12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (May 20-22)

This weekend offers Cincinnatians a chance to sip wine, admire rocks, celebrate Guatemalan culture and so much more.

click to enlarge Cincinnati International Wine Festival - Photo: Provided by the Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Photo: Provided by the Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Friday, May 20

Cincinnati International Wine Festival at Duke Energy Convention Center

On Friday and Saturday, head to the Cincinnati International Wine Festival to sample your pick of 200 wines from around the world. While sipping on international wines, attendees will also have the chance to participate in a wine-centric silent auction or speak to wine experts in attendance. Half of each ticket’s proceeds will go toward over 30 local charities that provide programs in the arts, education, health and human services, according to the festival’s event page. Attendees must be 21 and older and must show photo ID. May 20-21. Tickets start at $70. Duke Energy Convention Center, Lower Level Exhibit Hall, 525 Elm St., Downtown, winefestival.com. (Lindsay Wielonski).

Tears for Fears at Riverbend Music Center

To celebrate the upcoming release of their first studio album since “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' in 2004, Tears for Fears is hitting the road for a tour-opening show at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center on May 20 with guest Garbage. The Tipping Point world tour is the duo’s first since 2017, hitting more than 20 cities, as of press time, before ending. Doors open at 6 p.m; show at 7:30 p.m. May 20. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, Ohio, Riverbend.org. (LW).

El Niño and Candide at Cincinnati Music Hall

The May Festival, the longest continuously running choral festival in the western hemisphere, will host two musical events at Cincinnati's Music Hall this weekend. On Friday, head to Music Hall to see composer John Adams conduct his own opera, El Niño, which recounts the story of Jesus’s birth from the perspective of his mother, Mary.  And on May 22, catch the performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, a take on Voltaire's novel of the same name, which combines opera and musical theater. May 20 and 22, Tickets start at $15. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Mayfestival.com. (LW).

Bold Moves Festival at the Aronoff Center

Cincinnati Ballet’s Bold Moves Festival will give attendees multiple opportunities to enjoy immersive dance experiences this weekend. Attendees can choose between two program options: Program one, available Friday and Saturday, features Petal, Nine Sinatra Songs and Minus 16, while program two, available Saturday and Sunday, will feature Our Story, Boléro, Axis Dance Company's Historias Rotas and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company's Children of the Passage. May 19-22. Tickets start at $29. The Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, Cballet.org. (LW).

Saturday, May 21

Honey Festival at Hidden Valley Orchards

Hidden Valley Orchards will be buzzing this Saturday at its honey festival, intended to “celebrate all things sweet and delicious,” according to the event's Facebook page. The event will feature honey-themed drinks and ice cream, as well as family-friendly activities for all ages to enjoy. RSVP required. 10 a.m. May 21. 5474 N. State Route 48, Lebanon, hiddenvalleyorchards.com. (Lauren Serge)

GeoFair at Sharonville Convention Center

Hey, rock and mineral enthusiasts — your "precious" collections (get it?) are bound to get a bit bigger this weekend. The annual GeoFair of Greater Cincinnati is returning for its 57th year. According to GeoFair’s social media posts, the fair will include more than 50 retail gem, mineral and fossil dealers. The fair will feature geology education areas, as well as areas where experts will examine guests’ fossils and gems for free. May the quartz be with you. Saturday 10 a.m-6 p.m. May 21 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 22. Admission is $10. 11355 Chester Rd., Sharonville, geofair.com. (LS)

David Spade at Taft Theatre

Comedian David Spade, known for his roles on popular television shows and films like Just Shoot Me and Grown Ups, will bring plenty of laughs to the Taft Theatre this Saturday, as part of his Catch Me Inside national tour. Get a sense of the sort of material you can expect from Spade during his Cincinnati performance by watching his recently released Netflix comedy special David Spade: Nothing Personal. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. on May 22. Tickets $45-$65. Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org (LS)

Sunday, May 22

AIDS 5K/10K Walk and Run at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

Caracole, Greater Cincinnati's nonprofit devoted to changing lives for those with HIV/AIDS, will host a 5K/10K fundraiser on Sunday, with all proceeds benefitting the organization’s community initiatives. A full schedule of the day’s activities can be found on the event page. Participants have the option to walk or run the 5K course. The 10K course is for runners only. Registration, which is required, includes an event t-shirt, Caracole bag and personal fundraising page. Same-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. May 22. Registration starts at $40. Meet at the funeral home entrance. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, Secure.qgiv.com. (LW).

Hyde Park Farmers Market

After making its yearly debut on May 15, the Hyde Park Farmers Market will return this Sunday, giving Cincinnatians the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce from local farmers. The weekly market focuses on the importance of sustainability, authenticity and uplifting the farming community. The market will feature a variety of vegetables, fruits and flower bouquets. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. weekly through Oct. 30. Free admission. Hyde Park Square, 2700 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, hydeparkfarmersmarket.com. (LS)

Furry Friends Festival at Washington Park

Are you and your pet looking for something to do? On Sunday, Washington Park will host a pet-friendly festival, which will feature live music at the Washington Park's Band Stand, dog-focused vendors and pup art projects led by local artist James Reynolds, according to the event’s Facebook page. Bands Trauma Illinois and The Harmed Brothers will provide live music. 11 a.m.-4p.m. May 22. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Facebook.com. (LW).

Celebrate Guatemalan Culture at the Church of Our Savior

On Sunday, Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition will present an exploration of Guatemala’s traditional weaving arts, food and music, according to artswave.org. The event, funded by ArtsWave, will feature education about traditional weaving, as well as Guatemalan food, clothing, music and books for sale. The event is family-friendly. 1-3 p.m. May 22. The Church of Our Savior, 65 E. Hollister St., Mount Auburn, Gguide.artswave.org. (LW).

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town at Riverbend

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town will co-headline a performance as part of "The Bandwagon Tour," performing an adaptation of their 2018 tour of the same name. The concert will feature The Cadillac Three as the supporting act. Doors open 5:30 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. May 21. Ticket prices vary. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, Ohio riverbend.org. (LS)

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