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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Oct. 17-20

Posted: 10:00 AM, Oct 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-17 14:15:52-04
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It might not be as big as BLINK but the lineup of things to do this weekend is still pretty spectacular.

FOOD & DRINK

Ault Park's HallowEve Brew Bash: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Ault Park Pavilion, 5090 Observatory Circle, Mount Lookout. Free. It’s back. Gee Your Band Smells Terrific will rock Ault Park with some great cover songs as folks dance and drink in their most spectacular costumes. Beer or wine will be available for $5 a glass. Or for $25 you can receive ten five-ounce tastings from some of Cincinnati’s best craft breweries. There will also be food available for purchase. www.aultparkac.org

Drunken Hog BBQ Grand Opening: 5-9 p.m. Friday. Wooden Cask Brewing Co., 629 York St., Newport. Barbecue and craft beer will be the perfect pairing when Drunken Hog BBQ opens inside Wooden Cask’s taproom. Enjoy some great smoked meats and a pint during this grand opening event. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Haunted Hustle: 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Stretch, 191 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. $40 race registration; $15 party ticket. 21 and older only. Dress to impress during 4EG’s freaky four-miler. This Halloween themed race begins and at The Stretch. Registration for the race includes a fanny pack filled with swag and three drink tickets provided by The Stretch. Racers can enter a costume contest as well. There’s also a $15 ticket option for those who aren’t up for the run but are ready to party. www.hauntedhustlecincy.com

Fall Ravioli Dinner: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Sacred Heart Church, 2733 Massachusetts Ave., Camp Washington. Advertised as the best ravioli dinner in town, cooked by the best Italians and parishioners around, from the best Northern Italian recipes, Sacred Heart’s Fall ravioli dinner is a must. Take out begins at 10 a.m., followed by sit-down meal service at noon. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

COMMUNITY

Syrian Shrine Circus: 7 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. $23 adult general admission; $18 child general admission; $5 cash only parking. With three rings of affordable family fun, the 98th annual Syrian Shrine Circus will thrill fans of all ages with death-defying aerial acts, hilarious Shrine Circus Clowns and animal attractions. Children will have the chance to ride and pet the animals. www.thebbtarena.com

The City Flea: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. My, how time flies. This weekend’s City Flea will be the last outdoor market of the “regular” flea market season. Grab your coat and pullover sweater for all of the Fall feels in Over-the-Rhine with some of the best local vendors around. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Fall Orchid Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. $7 general admission; $5 youth (5-17); free children 4 and under. The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society will present hundreds of orchids on display with plants and supplies also for sale. Local orchid experts will be available to share their knowledge and tips for growing. www.cincinnatiparks.com

The World’s Largest Electric Slide: 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Ault Park, Observatory Avenue, Mount Lookout. Free. Who says it is only socially acceptable to do the “Electric Slide” at weddings? Paloozanoire is producing this all-ages family affair with the intent to create fun and bridge the gap between generations. Bring your grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, co-workers and even the mailman to connect, laugh and of course, do the “Electric Slide.” e.sparxo.com

THE ARTS

“Jersey Boys”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $30 and up. The touring Tony Award production of “Jersey Boys” is at Procter & Gamble Hall with six performances this weekend. The musical tells the behind the scene story of 1960’s rock group, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Art in Bloom: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. Experience the beauty of glorious fresh flowers paired with the Cincinnati Art Museums fine art collection during this weekend’s Art in Bloom. This year’s theme for the museum’s annual event is “Light.” There will be special events, family-friendly activities and docent-led tours, plus conversations and demonstrations by curators and floral arrangers all weekend long. cincinnatiartmuseum.org

CCO and VAE: Vivaldi and Fauré: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown. $25 adult; $12 college student. The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble will join forces in the splendor of Christ Church Cathedral. The joint performance will include a new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ popular “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis” featuring soprano saxophone, Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Fauré’s “Requiem.” www.vaecinci.com

Rouse Premiere + Ravel's “Bolero”: 11 a.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$130. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will perform Pulitzer winner Christopher Rouse's “Sixth Symphony,” which Rouse composed months before his death in September. Louise Langrée will conduct and violinist Guy Braunstein will perform. The program will also feature Ravel’s “Borelo” and Lalo’s “Symphonie esagnole.” www.cincinnatisymphony.org

“Colores, Voces y Expresiones Iberoamericanas”: 6 p.m. Friday. Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. The Workers Center Artist Committee is hosting the opening ceremony for its new art exhibition, “Colores, Voces y Expresiones Iberoamericanas.” This is the second art show hosted by this collective of immigrant artists in partnership with the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center. The exhibit is a celebration of art and diversity that will showcase paintings, sculptures, literature, poetry and edible art by the artists. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

May Festival: Rachmaninoff Vespers: 4 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $10 adults; $5 students. Cincinnati’s May Festival Chorus will make a rare solo appearance on the Music Hall stage! when the group performs a selection of Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers,” along with performances of Tchaikovsky’s “From My Youth” from “All-Night Vigil,” Balakirev’s “The Angel Cried Out” and the anonymous “O Heavenly King and Rejoice, I Hymm Thy Joy.” mayfestival.com

MUSIC & COMEDY

“That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody”: 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $25-$45. What could be better than the “Golden Girls?” How about Sophia, Rose, Blanche and Dorothy played by puppets? “That Golden Girl Show” will take place in the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. www.cincinnatiarts.org

TRAP Karaoke: 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. OTR Live, 209 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. $20-$42. 21 and older only. Assemble your squadron! TRAP Karaoke puts fans at the center of the concert experience by bringing them closer to the artists and music they love. Slots are still open to take the stage and sing your heart out. www.trapkaraoke.com

Comedian Billy Gardell: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $37.50-$47.50. Emmy nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell will end the weekend with laughter when he takes that stage in the Taft Theatre. The former “Mike & Molly” star currently has a recurring role in “Young Sheldon.” tafttheatre.org