November 23, 2022

9 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Nov. 25-27)

If you're in town for the weekend after the big dinner and need to get out of the house, there's still plenty to do in Cincinnati post-turkey day. Maybe you need to immediately shift into holiday season-mode to maintain proper dopamine levels, so look no further for Things To Do in Cincinnati Nov. 25-27. As always, check out CityBeat's event calendar for a look at more fun and enriching things to do in the Queen City every day of the week.

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Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Funksgiving Show at Ludlow Garage
8:30 p.m. Nov. 25
If you’re not too sedated from all that turkey-induced tryptophan from the night before, get funky with Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Funksgiving Show at Ludlow Garage. This old-school, local funkateer has jammed with some of the biggest names in the biz and his shows are always fresh. If you’re ready to boogie off that extra helping of sweet potato pie, there’s no better place to be than this all-ages show. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton Gaslight District, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Provided by Freekbass & The Bump Assembly

Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Funksgiving Show at Ludlow Garage

8:30 p.m. Nov. 25
If you’re not too sedated from all that turkey-induced tryptophan from the night before, get funky with Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Funksgiving Show at Ludlow Garage. This old-school, local funkateer has jammed with some of the biggest names in the biz and his shows are always fresh. If you’re ready to boogie off that extra helping of sweet potato pie, there’s no better place to be than this all-ages show. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton Gaslight District, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Scuba Santa's 20th Anniversary at Newport Aquarium
Nov. 25-Dec. 24
Ho-ho-holy moly, Santa’s swimming with the sharks! From the event’s page: “Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind Cincinnati holiday tradition with Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium November 25 through December 24, 2022! It’s a Water Wonderland full of playful penguins, colorful holiday lights and a flurry of magical bubbles.” Nov 25-Dec. 24. Times vary. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, newportaquarium.com.
Photo: Provided by The Newport Aquarium

Scuba Santa's 20th Anniversary at Newport Aquarium

Nov. 25-Dec. 24
Ho-ho-holy moly, Santa’s swimming with the sharks! From the event’s page: “Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind Cincinnati holiday tradition with Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium November 25 through December 24, 2022! It’s a Water Wonderland full of playful penguins, colorful holiday lights and a flurry of magical bubbles.” Nov 25-Dec. 24. Times vary. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, newportaquarium.com.
Final Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25
During regular operating hours you can take in the Contemporary Arts Center’s full gallery, but starting at 4 p.m., resident artist Cierra Fogle will participate in collaborative art-making, followed by dinner from the center’s own Fausto restaurant (reservations required). A half-hour docent tour of the CAC and 21C will then lead to an open-mic night hosted in the Creativity Center, where musicians, poets, comedians and other performers are invited to share their craft. The evening includes “an upscale cash bar and ambient art-making activities,” according to the event’s page. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Photo: facebook.com/cincycac

Final Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25
During regular operating hours you can take in the Contemporary Arts Center’s full gallery, but starting at 4 p.m., resident artist Cierra Fogle will participate in collaborative art-making, followed by dinner from the center’s own Fausto restaurant (reservations required). A half-hour docent tour of the CAC and 21C will then lead to an open-mic night hosted in the Creativity Center, where musicians, poets, comedians and other performers are invited to share their craft. The evening includes “an upscale cash bar and ambient art-making activities,” according to the event’s page. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Annual Tree Lighting at Fountain Square
6-9 p.m. Nov. 25
At Fountain Square, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — literally. Join fellow revelers to celebrate the official start of the holiday season now that Thanksgiving is over with the 2022 ProLink Staffing Light Up the Square event. From the event’s page: “Festivities begin at 6 p.m. when we will be joined by special guests Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis from Channel 5 and Freddy Mac and Nat from Q102. The evening will feature live music, special appearance by Santa Claus and a dazzling fireworks display.” 6-9 p.m. Nov. 25. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Photo: Vincent DiFrancesco

Annual Tree Lighting at Fountain Square

6-9 p.m. Nov. 25
At Fountain Square, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — literally. Join fellow revelers to celebrate the official start of the holiday season now that Thanksgiving is over with the 2022 ProLink Staffing Light Up the Square event. From the event’s page: “Festivities begin at 6 p.m. when we will be joined by special guests Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis from Channel 5 and Freddy Mac and Nat from Q102. The evening will feature live music, special appearance by Santa Claus and a dazzling fireworks display.” 6-9 p.m. Nov. 25. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Crafty Supermarket at Music Hall
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26
Maybe you took the higher road and chose not to participate in Black Friday sales at big box stores this year. That’s commendable. However, that holiday gift list isn’t getting any shorter and the official countdown clock is ticking. Use your money to support local artists and crafters at the Crafty Supermarket at Music Hall, where you can find an assortment of unique gifts that nobody would ever think of returning. There’s sure to be something for everyone — maybe even for yourself (have you been naughty or nice? … who cares?). On top of a massive list of vendors, the market will have a live DJ, local food and free swag bags for the first 100 shoppers. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, fb.me/e/32Xdohzqb.
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Opera

