Dive headlong into spring with baseball, pillow fights, and oysters aplenty.
1. Opening Day and the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
What kind of sorry Cincinnatians would we be if this wasn’t at the top of our list for this week? We know you’ve already taken off work. You’ve probably already stocked up from Party Source, and your Aroldis Chapman jersey is waiting for you in your closet. But just in case you don’t know about Opening Day (and live in a bunker): The big event is on Monday, April 6 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And Great American just installed self-serve beer taps around the entire park, so you know this will be one for the books. The parade starts at noon, the game starts at 4:10. cincinnati.reds.mlb.com
2. Taming of the Shrew at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
A lighthearted comedy like this one is a perfect entree for the start of spring, so come see the actors at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company deliver some of the best-written insults of all time—nobody throws shade like Shakespeare. April 3 – 25. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.; Final Saturday at 2 p.m
3. Pillow Fight Day
This is not a drill. On Saturday, April 4, Northside’s Hoffner Park will host a city-wide pillow fight for all ages as a part of the 7th Annual International Pillow Fight Day. Wear your pajamas (or don’t. Your call), bring a pillow—a soft one, guys, we don’t want any pillow-related injuries—and join in the fun. 4104 Hamilton Ave., Northside, pillowfightday.com
4. Krohn Conservatory’s International Butterfly Show
Never been to this show? This year is the 20th Anniversary, so there’s your perfect excuse to check it out. The exhibit transports guests to the tropical Philippines and features not only free-flying butterflies but flora and fauna from the paradisiacal archipelago. April 3–June 21, 1501 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn
5. Oyster Festival!
Two words: Dollar oysters. Three more words: Fried oyster tacos. Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant’s 29th annual Oyster Festival, March 30–May 2, washingtonplatform.com/oyster-festival.htm