Blink takes over The Banks, Downtown and OTR this weekend. (Photo: Provided/CAC/Lightborne)

This week’s big event is Blink, one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event features large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art throughout the urban core. It runs 7-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, which leaves much of each day open for other pursuits – of which there are plenty.

We’ve got festivals dedicated to board games, coffee, toys, navy beans, sauerkraut, fitness, jewelry and beads. There’s also Oktoberfest in Lebanon, a three-day music and arts festival in Hamilton and an American Motocross Association-sanctioned hillclimb in Oregonia. So much to see and do!

MONDAY, Oct. 7

MasterChef Junior Live! 7 p.m., Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $20-$125. First ever multi-city tour features Jasmine (Season Five Winner), Evan (Season Six Fan Favorite), Malia (Season Seven Finalist), and Matthew (Season Seven Fan Favorite). Features head-to-head cooking competitions with past MasterChef Junior all-stars and fan favorites, Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience that is fun for all ages.

Debbie Harry: Face It 7 p.m., Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Pkwy, Evanston. $32.50 includes signed copy of book and ticket to event. Join Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry for an illuminating evening with Blondie co-founder and renowned photographer Chris Stein, and multidisciplinary artist and director Rob Roth, accompanied by a visual presentation.

The Fleshtones 7:30 p.m., Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport.

Operator Music Band MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.

Machine Gun Kelly performs at Bunbury Music Festival at Sawyer Point, Friday, May 31, 2019. (Photo: Ryan Terhune / The Enquirer)


Machine Gun Kelly and Young Thug 7:30 p.m., PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township.

Danny Gonzalez 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington.


Griz 7 p.m., PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township.

Andrew Deadman MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.

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Blink Oct. 10-13. Over-the-Rhine, Downtown, The Banks, Covington. Free. Light and art event that features large-scale architectural projection mapping, light-based sculptures and installations, brand-new murals and interactive art. Spans 30 city blocks from Findlay Market to Seventh and Madison Ave. in Covington. Thursday is the light parade, which begins at dusk and follows Vine St. from Eighth St. to The Banks. Saturday, Oct. 12 features Grouplove performing at Covington’s RiverCenter parking lot.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers 8 p.m., Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport.

CinCityCon features a game library of over 2,000 board games. The convention is this weekend at Sharonville Convention Center. (Photo: Catan Studios)

FRIDAY, Oct. 11

CinCityCon Board Game Convention Oct. 11-13, Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. $45-$55. Game library with over 2,000 games, vendors, more than 25 tables of role playing games running all weekend, Saturday night party, game design contest, live action role playing, Friday night magic, tournaments, cosplay contest and more.

Corey Holcomb Oct. 11-12, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township.

Anders Osborne 9 p.m., Riverfront Live, 4343 Kellogg Ave., East End.

Michael Martin Murphey 8:30 p.m., Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.

Colt Ford 6 p.m., Big Buls Roadhouse, 2461 Ross Millville Road, Hamilton.

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Celebrity trainer and wellness expert Jillian Michaels will be among the guests at the Wellness Your Way Festival this weekend. (Photo: Submitted)

Wellness Your Way Festival Oct. 11-13, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $35 VIP 3-day pass, $25 3-day pass, $10 single day. Wellness experience designed to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Opportunity to work out with celebrity fitness experts, hear from inspiring speakers, pick up cooking tips from world-renowned chefs, and learn from passionate health professionals. Jewel hosts live music performances and participates in panel discussions. Celebrities joining the panel discussions including Tone It Up founders Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, personal trainers and television personalities Jen Widerstrom and Jillian Michaels.

Navy Bean Festival Oct. 11-12, Main St., Rising Sun. Parade, midway with rides, games and food. Live music on Friday with Nashville Crush and The Menus. On Saturday, Jake Speed & The Freddies, Templin Road, The Bad Habit Band and the Rusty Griswolds.

Operation Pumpkin Oct. 11-13, Butler County Courthouse Square, 101 High St., Hamilton. Artisans, food, zipline, kids zone, entertainment, amusement rides and more.


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Cincinnati Coffee Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $15, $12.50 advance; VIP $20-$40. Features local and regional coffee roasters, coffee and tea shops, bakers, pastry shops and chocolatiers on hand to sample their wares. Friday is trade day for those in the industry.

George Thorogood 8 p.m., JACK Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway, Downtown. Ages 21-up.

Here Come the Mummies 7 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville.

The Charlie Daniels Band 7:30 p.m., Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg.

Cincinnati Model Train & Trade Show 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester. $7, free ages under 12 and scouts in uniform with accompanying paid admission. Presented by Cincinnati Division 7 MCR NMRA, this popular model railroad event is filled with model & toy trains in all scales & sizes (from Thomas the Train to Lionel, Marx, garden railway, and more), multiple operating model railroad layouts & displays, retail sales from dealers and private sellers, hourly door prizes, locomotive test track, and more. 513-662-RAIL.


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Lebanon Oktoberfest 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Mulberry St., Lebanon. Food, craft beers, kids’ activities, live music and more.

Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. $5, free ages 12-under.

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Oct. 12-13, Downtown Waynesville. Over 400 handcrafted booths and more than 30 food booths, many serving traditional and non-traditional sauerkraut varieties. Official parking is located at Waynesville High School with free shuttle service to within one block of the center of the festival.

Cincinnati Cyclones vs Wheeling Nailers: First Face Off 7:35 p.m., US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown. The Cyclones kick off their 2019-2020 season with $1 hot dogs, Donatos Pizza, soda and beer. First 5,000 fans receive a Cyclones calendar.

Queen Bee Half Marathon 7:30 a.m., JACK Casino, 1000 Broadway, Downtown.

The Devil’s Staircase Hillclimb held in Oregonia. (Photo: Enquirer file)

Devil’s Staircase Pro Hillclimb Oct. 12-13, 1086 Corwin Road, Oregonia. $20 at the gate. Free ages 12-under. The Dayton Motorcycle Club hosts this American Motocross Association event. Gates open at noon Saturday and includes dirt drags, grudge racing and various motorcycle games. It’s an old-school style field meet with live music and fun. On Sunday, the AMA Pro Hillclimb takes place. Gates open at 9 a.m. with competition starting at 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 13

Second Sunday on Main noon-4 p.m. and 6-11 p.m., Main St. between 12th and Liberty, Over-the-Rhine. Daytime programming includes live music and biergarten lounge. Evening programming includes vendors, live music, fire artists and biergarten lounge.

Pat Travers Band 8:30 p.m., Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.

The Cincinnati Toy & Collectible Show 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. $10 early bird, $7 regular, free ages 10-under. Early buyers 8 a.m. Free parking. Door prizes every hour. Buy, sell, trade, new and retro toys, video games, and collectibles at Ohio’s largest gathering of vintage collector and dealers.

The Great Pupkin Pupkin Parade and Dog Costume Contest 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pierce Township Park, 961 Locust Corner Road, Pierce Township. Free. Family-friendly. Besides the costume contest, there will be plenty of dog-friendly activities, like bobbing for hot dogs, hide & seek treats and paw print art. Entertainment for kids includes trunk or treat and bounce house. Car show, hayrides for the entire family. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will be serving food as well as Pup Cups for the pups.

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