Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend {January 17-19}

If you’re itching to get outside, you have a lot of events to choose from this weekend. There’s everything from birding to maple sugar collections to winter hikes.

And if getting outside is not your cup of tea, you can choose from trivia, family fun at the museums, book signings, and much more!

Birds in January

Friday, Jan. 17:

Be our guest, be our guest, and put your knowledge to the test! On Friday, January 17th, hop on your magic carpet and join us for Disney+ trivia at Keystone Bar & Grill – Covington. Trivia starts at 9pm. {details}

Cincinnati Cyclones fans assemble for Marvel Weekend! Meet some of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes throughout the game. The Cyclones will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off. Plus enjoy $5 Craft Beers, $1 Sodas, and $3 Cheeseburgers as part of 513 Friday. Tickets required. Puck drops at 7:30pm. {details}

Mercy Healthplex is hosting a Dive In Movie night (Anderson location). Grab your family and your favorite pool floats and join in for movie night in the warm water pool. This month’s movie is “Frozen.” Kids of all ages are invited – parents must be in the water with non-swimmers. Members and Non-members welcome! Please RSVP at the Front Desk – 513-624-1871. {details}

Tamara Bundy, author of Pixie Pushes On, will be discussing and signing her book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers starting at 7pm. {details}

Saturday, Jan. 18:

Head to Woodland Mound* for Great Parks’ Winter Hike Series 2020. This installment of the annual Winter Hike Series is a challenging hike that ventures through Woodland Mound. Hike concludes with a hot, hearty bowl of vegetable beef barley soup and plenty of camaraderie. Registration required. {details}

It’s a Remus Revivial at Memorial Hall. That’s right, this is the REVIVAL of the King of the Bootleggers himself, the man, the myth, the legend, GEORGE REMUS, and he’s coming BACK for YOU! On this 68th anniversary of his passing, they’re reviving the legend for one night, in the heart of Cincinnati, home to Remus’ incredible prohibition era bootlegging operation! Dress in your best themed attire, and join George Remus Bourbon at Memorial Hall to dive into the history of George Remus, King of the Bootleggers, with Robin Carnes, Market Manager for George Remus Bourbon. Explore delicious cocktails from Bill Whitlow, mixologist and owner of Rich’s Proper Food & Drink with a great cocktail demo! Enjoy light bites from Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey, and more George Remus cocktails from the bar, as you dance the night away with themed music from the era! Tickets required. {details}

It’s opening day for the Krohn Conservatory’s Bloom and Grow Floral Show. Spend time amongst the blooming tulips and daffodils while you take a stroll through the hiking path. Along the way collect some leaves and twigs to make your own piece of Nature’s Art in their Art Corner. Or “sit a spell” under the canopy of the Reading Nook. Before you go, add a drawing or a small note to the collage wall.

Head to the Contemporary Arts Center for “Makerspace: Systems and Structures” in the UNMUSEUM (6th floor Learning Center). Get lost in your very own Sierpinski triangle, build a paper and cardboard landscape, create exploding paper sculptures, and more! Free. 1-3pm. {details}

Clermont County Parks are hosting a Winter Bird Count at various parks, 8:30am – 1pm. Join Park District Naturalists and staff for their annual winter inventory of the birds that live in our parks. Spend the morning hiking, searching for and counting the types of birds you find. Afterward join in for lunch and warm up with hot chocolate and tally the counts. No experience is necessary and groups will be starting at different parks including Shor, Sycamore, and Chilo Lock 34 Park. Please email rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov to sign up. {details}

Cincinnati Cyclones fans assemble for Marvel Weekend! Meet some of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes throughout the game. The Cyclones will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off. Tickets required. Puck drops at 7:30pm. {details}

Step into The Ice Age at Sharon Woods* Sharon Centre. What would it feel like to walk 20,000 years into the past? Find out as the nature interpreters transform the nature station into a Pleistocene forest, take part in ice age crafts and touch a real mammoth leg bone. Sensory friendly hour from 10–11 a.m. Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre. No admission charged. {details}

Up for a road trip? Saturday is the 56th Annual Winter Hike at Hocking Hills. The Winter Hike follows a trail that winds through Hocking Hills State Park for about 6 miles. The trail starts at the park campground, and continues to the Upper Falls of Old Man’s Cave. Hikers are led in small groups on an interpretive walk to this point, and then left to finish the hike at their own pace. {details}

The Cincinnati Nature Center kicks off Maple Sugaring Season with a Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush event. 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. Event is included in your admission, free for members. Saturday, 10am-3pm. {details}

Sunday, Jan. 19:

Art on Vine will be at Rhinegeist with their “Keep It Local” themed fine art and handmade goods market. Shop from 70+ local makers. 12-7pm. {details}

It’s the third Sunday of the month already! Take the family to the Taft Museum of Art for their 3rd Sunday Funday, a free afternoon of great art, hands-on fun, family-friendly performances, and animal encounters. Most activities are ongoing throughout the afternoon, so stop by when you have time and stay as long as you can. FREE. No reservations required. January’s theme is “Get Moving”. 1-4pm on Sunday. {details}

Step into The Ice Age at Sharon Woods* Sharon Centre. What would it feel like to walk 20,000 years into the past? Find out as the nature interpreters transform the nature station into a Pleistocene forest, take part in ice age crafts and touch a real mammoth leg bone. Sensory friendly hour from 10–11 a.m. Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre. No admission charged. {details}

The Cincinnati Nature Center kicks off Maple Sugaring Season with a Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush event. 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 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm or 3 pm . Event is included in your admission, free for members. Sunday, 12-4pm. {details}

Join in with the Sunday Birdwatching Group at Burnet Woods, 9-10:30am. The group will gently ramble through the trails, paths, and walkways of Burnet Woods taking notice of which feathered friends are seeking refuge (or hunting!) in the woods. Beginner & experienced birders welcome. Meet by the lake in front of Trailside Nature Center on Brookline Avenue. Bring your own binoculars if possible. Suggested entrance to park is Ludlow Avenue entrance. Walks are led by knowledgeable local birders and are an excellent opportunity to learn for new birdwatchers. {details}

Bippity Boppity Bop on over to Streetside Brewery because Trivia with a Twist is back with Disney/Pixar Music Trivia starting at 7pm. {details}

Cincinnati Cyclones fans assemble for Marvel Weekend! Meet some of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes throughout the game. The Cyclones will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off. The Sunday matinee is their Sensory Friendly Game presented by Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Hockey is for everyone! They are happy to offer a Sensory Friendly Game with decreased auditory and visual stimulation. Puck drops at 3pm. {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.