11 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (April 29-May 1)

Even if you're not partaking in Flying Pig revelry, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun in Cincinnati this weekend.

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Friday, April 29

2022 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Race (April 29-May 1)

Whether you’re a runner or not, the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon is something to take note of when you live in the Queen City. Not only does the annual event bring together fitness-minded members of the community looking to challenge themselves with a feat of endurance, but it also attracts people who love to support and observe these athletes and the charitable causes their activity benefits, cheering them on from the sidelines. If you’re neither of these groups, then let this be a notice that traffic will definitely be an issue if your route coincides with the runners, so, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Read CityBeat's story about all of the road closures in place during the marathon. April 29-May 1, $125 for marathon registration. Citywide, flyingpigmarathon.com.

JMR’s Greatest Hits at Music Hall (April 29-May 1)

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra marks a decade with conductor John Morris Russell in the only way a symphony can properly celebrate: a musical performance extravaganza. According to their website, Pops is “celebrating 10 years of JMR by pulling out all the stops — and the stars! Join the Pops and a host of guest artists from some of the past decade's most memorable performances to celebrate JMR, JMR-style — with music from every genre, including iconic movie themes, pop, classics, Broadway and jazz, plus a cache of musical memories. We'll also look ahead with a new work commissioned from Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre.” 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30, 2 p.m. May 1. Tickets start at $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.

The Twunny Fo' at Know Theatre (April 29-May 1)

The Twunny Fo', currently onstage at Know Theatre, is a workplace comedy about a convenience store — “The 24,” open 24/7 — and a group of employees who are resentful about working there, especially since its acquisition by a company that operates numerous locations. Playwright A.J. Baldwin lays out in fast-talking contemporary jargon how each employee feels about their co-workers, several unseen customers, the around-the-clock work schedule, the corporate owner and the gentrifying neighborhood. Read CityBeat's in-depth review of The Twunny Fo'. The show runs through May 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. April 29 and 30, 2 p.m. May 1. Also available via livestream at knowtheatre.com. In-person tickets start at $15 and streaming starts at $10. Know Theatre is located at 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.

Cincy Seltzer Fest at Fowling Warehouse

Things are about to get real bubbly at Fowling Warehouse thanks to the second annual Cincy Seltzer Fest, which brings a huge assortment of the fizzy, boozy beverages together for attendees to sample and celebrate. There will be plenty of drinks, food vendors, prizes, swag and unlimited fowling (football meets bowling). Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Girls through the Fowling Warehouse’s FOWLanthropy initiative. Regardless of what you’ve heard, there are indeed laws while drinking White Claws, or any hard seltzer for that matter (tickets are discounted for designated drivers, hint hint). The event is split into three sessions: April 29 from 7-11 p.m. and twice on April 30 between 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.. Tickets start at $44.99 and include drink tickets and unlimited fowling gameplay. Fowling Warehouse, 2940 Highland Avenue, Pleasant Ridge, fowlingwarehouse.com/cincinnati. 

Toro y Moi at Andrew J Brady Music Center

In support of his seventh studio album, MAHAL, arriving via Dead Oceans, Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear is performing with Khruangbin this Friday as part of their spring tour. Expect the new tunes to sound like a mixture of 1960s and 70s psychedelic rock to 1990s post-rock. MAHAL features the previously released singles "Déjà Vu," "The Loop" and "Postman," along with "Magazine" featuring Salami Rose Joe Louis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m., April 29. Tickets start at $35. The Andrew J Brady Music Center, 25 Race St., The Banks, bradymusiccenter.com.

Saturday, April 30

AAPI Heritage Month Kickoff Party at Esoteric Brewery

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a “celebration of the diverse and rich history, contributions and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States,” according to local advocacy group AAPI Heritage Month Cincinnati’s website. To start the month off, plans have been made for a kickoff party at Esoteric Brewing, Cincinnati’s first Black and Asian-owned brewery. Revelers can enjoy bites from Decibel Korean Fried Chicken, music by DJ Druskii, a Tai Chi demonstration and a DIY zine-making station, along with a karaoke afterparty. 4-8 p.m., April 30, Free. Esoteric Brewing, 918 East McMillan Street, East Walnut Hills, aapiheritagecincy.com.

