Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 27-July 3

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Monday, June 27

CONVENTION: The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Runs through July 1.

FAMILY: Christmas in July, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. Take a break from the summer heat and enjoy the cool trappings of the winter holidays in this snowy winter wonderland. The North Pole-themed walk-through experience features reindeer stables, elves' workshop, Mrs. Claus' old-fashioned kitchen and Santa himself. Runs through July 31. Admission starts at $9.95. 513-898-4656;

MUSIC: Jazz at the Park: Transatlantis, 6-9 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Live music Mondays May 2-Sept. 26. Free.

Tuesday, June 28

FAMILY: Free Instructional Baseball Clinic, 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. Clinic open to boys and girls ages 5-14 of all skill levels. Free, but registration required. Click on "clinic registration" and then "Cincinnati." Registration password is "playball."

MUSIC: The Avett Brothers, Timberwolf Amphitheatre, Kings Island.

The Avett Brothers play Timberwolf Amphitheater at Kings Island Tuesday.
The Avett Brothers play Timberwolf Amphitheater at Kings Island Tuesday.

MUSIC: Tuesday Night Concerts, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. Runs June 7-Aug. 9 (no concert July 5). Free.

MUSIC: Rhythm on the Plaza: Yolo Band, 7-9 p.m., Clifton Plaza, 333 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. Salsa and rhythm bands perform in the business district. Runs June 2-Aug. 16. Free.

THEATER: Hairspray, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Runs June 28-July 3. Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event is back on tour.


Wednesday, June 29

COMMUNITY: Soup and Stories, noon-3 p.m., The Welcome Project, 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington. Runs every Wednesday May 25-Sept. 28. Enjoy soup made by immigrant chefs and hear empowering stories. Free.

FILM: Summit Cinema, dusk, Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash.  “Space Jam.” Free.

HEALTH: Yoga on the Levee, 6 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way. Sage Yoga Hot + Pilates leads classes at Aquarium Plaza. Runs Wednesdays April 6-Oct. 26. Free.

MUSEUMS: Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Taft Museum of Art, Pike St., Downtown. Approximately 50 costumes and accessories from eight acclaimed film adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels. These costumes were worn by Hollywood celebrities including Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Collection travels from London for its North American debut at the Taft. Runs June 11-Sept. 4. $18, $16 seniors, free members.

MUSIC: Wednesdays in the Woods: Aprinas Revolutionary Love, 7-9 p.m., Burnet Woods Bandstand, Burnet Woods Drive, Clifton. Runs June 1-Aug. 16. Free.

MUSIC: The Reggae Remixxer: Natural Onyx, 8 p.m., The Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway, West End. $15, $10 advance. 

MUSIC: Acoustic Lunch Series: The Foles, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Piatt Park, 100 Garfield Place, Downtown. Every Wednesday June 1-Aug. 31. Hosted by Cincinnati Parks. Free.

MUSIC: Mt. Joy, Andrew J. Brady Music Center. With Madison Cunningham.

MUSIC: Reggae Wednesday: Milton Blake, 7-10 p.m., Fountain Square, 525 Vine St., Downtown. Free.

Reggae musician Milton Blake performs Wednesday on Fountain Square as part of Reggae Wednesday.
Reggae musician Milton Blake performs Wednesday on Fountain Square as part of Reggae Wednesday.

SPORTS: FC Cincinnati vs New York City FC, TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Parkway, West End.

Thursday, June 30

COMEDY: Chance Willie & Lee Kimbrell, Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery. Runs June 30-July 3.

DANCE: Salsa on the Square, 7 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Free.

FAMILY: The Science of Pixar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. $19.50, $15.50 ages 3-12.

FESTIVALS: West Side Brewing 5 Year Anniversary, noon Thursday-Sunday, West Side Brewing, 3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Beer, merchandise, giveaways and more. Runs June 30-July 3.

FILM: NightLight513, 7:30 p.m., Sawyer Point Park, P&G Pavilion, Downtown. Bring blankets, pillows or chairs with a low back and enjoy outdoor movies on select nights. Beer, wine and food for purchase. No pets. "Mean Girls." Ages 21-up. $10.

MUSIC: The Queers, the Dwarves, Raging Nathans and the Jasons, Southgate House Revival, Sanctuary.

MUSIC: The Zombies, Ludlow Garage. With Altameda.

MUSIC: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Taft Theatre.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to Taft Theatre on Thursday.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to Taft Theatre on Thursday.

MUSIC: Why Don't We, PNC Pavilion. With the Aces and Jvke.

MUSIC: Happy Hour at U-Square: B.B Hutch, 4:30-6:30 p.m., U-Square, 263 Calhoun St., Clifton. DJs perform in partnership with nearby bars and restaurants.

MUSIC: Roots Revival: Jordan Smart, 7-9 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Runs Thursdays June 2-Sept. 1. Free.

MUSIC: Music on the River: Sail On: Beach Boys Tribute, Lawrenceburg Civic Park, Lawrenceburg. Free.

Friday, July 1

COMEDY: Anthony Rodia, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. Runs July 1-2.

COMEDY: Jim Breuer, Lawrenceburg Event Center.

FESTIVALS: Taps, Tastes & Tunes, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Voice of America Park, 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday. Live music, beer and food all weekend. Friday: Model Behavior, My Sister Sarah. Saturday: Vinyl Countdown, 3 Day Rule, What She Said. Sunday: Ninety Four, Road Trip. Free admission.

