Things to do in Cincinnati This Weekend {November 15-17}

The theme of the weekend is definitely Christmas Lights in Cincinnati! But this list is not all about the holidays… Get out there and enjoy the outdoors with hikes and a meteor shower. There’s a Wizardfest for all the Harry Potter fans and loads of family events in the area including Cosmic Kids at the Cincinnati Observatory and Third Sunday Funday at the Taft Museum of Art.

Tiger Lantern at Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Light
Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights opens this weekend

Things to Do This Weekend:

Friday, November 15th

You do have the power to make fetch happen! Catch the last weekend of Mean Girls playing at the Aronoff Center as part of the Broadway in Cincinnati series (through November 17th).

It’s a special Holiday Open House at Rookwood Pottery! On Friday and Saturday, enjoy festivities including complimentary sweets, savory bites, and drinks. Discover their handcrafted ceramics through demonstrations, factory tours, artist signings, and shopping their exciting new products and curated gift sets. New this year, they will be open on Sunday for a Holiday Wreath Workshop and light brunch. Explore more when you click the link above.

It’s Opening Day for BrewDog Cincinnati, located at 316 Reading Road (downtown, close to Sycamore). The fun starts at 11am.

Wrap up Northern Cincinnati Restaurant Week this weekend (ends Nov. 17). Choose from a list of local restaurants offering a 3 course meal for $30 at a special rate.

We are beyond thrilled to add our craft beer mecca to the many incredible offerings in Cincinnati. Bring your friends, fam and pups, and help us celebrate our Grand Opening! It’s gon’ be wild.

We’ve got super limited edition craft beer pouring, and the first 100 through the door will have the chance to win:

The Harper Art Show is happening this weekend in the Ellenwood Nature Barn at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*. Enjoy viewing and purchasing Harper prints at the annual art show. A free print, titled “Once There was a Field,” will be given with the purchase of a framed or unframed print. Brett Harper will be signing books on 11/16 and 11/17 from 1–3 p.m.
Hours are: Friday-Sunday, 11am-4pm

In case your littles can’t get enough of Frozen before the sequel comes out next week, catch Frozen Jr. presented by the Royal Theatre Company (home of The Children’s Theatre of Mason).

Head to NoBaked Cookie Dough in Mason for their Hot Chocolate Sampling Event. Come try FREE samples of their new made-to-order Classic Hot Chocolate! Friday, November 15th from 7-10pm. Hot chocolate will be available for purchase, too.

The Ice Rink at Fountain Square will host Friday Night Jams. DJ Diamond will take over the rink from 8-10pm. Friday Night Jams goes through Nov. 22. The Ice Rink is open through Feb., 2020.

Learn the basics of wine at Liberty Farm Market’s Wine 101 from one of Wine Spectators top 100 restaurateurs, Todd Hudson of The Wildflower Cafe in Mason. $20. 6:30pm.

Don’t miss Botany & Brews at the Krohn Conservatory. A special limited release beer made with “Krohn Grown” coffee will be offered by Woodburn Brewery with a program by Mark House. $15 per person, $20 at the door, 6pm. This includes one drink ticket, a short lecture/tour and evening viewing of the conservatory.

There is still time for some family friendly farm fun at Gorman Heritage Farm. Hop on a wagon tour with Ringo and Joel starting at 2:30pm. This is offered most Fridays. Be sure to check back on the day of just in case of schedule changes.

It is Military Appreciation Week at the Newport Aquarium. The aquarium is offering free admission all week (through 11/17) for both active and retired veterans with Military ID. Family members will receive $3 off each adult tickets and $2 off child tickets.

Saturday, November 16:

For one night only, Hogwarts can be found in Cincinnati at the Ludlow Garage in Clifton as they host Wizardfest. There will be trivia, a costume contest, a DJ, themed drinks at the Leaky Cauldron and Triwizard tournaments throughout the night with prizes awarded. You can even win a trip for two to London! Event starts at 7:15pm with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets start at $11. Since the summoning charm doesn’t work for us muggles, click here for more info and tickets: “Accio, Tickets!

