Top 5 End-of-Summer Celebrations

From body paint to chamber music, Cincinnati makes saying goodbye to summer a little easier.

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  1. The Western & Southern Open is the longest-running tennis tournament held in its original city, and that, plus the biggest names in the sport, make this annual mid-August event a very big deal. Get outside, stay hydrated, and see some world-class tennis (practically) in your backyard. Through August 19, 2018, Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, wsopen.com
  2. The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion is one of the most highly anticipated parties of the summer. This 30th anniversary weekend is themed “A People of Purpose,” and the family-friendly event will draw more than 25,000 people in the name of celebrating the cultural and historic impact of the Black Family while supporting businesses, non-profits, artists, and community. August 17-19, 2018, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Sawyer Point, myblackfamilyreunion.org
  3. Taft’s Beer 4 Dinner: Summer BBQ isn’t your average hamburger-hot dog-potato salad spread. Get your fill of smoked turkey wings with white barbecue sauce and barbecue ramen with pork belly, and refresh the palate with sides like crispy polenta and watermelon cucumber salad. The perfectly-paired beer selections for each of the four courses will ensure this is the best BBQ of the summer. $55 per ticket. August 14, 2018, 7-11 p.m., Taft’s Brewpourium & Apizza, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., St. Bernard, taftsalehouse.com
  4. The Cincinnati Body Paint Expo will be…exactly like it sounds. This Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed art show is the first of its kind in the Queen City and will bring together body paint experts to celebrate the human form. Heads up: Tickets must be purchased in advance, as they will not be available at the door. August 16, 2018, 12-10 p.m., New Riff Distillery, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, cincinnatibodypaint.com
  5. Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik continues with “American Souvenirs” as part of the Chamber Crawl series. Hear classics from American master Gershwin like “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” as well as delightfully unexpected pieces like Dvořák’s “American” string quartet. Bonus: Your ticket also gets you a themed cocktail. August 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, ccocincinnati.org

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