The Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies team, along with guides from Music Hall, take you behind the scenes of this Cincinnati icon. Experience the theater after hours, learn more about the history of Music Hall and hear firsthand accounts of ghostly sightings by visitors and staff. Tickets: $25 per person. More info: cincinnatiarts.org
Learn more about the life of Solomon Northup, the subject of the Golden Globe-winning film 12 Years a Slave, with this self-guided tour. Seven stations inside the Freedom Center provide historical context for what Northup might have experienced during his time in slavery and the role of abolitionists in helping him to regain his freedom. More info: freedomcenter.org
Experience the life of the late Princess of Wales as this award-winning exhibition makes it's final stop on the world tour that began in 2003. Featuring more than 25 dresses, suits and evening gowns, a collection of family jewels, her breathtaking wedding gown and more, this exhibit is an exciting glimpse into the life and work of the 'People's Princess.' Tickets: $24 Adults; $16 Children; $21 Seniors; $17 Adult Museum Members and $12 Child Museum Members. More info: cincymuseum.org
Experience over seventy master drawings from the Horvitz Collection of Boston, which features works by artists such as Francois Boucher, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Carle Vanloo and other members of the group known as "The Generation of 1700." Tickets: Free admission to exhibit and museum. More info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, presented by Macy's, and featuring the bold work of African American artist, Art Smith, as well as several contemporaries, this exhibit showcases twenty-four gold and silver pieces, as well as sketches, tools and model photos involved in production. Tickets: Free admission to museum and exhibit. More info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org
See the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden as it comes alive with the colors of spring. With more than 100,000 tulips and over a million flowering trees, shrubs and other spring flowers, "Tulip Mania" is one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Tickets: Included in admission to the Zoo; $15 adults ages 13-61; $11 children ages 2-12 and seniors ages 61 and up. More info: cincinnatizoo.org
Make a visit to Washington Park to experience a variety of original sculptures all made from recycled or recyclable materials and produced by local artists. Presented by 3CDC, the sculptures are a celebration of Earth Day, and will be judged and awarded prizes at the official awards ceremony on April 22, at 5 pm. Be sure to go online to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. More info: washingtonpark.org
Celebrate National Poetry Month during the library’s 16th Annual Poetry in the Garden series, held in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Writers League. Local poets Cathy Hale, Rae Hoffman, Beth Szymanski, and Nick Bascom, whose verses won the Third Annual Poetry in the Garden Contest, will share their work during the first of five poetry sessions held at 7 pm in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge. After featured poets read at each session, there will be an open mic for all guests. More info: CincinnatiLibrary.org.
A highly theatrical exploration of performance and the masks we all wear in our everyday lives, The Twentieth-Century Way is part engaging historical drama, part acting tour de force, and part incisive social commentary. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy art demos and exhibits by local artists at an open house at the PRG Artists Lounge Co-op. The events will also include live music and door prizes. More info: prgartistlounge.com
Cheer on the Reds from Fountain Square as you watch the game on the big screen. Enjoy food, beer and fun at Cincinnati’s largest outdoor Reds Watch venue. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Thousands of free flying butterflies fill a tropical paradise, complete with brilliant floral displays, darting parrot fish, waterfalls, live animals and more. Experience family night, Mother's Day events, a breakfast with the butterflies and even a Costa Rican Mercado, where guests can purchase locally made and eco-friendly gifts. Tickets: $7 adults; $4 children; Ages 4 and under are free. More info: cincinnatiparks.com/butterflyshow
Learn about one of the most popular stage works in the world—Bizet’s Carmen. Cincinnati Opera Managing Director Chris Milligan shares the story of how Carmen came to be, why it continues to enchant today, and what will make Cincinnati Opera’s production this summer a must-see.
At Clifton Cultural Arts Center: Free, but reservations are required: email email@example.com.
At the Mercantile Library; $5 general public. Reservations are requested: call 513- 621-0717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, featuring the songs "America," "Tonight," and "Maria." Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. More info: LakotaWestTheatre.com.
Delightful music and romantic story elements come together in beautiful fashion in Saint-George and Gautier’s ballet classic. The show offers incredible dramatic moments, as characters dance all night in the name of love. See a story of unrequited affection, as dance brings the exciting plot to life; don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most loved ballets at SCPA. Tickets and more info: www.scpak12.org.
