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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 16-20

Posted: 7:00 AM, Jan 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-16 17:00:53-05

This extended weekend is full of drinks, food and music, along with opportunities to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

FOOD & DRINK

Proofed Craft Spirits Night: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday. March First Brewing, 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township. Tasting tickets are $2 or six for $10. Join the folks at March First Brewing for their second annual Proofed Craft Spirits Festival. The event will feature multiple distilleries from the region serving samples of whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, agave spirits and everything in between. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

DogBerry Brewing Fifth Anniversary Party: 2-11 p.m. Friday. DogBerry Brewing Co., 9964 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester Township. Free. Come celebrate five years of brewing craft beer at DogBerry Brewing. The brewery will offer a number of specialty tappings and tastings throughout the day. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Local Local Local 11: 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. Arnold’s is throwing a party to celebrate local businesses, local beer and local music. Now in its 11th year, this event is one of the bar's most popular nights of the year. Get a full rundown of participating breweries, businesses and bands appearing at Local Local Local on the event Facebook page.

Jungle Jim's Barrel-aged Beer Bash: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Jungle Jim's International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. $63.90 general admission; $15.98 designated driver admission. This popular Jungle Jim's festival will feature more than 100 bold and inventive beers for tasting in The Oscar Event Center. Tickets include entry, a tasting guide and a commemorative tasting glass to keep. jungleshop.junglejims.com

COMMUNITY

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show: 5-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $14 at box office; $13 at Kroger locations; $12 electronic ticket; free admission for children ages 12 and younger. Boats, boats, boats and more boats. That's what you'll see when you visit the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show this weekend. cincysportshow.com

2020 New Year, New You: 6-9 p.m. Friday. Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Covington. Free general admission; $10 VIP fashion show seat; $20 VIP front-row fashion show seat. Shop a variety of local boutiques and businesses. Enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast, swag bag, refreshments, photo booth and fashion show featuring this year's hottest trends. cincy.live

Lando's 52nd Black & Gold Birthday Party: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Cove 51, 11473 Chester Road, Sharonville. $10-$15. Cincinnati promoter Orlando Chapman Sr., known in the Midwest as Mr. Old School Happy Hour, will celebrate his 52nd birthday with another installment of old-school R&B and hip-hop with all black and gold attire. www.eventbrite.com

MLK Day 2020: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. Free admission. Honor Martin Luther King Jr. during a coalition march outside of the Freedom Center. The center will open to the public at noon with special features including a family friendly coloring station, reading corner, book giveaway and screenings of the HBO original documentary "True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality" at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Harriet Tubman Theater. freedomcenter.org

Pursuing His Dream: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. The Cincinnati Museum Center will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with musical performances, vendors and lectures honoring King's teachings. For the full schedule of lectures and performances, plus a list of participating vendors, visit cincymuseum.org.

MUSIC & COMEDY

Rhythm & Soul Music Competition: 8 p.m. Thursday. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. $10. Watch your favorite local artists go head to head for a chance to win a music video and artist spotlight at Arts OTA. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

FUEL at The Ludlow Garage: 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $25 day of show. Wash your flannel shirt and get ready to take a trip back to the early 1990s with FUEL. The grunge band enjoyed a quick rise to fame in 1993 and continues to tour. www.ludlowgaragecincinnati.com

Blac Youngsta: 11 p.m. Saturday. OTR Live, 209 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. $15 general admission. Ages 21 and older. Blac Youngsta will perform at OTR Live this weekend. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Whiskey Glasses Road Show: 8 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $35-$65. Country music stars Morgan Wallen, Jon Langston and Ashland Craft will rock the Taft with their upbeat brand of country tunes. tafttheatre.org

THE ARTS

'Aretha: The Queen of Soul': 7:30 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $37.75-$51.75. Aretha Franklin’s iconic career spanned six decades, inspiring and influencing generations of aspiring musicians and vocalists. This new production of "The Queen of Soul" stars Charity Lockhart, accompanied by spectacular vocalists and musicians as they celebrate the legendary life and music of Aretha Franklin. www.cincinnatiarts.org

CCM's Moveable Feast: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati. $50-$600. Help fuel the future of the arts and light the way for CCM students at this unique benefit event hosted by CCMpower, a dedicated volunteer group comprised of fans, advocates and alumni. Moveable Feast will showcase students and faculty members in an evening of world-class live entertainment that will raise funds for student scholarships and grants. www.uc.edu

CSO's 125th Anniversary Concert: 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Tickets start at $14. Celebrate as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ignites the spark of creativity with this special performance at Music Hall. George Gershwin's "Rhapsody" rolls out like never before and Music Hall gets loud with color. www.cincinnatisymphony.org