Celebrate Halloween, NKY Style

Northern Kentucky can be a spooky place. With a long history and neighborhoods that date back to the Civil War, the region holds many tales of roaming ghosts and gruesome events that will send chills up your spine.  

Here is a sampling of what awaits you here, as the weather grows colder, and the spirits come out to play. Links to all the events can be found here.  

Nightmare ships and haunted fields 

The USS Nightmare docks in Newport this time of year. It’s one of the area’s longest haunted tours (over 30 minutes), inviting brave and foolhardy guests to explore two full decks of pure horror. 

Sandy Acres Farm is a charming place to visit in the daytime. At night, though, it gets a lot creepier. Come for a hayride through haunted fields—if you dare. 

For kids 

To get the kiddos involved in something more than just trick-or-treating, take them to the free Halloween Hoopla at Behringer-Crawford Museum. They can do a seasonal craft, march in the costume parade and more. 

For fans of LEGO, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center is hosting Bricks, Tricks and Treats, a LEGO convention with a Halloween theme.  

Talk to dead people 

Falcon Theatre and Dinsmore Homestead Museum have teamed up to create a rare opportunity to talk with six costumed actors who are portraying people from the Homestead’s past. All the characters are based on their actual lives, letters and journals. It’s kind of like a historic version of “Sixth Sense.”   

Take a spooky tour 

Tickets are still available for the Halloween date of the Spooky Secrets Tour. This 2-mile walk past haunted houses, creepy historic sites and cool shops was created by the author of “Secret Cincinnati” and the writer for the NKY Art Tours website. It’s the perfect way to start your Halloween celebrations. 

For more Halloween fun, as well as details on the events listed above, please visit NKY ArtQuest’s Halloween roundup

About the author:  

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY. 

Boozy Milkshakes in Bellevue

We finally made it to Nomad after seeing so many mouth-watering social posts!  A product of pandemic-times, its opening may have seemed like a sleeper, but Nomad should be at the top of your list for picture-worthy boozy milkshakes!

A great place to gather with friends

nomad interior entry

Located at 225 Fairfield Avenue, the outdoor patio space is cute, comfy, and conducive to gathering.  And the interior of the restaurant is no different.

nomad lounge area interior

We loved the lounge area room, complete with a trunk full of board games.  I could totally hang out here, drinking milkshakes and playing games til my heart is content.  We opted to sit inside during our visit since the outside temperature exceeded 90 degrees, but we can’t wait to return and have a shake on the patio.

nomad interior tables

Food at Nomad

Those who’ve ever shared a meal with me know that my eating habits are like those of a child.  No, really, my young kids (8, 6, and 3) all eat more healthily and more adventurously than I do.  So when I heard about Nomad and their menu of tacos, tater tots, and milkshakes, my eyes lit up.  I mean, what a combination!  And combinations they have–all with witty menu names.  Being a lover of words, I took several minutes to just read the menu and giggle at the plays on words.

nomad cincinnati chili tots

After much debate, I settled on the Naughty Nati tot basket.  A nod to Cincinnati-style chili, this would be a great way for visitors to sample the Cincinnati delicacy if the thought of chili on spaghetti repulses them.  It’s literally tater tots smothered in Cincinnati-style chili and topped with onions, mustard, and cheese.  While the cheese was a bit different than the traditional shredded cheddar you’d see from Skyline, Gold Star, and the like, the Naughty Nati tots were tasty and exactly as I expected they’d taste.

nomad tacos

My friend ordered the blanco taco (smoked chicken, mozzarella, onion and pico) and the Korean BBQ taco (Korean style short rib, mozzarella, onions, house-made kimchi) and enjoyed both.  While they may not be the top pick if you’re looking for traditional tacos, they’re certainly a solid choice.  And when the hankering hits for tacos and tots or tacos and milkshakes–you know where to go!

