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Relax and laugh with comedian Aries Spears, celebrate ethnic beauty at the Sweet & Natural Fest, or vibe to some great jazz.

There are plenty of things to do in Cincinnati this week.


Not sure what to get into this weekend? Want to step away from your normal dinner spot or hang-out with friends? We’ve got you covered. Here is a list of things to do in Cincinnati May 17 – 23.  The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to taking action. 


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Friday – May 17

Nurses Night Out
The Mockbee

6 p.m.
Meet other nursing professionals from all over the city and have fun with a live DJ, special guest host, several giveaways, and the chance to walk away with the grand prize getaway.


OneWorld Cincy
Fountain Square

7 p.m.
Free Entry
Celebrate the diverse cultures in Cincinnati with music, food, and dance.


Twice the First Time
Woodward Theatre
7 p.m.
Award-winning composer, writer, vocalist and hip-hop artist Napoleon Maddox and special guest Marc Cary will revisit the true story of conjoined twin celebrities Millie-Christine McKoy with a multimedia blend of performance art, jazz and video art.


Aries Spears
Liberty Funny Bone
7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.
The comedian, actor, and philanthropist be serving up laughs all night long. He also performs on Saturday at 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.


Genius + Soul
Sorg Opera House
8 p.m.
The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will blow you away with a handcrafted show featuring the music of the great bassist/composer Charles Mingus, alto sax legend Cannonball Adderley, Ray Charles, and Earth, Wind & Fire.


See You Yesterday
Now playing on Netflix
As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past. The movie stars Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow and Astro. 


Saturday, May 18

Cincy VegFest 2019
Burnet Woods

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry
Be inspired by an assortment of presenters while enjoying a day of live music, mouth-watering food, and connecting the community.


Buck or Die Dance Competition
Withrow University

12 p.m.
Enjoy 2 days of hot performances from dance teams all over the U.S including Cincinnati’s own Black Ice. Special guest performances include the Dancing Dolls of Atlanta, Birmingham and Jackson, a massive 300-person Unity Stand performance led by COACH D, and a battle of the bands between Simmons College Band & Withrow University.


Cincinnati Legends Showcase & Gala
Cincinnati Zoo
6 p.m.
Guests will enjoy an exclusive Zoo Babies tour, Rose & Rose’ auction, and dinner to benefit Rosemary’s Babies Company. Live performances will include MaKenzie Thomas from The Voice; Grammy-nominated Blues artist, Stacy Mitchhart, DJ Vader and R&B Legends, The Deele.


Silences Between: Seven Last Words From the Cross
Music Hall
8 p.m.
Soprano singer Lauren Michelle’s voice will bring spirituality and faith, intimacy and humanity and deeply emotional music. Click the link to see how you can receive discount tickets. 


Sunday – May 19

 2019 Midwest Sweet & Natural Fest
Washington Park

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free Entry
Kick off your summer with an outdoor festival that celebrates ethnic beauty, culture, community, health & wellness and economic empowerment. Witness the AfroSwag Fashion Show and more.


Urban Woman Conference
Main Library – Tower Room

Free Entry
1:30 p.m.
Join a discussion panel of professionals, while engaging in hands-on workshops focusing on women’s health, self-care, wellness, peace, budgeting, childcare, parenting and more. There will be refreshments, raffles and door prizes.


Art & Fashion Mixer
Northside Distillery

4 p.m.
Free Entry
Network and build at the first monthly Sunday Service Day Party with artists, fashion designers, and models. Shop vendors, eat from the on-site food truck and enjoy bottle service.

Seven Hill Academy Readiness Program is accepting kids for summer camp!

Monday – May 20

UJF Soul Collaborative

8 p.m.
Free Entry
Jazz concert featuring Camille Saba Smith, Napoleon Maddox, Phillip Burkhead, Sorg, Doc Barnabas, Brent Olds & Yemi Oyediran.


The Sun Is Also a Star
Now Playing
Two teens fall in love over a magical day in New York City. Yara Shahidi’s character is only in the country for one day, and Daniel is determined to make her fall in love with him. The two have crossed paths by fate, but time is against them. 


Tuesday – May 21

Career Fair & Open Interviews
Community Action Agency

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free Entry
Community Action Agency will be conducting on-the-spot interviews to fill Early Education positions within their company.


The Balancing Act

6 p.m.
Free Entry
In conjunction with the Underworld Jazz Fest, join artists and psychologists as they discuss balancing life, social media, and mental health. Food will be provided.


Phil DeGreg Trio
Muse Café
Free Entry
7 p.m.
Hear a variety of live jazz, Brazilian, and contemporary music from some of Cincinnati’s talented musicians.


Wednesday – May 22

ESOMAR Cinci Insights Jam
Artsville in Madisonville

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free Entry
The program, “Knowing the Customer through Segmentation and Activation Strategies” will offer awesome presentations, local fare, and a Salsa and Swing dance demonstration. Crystal Kendrick, President/Owner of The Voice of Your Customer & The Voice of Black Cincinnati, will offer insights about market research. Online registration is required.


Network After Work
The Presidents Room

6 p.m.
$15 and up
Networking with other local business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and career-minded professionals. Advance tickets discounts available. Light appetizers will be available.


Thursday – May 23

The Scholarship Glide Skating Party
The Place

6 p.m.
Join the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as they honor this year’s scholarship recipients while raising money for future scholars. Enjoy family-friendly fun, raffles, and split the pot.


Elementz Showcase

6 p.m.
Free Entry
Enjoy original live performances in music, choreography and poetry. The event will feature special guest artist Lafrae Sci and Sorg.


Tiny Houses Play
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

7:30 p.m.
Finding meaning through minimalism is easier said than done, as the characters in Tiny Houses learn through a series of amusingly awkward missteps in their attempt to build a tiny house, which is constructed on stage over the course of the play.



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