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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: April 19-22

Posted at 3:55 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 00:21:48-04

'Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China'

You won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see China's iconic Terracotta Army without having to travel halfway around the world. The Cincinnati Art Museum will exhibit a collection of the ceramic warriors, first discovered in Xi'an, China, in 1974, starting Friday. Learn about the army's history and its journey to the Queen City in this exclusive story by WCPO visual journalist Emily Maxwell.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 11-8 p.m. Thursday; closed Monday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. $8-$16. Exhibit runs through Aug. 12. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Running of the Goebel Goats

'Tis the season for the annual Running of the Goebel Goats through the streets of Covington. Watch the goats race their way to their summer home in Goebel Park beginning at 6 p.m. Before the goats make their move, enjoy a day of local food, craft vendors, live bands, a plant sale, craft beer and children's activities.

2-6 p.m. Sunday. Hellmann Creative Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Covington. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Earth Day OTR

Love your mother (earth) on Sunday during the annual Earth Day celebration at Washington Park. The celebration will feature live international music, food and drinks, eco-friendly goods for purchase and activities for children and adults.

Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Platinum Comedy Tour

Some of today's top comedians will visit U.S. Bank Arena on Friday when Mike Epps, Rickey Smiley, DeRay Davis and Tony Rock bring the Platinum Comedy Tour to Cincinnati. Epps is known for hosting HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," his own stand-up specials and acting roles, including in the "Friday" film franchise. Smiley hosts the award-winning "Rickey Smiley Morning Show," actor-comedian Davis hosts VH1 game show "Hip Hop Squares" and Tony Rock, the younger brother of comic Chris Rock, hosts "The Game of Dating."

8 p.m. Friday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $63-$79. usbankarena.com

Classical Roots: Under One Roof

Celebrate an evening of Cincinnati's rich African-American musical heritage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir on Friday. Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell and resident conductor William Caldwell will lead the evening's performances.

7:30-10 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $10-$55. cincinnatisymphony.org

Grand openings

Try new barbecue and local craft brews during the grand opening celebrations of these two local businesses this weekend. 

Lucius Q: The Pendleton barbecue joint that quietly opened a few weeks ago plans to make some noise this weekend. The Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle will kick off grand opening festivities at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The party will continue with more live music, DJs, drink specials, a photobooth and smoked meats to eat. 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Lucius Q, 1131 Broadway St., Pendleton. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Alexandria Brewing Co.: The Queen City's craft beer boom will head south on Saturday with the grand opening of Alexandria Brewing Co. The brewery will open with seven beers on tap, along with several guest drafts. Four Mile Pig also will serve barbecue at the taproom. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Alexandria Brewing Co., 7926 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria. For more information visit the event Facebook page


Record Store Day

Support small, locally-owned businesses and find your next favorite band during national Record Store Day. Moles Record Exchange, MetaModern Music, the Media Rack, Black Plastic Records, Shake It, Everybody's Records and CD/Game Exchange will participate in the event Saturday. Each store is planning special deals and releases tied to the day. Get details on several of those events below, and for more information visit www.recordstoreday.com.

Shake It Records: For the fourth year in a row, Shake It Records is teaming up with Rhinegeist to celebrate Record Store Day. The brewery will tap its Slow Jam IPA and sell new merchandise. The store also will have live music throughout the day. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Everybody's Records: Pleasant Ridge's iconic music store will sell plenty of vinyl. It also will give away turntables and gift certificates and have live music throughout the day. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Everybody's Records, 6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Black Plastic Records: The Northside-based record store is celebrating the day with the grand opening of its newer, bigger and weirder West Side location. The store will host live music and sell newly obtained vinyl. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Black Plastic Records, 6470 Glenway Ave., Green Township. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Urban Artifact birthday celebration

Help Urban Artifact celebrate three years of business on Saturday. The brewery will release specialty beer packages and host live music in the taproom all day.

Noon-midnight Saturday. Urban Artifact, 1660 Rock St., Northside. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Downtown Distilled Birthday Bash

My, how the time flies: It was only a year ago that Northside Distilling Co. opened its Downtown distillery location. The distillery will serve house-distilled cocktails, give tours, offer tastings of its bourbon and host live music to mark the occasion.

7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday. Northside Distilling Co., 922 Race St., Downtown. For more information visit the event Facebook page.