Find out what's on tap this weekend around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and make a plan.
National Donut Day 2014
Bakeries from the Tri-State will be passing out tasty treats. The day honors military veterans and the work of Salvation Army volunteers who used donuts to comfort American soldiers in Europe during WWII. Family friendly event with donut games.
Details: 12-1 p.m. Friday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Free admission. www.gcrba.com.
Cheer on the Redlegs as they face the Phillies this weekend at Great American Ball Park. Fans will enjoy Fireworks Friday, a free Reds hat to the first 20,000 fans on Saturday and Reach Magazine Family Day on Sunday with a Brandon Phillips growth chart for kids.
Details: 7:10 p.m. Friday, 4:10 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. $5-$230. www.reds.com.
Cincinnati Cyclones: Kelly Cup Finals Game 4
Games 4 and 5 in the series head back to Cincinnati as the Cyclones look to overcome a 2-1 deficit against the Alaska Aces, as part of the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals.
Details: 7:35 p.m. Friday- Saturday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $20-$36.50. www.cycloneshockey.com.
The surviving members of The Monkees (Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) perform a special tour to celebrate five decades of fans and pay tribute to the late Davy Jones. Hits like "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" included.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $39.50-$85 plus taxes/fees, $138 four-pack offer while supplies last. www.riverbend.org.
Ludlow Summer Fireworks Festival
Two nights of fireworks, rides, games, food, beer, gambling and live music by the Tyler Moore Band, presented by the city of Ludlow and Ludlow Youth Football.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Ludlow Park, 500 Elm St., Ludlow, Ky. Free admission. www.ludlow.org.
Wine and Beer Festival
Try food from local producers, taste wine and beer by the bottle or glass, tour wine cellars and enjoy live music. Attendees can take a hot air balloon ride from Bella Balloons.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Valley Vineyards, 2276 E. U.S. 22 and 3, Morrow. $5 parking. www.valleyvineyards.com.
It's the season finale and fan appreciation night as they face the Black-n-Bluegrass RollerGirls of Northern Kentucky. Tailgating is encouraged and $1 beers during happy hour.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Pleasant Ridge. $17 trackside, $15 in advance. $12 general, $10 in advance. $6 ages 7-12, $5 in advance. Free ages 6 and under. www.cincinnatirollergirls.com.
Donut & Gelato Mash Up
Holtman's Donut Shop teams up with Buona Terra Gelato to create a sweet summer treat: The Donut Gelato Sandwich. Limited amount sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Options include chocolate maple iced doughnut with coffee gelato, a blueberry cake doughnut with cheesecake gelato and a white-iced sprinkled doughnut with any of 24 gelato flavors.
Details: 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Buona Terra, 1028 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout. $5-$5.50. www.holtmansdonutshop.com.
SelfDiploma Summer Concert Series Week Two: Chingy
The Queen City's live music event every Saturday night in the heart of downtown. St. Louis rapper Chingy with hit singles "Right Thurr" and "Holidae Inn" performs with DJ Diamond, Sleep, Planet Venus, Chestah T & Snowball, Razook and Alexander the Bear on the P&G Music Stage.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Free admission. www.selfdiploma.com.
Date Night Movies: Rocky
Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket and a date for a free showing of the 1976 classic "Rocky." Small-time boxer, Rocky Balboa, is thrust in the spotlight when he's offered the opportunity to fight the reigning heavy-weight champ, Apollo Creed. Rated PG.
Details: 9-11 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. www.washingtonpark.org.
Troy Strawberry Festival
Take a road trip up Interstate 75 this weekend to Troy, Ohio for the 38th annual festival. Browse more than 200 art and craft booths, more than 70 food booths selling strawberry salsa, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry BBQ sauce and even strawberry donuts. Two stages of music entertainment and free shuttle service.
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 405 Public Square #300, Troy, OH. Free admission. www.gostrawberries.com.
Taste of Newport
Experience some of Newport's best offerings from around the city, including Dixie Chili, New Riff Distilling, Newport Pizza Company, Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill. Live music, sidewalk sales and all food items priced $5 or less.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Monmouth Street, between 6th and 9th streets, Newport. Free admission. www.newportky.gov.
Second Sunday on Main
OTR's eclectic monthly street festival begins its 9th year with a "Main Street Block Party." Check out more than 90 local vendors and food trucks, live music and street performers, the Cincinnati Sports League's outdoor beer garden, as well as sales and specials from shops along Main Street.
Details: noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street, between 13th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. www.secondsundayonmain.org.
Opera in the Park
Outdoor performances from opera and musical theater favorites like Carmen, Madame Butterfly, West Side Story, La Bohème, La Traviata, and more. Park concessions offer full bar service, soda and water. Food trucks also on-site. Hosted by Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. www.washingtonpark.org.
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