Things to do in Cincinnati This Weekend {November 8-10}

The holidays are kicking off this weekend with season openings for lots of Christmas events including the trains at both Cincinnati Museum Center and Krohn Conservatory and the light show at Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights. Get outside with a Fowling Tournament, ice skating at Fountain Square, and lots more!

Soldier Saluting at Union Terminal

Things to Do This Weekend:

Friday, November 8:

Go behind-the-scenes at Rookwood Pottery on a Friday Tour. 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. Happening at 10:30am and 1pm. Reservations required.

It’s opening night for Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island Amusement Park. With two and a half miles to drive through, your family can see displays and light shows made of over a million lights driven by more than forty thousand computer channels. Nov. 8-Jan. 5

It’s opening day for Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, a staple of Cincinnati holidays since 1946. Watch from above or get a track-level view as hundreds of model trains zip along thousands of feet of track in the historic layout. Tower A will also reopen this holiday season, delighting guests a unique view of the active Union Terminal railyard. The original control tower of the station, Tower A will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday during the holiday season. Nov. 8 – Jan. 5.

The Brick Bar will be set up at The American Sign Museum. This Pop-Up is the first of its kind and will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. The bar will feature sculptures made completely from building blocks as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. There will also be local DJ’s spinning tunes all day. Tickets required.

It’s opening day for Taft Museum of Art’s Antique Christmas
This year’s exhibition features many new and exciting displays, including several feather trees with decorations ranging from vintage Disney ornaments to characters from German fairy tales. Figures of the jolly old elf will also be on view under a large tree adorned with antique paper, chenille, and glass ornaments.

The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market is at Duke Energy Center. The Holiday Market features 350+ one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores. Choose from an unparalleled selection of home décor, specialty clothing and one-of-a-kind treasures, plus gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show. And when you’re ready for a break, relax and compare finds with friends at their wine-and-appetizer lounge.

Head to the Ice Rink at Fountain Square for Friday Night Jams. DJ Xanati will take over the rink from 8-10pm.

There’s a Fowling Tournament going on at Washington Park, 5-7pm. Fowling is a football bowling pin game with a set up similar to cornhole. Winners of the tournament will receive a $120 gift certificate to Fowling Warehouse! All ages welcome.

Enjoy an evening in East Walnut Hills with Walk on Woodburn. Stop in to all of your favorite spots in the neighborhood to see what’s happening and enjoy the autumn evening! Happens from 2500-2800 Woodburn Ave., 6-10pm.

If you’re heading to Walk on Woodburn, be sure to stop by Woodburn Brewery for the WOW Sidewalk Stargazing Party. Astronomer Dean Regas of the Cincinnati Observatory will be setting up several telescopes outside the taproom as part of their 52 Weeks of Astronomy program! Viewings will be available from 6:30-8pm. Weather permitting, the Moon, Saturn + it’s rings and moons, and the Summer Triangle stars including Vega, Albireo, and Altair will be visible. Astronomers will be on hand to share interesting info about the Autumn sky and the Observatory—come with questions!

Saturday, November 9:

Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier at Shawnee Lookout*, 2-5pm. Step back more than 200 years to celebrate Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier. Enjoy settler games, crafts and even try samples of period fare. Exchanges between Native Americans and settlers will be portrayed by the Society of Northwest Longhunters throughout the event. Some crafts may cost a small fee. Shawnee Lookout/Historic Cabin Area

Rhinegeist Veterans Day Fundraiser. Head to the Rhinegeist taproom this Veterans Day to celebrate the men and women who have served bravely in our Armed Forces.  Join in on this annual Veterans Day fundraiser. Valor, a beer brewed by the amazing group of veterans who work at the brewery, will be on tap, and a portion of the day’s proceeds will go to the good folks at The Barracks Project.

The Brick Bar will be set up at The American Sign Museum. This Pop-Up is the first of its kind and will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. The bar will feature sculptures made completely from building blocks as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. There will also be local DJ’s spinning tunes all day. Tickets required.