Milkshakes at Nomad

nomad milkshakes

Drumroll, please…. The moment we’ve all been waiting for–the boozy milkshakes!  The menu names of these are all so cheeky! (S’more than a feeling, Oreo speedwagon, Dough you want me baby, Go Nutell-it on the mountain, etc.)  But the shakes are serious business.  So. Good!

nomad milkshakes

My friend opted for the “Ba-Duh Duhduhduh Duh-Dumdum! Tequila!,” a lemon sorbet blended with Jose Cuervo tequila & blueberries, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.  I sampled hers and it was incredible!  Much more of a berry base than I expected from the description, which I loved.  It would be perfect on a hot day, sitting on the patio.  So refreshing!

nomad milkshakes

If you’re like me and looking for a more “traditional” milkshake, there are several options.  I opted for the “Build me up peanut butter cup,” which is ice cream blended with bourbon, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce & peanut butter, topped with whipped cream, Reese’s Cups, Hershey bar, and cherry.  Yum–what’s not to love?!  One of the best milkshakes I’ve ever had!

And if you aren’t into milkshakes, they also have several other cocktail options, including margaritas, sorbet spritz, hot toddy, Kentucky mule, and more.

If you’re looking for a different dessert option, I’m intrigued by the tot fudge sundae–cinnamon sugar tossed tater tots, three scoops of vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli chocolate & caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and a cherry. I have never seen a concoction quite like that on a menu anywhere else and it sounds appetizing!

Explore Bellevue

nomad outdoor patio

Once you’ve gorged enough on the treats at Nomad, you can saunter over to Darkness Brewing across the street, or venture down Fairfield Avenue to explore more of Bellevue.  From the cute shops, other restaurants & bars, and chill patios (think Three Spirits Tavern, also a B-Line stop!), there’s plenty to do to keep you entertained in Bellevue!

Written By: Dot Crane, MeetNKY

NKY Urban Home Tour takes you Beyond the Curb

Beyond the Curb, Northern Kentucky’s popular urban living tour, offers an insider’s look at properties in Covington’s Old Seminary Square and West Side neighborhoods. The tour is on Sunday October 3 from 10:00-4:00. Everything Cincy readers will get exclusive savings with the promo code EVERYTHING.

During 2020 and the first part of 2021, the Catalytic Fund, the host of Beyond the Curb, switched from in-person tours to a video series of more than 30 episodes.

With COVID safety guidelines in place, people can feel safe to come beyond the curb in Covington.

The one-day, self-guided tour features 13 properties, including historic homes, artsy renovations and modern apartments. As always, the tour stops include an intriguing mix of completed and in-progress projects that offer ideas and inspiration for anyone interested in architecture, interior design and the urban lifestyle.

Early bird tickets are $15 and are available online at www.BeyondTheCurb.org until Saturday, October 2. Use promo code EVERYTHING to save 10%. Tickets will also be available for purchase for $20 on the day of the tour, either online or at the registration area at OKOTA Wedding Design, 266 W. Pike St. in Covington.

Tickets include admission to exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of 13 interesting properties, entry to win the “All Things NKY” raffle basket and free parking at nearby locations. All ticket holders will start their tour at OKOTA Wedding Design, where they will receive their wristband, tour booklet and gift.

Covington’s West Side and Old Seminary Square neighborhoods offer an intriguing blend of old and new. On the tour, guests will stroll down tree-lined streets, coming upon community gardens and charming little parks. One-of-a-kind eateries and stunning public art also contribute to the vibrancy of this area.

The tour is presented by Comey & Shepherd Realtors and the Catalytic Fund. For more information and to preview the featured properties, please visit www.BeyondTheCurb.org.

About the author:

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Celebrate Labor Day in NKY

By Jill Morenz

First off, we’d like to offer our gratitude to all the workers out there—THANK YOU! Your efforts are always cause for celebration, especially on Labor Day.

Northern Kentucky is cooking up a lot of fun for this weekend. We hope you can join us!

Fireworks

The tradition of Labor Day fireworks over the Ohio River began in 1977. Some of the best places to watch those beautiful explosions are in NKY.

