Top 5 Events This Week: Apr 1-7

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On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his winter nap, failed to see his shadow, and declared that fewer than six weeks of winter remained. After a little over eight weeks of freezing temperatures, it’s clear that he was mistaken. But spring will arrive yet, so come out of your own hibernation and celebrate the Red’s opening day, enter yourself in an obstacle course, or enjoy one of the other Top 5s we have for this week.

1. Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
Tickets for the Red’s Opening Day game may be sold out, but seat-less fans can still partake in the baseball holiday’s festivities. Claim a spot down Race Street and join thousands of fans for Findlay Market’s 94th annual Opening Day Parade. But don’t expect flashy floats or giant balloons. George Foster, Red’s Hall of Famer, will Grand Marshal for this Cincinnati grassroots parade filled with local businesses and high school bands. You might just see a familiar face or two. Parade starts at noon and ends outside the ballpark. April 1, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., downtown, free, findlaymarketparade.com

2. Parade
For an entirely different kind of parade, check out UC College-Conservatory of Music’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical. The show chronicles the tribulations of a Jewish factory manager wrongfully accused of killing a young girl under his employ. The trial stirs up a media frenzy that agitates anti-Semitic tensions in 1913 Atlanta. The Carnegie exhibits a collection of photographs by Daniel Smith and Kent Krugh to accompany the performance. April 5–21, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, $19-$26, thecarnegie.com

3. Monster Jam
With names like Grave Digger, Iron Warrior, and Crushstation, you know these monster trucks are coming to Cincinnati with one thing in mind: mayhem. The 12-foot-tall trucks sit atop 66-inch wheels and race each other around a dirt-packed jumping course. For an extra $10, you can attend Monster Jam’s Party in the Pits, a sort of preshow meet-and-greet where you can see the cars up close and meet the daredevil drivers. April 5–6, U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., downtown, tickets $19.50 and up, usbankarena.com

4. Ohio Country Antiques Show
Antiques Roadshow
lovers unite! The semi-annual Ohio Country Antiques Show gathers 70 antique dealers under one roof to present Americana from the 18th century through World War II. If antiques, catered concessions, and free parking don’t scream an afternoon of fun to an antique treasure-hunter, we don’t know what would. April 6, Roberts Conference Centre, 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, $6 admission, queencityshows.com/ocas

5. Oxford Kinetics Festival
Tap into your inner scientist and check out Oxford’s third annual Kinetics Festival. The festival’s main event is “The Scramble,” in which participants pilot self-powered contraptions and race through an obstacle course. Come up with your own machine to operate for the race or show up a little early with supplies and ideas to get help from festival workers. There will also be an exhibition of works by students and invited artists of sculptures, robots, devices, and more. April 7, Millett Hall, 500 E. Sycamore St., Oxford, free admission, oxfordkineticsfestival.org

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