Top 5 Beer-Based Blowouts

School is back in session, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw down on the weekends. Leave the kids with a sitter and sip some of Cincy’s finest craft brews at these upcoming festivals.
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1. We don’t know how many beer and comedy festivals there are in the country, but we do know that Cincy Brew Ha-Ha is the largest. In their 10th anniversary year, this festival isn’t joking around: 110 beers and 80 comedians will share the spotlight(s) at this Sawyer Point party. Free stand-up and cheap beer? Sounds like a real hoot. August 24–25, Sawyer Point, cincybrewhaha.com

2. Beer event with art or art event with beer? Either way, the August Art After Dark: Annual Beer Bash is the best way to marry culture and drinking. Beer tastings in the courtyard, a DJ, and nighttime museum access make this a tradition to keep on the calendar. August 25, 5–9 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/adults/art-after-dark/

3. Art not really your thing? What about famous baby hippos? Cincinnati Zoo’s Zoo Brew is nothing short of a howling good time. See your favorite creatures while sampling local craft drafts and talking to the Brew Masters who make them. Tickets for the October 5 event go on sale August 25—and they’re sure to fly fast. October 5, 6:30–9 p.m, Cincinnati Zoo, cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-brew/

4. Feeling the need to work off a few of those pints? Registration for the Cincinnati Beer Run is open now for the September 22 event. Combining the best of both worlds, this fun-run lets you race towards the Oktoberfest finish line. Every half-mile you’re given a craft beer sample, ending in a full pint at Newport Oktoberfest. The addition of glow accessories this year (who doesn’t love a glow stick) makes this run one that checks all the boxes on your bucket list. September 22, Newport, KY. active.com/newport-ky/running/distance-running-races/cincinnati-beer-run-w-glow-2017

5. An Afternoon with the Beer Barons at the gorgeous Spring Grove Cemetery is an afternoon well spent. Held in the scenic rose garden, the impressive sample of unique beers from local breweries will be paired with food, music, and tours. We can’t think of a better way to prep for Halloween season than drinking in an actual cemetery. August 26, Spring Grove Cemetery, springgrove.org

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