  • Purple People Bridge: Be among the special folks who get primo views from the bridge. Tickets are still available for the Boom on the Bridge party and include live music, food and drinks and a parking pass. Learn more here.
  • Newport on the Levee: The Bridgeview Box Park will be rocking before, during and after the fireworks, along with the rest of this popular entertainment destination. Many of the Levee’s businesses are offering specials, along with live music and popup activations all day long. Check it out here.
  • BB Riverboats is welcoming passengers for a dinner cruise ending with fireworks viewed from the river. Book a spot here.
  • The new Covington Plaza runs along the murals painted on the floodwall near the foot of the Roebling Bridge. It has seating similar to the serpentine wall in Cincinnati and is a great place to watch the fireworks. See below for the BBQ Festival that will be there over the weekend.
  • Devou Park’s overlook in Covington and the Bellevue Beach Park are also excellent places to set up chairs and enjoy the view.

BBQ Festival

The Smoke on the River BBQ Festival is this weekend, from Friday through Sunday. A great lineup of live music will provide the soundtrack for the delicious menu options that include traditional barbeque, as well as unusual dishes like smoked brisket tacos, pork ‘n cheese and BBQ surf ‘n turf stuffed pretzels. Learn more here.

Comedy Show

The Brewery Comedy Tour brings top-notch comedians to Wooden Cask Brewing Co. in Newport, KY. You can decide which of their craft beers pairs well with hysterical laughter. Get the details here.

Symphony in the Parks

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the No Promises Vocal Band for two free shows around the theme “boy bands.” Sing along to nostalgic tunes from the Beach Boys, Temptations, NSYNC and more. On Saturday, they will be playing at the bandshell at Covington’s Devou Park and on Sunday they’ll be at Fort Thomas’ Tower Park. Get more info here.

Cute Caboose

Ludlow’s Train Viewing Platform has a new attraction—a decommissioned caboose that will be a permanent fixture there. Join the party to welcome the cute red newcomer, with live music, food and drinks, book signings and more. See the details here.

For more fun ways to celebrate Labor Day, NKY-style, you can visit NKY ArtQuest’s list of activities here. Don’t forget to celebrate your own hard-working self this weekend!

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Gotta Get Some Goetta

By Jill Morenz

Goettafest provides tasty fun for the whole family

Forget Christmas and your birthday, if you’re a fan of goetta, that Cincinnati specialty, this weekend is the best time of the year. It’s Goettafest!

When & where

Glier’s, the sponsor of the festival, is going all in to celebrate their signature product. The festival will be spread over two locations, Newport and Covington, and span two weekends, July 29-August 1 and August 5-8.

Grab a “shuttle boat”

Queen City Riverboats will shuttle folks from Festival Park to and from Covington Plaza. You can purchase a “ride all day” wristband for $5 and kids 12 and under can ride for free.

Fun for everyone

The festival will be very family-friendly, with live music, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, slot cars, axe throwing and more.

If you want to prove your dedication to all things goetta, you can even participate in the Goetta Spirit Contest.

Beyond the patty

Expand your taste horizons with the inventive dishes created by participating chefs. For example, you can try:

  • Donut sandwiches with goetta and egg
  • Goetta nachos
  • Goetta corndog
  • Curry goetta over fries
  • Goetta quesadilla
  • and a goetta brownie—do you dare??

If you love goetta or are curious about it, satisfy your cravings and curiosity at Northern Kentucky’s Goettafest.

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Best Tacos in Covington, KY

You’ve seen our lists of best tacos in Newport and Florence, but when in Covington, the delicious taco options are endless!  Whether you’re at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for an event, or just in town staying at one of the Covington hotels, you’ll want to include tacos for at least one meal.

several tacos lined up from agae and rye in covington ky

Agave & Rye

Agave & Rye seems like it’s boomed lately, with a total of nine locations, but Covington was the original, the OG, the epicenter of epic-ness.  

two baskets of chips in front of artwork on wall with cups of salsa, guacamole, queso at agave and rye in covington ky

Start with the incredible dips–from the guacamole to the queso, you can’t just try one.  They’re all delicious.  And the chips are house-made.  Expert tip: If you like a softer/fluffier chip, or just want to try it once, ask your server if you can have the flour tortilla chips.  They typically come with the pimento cheese dip, but man, they’re delicious with the queso! 

grilled corn at agave and rye in covington ky with pitcher of margaritas in background

