Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks May 17-19

Rescue Ducks, The May Festival, and a Puppy Shower this weekend.
The May Festival’s opening night is on Friday. The performance of “The Creation” will feature the May Festival Chorus which has been around since 1873.


Cincinnati has plenty to offer this great May weekend. For music enthusiasts, you can attend the opening weekend of The May Festival. For shoppers, the Crafty Supermarket will boast over 100 artisans to choose from. For bird enthusiasts, Longbottom Bird Ranch will be bringing some of their rescue ducks to Braxton Barrel House. No matter what you choose, there is fun to be had.

15th Annual Breakfast on the Bridge

Celebrate national Bike-to-Work day with Tri-State Trails as you enjoy breakfast on the Purple People Bridge. Cyclists will be meeting on the Newport side of the bridge for a free breakfast including morning treats and coffee. If the location is too far to bike all the way, take the bus— any Cincinnati Metro or TANK riders with bikes will get free fare all day. Friday, May 17, 7-9 a.m., Purple People Bridge, 1 Levee Way, Newport

May Festival Opening Night

Cincinnati’s famous 151-year-old choral music event, May Festival, is kicking off on Friday night with a performance of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation. The piece is about the creation of the earth told though passages from the bible and Paradise Lost. Robert Porco, who is celebrating his 35th and final year as the musical director of May Festival, will be conducting. You can also join Matthew Swanson, Julia Wolfe, and Earl Rivers for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Corbett Tower. Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

River Sweep 2024

The City of Covington and Keep Covington Beautiful invite you to their annual litter clean-up. Since 1989, the River Sweep has brought hundreds of people to the Ohio River’s shores for litter collection. Volunteers will meet at West Second Street in Covington on the north side of the flood wall for a light breakfast then head out work from Madison Avenue to Highway Avenue where lunch will be provided to wrap things up. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are recommended and gloves and grabbers will be provided. You can register for the River Sweep here. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., W 2nd St., Covington

Crafty Supermarket Spring Show

Get ready for the ultimate local artisan market in the ballroom of Music Hall. All afternoon you’ll be able to shop from over 100 craft vendors. From skull pendants by Fire & Bone to puppets by Startling Puppets to stained glass by Little Tiger Glassworks, there will be no shortage of handmade goods to buy. There will also be some art activities, a DJ, local food, and coffee from blaCk Coffee LoungeSaturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Birds and Brews at Braxton Barrel House

Hang out with rescue ducks while you enjoy some craft bourbon and beer. Longbottom Bird Ranch will be bringing some of their internet-famous fowl to the brewery for people to interact with and learn about. After recently taking in several new ducks after the Easter season, Longbottom seeks to raise awareness about the dangers that the domestic birds often face. Additionally, they are requesting donations here to keep up with the recent duck influx. Saturday, May 18, 3-6 p.m., Braxton Barrel House, 11 Orphanage Rd., Ft. Mitchell

Purrfect Day Puppy Shower

The Covington cat café is switching things up for the weekend and showcasing puppies. For a ten dollar donation, you’ll get 30 minutes of uninterrupted puppy cuddle time. The shower will take place in their new courtyard and puppy snuggles will be available on a walk-up basis. Shelters from around the area like the Stray Animal Adoption Program, Cincinnati Animal Care, and the League for Animal Welfare will be providing the VIPs (very important puppies) and they will all be available for adoption. Don’t worry, the cats will still be at Purrfect Day but inside and away from the dogs. Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Purrfect Day Cat Café, 25 W 8th St., Covington

Cincinnati Kidney Walk

You can enjoy a scenic walk around downtown while raising money for the National Kidney Foundation. The walk is one and a half miles long and both starts and ends at Fountain Square. When registering to participate, you can create your own fundraising page to help the local branch of the NKF reach its goal. Even if you can’t make it in person, the Kidney Walk app lets you participate virtually wherever and whenever you want. Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown

Community Great Outdoors Swap

Do you have camping or hiking gear you never use? Bring it to the Community Great Outdoors Swap at Fibonacci Brewing. You and other outdoor enthusiasts will be able to trade equipment and restock on supplies. Suggested items include things like tents, sleeping bags, portable stoves, and trekking poles. Be sure to hang out and grab a beer with your fellow hikers and campers. Sunday, May 19, 3-5 p.m., Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Mt. Healthy

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