Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend {January 10-12}

Get ready for a fun weekend in Cincinnati! Meet up with Dick Hagar (who worked with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) at the Cincinnati Museum Center, take a full moon hike, experience a German Winterfest, and much more!

Apollo 11 at Cincinnati Museum Center

Friday, January 10:

Head outside for a Full Moon Walk at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Full Moon Walks provide rare opportunities to hike Nature Center trails when they’re normally closed. These night time walks utilize level upland trails — we avoid hills, steps and stream crossings for safety. While each full moon walk varies, they generally stop periodically for natural history moments, special readings or simply to admire the shadows cast by the full moon. As it’s night time, the pace is slower. Leaders adjust the walking speed based on their group. Full moon walks generally go for 1.5 hours with their goal being to maximize time on the trail. Reservations needed. {details}

The Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs rolls into town this weekend. The annual KOI Cavalcade of Customs Car Show brings hundreds of the coolest custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and more to the floors of the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH. {details}

Friday Tours of Rookwood Pottery continue this week. Go behind the scenes for a tour at 10:30am or 1pm. Explore Rookwood’s 88,000 square foot production facility in the heart of Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with a guided working factory tour led by resident historian, George Hibben. Tickets required. {details}

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Saturday, January 11:

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}

Great Parks’ Annual Winter Hike Series is in full swing. Head to Sharon Woods* for a challenging hike followed by a hot, hearty bowl of chicken and wile rice soup. Registration is required. {details}

Head to Station Family + BBQ for German Winterfest 2020, 7-10pm. Inspired by the great outdoor winter markets and festivals of Germany, they’ll have Glühwein (hot spiced wine), sausage sandwiches, customized beer steins, LIVE MUSIC from Green Light Morning (you know, the brilliant guys with the accordion), and a little market of their own too. Bundle up because the fun is sure to spill outside by the fireplace. *No tickets required — just come and bring all your people!* {details}

My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus is holding an Open House at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10am-2pm. Watch short circus skill demonstrations, try out the circus skill equipment with help from our coaches and advanced students, learn how to juggle, hoop and diabolo, meet the students, directors, coaches and members of the Board. {details}

Dick Hagar – spacecraft engineer, trainer of astronauts and historical witness to both successful and tragic rocket launches – is visiting Cincinnati Museum Center January 11 & 12. In his role, Hagar worked with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, training them on the Apollo command module’s systems. Join him as he shares his expertise and stories in lectures and gallery talks, including deep first-hand knowledge of the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. Lectures and gallery talks are included with admission to Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. Lectures are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12. {details}

Get outside and enjoy a Maple Tree Tapping Day at Cincinnati Nature Center, 1-4pm. Help tap the trees as they start the sugaring season. Head out into the sugarbush with a maple guide to learn the ins and outs of tree identification and tapping all while drilling holes, setting taps, and hanging sap buckets. Enjoy hot cocoa and a fire to warm up. Registration required. {details}

The Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs rolls into town this weekend. The annual KOI Cavalcade of Customs Car Show brings hundreds of the coolest custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and more to the floors of the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH. {details}

Take in some art with the CAC @21C tour. Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C Museum Hotel 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. {details}

Sunday, January 12:

Enjoy some Sunday Bluegrass at MadTree Brewing. The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars will provide the live music and MadTree will provide the craft beer! Noon – 3pm every Sunday in January. {details}

Head to the Cincinnati Art Museum for Brunch. Art. Music., 12-1pm. Join in every second Sunday of the month for music in the Great Hall from 12:00 – 1:00. Visitors will be invited to connect what they hear with objects in the permanent collection. Before or after the music, they invite guests to stop by the Terrace Cafe for a brunch special. Musical performance is free. Food must be purchased separately.  {details}

Dick Hagar – spacecraft engineer, trainer of astronauts and historical witness to both successful and tragic rocket launches – is visiting Cincinnati Museum Center January 11 & 12. In his role, Hagar worked with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, training them on the Apollo command module’s systems. Join him as he shares his expertise and stories in lectures and gallery talks, including deep first-hand knowledge of the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. Lectures and gallery talks are included with admission to Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. Lectures are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12. {details}

The Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs rolls into town this weekend. The annual KOI Cavalcade of Customs Car Show brings hundreds of the coolest custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and more to the floors of the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH. {details}

It’s time for Second Sunday Family Showtime from the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. This month’s theme is “Passport to the World”. Join in for cultural indigenous games as they explore traditions and celebrations from around the world. Students will “visit” various countries in this hour long program which can be customized to fit the specific needs of the audience. Participants will explore different cultures through a variety hands-on activities such as learning a traditional dance from India, playing a tag game from Mexico, participating in a Japanese green tea ceremony, or experiencing the joy of Irish fiddle music!  {details}

The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society invites you to enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer at the Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods*, 3-4pm. All ages are welcome to join in on the jamming and singing. Free to attend. {details}

Engine Company 13 located in the West End is in the process of being brought back to life by Hive Properties and they’re hosting an Engine Company 13 Open House, 1-3pm. The 2nd floor office space is completed. They also have 3 historic fire trucks calling the 1st floor home for the winter. Get a behind the scenes tour of this amazing Fire House. Come learn about its interesting past and its exciting future. {details}


Ongoing Events:

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

2 Pianos, 4 Hands is at The Playhouse in the Park (through Jan. 12).

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.