Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend (Feb. 13-Feb.16)

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

1. Celebrate the Cincinnati brewing renaissance at the Winter Beerfest

It gets bigger and better every year and this year is no exception.

The 2014 Winter Beerfest includes more than 100 different breweries and more than 365 different beers. Those beers will include a strong local contingent thanks to the explosion in growth from local brewers.

Thousands of people are expected to take part and organizers say the event has grown into a true regional presence, drawing people from across the country.

In addition to the beers, this year will include food and beer pairings, book signings, homebrew demonstrations, live music and more.

It will also host the annual All-American Homebrew Competition by the Cincinnati Malt Infusers Homebrew Club.

VIP tickets are still available online and at a variety of bottles shops and venues across the Queen City. Organizers have also pulled together a variety of food vendors to delight the gourmand in your group as well.

The event runs Friday and Saturday at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati. The doors open early for VIP ticket holders at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. for regular admission.

For more information, go to

2. Embrace the weird world of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Through January and early February, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s (CSC) production of Hamlet captivated audiences.

Two minor characters, Hamlet’s college chums Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, watched from the sidelines. 

In Tom Stoppard’s 1967 play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the pawns become the central characters, while Prince Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, King Claudius, Ophelia and others wander by.

It’s a quirky take on a classic -- now a classic itself. At CSC, the same cast that played Shakespeare’s great tragedy is now enacting Stoppard’s existential comedy with two befuddled clowns trying to make sense of their perhaps fictional lives.

The show runs Thursdays through Sundays through March 9. For tickets and more go to:

3.  Indulge in the royal drama of ‘Diana, A Celebration’

The Cincinnati Museum Center brings the legacy of Princess Diana to the Queen City in Diana, A Celebration.

This traveling exhibition chronicles to life of the late Princess of Wales through nine galleries containing 150 objects ranging from her royal wedding gown and designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings, home videos and movies. 

The exhibition is on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s ancestral home, and will be returning to England after the Cincinnati showing.

This is the final stop for Diana, A Celebration, which has been touring the world since 2003.

The event runs through Aug. 17 at the Cincinnati Museum Center. For hours, showtimes and ticket prices, go to: .

4. Party on with Hopsin

Marcus Hopson -- the 28-year-old DIY rapper better known as Hopsin -- got his start with legendary Hip Hop imprint Ruthless Records, but the relationship soured and the MC left the label under contentious circumstances (something he’s seemingly comfortable with, having dissed the likes of Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator and a plethora of others on record).

Hopsin (visually known for the spooky white contact lenses he sports in concert and photo shoots) formed his own label, Funk Volume, and took full control over his musical identity, from production to music video editing. 

That’s when his career started to really take off, with Hopsin scoring a spot on XXL’s esteemed “Top 10 Freshmen” list in 2012 and working regularly with modern independent Hip Hop icon Tech N9ne.

In November of last year, Hopsin released his biggest album to date, Knock Madness, which masterfully showcases the artist’s blend of ferocious Funk and fierce, creative flows with a compelling lyrical approach that ranges from balls-out wildness to deeper emotional musings to hefty doses of humor.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at Bogart’s in Corryville. For tickets, go to: .

5. Grab a tasty treat at the Taste of Northern Cincinnati

While it may seem like Northern Cincinnati tastes a lot like the Olive Garden (or IKEA meatballs), there is much more culinary action going on in our outer ’burbs than chain restaurants. 

The fifth annual Taste of Northern Cincinnati is out to prove just that with a day of feasting on dishes from more than 30 restaurants and caterers including Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, Puffins Bistro and Desserts, Velvet Smoke BBQ, WG Kitchen and Bar, Rail House and more.

There will also be entertainment, face painting and more family-friendly fun all day. 

The fun starts at noon Sunday and tickets range from $20 for adults to $5 for children. For tickets, a discount and more, go to: .

6. Watch a Cincy native hit the big time

“I kind of felt like I hit a plateau material-wise

for a while,” comedian Josh Sneed says. “I was paying attention to too many other things and wasn’t writing enough.” 

Indeed, the Cincinnati native became a father, started a successful T-shirt enterprise (Look at Me Shirts and Cincy Shirts), and started doing social media for a major national brand.

His focus has returned to stand-up though, and he says 2014 will be a very busy year in that regard. 

“I believe my stand-up’s stronger than it’s ever been, and that’s been reflected at some of my recent shows.”

His second CD, Unsung Hero, will drop March 11.

The show runs Thursday through Sunday at the Go Bananas club in Montgomery. For tickets and more, go to: .

7. Find a furry new friend for Valentine’s Day

My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event, will feature more than 500 adoptable pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, rats, mice, ferrets and amphibians) from more than 40 different rescue and shelter groups from around the Greater Cincinnati area.

With everyone under one roof, it becomes easy to find your perfect pet. 

Every adopted animal will go home with a pet supplies goodie bag, a free collar and leash and will be entered to win an adopter raffle basket.

Head to to see profiles of some of the adoptable animals. 

The event runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Alcott and Flexi USA, Inc. Distribution Center at 8494 Firebird Dr. in West Chester.

8. Callin’ all the not-so-single ladies

Congratulations, ladies. You’ve got the ring, now what? 

The Bridalrama Winter Showcase is here for you to make those wedding planning anxieties disappear.

At Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s leading bridal and wedding planning event, you’ll get the opportunity to meet national and local business professionals with exhibits on bridal gowns, cakes, florists, photography and much more. 

Don’t miss out on the latest wedding fashion trends during their runway shows at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tickets are $10 and more information can be found at .

9. Bring the family and hike on in for the Appalachian Culture Fest

Appalachian Culture Fest explores all things Appalachian through two days of food, handmade crafts, dance, storytellers and live music from the likes of Youth in Bluegrass, Goodle Boys, Randy Barger and Peas In a Pod.

You’ll also get the chance to see a live clogging performance and the Crossroads dance team in action.

There is something to keep everyone in the family entertained all weekend long.

The event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Cincinnati Museum Center. For more information, go to: .

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