CINCINNATI – Love is in the air, food served with a purpose is in Over-the-Rhine and a beach party are all on the menu this weekend.
FOOD & DRINK
Social OTR Grand Opening: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday. Social OTR, 1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Help Social OTR celebrate its grand opening with $5 house wines, $1 oysters and $3 drafts. Social OTR is part of a catalytic program to help train people find new careers in the local restaurant industry. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
CHX Grand Opening: 4-10 p.m. Friday. 3 Points Urban Brewery, 331 E. 13th St., Pendleton. Free. Rejoice! Food is coming to 3 Point Urban Brewery in Pendleton. What food, you may ask? Delicious fried chicken. Who doesn't like fried chicken? For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Sugar Whiskey Sis Grand Opening: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. Sugar Whiskey Sis, 633 Madison Ave., Covington. Sip some moonshine, listen to some music, get some swag and play some games during Sugar Whiskey Sis's grand opening. The newest Covington establishment is from the same people who opened Agave & Rye. www.sugarwhiskeysis.com
Off the Hook: Animals, Vegetables & Minerals from Pond to Sea: 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Newport Aquarium, One Levee Way, Newport. $75-$200. Dine and learn about the food and drink you are consuming during this unique dining experience inside the Newport Aquarium. Chefs will be on hand to explain the dishes being served. The event will benefit Chef's Collaborative Seafood Solutions, which educates fellow professionals and diners about sustainable seafood options. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Winter Xscape Beach Party: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Newport Festival Park, One Levee Way, Newport. Free admission. What better way to beat the winter doldrums than by going to a free beach party? Best part, the beach is enclosed so the weather doesn't really matter. The party includes a silent disco, two DJs, one band, a real sand beach, games food and cocktails. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
SkyWheel Love Birds Package: Friday through Feb. 17. SkyWheel, 55 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. $24. Make your significant other's heart soar with this very special Valentine's deal involving the SkyWheel. Starting Friday and continuing through Feb. 17, the operators of the wheel are offering two ride tickets and a box of Russell Stover chocolates for $24 while supplies last. I mean who wouldn't want to cuddling up with someone they love in one of SkyWheel's enclosed cars 155 feet in the air? www.skystarwheel.com
Love in Your Backyard: Valentine's Date Night: 6-8 p.m. Friday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. $25 per person; $40 per couple. Learn all about the birds and the bees and the plants and the weeds during this educational Valentine's date night at Krohn Conservatory. Registration includes a drink ticket and a small plate of light bites as well. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
The OFF February Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. MadTree Taproom, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. Not only will this month's O.F.F. Market showcase an array of local vendors, it will also show "What Love Looks Like" by giving lots of local charities and fundraisers some love. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Cupid's Undie Run: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams. $45 early registration; $50 at the door. This is the one time of year where it is okay to run around Mount Adams in your underwear. Don't worry, we won't talk about that other time. All of the proceeds from this fun, one-mile run and after party at Mount Adams Pavilion goes to research to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic tumor disorder that affects one in every 3,000 births. cupids.org
Art on Vine - Local Love: Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Is there a holiday all about love and romance coming up soon because I'm sensing a theme to this weekend's list of events. Anyway, show local crafters and vendors how much you heart them by attending this month's Art on Vine event hosted inside the Rhinegeist taproom. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Jackie O's Presents the First Annual Bogarts Record Fair: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Bogart's 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $5 general admission; $10 early admission. Browse through dozens of racks of CDs, LPs, 45s, cassettes, posters, shirts and other music memorabilia during this inaugural record fair at Bogarts. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Valentine's Hearts 'R' Running 5K: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. $27 5K Run/Walk; $47 team of two. Love will run wild this Sunday during the inaugural Valentine's Hearts 'R" Running 5K in Covington. Cruise solo or with a partner, knowing your registration will benefit local food pantry Be Concerned and Honor Flight Tri-State. www.timingspot.com
MUSIC & MORE
February Tea Dance: 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Sartre, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Enjoy delicious cocktails as you dance to the music of DJs Ben Welham and Milkshake inside Sartre's beautiful dining space. For more information visit the event Facebook page.