12 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend (November 12-14)
Photo: provided by Coney Island
November is steadily advancing, which means more and more holiday attractions are opening up. This weekend, several driving light shows kick off their season, with more to come next week.
There are also several local shopping opportunities for those who want to start ticking off the names of their gift list.
Here are 12 things to do this weekend, from reveling in the cheer of the start of the holidays to cheering on the USMNT in their soccer game against Mexico at TQL Stadium. Oh, and Cincinnati Pizza Week runs through Sunday. Yum.
Friday November 12
Photo: Provided for Cincinnati Pizza Week
Cincinnati Pizza Week
Cincinnati Pizza Week is back for its sixth year, offering $ 9 pizzas (at least 10 inch pies) as well as Great Lakes beer specials through November 14. Pizzas range from your standard cheese and pepperoni to more exotic toppings like Chimichurri steak from MacKenzie River Pizza or Norwood Blend from Sorrento, consisting of salami, pepperoni, Roma tomato, sweet Italian sausage and diced pickle, topped with a sauce. red with homemade oil and vinegar. Download the Pizza Week Passport app to track your trip. And check out 10 of the most over-the-top pies you can taste until Sunday. Until November 14. Pizza at $ 9. Get details and menus at cincinnatipizzaweek.com.
Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island
Coney Island turns into a driving Christmas spectacle during the Nights of Christmas Lights. Enjoy the warmth of your car as lights manipulated to resemble dancing candy canes, glowing snowmen, colorful tunnels, and giant Christmas trees are synced to classic and new Christmas tunes, available through your car radio. The two-and-a-half-mile-long screen includes over a million lights. 12 Nov-Jan 2, 2022. $ 7 per person; free for children 3 and under; available at the door. 6201 Kellogg Avenue, California, coneyislandpark.com.
USMNT vs. Mexico Watch Party at The Banks
The USA vs. Mexico soccer game at TQL Stadium – Cincinnati’s hottest ticket – may be sold out, but you can still feel the thrill. There will be a wake-up call for this week’s highly anticipated 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Friday night at The Banks downtown. The party will feature music from DJ Prymtime, opportunities from the US Army and TQL. Fans can get freebies and enter to win a jersey signed by former USMNT player Geoff Cameron at the FC Cincinnati table. Food and drink at 18 banking establishments will be available for purchase and tasting throughout DORA. The USMNT vs. Mexico game will be shown on a big screen hanging at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum. 7 p.m. on November 12; kick off at 9:10 p.m. Free. Banks, Downtown, fccincinnati.com/watchparty.
Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market brings together over 300 vendors at the Duke Energy Convention Center for a shopping weekend. Hundreds of Greater Cincinnati boutiques, artisans and craftspeople will be set up with booths offering enough items to check everyone on your list. Father Christmas even stops for meetings. If you need a break, the Wine Down Lounge offers wine and cheese platters, as well as comfy chairs. 11 am-7pm on November 12; 10 am-7pm November 13; 9 am-5pm November 14; Girls’ night out from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 12 and 13; Early Bird 8-10 am Nov 13 8 online and $ 10 door; Early admission is $ 15; Tickets for the girls night are $ 5. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnatiholidaymarket.com.
Vacation in Lights at Sharon Woods
The mile-long nostalgic holiday spectacle returns this year, with over a million lights decorating over 250 vignettes along a forest path depicting “everything from Santa and his elves to every animal in the world. the ark, ”the website says. There is also an option to purchase special effects glasses ($ 2 for a pair and three pairs for $ 5) to improve the ride. The park offers walking tours of the lights on December 1 and 29. No cars will be allowed on these nights. Buy your tickets in advance online or by card at the door; no money. 12 Nov-Dec 30. $ 17 per car / truck / SUV; $ 55 bus; $ 7 walking ticket. 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, holidayinlights.com.
Light up the fair at the Boone County Fairgrounds
Located at the Boone County Fairgrounds, this illuminated driving display of northern Kentucky stretches two miles in length with over half a million dazzling lights and is synced to music via every visitor’s car stereo. 12 Nov-Jan 1, 2022. $ 7 per person; free for children under 4 and first responders. 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, facebook.com/LightUpTheFair.
Saturday 13 November
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
Need your love at the playhouse in the park
Antonio Michael Woodard brilliantly reincarnates Rhythm & Blues performer Little Willie John in Need your love, a world premiere production by playwright KJ Sanchez at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Born in 1937 in Arkansas, William Edward “Little Willie” John’s recording career was full but brief with King Records of Cincinnati. The 90-minute production of Need your love (no intermission) covers the arc of John’s diverse and tragic career, with Woodard transforming into a historic singer. Read the CityBeat review. Until December 12. Tickets start at $ 30. 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
Out of the Utopias of Sam Adams
Cincinnati’s Sam Adams Bar is celebrating its third anniversary with a very, very special beer release. The brewery is bringing back its biennial Utopias, a 28% ABV beer with a retail price (which includes its special copper decanter) of $ 240 … which is also illegal in 15 states for its high alcohol content. Sam Adams’ Cincinnati Tasting Room is one of only two places you can sample the beer – which is barrel-aged and features a Michigan Balaton Cherry finish this year – on tap. In addition to the rare beer, the weekend celebration features live music, Boston Lager kids, other Utopias cask aged beers, and a special Utopias-inspired cheesecake. 11 am-10pm November 13; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 14. $ 15 beer tap tickets can be purchased in advance at samadamscincy.com. 1727 Logan Street, on the Rhine, samadamscincy.com.
Sunday November 14
Photo: Catie Viox
Festive Flower Show Trains and Traditions at the Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory Increases The Whimsy Factor This Winter With A Floral Show Trains and traditions, a vacation in Cincinnati. Now open, the exhibit features “a tapestry of colorful poinsettias, charming garden railroads, and beautiful replicas of Cincinnati landmarks created from” botanical architecture “by local Applied Imagination artisans,” according to a statement. . Until January 9, 2022. Tickets cost $ 10 for adults, $ 7 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com.
Holiday junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center
The Cincinnati Museum Center Holiday junction is back for its 75th year. Visitors can find everything from LEGO buildings “featuring fanciful scenes and characters from your favorite books and movies” to historic trains, to scavenger hunts in their winter wonderland. Of course, Santa Claus will be there to prepare his sleigh and feed his reindeer. The main mini-train exhibit features 300 cars and 60 locomotives passing tiny townspeople and various vignettes, including the Cincinnati skyline made of custom-cut art. Until January 3. $ 16.50 adults; $ 12.50 children and seniors; $ 7.50 for children 1 to 2 years old; free for under 1.1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.
Rhinegeist vine art
The artist-focused monthly pop-up, Art on Vine, is indoors this Sunday at Rhinegeist. Head to the brewery for, yes, some great beer, but also the chance to shop from local manufacturers. “Art on Vine was created to provide a unique, fun and individual art buying experience while celebrating and supporting the financial independence of artists,” explains the pop-up’s website. 12 pm-6pm. November 14. Free. 1910 rue Elm, on the Rhine, artonvinecincy.com.
Second Sunday on the Main
The second Sunday on the Main is back, inviting the neighborhood to “shop small” this weekend. Over 100 local vendors and shops will be offering Christmas gifts. In between trips, stop at the Braxton Brewing Biergarten, listen to live music from local musicians, and drop off blankets and coats at the TRIIIBE Foundation Drive (1344 Main Street). 12 pm-5pm. November 14. Free. Main Street, between E. 12th and Liberty Streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundaysonmain.org.
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