Top 5 Events This Week: Sept 19–Sept 25

From last-chance baseball and first-chance football to even more festival fun, this week adds plenty of good times to your to-do list.

 
1. Last Reds Home Game
We get it. It was a hot summer. So hot that maybe the mere notion of sitting in a plastic seat in a ballpark sent you running for the nearest walk-in freezer. If you wasted away the baseball season in your air-conditioned living room, you have one more chance to make it right. Sept 21 (last night game on Sept 20), Great American Ballpark, http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com

2. MidPoint Music Festival
The MidPoint Music Festival is all grown up and turning 10. That’s 10 years of shows from some of the top acts in the indie universe playing at locations throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine. (Click here to read our article from the September 2011 issue.) This year, look for The Joy Formidable, Mates of State, Deerhoof, Toro y Moi, Cut Copy, The Album Leaf, and dozens more. Sept 22-24, mpmf.com

3. Newport Oktoberfest
That’s right, we’re sending you to one more Oktoberfest (our local Germanophiles just can’t get enough of the stuff). This particular event promises to be the most authentic in the area, which we suspect translates into more beer and more bratwurst. And we approve. Sept 23-25, (859) 477-3320

4. The Time Traveler’s Ball: A MidWest Steampunk Extravaganza
And what is “Steampunk,” you ask? Think Victorians plus science fiction (or Jules Verne re-imagined by Tim Burton). The Southgate House hosts what they call Cincinnati’s first Steampunk event: The Time Traveler’s Ball will feature performances from Vaudeville Freud, Ford Theatre Reunion, The Extraordinary Contraptions, and more, as well as belly dancers, fortune tellers, a “freak slideshow,” and Steampunk art. Come dressed to impress: There’s a costume contest. Sept 24, Southgate House, Newport, southgatehouse.com

5. First Bengals Home Game
At the end of the week, the Bengals take on the San Fransicso 49ers in their first regular season home game. Since last year, a few of our local characters have gone the way of the dinosaur: Receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens took their end zone dances elsewhere, and QB Carson Palmer infamously ditched the team’s training camp. This season, keep your eyes on new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. For more Bengals info, read what our bloggers are writing about the team. Sept 25 at Paul Brown Stadium, bengals.com

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