This is the time of year when there are plenty of outdoor activities celebrating Fall and the upcoming Halloween holiday.
The list below doesn’t include everything, but highlights some of the bigger activities throughout Hamilton and Butler County. Good news as far as weather goes … sunny skies throughout the weekend with highs in the low-80s each day.
Seven Bridges Road Concert: The Eagles tribute band performs at RiversEDGE Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. Begins at 6:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/7bridgesband
Friday, Sept. 26
Miami University Hockey Fan Appreciation Pep Rally: The second annual fan pep rally for families and students is from 6-8 p.m. at Goggin Ice Center, 620 S. Oak St., Oxford. Free.
An Evening of One Acts: Fairfield Footlighters performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. Tickets are $14. (513) 867-5348; www.fairfieldfootlighters.org
Side by Side by Sondheim: Middletown Lyric Theatre musical at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. MLT is located at 1530 Central Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $15. (513) 425-7140
Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Twp. Open 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday for $9 per person (kids 2 and younger are free). www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com
Saturday, Sept. 27
Barn-N-Bunk Fall Festivals: The farm market opens its grounds for fall celebrations each weekend at noon-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Family event includes cider making, a kiddie tractor pull and more. Free.
St. Ann Oktoberfest: Second annual German-themed event at St. Ann Catholic School, 3064 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton. Events from 6-11 p.m. include music, food, games and more. Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/154234804768429/
Jack O’Lantern Junction: EnterTRAINment Junction kicks off its family Halloween activities on this day, and they run through Nov. 2. Includes a trick-or-treat maze, kid-friendly ghosts, skeletons and more. Prices vary. www.entertrainmentjunction.com
12th Annual Art Fair: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum hosts its annual art fair at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per vehicle. www.pyramidhill.org
Pioneer Days: DeWitt Log Homestead, 4824 Oxford Road, Oxford. Free event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday includes pioneer crafts, demonstrations, games from the 1800s and food. Free. Online at http://oxfordmuseumassociation.com/properties/dewitt-homestead.
The Dolphin Tale: Free showing of the movie “The Dolphin Tale,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Hamilton Lane Library, 300 North Third St., Hamilton. www.lanepl.org
Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd Concert: Band performance at RiversEDGE Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. www.facebook.com/events/461959097264031/
Band-O-Rama: 38th annual event at Hamilton High School, 1165 Eaton Ave., Hamilton. Multiple area bands compete and perform beginning at 5:15 p.m. Ticket prices vary. More details at www.hamiltonhighband.org/band-o-rama.html.
Operation Pumpkin: Festival in downtown Hamilton through Oct. 5. Little Miss Pumpkin contest, local artisans, food vendors, pet parade, rides, live music and more. www.operation-pumpkin.org
Blood Brothers musical: The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre performs its first show of the season, a musical called “Blood Brothers,” through Oct. 12. Tickets are $17 and are on sale ay (513) 737-PLAY or www.ghctplay.com.
Behind the Gates of Greenwood: A historical walking tour through Greenwood Cemetery, 1602 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton. Tours are 1.5-hours long from 3-6 p.m. A guide takes groups on a leisurely stroll through the cemetery and re-enactors tell stories in period costumes. Registration required, tickets are $5. (513) 603-9105.
5K Haunted Trail Run: A benefit for the Animal Friends Humane Society shelter on Princeton Road. 10 a.m., Honey Tree Stables, 3150 Lanes Mill Road, Oxford. Free parking. $30 preregistration, $40 on race day. Register at www.raceentry.com/races/honey-tree-stables-haunted-trail-run/2014/register.