Best Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend, Nov. 18-20

Looking for something fun to do in Cincinnati this weekend? Here’s a list of our favorite weekend happenings.

We have LOADS of Christmas and Holiday Craft Shows and Markets to choose from this weekend!

Friday:

The Coca-Cola Caravan is making a stop at Summit Park in Blue Ash, 6-9pm. Enjoy free photos with Santa, they’ll have “Santa’s reindeer encounters”, and you can sample Frisch’s pumpkin pie. St. Vincent de Paul will be on hand for a winter coat drive too.

The Starlite Drive-In will be open and will have a double feature: Elf starting at 7pm followed by Black Panther Wakanda Forever.

It’s opening night for Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo.

It’s opening night for Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

Sam Adams Cincinnati Taproom is celebrating their 4th Anniversary. Enjoy free live music, production brewery tours, vintage Utopias pours, and the the release of our 4th year anniversary beer Maple Pecan Portopias. They will also be releasing a barrel aged cocktail inspired beer Ol’ Fashioned Holiday! Registration required for tours. Must be 21+.

Saturday:

It’s time for Holiday Open House at Rookwood Pottery. Enjoy holiday workshops, complimentary behind-the-scenes tours of Rookwood, artist demonstrations, complimentary refreshments by Coffee Emporium, special pottery releases, unique gifts, and more to get you in the holiday spirit! This event happens at their OTR location at 1920 Race Street. Hours are Saturday: 10am-6pm and Sunday: 10am-4pm. Many activities require registration so be sure to check out their event page linked above.

It’s the Holiday Kickoff with Lights Up at Liberty Center starting at 4pm. They’ll have a holiday parade with Santa as the special guest. After the parade, Santa will lead the countdown for their tree lighting.

Sam Adams Cincinnati Taproom is celebrating their 4th Anniversary. Enjoy free live music, production brewery tours, vintage Utopias pours, and the the release of our 4th year anniversary beer Maple Pecan Portopias. They will also be releasing a barrel aged cocktail inspired beer Ol’ Fashioned Holiday! Registration required for tours. Must be 21+.

Enjoy a Rotunda Tour at Cincinnati Museum Center, happening on Saturdays starting at noon, 1,2,and 3pm. During a 45-minute tour of the 1933 train station, docents explain the architecture, construction and art of one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style. Hear details about the world-famous mosaic murals. These limited capacity public tours are first come, first served and will depend on availability.

The Starlite Drive-In will be open and will have a double feature: Elf starting at 7pm followed by Black Panther Wakanda Forever.

Enjoy the season with Winter Weekends at Burnet Woods. Join Cincinnati Parks staff for a brief discussion on ten local birds. You’ll will learn what birds eat, how they make their homes and where they spend the winter. After the discussion you will have the opportunity to make a pinecone bird feeder for your own backyard. Meet at the Trailside Nature Center (12:30-1:30pm). No reservations needed and it’s all free.

Head to Benken’s for their annual Open House Weekend. Enjoy a live manger scene, Santa, S’Mores and refreshments, and more. They’ll also have some workshops and Mini Photo Sessions (registration required for those).

The Cincinnati Art Museum is offering a workshop – Creative Reuse: Drop-In Art Making with Indigo Hippo (11:30am-1pm). Spark your imagination through a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional artmaking materials provided by Indigo Hippo and create a new work of art while keeping materials out of the landfill. Follow the suggested projects catered to different abilities or let your imagination run wild. This program is drop in and self led, and takes place in the Rosenthal Education Center (REC). Free.

Winter Crafts with Abby is happening at Washington Park, 4-7pm. Abby will be leading a holiday card making class on The Porch.

Books By the Banks is back, 10am-4pm. This is a regional book festival held at Duke Energy Convention Center and it features author discussions and signings. Festivities begin at 10am. Free to attend.

Sunday:

It’s time for Holiday Open House at Rookwood Pottery. Enjoy holiday workshops, complimentary behind-the-scenes tours of Rookwood, artist demonstrations, complimentary refreshments by Coffee Emporium, special pottery releases, unique gifts, and more to get you in the holiday spirit! This event happens at their OTR location at 1920 Race Street. Hours are Saturday: 10am-6pm and Sunday: 10am-4pm. Many activities require registration so be sure to check out their event page linked above.

Disney Princess Skate is happening at the Fountain Square Ice Rink, 2-5:30pm. Meet your favorite Princesses! Princess attire encouraged.

Enjoy a Rotunda Tour at Cincinnati Museum Center, happening on Sundays starting at 1,2,and 3pm. During a 45-minute tour of the 1933 train station, docents explain the architecture, construction and art of one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style. Hear details about the world-famous mosaic murals. These limited capacity public tours are first come, first served and will depend on availability.

All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door.

Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.