Fun things to do around town this weekend

Weekend Wanderlust: Fun things to do around town
Waltz through a haven of new car smell this weekend at the Cincinnati Auto Expo. Vroom, vroom.
Waltz through a haven of new car smell this weekend at the Cincinnati Auto Expo. Vroom, vroom.

(FOX19) - It's finally Friday. Find out what events are planned around Cincinnati to help you soak up the weekend.

Bourbon and Bluegrass

Sip your way through Friday night at Memorial Hall's Bourbon and Bluegrass. Bakersfield OTR is doing the food. Rumpke Mountain Boys will handle the bluegrass. Cincinnati gem Molly Wellmann, who owns a number of bars including the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, is the emcee.

Details: Friday, 6:30 PM. Memorial Hall at 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati Auto Expo

Waltz through a haven of new car smell this weekend at the Cincinnati Auto Expo. The event showcases the latest new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids currently available on the market. There's also a new family zone with giant slot car racing, clowns and face painting.

Details: Wednesday through Sunday. Various times each day. $11 for adults, children 13 and under are free. Duke Energy Convention Center. 525 Elm Street, Downtown.

Evita at the Aronoff Center

Tony Award-winning musical "Evita" is now playing at the Aronoff Center. It follows the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, who used her beauty and charm to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. And here's a fun fact: UC College-Conservatory of Music grad Christopher Johnstone plays "Magaldi" in the show.

Details: Feb. 18 through Mar. 2. Tickets start at $28. Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street, Downtown.  

Snoop Dogg at Bogart's

Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Doggy Dogg or Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.), is bringing his rap game to Short Vine. The Long Beach, Calif., native will perform his classic rap hits plus some of his "Reincarnated" Snoop Lion stuff.

Details: Friday, 8 PM. Tickets are $35. Bogart's at 2621 Vine St., Clifton Heights.

VICE at Horseshoe Casino

VICE, a DJ well known across the club circuit in Vegas, New York and Miami, is coming to Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. It's a free event on the Pavillion level of the casino with DJ K-Dogg, DJ Prism, DJ Drowsy and DJ Magnificent. Presented by Cincinnati Sports Leagues, if you arrive between 9-10 PM it's 5 domestic bottled beers for $10.

Details: Friday, 8 PM to 2 AM. Free. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati at 1000 Broadway, Downtown.

Winter Jam

Contemporary Christian music by Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Colton Dixon, Plumb, Newsong and Thousand Foot Krutch.

Details: Friday. Doors open at 5 PM, show at 7 PM. Tickets are $10. U.S. Bank Arena at 100 Broadway, Downtown.

Mynt Martini's four year anniversary party

Four years on Fountain Square. Complimentary hor d'ouevres from 9 to 11 PM. Enjoy the Cincinnati launch of Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka as well as music, ice luge and giveaways.

Details: Friday. 9 PM to 2:30 AM. 28 Fountain Square, Downtown.

National Margarita Day 

Drink up, Cincinnati. Saturday is National Margarita Day. Take a margarita mixology class at 3 PM and earn your honorary degree from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. A Margaritaville Master of Ceremonies will also hold "The Great Margaritaville Toast" when the clock strikes 5 o'clock.

Details: Saturday. Restaurant open 11 AM to 2 AM. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati at 1000 Broadway Street, Downtown.

Chocolate, Champagne & Candlelight

Attendees of the 2nd annual event will enjoy a lavish chocolate dessert spread and a selection of champagne, wine and soft drinks. There will also be live music, a silent auction and raffle. Presented by the Heritage Village Museum.

Details: Saturday, 7:30 to 9:30 PM. $25 each or $45 per couple. $30 each or $55 per couple for non-members.

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-Kelly Taylor @cincywanderlust

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