Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Events

Cincinnati’s unofficial holiday (after Opening Day, and Oktoberfest, and…)

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  1. It wouldn’t be Labor Day in Cincy without the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks. Head out early for live music and fair food (and to nab the best spot) at Sawyer Point’s Riverfest or Mt. Echo Park’s Riverfest West, and stay for the free Rozzi Fireworks show that’s become an end-of-summer family tradition over the past 41 years. The festival starts at noon and the half-hour firework show begins just after 9 p.m. September 2, Sawyer Point, Pete Rose Way, Riverfront,
  2. A long weekend means extra time to recover from too much…celebrating. The summer iteration of Cincy Beerfest is taking place this weekend at Great American Ballpark. Featuring more than 300 varieties of beer from all over the U.S., your Beerfest ticket gets you plenty of samples to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your time away from the office. September 1, 12:30-11 p.m., 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks,
  3. Looking for some wholesome family fun? Stricker’s Grove is a charmingly retro amusement park that opens several times a year for special events. Join their family for the annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday. Rides will be open from 1–4 p.m. and 5–8 p.m., with a one-hour break to ring the dinner bell. Tickets are $12.50 with free admission for those 2 and under. September 3, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton,
  4. The Afrofood Festival in Washington Park is the place to be for experiencing the cultural and culinary richness of Africa. The event, which will feature dancing, music, storytelling, and shopping, is free and open to the public. Samples of African cuisine from local restaurants will be available for purchase from $2-$6. September 1, 12–9 p.m., 1230 Elm St., OTR,
  5. Before you head to Riverfest, watch (or join) the Freestore Foodbank’s 24th annual Rubber Duck Regatta. The prizes for a few lucky ducks include a new Honda, Kroger gift cards, or one million dollars. Even if you don’t enter the race, the thousands of rubber ducks treading along the Serpentine Wall are a sight to behold. Plus, all proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank’s mission to fight childhood hunger. September 2, 3 p.m., Purple People Bridge,


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