Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: May 12–15

It’ll be a big weekend for live music, art showcases, barbecue, and other fun in the Queen City.

See stadium shows, a dance showcase, feast on delicious barbecue, and watch master mixologists face off at these weekend happenings in Greater Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Bold Moves Festival

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, AXIS Dance, and others join the Cincinnati Ballet for this two-week dance festival showcasing diversity and celebrating longtime artistic director Victoria Morgan’s last production, capping off her incredible 25-year career with the Ballet.

May 12 – 21, Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., downtown

Smoke on the River BBQ Fest

Celebrate the love of good barbecue and live music with eats from Guns Up BBQ, House of Brisket, Sweets & Meats, Quad Que BBQ, Wildside Experience, Smokin’ Dews, Sweet Jazz Treats, Dada Smokes BBQ, Turkeys R Us, and Graeter’s. Note: Due to high water, this event has moved from Covington Plaza to Newport’s Festival Park on Riverboat Row behind Newport on the Levee.

May 13–15, Riverboat Row behind Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport

Garth Brooks at Paul Brown Stadium

Friends from places high and low are coming to see the country music superstar make a stop at PBS on his Stadium Tour. Read our interview with singer-songwriter Mitch Rossell, who opens for Garth both nights.

May 13 & 14, 7 pm, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, downtown

One Good Party at MadTree

MadTree throws its biggest party of the year in honor of “the people, our nonprofits, and our planet” this Saturday. Special brews on tap benefit great causes, like Cincinnati Zoo, Adventure Crew, Cincinnati Parks Foundation, and Groundwork ORV. Stick around for food, live music, activities like Cincinnati Zoo animal encounters, gear swap, and a friendly beer competition. Find the full schedule, available beers, music lineup, and more here.

May 14, noon–midnight, MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Rd., Oakley

Cincinnati Alchemy Fest

This popular mixology competition pits bartenders against each other in a cocktail competition judged by Molly Wellmann of Japp’s, WEBN’s Allie Martin, and author Vernon Jackson. Taste the contestants’ delicious cocktail creations, shop local art and vendors, listen to the Jess Lamb Band and DJs, and drink cocktails from the best bartenders and mixologists in the city.

May 15, 3–10 pm, Arts’ on the Avenue, 2141 Central Ave., West End

The Who Rocks TQL Stadium

The English rockers perform in the Queen City for a stop on their “The Who Hits Back” tour. It’s the first time the band plays Cincinnati since their 1979 concert at Riverfront Coliseum resulted in tragedy when 11 people lost their lives waiting to get into the venue. The band will make a donation from the concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, which honors friends and classmates that lost their lives at the concert and provides college scholarships for Finneytown High School students.

May 15, 7:30 pm, TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Pkwy, West End

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