This weekend is for arts, music, wine and costumes.
The path not taken: Ever wonder what life might have been like if you had moved to New York after college instead of Mount Adams? This is the play for you. “If/Then” is a modern-day musical that follows a woman along two possible life paths. It's playing at the Aronoff Center for the Arts through Sunday.
Now through Sunday. Aronoff Arts Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. For ticket prices and showtimes, click here.
Dancing in the pale moonlight: What could be more fun than wine, winter and a festival named after the Roman god of the grape harvest? The annual Bacchanalian Society’s Winter Tasting takes place Thursday night at Music Hall. Even better, the event also benefits Girls on the Run.
7 p.m. Thursday. Music Hall Ballroom, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $15/person pre-sale, $20 at door. http://bacchanaliansociety.com/events/
Party down in Covington. Now in its 20th year, the Mainstrasse Village Mardi Gras promises a lot of fun and beads this weekend. The village off of 4th Street will have music, contests and parades. The bars will also be open for revelers to enjoy a drink or two, with no cover charges.
9 p.m. Friday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Mainstrasse Village, Near 4th Street, Covington. Free. Get more information here.
Heat up your weekend with the blues: Head down to the Phoenix on Friday and Saturday to hear some of the best blues north of the Mississippi delta at this year’s Cincy Winter Blues Fest. The Nick Moss Band, Tullie Brae and Carolyn Wonderland headline the list of 32 musicians on the bill.
Friday and Saturday. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown. $45 for both days at the door. Get more information here.
What the firkin?: Moerlein Brewery will host its first cask festival, Super Firkin Saturday, on Super Bowl Eve at the Moerlein Malt House taproom. Fifteen craft brewers will participate in the event designed to celebrate experimentation in craft beer.
2-6 p.m. Saturday. Moerlein Malt House, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. Free entry, but ticketed event for beer purchases. Get more information here.
Hip-hop on ice: Lace up your skates and take a trip back in time with a '90s hip-hop throwback skating party at the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square. The event benefits MORTAR, a Cincinnati entrepreneurship hub. And may your moves be smoother than mine.
5-9 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Fountain Square, Downtown. $6 admission, $4 skate rental. Get more information here.
Chase the cold away: Vodka A Go-Go, hosted by CityBeat, promises to warm things up with 18 different brands of vodka, food from A Catered Affair and modern dance tunes inside the Bertke Electric Warehouse.
8-11 p.m. Saturday. Berke Electric Warehouse, 1645 Blue Rock St., Northside. $30-$65. Get more information here.
Get your motor running: OK, bikes, their builders and craft brews all under one roof sounds cool as hell. That’s why it’s totally worth going to the Garage Brewed Moto Show at Rhinegeist this Saturday. Hosted by the Cincinnati Cafe Racer club, people nominated more than 110 bikes to be judged in contest categories, and that number was narrowed to 50.
5 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Get more information here.
Mask up: Mardi Gras is fast approaching. What better way to celebrate than with a "MASKerade" and fundraising event? This one benefits the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation. Head over to the 20th Century Theater on Saturday for fun before Fat Tuesday arrives.
7:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. $75. Get more information here.