Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend {February 14-16}

Love is definitely in the air this weekend! Get ready for all things Valentine’s Day, lots of chocolate, the Annual Bird Count Weekend, Les Mis at the Aronoff, and much more!

Macarons at the Macaron Bar in Cincinnati

Friday, February 14:

Take a Sweet Stroll through Over the Rhine with Cincinnati Food Tours, 10am-12:30pm.

OTR’s favorite midwinter rendezvous returns with Valentines at the Memo 2020! The Phoenix’s Chef Jeremy Luers collaborates with Elias Leisring (Eli’s BBQ) on an eclectic, four-course dining experience. Enjoy the architectural grandeur of Memorial Hall as you progress through its ballrooms, Parkview Room and Anderson Theater, each vista offering culinary delights and live musical performances. 8:30pm.

Flowers, Chocolate and Romance at Krohn Conservatory from 10am – 5pm. Learn the story of chocolate! An educational exhibit and daily crafts. Included with price of admission.

Locoba and The Macaron Bar have paired up to offer a Valentine’s Day Macaron and Beer Pairing. Head to the Locoba taproom for four (5oz) beers paired with four macarons from Macaron Bar. There will be THREE timeslots for this event; 6:00 – 7:00pm, 7:00 – 8:00pm, or 8:00-9:00pm. You must show up between the timeframe on your tickets to claim your macaron and beer pairings. Tickets required.

Enjoy a bit of Sweet Harmony with Valentine’s Day at Rhinegeist. Join in for an exclusive event where you can indulge in Rhinegeist beer that has been perfectly matched with decadent desserts provided by local sweet tooth satisfiers. Doors open at 8pm, but feel free to join in anytime before 11pm. Tickets required.

Saturday, February 15:

Look for your new best friend at My Furry Valentine – the Tri-State area’s largest animal adoption event. Sharonville Convention Center, Feb. 15 & 16. Admission required.

The Cincinnati Art Museum has a Pottery Workshop on Saturday, 1-3pm. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join us for this workshop led by a local artist. Learn about techniques and materials used by professional artists in these fun, educational and hands-on workshops. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Reservations required.

Love is in the air this year at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Valentine’s Dinner – Wild Side of Love. Spend your Saturday evening at the sexiest Zoo in America! Reservations required.

Flowers, Chocolate and Romance at Krohn Conservatory from 10am – 5pm. Learn the story of chocolate! An educational exhibit and daily crafts. Included with price of admission.

Among the many hidden figures critical to landing the first humans on the Moon was Marion Lee Johnson. Marion Lee Johnson will be at Cincinnati Museum Center’s Destination Moon exhibit on Saturday and will share her experience as a woman mathematician working in the historic Apollo program and she will also give her advice for the next generation of STEM professionals. Her talks will be in the Reakirt Auditorium, 10am and 2pm. Seating for these events are first come, first served so plan to arrive early. The discussion is included in your admission to see Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count with Clermont County Parks. Join your favorite naturalists for some citizen science as you search for birds in the preserve! Get tips for identifying local birds, learn their natural history, and enjoy the fresh air. All levels are welcome to join the fun and help look as you walk the light/moderate trails. A limited number of binoculars will be available for use. They’ll have counts at Kelley Nature Preserve (10-11am) and Sycamore Park (1-2:30pm).

Head to the Downtown Main Library for a celebration of African American literature with a Read-In, 12-4pm. Explore the Library’s collection of books created by African American authors and illustrators while enjoying a day of public readings, performances, hands-on activities. Featured guests include author Sharon Draper and illustrator R. Gregory Christie. Additional guests include: Judge Nadine Allen, Terri Bolds, Ashley Ferguson, Christine Gibson, Darwin Henderson, Quvadus Kinney, Mariam McKenney, Shawn Pryor, and Arnice Smith. All ages welcome. No registration required.

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Sunday, February 16:

Look for your new best friend at My Furry Valentine – the Tri-State area’s largest animal adoption event. Sharonville Convention Center, Feb. 15 & 16. Admission required.

Art on Vine will be at Rhinegeist, 12-7pm. Celebrate some lovin’ supporting local artists, crafters and unique hand crafted items.

There’s a Maverick Chocolate Demonstration happening at the Krohn Convservatory. Paul Picton, owner of Maverick Chocolate will demonstrate the complex and interesting process of making chocolate from bean to bar. Visitors will even be able to sample some of his wonderful chocolate afterward! 1-3pm. Event is included in your admission to the Bloom and Grow Spring Show at the Krohn Conservatory.

Flowers, Chocolate and Romance at Krohn Conservatory from 10am – 5pm. Learn the story of chocolate! An educational exhibit and daily crafts. Included with price of admission.

Cook up a pot of your best chili and head to the Annual Chili Cook-Off at Quaker Steak and Lube (Colerain). They will be awarding prizes for the best traditional chili, the best non-traditional chili, and the best hot/spicy chili. It’s free to enter and free to taste! They will be featuring $4 Bloody Marys, $2 Mimosas, and $2.50 pints of Miller Lite all day. The cook-off starts at noon and goes until 4pm.


Ongoing Events:

Broadway in Cincinnati’s “Les Misérables” is at the Aronoff Center, Feb. 11-23, 2020. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘On My Own’, ‘Stars’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘One Day More’, and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

The Cincinnati Ballet presents Swan Lake February 13-16, 2020.

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.