The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market is at Duke Energy Center. The Holiday Market features 350+ one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores. Choose from an unparalleled selection of home décor, specialty clothing and one-of-a-kind treasures, plus gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show. And when you’re ready for a break, relax and compare finds with friends at their wine-and-appetizer lounge.

Fountain Square is hosting “Watch It, Wear It” where you can watch some of your favorite movies on the LED board as you skate with special guests in costume on the Rink. This week’s feature is Toy Story 4. Happening from 1-3pm.

Start your holiday shopping at the McNicholas Craft Fair on Sat., Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s gym. Over 40 booths, including 18 Rocket alumni, will feature handmade, one-of-a-kind items! Free admission and free parking.

Meet a Meteorite at Cincinnati Observatory, 7-9pm. The Cincinnati Observatory will be gathering the best meteorite collections in the Tri-state for the public to explore. See and hold rocks from outer space, including rocks from the Moon and Mars. Learn how meteorites are formed and collected. Discover how to distinguish meteorites from meteor-wrongs. No reservations needed. $10/adults, $5/kids, Free for Military Veterans and Observatory Members.

Head to MadTree for Friends Fest 2019 and drink 40+ amazing beers, cocktails, and mead options. Only 300 spots available because they want to make sure it’s not too crowded so you can actually hang with all the brewers, distillers, and even a zymurgist (someone who makes mead) from each participating company. No lines, just good hangs and a bottle share type environment. Come thirsty, and hungry. They’ll have amazing food and a few of the participating breweries are cooking up for the event. Throw on a couple collaboration beers they are releasing at this like an IPA with neomexicanus hops with Creature Comforts Beer and a Belgian-style ale with Blackberry Farms Brewery and we’ve got ourselves a party!

It’s opening day for the Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show, A Zinzinnati Holiday.  Discover the beauty of our city’s German history at The Krohn Conservatory’s holiday display. Surround yourself with evergreens and poinsettias as you stroll through the historical representations of Cincinnati’s buildings.

The Lakota East PTSO Holiday Arts and Crafts Show is happening from 10am until 4pm. 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township, OH 45044
$2 admission

Sunday, November 10:

It’s a Veterans Day Celebration at Union Terminal. Veterans will receive free parking and admission on November 10 to: Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science.

Art on Vine will be at Rhinegeist Brewery, 12-7pm.

Get outside for a Fall Foliage Hike. Join UC’s Dr. Denis Conover for an exploration of the habitats/plants of Burnet Woods! Dr. Conover shares information on identifying the over-100 species of trees documented in Burnet Woods, native v. non-native plants, the impact of invasive species, and more. Come see what the woods have to offer this week! Meet outside Trailside Nature Center (the Ludlow Avenue entrance is recommended if parking). Free. Hiking footwear/clothing to be both on and off trail is recommended. Hike is usually less than 2 miles but of moderate to difficult intensity. The hike is happening from 2:30-4:30pm.

The Lakota East PTSO Holiday Arts and Crafts Show is happening from 11am until 4pm. 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township, OH 45044
$2 admission

The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market is at Duke Energy Center. The Holiday Market features 350+ one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores. Choose from an unparalleled selection of home décor, specialty clothing and one-of-a-kind treasures, plus gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show. And when you’re ready for a break, relax and compare finds with friends at their wine-and-appetizer lounge.

Celebrate all veterans with a Veterans Salute at Memorial Hall.  Memorial Hall proudly continues its century-long mission of honoring Cincinnati veterans with a full day of patriotic programming. Theatre, visual arts, symphonic music and history coalesce in an evocative celebration of our armed services. All programs are free of charge, though reservations are required. Free tickets can be reserved at MemorialHallOTR.com, or by calling the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513.977.8838.

Skate with Gapper, the Cincinnati Reds Mascot, on the Fountain Square Ice Rink, 2-4pm.


Plan Ahead:

November Fun List

November things to do in Cincinnati

Things to do for Christmas

*Great Parks for 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.