens with craft and domestic beer, grill stations, entertainment from WGRR, and music from 96ROCK with Bircus Brewery Co. (and circus) performing live. Tickets start at $12. September 1, 12-4 p.m., FIRE at Rivercenter, 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington
5- Be sure to attend the 25th annual Rubber Duck Regatta.This year’s prizes include a 2019 Honda CRV LX, cash prizes, and $1 million prize for the lucky “Million Dollar Duck.” Each duck purchased can provide 15 meals for hungry boys and girls, and all proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank’s mission to fight childhood hunger across America. September 1, 3 p.m., Purple People Bridge, rubberduckregatta.org