CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks.
1. Reds season is here!
For some Cincinnatians the first pitch on Opening Day at Great American Ball Park signifies the start of spring in the Tri-State. The Reds are back in action with three home games in time for the weekend, as the Redlegs take on the Washington Nationals.
With temperatures rising to the mid 60s, a Reds game makes for the perfect weekend outing whether you're looking for a family night out or an evening with friends.
For all things Reds related and for the latest game information visit our Reds section of WCPO.com here: http://www.wcpo.com/subindex/sports/baseball/reds .
2. Taste of the World Food Tour
Not only can Findlay Market provide you with an eclectic taste of Cincinnati, they now offer a Taste of the World food tour. This 20-person tour leads you around the market on a little foodie adventure.
Starting at Daisy Mae's on the Race Street end of the market, you'll get a brief introduction to Findlay Market and then wind your way around, stopping by six specialty merchants for some worldy bites, sips and a bit of history.
Participating merchants may include Fresh Table, Churchill's Fine Teas, Mama Lo Hizo, Dean's Mediterranean Imports, Dojo Gelato, Taste of Belgium and more.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/taste-of-the-world-food-tour) .
3. Monster Jam at U.S. Bank Arena
Ah, there's nothing quite like the smell of crushed car chassis and burnt diesel in the quiet hours before dusk. What, you agree? Good. Then come on down to U.S. Bank Arena this weekend to watch the glorious Grave Digger — the most illustrious and famous monster truck in America — destroy everything in his path.
The action-packed Monster Jam mixes racing with stunts and demolition in an over-the-top car-crushing spectacle and, as an added bonus, offers a Pit Party (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday) where fans can get autographs from all the drivers.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/monster-jam-at-us-bank-arena) .
4. Guided ghost tours at Music Hall
Do you happen to be someone who can be described as one of the following types of people? 1) Obsessed with all four (and counting) Paranormal Activity films; 2) Can't get enough of Casper, the Friendly Ghost; or 3) Wondering why Halloween is still half a year away? If any of these statements define you, then Cincinnati Music Hall feels your freaky pain.
To help feed your fetish, Music Hall is teaming up with Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies to offer three Fridays full of paranormal entertainment.
Don't miss out on this scary opportunity. Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/guided-ghost-tours-of-music-hall) .
5. The Western Wildlife Corridor Wildflower Festival
Flowers and plants and crafts, oh my! The Western Wildlife Corridor Wildflower Festival is back for its seventh year and blossoming into something huge. Spring will be in full swing in the College of Mount Saint Joseph's gymnasium with more than 40 vendors and many activities for all ages to participate.
Adults can purchase native wildflowers and plants and learn how to attract butterflies to the garden while kids participate in hands-on crafts and play a variety of games.
6. Comedian/actor Rob Schneider performs in Newport
A few years ago, Rob Schneider was on the set of "Grown Ups." His friends and co-stars in that movie — Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock — insisted he start doing stand-up again. At the behest of his buddies, he hit the road, but not without trepidation. "It was frightening," he says. "I hadn't done it in a lot of years."
You wouldn't have known that based on his last appearance in town, which included a solid mix of social/political humor, observational jokes and general silliness.
The actor/comedian returns to the Tri-State this weekend to perform at the Funny Bone in Newport. For ticket information visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-rob-schneider-performs-in-newport .
7. Ten Commandments scroll opens to public at Cincinnati Museum Center
One of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls in existence is on display in Cincinnati this weekend for a limited time.
The Ten Commandments scroll is on display for only 17 days at the Cincinnati Museum Center. It will join 10 other scrolls in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit.
The 2,100-year-old Ten Commandments scroll is one of only two ancient manuscripts to feature the commandments, a foundation of Jewish and Christian religions.
Catch this exhibit before it's gone! For more details visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/ten-commandments-scroll-opens-to-public-at-cincinnati-museum-center .
8. Zoo blooms and tunes!
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's annual Zoo Blooms show is back. The zoo is one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, and Zoo Blooms offers one of the largest flower displays in the Midwest.
Focused on tulips — there are more than 100,000 tulips in the Bloom's "Tulip Mania" — visitors will also see more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs in full, exploding color.
The Tunes & Blooms series also returns as part of Zoo Blooms. Every Thursday in April local musicians take over the garden for a live, free concert starting at 5 p.m.
For more information on admission and show times visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_central_cincinnati/downtown/zoo-blooms-is-back .
9. New exhibit at Visionaries & Voices
The current exhibition at Visionaries & Voices showcases the drawings of Kathy Brannigan and Rob Macke and smartly incorporates elements of installation. "Up, Up, Up and Up" features Brannigan's and Macke's works in subtle white frames against backgrounds that provide additional layers for understanding the artists' works.
The curatorial concept of Up is related to Brannigan and Macke's "interest in objects and spaces above [their] heads," and, for Brannigan, that is manifested in her depiction of flying objects.
Friday is the last chance to catch this exhibit. Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/up-up-up-and-up-at-visionaries--voices) .