Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America’s Oktoberfest!


This according to a recent proclamation in German newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz. First held in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has grown to be this nation’s largest Oktoberfest celebration with more than 650,000 people attending each year. The 2018 event will showcase the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, including German-style food, oom-pah music and nearly 100 varieties of beer. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will run Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23 on Second and Third Streets in downtown Zinzinnati.

Speaking of running, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati kicks off September 21 at 11 a.m. with the Running of the Wieners. This annual showdown features 100 racing dachshunds, competing to be the fast and the furriest on Cincinnati’s Freedom Way at The Banks. 

Roll out the barrels! 2,000 barrels of beer are expected to be consumed at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati along with 25,000 potato pancakes, 24,000 soft pretzels and 225,000 bratwurst, mettwurst and sausages!

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will do his part, Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Brat Eating Championship. Major League Eater Joey Chestnut is the eight-time champion and holds the world bratwurst eating record, inhaling 70 brats in 10 minutes at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, 2013.

Hungry for more? 

Throughout the weekend, you will experience Oktoberfest Zinzinnati favorites, including the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria was Grand Marshal of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, helping set the world record for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, with nearly 50,000 participants. Other past Grand Marshals include Al Hirt, Weird Al Yankovic, Davey Jones, Verne Troyer, Eddie Money, Vince Neil, George Takei, Cincinnati’s own Nick and Drew Lachey, Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, and the newest Major League Soccer (MLS) team, FC Cincinnati.

Official opening ceremonies are Saturday morning, September 22, 11:30 am, with a ceremonial keg tapping by Sam Adams founder (and Cincinnati native) Jim Koch. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is presented by Sam Adams and Amazon and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Need Oktoberfest Zinzinnati information on hours, directions, beers, brats, chicken-dancing or wiener dogs? Get details at OktoberfestZinzinnati.com. 


September is still rockin’ at Riverbend Music Center

Riverbend with River shot

Summer concert season isn’t over yet – there are still plenty of amazing concerts coming to Riverbend throughout September!

Kicking it off are the Counting Crows, bringing their 25 years of rock music to the Riverbend stage. With so much music to choose from, every concert is unique and exciting!  The band is excited to be touring with multi-platinum rock band +LIVE+; when old friends come together to perform, the result is an auditory explosion.

Do you like your rock music Southern-style?  Don’t miss South Carolina rock   band NEEDTOBREATHE!  Widely acknowledged by music devotees and media tastemakers for their anthemic, alt-rock dynamic, NEEDTOBREATHE has a unique sound that has “carved out a niche in rock music” (Billboard) and had Rolling Stone dubbing the group “an anomaly in the pop music landscape.” NEEDTOBREATHE was championed by People magazine as “easy to love” for their unique mix of “infectious pop melodies to their signature Southern rock.”

Pentatonix will take the stage in early September…do we even need to explain who they are?  A world-wide phenomenon, Pentatonix is an a-cappella singing group that has sold out concert after concert, year after year.  Their unique takes on pop music (as well as original tunes) make for an amazing musical experience.

Country music fans will be happy to spend a night out listening to Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie & the Blowfish).  And of the country’s most successful independent bands, Dispatch, will be sharing their brand-new sound at Riverbend as well. 

Tickets for these shows are on sale now at www.riverbend.org.  Don’t miss out on the chance to see these incredible performers live!


New action-packed stunt show Marvel Universe LIVE!

Marvel Sept 18

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! is performing at U.S. Bank Arena from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23 for seven performances. Tickets are on sale now.

Show times are: Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Audiences will join in the quest that sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. 

Tickets for Marvel Universe LIVE! start at $20. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Blood drive at Montgomery Inn


Join University of Cincinnati’s Hoxworth Blood Center at Montgomery Inn Boathouse for the annual  blood drive on Wednesday, September 5th 10am-7pm. All donors will receive a complimentary buffet by Montgomery Inn, bottle of barbecue sauce and $10 gift card. Also enjoy live music 5-7pm!

Learn more and sign up to schedule your donation: hoxworth.org/groups/boathouse

 Montgomery Inn- The Boathouse

925 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Keith Urban brings his talent to Riverbend Music Center


Music fans, you’re in luck – Four-time Grammy award winner Keith Urban is coming to Cincinnati this August!

