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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: March 1-4

Posted at 1:47 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 13:25:20-05

March First Brewing 1st Anniversary

March First Brewing is doubling up with its anniversary party on Thursday. Beyond celebrating its first year in business, the brewery will mark Ohio's 214th year of statehood. Ohio was founded on March 1, 1803, and the date is where the brewery gets its name. There will be limited-edition beer releases and food throughout the day.

Noon-11 p.m. Thursday. March First Brewing, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Begin your weekend with uplifting vocal harmony and dance with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Memorial Hall. For more than 50 years, the four-time Grammy Award-winning group has wowed audiences with its cappella vocals. The group gained worldwide fame after performing on Paul Simon's 1986 album "Graceland."

8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $26-$42. www.memorialhallotr.com

Bock beer tappings at Arnold's

Get a head start on your Bockfest weekend Thursday when Arnold's Bar & Grill hosts its annual tapping of the bock beers. The event will include the simultaneous tapping of 17 different bock beers, as well as a "proper" blessing, and the Cincy Brass will provide music from 8-10 p.m. 

8-11 p.m. Thursday. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Bockfest weekend

We hope Arnold's bock tapping prepped you for a little de-"bock"-ery this weekend. The 26th annual Bockfest will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a parade that starts in front of Arnold's and ends at Bockfest Hall at 1621 Moore St. in Over-the-Rhine. The celebration of bock beer, German sausage and the coming of spring includes the Bockfest 5K, brewery tours, games, music and the crowning of a new "Sausage Queen" and "Beard Baron." For more fun, play our Bockfest Bingo while you're there.

5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 10-1 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. http://www.bockfest.com

Eddie B's 'Teachers Only Tour!'

If you're an educator or know one,  you will definitely get comedian Eddie B's sense of humor. The Houston native gained an online following when he began posting his hilarious “What Teachers Really Say" series of videos two years ago. Eddie B will share his comedic insights into the mind of educators during his standup "Teachers Only Tour!" show at the Taft Theatre on Friday.

Doors open 7 p.m. Friday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $35-$65. tafttheatre.org

National Women's History Month Festival

Celebrate women's fight for equality with two special events this weekend honoring National Women's History Month. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women's Choir and the newly created AlivenArts arts collaboration incubator will kick off their festival from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday with "Filiae Mundi." The concert features a high school girls sing-in with guest conductors Robyn Lana, Lisa Peters and Catherine Roma at Community Matters, located at 2110 St. Michael St. in Lower Price Hill. Then at 4 p.m. Sunday, the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, located at 1345 Grace Ave. in Hyde Park, will host an organ recital of all-women composers and a reception presented by Dr. Brenda Portman. The festival will continue each weekend through March 18 with concerts, a lecture and film festival.

Saturday through March 18. Various locations. $40 festival passes; $15 individual event passes. www.alivenarts.org

Perfect North Slopes' Spring Carnival

It seems everyone is ready for spring. Perfect North Slopes is preparing to say goodbye to the winter ski season with its Spring Carnival on Sunday. The day includes family events such as a decorated box race, slush pit, garbage bag race and the downhill dummy competition. Weather permitting, snowboarding and skiing will continue at Perfect North after the carnival. Local U.S. Olympian Nick Goepper also will visit the slopes at 3 p.m. Sunday to celebrate his silver medal win in snowboarding at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Slopes open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg. $52 general admission; $42 ages 12 and under, ages 60 and up and active military. www.perfectnorth.com

'Love Your Self Tour'

End your weekend with a little music at the Woodward Theater. This Sunday, Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter and performer Anna Wise will perform with Madison McFerrin and Zenizen as part of Wise's "Love Yourself Tour." The Brooklyn-based artist collaborated with rapper Kendrick Lamar in 2016 before launching her solo career. Wise and Lamar won a Grammy that year for their collaboration on the song "These Walls."

6-10 p.m. Sunday. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Ages 18 and up. $8 advance; $10 day of show. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Oscars watch party

How many Oscar-nominated movies have you seen this year? Does it matter? The Academy Awards always delivers a few memorable moments everyone in the office talks about on Monday morning. This Sunday you can catch the glitz, glam and "what did he just say?" moments with friends at the Overlook Lodge. The Pleasant Ridge bar is hosting an Oscars watch party where everyone is invited to come dressed as nicely or comfy as they want. Live red carpet coverage of the Oscars begins at 6:30 p.m. on WCPO 9 On Your Side. The award ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

8 p.m.-midnight Sunday. The Overlook Lodge, 6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge. For more information visit the event Facebook page.