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. Flying Pig Marathon is here!
More than 33,000 people are expected to participate in the 15th annual Flying Pig Marathon this weekend. The 26.2-mile course loops around the city. Whether you're running the full or half marathon or want to know what streets will be closed off this Sunday we've got all things covered for you on our special Flying Pig section here (http://www.wcpo.com/generic/sports/Flying-Pig-Marathon-Course-Maps).
2. Flying Pig offers free 15th anniversary concert
In honor of the 15th running of the Flying Pig Marathon, race organizers have planned a full weekend of activities, including a free concert by Foxy Shazam as Smale Riverfront Park after the inaugural Little Kings Mile Race on May 3.
Acts include Four Square Jack, Foxy Shazam, Tracy Walker Band, Blues Merchants and more. Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/flying-pig-offers-free-15th-anniversary-concert for details.
3. Kentucky Derby
Thousands will flock to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, but for those who aren't able to make the trek, there are plenty of ways to celebrate at home. Whether you're hosting a Derby party or watching the race with your family here is a list of recipes for all your Derby needs: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/lifestyle/food/kentucky-derby-recipes.
4. Cinco de Mayo on the Square
The 10th annual Cincy-Cinco fiesta, a family-friendly event that showcases Latino culture, values and traditions, returns to Fountain Square this weekend.
The event honors the anniversary of Batalla de Puebla, which is commemorated on May 5. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
There will be food, live music and dance in addition to activities for kids. Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cincy-cinco-on-fountain-square) .
5. Tri-State Antique Mall
The Tri-State Antique Market opens this weekend at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds for its 28th season. With an average of nearly 3,000 shoppers and more than 200 dealers at each show, the market is the largest regularly scheduled gathering of antiques and vintage dealers in Indiana.
Shoppers will find antique and vintage items at all price points, and all items are at least 30 years old and out of production.
6. Comedian Chris Porter performs at Go Bananas
Comedian Chris Porter loved the rush he felt the first time he tried stand-up comedy on a whim, and he hasn't stopped since . Humor was big part of a young Porter's family, and he was constantly trying to make his parents laugh. He decided to go to an open mic, but only in support of a friend who wanted to try it.
He is now a headlining comic and has appeared on "Last Comic Standing," as well as "Comedy Central Presents" and "Live at Gotham."
Porter performs at Go Bananas this weekend. Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-chris-porter-performs-at-go-bananas) .
The Cincinnati Art Museum's wildly popular 2010 exhibit, "Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns," showed more than 50 gowns from the late 18th century to modern day and spawned a book as well as a traveling exhibit. If you happened to miss that show or are interested in taking a look at some more matrimonial works of fabric art, visit the Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Ind.
Their current exhibit, "A Century of Brides," features bridal gowns from 1850-1950 on display throughout the 1855 home, which has been decorated to reflect a wedding theme with flowers, cake, vintage photographs and more interspersed between period furnishings.
8. Photo exhibit features Tri-State landscapes
The huge stone quarries that hide in the landscapes of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are strange things, monsters of ruggedly carved-out negative space that — when abandoned and filled with water — attract illicit swimmers and divers.
The surreal beauty of the quarries, wet and dry, also attracted Los Angeles photographer Elena Dorfman. Her exhibit opens at the Phyllis Weston Gallery this weekend.
9. Essex Studios 'Bloom' Art Walk
More than 120 artists have put down roots and blossomed at Essex Studios for the free BLOOM Art Walk. Many painters, photographers, jewelers, graphic designers and sculptors will showcase vibrant colors and floral images to highlight the spring/summer theme.
Get working in the virtual garden yourself at Studio 188, where DIY Printing and guests from Higher Level Art will invite visitors to help create a wall mural or T-shirt.
Interested in joining the fun? Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/essex-studios-bloom-art-walk.
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