1. Guinness Cincinnati Celtic Festival
Genetic testing is all the rage these days, and maybe you've discovered some Celtic lineage in your family tree. Or perhaps the sound of pipes and fiddles stirs your soul. Or hey, maybe you just love the TV series "Outlander" and a good stout. You'll find all that and more at this family-friendly festival, which celebrates the Celtic territories of Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Highlights include a Highland dancing competition, a military tattoo featuring eight pipes and drums performances, live Celtic music, several Irish dancing performances, contests for the reddest hair, most freckles and tallest tale, traditional food, a whiskey tasting tent, guided beer tastings with Guinness Brewery ambassador Jimmy Callahan, dart throwing and fun games and activities. A Celtic Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Lawn Stage. The festival takes place 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday along East Freedom Way at The Banks, Downtown. cincycelticfest.com.
2. "All's Faire"
The Know Theatre returns to live, in-person performance with this cool outdoor touring performance of "All's Faire," a new whodunit comic caper set at a Renaissance festival. The show is packed full of original music, absurdist gags, puppets, pirates, magical creatures and a dynamic private-eye duo sure to entertain. The show opens at the Carnegie (1028 Scott Blvd., Covington), where you can catch it at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as July 31 and Aug. 7.
Other locations are: Wyoming Fine Arts Center (322 Wyoming Ave.) at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Humble Monk Brewing Co. (1641 Blue Rock Road, Northside) on July 29 and Aug. 5, Fitton Center (101 S. Monument St., Hamilton) on July 30, Artsville (5021 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville) on Aug. 1, BonBonerie parking lot (2030 Madison Road, Evanston) on Aug. 6 and at Kennedy Heights Art Center (6546 Montgomery Road) on Aug. 8. Tickets start at $15. knowtheatre.com.
3. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Another place you can enjoy live theater this weekend is at Covedale Center for Performing Arts (4990 Glenway Ave., West Price Hill), where the Cincinnati Young People's Theatre puts on "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical comedy with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible.
The production runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 8. All seats are reserved, with seating following the Ohio state guidelines for indoor theater performances. Tickets are $22, $20 for seniors and students. 513-241-6550; cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.
4. Baby And Beyond Expo
Whether you are expecting baby number one or adding to a growing family, this expo offers excellent resources and interactive activities for moms, dads and parents-to-be. You'll find baby gear, clothing, accessories and products from more than 70 vendors, plus child and health care experts on-site, and pre- and post-pregnancy resources.
There are also some fun, interactive games with prizes, including a Diaper Derby for crawlers, the Swaddle Waddle for 2-person teams of swaddled adults, and Dad's Survival Games, where the winner is the person who can carry the most items to the finish line without dropping any. Baby and Beyond Expo runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Sharonville Convention Center (11355 Chester Road). Tickets are $20, $15 advance. VIP early admission (9 a.m.) $50. cincinnatimagazine.com/ohbaby.
5. Borrowed Gems from the Taft
In partnership with the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center is showcasing works of art from the Taft’s collection as its historic house undergoes an extensive restoration. Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art showcases the collection of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, displaying work from masters including Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Charles François Daubigny, J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Gainsborough, in addition to decorative arts featuring Qing dynasty Chinese ceramics and 18th-century watches. The exhibition continues the reinterpretation of the Taft’s permanent collection, covering a broad range of eras, cultures and art forms.
The exhibition opens Friday and runs through Feb. 21, 2022, in the John A. Ruthven Gallery and the William L. Mallory Sr. Gallery at Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Admission is free. cincymuseum.org.
Honorable mention: Doc Galahan's Holographic Music Experience
Local band the Hiders debuts the new album "Forever at the End" in spectacular fashion Friday night with a concert on the patio of the Grove (9158 Winton Road, Springfield Township). While the band performs, guests can travel to a treelined area of the venue for a steampunk experiential art exhibit by Doc Galahan, who created the album art for the band's new release. Visitors to the art exhibit will experience a mix of holograms, 3D prints, lenticular characters and an illusion made by colored lights. The event will also be viewable live on Waycross, and hologram prisms for your cell phone will be available for purchase so you can take the holographic experience home with you. Food, beer, wine and seltzers will be available for purchase, as will artist and band merchandise. It's free to attend and runs from 7-10 p.m. springfieldtwp.org.
Honorable mention: Antique and Classic Car Parade
Heads up, motorheads. The Antique and Classic Car Club of Butler County hosts its annual car parade Saturday, featuring over 300 classic and antique cars. The parade is open to all American and foreign vehicles from 1896-1996 in restored or original condition. Vehicles assemble at Butler County Courthouse Square (101 High St., Hamilton) for a 1 p.m. start, which wends to Fairfield Crossing (4605-4627 Dixie Highway) between 1:45-2:30 p.m. and then back to the courthouse for an awards presentation at 3:30 p.m. The parade is free for spectators and $20 for participants. antiquecars.org.
Honorable mention: Apollo 15 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
A 17-day celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon landing kicks off this weekend at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton. The command module will be on display in the museum's Space Gallery, courtesy of a loan from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Other spacecraft in the gallery include Mercury and Gemini, as well as the Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer. The anniversary celebration runs July 22-Aug. 7. The museum is located at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson AFB, Fairborn. nationalmuseum.af.mil.