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Top 9 things to do this weekend in Cincinnati: March 2-5

Posted at 1:42 PM, Mar 02, 2017

Light My Fire Cocktail Party

Come for a fireplace demonstration with Metropole chef Jared Bennett, then enjoy charred nibbles and a fireplace-inspired cocktail, the Juarez. A cash bar is available as well.

5-6:30 p.m. Thursday. Metropole, 609 Walnut St., Downtown. Free. Ages 21 and up. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Enjoy one final evening of Mardi Gras fun at Krohn Conservatory's masquerade ball this Friday. The ball includes live music, appetizers, a fortune teller, beads and masks. Pre-registration is required; no tickets will be sold at the door.

6-10 p.m. Friday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. $15. krohn.cincyregister.com/mardigras

Maroon 5  

Maroon 5 will rock U.S. Bank Arena on Friday along with R. City and Tinashe. The show is in support of Maroon 5's fifth studio album "V." Expect to hear debut single "Maps," which has earned a top 100 spot in 18 countries since its release.

7:30 p.m. Friday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown. $30.50-$126. usbankarena.com

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Calling all wine lovers. The Cincinnati International Wine Festival, located at Duke Energy Convention Center, will bring together winemakers from around the globe, distributors, chefs, wine aficionados and enthusiasts for tastings, food pairings and classes.

Thursday-Saturday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Times and prices vary; for details, visit www.winefestival.com

Bockfest

For 25 years Bockfest has brought something a little funky to Over-the-Rhine with a parade, contests and the German-style beer for which the festival is named. This year will be no different. The Bockfest parade once again will start at 6 p.m. Friday in front of Arnold's Bar & Grill and make its way to Bockfest Hall. Festivities will continue all weekend, including the crowning of a new Sausage Queen on Saturday night.

Friday-Sunday; event times vary. Bockfest Hall, 1619 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. www.bockfest.com

'Considering Matthew Shepard'

"Considering Matthew Shepard," a 90-minute concert by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, will tell the story of the young gay man who 20 years ago was beaten, tied to a fence post and left to die. Shepard’s death led to the 2009 Hate Crime Prevention Act being signed into law by then-President Barack Obama. Learn more about the concert here.

8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston. $30 general seating; $35 reserved seating; $10 for students. www.vaecinci.org

UNITE! International Women's Day Concert

MUSE, an inclusive and feminist choral community advocating for peace and social justice, will perform multicultural lullabies and protest songs honoring women that address inequality in hope of a better future. The group encourages audience members to wear Women’s March hats and other symbols of solidarity and resistance.

7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. The Sanctuary at Community Matters, 2110 St. Michael St., Lower Price Hill. $10-$20. musechoir.org

DAAP Makers Market

Join students and faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) on Saturday for their first Makers Market. Handmade items made by the DAAP community, ranging from prints to jewelry to ceramics, will be for sale.

1-5 p.m. Saturday. DAAP Building on the University of Cincinnati campus, Clifton Court, Corryville. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Scale Model Expo

All aboard for the Scale Model Expo hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society this weekend at EnterTRAINment Junction. The expo will display live steam and model trains, boats, planes and all other types of small model engineering.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Township. Adults, $13.95; seniors, $11.95; children ages 3-12, $9.95; children ages 2 and under, free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.