Urban will be bringing his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” to Riverbend Music Center for one night only, on Sunday, August 19th.  Cincinnati is one of his stops on his 58-city tour, and if you’ve never been to a Keith Urban show, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Urban’s shows are electrifying; they’re unexpected, unpredictable and have been hailed by media around the world as a “concert experience not to be missed.”  

The show will not only feature many of Urban’s 23 #1 songs but will deliver brand new songs that have never been performed live!  Plus, this all-new concert production promises to hit new heights of spectacular.  The tour will feature special guest country pop singer Kelsea Ballerini as Urban’s supporting act.

Urban is excited to bring this new show on tour and introduce new music to his fans. “I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for GRAFFITI U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” said Urban. “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating.” 

Ballerini is more than his supporting act, she’s one of his biggest fans. “I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart-filled artistry,” she says. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.riverbend.org.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.  Riverbend Music Center is a fabulous concert venue, with both pavilion and lawn seating.  Parking is included in the price of your ticket.

For all official Keith Urban tour news including show dates and where to purchase tickets, go to www.keithurban.net. Hope to see you rocking out at Riverbend with Keith Urban on August 19th!


The Western & Southern Open is back in Cincy this August!


The Western & Southern Open hits Cincinnati again at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason from August 11-19, and it’s going to be the best place to be this summer.

Of course, there’s the tennis: with top male players like Roger Federer, John Isner, and Rafael Nadal and female superstars like Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, you’ll get to witness tennis being played at its peak and with fierce competition.  

But there is so much more to the W & S Open!  From entertainment and shopping to the finest in dining in Cincinnati, there’s something for everyone.  This year, the Open is proud to announce that a brand new five-story building has been erected, dubbed the South Building.  This replaced the old building, and more than doubles the interior space for fans and amenities. Center Court seating jumped from 11,267 to 11,750: more seats means more fun for everyone!  Different levels will offer views of one or both marquee match courts, and the main feature is the split-level 2nd floor hosting a restaurant and bar, which opens up to cascading indoor, air-conditioned box seats, presumed to be the first in professional tennis. The extra-wide, 252 stadium seats sit behind glass and have access to the adjoining restaurant and bar.

 If you like an outdoor box seat, the 3rd floor boasts 396 new outdoor box seats and an interior space with concessions, a bar, gathering areas and restrooms. Need a little something more special? The 4th floor includes six all-inclusive suites with 126 total seats and a shared space for food and refreshments. The 5th floor offers a state-of-the-art broadcast and production center.

 Not that you can ever get too much tennis, but you do need a break from the courts, you can relax and listen to the original bands playing on the Dayton International Airport Stage or in the Wine Garden.  Not cover bands, but eclectic, award-winning musicians.  It’s music at its finest.

Hungry?  You can find sports-arena food, but if you want a foodie experience, the Open will have 14 locally-owned restaurants preparing their signature dishes fresh every day from James Beard-winning chefs, and you won’t need a reservation!  Feeling like tacos?  Hit up Mazunte.  Need a gyro?  Kala Greek Grill’s got you covered.  Grab a specialty salad from Prime Cincinnati, or a burger from Flipside. There’s also Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s Pizzeria and Graeter’s waiting to bring you the taste of Cincinnati!

So you’ve watched a few matches, had a snack, tapped your toes to some tunes, and now you’re thirsty.  Whether it’s beer or bubbles, or anything in between, the W & S Open has what you want on tap.  The Miller Ultra Legends Bar and Rhinegeist Brew Balcony are perfect for those looking for a tasty beer, and the Moet Champagne Bar for those who feel like toasting the best in tennis.  There’s also the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden, as well as White Claw, serving up hard seltzers.  

Eat, drink, and then: shop! Time to go shopping at the Open’s retail center.  The 20,000 square foot retail plaza has it all, from tennis apparel and gear to jewelry and sunglasses.  The Midwest Sports tent will have everything you need to outfit yourself like a tennis pro. 

There’s nothing like a day at the Western & Southern Open.  Be sure to read up on their bag policy on their website, www.wsopen.com.  It’s important to know what you can and cannot bring into the Open.  Be a part of this Cincinnati sports tradition – get out to the Western & Southern Open!