Top 10 things to do this week

Country music singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Sept. 8. CONTRIBUTED

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Country music singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Sept. 8. CONTRIBUTED

The best things to do in Cincinnati and northern Cincinnati this week — Sept. 3-9.

Cindy Wilson of B-52s

Cindy Wilson is a founding member of The B-52s, which produced, "Love Shack," one of the most enduring party songs of all time. In 2016, she released her first solo album, "Change," which is reportedly quite different from the love shack vibe. See her at the Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 (advance), and $15 (day of show). There is also a $25 VIP meet-and-greet option. For more information, call 513-345-7981 or visit

Stricker’s Grove Labor Day Celebration

Celebrate Labor Day at this smaller-scale amusement park, which includes everything from kiddie rides to roller coasters, that's open to the public only three other times out of the year. Check out Stricker's Grove at 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, on Sept. 4 from 1-8 p.m. Admission is $12.50. Children 2 and younger get in free. For more info, call 513-738-3366 or visit

Young the Giant

This popular rock band is known for its singles "My Body" and "Something To Believe In." They released their third album, "Home of the Strange," last year. Cold War Kids and Joywave will open. See them at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$39.50. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit

Chris Stapleton

Before becoming his own award-winning and platinum-selling country singer/songwriter, Chris Stapleton fronted the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and wrote songs for Adele, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and others. He released his second album, "From A Room: Volume 1," last May. The show is sold out, but tickets are still available at secondary outlets. See him at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit

“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy”

Experience the "Star Wars" trilogy in a whole new way with Canadian actor, Charles Ross, who single-handedly plays every character, flies every ship, and conducts every lightsaber duel. The "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy" has been performed in over 100 cities, including Off-Broadway, London's West End, and the Sydney Opera House. See it locally at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$32. For more information, call 513-977-8838 or visit

Cincy Beerfest

Sample craft beer from over 100 breweries from both down the street and across the country. There will also be live music and food trucks. All proceeds will benefit the Big Joe Duskin Music Foundation, which supports music programs for disadvantaged elementary and junior high schools. Check it out on Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 8-9. Festival hours are 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, and 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15-$40 (general) and $10 (designated driver). For more information, call (513) 621-4400 or visit

The Amazing Jonathon

This stand-up comedian/magician's use of blood and gore has earned him the nickname "the Freddy Krueger of Comedy." He was a year-round performer in Las Vegas and is a peer of Criss Angel. See him at the Funny Bone at Liberty Center, 7518 Bales St., A-120, Liberty Township, on Sept. 8-10. Tickets are $22. For more information and performance times, call 513-779-5233 or visit

Big River Get Down Festival

This all-day soul, blues and rock festival will feature The Record Company, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, and several others. The Revivalists, whose single, "Wish I Knew You," is currently enjoying heavy radio play, will headline once again. Check it out at RiversEdge Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton, on Sept. 9 from 1-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35. For more information, visit

The Cheese Fest Cincinnati

This traveling festival is a must-attend for cheese fanatics. Over 350 cheeses from over 75 international cheese artisans and specialty producers will be presented for sampling, along with beer, bourbon and wine pairing classes, live music, cooking demonstrations, and contests such as the Macdown/Meltdown. Check it out at Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, on Sept. 9 from 2-10 p.m. Admission is $10 and then $5-$10 for individual classes and demos. For more information, visit

Old West Festival

This annual festival takes place at an authentic, year-round Old West town in the middle of the country. Interact with period interpreters and watch comedy and stunt gunfights, roping shows and magicians, or do a family sing-a-long. Check it out at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, on Sept. 9-Oct. 15. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $11.99-$34.99 (adults), and $11.99-$24.99 (kids 3-12). For more information, call 513-304-0444 or visit

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