There are several hiking options at Great Parks of Hamilton County on Saturday. For adults, try their off-trail hike, Preserve your Mind, to discover the restorative power of nature. Held at the Richardson Forest Preserve*, you must register by 11/14, free. For ages 12+, come to the Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods* at for a Autumal Afternoon Sound Walk starting at 1pm. Immerse yourself in the sounds of nature with local composer, Rich Bitting. Moderately hilly and about 1 mile in length. Free.

Home for the Holidays Craft Show is happening at the Sharonville Convention Center, 10am-5pm. Shop with 65 Crafters/Vendors for handcrafted, one of a kind jewelry, the latest in fall and winter fashions, home decor, Christmas items, and much more.

You might also like our Christmas Markets and Holiday Craft Shows list!

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods opens for the season! Holiday in Lights is an outdoor light display enjoyed from the comfort of your own car. With over 1 million lights and over 250 light displays, this has been an established Cincinnati holiday family tradition at this Great Park of Hamilton County for over 28 years! Admission is $15/vehicle ($45 for buses/15 passenger vans). The lights are shining nightly 11/16 through 12/31 and a $2 off coupon is available here. Don’t forget to visit the indoor Santaland for no additional fee while there (see site for Santaland dates). Warm up with a beverage, enjoy carolers on the weekends and get a start on your holiday baked good and shopping.

It’s a special Holiday Open House at Rookwood Pottery! On Friday and Saturday, enjoy festivities including complimentary sweets, savory bites, and drinks. Discover their handcrafted ceramics through demonstrations, factory tours, artist signings, and shopping their exciting new products and curated gift sets. New this year, they will be open on Sunday for a Holiday Wreath Workshop and light brunch. Explore more when you click the link above.

The Harper Art Show is happening this weekend in the Ellenwood Nature Barn at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*. Enjoy viewing and purchasing Harper prints at the annual art show. A free print, titled “Once There was a Field,” will be given with the purchase of a framed or unframed print. Brett Harper will be signing books on 11/16 and 11/17 from 1–3 p.m.
Hours are: Friday-Sunday, 11am-4pm

For one day only, Memorial Hall presents Dragons Love Tacos, a musical review of several treasured contemporary children’s books. There are two shows-noon and 2pm for $14 each. Upgrade to $16 to attend post show taco party made possible by Mazunte where you can meet the cast. The party will take place on the first floor of Memorial Hall in the Gold room immediately following each performance.

It’s opening day for the Festival of Lights! The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed for the 37th annual PNC Festival of Lights. In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show featuring Fiona, ride the Toyland Express train ride or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4pm, an hour before the rest of the festivities begin at 5pm. The festival is included with general zoo admission and ends January 4th. NEW this year at PNC Festival of Lights: A Fiona fairy statue search in Fiona’s Fairyland, holiday photos in the Hippo Hut, giant lanterns featuring a few with the soon-to-be-open Roo Valley theme and an immersive “Northern Lights” light experience. This is the last year for the 4D Theater and Polar Express before being transformed into a new food and retail space slated to open in 2020. There is also a new walk in entrance on Erkenbrecher Ave. making getting into the zoo much easier this year.

Wrap up Northern Cincinnati Restaurant Week this weekend (ends Nov. 17). Choose from a list of local restaurants offering a 3 course meal for $30 at a special rate.

Santa rolls into West Chester on November 16th at EnterTRAINment Junction. See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a “Journey to the North Pole”, where you can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa. Mrs. Claus will even treat you to cookies in her kitchen as you prepare your wish list for Santa. Don’t miss “Main Street Holiday Trains” that showcases a beautiful winter train display. The holiday displays are open during normal business hours with some extended hours closer to Christmas.