The elote is also incredible, and those margaritas are where it’s at!  They use premium tequila and you can definitely taste the difference.  During happy hour (MWRF 3 p.m.-6 p.m.) and all day on Taco Tuesday, the OG margaritas are $6… and worth every penny.

agave and rye patio

Speaking of Taco Tuesday, the specials at Agave & Rye are incredible.  In addition to the margarita special, they also feature $3 chips and queso, and taco specials running from $2.50 to $4.  And these tacos aren’t just your typical tacos… They’re double-shelled (a crunchy wrapped in a soft–so it holds the crumbles) and the flavor combinations are amazing.  My personal favorite is the Bees Knees, but there are still a few on the menu I want to try–Kangaroo, anyone?!

A table full of tacos, queso, red glasses, with funky art on the walls in the background at Agave and Rye in Covington, Ky.

If you’re not into tacos, there are many other options on the menu, including egg rolls, burger and chicken sandwich, sticky cauliflower bites, Brussel sprouts, Irish Nachos, corn fritters, Lo Mein, and more!  You won’t regret a meal here.  And don’t miss their sister restaurant next door, Papi Jocho’s, serving up Mexican street dogs!

Gutierrez Deli

Gutierrez Deli exterior

First and foremost, Gutierrez Deli is a small family-owned and operated Hispanic store located in Covington, near Mainstrasse Village on Lee Street.

Gutierrez Deli store

First open in 2012, Gutierrez Deli quickly became a gathering place for Covington’s growing Latino population.  The deli features a huge selection of imported products from Central America and Mexico… and they happen to also sell incredible tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, and more on a carryout basis (there are some sidewalk picnic tables out front).

Gutierrez Deli tacos

The tacos are incredible.  The ingredients are so fresh and authentic… and can be “Americanized” with cheese added.

Gutierrez deli food

On the weekends, the menu at Gutierrez has additional offerings… Sergio (the son of owner Claudio Gutierrez) suggests trying the mole poblano that is his grandmother’s recipe.  We can’t wait to try it!

Gutierrez Deli food

When you don’t want anything fancy, just incredibly good food, head to Gutierrez Deli.

Olla Cov

exterior street corner of olla in covington ky

Speaking of Sergio, he branched out from his father’s deli and opened his own restaurant earlier this summer, Olla Cov.colorful mural on interior wall of Olla in covington, ky

Unlike Gutierrez Deli, which is carryout only, Olla features some indoor dining space, as well as an outdoor patio.  Not unlike Gutierrez Deli, the food is incredible.

taco, birria taco, quesadilla at olla covington ky

From Birria tacos, chicken tacos, quesadillas, elote, and nachos, everything we ate was delicious.  I must say, I didn’t order any rice, but tried my friend’s and it was some of the best rice I’ve ever had.  Definitely going to order it next time! 

basket of nachos with guacamole in covington ky at olla

These nachos, though, stole the show.  All three of us were digging in and admiring all the fresh ingredients.  I usually don’t like beans or guacamole on my nachos, but with these, you can’t go wrong!  Our server told us to try the Guti Fries, which are similar to the nachos, except with a bed of French fries… sounds delicious!

hallway and bar seating at olla covington ky

Read our full review of Olla Cov here.

Zapata Cantina

zapata exterior

Located on Madison Avenue in Covington, Zapata Cantina opened in the midst of the pandemic in the fall of 2020.  They serve a traditional handmade Mexican experience in a modern, industrial space.

zapata interior seating 2
zapata interior seating

The interior is beautiful.  And so is the food…

zapata chips and queso

Don’t leave without ordering the queso fundido appetizer.  At $12, some may wonder if it’s really worth it.  Trust me, it is.  The chips accompanying the queso are equally delicious, so start every meal here with this app.  

zapata margarita

Our waiter told us the lime juice for the traditional margarita is fresh-squeezed in-house daily and wow–you can definitely tell the difference!  The margarita was delicious… we couldn’t wait to get to the food!

zapata entree

My coworker ordered the chicken sopes, served on handmade corn disks.  The portion was great and everything was so fresh.  But man, those handmade corn disks steal the show.

zapata tacos

I ordered the del mar (tempura shrimp, spiced candied pecans, cilantro, cabbage, honey chipotle) and al pastor (pork, cilantro, onions, and pineapple) tacos.  Wow–each was so different from the other and other tacos I’ve had, making me confident that Covington can support the several taco restaurant options out there.

zapata outdoor sign

A neat note about Zapata is that their seafood is flown in fresh daily–our waiter said they don’t even have a freezer!  The shrimp on my del mar taco was delicious and the taco itself could’ve served as a dessert with the spiced candied pecans.  Definitely an A+!

