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Top 9 things to do in the Cincinnati this weekend, March 15-17

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks!

1. St. Patrick's Day

This is a German city, but everyone's Irish on St. Patty's Day weekend. Don't miss the downtown parade, the Washington Park Irish takeover and Mainstrasse's weekend-long tent parties.

Expect to see floats, pipers, step dancers, Irish families and marching bands all throughout the region. And of course Guinness. Lots and lots of Guinness.

Get more info on St. Patty's Day celebrations around the Tri-State at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-st-patricks-day-celebrations-downtown.

2. More St. Patrick's Day

And if you just want to do it your own way, we've compiled a list of the best Irish pubs 'round town for you to make sure you drop in for a pint or two at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/best-pubs-for-st-patricks-day-celebrating

While you're out, don't forget there are beers for St. Patty's Day other than Guinness (although maybe not as good). So if the dark roast isn't your preference, check out our list of nine craft brews that will fit right in to your holiday at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/check-out-these-9-alternatives-to-guinness-and-green-beer-for-st-patricks-day.

Please drink responsibility laddies!

3. Nonstop Irish Music

The Southgate House Revival has put together a mash of Irish tunes, from traditional folk bands to rock & roll groups that just want to be Irish for a day.

From favorites like "Danny Boy" to the Irish pop of "Whiskey in the Jar," this eclectic mix of music will make a perfect Sunday evening end to your long, green weekend.

Find out more details on the jams at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/music-southgate-house-revival-irish-folk-hootenanny.

4. For A Family St. Patrick's Day

This is one you can bring the whole family to: The Irish Heritage Center will be celebrating all things green all weekend long.

On Saturday, the doors open at noon with children's arts and crafts until 5 p.m. All the while, enjoy live Irish music, dancing, Irish food and plenty of green beer to get you through the day.

Festivities continue Sunday with an 11 a.m. mass by an Irish reverend, the debut of an Irish Famine Ship Model, more traditional Irish stew and beverages, with continued music, Irish jigs and a children's parade.

Find more info at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-irish-heritage-center-of-cincinnati-st-patricks-day-weekend.

5. For a non-St. Patrick's Day family weekend - The Circus

This year's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey visit to the Tri-State features dragons. Yes, dragons.

The mystical Dragon Tribes from all over the world will be gathering at U.S. Bank Arena to battle for your hearts and minds in a classic and spectacular setting. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have been at this game for quite awhile now, so families should expect nothing but top-notch entertainment and thrills.

Their tagline is "The Greatest Show on Earth," for crying out loud.

Get ticket and show time info at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-ringling-bros-and-barnum--bailey-present-dragons.

6. Comedian Tommy Johnagin

Johnagin started as a stand up comic at a young age, modeling his desires to be on stage after the great David Letterman.

He'll be performing at the Go Bananas Comedy Club this weekend, and will give you a much needed laugh after a long week.

Get ticket and show i nfo at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/comedy-tommy-johnagin.

7. Solve A Murder

Ever fantasized about being the lead detective in a high-profile murder case? Hamilton County Parks is offering just that, with their Murder Mystery Dinner series this weekend.

An outrageous cast will interact with you to gather clues about a themed mystery and the live performance will be sure to entertain with hilarious innuendos.

Get all the mysterious information you need at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/event-hamilton-county-parks-murder-mystery-dinner-series

8. Be Bountiful

Horton Foote wrote award-winning screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. His 1953 teleplay, The Trip to Bountiful, was about a woman trapped in a cramped Houston apartment where she yearns to return to her Gulf Coast hometown.

That play comes to the Playhouse in the Park this weekend.

Get more info on the show at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/onstage-the-trip-to-bountiful.

9. Art from Charley Harper

Few Cincinnati artists are as beloved as Charley Harper, and Cincinnatians continue to celebrate his legacy in everything from coffee mugs to public murals.

So the opportunity to view some of his original signed lithographs at Hyde Park's Mary Ran Gallery Friday will be a chance to appreciate the work of an original American Modernist up close and personal.

Check out the exhibit's details at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_events/art-charley-harper-exhibition-opening-reception.

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