Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Oct. 13-16

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 12:08:03-04

'Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth'

Getting a sneak peek inside the mind of a revered, long-deceased artist isn’t something that happens often, but starting Saturday, Cincinnati Art Museum will offer that chance through its new exhibit “Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth.” The CAM team worked painstakingly for more than a year on the exhibit, researching, requesting and receiving artwork by Vincent van Gogh from museums around the world that cohesively tells the story of his artistic venture into the undergrowth. A reference to the lush vegetation found on a forest floor, undergrowth served as a treasure trove of inspiration for van Gogh and many other 19th-century artists.

Opens 11 a.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive. $10 general admission. $5 for college students (with valid ID). $5 for children ages 6-17. Free for children ages 5 and under. Free for members. Runs through Jan. 8.

Legends of Southern Hip-Hop

“Cash Money Records taking over for the ‘99 to the 2000.” This song takes me right back to college, and it still has the power to start a rush to the dance floor whenever it drops in the club. Expect to hear this classic and others when Juvenile, Mystikal, Trick Daddy, Bun B, 8 Ball & MJG and Pastor Troy bring the Legends of Southern Hip-Hop tour to town Friday.

8 p.m. Friday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway. $55-$102.

Craft Brewers’ Oktoberfest at Listermann

Listermann Brewing and the Cincideutsch are teaming up to host the Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Oktoberfest. This festival will feature only beer from brewed in Cincinnati, with one Oktoberfest beer on draft. Listermann isn’t the only brewery participating, though: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Moerlein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros., Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith, Taft's Ale House and Braxton will be there, too, along with food trucks and live music. Dogs and kids are welcome.

5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Listermann Brewing Co., 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston. Free admission. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.


Ladyfest Cincinnati is designed to showcase women artists and activists. The festival will bring music, visual art, film, spoken word and multimedia, as well as empowerment and educational workshops, to multiple venues in Northside. Click here for a full schedule of events. 

Leggy, who will perform at LadyFest, will stop by WCPO's Digital Lounge on Friday to rip through a set and talk about their upcoming tour. Watch them by joining WCPO's Facebook Live feed at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Friday-Saturday, event times and venues vary. Free.

Books by the Banks

Book lovers, this is for you. Books By the Banks returns to Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday with more than 100 local, regional and best-selling national authors mingling with fans and discussing their work. There also will be writing and publishing panels and workshops for would-be writers, as well as activities geared toward children and teens. 

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Free admission.

NKY Wine Festival 

I love wine like Oprah loves bread, which is why I’ll be going to the NKY Wine Festival in Mainstrasse Village. It will feature Kentucky wineries such as Atwood Hill, Seven Wells, Rose Hill Farm and Stonebrook. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and four sample tickets; however, you also can buy additional tickets. So raise a glass (or several).

3-10 p.m. Saturday. Main and Sixth streets, Covington. $15. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Anthony Hamilton

Singer Anthony Hamilton has a gift for pulling your long-buried emotions to the surface through the power of his voice. (“The Point of It All” breaks me down in 3 minutes, flat.)  He’s bringing his brand of Southern-fried soul to the Aronoff with Eric Benet and Lalah Hathaway. Expect all kinds of feels.

8 p.m. Saturday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St. $49.50-$202.50.

Zombie Ball, Dance of the UnDead

Get in the Halloween spirit early and break out your best costumes for the Zombie Ball, Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill. The night will feature a DJ, haunted hayrides, a zombie photobooth and creepy-themed cocktails. (You even have the option to ride to the red carpet in a hearse, but that will cost a little extra.)

7-11 p.m. Saturday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. Admission: $40 per person, $75 per couple, ages 21 and up; $15 per individual, $25 per couple ages 18-21.

Eat. Play. Give.

Noted Cincinnati chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and his wife, Annette Pfund-de Cavel, host their friends and family SIDS brunch every year with one goal in mind: to raise awareness of the disease that claimed the life of their daughter Tatiana. The brunch features food from the best chefs and restaurants in the Queen City, including Jean-Robert's Table, Metropole, Mita's, Otto’s, Oriental Wok, the Rookwood and more. Each ticket helps to fund the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation’s outreach programs and research. This year, the foundation is adding a cookbook to its fundraising initiatives. Fifty chefs with ties to Cincinnati have shared their favorite brunch, cocktail and “mocktail” recipes in a cookbook aptly called “Love Brunch.” 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Adults, $65; ages 12-20: $40; children ages 5-12, $20. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway.