1. Rockin' Taco Festival
Why limit your taco intake to Tuesdays when you can rock the taco all weekend long at this brand new festival? The Rockin' Taco Festival comes to the newly opened Covington Plaza (144 Madison Ave.) for three days of creative tacos and taco-inspired foods, margaritas and beer. You'll also enjoy DJs spinning tunes, plus live Latin music with Amador, Son del Caribe, 4Y Mas, Sazon, Al Son del Iya, Daglio and Somos Musica y Sabor, and free dance lessons throughout the weekend.
Food vendors include Mazunte, Hoodbachi Express, Glier's Goetta, Latin Taste Grill and Montez Mexican Cafe. Admission is free, with food and drink items affordably priced. The Rockin' Taco Festival happens 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com.
2. Dinosaur Adventure Drive-thru
Bring the whole family to Coney Island (6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township) this weekend and take a prehistoric journey from the comfort of your vehicle. See life-sized dinosaurs like T-Rex, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor and more during this 30-45 minute experience. For an additional cost, you can choose an Adventure Pack that includes souvenirs and toys for kids.
Choose your date and time in advance, as tickets are sold on a per-day/per-time slot basis and are emailed to you. Each ticket is valid for one vehicle with up to eight people (no RVs, limos, passenger vans or guests in pickup beds). This is a rain or shine event and runs from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $59. dinosauradventure.com/cincinnati.
3. Baseball-themed Exhibits at Behringer-Crawford Museum
Two exhibits currently on show at Behringer-Crawford Museum (Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road, Covington) highlight America's favorite pastime. Diverse Diamond: Negro, Cuban and Latin American Baseball is dedicated to Negro League baseball and includes photos, programs, artifacts and autographs of more than 60 players. The exhibit illustrates the historical significance of African Americans' contributions to major league baseball, as their interaction with Cuban and Latin American leagues.
Adjacent to this exhibit is From the Mound to the Hill, which highlights the career of Northern Kentucky's Jim Bunning – one of only seven major league baseball pitchers to have thrown both a perfect game and an additional no-hitter (the others being Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Addie Joss, Cy Young, Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay). Bunning is also the sole MLB athlete to have been elected to both the United States Senate and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-3:30 .m. Sunday. Admission is $9, $8 ages 60-up, $5 ages 3-17, free for members. 859-491-4003; bcmuseum.org.
4. Madisonville Garden Tour
Don't miss this opportunity to get a personal viewing of some of the best gardens Madisonville has to offer. The self-guided tour runs from noon-4 p.m. Sunday and begins at Roe Park (6400 Roe St.) just east of Winona Terrace. The gardens of 10 homes – featuring water gardens, shade, sun, native pollinator and vegetable gardens – will be open for viewing. You can visit the gardens of an original Sears Kit home as well as a home built in 1895. The gardens are as unique and diverse as the community. The tour is free, although optional donations support the Madisonville Beautification Committee. ourmadisonville.com.
5. Final Friday and SOS Art: For a Better World 2019, 2020 & 2021
Final Friday at Pendleton Art Center is always aces. Art lovers get the opportunity to visit with and purchase original art directly from more than 250 artists when they open their studios to the public. This Friday, however, there is the added bonus of viewing the exhibit SOS Art: For a Better World 2019, 2020 & 2021 at the Annex Gallery, which runs through the end of July.
Coordinated by Saad Ghosn, president of SOS Art, the exhibit features the original works from three annual books of drawings and poems by Greater Cincinnati artists on the subject of peace and justice. The Annex Gallery will be open to view the exhibit from noon-9 p.m. Friday, with Final Friday events kicking off at 5 p.m. Pendleton Art Center is located at 1310 Pendleton St. The PAC artist of the month is Gabrielle McFarland in studio 1000. Admission is free, and valet parking is available at the door for $5. This month's special event benefits Rosemary's Babies. 513-421-4339; pendletonartcenter.com.
Honorable mention: Biergarten Experience at Germania Park
Oktoberfest isn't the only time of year to commemorate Cincinnati's German heritage. The Germania Society of Cincinnati maintains and perpetuates German heritage through culture, education and social life throughout the year, and its Biergarten Experience is a fun way to celebrate. Enjoy German beer, food, music and games from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township. Admission is free; parking is first-come, first-served. germaniasociety.com.