Frida 602

Frida's patio

Located in Mainstrasse Village, Frida 602 features a tequila & mezcal bar and Latin street food.  Owned by the same people as Otto’s and The Standard, it’s no surprise that Frida is top-notch.

frida 602

In addition to the beautiful art throughout, Frida features some cool hangout spots like picnic tables and  foosball on the sidewalks.

frida 602 queso

And speaking of incredible queso, this one gives Zapata a run for their money as my personal favorite in the city.  Both are amazing–this one adds corn.  I will gladly eat either.  😉

Frida's Taco
frida 602 tacos

The above tacos are delectable, and you can get chicken tacos for $2 on Tuesdays.

Frida 602 server

I personally have not had their margarita (yet), but have heard it’s incredible.

Frida 602 taco window

And a drumroll for one of the best things to come out of Covid…….. The Frida taco window!  Grab them to go or hang out in the village–can’t go wrong with a meal from Frida 602.

 

Taqueria San Miguel

Taqueria San Miguel exterior

An unassuming storefront on Madison Avenue, Taqueria San Miguel offers authentic food at great prices.  

Taqueria San Miguel interior

If you miss Taco Tuesday, be sure to catch Taco Wednesday here–$1.99 tacos and Modelo or Corona for $2.99.

Taqueria San Miguel

The tacos are delicious–and choices include carne asada, chicken, tongue, chorizo, barbacoa, carnitas, or al pastor.  Yum!

taqueria san miguel

They also have a great selection of tortas, huarache, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, soups, and Mexican plates.

El Valle Verde Taqueria

el valle verde exterior

Located in Mainstrasse Village next door to Piper’sEl Valle Verde is a perfect spot to satisfy your taco cravings. 

el valley verde tacos

From top to bottom, barbacoa, shrimp, chicken, and fish–all incredibly delicious and fresh!

valle verde food tacos

The location is close to my office, so I’ve dined here multiple times and they always serves up fresh food with quick service.

valle verde patio

To me, one of their best assets is their outdoor dining space.  It’s just like eating on the front porch at grandma’s house, plus you get to participate in one of my favorite pastimes–people watching!  Mainstrasse is a great place for people watching and the front-porch patio at El Valle Verde is a great spot for it!

Django at Covington Yard

Strings of white lights hanging over Covington Yard, filled with seated people and a dog.

If you haven’t made your way to Covington Yard yet, what are you waiting for!?  It’s dog-friendly & family-friendly, has plenty of outdoor TVs and a stage for DJs and bands, and also has some excellent people-watching.

covington yard

Comprised of a former fire hall and group of shipping-container restaurants with a nice view of the Roebling Bridge area, Covington Yard is a popular local hotspot.  

frozen slushy drinks at Covington Yard

They also feature a full bar, serving up some delicious slushy drinks in addition to all the regulars.  Slushy drink flavors include froze, bourbon sangria, bourbon slush, or a frozen margarita.

Covington Yard food

The food at The Yard includes Mr. Bulgogi, Yard Bird, Hangry Omar’s, and Django Western Taco number three, which cranks out delicious tacos.  The first Django opened in Northside in 2012 and the second inside Kroger Downtown OTR Food Hall.

Django tacos Covington Yard

Django’s menu includes carnitas, carne asada, fried chicken, shrimp, and Brussel sprout taco options as well as chips, salsa, queso, guacamole, and churros.  And it’s all mouth-watering!

As you can see, Covington has a strong taco scene.  Eat your favorite before or after the Reds or Bengals game, during your next business meeting, for date night, or for a weekend people-watching session with your besties.  You can’t go wrong with this list!

