Listen to scrappy bands while munching on a weenie, for which you can choose from among 50 toppings, from gourmet (black truffle) to, er, less gourmet (peanut butter and jelly); in the Gordon Sq district.
Home to the Reds – pro baseball's first team – Cincy is a great place to catch a game thanks to its bells-and-whistles riverside ballpark. The Brewery Bar near section 117 pours loads of local beers.
The Ohio State Buckeyes pack a rabid crowd into legendary, horseshoe-shaped Ohio Stadium for their games, held on Saturdays in the fall. Expect 102,000 extra partiers in town.
The acclaimed Cleveland Symphony Orchestra holds its season (August to May) at Severance Hall, located by the University Circle museums.
The Cavaliers play basketball at 'the Q,' which doubles as an entertainment venue. All is well here now that LeBron James has come home.
The Columbus Clippers (minor league team of the Cleveland Indians) bats at this stadium downtown. Games are inexpensive and a blast.
Several stages comprise the elegant center, which hosts theater, opera and ballet. Check the website for $10 to $20 'Smart Seats.'
The acoustically pristine Music Hall is where the symphony orchestra, pops orchestra, opera and ballet hold their seasons.
The Indians (aka 'the Tribe') hit here; great sightlines make it a good park to see a game.
The Bengals pro football team scrimmages a few blocks west of the ballpark.