MUSEUMS: Made in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. New permanent exhibit tells the story of well-known juggernauts like Procter & Gamble and Kroger, as well as uniquely Cincinnati stories that changed our daily lives in ways we take for granted. Included in museum admission. $16.50, $12.50 seniors and ages 3-12, free members.

MUSIC: Ann Wilson, Hard Rock Casino, Ballroom. CANCELED.

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MUSIC: Fifth & Vine Live, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Fountain Square, 525 Vine St., Downtown. Friday: Lilly Hiatt. Saturday: That 1 Guy. Free.

MUSIC: Live at Lunch on Short Vine: Josh Strange, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Short Vine, 2717 Short Vine St., Corryville. Pianists and buskers perform during lunch hour. Runs June 1- Aug. 16. Free.

MUSIC: Friday Flow: Vanae, 6-10 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Runs Fridays June 3-Sept. 2. Free.

MUSIC: Sycamore Community Band, 7:30 p.m., New Richmond Gazebo, Suzanna Way, New Richmond. Live music alongside the Ohio River. Free.

RECREATION: Frisch's Roller Rink, 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Monday, Court Street Plaza, Downtown.

SHOPPING: First Friday Block Party, 6 p .m., 200-700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue. Businesses, bars and restaurants open late.

SPORTS: Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves, Great American Ball Park. Runs July 1-3.

Saturday, July 2

CHARITY: Ice Cream Run 5K/10K, 8 a.m., Sawyer Point Park, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Benefits Giving Hope to Kids at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 859-620-2862;

COMEDY: Mike Recine Takes Over Helltown, 7:30 p.m., The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside. $20.

FAMILY: The Science of Color featuring Prismatica, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Surround yourself in a rainbow of color with this interactive art installation that features giant, pivoting prisms that transform the Krohn into a kaleidoscope of color. Runs July 2-Oct. 16. $10, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4-under. cincinnati-oh-gov.

FESTIVALS: Northside Rock 'n Roll Carnival, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Monday, Jacob Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave., Northside. Everyone knows that Northside rocks, and it is never more apparent than around Independence Day. After a two-year hiatus, the Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival returns in all its wonderfully wacky, beautiful glory. The park pavilion is turned into a festive beer garden. City's best Independence Day Parade is held on July 4. Live music all day every day, plus fire breathers, drag and burlesque shows, carnival side show and more. Bands include Multimagic, Moon Cruiser, Wavelette, National Barks, Flocks, Quotah, Mynah Tones, the Serfs, Leggy, Heist, the Harlequins, Sage the Renegade, the Ampfibians, Vacation, Bailey Miller, Freedom Nicole Moore, Culture Queer, School of Rock Cincy, Patterns of Chaos, Carriers, Blood Chill, Rae Fisher, Mol Sullivan, Fruit Looops, Sen Morimoto, Kaina, Coast Off and more. Free.

MUSIC: Jazz Brunch: Josh Strange Trio, 10 a.m.-noon, Inwood Park, 2308 Vine St., Mount Auburn. Local jazz musicians perform. Runs June 1-Aug. 16. Free.

MUSIC: Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series, 2-10 p.m., Sawyer Point Park, Downtown. Featuring Erin Coburn, Crown Watts, Classic Rock Experience and headliner Thunderstruck. Fireworks close out the night. Free. Hosted by Cincinnati Parks.

Sawyer Point Park hosts its Summer Concert Series on Saturday, with fireworks capping off the night.
Sawyer Point Park hosts its Summer Concert Series on Saturday, with fireworks capping off the night.

MUSIC: Glendale Summer Concert Series: Ugly Truck, 6-9 p.m., Harry Whiting Brown Community Center, 205 E. Sharon Road, Glendale. Free.

SHOPPING: Westside Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Open-air pop-up market features around 80 local businesses, mobile boutiques, artists, vintage sellers and food trucks. Free fitness classes at 10 a.m.

Sunday, July 3

FAMILY: Sunday Showtime: Siri Imani, 7-8:30 p.m., Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Road, Avondale. Family-friendly theater and dance performances by local arts organizations. Runs through Aug. 16. Free.

Siri Imani performs at Hirsch Recreation Center as part of Clifton Cultural Arts Center's Sunday Showtime.
Siri Imani performs at Hirsch Recreation Center as part of Clifton Cultural Arts Center's Sunday Showtime.

FAMILY: Balloon Glow, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Enjoy carnival food and games, swimming at Sunlite Pool and inflatables during the day, then watch the night sky glow with hot air balloons from 8-10 p.m. Evening ends with fireworks display by Rozzi's Famous Fireworks. $25 parking after 2 p.m., $20 before 2 p.m., $10 walk-in. Sunlite Water Adventure is additional cost.

SHOPPING: Tri-State Antique Market, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg. Features more than 200 vendors. Early bird shopping at 6 a.m. $4 admission.

SHOPPING: Art on Vine, noon-6 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Local artists and makers showcasing and selling goods.

Looking ahead

CHARITY: Boot, Scoot, and Bloom, Sept. 10, Valley View Foundation, Milford. Benefits Stepping Stones. Includes dancing, silent auction, live music and award-winning whiskey. $150.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 27-July 3