Labor Day weekend sure snuck up on us (again) this year. Time flies whether you're having fun or not, so why not have a little fun? If your main goal this weekend isn't putting a big dent in your patio furniture, the Cincinnati area has plenty of things to get out and into.
A tradition returns to its rightful glory as the Riverfest party and fireworks show float back between the bridges of the Ohio River. The Reds and FC Cincy are in town. Renaissance Festival is back. Brooks & Dunn make their return to Riverbend. Monster trucks will be jumping over things. It's a packed weekend with something for everyone. Here are the biggies.
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Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Great American Ball Park, Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. reds.com.
Smoke on the River BBQ Fest, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Covington Plaza, 144 Madison Ave., Covington. cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com.
Terror Town, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg. $25-$35. allhallowsevellc.com.
Brooks & Dunn, Saturday, Riverbend Music Center. With Travis Tritt and Elvie Shane.
Monster Jam, Saturday-Sunday, Heritage Bank Center.
Ohio Renaissance Festival, Saturday-Monday, Renaissance Park, 10542 E. Ohio 73, Harveysburg. Runs Sept. 4-Oct. 31. renfestival.com.
Lunken Airport Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave., East End. Variety of planes on display, food trucks, vendors, color guard ceremony at noon each day. Book in advance for helicopter and B-25 airplane rides. Free admission and parking. Rides cost extra. warbirds.clubexpress.com.
AfriFest Cincy, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton. Celebrates African cultures, food and music. Free. myapnet.org/afrifest.
FC Cincinnati vs Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Pkwy, West End.
Riverfest/Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks, Sunday, Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman's Cove, Mehring Way, Downtown, and Festival Park, Newport. Fireworks launch at 9 p.m. from barges on the Ohio River.
Cincinnati Hispanic Festival, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Ave., Northside. Food, music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Free admission. cincinnatihispanicfest.org.