Oktoberfest, Gaga & ‘Scandalous Hamiltons’

COVINGTON, Ky. – As weekends go, this weekend looks like a mighty good one, with plenty to do by way of a festival with ample good beer (and more), a party and a market with lots of local art to peruse and purchase, celebrities to celebrate, authors telling good stories, and musicians making good music.

So, get out there and enjoy yourself.


If you think the weddings are lavish these days, how about a wedding celebration that involved multiple days of drinking, feasting, and horse races?

More than 200 years ago, when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810, that’s exactly how it played out. The ceremony was so much fun that folks decided to turn it into an annual celebration (sans bride and groom).

And over time, people stopped caring if it’s actually October because, as the festival grew longer the starting dates were moved to September, because the days were longer and the weather was warmer.

Oktoberfest, that time-honored celebration, returns to MainStrasse Village on Friday. Come raise your stein to German culture with live music from local artists, local food, beer, and art.

Something to go gaga over

Get ready for a night of all things Stefani Joanne Angelina Germonatta.

That’s right, an evening devoted to the talented, charismatic, artistic chameleon of stage, screen, and song, none other than Lady Gaga.

Maybe Gaga at Creative House of Design (CHAD) on Friday will feature Lady Gaga-themed cocktails, a craft, and a live performance. (No such thing as too much Gaga, right?)

Get a ticket in advance for $10 on the CHAD website or wait and pay $15 at the door. (Worth every nickel).

End of summer artisan market

It’s Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop’s last Local Artisan Market of the season on Saturday.

Stop by and chat with local artists and peruse their work inside the shop or outside at the corner of Scott and 8th St.

Stories that travel

You know that old saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words?’ There’s truth in that and you can experience at the Traveling Panel Exhibition that begins Saturday at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library.

 “Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature” is an exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum that features 12 panes with 120 reproduced illustrations.

It’s the first major museum exhibition devoted to art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books and emphasizes the power of illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience. This is one exhibit not to be missed.

‘Scandalous Hamiltons’

If you haven’t been able to score some good seats to see “Hamilton” at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, be sure to get to Roebling Point Books & Coffee on Saturday to get a good seat to hear a story about another Hamilton.

This one’s rather, let’s say … salacious.

Through personal correspondence, court records, and sensational newspaper accounts, author Bill Shaffer gifts a detailed account of the scandal surrounding Robert Ray Hamilton, great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton in his book “The Scandalous Hamiltons.” (We’re talking a beautiful con artist, an abandoned baby, deception, a stabbing, and provocative newspaper headlines. (How is this story not played out on the stage, right?)

Shaffer will discuss and sign copies of the book. Should be a true crime buff’s dream event.

Party for the arts

The online bidding for paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more began weeks ago, and now, on Sunday, it’s time to come out to Behringer-Crawford Museum for freshART’s party and live auction.

It’s the 30th year that the museum has celebrated the artistic talents of the region with its annual freshART party and auction. The event raises funds for youth education programs while giving art collectors a chance to purchase new art that was created “fresh” en plein air by local artists in Devou Park.

A portion of the sale of each auctioned item goes to the artist, and the balance is donated to the museum to benefit area children through BCM’s educational programs. Buy something nice for yourself and you’ll be supporting artists and children.

Live music

Tonight: Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. … Sonny Moorman at Smoke Justis. … Open Mic Night with Mara Moon at Pandemonium. … Magic City Hippies with Okey Dokey at Madison Live.

Friday: Blood Royal Family, BoozeLords & Skunkdog at Madison Live Rooftop. … Harley Poe at Madison Live.

Saturday: The Blender Bash, Roadrunner TB Live at Madison Live. … Marc & Doug at Smoke Justis.

Sunday: Rooftop Sessions at Braxton Brewing Company.


Tonight: Covington Pickleball at Sen. Gus Sheehan Shelter in Devou Park. … Yoga in the Grove at Rotary Grove in Devou Park. … Future Galileo’s Program at Devou Park Bandshell

Friday: Go With Glo, Ride to Action for Gloria San Miguel at Lil’s Bagels (Afterparty at Wunderbar).

Saturday: Covington Parks & Rec’s Meditation Series at Rotary Grove in Devou Park. … Covington Farmers Market at Roebling Point. … MainStrasse Village Food Tour. … Book Release & Signing: “Yonder – Tales from an Outdoor Life,” by Ron Ellis at Roebling Point Books & Coffee.

Sunday: Kickoff in The Cov: Pregame Tailgate at Keystone Bar& Grill. … Sunday Football at the Yard at Covington Yard.