This Weekend: November 21–25

This is a special weekend. For a lot of people it starts on Wednesday, the biggest bar night of the year. Plus many places are closed on Thursday, and Small Business Saturday is this weekend. In light of the holiday festivities, check out what is going on around Cincinnati This Weekend. Be sure it includes kicking off the gift-giving season with patronizing so many of our excellent small businesses!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21

Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at Bircus Brewing Company, 12pm–12am
Eli’s BBQ at West Side Brewing, 5–9pm#
Art After Dark: Confess Yourself at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 5–9pm
The Wednesday Before in Pendleton, 7pm–2am
Cyclones Hockey: Thanksgiving Eve + $1 Beer, 7:30pm*
Maker’s Mark Presents: Thanksgiving Eve with The Tillers at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 9pm–12:30am

Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving

Restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving can be found here.
Fun events that will be happening and places that will be open:

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 10am–5pm*
Newport Aquarium, 10am–6pm*
O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink on Fountain Square, 9am–11pm*

Krohn Holiday Show: A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory, 10am–2pm*
Christmas Nights of Lights – Cincinnati at Coney Island, from dusk to 10pm*
Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 6–9pm*

Be extra kind to those working on Thanksgiving. They are sacrificing time away from work to ensure you’re able to be out and enjoying yourself. If you’re out to eat, tip generously! (This goes for all holidays.)

Friday, November 23

Plaid Friday 2018 in East Walnut Hills
Food Drive and Rare Bottle Release at White Oak Marathon, 12–10pm
Macy’s Light Up the Square on Fountain Square, 6–11pm
and Saturday, November 24: Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday: #buyOTRMADE
and Saturday, November 24; December 1, 8, 15: Metamora Holiday Special Excursions*
through Sunday, November 25: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt – First Weekend

Saturday, November 24 – Small Business Saturday

Today is all about shopping small. Click here for a comprehensive Local Gift Guide!

Small Business Saturday + Brunch and Lillywood Pop-up at West Side Brewing, 10am–3pm
Grand Opening at VintageCreations Co., 10am–4pm
Small Business Saturday at Fern, 11am–6pm
Family Festival: Oh Snap! at the Contemporary Arts Center, 12–3pm
Small Business Saturday presented by Cincinnati Magazine at 3 Points Urban Brewery, 12–5pm
Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, 1–3pm#
Caroling on the Connector with YPCC, 3–5pm
WestSide Holiday Market, 5–9pm#
Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Carew Tower, 7pm

Sunday, November 25

Holiday Season Kickoff at Taft Museum of Art, 11:15am–4pm
Yoga in the Barrel Room at The Skeleton Root, 11:30am–12:30pm
Guided Walking Tour of Historic Mt. Adams, 1–3pm
2018 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards at Memorial Hall, 6–10pm*

Through the holidays

A Christmas Carol at Playhouse in the Park*
Christmas Nights of Lights – Cincinnati at Coney Island*

The Christmas Ranch*
Krohn Holiday Show: A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory*
Holiday in Lights SantaLand at Winton Woods*
Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center [free with museum admission]
Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park*
PNC Festival of Lights 2018 at the Cincinnati Zoo*
WinterFest at Kings Island*

All events are linked to their respective Facebook event page or website. Ticketing information, where applicable, is available on the event page, as well as the location, time, and other relevant details.

And, of course, here are some great ongoing events in the city:


The Skystar Wheel has made its way to The Banks! From September 1 through December 2, experience America’s largest portable observation wheel and the excellent views it has to offer from atop our beautiful riverfront. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. For a feed of Instagram photos, click here.

O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink presented by Fifth Third Bank on Fountain Square is open for the season! 

*Ticket, fee, or admission applicable. Click on the link for more information.
#Pet-friendly event. We always recommend double checking with the business(es) to ensure this is accurate.


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