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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: March 8-11

Posted at 3:46 PM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-10 06:45:46-05

Miguel at the Taft Theatre

Start your weekend with the experimental and psychedelic vibes of R&B singer Miguel at the Taft Theatre on Thursday. Miguel will perform songs from his fourth album, "War & Leisure," among his other hits. If you buy your concert ticket online, you'll receive a digital and physical copy of his album.

8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $32.50-$52.50. tafttheatre.org

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

For 27 years, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival has raised money for local charities one glass at a time. This year is no different as the festival showcases more than 700 wines from more than 200 wineries during grand tastings and winery dinners. Make sure to read WCPO contributor Joanne Drilling's interview with local wine expert Kevin Hart before you go; Hart shares nine wineries at the fest you won't want to miss. 

6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $65-$115. www.winefestival.com

Festival of Laughs

Fill your Friday with laughter as comedians Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and George Wallace perform at the Aronoff Center. Sommore has appeared on "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam," BET's "Live From LA," "Showtime at the Apollo" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Bruce Bruce has hosted BET's "Comic View" and made multiple television and film appearances. Earthquake has appeared on "The View," "Conan O'Brien" and other shows, and George Wallace is a longtime comedian who draws humor from everyday life.

8 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Ave., Downtown. $55.50-$78.50. www.cincinnatiarts.org

'Cirque de la Symphonie'

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will add high-flying fun to your weekend with "Cirque de la Symphonie." Led by conductor Stuart Chafetz and featuring vocals by Nicole Parker, performers from Cirque de la Symphonie will add aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and dancers to the Pops' show. The performers will move to scores such as "Ride of the Valkyries," the movie themes from "Jaws" and "Spider-Man" and music from "Phantom of the Opera."

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $20-$105. cincinnatisymphony.org

Walk on Woodburn

East Walnut Hills once again will showcase its neighborhood businesses with Walk on Woodburn this Friday. For the March edition of the monthly event, the Growler House will offer $1 off certain taps, O Pie O will give 15 percent off food purchases with a receipt from another East Walnut Hills business and Woodburn Brewery will serve Argentinean fare by Over-the-Rhine eatery Che. Free parking for the event begins at 5 p.m. in the Madison and Woodburn parking lots.

6-10 p.m. Friday. Walk on Woodburn, 2790 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

LOOK Opening

This Friday event is another celebration for creativity and community. LOOK will open as a reading room, newsstand and performance space for artists, writers, designers and actors to share their work. LOOK, the passion project of 2018 People's Liberty Globe grantees Sidney Cherie Hilley and Anh Tran, is located inside People's Liberty's new Camp Washington Globe storefront. The evening will include music, art, a photobooth, light bites and more entertainment.

7-10 p.m. Friday. Camp Washington Globe, 2840 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day celebrations are beginning a week early this year in the Queen City. The annual Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade will kick off at noon Saturday, even though St. Patrick's Day isn't until March 17. The parade will begin at noon on Mehring Way in front of Paul Brown Stadium and end at Freedom Way and Rosa Parks Street.

One of the best ways to watch the parade may be at Moerlein Lager House, located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way along the parade route. The restaurant will open its doors at 11 a.m. Saturday for a special parade viewing party featuring food, three Christian Moerlein Irish-inspired craft beers and Boilermakers made with Little Kings beer and a shot of whiskey.

For more information about the Moerlein Lager House viewing party visit the event Facebook page. For more information about the parade visit www.cincystpatsparade.com.

Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day event

The Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati will host two celebrations in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The first will take place on Saturday after the St. Patrick's Day Parade and include music, dance, food, drinks and games. Live entertainment will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the Drowsy Lads will perform later that evening. (The second St. Patrick's Day celebration will take place on St. Patrick's Day at noon.)

1-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum. $5 in advance or $7 at the door for non-members; free for members.  www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com

Cincinnati Rollergirls' Home Opener

Help the Cincinnati Rollergirls have a fantastic double-header home opener on Saturday when they take on the Boulder County Bombers All-Stars and Bombshells at Xavier University. This is the second year that the Rollergirls will call Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse home. There will be food, beer and other beverages on site during the game.

6-9 p.m. Saturday. Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse at Xavier University, 3900 Winding Way, Evanston. Pre-sale tickets: $12 adults; $5 children 7 to 12 years old; free children age 6 and under. At the door: $15 adults; $7 children; free children age 6 and under. cincinnatirollergirls.com