Top 5 Community Events This Week: Aug 1-7

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There’s no better time to tap into your community than summer. The sun is usually shining, the kids are usually home from school, and the whole city is in a festive mood. So whether you’re looking for a party or just a relaxing evening out, check out our favorite community events for this week.

 
1. Glier’s Goettafest
As the lobster is to New England, so is goetta to Cincinnati. Our local delicacy of pin oats and pork is perfect served up plain from the griddle, but Goettafest vendors have devised more than 30 ways to enjoy the stuff: goetta nachos, goetta rubens, goetta omelets, goetta egg rolls, goetta pizza, and of course, goetta coneys—the list goes on and on. Aug 5–7, 5 pm–11 pm (Fri); noon–11 pm (Sat); and noon–9 pm (Sun). Newport, goettafest.com

2. Cincy Blues Fest
Sawyer Point comes alive once again for the 18th Annual Cincy Blues Fest, a gathering of more than 40 local and national blues performers. Artists like Rick Holmstrom, Crazy Joe and the Mad River Outlaws, Big James and the Chicago Playboys, and Deborrah Wyndham give Cincinnati the blues all weekend long. Aug 5 and 6. Admission: $15 per adult each day (2-day passes: $25 at the gate on Friday); children 13-18: $5 each day; children 12 and under (with parent/guardian): free. Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point Park, Pete Rose Way, (513) 739-2583, cincybluesfest.org

3. World’s Longest Yard Sale
Yard sale-lovers, unite! Nearly 100 vendors come together for a yard sale extravaganza in MainStrasse Village. Look for that perfect antique or just browse the household items and collectibles in the setting of Covington’s beautiful and historic 19th century German district. Aug 4–7, 9 am–4 pm, MainStrasse Village, intersection of Main and 6th Sts., Covington, http://www.mainstrasse.org/2011/07/worlds-longest-yard-sale-mainstrasse/

4. Bluegrass at Mt. Healthy’s Gazebo Park
Pull up a lawn chair to the City Park’s Gazebo and take in an evening of free entertainment from Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Don’t miss trick fiddling from Roadie LaPew, the fiddling Polecat. Aug 6. Admission: free; Gazebo in City Park, Mt. Healthy, (513) 931-8840 or rrissel@mthealthy.org

5. Tri-State Antique Market
Whether you’re looking for a traditional table, a vintage place setting, or a funky mid-century lamp, you’ll find plenty to peruse at the Tri-State Antique Market, Indiana’s largest collectibles market. Sculptures, garden décor, clothing, ephemera, furniture—you name it, this market’s nearly 250 vendors probably have it. Aug 7 (and Oct 2), 7 am–3 pm, rain or shine; early birds at 6 am. Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, http://queencityshows.com/tristate/tristate.html

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