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

Posted at 4:15 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-04 09:49:50-05

Ballet & Beer: 'King Arthur's Camelot'

Watch Cincinnati Ballet dancers, directors and choreographers rehearse for “King Arthur’s Camelot” and enjoy a beer with them afterward. Light bites also will be served. Request reservations by phone at 513-621-5282 or online at

5:15-7 p.m. Thursday. Cincinnati Ballet, 1555 Central Parkway, West End. Free.

Lauryn Hill 

Singer Lauryn Hill will perform for one night only in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff. The visit is part of the "Ms. Lauryn Hill Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!" concert series. With any luck, she'll perform some of her hits with the Fugees, too.  

8 p.m. Thursday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $39.50-$75. 

Shrine Circus at BB&T Arena

Now in its 96th year, the Shrine Circus continues to offer entertainment for all ages. Witness death-defying aerial acts, hilarious clowns and animals such as tigers and elephants.

7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. BB&T Arena, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B. Nunn Drive. $10-$30.

Lady in Red

Cincy Chic’s 2017 Lady in Red is both a fundraiser and great way to save while shopping at Macy’s. Attendees will get a 20 percent store-wide discount while enjoying a fashion show, music, refreshments and fun activities. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.

6-10 p.m. Friday. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St., Downtown. $15 general admission; $25 VIP. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Braxton and Graeter’s beer tapping

Braxton Brewing Co. has been on a roll with beer releases and Friday’s tapping party may be its biggest yet. Why? Because the Covington craft brewery will unveil the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout it created with Graeter’s. And yes, there will be actual scoops of ice cream available, too.

6-11 p.m. Friday. Braxton Brewing, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. Free admission. For more information visit the event Facebook page. 

Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps 

Who couldn't use a good laugh? Veteran comedian and actor Mike Epps headlines a full evening of standup acts Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Other comics on the bill include Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley and Felipe Esparza.

7 p.m. Saturday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $55.50-$102.50.

Last call for MadTree 1.0

Sometimes ends are truly just new beginnings. That will be the case this Saturday when the folks at MadTree Brewing permanently close the doors on the taproom they opened in 2013. There will be music by DJ Mowgli and $2 pint glasses for purchase. Don’t fret, MadTree 2.0 in Oakley will open its doors at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. MadTree Brewing, 5164 Kennedy Ave., Columbia Township. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Jewish and Israeli Film Festival

The Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, a month-long celebration of Jewish and Israeli culture shared through film, kicks off Saturday at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley with a screening of "Mr. Predictable." Other film screenings and guest speaker events will follow throughout the month, with Jewish and Israeli films focusing on themes of "love, family, loss, memory and triumph." The Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati is hosting the festival. 

Saturday through Feb. 23. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Village. Showtimes, venues and ticket prices vary. For a complete schedule of events, visit 

Super Bowl parties

Cincinnati may not have a stake in Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, but that is no excuse to stay home. If you want to enjoy a good local beer or surround yourself with other football fans while watching the game, check out these Super Bowl-themed events:

  • 6-10:30 p.m. Big Game Sunday Salsa & Guacamole Competition. Streetside Brewing Co., 4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum. For more details visit the event Facebook page.
  • 4-11 p.m. Big Game Party. Fifty West Brewing Co., 7668 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati. For more details visit the event Facebook page.
  • Noon-midnight. Game Day Party. Woodburn Brewery, 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills. For more details visit the event Facebook page. 
  • 11 a.m.-midnight. Ickey Woods’ Big Game Watch. Main Event, 9477 Oxford Way, West Chester.