Home to the Newport on the Levee and the Newport Aquarium, the former county seat of Campbell County across the river is one of the liveliest Tri-State neighborhoods, steeped in rich tradition and robust innovation.
At the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers, it's hard to believe that Newport is only three square miles. But in those miles, the city is known for its Victorian architecture in the East Row Historic District, which meets seamlessly with an artistic and cultural district.
And before Las Vegas was Las Vegas, Newport was the place to be. It was the original Sin City.
In the 1930s, Newport was the home of 12 casinos, and nine casinos which later started in Las Vegas had their start along the Ohio River in Newport.
Since then, Newport has continued to thrive, introducing attractions that brought visitors to the city from both sides of the river.
Newport is also home to Italianfest, a festival held each June along Newport's Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. It features authentic Italian food and music, bringing visitors one step closer to that amazing country without the passport.
There are several activities to enjoy, including a golf outing and pizza eating contest, as well as the games and rides that Tri-State visitors expect.
Details: 5-11p.m. (opening ceremony at 8p.m.) Thursday, 5-11p.m. Friday (with fireworks at 11p.m.), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday (with fireworks at 11p.m., and 12-9p.m. Sunday.