CINCINNATI -- Learn a history lesson, kick off the holiday season and eat up with these weekend events.
Taking the Plunge: History of Public Bath Houses in OTR: 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Over-the-Rhine Foundation, 416 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine. $25. Splish splash, ready to take a bath? OK, maybe not, but this informative tour hosted by the Over-the-Rhine Foundation is intriguing enough to make this weekend's list. Take part in an informal and interactive event exploring a commercially operated bath house that existed into the early 20th century. Three Points Urban Brewing will supply the suds during a post-tour social hour. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
2018 Cincinnati Holiday Market: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $8; children 12 and under free. 'Tis the weekend to start thinking about the holiday season. And what better way to kick things off than by going to the annual Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market? More than 350 boutiques and specialty stores will be selling unique gifts all weekend inside the Duke Energy Convention Center. secure.interactiveticketing.com
Radio Artifact 1-Year Anniversary: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. Urban Artifact,1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. Celebrate local radio and the first anniversary of Radio Artifact in Northside. What began as a small broadcast from the Northside brewery Urban Artifact has grown into a broadcast on Cincinnati Public Radio's 91.7 FM HD2 station. Friday's party will include live music and merchandise for sale, along with Urban Artifact beers on tap. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Harvest Fest 2018: 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Kolping Cincinnati, 10235 Mill Road, Springfield Township. $5 per person; children 12 and under free. Take in the fall season with live music, a petting zoo, German dinners and great beverages during the Kolping Society's Harvest Fest. www.kolpingcincinnati.com
Madcap Education Center Grand Opening: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Madcap Education Center, 3064 Harrison Ave., Westwood. The time has come. Madcap is opening its education center in Westwood for public tours this weekend. Meet instructors, tour the facility and see performances of "The Wizard of Oz" in the company's new location. Tours are free. Performances cost $10 per person. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Halloween Nightmare Experience: 7-11 p.m. Saturday. USS Nightmare, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. $47.17. Join BB Riverboats for a night filled with screams and terror. The evening will start with a private screening at AMC Newport on the Levee of the much-anticipated "Halloween," a direct sequel to the original horror film set four decades into the future for a final confrontation with Michael Myers. Following the screening, guests will be escorted to the USS Nightmare to experience one of the area's longest-running haunted tours. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Double Dare Live: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $29.50-$58. Ready to be a kid again? The popular Nickelodeon kids show "Double Dare" is making a live tour stop at the Taft Theatre. Host Marc Summers will take the stage and challenge guests to take part in all the messy fun you remember watching while growing up. tafttheatre.org
BWCSF 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $45-$65. The Black & White Cancer Survivors Foundation (BWCSF) is hosting a 10th anniversary celebration this weekend. Festivities will begin Friday with a special concert by 2nd Wind and Con Funk Shun, followed by an afterparty with music by DJ Vader. Saturday's celebration will feature the 10th annual Black & White Cancer Survivors Gala. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Russian Masterpieces: 11 a.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$99. Conductor Hannu Lintu and pianist Yevgeny Subdin will take part in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's "Russian Masterpieces" this weekend. The orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 15." cincinnatisymphony.org
Northside Record Fair: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave. Northside. The Northside Record Fair returns as big and great as ever this weekend. Vendors will fill more than 40 tables with thousands of records ranging from jazz to punk to country. Cassettes, CDs, posters and memorabilia will also be on sale. DJs Max Caldwell, Dan Buckley and Manny Vergara will spin tunes all day. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Jam Session 18 Anniversary Bash: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Fretboard Brewing Co., 5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash. Rock out this weekend as Fretboard Brewing Co. in Blue Ash celebrates its first year in business. There will be food, specialty beer tappings and live music to mark the occasion. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Mac & Cheese Throwdown 2018: 6-9 p.m. Friday. American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington. $25 early bird; $35 general admission. Come hungry to the Mac & Cheese Throwdown at the American Sign Museum. You'll be able to try samples from multiple mac-makers and judge which is best. macandcheesecincy.com
The Great Ohio Brew N' Que: 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Fifty West Brewing Co., 7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township. $20-$40. This week's list is making me hungry. Sample some of the best barbecue in the region during this annual event at Fifty West Brewing. And wash all that good food down with a craft beer or two. fiftywestbrew.com