Express Picks: Enjoy the Great Outdoor Events

Express Picks: Enjoy the Great Outdoor Events
As many in the performing arts take their annual late-summer siesta, there is still plenty to do here in the Cincinnati region — most of it in or having to do with the great outdoors.

082310ARTS.jpgThursday — Aug. 26


Art and the Animal — An Evening with "The Masters"


This traveling exhibition features paintings and sculpture by renowned animal artists from around the world. At this gala opening celebration on the grounds of the former Fleischmann estate (think: margarine), you'll have an exclusive opportunity to view and purchase artwork, while sampling fabulous cuisine from a team of master chefs led by Chef John Kinsella of the Midwest Culinary Institute.


Where: Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Indian Hill

When: 6-10 p.m. It runs through Oct. 29.

More information: Visit


Saturday — Aug. 28


Bike MS: Venture the Valley


This two-day cycling event involves more than 1,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities gliding through some of Southwest Ohio’s most beautiful countryside and small towns. Come ride either a 50-, 100- or 150-mile route beginning on Saturday morning, including a festive overnight stay and wrapping things up on Sunday afternoon. The ride is fully supported and safe and benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Where: Camp Kern, east of I-71 near Lebanon

More information: Visit


Farmers’ Fair


Come spend a day deep in the heart of downtown Covington as Farmers' Fair celebrates and supports local food culture and sustainable living. A combination of a street fair, farmers' market and fundraiser for local food-related initiatives, this day-long festival provides fun for the whole family as it illustrates the connections between farm and table. Actor-turned-activist Ed Begley will appear and speak on the advantages and possibilities in living green.


Where: Corner of Court St. and Park Place, downtown Covington

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

More information: Visit


Rockin’ Lobster


Wrap up the summer along with 800 of your fellow Cincinnatians as they snarf down whole Maine lobster and filet mignon. What a sacrifice, right? Dance under air-conditioned tents, enjoy the open bar featuring specialty drinks, or splurge at the live and silent auctions, all in support of the Children's Home of Cincinnati.


Where: Children’s Home of Cincinnati, 5050 Madison Rd., Madisonville

When: 6 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 527-7247 or visit


Sunday — Aug. 29


Hot Music, Cold Treats


Spend a lazy summer afternoon on the luscious lawn of the Taft Museum slurping ice cream and listening to music in a contemporary re-creation of the traditional ice cream social. Music is provided by Drums for Peace, a group of musician/storytellers who share multi-cultural traditions from equatorial climes through song, story and audience interaction. Bring a blanket and soak up the sun.


Where: Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown

When: 1-3 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 241-0343 or visit

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Thom Mariner is Cincy Chic's art and philanthropic events columnist, and he is co-publisher of Express Cincinnati, a free print and online publication showcasing Cincinnati's creative arts and generous spirit. E-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or read more at Read More >>

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