Early Learning Fun in NKY

Stories, letters, nature & sensory play appeal to young kids 

Northern Kentucky has a wealth of fun learning opportunities for young children. They love to spot letters and identify colors. They can be completely still as they squat down to observe a passing snail or spend hours running, jumping and climbing. 

We’ve pulled together many of the ways that our region integrates teachable moments into our environments and encourages curiosity. 

Story Walks 

Imagine reading the first page of a story with your child while standing under a shady tree in a park. For the second page of the story, you walk together along a path to a sunny flower bed. The third page is located near a playground. As you read the story, you stroll from page to page through the park until the story ends. This experience is called a Story Walk and there are quite a few to be found this summer in Northern Kentucky. Find the entire list here

Ground Games 

Hopping, pointing and laughing are rewarded when kids do the fun activities provided by Read Ready Covington. The organization created large stickers that have been placed in Covington parks, at playgrounds and even inside a laundromat. The stickers are printed with objects and ideas for playful learning. Find them at places like Randolph Park, Devou Park and Leo Foster Ballfield. The stickers don’t last forever, so some of the locations may change as they are removed and replaced. 

Alphabet Hunts 

As part of its goal to increase the number of kids who start kindergarten ready to read, the City of Covington has installed complete alphabets, in the form of pink and yellow signs, throughout five of its neighborhoods. Each sign has a word (apple, volcano, yarn), an image and the encouragement, “You found a word. Now find another!” Some of the signs have Spanish words, as well.  

Families can pick up a free map and passport-style checklist at the city building to start their hunt. When the passport is completed and turned in, the child will receive a free Tshirt. 

Nature Encounters 

Little kids love to learn about the plants and animals they see in their neighborhood. Two of the top nature educators in the area take it several notches up, providing immersive fun for families. 

In Covington, Behringer-Crawford Museum’s NaturePlay is a self-contained, accessible outdoor area that offers kid-sized log cabins and caves, a climbable wooden flatboat, a spot to dig for fossils and gardens planted with native flowers and shrubs. 

AJ Jolly Park’s Environmental Education Center in Alexandria is filled with wonders. Kids can get up close and personal with fish and turtles, watch birds flit around nearby branches and even examine the poop from various animals (an exhibit that always leads to giggles). After they’ve learned everything they wanted to know, they can walk the trails outside. The center is open all year and there is always something to see in the surrounding landscape.  

Public Libraries 

Northern Kentucky residents are fortunate to have such robust early childhood programming and resources available at our local libraries. From story time and science for tots to the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, families can rely on the friendly librarians to engage their children with fun, educational activities. Check out the programs at Boone CountyCampbell County and Kenton County

If you’ve got young kids and you live in NKY, you’re in a good place! 

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY. 

Artisan Markets in Cincinnati

  The Cincinnati area has many markets scattered throughout almost every neighborhood and they all offer a variety of different things for everyone to enjoy!  Most of them are outdoors and have plenty of things to engage in for the whole family!  A lot of them have local food and support small businesses, while highlighting community involvement!  There are a ton of opportunities for artist to sell their work and meet with the public at these markets and we know just the ones to check out this summer!

The City Flea

This urban flea market is a crowd pleaser and is in one of the most beautiful parts of Cincinnati!  This market is located in the historic Washington Park right in front of the mesmerizing Music Hall.  The market is head once a month and they have dozens of vendors from craft makers to community organizations, and startup businesses.  They have anything from vintage wears to contemporary art, and much, much more!  Make an entire day out of visiting the City Flea!  There is so much to do in the park for kids and adults!  The water feature is a perfect way to cool off from the heat and the patio bar is an excellent place to grab a drink and relax!

http://www.thecityflea.com/

Second Sunday on Main

In the art district of Over-the- Rhine you can experience a lively and fun celebration of creativity down Main street on every second Sunday of the month at this stellar market!  This market has a wide range of artists and local businesses to support and meet with!  The Art Academy of Cincinnati is usually there with their artists, instructing workshops for people to join in on.  There are performances, live music, and lots of food trucks to choose from!  This market gives off a block party vibe for people of all ages to have a fun time at!

