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COVINGTON, Ky. - It’s just a normal ol’ weekend in #LoveTheCov, featuring fun for a cause, fun to bring awareness, and just plain fun.
 
If you like food, drink, music, theater, books and toys, there’s an event for you - and some will make you feel like you’re giving back to the community, too!
 
Pub Crawl to help 1st responders
Chip Terry’s 911 Pub Crawl on Friday night will raise money to offset the cost of a seminar for first responders on post-traumatic stress in honor of the late Assistant Covington Fire Chief.
 
The event will begin at Braxton Brewing Co. at 5 p.m. and end at Smoke Justis, with stops at The Hannaford and Octave. Cost is $15 (pre-registered) or $20 at the door. For info or to register, click HERE.
 
Farm to Table festival
It’s National Farmers Market Week, and Covington’s Farmers Market is hosting not only its weekly local produce extravaganza but also its 3rd annual Farm to Table Dinner.
 
The dinner, info HERE, takes place 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Hotel Covington. It’s a curated Mediterranean-inspired, dinner-by-the bite feast featuring local chefs and locally produced food, live music, grill cooking, and various forms of alcohol.
 
Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door (raffle tickets and alcohol extra). Proceeds benefit the Farmers Market (see next item).
 
Farmers Market
This weekly event features a veritable cornucopia of local produce, meats and eggs, soaps and lotions, teas, baked goods, sugar scrubs, nut milks and creamers, prepared soups and salads, fermented foods, and ... (well, lots more).
 
Nearly 1,000 people shopped at the market two Saturdays ago, so you need to check it out.
 
This Saturday, Covington Farmers Market also features yoga with Cole Imperi (9 a.m. start), live music, and pet adoption through the League for Animal Welfare.
 
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Third & Court streets. For info, HERE.
 
Opening night at The Carnegie
Flashy costumes, Motown music, plenty of drama?
 
How else would The Carnegie kick off its 2018-2019 theatre season? Yes, it’s the Tony Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS, which opens Saturday and continues Sunday and weekends through Aug. 26.
 
For tickets and info, HERE.
 
Art books, authors galore
Speaking of the Carnegie, the three-day Cincinnati Art Book Fair will be at The Carnegie in Covington this year, or at least part of it will be.
 
The fair - which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public - features work from independent publishers and collections, with panel discussions and satellite programming.
 
And lots and lots of readings. Info, HERE.
 
Downtown tunes I
The pioneering and prolific downtempo psy-bass band Desert Dwellers will be at Octave on Friday night supporting their forthcoming album Breath.
 
Tickets and info, HERE.
 
Downtown tunes II
Downtown music venues Madison Live and Madison Theater (yes, they’re neighbors) play host to an array of bands this weekend, including a benefit for a family who lost their son in a motorcycle accident.
 
Madison Theater on Friday will feature Telehope with Moonbeau and Daniel in Stereo. Tickets, HERE.
 
Madison Live on Friday will host the Iles Family Music Benefit, featuring the Restless Leg String Band, The Cliftones, Strange Mechanics, Maritime Law, Hot Brown Smackdown and Hickory Robot. On Saturday it will hold its Local Summer Showcase, featuring National Barks, The Thrifters, Here Come Here, and Sun Delay. Tickets, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous 
And then there’s the Mutant & Monster Mayhem Toy Show at Cincinnati Marriott Rivercenter (Hint: It’s in Covington) on Sunday HERE ... the Library Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd (and their beleaguered parents) at the public library on Saturday morning HERE ... FIRE’S Bourbon Expert Series on Saturday evening HERE ... the Buti Happy Hour, hosted by Rooted Yoga on Friday evening HERE ... and the Allure Trunk Show at Fabulous-Bridal all weekend HERE.
 
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