10 fun things to do in Greater Cincinnati this week, including a concert by 7-time Grammy nominee

Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, will perform at Parrish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton on Oct. 19. CONTRIBUTED

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Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, will perform at Parrish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton on Oct. 19. CONTRIBUTED

Here are 10 things to do in the Greater Cincinnati region this week:

Hocus Pocus Halloween Family Fun Festival

This kid-oriented Halloween festival will feature pumpkin carvers, a magic and illusion show, dance troupes, food and crafts, a dog costume contest and parade, games, activities, and music. The day will end with a screening of the 1993 hit movie, “Hocus Pocus,” inside the Sorg Opera House. Check it in downtown Middletown (1045 Central Ave.) on Oct. 13 from 2 p.m.-dusk. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit the Hocus Pocus Halloween Facebook page.

“True West”

As an actor, Sam Shepard is best known for his roles in “The Right Stuff” and “Steel Magnolias.” Shepard is also an award-winning playwright. “True West,” about two estranged brothers, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1983. See it at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College St., Oxford, on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit www.oxarts.com.

“Jersey Boys”

This 2005 musical, which dramatizes the rise, career and eventual break-up of the pop group, The Four Seasons, won four Tony Awards and was adapted into a 2014 movie by Clint Eastwood. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 15-20. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30 and up. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

“The Mersey Beatles: Four Lads From Liverpool”

This Beatles tribute band, the resident band at the Cavern Club, where the real Fab Four got started, are on a world tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Abbey Road.” After playing the “Abbey Road” album in its entirety, the Mersey Beatles will play a series of greatest hits. See them at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-$69. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

GemStreet USA

This traveling Midwest show is for people who love rocks both pretty and historical. Shoppers can peruse one-of-a-kind gems, jewelry, beads, minerals, fossils, and more. Check it out at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, on Oct. 18-20. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 513-771-7744 or visit www.gemstreetusa.com.

John Mulaney

John Mulaney is a comedian best known as a “SNL” writer and for his Netflix special, “Kid Gorgeous.” See him at Millett Hall at Miami University, 500 E. Sycamore St., Oxford, on Oct. 19 at 8:30 p.m. The show is sold out, but tickets are available on secondary outlets. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit www.miamioh.edu/cca/performing-arts-series.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, is a seven-time Grammy nominee who has recorded with Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, and others. See her and her backing band at Parrish Auditorium at the Miami University Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34-$36. call 513-529-3200 or visit www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice.

Zombie Ball: Dance of the Undead at Pyramid Hill

Pyramid Hill invites you to dress up as your favorite undead character or type and come out for a night of dancing, ghoulish cocktails, an open bar followed by a cash bar, and horror-themed food. You can even make your entrance riding in a hearse. Check it out at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, on Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $30 (individual) and $50 (couple). Various romantic packages are available as well. For more information, call 513-863-8336 or visit www.pyramidhill.org.

“The Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody”

Inspired by the hit 1980s-90s TV show, four puppets will parody the show’s classic moments, from Rose’s tales of St. Olaf to Blanche’s super-charged libido. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 19-20 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival

The Niederman family is opening its annual fall festival season. Activities include a four-acre corn maze, hayrides, ball zones, kids’ tractors, a climbing web, human foosball, and much more. Check it out at the Niederman Family Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road, Liberty Township. The festival is open weekly except for Tuesdays-Wednesdays. Admission is $12. For more information, call 513-779-3228 or visit www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com.

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