Swimming, the stars & gardens

COVINGTON, Ky. – Just in time to counter the sweltering heat, Covington pools open on Saturday and kick off a summer of robust activities in The Cov.

But that’s not all the fun-filled Covington Parks & Recreation team has in store this weekend. There’s also another in a series of mini-festivals and an evening of gazing at the moon through the team’s behemoth telescope.

We link to the recently released 2024 Parks & Rec Program Guide below. So while you’re checking out the details for events we’ve listed in this #Weekend article, you might want to scroll through the entire guide to get a jump on the rest of the summer. Your kids will thank you. (Warning: There’s a LOT, because Parks & Rec works really hard to make it all happen.)

Mini party, big fun

Covington Parks &Rec’s June Mini-Fest tonight at Randolph Park is done in partnership with Kenton County Public Library and celebrates the start of summer with fun stuff for the whole family.

Cool off with a free Kona Ice (while supplies last), meet new friends at a petting zoo, explore a world of books with the Library on Wheels, and unleash your creativity with arts and crafts.

Turkey tunes

Live music at Behringer-Crawford Museum is back with tonight’s Music@BCM Presents The Turkeys.

Get a good seat and listen to this local band that moves through traditional Bluegrass, rock, and classic country genres. The Turkeys have a couple of albums featuring their original music, too. 

Weather permitting, the concert happens in BCM’s outdoor amphitheater, so bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. If it rains, the show will move indoors.

Stretch and release

Breathe in the calm, breathe out the stress.

If you’re looking for a way to relax at the end of the day, tonight’s Yoga in the Park at Devou Park’s Rotary Grove is just the thing to help you let go of all that weighs you down.

It’s all part of the free Yoga in the Park Series that’s sponsored by a partnership between the City and the Kenton County Public Library. Show up with your yoga mat, water bottle, and a desperate desire to release.

Nine private gardens

Saturday’s 2024 Covington Garden Tour at Old Seminary Square will take you through nine private gardens nestled in the Victorian homes of the Old Seminary Square neighborhood. (Which sounds like one might catch a glimpse of Virginia Woolf weeding the beds at Monk’s House.)

Not only will you enjoy the visual and sensory delight of beautiful gardens but you will also be doing good for an important organization. A portion of the tour’s proceeds will benefit The Point Arc, which provides opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them reach their highest potential educationally, residentially, socially, and vocationally.

Turn your eye to the sky

Get ready to gaze at the moon on Friday at Covington Parks & Rec’s Astronomy Night at Randolph Park, David Housley Shelter. (Page 4 in the Guide)

You’ll be over the moon with the incredible night sky views you’ll have through the Division’s seriously big telescope. Throughout the summer, you’ll get to see things like meteor showers and even a glimpse of Saturn.

Splash season

North of the river, “Opening Day” means a parade and the Redlegs. But when the heat is high and school is out, here in The Cov we know the really important “Opening Day” happens this Saturday.

Opening Day of the Pools (page 7) is here at last when Randolph Pool and the Latonia Splash Pad & Water Park officially open for the summer season. Swimming is free for Covington families with a City-issued pass. Doors open at noon. Parks & Rec will be giving away popsicles at Randolph Pool from noon until 2 p.m. and in Latonia from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also get information on the City’s Swimming webpage.

Sugar & grease, in a circle

Friday is National Donut Day, and here’s something we bet you didn’t know:

According to a 2009 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the annual day got its start in 1938 as a fundraiser for The Salvation Army in Chicago, which both wanted to help families suffering during the Great Depression and to honor the organization’s “Lassies” who’d served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

In other words, you don’t have to feel bad about killing your diet with those jelly-filled, cream-filled, icing- and sprinkle-topped circles of sugar, grease, yeast, and/or cake.

And they’re especially guilt-free if you patronized a Covington business. Here in The Cov, we know of two Donut Day events:

  • Moonrise Doughnuts in Latonia is holding its Doughnut Day Extravaganza from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., complete with hot dogs, balloon animals, soft-serve ice cream and of course Moonrise’s awesome varieties.
  • Also, Braxton Brewing Co. is teaming up with Graeter’s National Donut Day, complete with donuts, hot and iced coffee, and of course your favorite Braxton drafts. It starts at 8 a.m.

Memory maps

On Saturday, Visionaries + Voices artists Rob Bolubasz and Courttney Cooper will inspire participants of The Carnegie’s Saturday Workshops and Walkthroughs: Spatial Memory Mapping.

You’ll create abstracted “memory maps” on paper using colored markers, ballpoint pens, and collage materials. What’s a “memory map?” It’s an artistic technique to record your own stories, thoughts, and memories. (Pretty cool, right?)

Visionaries + Voices education staff and teaching artists will facilitate a brainstorm of ideas using visualization and sketching to get the process started. Those sketches will them be turned into more realized drawn representations of spaces remembered and cherished by each participant.

Live music

Tonight: The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … Basspushers Presents Experiences at The Rooftop at Madison Theater … The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis.

Friday: Ally Venable with the Howard Brothers at Madison Live … Matt Tolentino at Juniper’s. … Leroy Ellington at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: Dizgo & Chalk Dinosaur at Madison Live … The Gimlets at Juniper’s.


Tonight: Thursday Thirsty Bingo at Frosthaus.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at 425 Madison Ave. parking lot … MainStrasse Village Food and Culture TourScarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck at OSS Garden TourSecond Saturday’s Pop Up Market at Smoke Justis … Ocean Serenity: Bracelet Design & Creation Class at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop.

Sunday: Now Volumes 1 – 10 Music Bingo at Frosthaus … Salsa Sunday on the Rooftop at Braxton Brewing Co.