What's on tap this weekend: May 16-18

What's on tap: May 16-18
The Summer Celebration 2014 & OTR 5K begins Saturday at Washington Park with a run/walk, Art on Vine and City Flea!
The Summer Celebration 2014 & OTR 5K begins Saturday at Washington Park with a run/walk, Art on Vine and City Flea!

(FOX19) - Find out what's on tap this weekend around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and make a plan.

#thisisotr block party

Japp's is hosting a block party and fundraiser in celebration of Over-the-Rhine. The event will recognize the two-year anniversary of #thisisotr, the hashtag that documents it all. Rhinegeist brews, OTR Bourbon Iced Teas by Molly Wellman, short order live poetry, OTR Swag Bag raffle, live photo booth and music by DJ Matt Joy. Proceeds benefit the group Main Street OTR.

Details: 6 p.m. Thursday. Japp's Since 1879, 1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. www.japps1879.com.


The Cincinnati Germania Society hosts it third annual event to celebrate the arrival of spring with food, arts and crafts, music and even maiwein (May wine).

Details: 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Rd., Colerain Township. www.germaniasociety.com.


Between Italian culture, live music, a wine garden and meatballs with marinara, there are plenty of reasons to love the Cincinnati Italian Festival. The fifth annual event is presented by St. Catharine of Siena Parish and School.

Details: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Rd., Cheviot. www.cincitalia.org.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends take to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music."

Details: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$63. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. www.sesamestreetlive.com.

Florence Freedom

The Freedom take on independent baseball league competitor Washington Wild Things at home. Fans will enjoy Fireworks Friday, Summer Shandy drinks, post-game music and a kickball game for kids on Saturday.

Details: 6:35 p.m. Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday. $10-$14. The University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky. www.florencefreedom.com.

Cavalcade of Homes

The last weekend for Northern Kentucky's largest new homes event, featuring 13 homes across three counties and various price ranges.  See all of the homes on the go, get driving directions, call the builders, browse the photo galleries and more on the event's mobile page.

Details: Noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Free. Various addresses. Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, www.hbanky.com.

Jazz, Arts & Wine Festival

Calling all music, art and wine lovers: Event features local wineries with samples available for purchase, artist booths and local jazz performances.

Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Free. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky.  www.newportonthelevee.com.

Cincinnati May Festival

Experience the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere (141 years strong) featuring the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Children's Choir and Music Director James Conlon. The event is held during the last weekends in May.

Details: Friday-Sunday. Times and tickets vary. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. www.mayfestival.com.

Summer Celebration 2014 & OTR 5K

A run/walk to celebrate Over-the-Rhine. Stay for the City Flea, Art on Vine, food, live music on two stages, kids activities and adult beverages.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $25 registration includes T-shirt. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. www.otr5k.com.

Check out additional church festivals happening this month here: http://www.fox19.com/story/25537295/web-extra-summer-festival-guide-for-may.

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