1. Festa Italiana, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Falls River Square, Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls. Free. www.festaitalianacf.com.
No, you’re not crazy (well, maybe) — there was an Italian festival last weekend in Akron. This ain’t that. This is the Cuyahoga Falls Festa Italiana featuring plenty of authentic Italian food, music and even some wine stomping.
2. Fifth annual Alefest, 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. $30 in advance, $35 at the gate; VIP $55 advance, $75 at the gate. www.clevescene.com/cleveland/Alefest2013/page.
Yay, more beer! More than 100 beers to be inexact. If you go, you’ll be able to slam 80 ounces of beers from around the world using your 8-ounce cup and 10 drink tickets. If you really love beer and go the VIP route you’ll be allowed to enter at noon and have access to special beers in addition to the 80 ounces of fun juice.
3. The Cleveland Orchestra presents Porgy and Bess, 7 p.m. Sunday, Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. $25-$85 pavilion, $20 lawn. www.clevelandorchestra.com.
For you classical music buffs, here’s an evening of erudite music highlighted by bits of George Gershwin’s classic American opera. The program will feature Liberty Fanfare and Suite from “Lincoln;” Il Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra; and highlights from “Porgy and Bess.”
4. Toby Keith with Kip Moore, 7 p.m. Friday, Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. $24.25-$89. 330-945-9400, www.ticketmaster.com.
I haven’t seen Keith in a few years, but I have seen him at Blossom several times and I can safely say that if he’s having fun onstage, chances are you’ll be having fun in the audience. It also helps if you’re a fan of Ford Trucks, because they are everywhere on the grounds and onstage.
5. “Jamaican Night Out” Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Cuyahoga Falls, $30, $50 for two, Call Timothy Madden at 330-524-7181.
Mmmmm … Jerk chicken, ox tails, maybe some goat and an open bar (you had me at open bar) featuring Red Stripe and smooth Jamaican rum, with music provided by talented Akron reggae band Umojah Nation. The proceeds will benefit the Biodynamics Foundation, which focuses on locally grown fresh food and job creation.