Hometown heroes Over the Rhine bring their patented brand of passion to Cincinnati Ballet’s 2013-2014 Season finale, Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live. More info: cballet.org
Take a look through the photographer's lens into the history of the Queen City from 1860 to 1960 as the Cincinnati Museum Center presents a collection of black and white historical photographs documenting Cincinnati during World War I, World War II, the flood of 1937 and more. This third installment of the Treasure exhibit series is also the Museum Center's contribution to Cincinnati Opera's citywide series, Cincinnati Remembers WWI, commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Tickets: Included in Cincinnati History Museum admission or an All Museums Pass. More info: cincymuseum.org
A zany, wacky, creative, and innovative party—Building Value celebrates 10 years of building with repurpose at the fifth annual ReUse-apalooza with live entertainment, craft beer, and local food. Bid on original and unique masterpieces for your home from our designer challenge, where earth-friendly artisans create something cool from practically anything. More info: easterseals.com.
Join the Friends of the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center and the Covington Education Foundation as they present "Community Concert" with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's Floodwall Jazz Quintet. Proceeds will benefit post-secondary and art education. Tickets: $10 advance tickets, $15 at door; $5 advance student ticket, $7.50 at door. More info: bakerhunt.org
Conductor David Robertson leads an all-American program with Bernstein’s dynamic, jazz-influenced dance episodes from On the Town, Barber’s poignant Adagio for Strings, and Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, a masterful rendering for orchestra and piano of W.H. Auden’s epic poem about four lonely wartime strangers who spend an evening in a New York bar pondering the human condition. This program is presented as part of “Cincinnati Remembers WWI,” a citywide series of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War and anticipating Cincinnati Opera's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera "Silent Night" in July 2014. More info: cincinnatiopera.org/WWI.
Following their holiday show at Music Hall that attracted more than 4000 shoppers, Craft Supermarket is coming to Clifton for their spring show. This years show will feature over 45 crafters, artists and designers, a live DJ from the PROJECTMILL collective and hands-on craft activities for adults and kids alike. Tickets: Free to the public. More info: craftysupermarket.wordpress.com
This annual commemoration of the Shoah includes a candle lighting by survivors, prayer and a moving program that remembers the lives lost during the Holocaust and honors the lives saved. More info: Contact Trinity Ruggles at 513-487-3055
Remember the Holocaust at the annual community-wide commemoration reflecting this year's theme, Mosaic of Memory: Perspectives, Narratives & Approaches. The commemoration includes candle lighting, prayer, music and a moving program to remember the victims and honor the survivors.
Helen Welch, a musical theater showstopper on stages in England and the U.S., makes a return visit to Xavier singing hits from Broadway and Hollywood. Tickets: $25 general; $22 Faculty/Staff/Seniors; $3 with student ID. More info: xavier.edu/musicseries
The chorus and orchestra of Xavier University present a cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem (“Grant us peace”). Drawing his text from the Roman Catholic Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible, Vaughan Williams’ 1936 work was a plea for peace that lamented past wars during a time of growing fear of another war to come. Featured soloists include soprano Meghan Tarkington and baritone Thomas Dreeze.This program is presented as part of “Cincinnati Remembers WWI,” a citywide series of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War and anticipating Cincinnati Opera's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera "Silent Night" in July 2014. More info: cincinnatiopera.org/WWI.
School of Rock Mason students perform in concert the music of Black Sabbath. All ages. Doors open at 5 pm, show at 6 pm. Tickets: $6 in advance at www.cincyticket.com or $8 at door.
Spice up your lunch hour with a visit to the Strauss Troy Market on Fountain Square, every Tuesday from May to October. Enjoy fresh produce, lunch foods, sweet treats, handmade items and more, all from local vendors. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Join the College of Mount St. Joseph as they honor the individuals and organizations that have made an impact on the school. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships to help over 700 Mount students finance their education each year. Tickets: $100 per person. More info: msj.edu
Enjoy a night of fun with a flashback to the 70's for the annual Women Helping Women's Light Up The Night Gala! More info: 513-236-2010
Summer is on the way as Salsa on the Square returns early this year! Every Thursday beginning in May and continuing through September, Fountain Square will come alive with the sights and sounds of salsa. Beginners can learn to dance with tips from skilled instructors and dancers, and all skill levels will enjoy the music by live salsa bands. More info: myfountainsquare.com
Friday kicks off the 16th Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend with the P&G Health and Fitness Expo at the Duke Energy Center, and the Little Kings Mile race. Saturday begins with the Toyota 10K Race and the Tri-State Running Company 5k, followed by the Family Fun Festival at Yeatman's Cove, then the Kids' Marathon 26th Mile, the Flying Piglet Kids' Fun Run, the Iams Flying Fur Run and finally the Flying Pig Pasta "Pig-out." On Sunday, opening ceremonies begin at 6:15 am, followed by the Flying Pig Marathon, the Border Energy Half Marathon, and the City Dash 4-Person Relay, all ending at the Michelob Ultra Victory Party at Yeatman's Cove. More info and registration: flyingpigmarathon.com
GeoFair, Cincinnati's largest annual gem, mineral, fossil and jewelry show, returns for its 49th year. FInd great gifts for any occasion, talk to experts, browse the "rare" finds of local collectors, and learn about how stones are cut and polished. Children all receive free mineral and fossil specimens, and can learn about geology at the education center. Tickets: $9 for adults; $3 for children; Teachers free with paying adult; Scouts in Uniform are free. More info: geofair.com
artTILE 2014, the fifth annual exhibit dedicated to the tradition of ceramic tiles, will feature over 1,000 dynamic tiles ranging from low-relief 2-inch tiles to highly sculptural tiles~ the common denominator, a slab of clay. artTILE 2014 is an invitational exhibit featuring over 35 exceptional professional and emerging ceramic artists specially selected to display a wide range of designs, sizes, prices, and techniques offering a collection with great scope & depth. More info: indigenouscraft.com
School of Rock Mason students perform the Talking Heads classic Stop Making Sense. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. Tickets: $6 in advance at www.cincyticket.com or $8 at door.
