Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 31-Aug. 2


Coney Island will host a drive-in fireworks show Saturday. (Photo: File/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

1. Coney Island Drive-In Fireworks Show

So much of our summer fun has been canceled due to the pandemic, but on Saturday night, Coney Island will host a drive-in fireworks spectacular featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks choreographed to a Cincinnati Pops soundtrack broadcast via an FM signal. You’ll be able to enjoy it all from the air-conditioned, socially distanced comfort of your vehicle.

Gates open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m. Guests must remain in their cars during the performance. Carload passes to the fireworks show are $17 and include admission for up to six people per vehicle. Passes must be purchased online in advance at

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Road Trip (Photo: Getty Images)

2. America’s Summer Roadtrip: The Pursuit of History

Americans love a summer road trip, but due to the pandemic, many heritage sites and museums are closed to visitors. You can still travel across the country and through our nation’s history – virtually –  with this free event featuring 12 hour-long livestreams from 12 prominent historic sites across the country. Each tour is conducted by expert guides and includes a special behind-the-scenes look at things you wouldn’t get to see if you were there in person.

From Revolutionary War battle sites to historic parks and museums, the program brings history lessons to life, and may just give you ideas for places to visit once the pandemic ends. Cincinnati’s own National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is one of the featured museums. It happens from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. For a list of all 12 locations, visit

You can find everything from 18th century cupboards to vintage Star Wars toys at Tri-State Antique Market. (Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

3. Tri-State Antique Market

Indiana’s largest antiques and vintage market takes place Sunday at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds (351 E. Eads Parkway). You can find everything from 18th-century cupboards with original paint to vintage Star Wars toys from the 1980s and anything in between. All merchandise is guaranteed to be at least 30 years old and out of production.

There’s plenty of free parking and the site boasts paved walkways, rest areas, modern (wheelchair accessible) restrooms and food/refreshment stands at all four midway corners. You don’t even need to fret about bad weather because there are over 125 indoor/under-cover vendors. Regular hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and admission is $4. Early birds may enter at 6 a.m. with no additional fee.

Pendleton Art Center hosts Final Friday from 6-9 p.m. (Photo: photominus, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

4. Pendleton Art Center Final Friday & Opening Reception

Did you know the building currently housing the Pendleton Art Center (1310 Pendleton St.) was built in 1909 for the Krohn-Fecheimer Shoe Company, which later became U.S. Shoe? It served as a warehouse facility for Shillito’s Department Store in the mid-1900s and in 1991, The Verdin Company opened the building to promote and showcase local artisans. PAC has eight floors of studios featuring original pine floors, eight-foot arched windows and more than 200 artists. From 6-9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month, the studios are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from the artists.

From 5-9 p.m. Friday there will also be an opening reception for “The Masks we Wear” at Pendleton Street Photography in the PAC Annex. The exhibit features the contemporary mask collection of Sara M. Vance Waddell, photography by Tina Gutierrez and cast face masks by Leslie Daly. The exhibit runs July 31-Sept. 10 and the $10 suggested donation at the opening benefits The Carnegie. Valet parking is available for $5.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, located in Walnut Hills, stands as an important reminder of the literary genius that Stowe was. (Photo: Gary Landers)

5. Harriet Beecher Stowe House

This historic home celebrates the life, family and legacy of author and activist Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the pivotal antislavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” You can learn about her family connections, the Lane Seminary Debates, the Underground Railroad and the 20th-century history of the house, which focuses on African American agency and the continuation of social justice.

Due to the pandemic, tours are currently being scheduled by appointment only in household groups of nine or fewer. Tours are scheduled based on availability of staff and volunteers, generally from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Each tour lasts approximately one hour. Harriet Beecher Stowe House is located at 2950 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. Reservations: 513-751-0651. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5-under.

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