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Can You Handle this Amazing Weekend in Covington?

This may be the most Covington weekend ever.

Sure, there will be horses running in Louisvlle -- but in Covington, we've got the first ever Running of the Goats!

Plus, there's the big reveal of the parklets, the goodbye to a beloved mural, the return of the Farmers Market, and a favorite art show on the riverfront. Brace yourselves... as a couple Presidential candidates might say, it's gonna be Yooge!

Take a look at what's up!

Curb'd unCOVered

The parklets will finally see the light of day! These artsy mini-parks placed outside of downtown businesses will be an attraction in the urban core for the next six months.

Sponsored by Renaissance Covington and funded entirely by grant money from the U.S. Bank/Haile Foundation, Curb'd will include five local businesses showing off their new parklets.

The event starts Friday at 4 p.m. outside Left Bank Coffeehouse (701 Greenup Street) and then proceeds to the other businesses from there: Inspirado at Madiosn Gallery (715 Madison Avenue), Braxton Brewing Company (27 West 7th Street), Cutman Barbershop (5 West Pike Street), and Stoney's Village Toy Shoppe (pictured above, 323 West Sixth Street).

There will be an after-party at Mac's Pizza Mainstrasse (604 Main Street). 

47th Annual Duveneck Memorial Art Show

It's back! The 47th Annual Duveneck Memorial Art Show returns to George Rogers Clark Park on Riverside Drive with more than 60 artists and vendors, $3,000 in prizes, and plenty of food, drink, and music!

It all starts Saturday at noon and runs till 5 p.m.

Covington Farmers Market opens

It's that time of year again! Get your fresh produce, breads, and other gems at the Covington Farmers Market - which returns for the season Saturday at 9 a.m. on Third Street near the Kenton County Administration Building. 

There will be more than 20 vendors -- and more are being added! Plus, since it's Mother's Day weekend, there are special opportunities for the moms out there, including FREE "Mommy & Me Yoga" with Yogi and the Farmer at 11 a.m., mini massages from Wilson Therapeutics, and bakery gift sets from Buttercup Cake House.

The market is open till 1 p.m. and will run through the summer.

First Annual Running of the Goats

Yeah, it's Kentucky Derby Day, but this is Covington and we're weird. So, we run goats instead.

The famed Goebel Goats - named for the Mainstrasse Village park that they keep tidy and trim - return for the season with a parade through the streets of downtown Covington. It starts Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Farmers Market, heads west on Third Street, north on Madison Avenue, west on Pike Street, north on Russell Street, and then west on Sixth Street all the way to the park. 

The goats debuted to great fanfare in 2015 and return for their second year. They are so popular, hundreds have RSVP'd to attend the Run on Saturday.

If you can't make it down, be sure to turn to The River City News Facebook page for the LIVE streaming. Oh, and if you want to help support the goats this season, you can make a donation here.

Annual Garden Mart

Need a special gift for mom? Head to Trinity Episcopal Church (corner of 4th Street & Madison Avenue) for the Annual Garden Mart.

It runs Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event has been held at this site for the past sixteen years and all proceeds benefit the Gardens of Trinity Episcopal Church. 

Along with a variety of plants and flowers, there will be local vendors on site with creative gift ideas for Mother's Day. Master Gardener volunteers will also be on hand to help visitors find the perfect plant and to answer any questions they may have about the flowers or their own gardens. 

On Friday from 5 p.m.  - 8 p.m., there will be a "Sprouts and Stouts" happy hour. Homemade BBQ dinners and beer from Braxton Brewing Company will be available as well as live music from local band, The Turkeys.

Farewell, Phoenix

The weekend will have a bit of bittersweetness, too. The City of Covington will say goodbye to the large mural, The Divine Proportion of All Things and to Madlot, the colorful parking lot and events space at the corner of 7th & Washington Streets. 

Both will be removed to make way for the large Duveneck Square residential and commercial development that is expected to create more than 170 apartments.

This is a family event that will have kid­friendly activities, live music by local favorite, Kyle Knapp and onsite food trucks. Images by Sadie portrait photographer will be available to capture your family’s FREE portrait with the mural. Since it’s Derby Day, Braxton Brewing Co. will be right next door with all sorts of Derby fun.
A brief ceremony with remarks from Renaissance Covington, ArtWorks Cincinnati, community partner Be Concerned, Mayor Sherry Carran, and more. Mural artist Tina Westerkamp will be available for a meet and greet and signed commemorative prints will be available for purchase.
The event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.