Living life as a “Big Guy” is one obstacle, but imagine carrying one hundred extra pounds and getting work based seventy percent off of your appearance. Welcome to the life of Raymond McAnally, an actor who’s weighed over 280 pounds since he was 18 years old. Working in a profession that forces his body issues to take center stage, he’s learned how size matters, and how it doesn’t. Based on true events, this heartfelt comedy will resonate with anyone who’s ever wrestled with body issues and self-confidence. Tickets: $38 and up. More info: www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
CIncinnati Preservation Association's 2014 Mansions of Lafayette Avenue house tour will feature three outstanding historic residences. Two are architectural icons built for “barons of Clifton”: “Oakwood,” the 1866 Norman Revival home of Henry Probasco, and “Scarlet Oaks,” the 1870 High Victorian Gothic mansion of George Shoenberger. The newest of the three, “Stonehedge,” is an 1887 Swiss Chalet with Arts and Crafts flavor built for H.C. Hulbert. Oakwood and Scarlet Oaks are on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets: $25 for CPA members; $30 for guests/nonmembers. More info: cincinnatipreservation.org
Help celebrate the work and achievements of this year's Cincinnatians of the Year, Kim and George Vincent, with this black tie event featuring dinner and a live auction. Tickets: $250 per person; $3,000 for a Table (10 people). More info: jdrfswo.org/events
The annual Salute to Career Women of Achievement Luncheon is attended by 2,000 of the city’s most prominent and successful business leaders and is the largest annual fundraiser for the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. The event celebrates 35 years of being an affirmation to the success women are achieving throughout the Cincinnati business community and beyond. More info: ywcacincinnati.org.
Enjoy a fun-filled family weekend, with a 5k fun run/walk, hand-on activities, special appearances by astronauts, a star-gaze with telescopes, model rocket building and more! Also, get a chance to see the National Museum of the Air Force's new space shuttle exhibit. Tickets: Free admission to event and museum. More info: nationalmuseum.af
The CCAT Walk is a fun, family friendly event with something for everyone, with all proceeds benefiting those who could otherwise not afford treatment for addictions, through the Center for Chemical Addiction Treatment. The event will include games and activities for kids, a DJ, breakfast and lunch, a raffle with prizes such as Reds and Bengals packages, restaurant and spa certificates, and more. More info: ccatwalk.com
Join this 1.5 mile walk to support those in our community who live a gluten free lifestyle, and to help raise awareness for celiac disease. For more info, contact: email@example.com
Are you the "Best Speller in the City?" Find out as teams of three come together to compete in an adult Scripps Spelling Bee, hosted by the Literacy Network, to win the title and a prize package valued at $500. More info: lngc.org
New Orleans trumpeter Duke Heitger and his swing combo will play jazz favorites from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them immortalized by Louis Armstrong. Tickets: $25 general; $22 Staff/Faculty/ Seniors; $3 with Student ID. More info: xavier.edu/musicseries
A tradition dating back more than 40 years returns as the Public Library of Cincinnati presents its annual used book sale. Browse through more than 50,000 books on every subject from children's literature, to non-fiction, to classics, as well as plenty of DVDs, CDs, audio books and even vinyl records. Most books are priced between $1 and $4, and Friends of the Library members will receive a 50% off coupon to use on their choice of days. On Thursday, June 6, all merchandise will be half-off, and Friday, June 7, is Bag Day- buy a Friends shopping bag for $10 and everything you can fit inside it is yours! Proceeds from the sale have funded countless free programs for adults and children throughout the years and been used to add to the Library's collection. More info: friends.cincinnatilibrary.org
Join Local 12 reporter Bob Herzog, emcee and celebrity auctioneer, as he auctions off Fire and Police Department packages, Disney Hopper passes, Golf Course packages, Reds Diamond Seats, a Reds Luxury suite and more. The auction will be followed by a plated dinner and dessert, with a cocktail hour beforehand featuring music by Anna & Milovan. Proceeds benefit the St. Joseph Orphanage. More info: sjokids.org or (513) 741-3100.