The Warm 98.5 Ice Rink opens in Blue Ash’s Summit Park at noon today. Ice skate, warm up by the large outdoor fire pit, go up in the Observation Tower, and play at Summit Park.

Don’t miss Santa’s arrival at Bass Pro Shops. During this special welcome party starting at 5pm, there will be gift card giveaways, Santa’s Wonderland will be unveiled, free hot chocolate and stocking decorating (until supplies run out).

The rumble of the Holiday Traditions trains return to the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park for its 28th year on Saturday. There are 30 guest activated displays, lights and music. After Thanksgiving, Santa arrives on Sundays with afternoon story hours from local librarians and crafts which require registration by the preceding Friday. Starting in December, several Northern Kentucky communities offer free entry hours with proof of residency.

Take a photo and meet Anna and Elsa ahead of the long anticipated Frozen 2 premiere at the Fields Ertel location of Once Upon A Child starting at 9:30am. Fritsch from Q102 will be giving away Frozen 2 tickets and there will be free coffee and donuts!

Grab a chair for a front row seat for the viewing of the Leonid Meteor Shower at Elk Creek MetroPark (Middletown), 6-9pm. Members of the Cincinnati Observatory and the Cincinnati Astronomical Society will help you view the stars like never before through the lens of a telescope and participate in sensory activities. Free, all ages. Registration is required.

Go on a free hike to explore different animal homes as they prepare for winter on Saturday morning starting at 10:30am at Huffman Park in Fairfield. Registration is suggested but walk ups-are welcome.

Don’t miss this month’s Cosmic Kids at the Cincinnati Observatory. The theme is Space Rocks where kids in grades K-7 are welcome to learn about different types of space rocks, make a comet and even touch a rock from outer space! It is your choice whether to drop off or stay with your child. K-3rd go from 9-10am; 4-7th start goes from 11am-noon. Members ($3) and non-members ($10) welcome. Reservations required.

Sunday, November 17th

Join fellow Elf enthusiasts at Kenwood Theatre for an interactive movie viewing experience at 1pm. There will be a sing-a-long, prizes and interactive cues throughout the film. Tickets are $12 and available here.

The Harper Art Show is happening this weekend in the Ellenwood Nature Barn at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*. Enjoy viewing and purchasing Harper prints at the annual art show. A free print, titled “Once There was a Field,” will be given with the purchase of a framed or unframed print. Brett Harper will be signing books on 11/16 and 11/17 from 1–3 p.m.
Hours are: Friday-Sunday, 11am-4pm

Brunch is back at Hidden Valley Orchards! Head there for their Harvest Barn Brunch on Sunday, multiple times offered.

Take a tour of Cincinnati’s first suburb – Mt. Adams! Mt. Adams offers a Guided Walking Tour from 1-3pm starting at Mt. Adams Bar and Grill. Learn a lot of history, where to dine, and visit several Mt. Adams iconic locations. Reservations required.

Bring the whole family to Third Sunday Fundays: Art Detectives at Taft Museum of Art, 1-4pm. Enjoy 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. Use your sleuthing skills and create your own secret code bracelet using Morse code. Help Alice solve the case in the Know Theatre’s presentation of Alice in Neverland at 2p. Seating for the performance is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations required, but preferred. Register here.

There are morning and evening opportunities for yoga on Sunday. First, Sonder Brewing in Mason has recurring morning classes every Sunday at 9am for $10 followed by brunch (brunch not included in the $10). Beginners welcome. For an evening option, head over to Liberty Farm Market for a Gentle Yoga with Jill class starting at 7pm. $10 drop in pricing.

Wrap up Northern Cincinnati Restaurant Week this weekend (ends Nov. 17). Choose from a list of local restaurants offering a 3 course meal for $30 at a special rate.


Plan Ahead:

Things to do in Cincinnati over Thanksgiving Weekend
November things to do in Cincinnati
Christmas and Holiday Things to do in Cincinnati

*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.

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