Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Feb. 23-26

Posted at 2:21 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 08:07:19-05

The Art of Food 

It's all things 1950s at this year's Art of Food benefit at the Carnegie. As WCPO contributor Grace Yek reports, visitors to the annual event can expect to see local chefs and artists wield their talents to bring the '50s to life. 

6-9 p.m. Thursday: $100 general admission ($75 for members). Limited to 200 guests. 6-9 p.m. Friday: $50 ($35 for members). The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington. Tickets available at the Carnegie box office, by phone at 859-957-1940, or online at

'Something Rotten!' at the Aronoff

How do two struggling artists in the 1590s compete with William Shakespeare? They create the world’s first musical -- duh. That’s the plot of the Broadway touring production “Something Rotten!,” which is currently on stage at the Aronoff.

Runs through March 5. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $30-$89.

Sutton Foster with the Cincinnati Pops

Relive some of the best music of Broadway when award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster performs three shows with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the Taft Theatre. Foster will perform songs such as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “If I Were A Bell/Singin' In the Rain,” “Anything Goes” and “I’m Beginning to See the Light.”

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Downtown. $25-$105.

Art After Dark

Get up close and personal with the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor" exhibit during the museum's monthly Art After Dark event. The evening will include live music from DJ ODI, sake drinks, origami making, sushi courtesy of Fusian, a screening of "Seven Samurai," Kendo performances and free admission to the exhibition.

5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Mardi Gras celebrations

'Tis the season for Mardi Gras revelry and beads. First, check out WCPO contributor Julie Niesen's recommendations for local Mardi Gras-inspired eats and events. Then enjoy these weekend events:

  • The Welcome House of Northern Kentucky kicks off festivities with its Mardi Gras for Homeless Children on Thursday. The fundraiser includes music, drinks, food and other attractions. Proceeds will support Welcome House's homeless shelter and other initiatives. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington. $60 individual tickets. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
  • Covington's Mainstrasse Village will host its Mardi Gras celebration this Friday and Saturday. The village's parade is set to start at 8 p.m. Saturday. 5 p.m. Friday through midnight Saturday. Mainstrasse Village, Covington. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

2017 Cincinnati Heart Ball

Enjoy a night of food, music, drink and philanthropy during the American Heart Association’s annual Cincinnati Heart Ball. This black-tie optional event continues late into the night with an afterparty with music by Johnny Clueless and DJ Ron Mixico, party games and favors and a photobooth.

6 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $85 in advance; $100 at the door.

Jungle Jim's Whiskey Trail

Find your favorite sipping whiskey during Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Trail this Saturday. General admission will get you front-row seats for cigar rolling, food by the bite, live music and the chance to take part in Whiskey 101 classes.

7-10 p.m. Saturday. Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim's, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield. $53.25. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Academy Awards watch party

Join Film Cincinnati for its annual Oscar watch party at the Esquire Theatre this Sunday. Enjoy small bites catered by the Eastgate Brew and View, along with a trivia contest hosted by Cindy Patrick from WRRM-FM / WARM 98. Live coverage of this year's Academy Awards start at 5 p.m. Sunday on WCPO 9 On Your Side. 

7 p.m. Sunday. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $15.

Charlie Wilson's In It To Win It Tour

Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson will bring his "In It To Win It" tour to U.S. Bank Arena this Sunday. The tour is part of Wilson's recent release of his album of the same name. Solero will join Wilson on stage.

7 p.m. Sunday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown. $59-$104.