1. Shandon Strawberry Festival
Did you know that Shandon is Ohio’s first Welsh settlement? The community is popular strawberry festival is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year and one of the big attractions is a picnic-style homemade supper and desserts. Ah, the desserts. Members of the Shandon Congregational Church strain and cut nearly 1,200 pints of strawberries, make more than 1,100 shortcakes, and churn about 130 gallons of ice cream for dinner, which also includes hot-pressed chicken sandwiches and other homemade pies. Dinner is served from noon to 5pm at the Shandon UCC Community House (3730 Millville Shandon Road, Hamilton), site of the 1825 Welsh Church.
Go to the old fire house between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., where you will find food and drink, stalls with vendors and artists, crafts, original art, pottery and antiques for sale. Behind the fire station is an antique tractor exhibit, and kids of all ages will enjoy riding the antique fire truck between downtown Shandon and the Salty Dog Museum, which hosts an antique and classic car show.
Other highlights include a parade at 1:00 PM and free admission to the Morgan Township Historical Society Museum (6464 Okeana Drewersburg Road) from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. The Strawberry Festival is handicapped accessible and runs from 10am-5pm Saturday†
The mass arrival of Germans to Cincinnati in the 1840s coincided with the discovery of a yeast that worked differently from standard brewer’s yeast. It worked from the bottom rather than floating on top, and had to be “aged” or stored in very cold temperatures. A brand new beer festival will take place from 12 noon to 5 pm to celebrate this fresh, light, drinkable beer Saturday Bee Northern Row Brewery (111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine), where you can make your way through a diverse range of bearings and experience guided tours of the city’s underground, pre-prohibition bearing tunnels.
Your ticket includes a guided tour, 10 beer tastings, two half pints, an official Lagerfest tasting glass and a T-shirt. Local breweries bringing in specially created lagers include Rhinegeist, Nine Giant, HighGrain, Sonder, Rebel Mettle, Narrow Path, and 16 Lots. Northern Row will offer six different lagers. Tickets are $55. Northernrow.com†
3. Concours d’Elegance
If vintage cars get your engine running, Ault Park is the place to be on Sunday when 11 classes of classic, vintage and exotic cars and motorcycles come in for this annual show. Concours d’Elegance is not just any car show. These are some of the best vehicles ever produced. You will have the chance to view over 250 pristine vehicles and chat with the owners and other car enthusiasts.
This year’s theme is “Euro Luxe vs American Luxury”, with special displays celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ferrari and the 60th anniversary of Shelby American and Vintage SUVs. Other highlights include the Will Sherman Automotive Fine Arts Show and a craft beer garden. Parking is available at Fifth Third Bank’s Madisonville Operations Center (5020 Duck Creek Road, Madisonville), with a free shuttle to and from Ault Park. It is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday† Tickets are $35, $15 for students. Proceeds benefit Juvenile Arthritis programs. ohioconcours.com†
4. Jane Austen: Fashion and Sensitivity
For the past 200 years, Jane Austen’s novels have been cherished by readers around the world. So cherished, in fact, that many have been adapted from critically acclaimed films. This special exhibit, featuring approximately 50 costumes and accessories from those films, has come from London for its North American debut at the Taft Museum of Art (316 Pike St., Downtown).
Fans will have the chance to see costumes worn by Hollywood celebrities, including Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, from the films “Pride and Prejudice”, “Emma ‘, ‘Mansfield Park’ and of course ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
The exhibition opens at 11 a.m Saturday and the museum offers many related programs, including discussions with designers, afternoon tea, teacher-led tours, live music and workshops throughout the exhibition, which ends on September 4. Admission is $18, $16 seniors, free for members. Some of the related programming is an additional cost. taftmuseum.org†
After a pandemic-related hiatus, Newport’s Italianfest returns to Riverboat Row for a weekend of authentic Italian cuisine and entertainment. Make sure you’re hungry, as the town’s restaurants are waiting for you, offering everything from traditional dishes like spaghetti, stuffed shells, and cannoli to meatballs on a stick and amaretto brownies.
The family-friendly festival also features inflatables, games and a photo tent in memory of the Italian families and the city’s heritage. There is live entertainment every day, including: headliners Vinyl Countdown on Thursday, the Four C-Notes on Friday, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses on Saturday and Naked Karate Girls on Sunday. Another musical highlight of the festival is Moreno Fruzzetti, a Tuscan musician with a powerful tenor sound and captivating stage presence. He will perform at 7pm on Friday, 2pm and 4pm on Saturdays and at 1pm and 4:30pm on Sundays.
Italianfest runs from 5pm – 11pm Thursday and Friday12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday and from 12:00 – 21:00 Sunday† Riverboat Row is located just below Newport on the Levee, between the Taylor Southgate Bridge and the Purple People Bridge. Admission is free. italianfestnewport.com†
Honorable Mention: Friendship Flea Market
Held twice a year, this gigantic flea market spans nine days and features over 500 vendors of everything from jewelry and antiques to guns and knives. If you’ve just done a double take, you should know that the market is paralleling the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s spring and fall shoots. Horse-drawn carts run between the two, giving you the opportunity to enjoy both events.
There’s nighttime camping and bonfires, live music on weekends from 8pm to midnight, and plenty of food stalls serves sausage, ribeye, brisket and a variety of dessert options such as fried Oreos and kettle corn† Admission is free and parking is $3 per car, per day. The market is located at Indiana 62 in Dillsboro. It opens daily at 9:00 a.m. Saturday until June 19. friendshipfleamarket.com†
Honorable mention: Unique shopping
Other notable shopping adventures happening this weekend: Charm at the Farm Vintage Market (4953 Bunnell Hill Road, Lebanon) features over 115 vendors of handcrafted items, repurposed furniture, jewelry, clothing, and home decor in this open-air vintage market, featuring mostly small businesses run by women. Admission is tiered: $19 Friday$16 Saturday early bird, $11 general admission on Saturday, $9 Sunday† Free parking. charmatthefarm.com†
In Hueston Woods State Park (6924 Brown Road, Oxford) the Arts & Crafts Fair takes place from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday† It is an out of judged art show featuring more than 50 regional artists and creators. Admission is $4, free under 12. oxfordmuseumassociation.com†
If supporting small businesses, artisans, brewers, bakers and farmers is close to your heart, be sure to visit the OFF Market, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash). It’s a great way to keep your dollars local. theoffmarket.org†
Honorable Mention: Henry Mosler Behind the Scenes
In honor of Cincinnati’s Jewish bicentenary, the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams) offers an in-depth look at the life and work of Henry Mosler, the foremost painter of the Jewish faith of 19th-century Cincinnati. The special exhibition features more than 30 works, chronicling his journey as a young artist apprenticed as a wood engraver, then as a painter in James Henry Beard’s studio, and as a correspondent for Harper’s Weekly during the Civil War. The exhibition opens Friday and runs through September 4. The museum will also be giving the “Jewish American Artists and the Gilded Age” lecture in the museum’s Fath Auditorium on Thursday, June 16. cincinnatiartmuseum.org†
Honorable Mention: Wild & Scenic Film Festival
This film festival calls itself ‘a film festival of activists, for activists’. It features a series of short films from environmental filmmakers around the world, and the proceeds benefit the Ohio River Foundation. Moviegoers can also enjoy light bites, raffles and a cash bar. It will take place at 7.30 pm Friday at Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $25 personal, $15 virtual. ohioriverfdn.org†