From bridal shows and swap meets to the Vinoklet Art Festival and Wine Tasting and Yoga Aid World Challenge Cincinnati, there’s lots of fun and free events happening across the Greater Cincinnati region this weekend.
Alabama Game Watch Party, 3:30-6 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, Blue Ash. Join other Alabama alumni, fans and parents to cheer on the Tide for 2012 football season. Bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Free. 513-733-3473; www.bamacincinnati.com.
Bird Walks, 8 a.m., Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. Look for resident birds. Dress for weather and meet leader in Rowe Woods parking lot. Nonmembers pay daily admission, free for members. 513-831-1711; www.cincynature.org.
Kentucky Dragon Boat Festival, 7 a.m., A.J. Jolly Park, 100 Lakeview Drive, Alexandria. Races begin 8:15 a.m. “Paddling for the Pink.” Boat-racing event. Top teams and individual fundraisers will receive great prizes. Food vendors available. Live music throughout event. Benefits breast centers of St. Elizabeth and the Kentucky Thorough-breasts. $5400 per team; free spectators. 859-391-7020; www.p4ca.org.
Open House Week: Free Dance Classes, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Third Floor Studios, Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Linwood. With Ballet Theatre Midwest. Prospective students try trial classes and learn about unique programs. Free. 513-520-2334; www.ballettheatremidwest.com.
Step Up Cincinnati, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Park, 1225 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Region’s largest student-planned, student-run day of service. Organized by UGIVE, non-profit organization on mission to catalyze, excite and empower next generation of volunteers. Free. Registration required. 513-791-0306, ext. 8023; www.stepupcincinnati.org.
Vinoklet Art Festival and Wine Tasting, noon-10 p.m. (1-7 p.m. Sunday), Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Juried fine art and fine crafts for purchase, music, food, beer and award-winning wines. Tours available. Rain or shine. Grape-stomping contests Saturday. No coolers, food, drinks or tables. Ages 21 and up. Free. Through Sept. 9. 513-385-9309; www.vinokletwines.com.
Who Dey Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Meijer Hyde Park, 4825 Marburg Ave., Hyde Park. Tailgate party and entertainment. With Ben-Gal Cheerleaders and Who Dey!, Cincinnati Bengals mascot. Enter drawing to win tickets to a game. Free. 513-458-2400.
Anderson Center Bridal Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. More than 30 wedding vendors to help plan your day. Register to win four-hour reception at center including dance floor and table linens. Free. 513-688-8400; www.andersoncenterevents.org.
Artworld, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. Experience energy of creative, family-friendly space. Connects to Art Museum’s collections and special exhibitions through touchable objects, books, interactive displays and hands-on art making activities. Free. Through Aug. 31. 513-721-2787.
Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Cincinnati’s Black Brigade, 5:30 p.m., Schmidlapp Event Lawn, Smale Riverfront Park, Mehring Way and Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. Information booths. 5th Independent Battery of Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery fires cannon during ceremony and concert. Costumed interpreters portray prominent leaders in Cincinnati and country during Civil War. Food concessions available for purchase. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and food basket. Concert by Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Free. 513-357-2604.
Cruise In/Car Show, 1-4 p.m., Atrium Family YMCA, 5750 Innovation Drive, Franklin. All antique, customs, street rods, vintage, classic and special interest vehicles regardless of year. Free registration, free food. Trophies awarded based on people’s choice. Includes music. Bring canned good for donation for local food pantry. Benefits LifeBridge Christian Church. Free. 513-505-2155.
GM Car Show and Swap Meet, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. Open to Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, GMCs, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs: 30 classes with 70 awards. Rain or shine. Registration 9 a.m.-noon. $15 registration, $3 park entry; swap spaces: $10. 513-231-2797; www.eastgateclassicchevyclub.com.
Loveland Art Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave., Loveland. More than 75 artists competing for awards totaling $2,000. Free. 513-683-1696; www.lovelandartscouncil.org.
Yoga Aid World Challenge Cincinnati, 2-3 p.m., Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Mount Lookout. Worldwide yoga relay. Some 20,000 people in 20 countries united to raise funds. Benefits Yoga Aid. Free, pledges encouraged. Registration required to participate. 513-807-0658; www.yogaaid.com/usa/registernow.
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