COVINGTON, Ky. - Sure, you knew about Oktoberfest and the Covington Farmers Market, but did you know that in Covington this weekend you could watch roller derby, attend a tattoo convention, and see a movie in a cemetery?
And then there’s a casting call, a book signing, pottery for beginners, yoga, an art exhibit opening, a music festival etc. etc.
Who knows what the skies will do to us, but indoors or out, there’s a full weekend’s worth of events, and this is the weekend to try something new:
Open casting call
Got what it takes to be in a play?
There will be an opening casting call for the theatrical production Bro’Kin River at 6 p.m. tonight at The Center for Great Neighborhoods.
Bro'Kin River is an original community play based on the true story of Margaret Garner, a Northern Kentucky slave who escaped from her plantation, was recaptured and took the life of her child rather than seeing her return to slavery. You may know the story as “Beloved,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, film and opera.
Pike Street Stroll tonight
Also tonight, Thursday, dozens of shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants will stay open until 8 p.m. along the Pike Street corridor as part of the monthly event.
Browse, sip, grab a bite and listen to local musicians playing in the streets.
Cinema in the Cemetery
Friday night features The Mighty Ducks, starting about 8:15 p.m. at Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.
It’s free, but bring chairs or blankets. Food and drink vendors will be present. No dogs.
In case of rain, look HERE
to see if the event is canceled.
Riverfront yoga (and brunch)
Yep, watch the boats and current pass by on the Ohio River while doing yoga in the shady confines of George Rogers Park in the Licking Riverside Neighborhood.
The weekly event - for all ages - starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will be led by Rooted Yoga, courtesy of Covington Parks & Recreation. Attendees will get a $5 off coupon for brunch to follow at The Gruff.
Book signing: Helping infants thrive
As part of National Baby Safety Month, Cincinnati author Holly Schlaack will be discussing and signing copies of her latest book, “Buddy: View from the Pumpkin Seat” in Covington on Saturday.
The book touts the power of relationships to help babies grow, heal and thrive. Schlaack is a former children’s services caseworker and guardian ad litem who worked on behalf of abused and neglected children in court.
The noon event is at Roebling Point Books & Coffee. Info, HERE
It’s all about the ink
Looking for a tat? (... for a friend, of course.)
The first-annual Greater Cincinnati Tattoo Arts Convention takes place Friday through Sunday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.
About 150 artists and vendors are attending. Tickets are sold at the show. Info, HERE
All-day music festival
It’s a day full of free music on Saturday during the Northern Kentucky Music Festival at Devou Park.
At least seven different bands will play at the Bandshell, rain or shine, organizers say. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Info, HERE
Want a creative date night?
Bring a partner and try throwing on a pottery wheel with help from an expert at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center.
Friday night is “Date Night Beginner Wheel with Jen Watson.”
Kicking off Carnegie’s exhibit season
The Carnegie Galleries will host a reception Friday night for Open Source 1.1, the first opening in a series of rotating installations and objects selected by a fluid team of curators, artists, collectors, writers, critics, and community organizers from across the region.
During the reception, Carnegie Gallery Director Matt Distel will lead a discussion about the new season, which consists of “FOREALISM TRIBE: The Forealism Files” and “UNREADABLE: Books as Objects.”
Peak veggie season at 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 lots more.
This Saturday, Covington Farmers Market features free yoga and a visit from the League for Animal Welfare’s Pet Adoption Van, plus live music.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Third & Court streets. For info, HERE
Celebrating our German roots
Get your German on, drink some beer and eat some ‘wurst at the annual Oktoberfest in Covington’s renowned MainStrasse Village.
It’s Friday through Sunday at the festival that’s been happening since 1979.
Rides, arts and crafts, traditional German food, etc. Info, HERE
Skating meets football and chess
The Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls take on the Appalachian Hell Betties in a roller derby bout at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the junior league rolling at 5 p.m.
Featured charity is Destiny Rescue, which rescues sexually exploited children.
And then there’s “Paint Your Own Pots” at Chroma Vino on Saturday, HERE
... the Fall Clothing Swap at Rooted Yoga on Saturday, HERE
... Second Saturday Live at Braxton Brewing Co. on Saturday, HERE
... and a Level 1 Beginner Skills Clinic for mountain bikers Sunday at Devou Park, HERE
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