Go ice skating on Fountain Square, enjoy a new Cincinnati play, kickstart your holiday shopping, see an intriguing art exhibit, and get up-close and personal with massive dinosaurs and dragons at these weekend events happening in Greater Cincinnati.
The UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank, has taken over Fountain Square to bring wintertime fun downtown. The rink offers traditional skating and even bumper cars you can drive around the ice. Enjoy a hot or cold drink from the concession stand and take a break from the cold in the warming tent. To reserve skating or bumper car time, click here. And you won’t want to miss the Macy’s Holiday Tree, presented by ProLink Staffing, arriving at Fountain Square Saturday.
Nov 4–Feb 22, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown
This new historical drama, centered around the lives of West End residents in the 1940s, closes this weekend at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Read our interview with playwright Keith Josef Adkins (and learn how you can score a discount on tickets) before you head to the show. If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t fret—you’ll still have the chance to stream the production November 8–21 here.
Nov 4–7, Marx Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Cir., Mt. Adams
Find your holiday gifts at the region’s oldest authentic German Christmas market. Browse local craft vendors and German artisans offering unique gifts like bier steins, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, linens, glass ornaments, Schwibbogen candle arches, and pyramid candle holders. Take a break to sip on a cold bier or a cup of hot mulled wine as you chow down on cabbage rolls, mock turtle soup, and delicious pastries.
Nov 5–7, Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W. Kemper Rd., Colerain Twp.
Kara Walker’s work, on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum starting this weekend, tells and revises stories of violence, racism, sexism, and imperialism reflecting American history and culture. She uses film, drawings, paintings, sculpture, and printmaking along with historical influences to create thought-provoking pieces. Learn more about the artist, her work, and this new exhibition here.
Nov 5–Jan 16, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams
Ever wanted to see a dinosaur up close? Towering Tyrannosaurs and fantastical dragons come to life in Cincinnati at this traveling event. Walk alongside some of the largest animatronic creatures in the country, some of which stand over 25 feet tall and span over 60 feet. This interactive stroll includes encounters with dinos of all sizes and shapes, from hatchling babies to massive creatures like T-Rex, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, and storybook dragons.
Nov 6 & 7, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown