Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: March 31–April 3

Find fun in the 513 at these weekend events.
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Laugh along to a hilarious and heartwarming play, celebrate Cincinnati’s craft brewing scene, watch a springtime color burst at the Zoo, see a festival of new plays, and catch an exciting twist on the land of Oz this weekend.

Steel Magnolias

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents this hilarious play about the women of Truvy’s beauty parlor, where gossip is worth its weight in gold and wise-cracking Southern belles develop a powerful bond.

March 31–April 17, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Cir., Mt. Adams

Cincy Winter Beerfest

The 14th edition of this winter festival (postponed from February to this weekend) celebrates Cincinnati’s dynamic brewing scene with samples of hundreds of craft beers plus tasty eats from local food trucks.

April 1 & 2, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown

Zoo Blooms

 One of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest explodes with spring color at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (or should we say, the Cincinnati Botanical Garden and Zoo?). Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms lasts through the month of April and features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs, and other spring bulbs.

April 1–30, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale

Y.E.S. Fest  

Northern Kentucky University presents their 20th Year End Series of new plays, the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country. See four world-premiere plays, and NKU’s first regional collaboration with The Carnegie in Covington. Find more info on shows and show times here.

April 1–16, Northern Kentucky University, 1 Louie B. Nunn Dr., Highland Heights

The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington

The Wiz JR.

This hit Broadway musical follows the thrilling adventures of characters from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a rock, gospel, and soul music twist. Featuring songs like “Ease On Down the Road” and “Brand New Day,” The Wiz JR. includes exciting dance numbers blending traditional movement from African culture with ballet, jazz, and modern dance.

April 2–10, Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., downtown

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