The afternoon's performance features operatic arias and instrumental music by Verdi, Rossini, and Bellini. Cincinnati opera darling Sarah Coburn returns, following her acclaimed performance in 2013’s Der Rosenkavalier at Cincinnati Opera. More info: ccocincinnati.org.
The Ault Park Concours d'Elegance is a nationally recognized car show featuring some of the most spectacular automobiles and motorcylces of all time. Enjoy a weekend of events, dinners, vendors, classes and more. More info: ohioconcours.com
Join JDFR and Kings Island for a 3k Walk to Cure Diabetes. More info: walk.jdrf.org
Kick off the beginning of the Cincinnati Opera season with a night of free performances by the stars of the 2014 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the newly-renovated Washington Park, just across the street from Music Hall. Tickets: Free. More Info: cincinnatiopera.org
Experience the legend that is Carmen as you join the Cincinnati Opera in their new-to-Cincinnati production starring Stacy Rishol as the alluring and seductive Carmen. Watch as the mysterious beauty flirts with the wrong man, and becomes entangled in a dangerous love affair with the wildly-obsessed Don Jose. More info and ticket options: cincinnatiopera.org
Camps are American Camp Association accredited Girl Scout summer camps. Girls have fun and learn new skills, make lifetime friends and try things they never thought they could do. Themed camps include the arts (acting, singing and dancing), outdoor sports (including archery), cooking, health and fitness, outdoor adventure, science, nature and the environment, leadership opportunities and horseback riding. Fees range from $15 for one day experiences to $300 for resident camps. Specialized activity camps may be more. More info: 513-489-1025 or 800-537-6241, or go to www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org.
Enjoy home-made strawberry shortcake and ice cream while you browse local art, pottery, furniture, crafts and antiques at vendor booths and in the local shops. Visit the Community House for dinner and the Old Fire House for snacks, and don't miss the Antique Tractor Show. Tickets: Free parking and admission. More info: 513-738-0491
Tour de Cure allows riders of all levels to join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education, and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Ride lengths from five to 100 miles. More info/registration: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=9376&pg=entry.
Celebrate the anniversary of the first flight of the world’s first practical helicopter by learning about the aircraft that can go backwards, forwards, spin and even hover in place through fun demos and hands-on activities. Tickets: Free admission to museum and event. More info: nationalmuseum.af
Join the Cincinnati Opera as they honor the centenary of World War I with Silent Night. This new opera, based on true events and the 2005 film "Joyeux Noel," is set on Christmas Eve in 1914, on Europe's Western Front, where soldiers on both sides are struggling to cope with the atrocities of war, and a German opera singer conscripted into fighting sings out across the trenches. More info and ticket options: cincinnatiopera.org
Join The Band Perry, Alabama, JT Hodges, Eli Young Band and more for a weekend of music, food and fun, featuring six-stages spread across Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. More bands are being added to the lineup every week. Tickets: Starting at $55 dollars for a day pass; Children ages 10 and under are free;Three-day and VIP passes available More info: buckleupfestival.com
Commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing by learning about rocketry and space flight through fun demos and hands-on activities. Tickets: Free admission to museum and event. More info: nationalmuseum.af
Commemorate National Aviation Day, and Orville Wright’s birthday, by learning about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2014 and beyond through fun demos and hands-on activities. Tickets: Free admission to museum and events. More info: nationalmuseum.af
Chosen as a Top 10 Event in Indiana by Top Events USA, and voted the Number 4 Food Festival from Best of Indiana, this celebration offers arts and crafts. grape stomping, food booths, parades, amusement rides, river cruises, beer gardens, live entertainment and more, all while enjoying over 100 of Indiana's finest wines. For ticket prices and more: switzcotourism.com or (812) 427-3237
Experience this uniquely intimate fine arts experience, featuring dozens of talented artists as they showcase their photography, woodworking, watercolors, glass, prints, and more. Enjoy a fine arts sale, live music, art raffle, chili lunch, and indoor and outdoor exhibits. Tickets: $1 per adult, includes a raffle ticket; Children 12 and under are free. More info: huuc.net/laf
Step out and do your part to stop Diabetes! Participants in the Walk are changing the future and making a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes, not because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because they walk among us in our lives and at the event. More info: stepout.diabetes.org
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