Halloween, harvest & hockey

COVINGTON, Ky. - If you’re not in full autumn celebration mode, you will be come Monday.
From Halloween parties (seemingly everywhere) to harvest festivals, #LoveTheCov is rocking October and early November traditions this weekend. Note this is the last weekend to shop the Covington Farmers Market in an outdoor setting in 2018 - next week it moves inside.
But if you don’t like pumpkins and costumes, Covington has other offerings: How about a street hockey tournament? A volunteer street planting? Yoga, bike ride or weaving?
Festival touts produce, community
Redden Gardens - a dang cool allotment garden in the Eastside Neighborhood - is hosting a Harvest Festival on Saturday to celebrate its first year of growing produce and community in the urban core.
The theme is “storytelling,” and the Gardens will be revealing a mural called “Growing Garden Dreams and Sharing Lore.”
Chili, bean soup, community potluck, s’mores, pumpkin carving and more. Costumes if you got ‘em and want to.
Info, HERE or HERE.
Pucks and pavement
The Covington Street Hockey League will be holding an “epic” tournament Saturday morning at Kenny Shields Park near MainStrasse Village.
Called The Braxton Cup, the day will feature beverages (duh), music, food, games, merchandise and of course hockey. Just gotta decide who to root for: the Misfits, Trolls, Goats or Shields?
Proceeds will help revitalize the park. Info at HOCKEY.
Outdoor movie canceled
This movie is jinxed.
For the second time, the advent of cold rain has canceled Covington Parks & Recreation’s planned outdoor showing of “Coco” at the Latonia Water Park & Splash Pad.
It was planned for Friday evening, but predictions of rain and 40-degree temperatures have interfered. Alas.
Madison Ave. planting - help needed
Want to do something for the public good?
Plant flowers along Madison Avenue early Saturday morning with the Covington Business Council. It’ll be early and it’ll be cold, but let toughness and persistence prevail - hey, we’re a hardy folk, right?
Make sure you sign up to volunteer at PLANT.
Farmers Market preparing to move inside
It’s the last Covington’s Farmers Market at Third & Court streets this season, but don’t worry - November will feature a new (indoors) location.
Meanwhile, the cooler weather has brought late-season produce like pumpkins, gourds, squash, greens, apples, radishes, beets and carrots. And of course there are creative and hand-made goods, bread and pastries, soaps and lotions, meat and eggs and more.
This Saturday will feature the Lil’ Kids’ Garden behind Lil’s Bagels a half block away, and programs for children at the Kenton County Public Library.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Third & Court streets. Info, MARKET.
Fright night, Covington style
Covington residents and visitors have a wide array of Halloween parties and costume contests to pick from on Saturday night in #LoveTheCov.
Here are a few:
  • Move over Freddy Krueger (Elm Street is so passé), it’s the Nightmare on Madison Street Halloween Bash at Coppin’s at Hotel Covington. For tickets and info, FRIGHT.
  • At Chromo Vino’s GLOW - Halloween Party, organizers are suggesting you grab your “ghoul-friends, your undead (and) your spooky, groovy, zombie selves.” Info, FRIGHT.
  • Braxton Brewing Co. is hosting the Braxton Monster Smash in its taproom, and it’s promising “supernatural suds and oracular oddities.” Or come in the afternoon with the kids for cookie decorating and contests for kids and dogs. Info, MONSTER.
  • Commonwealth Bistro has its All Hallows Ball, featuring “Bourbon Barons, Belligerent Belles, and Bedevilment.” Info, HALLOWS.
  • Or go to Octave, HERE ... Molly Malones, HERE ... City Goat, HERE ... or Gypsys,HERE. 
Kids and IPAs at The Gruff
Tonight at 5 p.m., The Gruff is hosting the Rhinegeist Halloween Party & Tap Takeover (Kid Friendly!) ... meaning, while the kids paint and carve, you get to sip tasty Rhinegeist selections like Ain’t No Tang Sour IPA and Lagazuoi IPA w/ Peaches.
It’s free. Info HERE.
After hours at Left Bank
Join Left Bank Coffeehouse after hours Saturday afternoon (as in after the morning coffee extravaganza) for family fun and celebration of community.
Enjoy the chili, sweet treats etc. Afterward, join the crew walking a few blocks to the Redden Gardens Harvest Festival (see above). Info, HERE.
Then there’s the MainStrasse Halloween Pub Crawl with multiple bars on Friday, HERE... live music all weekend at Madison Live and Madison Theater,HERE ... Halloween Yoga on Sunday morning, HERE ... the “Are You Afraid of Devou?” bike ride Sunday in Devou Park, HERE ... and Intro to Weaving at Baker Hunt on Saturday, HERE.