1. Shandon Strawberry Festival
Did you know that Shandon is Ohio’s first Welsh settlement? The community’s popular Strawberry Festival celebrates its 95th anniversary this year, and one of its big attractions is a homemade picnic-style supper and desserts. Ah, the desserts. Members of Shandon Congregational Church stem and slice nearly 1,200 pints of strawberries, make more than 1,100 shortcakes and churn around 130 gallons of ice cream for dinner, which also includes hot-pressed chicken sandwiches and other homemade pies. The dinner is served from noon-5 pm at the Shandon UCC Community House (3730 Millville Shandon Road, Hamilton), which is the site of the 1825 Welsh church.
Head to the Old Fire House between 10 am and 3 pm, where you’ll find food and refreshments, vendor and artist booths, country crafts, original art, pottery and antiques for sale. Behind the firehouse is an antique tractor exhibit, and kids of all ages will enjoy riding on the antique fire engine between downtown Shandon and the Salty Dog Museum, where an antique and classic car show takes place.
Other highlights include a parade at 1 pm and free admission to the Morgan Township Historical Society Museum (6464 Okeana Drewersburg Road) from noon-4 pm The Strawberry Festival is handicapped accessible and runs from 10 am-5pm Saturday.
The arrival of Germans en masse to Cincinnati back in the 1840s coincided with the discovery of a yeast that worked differently than the standard ale yeast. It worked from the bottom instead of floating on top, and needed to be “lagered,” or stored, at very chilly temperatures. A brand new beer festival celebrating this crisp, light, quaffable beer takes place from noon-5 pm Saturday at Northern Row Brewery (111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine), where you get to taste your way through a diverse array of lagers and experience guided tours of the city’s underground, pre-Prohibition lagering tunnels.
Your ticket includes a guided tour, 10 beer tasting tickets, two half pints, an official Lagerfest tasting glass and T-shirt. Local breweries bringing in specially created lagers include Rhinegeist, Nine Giant, HighGrain, Sonder, Rebel Mettle, Narrow Path and 16 Lots. Northern Row will be offering six different lagers. Tickets are $ 55. northernrow.com.
3. Competition of Elegance
If vintage cars get your motor running, Ault Park is the place to be Sunday when 11 classes of classic, vintage and exotic automobiles and motorcycles roll in for this annual show. Elegance contest isn’t just any ole car show. These are some of the finest vehicles ever produced. You’ll have the opportunity to view more than 250 pristine vehicles and chat with the owners and other auto enthusiasts.
This year’s theme is “Euro Luxe vs American Luxury,” with special displays celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ferrari and the 60th anniversary of Shelby American and Vintage SUVs. Other highlights include the Will Sherman automotive fine arts show, and a craft beer garden. Parking is at Fifth Third Bank’s Madisonville Operations Center (5020 Duck Creek Road, Madisonville), with free shuttle service to and from Ault Park. It’s open to the public from 10 am-4pm Sunday. Tickets are $ 35, $ 15 for students. Proceeds benefit Juvenile Arthritis programs. ohioconcours.com.
4. Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility
For the past 200 years, Jane Austen’s novels have been cherished by readers around the world. So cherished, in fact, that many have been adapted to highly acclaimed films. This special exhibition, featuring approximately 50 costumes and accessories from those films, has traveled from London for its North American debut at the Taft Museum of Art (316 Pike St., Downtown).
Fans will have the chance to see costumes worn by Hollywood celebrities including Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, from films “Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma,” “Mansfield Park , “and, of course,” Sense and Sensibility. ”
The exhibit opens at 11 am Saturday and the museum is offering lots of related programming, including discussions with designers, afternoon teas, docent-led tours, live music and workshops throughout the exhibit’s run, which ends Sept. 4. Admission is $ 18, $ 16 seniors, free for members. Some of the related programming is an additional cost. taftmuseum.org.
After a pandemic-related hiatus, Newport’s Italianfest returns to Riverboat Row for a weekend of authentic Italian cuisine and entertainment. Be sure to bring your appetite, as the city’s restaurants will be on hand, offering everything from traditional fare like spaghetti, stuffed shells and cannoli to meatballs on a stick and amaretto brownies.
The family-friendly festival also features inflatables, games and a photo tent commemorating the city’s Italian families and heritage. There’s live entertainment each day, including headliners Vinyl Countdown on Thursday, the Four C-Notes on Friday, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses on Saturday, and Naked Karate Girls on Sunday. Another musical highlight of the festival is Moreno Fruzzetti, a Tuscany-based musician with a powerful tenor sound and captivating onstage presence. He performs at 7 pm Friday, 2 and 4 pm Saturday and 1 and 4:30 pm Sunday.
Italianfest runs from 5-11 pm Thursday and Fridaynoon-11 pm Saturday and from noon-9 pm Sunday. Riverboat Row is located just below Newport on the Levee, between the Taylor Southgate Bridge and the Purple People Bridge. Admission is free. italianfestnewport.com.
Honorable mention: Friendship Flea Market
Held twice per year, this giant flea market spans nine days and boasts more than 500 vendors of everything from jewelry and antiques to guns and knives. If you just did a double-take, you should know that the market runs in tandem with the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s spring and fall shoots. Horse-drawn trolleys run between the two, giving you the option to enjoy both events.
There’s nightly camping and bonfires, live music on the weekends from 8 pm to midnight, and plenty of food booths serving up sausages, ribeye, brisket and a variety of dessert options like fried Oreos and kettle corn. Admission is free, and parking is $ 3 per car, per day. The market is located on Indiana 62 in Dillsboro. It opens at 9 am daily Saturday through June 19. friendshipfleamarket.com.
Honorable mention: Unique shopping
Other notable shopping adventures happening this weekend: Charm at the Farm Vintage Market (4953 Bunnell Hill Road, Lebanon) offers more than 115 vendors of handmade items, repurposed furniture, jewelry, clothing and home decor at this open-air vintage market, which features primarily women-owned small businesses. Admission is tiered: $ 19 Friday$ 16 Saturday early bird, $ 11 Saturday general admission, $ 9 Sunday. Free parking. charmatthefarm.com.
At Hueston Woods State Park (6924 Brown Road, Oxford), the Arts & Crafts Fair runs from 10 am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. It’s an outdoor juried art show with more than 50 regional artists and makers. Admission is $ 4, free ages under 12. oxfordmuseumassociation.com.
If supporting small businesses, artisans, brewers, bakers and farmers is near and dear to your heart, be sure to visit the OFF Market, which takes place from 10 am-4pm Saturday at Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash). It’s a great way to keep your dollars local. theoffmarket.org.
Honorable mention: Henry Mosler Behind the Scenes
In celebration of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial, the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams) offers an in-depth look into the life and work of Henry Mosler, the most important painter of Jewish faith from 19th century Cincinnati. The special exhibition features more than 30 works, tracing his journey as a young artist apprenticed as a wood engraver, then as a painter in the studio of James Henry Beard, and as a correspondent for Harper’s Weekly during the Civil War. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Sept. 4. The museum will also present the lecture “Jewish American Artists and the Gilded Age” on Thursday, June 16 in the museum’s Fath Auditorium. cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Honorable mention: Wild & Scenic Film Festival
This film festival bills itself as “a film festival by activists, for activists.” It offers a series of short films from environmental filmmakers worldwide and proceeds benefit the Ohio River Foundation. Movie-goers can also enjoy plus light bites, raffles and a cash bar. It takes place at 7:30 pm Friday at Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $ 25 in-person, $ 15 virtual. ohioriverfdn.org.