Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend {January 31-February 2}

It’s a light week for weekend events – perhaps due to Sunday’s big game? Highlights include Art After Dark, Mascot Broomball, Chocolate in the Chapel, and more.

Mascot Broomball at the Fountain Square Ice Rink
Mascot Broomball at Fountain Square

Friday, January 31:

Trivia in the Woods (at the Cincinnati Nature Center): It’s trivia fun with a hint of nature! Join Cory Christopher, Director of Conservation, as he emcees this enjoyable night filled with fascinating facts and spirits at their historic Groesbeck Estate. Subjects include: sports, pop culture, literature, science, and more – all with a nature twist. No need to be a naturalist to play! Come with a team of six or be paired up with others. This new adult-only evening is sure to delight. Pizza and salad are included; beer and wine can be purchased. $10 per person. Limited to just 10 teams. 7-10pm, registration required. {details}

Art After Dark: Art After Dark at the Cincinnati Art Museum is back and they’re throwing a black and white party to celebrate 2020 and special photography exhibition The Levee: A Photographer in the American South. Enjoy music from DJ ETrayn, food for purchase from Camp Washington Chili, specialty cocktails and docent-led tours throughout the night. **Guests are encouraged to wear black and/or white to go along with the black and white photography theme.** {details}

Signs and Songs: Head to American Sign Museum and enjoy the sounds of Robin Lacy & DeZydeco. This six-piece group formed in the late 80’s, putting a modern twist on traditional New Orleans-style grooves. The group plays original songs, as well as popular crowd-pleasers. Free parking. Cash/Credit bar available. Doors open at 6pm for museum touring; the concert will start promptly at 7pm and wrap up by 9pm. Tickets required. {details}

CAC @21c: Join Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 5-6pm. {details}


Saturday, February 1:

Winter Hike Series from Great Parks of Hamilton County. Get outside and away from distraction this winter. Come together during the Annual Winter Hike Series for a challenging hike that ventures through Miami Whitewater Forest*. Hike concludes with a hot, hearty bowl of bean soup and cornbread and plenty of camaraderie. Registration required. {details}

Family Valentine’s Date Skate: On February 1, kids can bring a parent, grandparent or someone special for a pre-Valentine’s Day date at the Fountain Square Ice Rink! They’ll have themed crafts in the Warming Tent with Abby Palen, and kids can enjoy one free hot chocolate with craft participation. This event is free with rink entry. Admission is $6 and skate rental is $4 per person. 1-3pm. {details}

Cheese 101 with Urban Stead Cheese: Join in at the Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen for a class with the masterminds (and cheesemaker!) behind Urban Stead Cheese in Evanston. Owners Andrea and Scott will cover how cheese is produced, from cow to curd, and share their own cheesemaking story. All while guiding you through a tasting of their luscious cheeses alongside the tastiest of accoutrements. This is one special class you definitely don’t want to miss! Reservations required, 11am – 1pm. {details}

Mascot Broomball (rescheduled from a previous rained out date): One of my favorite events is happening on the Ice Rink at Fountain Square – Mascot Broomball, 11am-noon. Watch as your favorite Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky mascots duke it out on the ice for a game of broomball. They’ll have meet and greets after the game. Free to attend. {details}

Family First Saturday: Be My Valentine: Head to the Cincinnati Art Museum for free and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy a special scavenger hunt, performances, hands-on art-making and more. Enjoy special preschool activities from 11:00 a.m–1:00 p.m.  Free, no reservations required. {details}

Chocolate Lovers Cooking Class: Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Dive in to chocolate heaven in this class at Liberty Farm Market. You’ll be making: double chocolate biscotti, fudgey brownies, and truffles. 1-4pm, reservations required. {details}

Make your plans for Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day!) with our list of great Valentine’s Day events!


Sunday, February 2:

This is, of course, the day of the big game. There are lots of restaurants and bars that are hosting events – too many to list. Please check Facebook events or Google your favorite spot to find Sunday events for the game.

Chocolate in the Chapel. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum presents the 6th Annual Chocolate in the Chapel event on Sunday, February 2, 2020.  Local businesses will showcase their sweet treats in the Norman Chapel just in time for Valentine’s Day. Visitors will also be able to take a mini walking tour of the Norman Chapel led by Spring Grove’s expert docents.  The tour will begin at 1:00pm.  {details}

Nature Photo Walk: Join in for a monthly stroll at Summit Park. Meet in front of the tower and then proceed to the trails. You’ll discover the park throughout all seasons. All levels of photography and cameras (DSLR / mirrorless / smartphones) are welcomed. Free, registration required, 9:30am-10:30am. {details}

Roundabout Opera for Kids Performs “The Barber of Seville”: ROKCincy in partnership with Cincinnati Opera is thrilled to present Rossini’s classic opera “The Barber of Seville.” at The Barn on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1pm. No reservations are required for this FREE family-friendly event! Sung in English and Italian, this updated version includes familiar music, high energy hi-jinks, and colorful sets and costumes. The performance is approximately 40 minutes long and is appropriate for grades K-6 and families. A study guide is sent prior to the performance and a Q&A with the performers is offered afterwards. {details}


Ongoing Events:

Disney’s The Lion King is at the Aronoff Center for the Arts (January 8-February 2)

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is at Playhouse in the Park, January 18 – February 16.

Fortune is at the Ensemble Theatre, January 18 – February 15.

Enjoy discounted admission at the Cincinnati Zoo during Penguin Days (now through March 13)

Newport Aquarium is celebrating Winter Family Days with a buy one adult, get a kid free admission special. See their site for full details. MUST BUY TICKET ONLINE.


*Great Parks of Hamilton County requires a Motor Vehicle Permit for entrance to the parks.

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.