Here are the biggest and best events happening around Cincinnati this weekend. Note: With the intermittent nature of the pandemic, it’s always best to call ahead to make sure plans for the event have not changed before you go.
1. O’Reilly Auto Parts Cavalcade of Customs
Discover hundreds of custom cars, hot rods, motorcycles, trucks and more, all under one roof. The Celebrity Showcase features Danny Koker of Count’s Kustoms and “Counting Cars”, Barry Williams of “The Brady Bunch” and wrestling superstar Bryan Danielson. There’s a pin-up contest, generations of sprint cars, a selection of nostalgic race cars, and a special section honoring hot rods from the 50s and 60s.
The show is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 am-9pm Saturday and10h-18h Sunday at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Tickets cost $ 20, $ 8 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. Discounted tickets are available from O’Reilly Auto Parts. autorama.com.
2. National fishing fair
If you prefer to fish, the National Fishing Expo is here to help you land the catch of your dreams. You can purchase handmade equipment, guides, clothing and accessories from local, national and Canadian outfitters. There you will find daily seminars led by professional bass, walleye, crappie, musk, perch, trout, catfish and carp anglers, and you can get tips and demonstrations from many fishing professionals in the large conference rooms.
It operates from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 am-6pm Saturday, and 9 am-4pm Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. $ 12 to $ 25, free for children under 17. nationalfishingexpos.com.
3. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: A Shared Humanity
James Conlon, winner of the May Festival Music Director, returns with works by three composers that touch on universal themes of cultural identity and our shared humanity. The program includes plays by William Dawson, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein. Dawson’s âThe Negro Folk Symphonyâ is the centerpiece of the program. Dawson, a pioneering composer in his time, expresses the experience of black Americans, while the works of Beethoven and Bernstein illustrate the conflicts between cultures brought about by circumstances.
The CSO takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Ticket prices start at $ 14. All ticket holders are invited to take advantage of a free pre-concert lecture one hour before show time. These 30-minute informative discussions take place in the Springer Auditorium. Masks and proof of vaccination (or negative COVID-19 test) required to enter Music Hall, and all guests, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times. cincinnatisymphony.org.
4. “Intimate clothing”
Award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s beautifully written story of a black dressmaker living in early 20th century New York City who longs for belonging and purpose in a world that won’t always move. Esther lives in a women’s boarding house and sews intimate clothes for clients ranging from wealthy white clients to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are in high demand, and she has managed to cram a fair amount of money into her quilt over the years. One after another, the other residents of the pension get married and go away, but Esther remains, alone and yearning for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she saved to open a beauty salon where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for.
This deeply moving play opens Friday and runs through January 23 at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont. The sessions for this weekend are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $ 20, $ 15 for students. Masks are mandatory inside the building. mariemontplayers.com.
5. Cincinnati Wedding Show
The Cincinnati Wedding Show features area wedding professionals to help you with your wedding plans. The freebies include wedding rings and over $ 20,000 in gift cards. Vendor-only discounts and promotions, each couple receives a special $ 200 wedding gift card.
Sessions are available at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Marriott Cincinnati North, 6189 Muhlhauser Road, Township of West Chester. Free entry, but registration required. abridalaffair.net.