This weekend boasts opportunities to try local vegan food, repair your old junk or even catch a ballgame.
Friday, April 22
Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Parks Present: Earth Day
Students from the Art Academy of Cincinnati have partnered with Cincinnati Parks and the Cincinnati Art Museum to host a free Earth Day event at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 pm. According to a press release this “community-based event is designed to inspire creative problem solving and focused conversations on climate change, deforestation, water pollution, and other eco-issues.” The event includes speaking presentations and art exhibitions with child art materials on design, art and creativity from Art Academy of Cincinnati students. Non-profit organizations, musicians, dancers and local food trucks BOL and Fire on High will also be joining in on the festivities. 3:30-7:30 p.m., April 22. Free. Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park, 1600 Art Museum Dr., Mt. Adams, facebook.com/events.
Bassprov at Madcap Education Center
Bassprov, featuring legendary improvisors and teachers Joe Bill and Mark Sutton, is a show comprised of two characters, Donny Weaver and Earl Hinkle. Donny and Earl sitting in a 'boat' on stage, are fishing, talking, drinking beer and improvising some of the most amazing stories you've heard based on several audience suggestions. Think Blue Collar Comedy meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? 8-9:30 p.m., April 22 and 23. $15. Madcap Education Center, 3064 Harrison Ave., Westwood, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com/MEC/.
Taylor Swift Night — A Taylor Swift Inspired Dance Party at Bogart’s
Calling all “Swifties": put on your red lipstick and comfy cardigans and head to Bogart’s to “Shake It Off” for Taylor Swift Night. There, you can dance the night away to the pop songstress’ classic discography, full of heartbreak, silliness and lots of love. Will Taylor be there? No, probably not, but you’ll be surrounded by fellow superfans, all gathered to sing along to every song. This event is “Taylor” made to ensure you meet friends who also believe “You Belong to Me.” 8 p.m., April 22. Tickets start at $25. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, taylorswiftnight.com.
Vegan Earth Day
3CDC and Vegan Earth, a Cincinnati-based non-profit, are hosting Vegan Earth Day at Fountain Square on April 22 to promote the reduction in global meat and dairy consumption. Vegan Earth Day will have vegan food trucks, local vegan food vendors, live music and "information sharing" at Downtown Cincinnati's Fountain Square from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m., according to a press release. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., April 22. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown.
Saturday, April 23
Spring Fest in Burnet Woods
Burnet Woods will be abuzz for Spring Fest this Saturday. The event, organized by UC Students for Burnet Woods (UCSBW), will be co-hosted by Cincinnati Parks. According to a press release, “Yoga, tree and wildflower walks, face painting, arts and crafts, disc golf activities, music, poetry, and community networking with area non-profits at the event are all free to the public." Trailside Nature Center will be open with programming from Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature. A food truck will also be at the event for hungry attendees. The featured speaker at the event is Maia Morgan, a PhD candidate in University of Cincinnati’s Department of English and the Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 23. Free. Trailside Nature Center, 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton, cincinnati-oh.gov/cincyparks.
Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Festival at Summit Park
The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is celebrating Earth Day’s 52nd anniversary with a free party at Summit Park in Blue Ash with a full schedule of events. According to their website, the party will have over 125 exhibits and vendors, local live music, local vegetarian food, craft beer from MadTree Brewery and an expected attendance of over 8,000 people. Families are encouraged to get outside and join for the featured environmental education presentations. Noon-5 p.m., April 23. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, cincinnatiearthday.org.
Art & Earth Day at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
Visitors are invited to attend Art & Earth Day — a celebration of Arbor Day, Earth Day, and International Sculpture Day. This celebration is free with admission to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. This year’s Art & Earth Day celebration includes a wide variety of programming scheduled throughout the entire day. Pyramid Hill will host bird and tree walks, a special Happy Hour at the Grand Pavilion with art and conservation-themed activities, along with a student artist walk put on in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 23. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 for children 6-12 years of age and free for children five years of age and younger. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, pyramidhill.org.
Sunday, April 24
West Side Brewing's Repair Fair
Join West Side Brewing's Repair Fair and finally check off that DIY fix-it project hanging over your head. The crew of volunteer fixers will help you save your beloved broken items from being thrown away. While offering specialized fixing for outdoor equipment, the repair fair also provides general carpentry, sewing and electronic fixing as well. 2-6 p.m., April 24. Free. West Side Brewing, 3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood, westsidebrewing.com.
Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park
Regardless of your feelings about the team’s ownership, it’s still your civic duty to support the Cincinnati Reds as much as possible when they play at home. Catch the end of their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals this Sunday and see if the Reds can redeem themselves after losing a majority of the past dozen games, most recently against the Padres. 1:40 p.m., April 24. Tickets start at $12. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Riverfront, mlb.com/reds/ballpark.
Ukrainian Food Festival
Put on by two local charitable organizations — Cincy4Ukraine and Hope4Ukraine — the Ukrainian Food Festival celebrates Ukrainian culture by highlighting the dances, folk music and food found in the country. There will also be kids activities, a photo-booth, plenty of souvenirs and pysanky (Easter eggs decorated with traditional folk designs), per a press release. Ukraine celebrates Easter on April 24. Admission to the festival is free and all sales from the event will fund "medical equipment and supplies for areas of [Ukraine] most affected by war," according to a press release. This aid will also benefit Cincinnati's Ukrainian sister city, Kharkiv. Noon-4 p.m., April 24. United Church of Christ, 691 Fleming Road, Wyoming, facebook.com/events.
Friday, April 22-Sunday, April 24
Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week
Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is back, bringing delicious local dining experiences to Cincinnatians. From April 22-24, participating restaurants will offer up dine-in and take-out options as part of a week full of culinary excellence. Restaurants across the region will serve $26, $36 and $46 three-course prix fixe menus, and $1 from every meal will be donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. New this year, Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is launching an app where you will be able to find a list of participating restaurants, menus, hours of operation and more. Plus you’ll be able to map out your week, earn points by checking into eateries, find Maker’s Mark drink specials and participate in contests. Read CityBeat's feature on Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week to discover the sort of decadent dishes that await during one of the city's largest culinary events. April 22-24. Multiple locations throughout Cincinnati, greatercincinnatirestaurantweek.com.