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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Nov. 9-12

Posted: 2:56 PM, Nov 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-11 08:33:05-05

'Finding Neverland'

Go on an epic flight of fantasy with "Finding Neverland." The touring Broadway play at the Aronoff tells the story of how playwright J.M. Barrie came to write "Peter Pan," the classic story of the boy who never grew up.  

Now through Nov. 19. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Tickets start at $30. For showtimes and more information visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

American Originals: Vol 2

Take a tour of early 20th-century popular music this weekend with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Music Hall. Roots and blues singer Rhiannon Giddens, ragtime singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge and bluegrass masters Steep Canyon Rangers will join John Morris Russell and the Pops as they record live performances.

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

Bourbon and BowTie Bash

Indulge in an evening of food pairings and bourbon tastings for a good cause on Friday with the JDRF Southwest Ohio Emerging Leaders Council. Each fall the council hosts the Bourbon & BowTie Bash, a benefit that raises money to research a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Other activities for the evening include a Framester photo booth, raffle, silent and live auctions and a fashion show.

6:30 p.m.-midnight Friday. Duke Energy Convention Center Grand Ballroom, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $50. www.jdrf.org

Holiday Junction

Holiday Junction returns to the Cincinnati Museum Center on Friday with many familiar features. The Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group's floor-to-ceiling LEGO landscapes will take over the Museum Center with motorized trains and local creations. Thomas the Train also will be on display.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. $10.50 adults: $10.50; $9.50 seniors ages 60+; $8.50 children ages 3-12; $5.50 toddlers ages 1-2; infants under 1, free. www.cincymuseum.org

Christmas Nights of Lights

Coney Island will be lit every night until the new year during its second annual "Christmas Nights of Lights" drive-through holiday display. Last year's event drew thousands of people with its two-mile animated light display set to festive music. This season the park has added an extra half-mile of lights, which promise to dazzle once again.

Dusk-10 p.m. Friday-Jan. 1. Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $6 per person; children 3 and under, free. coneyislandpark.com

Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival

Help Jungle Jim's International Wine Festival celebrate its 10th anniversary with more than 90 wineries and 400 wines, plus food pairings.

7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Jungle Jim's Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Ages 21 and up. $25-$125. junglejims.com

OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival

The LGBTQ-centric OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival aims to entertain, celebrate and educate through movies this weekend. The festival will showcase 16 documentaries and works of fiction.

7:30-10 p.m. Friday; 3-11:15 p.m. Saturday; 2-5:45 p.m. Sunday. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill. Prices vary. www.outreels.cincinnatifilm.org

Indian Film Festival

A host of Indian film makers and short films will take center stage during this weekend's Indian Film Festival. The festival will open Friday evening with a red-carpet Bollywood party featuring cocktails, an opening night screening of Ananya Kassarvalli's "Harikatha Prasanga" and dancing. The festival will continue Saturday morning with a film industry discussion panel, followed by film screenings through Sunday.

Various times Friday-Sunday. Cincinnati Art Museum, Esquire and Mariemont theaters. Admission prices vary. For more information visit www.indiacincinnatisistercity.org.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival

Warm up during the inaugural Cincinnati Coffee Festival inside Music Hall. Local coffee shops will offer sessions on the perfect pour and compete against each another during the "Latte Art Throwdown." There also will be live music and hot drinks.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $12 general admission; $17.50 early bird. www.cincinnaticoffeefestival.com

Bonus event: Northside Record Fair

Find your new favorite vinyl record or shop for the holidays during the fifth annual Northside Record Fair on Saturday. Vendors also will sell cassettes, CDs, posters, T-shirts and memorabilia as Herzog Music plays tunes throughout the day.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Northside. $5 general admission; $10 for 10 a.m. early-bird admission. For more information visit the event Facebook page.