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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: March 29-April 2

Posted: 1:00 PM, Mar 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-31 09:33:00-04

'Menopause the Musical'

Laugh, stand and sing during "Menopause the Musical" at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The musical, which is set in a department store, focuses on four women who share their experiences of hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles and weight gain. The 90-minute show is filled with classic pop songs from the 1960s-1980s and a cast who promises to get people out of their seats and singing along.

8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $50. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Centerfield India Session Pilsner Opening Day debut

Can't make it downtown for the Opening Day celebrations or games on Friday? No worries. Fretboard Brewing Co. in Blue Ash will throw its own bash and serve its new Centerfield India Session Pilsner that day. The party will go until 9 p.m. Thursday for the after-work crowd.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Fretboard Brewing Co., 5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Opening Day and Findlay Market Parade celebrations

This year Cincinnati celebrates the return of baseball with a doubleheader of fun. Citywide festivities will begin Friday morning before the Reds play the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park. The Queen City will rock again on Monday before the 99th annual Findlay Market Parade begins at noon on Race Street near the market. There also will be baseball-themed parties such as the "199C: The Big 5" block party, which Covington design firm BLDG will host on Saturday.

Check out this Opening Day and Findlay Market Parade party guide so you don't miss out on a minute of the fun.

Final Friday at the PAC

Stay dry, enjoy food and browse the works of more than 250 artists on Friday at the Pendleton Art Center. Fire on High Organic Food Truck is serving eats outside of the art center.

6-10 p.m. Friday. Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Pendleton. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Kids Opening Day

Not letting your kids skip school for either Opening Day or the Findlay Market Parade? Then this baseball-related event is for you. The Reds will roll out the red carpet at the Banks for children starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. There will be a block party, mascot parade and Reds players parade before the team takes on the Washington Nationals at 2:10 p.m. 

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Banks, Freedom Way and Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. www.mlb.com

Spring craft show

This is another great chance to get out, enjoy the craftiness of others and prepare for warmer days ahead. The Mad Potters of Madison Avenue will hold a spring craft show Saturday inside the Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center. The show will include woodwork, jewelry and pottery for sale.

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center. 5915 Ridge Ave., Pleasant Ridge. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Braxton anniversary party

It's been a heck of a ride for Covington's Braxton Brewing Co. In three short years, the brewery opened two Northern Kentucky taprooms, created incredible buzz with its Graeter's Ice Cream beer collaboration, began distribution in three states and most recently opened the Loft, a private event space. To celebrate, Braxton will host its biggest bash ever on Saturday. There will be music, food and multiple beer releases throughout the day. (This is the rescheduled date for the event, which was originally set to take place March 24.)

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Easter Celebration

Take your family to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for a day of Easter fun. The zoo will host multiple egg hunts and special events Saturday. Be on the lookout for special golden eggs that are redeemable for special prizes.

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Adults: $17 online or $19 at the gate; children and seniors: $12 online or $13 at the gate. cincinnatizoo.org

Zoo Blooms

If you missed Saturday's Easter Celebration at the zoo, no worries. The annual "Zoo Blooms" will return Sunday. Celebrate the holiday and the return of spring as the zoo is awash in colorful spring flowers.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; runs through April 30. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. $17 online or $19 at the gate; children and seniors: $12 online or $13 at the gate. cincinnatizoo.org