So the Super Bowl and football season are over. What’s a Cincinnatian to do with themselves on the weekend? How about catch some live theater or ballet, drink some beers in Washington Park or visit the Krohn Conservatory’s new floral show?
Need some inspiration? Here are 10 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 18
Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Playhouse in the Park
A comic Catholic tale, Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help follows a day in the life of Linda O’Shea, a teenager in 1973 who outlines one of the worst days of her life — at least in her eyes — and the impact it may have on her family and their reputation in the parish. Told with humor and heart. Through Feb. 27. Tickets start at $35. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Cinderella
Based on the enchanting 1697 fairy tale by Charles Perrault, Cinderella weaves together romance, magic and beautiful costuming on the Music Hall stage. With elaborate sets and a pumpkin that transforms into a carriage, Cincinnati Ballet dancers tell the story of a young woman with big dreams, her prince charming and a couple of evil stepsisters. Thank goodness for Fairy Godmothers. The ballet says audiences should expect to become part of the story. Through Feb. 27. Tickets start at $29. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cballet.org.
My Fair Lady at the Aronoff center
Broadway in Cincinnati brings this classic tale of transformation to the Aronoff stage. Eliza Doolittle, a working-class London flower-seller with a cockney accent and big personality, is taken in by professor Henry Higgins as he attempts to make her over and pass her off as a member of high society. Expect favorite songs including “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” Through Feb. 20. Tickets start at $34. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Brink Brewing Fifth Anniversary
Brink Brewing is turning five and celebrating with a weekend of activities. There will be special high ABV barrel-aged beer releases, live music and College Hill Day on Sunday. The brewery says it will be taking a neighborhood photo at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and to wear “your College Hill Brink shirt, if you have one.” Through Feb. 20. Free. 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, facebook.com/BrinkBrewing.
Saturday, Feb. 19
Folklore of the Forest Floral Show at Krohn Conservatory
“Sacred groves and tree Nymphs, Fairy Rings and the Green Man. Follow the Will O’ the Wisp into the magic and mystery of an enchanted forest,” says the Krohn Conservatory of Folklore of the Forest. The spring floral show takes guests into an enchanted forest filled with fairy tales, folklore and lots of plants. Through March 6. $7 adults; $5 ages 5-17; free for 4 and under. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
Mittenfest at Washington Park
Combat the February winter blues with some 2022 Mittenfest brews. The second-annual Mittenfest outdoor drinking festival includes craft beers, a DJ, food trucks and more. This event takes place rain, snow or shine, and attendees are directed to dress for the cold and sport their best mittens. Washington Park will provide seating areas with propane heaters for guests. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20. $25 admission includes four beers. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Ghost and Volbeat at Heritage Bank Center
Volbeat is touring in support of the band’s most recent album, 2021’s Servant of the Mind, which frontman Michael Poulsen said he wrote over about three months during the pandemic. In a way, you might look at Servant of the Mind as Volbeat’s version of a sourdough starter. Tourmates Ghost will bring their own smart, Dark Rock with a side of sarcasm and spooky makeup to the Heritage Bank Center.Ghost frontman Tobias Forge has said the band’s new album, Impera, dives back into the 19th century and the Victorian Age, but that the devastation and the destruction of all the progress will no doubt seem like he’s holding up a mirror to what our country has been through in the last few years.Twin Temple, a satanic Doo-Wop group, opens the show. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours is required for entry. 5 p.m. doors Feb. 19. $39.50-$99.50. 100 Broadway St., Downtown. heritagebankcenter.com.
Sunday, Feb. 20
Art on Vine
A craft market mingles with craft beer at Art on Vine’s indoor winter market beneath the vaulted ceiling of Rhinegeist’s Over-the-Rhine taproom. Once a small college project, shoppers can now browse the wares of up to 80 local artists, crafters and creators peddling fine arts and handmade goods while sipping on something sudsy. Noon- 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artonvinecincy.com.
Tea Dance at Galla Park
Tea Dance Cincinnati hosts monthly Sunday afternoon dances created for the LGBTQ community and allies. DJs Jay Downs and Identity will be spinning the tunes, and bartenders will be slinging cocktails. There will be dancing and drinking and then an official afterparty at e19 bar and club next to Findlay Market. 4-7 p.m. Feb. 20. Free admission. Galla Park, 175 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, facebook.com/teadancecinci.
Sweet & Savory Stroll at Findlay Market
It may be past Valentine’s Day but Findlay Market is keeping the love going. Celebrate with a stroll tasting sweet and savory bites from local merchants, like raspberry hot chocolate from Maverick Chocolate Co. or a strawberry bagel with chocolate mousse cream cheese from OTR Bagel Bar. Bring a loved one or someone who shares your love for treats as much as you. Make sure to stop for a glass of bubbly, live music and outdoor heaters at Jane’s bar. Purchase tickets in advance online. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20. $12 for 5 sampling tickets and a glass of champagne; $25 for 12 tasting tickets and 2 glasses of champagne. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org.
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