Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Sept. 3-5

The Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, Ohio.

1. Ohio Renaissance Festival

Last year, a plague swept across the land, causing the townspeople of Willy Nilly on the Wash to bar their doors, but this year, festivities return to the 16th century village. The Ohio Renaissance Festival boasts more than 300 costumed performers and 14 stages with over 100 shows daily – everything from live music, dueling swordsmen and free-flying birds of prey to rowdy pirates, classic literary tales in the mud, comedy knife throwing and yes, full armor jousting.

With over 150 master artisans and craftsmen – whose items are handmade to specific criteria in keeping with the Renaissance time period – this is also the place to pick up chainmail, corsets, kilts, period jewelry, medieval and Renaissance-themed board games, swords, knives, clothing and more. You'll find plenty of restaurants and pubs where you can grab an ale and gnaw a turkey leg to your heart's content, and try your hand at games of chance and skill.

The family-friendly festival runs 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 31 at 10542 E. Ohio 73, Harveysburg. This being Labor Day weekend, the festival will also be open on Monday. Admission is $19 for adults and $7.50 for ages 12-under.

Take a ride in a B-25 this weekend during Lunken Airport Days. Flight experiences should be booked in advance by calling 800-359-6217.

2. Lunken Airport Days

See historic military and civilian aircraft on display this weekend – jets, warbirds, sport airplanes and helicopters – as well as vintage military vehicles and classic cars during Lunken Airport Days. View them up close, sit inside and even take a ride in a B-25 from WWII or helicopter (advance registration required). Pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers will be on hand to answer questions, there will be a color guard ceremony at noon each day, and you'll find vendors, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

Lunken Airport Days is free and open to the public. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Lunken Airport (262 Wilmer Ave., East End). Flight experiences are offered through Monday and cost extra. To book a ride, call 800-359-6217 or email [email protected]

Riverfest fireworks over downtown Cincinnati photographed from Olden View Park in the Incline District Sunday September 1, 2019.

3. Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest

The last blast of summer takes place along the banks of the Ohio River on Sunday with a day-long party culminating in one of the most impressive choreographed fireworks displays in the country. And whether you choose to stake out your spot in Cincinnati, Newport or Covington, you're sure to find plenty to do and see.

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