1. East Row Garden Walk
For over 20 years, residents of Newport’s historic East Row district have opened their gardens to the public as part of the East Row Garden Walk. Flower and plant enthusiasts from across the region flock to the neighborhood to admire these private gardens, each chosen for its creativity and urban design.
This year, 11 gardens will be open for viewing on the self-guided tour, which begins on the grounds of St. John’s United Church of Christ (415 Park Ave.), where you can pick up your tickets and enjoy the linked gardens items for sale by local vendors. Box lunches will be available for purchase this year, with everything homemade. Pre-ordering is recommended, as quantities are limited.
The East Row Garden Walk runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18, free for children under 12. Lunch boxes are $10. Parking is available at the Watertower Square parking lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Washington Avenue; eastrowgardenclub.org.
2. Exhibition of old tractors
Here’s a fun and affordable day out for families with kids and those who are kids at heart. The Licking Valley Antique Machinery Association is hosting its annual Antique Tractor Show this weekend, with a wide range of antique tractors, stationary engines, garden tractors and other machinery on display. Highlights include tractor games, an old-fashioned tug and pull, and at midday Saturday, a tractor parade through Falmouth.
This year, the association has added a craft fair and flea market to the festivities, and the popular silent auction returns with unique items and gift baskets. You will also find concessions offered around the grounds. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pendleton County Fairgrounds, 320 Fairgrounds Road, Falmouth. Free entry.
3. Festival Fringe
Cincinnati Summer Theater Night is back! The area’s largest and oldest annual arts festival returns for its 19th year, featuring hundreds of performances, workshops and afterparties, all centrally located at the Know Theater (1120 Jackson St.) and the Art Academy of Cincinnati (1212 Jackson St.) in Outre-Rhin.
With 38 productions in the main lineup (including 15 local shows, 23 from across the United States, and one international show), there’s something for everyone at the Fringe Festival. There’s something for every budget, too, as Fringe offers free programming and entertainment on its outdoor stage, plus plenty of paid workshops for all ages and free afterparties. The Fringe Festival starts at 2 p.m. Friday and ends June 18. Single tickets are $16, with 6-ticket flex passes $80 and all-access passes $275. cincyfringe.com.
4. Summer Fair
You’ll find some of the best artists and craftspeople from across the United States and Canada at Summerfair, an annual fine arts and crafts festival happening this weekend on Coney Island. From photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics to leather, woodworking and jewelry, this festival has it all. It takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. Coney Island is located at 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Anderson Township. Admission is $10 for a single day, $15 for multiple days, and free for children under 12. summerfair.org.
5. Border Days
Milford celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Frontier Days festival by returning to its roots and exploring memories of yesteryear. The annual parade takes place at 6.30pm on Thursday, running down Lila from the Milford shopping center to Main Street in downtown Milford, where various activities take place. You’ll find carnival rides and games, a kids’ craft area, food, drinks and special 60th birthday cupcakes. This year there is also a laser tag bouncy house and a foam garage where the whole family can play in non-toxic foam.
The festival takes place from 5pm-10pm Thursday, 5pm-11pm Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday. There’s a makers market and car show on Saturdays, and live music every night. Frontier Days is free. frontierdaysmilford.com.
6. Missing Linck’s Party
Craft beer lovers will be delighted with this new festival, which celebrates a beer yeast discovered in the abandoned cellars of the famous Frank & Joseph A. Linck brewery in Over-the-Rhine. This traditional yeast has been distributed among local breweries Bircus, Brink, Carillon, Cartridge, Fibonacci, Humble Monk, OTR StillHouse, Urban Artifact, West Side Brewing and Wooden Cask, and they have all created their own unique variations with it – and at Missing Linck Fest, you get to taste the results.
The festival opens at noon Saturday and all beers will be available for purchase at Urban Artifact (1662 Blue Rock St.) and Humble Monk (1641 Blue Rock St.) breweries in Northside. In addition to sampling these unique beers, there are a variety of additional activities throughout the day: beer and dessert tasting ($30), brewery tours ($25), and mushroom tasting and Molds, which offers beer paired with five artisan cheeses ($45). There will also be on-site food trucks and live music. Free entry. missinglink.com.
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7. Pride parties
Two different Pride festivals are taking place this weekend. Hamilton Pride starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with a parade from Rotary Park to Marcum Park (116 Dayton St.), where a family festival takes place with vendors, food trucks, beer, games and activities for children, live music and performances of dragsters. A Pride concert at the park’s RiversEdge Amphitheater takes place from 6-10 p.m. with performances by Yada Yada Yadas and We Three Queens. Everything is free. hamiltonohiopride.com.
On Sunday, the Northern Kentucky Pride Festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at Goebel Park (501 Philadelphia St.) in Covington. Events include a Pride Parade at 1 p.m. from Covington Landing and an afterparty at the Covington Hotel (638 Madison Ave.). nkypridecenter.org.
8. Vegetable Festival
Last, but certainly not least, is VegFest, which celebrates compassionate plant-based lifestyles and eco-living. You’ll find delicious and varied plant-based meal choices from a variety of vegan food vendors, can chat with vegan authors, chefs and speakers, learn about cutting-edge eco-living, enjoy free Reiki sessions, yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, live music and more. VegFest takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Burnet Woods, 280 Burnet Woods Drive, Clifton. Free entry. cincyvegfest.com.