Things to Do this Weekend!




Taste of Cincinnati

Sat, May 23, 2015 - Mon, May 25, 2015

It's too delicious to pass up! Head downtown to Taste of Cincinnati to sample the best of what the Queen City has to offer.

Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by The Downtown Council of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Started in 1979, it is now the nation's longest running culinary arts festival.

For more information, go to tasteofcincinnati.com

Zac Brown Band

Fri, May 22, 2015, 7:00 PM

Listen to Zac Brown Band perform songs from its new album, 'JEKYLL + HYDE'. 

Zac Brown Band is: singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.

For more information, go to riverbend.org/.

May Festival 

Fri, May 22, 2015 - Sat, May 30, 2015

Be sure to see James Conlon direct the May Festival for the final time!

Under the direction of James Conlon, the May Festival choruses are joined by renowned guest artists and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the two-week festival, which includes concerts in Cincinnati's Music Hall and also Covington, Kentucky's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

After nearly four decades of extraordinary leadership and music-making with America’s premier choral festival, Mr. Conlon will be named May Festival Music Director Laureate and continue to have a presence conducting in Cincinnati both with the May Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

Performances times can be found at mayfestival.com.

Contemporary Arts Center Exhibitions

Fri, May 15, 2015 - Sun, Oct 11, 2015

Check out the new exhibitions at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center: The perfect kiss (QCC)* and The Vesper Project. 

The perfect kiss (QQ)* is a curatorial and creative undertaking for artist and curator Matt Morris, who will develop an arrangement of works by Byars in conjunction with a number of his own interventions. The exhibition’s title references a 1974 artwork by Byars while also seeking to rekindle the unexpected romance and delicacy within Robert Mapplethorpe’s 1990 exhibition The Perfect Moment. 

On view now through Sunday, October 11, 2015.

The Vesper Project is a massive, multi-part installation in which paintings are woven into the walls of a 19th century American house. It is the culmination of a five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vespers, a 19th century family who “passed” as a white family in New England even as their mixed heritage made them “Negro” in the eyes of the law.

On view now through Sunday, October 11, 2015.

For information about other exhibitions, go to contemporaryartscenter.org.

Up at Bat: Warhol and Baseball

Sat, May 02, 2015 - Sun, Aug 02, 2015

As the city gears up to host the Major League Baseball All-Star game July 14, museum officials decided it was a good time to remind Cincinnatians of Warhol’s “Pete Rose,” which turns 30 this year.

The exhibit, “Up at Bat: Warhol and Baseball” (April 11-Aug. 2), also features the only other paintings Warhol did on baseball players: one of Roger Maris and one of Tom Seaver. In fact, Warhol’s Seaver painting shows him in a Reds jersey, which was created in 1977 after he had been traded to Cincinnati from the New York Mets.

Go to cincinnatiartmuseum.org for more information. 

Henry V

Thu, May 21, 2015 - Sun, May 24, 2015

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Henry V, but it'll only be here until May 30!

The prodigal Prince Hal has cast off the unruly ways and unruly companions of his youth, and has ascended to the throne of England. But the civil wars that allowed his father, Henry IV, to ascend to the throne, have taken their toll. The country is bankrupt, and civil unrest bubbles just under the surface, threatening to erupt again. In order to refill the royal coffers and unify the country against a common enemy, the young King Henry sets his sights on the conquest of France. But his fervent army of nobles and commoners soon find themselves in hostile territory, surrounded and woefully outnumbered. At the center of Shakespeare’s history cycle, and featuring some of the most powerful oratory in the canon, Henry V tells the unforgettable tale of those few, those happy few, that band of brothers who stood up against overwhelming odds to fight for God, King and Country. Don’t miss this history cycle favorite, as Shakespeare’s game of thrones continues.

Showtimes: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. & Sundays at 2 p.m., Final Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, go to cincyshakes.com

Treasures of Our Military Past 

Fri, May 15, 2015 - Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Treasures of Our Military Past” opens May 15. Each of the ‘Treasures’ exhibits highlights some part of Cincinnati history. The exhibit is designed to celebrate the region’s rich history with artifacts collected from Cincinnatians who participated in the military from as early as the 1780s. More recent conflicts, such as the wars in the Middle East, will also be featured, although there are fewer artifacts available from that time period.

For more information, go to cincymuseum.org

Zoo Babies

Fri, May 01, 2015 - Sun, May 31, 2015

All throughout May, help the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden celebrate its newest (and cutest) arrivals! That includes Uma, Kya & Willa, the female African lions, and Gladys, the female Western lowland gorilla. 

For more information, go to cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-babies/.

Ultimate Queen City Underground Tour

Sat, May 23, 2015, 1:00 PM

Learn about Cincinnati’s hidden history! Enjoy a stroll through Over-the-Rhine, home to America’s largest set of historical landmarks. Visit buildings in the Gateway District that were home to over 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens, and theaters that hosted iconic entertainers like Buffalo Bill Cody. Then, descend below the city streets to a hidden crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents were buried. Next return underground to explore newly discovered tunnels vital to Cincinnati’s brewery heritage. Finally end the tour with a visit to the Christian Moerlein bottling plant and tap room.

For more information, go to americanlegacytours.com

Reds vs Rockies on Memorial Day!

Mon, May 25, 2015, 1:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Head down to Great American Ballpark for Memorial Day to watch the Cincinnati Reds take on the Colorado Rockies! 

Memorial Day activities will include ceremonies honoring military groups. A special ticket package is available that includes Reds-branded aviator sunglasses.

Go to reds.com for tickets and more information.