Art on Vine

This market started as a class project and evolved into a popular market that showcases artists, craft makers, and many local businesses that we love!  The market is at different locations and always keeps you excited for the next one!  Some of the locations include Fountain Square and Rhinegeist Brewery.

https://www.artonvinecincy.com/

Second Saturdays at CampSITE

CampSite Sculpture Park is one of our favorite places that hosts community driven events and there markets on Saturdays are absolutely lovely!  Explore the park while shopping for local art and supporting small businesses! For more information on how to be a vendor visit their website! http://campsitesculpturepark.com/

Written By: Christen Collins

Season 2 of Beyond the Curb: River City Living – Popular YouTube series showcases NKY homes

When COVID-19 prevented the Catalytic Fund from hosting their in-person Beyond the Curb tours, they instead produced a series of video home tours, featuring a variety of homes in NKY’s urban river cities. Season 2 of the series has kicked off with an episode about a 1920’s house on a ridge in Bellevue.

The ten episodes of this season will give viewers an exclusive peek inside some noteworthy properties, including a landmark building in Covington, an urban gardener’s cottage in Dayton, an “upleveled loft” apartment built inside a former Newport department store and a Ludlow condo with big personality.

Watch the series here. New episodes come out on Fridays. Stay tuned for an in-person tour planned for the fall.

Written By: Jill Morenz

5 Best Tacos in Newport, Ky

Newport, Ky., is bursting with delicious options for one of our favorite food groups: tacos.  Some are obvious, some more of a hidden gem.  Keep reading to create your personal must-try list or rekindle your love of old faves.

La Mexicana Newport

La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda

One of the most authentic Mexican restaurants you’ll find in Northern Kentucky, there’s good reason La Mexicana was chosen one of the top Mexican restaurants in the Cincinnati area by Citybeat readers.

la mexicana Newport exterior

In the heart of Newport’s Monmouth Street, you’ve probably driven past it a thousand times.  Next time, be sure to stop in for piping hot chips, corn truffle tacos, or pumpkin flower tacos.  

La Mexicana Newport

While you’re there, don’t forget to stock up on your favorite grocery supplies in the tienda.  
la mexicana tienda newport grocery

But good luck replicating the goodness of their food from your own home–it never turns out well for me.  😉

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Cancun Mexican

Looking for tacos (and margs) with a view?  Look no further than Cancun in Newport.  Only a couple blocks from Newport on the Levee, Cancun (and its awesome patio) has some excellent riverfront dining.

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You can’t go wrong with the Speedy Gonzales (pictured above), which is under $6 at lunchtime.  They also have excellent fajitas!

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And while their sister location on Monmouth Street in Newport is equally as delicious, you just can’t beat those Cincinnati skyline sunsets from the riverfront patio.

Diners enjoying view of Cincinnati from Cancun Mexican restaurant

 

Rio Grande

Guys, this is one of those if you know, you know type of places… But don’t be surprised if you have to wait on a Friday or Saturday night.  Don’t let Rio Grande’s Carothers Road strip-mall exterior fool you–it’s that good!

Everything I’ve tasted at Rio Grande has been delicious, including the tacos, and the portions are very generous–often enough for leftovers for the next meal! 

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Photo by Yelp user Cindy G.

And when it comes to salsa, I’m certainly not discriminatory, but I think theirs may be my current favorite.  Yum!

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Taqueria Nogal

Located in Dayton, Ky., just down the street from Newport, Taqueria Nogal may be the area’s best kept secret.

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You never know day by day what may be on the menu, or what the day’s special may be, but no matter what it is, I can tell you that it will be delicious!

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Nomad

Located in Bellevue, Ky., Nomad is fairly new to the scene, but definitely a strong contender of the best tacos in the Newport area.

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There are eight different varieties of tacos on their menu, including Korean BBQ, buffalo chicken, and the Patata, which includes tater tots, the restaurant’s other speciality.  If your group loves tacos, tater tots, and a cool patio, Nomad is definitely a good choice for your next night out!

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Written By: Rebecca Banks, Brand Identity Manager for MeetNKY