Crafty Supermarket at Music Hall

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26
Maybe you took the higher road and chose not to participate in Black Friday sales at big box stores this year. That’s commendable. However, that holiday gift list isn’t getting any shorter and the official countdown clock is ticking. Use your money to support local artists and crafters at the Crafty Supermarket at Music Hall, where you can find an assortment of unique gifts that nobody would ever think of returning. There’s sure to be something for everyone — maybe even for yourself (have you been naughty or nice? … who cares?). On top of a massive list of vendors, the market will have a live DJ, local food and free swag bags for the first 100 shoppers. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, fb.me/e/32Xdohzqb.
Girls Night: The Musical at Aronoff Center
7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Nov. 27
From the show’s page: “Girls Night: The Musical has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious "tell-it-like-it-is" musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry, and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the '80s and '90s make this musical a fan favorite!” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Nov. 27. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/girls-night.
Photo: Cincinnati Arts Association

Girls Night: The Musical at Aronoff Center

7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Nov. 27
From the show’s page: “Girls Night: The Musical has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious "tell-it-like-it-is" musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry, and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the '80s and '90s make this musical a fan favorite!” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Nov. 27. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/girls-night.
Brewery Bazaar at Fibonacci Brewing Company
Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 26
Beer is a great incentive to visit any place for any reason. Now that the pressure is on to buy gifts for friends and family, let the Brewery Bazaar at Fibonacci Brewing Company tempt you not only with locally made gifts, but also a few pints of great beer. It’s not problematic drinking if you’re checking a few names off your shopping list while you imbibe. Along with the brewery’s tap list, enjoy mulled wine alongside food from Mahope food truck while you shop. Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 26. Fibonacci Brewing Co., 1445 Compton Road, College Hill, fb.me/e/3fJb5DjBW.

Brewery Bazaar at Fibonacci Brewing Company

Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 26
Beer is a great incentive to visit any place for any reason. Now that the pressure is on to buy gifts for friends and family, let the Brewery Bazaar at Fibonacci Brewing Company tempt you not only with locally made gifts, but also a few pints of great beer. It’s not problematic drinking if you’re checking a few names off your shopping list while you imbibe. Along with the brewery’s tap list, enjoy mulled wine alongside food from Mahope food truck while you shop. Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 26. Fibonacci Brewing Co., 1445 Compton Road, College Hill, fb.me/e/3fJb5DjBW.
Chess Night at Urban Artifact
5-8 p.m. Nov. 27
This holiday weekend is notable for the excessive food and alcohol people tend to consume, so why not stimulate your groggy mind with a little intellectual strategizing at Chess Night at Urban Artifact? BYOB (bring your own board — not beer; this is a brewery, after all) and challenge a new friend (or nemesis) to a friendly (or not) game of chess. You remember how to play, don’t you? If you’re not a chess wiz, let one or two of the brewery’s sour fruit ales soothe the humiliation of defeat. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, fb.me/e/39zbRobzK.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Chess Night at Urban Artifact

5-8 p.m. Nov. 27
This holiday weekend is notable for the excessive food and alcohol people tend to consume, so why not stimulate your groggy mind with a little intellectual strategizing at Chess Night at Urban Artifact? BYOB (bring your own board — not beer; this is a brewery, after all) and challenge a new friend (or nemesis) to a friendly (or not) game of chess. You remember how to play, don’t you? If you’re not a chess wiz, let one or two of the brewery’s sour fruit ales soothe the humiliation of defeat. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, fb.me/e/39zbRobzK.
El Ritmo Del Mañana at Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club
7-10 p.m. Nov. 27
From the show’s Facebook page: “El Ritmo Del Mañana is a high-energy group that will provide you with the ultimate Latin Jazz experience playing music from Chucho Valdes to Sivuca with original Latin jazz compositions and arrangements.” Table reservations are available if you’d like to bring the whole family, but walk-ins are also welcome to come enjoy the music from this six-piece band. 7-10 p.m. Nov. 27. Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club, 1901 Vine St.,  Brewery District, fb.me/e/1OFHCzzNe.
Photo: facebook.com/elritmodelmanana

El Ritmo Del Mañana at Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club

7-10 p.m. Nov. 27
From the show’s Facebook page: “El Ritmo Del Mañana is a high-energy group that will provide you with the ultimate Latin Jazz experience playing music from Chucho Valdes to Sivuca with original Latin jazz compositions and arrangements.” Table reservations are available if you’d like to bring the whole family, but walk-ins are also welcome to come enjoy the music from this six-piece band. 7-10 p.m. Nov. 27. Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club, 1901 Vine St.,  Brewery District, fb.me/e/1OFHCzzNe.