Top 9 things to do this weekend: May 19-22

Posted at 3:22 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 15:53:24-04

Dave Matthews Band

When Riverbend cranks up the music, that’s a sure sign that summer is almost here. Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour will open the venue’s summer concert series on Friday, and there’s still time to get tickets.

8 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave. $37-$81.50.

AVP Cincinnati Open

Fierce competition. Fit athletes. And a lot of sand. The AVP Cincinnati Open beach volleyball tournament is back at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason through Saturday. Watch Olympians such as Kerri Walsh-Jennings, April Ross, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena and Jake Gibb as they try to build momentum for the Summer Games in Rio. And there’s a bonus for WCPO Insiders: You and a guest can receive free general admission for Friday's games, plus drink tickets.

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday (pool play); 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday (elimination rounds); 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday (semis, bronze and gold). Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason. Free admission.  

‘Da Vinci – The Genius’

“Da Vinci – The Genius,” a new exhibit opening Friday  at the Museum Center, is an interactive tour featuring more than 70 life-size reproductions of da Vinci’s inventions, educational animations of his most notable works and an in-depth analysis of the “Mona Lisa.” It’s a hands-on exhibit, so don’t be afraid to touch.

Opens 10 a.m. Friday. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave. Adult: $19.50; child: $12.50; senior: $17.50; member adult: $12.50; member child: $8.50.

May Festival

This year marks James Conlon’s 36th leading the Cincinnati May Festival — and his final year as its music director. The 143-year-old festival, the oldest continuous choral celebration in the Western Hemisphere, returns Friday with an all-Mozart program for its opening concert at Music Hall. Saturday’s program consists of a concert performance of Verdi’s "Otello," based on Shakespeare’s play about the jealous general tricked into killing his wife, while Sunday is the festival’s annual performance at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, which will feature two world premieres.

Opens 8 p.m. Friday at Music Hall. For showtimes, venues and ticket information, go to

Cincinnati Library Comic Con

Suit up, do-gooders, and attend the fourth annual Cincinnati Library Comic Con at the main branch Downtown this Saturday. Comic fans can enjoy face paintings, crafts, games, costume contests, a scavenger hunt and creator booths. Make sure to check out the “Star Trek” 50th anniversary exhibit at the library while you’re there.

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., Downtown. Free.

OTR Celebrates Summer

Over-the-Rhine is celebrating the coming of summer with two events on Saturday. The first City Flea of the season will welcome vendors selling all kinds of cool wares to Washington Park, so come prepared to put a dent in your savings. And it’s not too late to register for the OTR 5K, which begins and ends at the park. (Or you could just celebrate afterward at the post-race Summer Celebration -- your call.)

  • City Flea: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Free admission.
  • OTR 5K & Summer Celebration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park. Race registration: $35; Summer Celebration is free.

Buckeye BBQ Fest

The sixth annual Buckeye BBQ Fest will draw ’cue fans to West Chester on Friday and Saturday. The festival will feature 20 of the region’s barbecue vendors, including After Hours BBQ, Fine Smoke, Jim Dandy’s and Rib City. There also will be sweets, live blues music, a classic car show and the Bud Light Double Decker Beer Garden.

5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday. The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester. $5 for adults, children under 12 are free.

Jane’s Saddlebag Wine Festival

Kentucky wineries, live music and arts and crafts for the buying makes for a lovely combination. Jane’s Saddlebag is hosting its annual wine festival on Saturday and Sunday, with a portion of the proceeds going toward Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Come out and drink for a good cause.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 13989 Ryle Road, Union. For ticket prices, go to

The Midwest Regional Sweet and Natural Fest

The Midwest Regional Sweet and Natural Fest, a celebration of ethnic beauty and culture, is coming to Washington Park on Sunday. There will be hair and makeup demos, live music, a marketplace of vendors, the “World’s Biggest Product Swap” and informational sessions on holistic health and wellness, relationships, finance and health.

2-7 p.m. Sunday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Free admission. For more details, go to the event’s Facebook page.