CINCINNATI — This weekend is all about food, drink and the arts.
There are two food truck rallies, a cider fest, some Bold Moves, and a great new exhibit opening at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
FOOD & DRINK
CFTA Food Truck Spring Swing: 4-10 p.m. Thursday. 550 Eggleston Ave., Downtown. Come one, come all and dine from some of the best food trucks in the region. The Cincinnati Food Truck Association, in collaboration with Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will kick off the 2019 food truck season with live music and beer on Eggleston Avenue this Thursday afternoon. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
TSFTC Food Truck Rally: 2-10 p.m. Saturday. Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. $5 parking. Bring your family and appetite to help support this Tri-State Food Truck Coalition event benefiting the Mount Washington School Foundation. Dozens of food trucks will fill all your hunger needs. Live music, cold beer, kids games and local artisans will also add some fun to the event. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
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Ciderpalooza at March First Brewing: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. March First Brewing, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township. Free admission. The folks at March First Brewing will host its first Ciderpalooza this Saturday. Entry to the fun, cider-focused festival is free. Ten-ounce pours for regular ciders and 8-ounce pours for speciality ciders will cost $5 though. Visit the event website for a full list of participating breweries, cider tapping schedules and live music. www.marchfirstbrewing.com
Beer Feast: 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St. Over-the-Rhine. $60. Cleanse your palette before attending Beer Feast. This inaugural event will pair some of Rhinegeist's more unique brews with a multi-course dinner created by Satre OTR. The evening will begin with a cocktail in the nearby Sartre bar before dinner begins inside the Rhinegeist taproom. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
2019 Oakley Pup Crawl: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Oakley Square, 2980 Madison Road, Oakley. $30 per person; $5 per dog. Bring your pooch to Oakley this Sunday Funday and support a good cause. The 2019 Oakley Pup Crawl will raise money to support the Cincinnati Chapter of The National Canine Cancer Foundation. Crawl participants will meet at Oakley Square before visiting participating businesses such as King Arthur's Court, Oakley Pub & Grill, Skyline, the Oak Tavern and MadTree Brewing Co. cincypupcrawl.com
Brewing Heritage Trail Opening: Thursday-Saturday. Grant Playground, 65 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine. Come out and celebrate the public opening of the Brewing Heritage Trail in Over-the-Rhine with three unique events this weekend. First, there will be a "Toast to Trails" dinner and program inside the Woodward Theater at 1404 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine starting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The event costs $100 per-person and includes dinner, two drink tickets, and special limited edition souvenir. Then at 3 p.m. Friday, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the first phase of the trail at Grant Playground, located at 65 E, McMicken Ave. And finally, the Brewing Heritage Trail will come to life Saturday with free, immersive tours from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. brewingheritagetrail.org
A Conversation With Soledad O'Brien: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave., Evanston. $50. The Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Cincinnati Magazine will host a special evening with journalist Soledad O'Brien on the campus of Xavier University this Thursday. Soledad will discuss the roles people play in their communities and organizations, in turn creating thoughtful conversation based on her life and career. www.gcfdn.org
Art After Dark: Spark Your Inner Fire: 5-10 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. Get ready to immerse yourself in the Cincinnati Art Museum's special exhibition "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" during this month's Art After Dark. Enjoy music from Camp First Fires, including DJ sets by twothirtyeight, foi oi oi, Blink Sidequest and TurboPanda, visuals by Rew, dance performances by Pones, specialty wine from The Skeleton Root and food for purchase from Dewey's Pizza and Graeter's Ice Cream. Costumes encouraged. No masks allowed. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
CORA Party in the Park: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Devou Golf & Event Center, 1201 Park Drive, Covington. $75. The Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance (CORA) will hold its inaugural Party in the Park fundraising gala this Saturday. Proceeds from the event will help finish the Devou Park Trails project that has been underway for several years. The evening will include an open bar, food stations, auctions and music. Cocktail attire is strongly recommended. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Cincinnati Rollergirls Star Wars Night: 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Schmidt Field House, 3900 Winding Way, Evanston. $5-$12. May the Force be with the Cincinnati Rollergirls this weekend when they play a doubleheader against the Charm City Roller Girls this weekend. The team will have plenty working in its favor as Schmidt Field House fills with members of the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion, Midwest R2 Builder Club and other official Star Wars fan groups. The visitors will be there for the team's official Star Wars Night. Come dressed and be ready to take part in a Star Wars costume contest for the chance to win free swag during halftime of the first game. crg2019game3.brownpapertickets.com
The Annual Sharonville Classic Car Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Sharonville Chamber of Commerce, 2704 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville. Come out and see more than 500 classic cars fill the streets of downtown Sharonville this Sunday. This year the classic car show will celebrate its 42nd anniversary with a DJ, vendors, circus performer, food and beverages. www.sharonvillechamber.com
MUSIC & MORE
Bold Moves: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $40. The Cincinnati Ballet will close its 2018-2019 season with Bold Moves this weekend at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The season-ending show will include "Dancing to Oz," a world premiere ballet from Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan, as well as the Cincinnati premiere of "Sechs Tänze" from world-renowned choreographer, Jiří Kylián, and the return of choreographer Ma Cong’s "Near Light." www.cballet.org/bold-moves
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:" 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and May 2-4; 2 p.m. Sunday and May 5. Thomas More Theater, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills. $10 general admission; $7 non-TMU students; $7 TMU faculty; free for TMU students. Thomas More University Theater and The Villa Players will perform "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this weekend and next on the campus of Thomas More College. The comical play focuses on an eclectic group of sixth graders eager to win the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. www.signupgenius.com
The Youngest Master: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $40. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Principal Violist Christian Colberg will fill Music Hall's Corbett Tower with a performance of his original composition, "The Rant" Friday evening. Fellow CSO artists will join Colberg for performances of Mendelssohn's "Piano Trio No. 1" and Debussy's "Piano Trio in G Major" as well. www.cincinnatisymphony.org
MercyMe’s 2019 “Imagine Nation Tour:" 7:30 p.m. Friday. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $24-$79. MercyMe’s 2019 “Imagine Nation Tour” will make a stop in the Queen City with fellow Grammy Award nominees Crowder and Micah Tyler this Friday. usbankarena.com
Comedian Patton Oswalt: 8 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $48-$78. Comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt will bring his unique brand of comedy and social insight to the Taft Theatre stage this Saturday. Oswalt most recently released his special "Annihilation" on Netflix. Oswalt shared dealing with loss and the unexplainable with humor in the critically-acclaimed stand-up set. tafttheatre.org
Ravel + Debussy: "Colors of Spain:" 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$115. Guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein perform and Matthias Pintscher will conduct during the Series 3 event this weekend. Pintscher will conduct his own "Un despertar," which he wrote for Weilerstein. Ravel's "Alborada del gracioso" and Debussy's "Images" will also be performed. www.cincinnatisymphony.org
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man: Friday through Sept. 2. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Fresh from the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, stunning immersive room-sized installations, mutant art vehicles, creative costuming, films and jewelry inspired by Burning Man will fill the Cincinnati Art Museum starting this Friday. Burning Man is an annual event set in the desert outside of Reno, Nevada that attracts thousands of participants who display their artistic expressions and innovations. The Art of Burning Man will include pieces from past Burning Man events, as well as original work created for the traveling exhibition. Friday will debut the first phase of the exhibition. A second phase will open at the Cincinnati Art Museum on June 7. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org