Friday, October 4, 2019
Things to Do in Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati This October
October 4-5, Northern Kentucky is kicking off with a new bourbon festival, Kentucky's Edge. Whether you've never tasted bourbon before or you're a seasoned connoisseur, there are so many ways to enjoy this festival.
Also happening on Oct. 4 is a Horror Art Show at Darkness Brewing. Coinciding with the release of their black pumpkin ale, the event will feature horror art created by local artists as well as live art. On Oct. 5 Alexandria Brewing Company is hosting OktoBEERfest featuring three beer releases, a special bratwurst from Four Mile Pig, and live polka in the evening.
Happening Oct 5 is the Cripple Creek Music Festival. Along with the two music stages at Kentucky's Edge, there will be music everywhere you turn in NKY this weekend!
Be sure to check out the Inaugural Ludlow Flea & Craft Fair, happening Oct. 6. With art, clothing, jewelry, antiques, beer & spirits, and more, you'll be sure to get a jump start on some holiday shopping!
Oct 10-13 is BLINK, an illuminated art show with more than 30 city blocks of large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, and immersive art. There's a a BLINK daytime guide to fill your time when the lights aren't on, not to mention special tours happening around town such as Tours of Mother of God Church. And don't forget about the BLINK Bright Ride bike parade happening on Oct. 9!
On Oct. 19, check out the Kentucky Proud Beer Festival happening at Wooden Cask Brewing Company. Tickets include a commemorative Kentucky Proud tasting glass and two 8-ounce samples (additional samples available for purchase). More than 20 breweries participating including local favorites Braxton Brewing Co., Darkness Brewing, Wooden Cask Brewing Company, Alexandria Brewing Company, Bircus Brewing Company, and more!
If beer festivals aren't really your thing, maybe you'd prefer to check out the Inspiration Encounter happening Oct. 17-19 at the Ark Encounter, featuring the Collingsworth Family and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Also happening at the Ark this month is "Sing!", a concert featuring Keith & Kristyn Getty's Irish & Bluegrass sounds.
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will be hosting the Salt Festival on Oct. 19-20 with demonstrations of pioneer living, frontier traditions, crafts, folk & bluegrass music, and delicious food. While visiting the park, be sure to stop by the museum & visitor center and the bison herd.
Check out New Riff's Riff & Racing Bluegrass Brunch Experience for a distillery tour & tasting, brunch with cocktail pairing, guided transportation to and from Keeneland Race Course, and general admission to the track. A perfect combination! Tickets required and availability is limited.
Don't miss the USS Nightmare, ghost hunting at Bobby Mackey's, the Newport is Haunted Tour from American Legacy Tours, Braxton's Halloween Bash, and more! Plus don't forget the family-friendly seasonal activities like pumpkin-picking, petting zoos, corn mazes, and hay rides at local farms.
October is sure to be a busy month, but make the best of it because something tells me this unseasonably warm weather won't stick around long!