Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend {January 24-26}

It’s shaping up to be a great weekend in Cincinnati! Enjoy all kinds of music, lots of family fun, hiking, a Chili Cook-off, and much more.

And Happy Birthday to our beloved Fiona! She turns 3 on Friday.

Photo used with permission from The Cincinnati Zoo. Lisa Hubbard, photographer.

Friday, Jan. 24:

Join Evan Keeling, a resident comic artist with the Smithsonian Institution, in the Destination Moon: Apollo 11 Mission exhibition (at Cincinnati Museum Center) for an evening of suds and sketches! Evan uses graphic art to engage with history and teach visitors fundamentals of storytelling. Explore the exhibition and then visit drawing stations as Evan mingles with guests. Drinks will be available for purchase. Destination Moon will be open until 9 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.). Drink and Draw admission included with Destination Moon ticket. This is a 21+ event. Drinks are not permitted in the exhibit. 6-9pm and Destination Moon tickets are required. {details}

It’s time for the monthly “Walk on Woodburn”, 6-10pm. Head to East Walnut Hills for an evening of revelry, camaraderie, art, food, music, drinks, and shopping. Stop in to all of your favorite spots in the neighborhood to see what’s happening and enjoy a wintry evening! {details}

The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show is at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. {details}

Saturday, Jan. 25:

It’s Fiona’s Birthday Party with Graeter’s Ice Cream (at Rookwood Pottery)! Rookwood Pottery is throwing a fun-filled birthday party for Cincinnati’s favorite hippo with Graeter’s Ice Cream, where an additional 1,000 Fiona Ice Cream Bowls will be released. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., celebrate while enjoying complimentary: behind-the-scenes tours of Rookwood Pottery featuring the ‘making of’ the ceramic ice cream bowl at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; signings with the local artists behind the design, Gary Simon and Loren Long, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; ice cream from Graeter’s including Chunky Chunky Hippo, a signature flavor created to honor Fiona and her friends; photos with the beloved Fiona mascot; birthday-themed treats and refreshments. {details}

Take a Brew House and 21 Cellar Tour with the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom, 1-2pm. This tour starts at the taproom with brewer, Chris Siegman, and will move across the street to experience the 21 Cellar, with 175 bbl Hungarian oaks tuns and the spot their Kosmic Mother Funk calls home. You will also get to experience a behind the scenes tour of where the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom makes their taproom exclusive beers! Also included in the ticket price is a guided flight of their taproom exclusive beers and a 12 oz Samuel Adams snifter to take home with you. Tickets required. {details}

Head to Shawnee Lookout* for the next installment of Great Parks’ Winter Hike Series. Come together during the annual Winter Hike Series for a challenging hike that ventures through Shawnee Lookout. Hike concludes with a hot, hearty bowl of chili and crackers and plenty of camaraderie. Registration required. Shawnee Lookout ($9/person per hike, ages 12 & up; free for children under 12, must be accompanied by a paying adult). {details}

The Clermont County Public Library has a STEAM Club event: Home Sweet Home, 11am at the Union Twp. Branch. Attendees will learn about local habitats and the animals that live within them. Kids will explore three different types of habitats, meet live animals and participate in fun activities to gain a better understanding of the world around us. They’ll also make a nut-free pine cone bird feeder to take home. To RSVP for your child ages 6-13, call the library at 528-1744 or sign up online. {details}

And here’s a great one for all the dog lovers out there – The Miami Twp. Branch of the Clermont Co. Public Library is going to the dogs! Brush up on your reading skills by teaming up with a dog friend who loves to hear stories from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Miami Township Library. Each participant ages 5 to 12 will be given a 10-minute session with a licensed therapy dog during their reserved time. Find a book at the library or bring one from home; our furry friends love any kind of book! For more information or to RSVP for your session, call the library at 248-0700. {details}

Experience Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush (Cincinnati Nature Center), 10am-3pm. Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the Outdoor Learning Center and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. Hikes start at the sugar house (Outdoor Learning Center) at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm or 2 pm. {details}

Enjoy some frosty fun at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Family Festival: Frosty, Frozen Fun, 12-3pm. Enjoy a meet and greet with a real live penguin from the Cincinnati Zoo (from 12:00-12:30pm). Stop by for some frosty fun and experiment with ice painting, design a frozen snow crown and take part in an epic snowball battle. No blizzard bash would be complete without a hot chocolate warm up station stocked with all your favorite toppings (because whip cream makes everything better). {details}

The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show is at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. {details}

Beware! There is a vampire among us. … Or is there?  Enjoy an evening out with the Mystery Dinner Series from Great Parks of Hamilton County. Enjoy an evening of adult humor and fun at a mystery dinner. Advance ticket purchase is required. For ages 18 and up. Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center. Starts at 6:30pm. {details}

Mapcap Puppets: Fairy Tale Follies will be at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1-2pm. Zany court jesters, Winx and Jinx, deliver a flurry of fairy tales for the Queen’s celebration. Their hilariously twisted tales of Hansel and Gretel, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs had better win the Queen’s approval or they may end up facing her fire-happy dragon! Tickets required. {details}

Sunday, Jan. 26:

Findlay Market hosts their 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off and 2nd Annual Hot Sauce Boss Competition, 10am-4pm. Enjoy a chili competition with local amateur chefs, free samples of competition chili (while supplies last), live music, free hot sauce samples (while supplies last), and chili-themed items from all over the market. {details}

The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show is at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. {details}

Head to Immaculata (Mt. Adams) for their Chamber Music Series and enjoy The Viennese School: Transfigured, 4-5:30pm. The Chamber Music Series seeks to bring together talented young musicians from the region to present enlightening and inspiring performances to the Cincinnati community. Free, donations accepted. {details}

Get your hands dirty with Bloom and Grow Your Own Houseplants for Families at the Krohn Conservatory. Explore the beauty of the plants grown in their tropical collection areas and pot up a small foliage plant to add to your very own “Krohn Grown” collection.  1-3pm. Included with price of admission. {details}

The Chamber Music Series kicks off the season today at the Taft Museum of Art. For the 67th annual Chamber Music Series, The Taft Museum has have partnered with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra to bring you four months of beautiful music. The first concert in the series is on Jan. 26 starting at 2:30pm. Free – reservations are required. {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.