Spring Bazaar at Fibonacci Brewing Company

It's springtime, the flowers are blooming and all sorts of gift-giving opportunities await the warmer weather, so what better place to prepare than a bazaar packed with local vendors? Fibonacci Brewing Company is hosting its second artist and craft show, where you can find all sorts of things that'll help fill those empty shelves you just dusted off in your spring cleaning mania. Pottery, aromatherapy products, stained glass, baskets made from recycled materials and much more. Of course, being at a brewery, it'd be rude if you didn't indulge in a pint or two. There's sure to be something you'd love to gift, even if only to yourself. Don't forget, Mother's Day is next weekend. Noon-3 p.m., April 30. Free. Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., College Hill, fibbrew.com.

On the Rhine Eatery's Taco, Tequila & Marg Crawl

Those looking for a great excuse to eat their weight in tacos this weekend have found it in On the Rhine Eatery’s third annual Taco, Tequila & Marg Crawl. The crawl, set to take place on April 30, will feature exclusive margaritas, tequilas, beer specials, and, of course — plenty of tacos. Weekend revelers will walk around On the Rhine Eatery, sampling delicious fare from Decibel Korean Fried Chicken, DOPE! Asian Street Fare (located inside On the Rhine Eatery), Grill 1883 and other vendors. 1-6 p.m., April 30. General admission tickets are $22.99, plus fees, and include three complimentary tacos, discounted specials at every stop on the crawl and a taco and tequila crawl map. VIP tickets start at $35 per person, plus fees. On the Rhine Eatery, 100 East Court Street, Downtown, ontherhineeatery.com.

Sunday, May 1

Becoming Dr. Ruth at Playhouse in the Park

Most of us only know Dr. Ruth as the charmingly frank sex therapist who made it her career to guide audiences through their own sexual hangups via classic late night talk shows. When Dr. Ruth is pictured in the mind’s eye we probably see a smiling, bespectacled geriatric (she’s now 93), but that’s just what we’ve seen on the air. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a stage play that tells the unaired side of Dr. Ruth, exploring her history via a one-woman show narrating the many milestones in the celebrated doctor’s life. From her family’s separation during the Holocaust to her time spent as an Israeli sniper through her international acclaim, the show guides audiences through her life’s ups and downs with poignant humor and solemn introspection. The show runs through May 15. 2 p.m., May 1. Tickets start at $35. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.

WARMTH x UnderWorld Black Arts Festival at Liberty Exhibition Hall

WARMTH, a "curated music exploration series" that provides a platform for local DJs and performing artists, is collaborating with UnderWorld Black Arts Festival, formerly UnderWorld Jazz Festival, to offer a two-part special event at Liberty Exhibition Hall's The Lounge. The event is segmented into two parts: first, a community dialogue centered around "the N word" and its use in Black-made music and pop culture. Called "N****s, N***s, Whoever You Are!" it will be facilitated by rap group Patterns of Chaos and Napoleon Maddox of UnderWorld Black Arts Festival and moderated by writer, artist and "ancestral herbalist enthusiast," Cheryl Durgans. The second portion of the evening, "Heat Rises," will be a platform for DJ Prymtime, DJ Rare Groove and Mr. Fantastic to spin some records and get the party moving. 6:30 p.m.-Midnight, May 1. Tickets start at $5. Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, facebook.com/LibertyExhibitionHall.

Zoo Babies at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Throughout the entire month of May, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be celebrating the latest additions to the Zoo's family.  Beginning May 1, guests will be able to learn more about Zoo newcomers like penguins Rose, Cup O’ Joe Burrow and Meatloaf: a flamingo named Twiggy; and adorable rhino Ajani Joe. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 1. Zoo Babies is included in Zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

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