Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Sept. 24-26 – The Cincinnati Enquirer

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1. Kings Island's Halloween Haunt

Voted 2021's "Best Theme Park Halloween Event" in the country by USA TODAY readers, Halloween Haunt is an immersive scare-fest filled with hauntedmazes, scare zones, live entertainment and hundreds of horrifying creatures lurking through the fog, looking to make your worst nightmares a reality. In addition, coasters and other thrill rides will be operating. Haunt activities start at 6p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 30.

Since Halloween Haunt is not recommended forages under13, families with tweens and younger kids can hit the park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays for HalloTween and Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. HalloTween features spooky-fun haunts for young scare-seekers without the fear of running into gruesome creatures, andFall Fest includes costume contests, crafts, games, food, activities and all the park's rides and attractions. Kings Island is located at6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.visitkingsisland.com.

Located next to the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds, this haunted attraction has different levels of scare-ability.The Haunted Hayride is a low-medium intensity haunt suitable for ages 8-up, where you'll take a one-mile ride through a haunted cornfield on a tractor-pulled wagon. The next level isZombie Assault, a five-minute high tech ride in a simulator bus where you try to survivethezombie apocalypse.This attractionissuitable for ages 10-up. The Forgotten Forest ramps up the fright factor during a 20-minute walk through the woods, and Psychosisfindsdisturbing scenes of horror as you wind your way through a dark, maze-like pathway trying to find a way out. These two high-intensity attractions are for ages 13-up.

Brimstone Haunt is located at 525 Brimstone Road, Harveysburg. It'sopen7 p.m. Friday and Saturdaythrough Oct. 30. $50 fast pass combo, $30 combohayride and forest; $18 hayride, $17forest, $11Psychosis, $7Zombie Assault.brimstonehaunt.com.

Friends, we are spoiled for choice this weekend when it comes to Oktoberfest celebrations. Here are a few highlights:

St. Cecilia Oktoberfesttales place 5-9 p.m. Friday and5-10 p.m. Saturday at 3105 Madison Road, Oakley. Also opening Friday isSt. Jude Oktoberfest,5924 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown. Hours are 6:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday and noon-9 p.m.Sunday.Sonder Brewing's Oktoberfestreturns this year featuring live music, games, vendors, food and lots of regional craft breweries bringing German-style beers to sample. It runs from10 a.m.-midnight Saturday at 8584 Duke Blvd., Mason. (sonderbrewing.com). The new kid on the block is Loveland Oktoberfest, running 4-10 p.m. Friday and 4-11 p.m.Saturday in downtown Loveland. Highlights include stein hoist and lederhosen competitions, weiner dog races and live music.(lmrchamberalliance.org).

After playing only a few performances to rave reviews from audience and critics alike, "Pipeline" was sidelined the day after it opened in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Now thisportrait of parenthood, education and the experience of young Black men in Americareturns to the Ensemble Theatre stage. The winner of the 2018 OBIE Award for Playwriting, this drama follows Nya, an inner-city public high school teachercommitted to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities theyll never have. When an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost?

Written by acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau and starring Sharrell D. Luckett as Nya and Jay Wade as Omari, "Pipeline" opened earlier this week and runs through Oct. 16. Times are as follows: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.Ensemble Theatre is located at1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine.$35-up. ensemblecincinnati.org.

It's the last Friday in the month, which means it'sFinal Friday time! At Pendleton Art Center (1310 Pendleton St., Pendleton), you'll findover 250 artist studios open to the public for art fans and collectors to view and purchase original art directly from the artists themselves. This month features an art auction on the eighth floor, and the artist of the month is Jess Sheldon in studio 512. It runs from 5. to 9 p.m.andisfree to attend, withvalet parking available for $5 at the door. pendletonartcenter.com.

A short strollfrom PAC is Art Attack Cincinnati atBraxton Brewing Co. (331 E. 13th St., Pendleton), where local artists will have artwork for sale, plus live music, a selfie machine and, of course, plenty of qualitybrews. It runs from 7 to 11 p.m. facebook.com/artattackcincinnati.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati celebrates Final Friday with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. forthree new exhibition openings. Metal is an exhibition of works by Keith Benjamin; Heavy Heavy, No Mistakes features recent works by AAC alum Anna Christina Sands; and Home Sweet Home is a group show by students of AAC's Exhibition Studio class. All three openings are at Chidlaw Gallery, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. artacademy.edu.

In East Walnut Hills, Manifest Gallery kicks off its 18th season with three unique art openings. It's Painting Biennial launches in all five galleries, featuring 58 works of painting by 40 artists in 20 states. Aquachrome is a biennial survey of watercolor, and the third opening is a solo show of paintings by Jason Bly of Wichita Falls, Texas. The openings takeplacefrom 6 to 9 p.m.at2727 Woodburn Ave. Exhibits run through Oct. 22. manifestgallery.org.

This festival brings artists and communities together to explore Jewish and Israeli cultural heritage in an approachable way. Enjoy food, art, music and cultural activities from traditional to contemporary, religious to secular, Jewish and non-Jewish. Ish Festival takes place6 to 11 p.m. Saturday and11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Renowned Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu headlines Saturdaynight. Tickets to see Matisyahurun$36-$200.ishfestival.org.

Great Outdoors Weekend showcases nearly 100 outdoor events all free for the whole family to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs throughout Greater Cincinnati. Explore hiking and biking trails, take an archaeological site tour, enjoy free pedal boat rentals, learn canoeing and camping skillsand more. See the entire listing of fun, family-friendly activities happening Saturday and Sundayat greatoutdoorsweekend.org.

This inspiring collaborative between award-winning musicians and Episcopalian church leaders features genre-bending original music that bridges jazz, hip-hop and bluegrass. Led by Nashville pianist and composer Kory Caudill, the multicultural team includes Baltimore hip-hop artist Wordsmith, Genesis and Frank Zappa drummer Chester Thompson, and several Cincinnati-area guest artists. The concert makes a stop in Cincinnati at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown. Tickets start at $12. eventbrite.com.

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