Top 5 Events This Week: August 5–11

Professional tennis, $10 lobstas, and more this week in Cincinnati.

1. The Western Southern Open

The oldest continually running tennis tournament in the United States is back and better than ever. World numbers one through three—Novack Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer—will lead the men’s side, while Venus and Serena vie for an all-Williams-sister final in the women’s tournament. Don’t miss your once yearly chance to see the best tennis players in the world right here in our backyard. Play kicks off Saturday morning. August 8-16, The Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, 513-651-0303,

2. Great Inland Seafood Festival

There’s never a null-moment on the Newport side of the river, and this weekend is no different. Back by popular demand, the Great Inland Seafood Festival is your chance to try seafood from 15 of the best restaurants in the Cincinnati Area. With live (free!) entertainment slotted for all four days of this delicious (feast)ival and whole Maine Lobsters for only $10, this isn’t your average fish fry. August 8-11, 1 Riverboat Way, Newport,

3. Hamilton County Fair

This one’s for the kids. Odds are you’ve had your fill of walking around the old county fair circuit, but deep down you know how much you enjoyed the petting zoo and the slew of traveling carnival rides at the fair. Take the little ones and reward yourself with an extra funnel cake or two (or four). August 7-11, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave.,

4. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: “39 Steps”

This week is your last chance to see the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s adaption of an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Four actors portray an astonishing 150 different roles in this classic crime conspiracy, which the company has managed to twist in with a bit of comedic relief. It all ends on Sunday. Thru August 11, 719 Race Street, Downtown, 513-381-BARD,

5. Taste of OTR

It seems like a new restaurant opens up every morning in OTR. If you’re struggling to keep up with the bustling food explosion going on in the neighborhood, you’re in luck. The first ever Taste of OTR will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Lavomatic, MOTR, Kaze, Eli’s, and plenty more will be on display. Christian Moerlein will be there to keep drinks in hand and Wussy is slotted to headline an all-day lineup of entertainment. August 11, Washington Park,

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