Top 5 Events This Week: June 13-19

So many unique events…and only seven days! This week’s collection of awesome events runs the gamut to satisfy whatever adventure you’re craving. Feeling crafty? Thirsty? Funny? Green? We’ve got your week’s plans right here. 

1. GREENarama
The first home show of its kind, GREENarama presents a unique juxtaposition of old and new: Visitors peruse new townhouse-style homes constructed with the newest advances in “green” building, which are situated in Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood. All homes were built with the pursuit of receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. June 17–26. Tickets: $10. Fri 2–9 pm, Sat noon–9 pm, Sun noon–6 pm. Strafer St., Columbia Tusculum,

2. Indie Craft Market
Hunt for your next artsy treasure (and support your local artisans!) amid a spread of handmade, Etsy-style arts and crafts in the hub of downtown. Perfect for hostess gifts, birthday gifts, and funky knick-knacks to fill that empty space on your bookshelf. Happening simultaneously on the Square is the PNC Summer Music Series, and Chicago band Maps & Atlases will be headlining. June 17. Admission: free. Fri 5–11 pm. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Sts., downtown,

3. Passport to Beer Friday
Ever stroll the grocery store beer aisle, wanting to try something new but not wanting to commit to a full six-pack? At this event, you can sample more than 25 summertime lagers, ales, and porters from around the world—so you can make an educated selection for your next barbeque. Presented by Hamilton County Parks District. June 17. Tickets: $23.50–$25.95. Fri 7–9:30 pm. Mill Race Banquet Center, Winton Woods, 1515 W. Sharon Rd., Sharonville,

4. Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest
Think you’re funny? Here’s your chance to find out if anyone (other than your mom) agrees with you. Both amateurs and semi-pros are welcome to sign up for a piece of the spotlight to cut their comedic chops. The contest began in May and runs every Wednesday through August. June 15. Tickets: $5. Wed 8 pm. Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Ln., Montgomery, (513) 984-9288. 

5. Ichthus Music Festival
For more than four decades, this music fest has been one of the nation’s premier (and most affordable!) faith-based music and media festivals. Six stages are simultaneously filled with national and upcoming acts such as Hillsong United, Anberlin, Derek Webb, and Chris Tomlin. June 15­­–19. Tickets: $40 one-day pass, $99 all-weekend pass. 207 W. Main St., Wilmore, KY,


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