Top 5 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: May 17-19 July

1. The Cincinnati Museum Center reopens

The Cincinnati Museum Center, the Holocaust & Humanity Center by Nancy & David Wolf and the Omnimax Theater in Union Terminal (1301 Western Ave., Queensgate) will reopen Friday with new hours and guidelines. To allow for adequate social distancing, museums are now 25% or less busy. Because of this, you need to buy timed tickets in advance. Masks are required.

The Cincinnati Museum Center offers two new exhibits: “Shaping Our City” and “You Are Here”. These new exhibits will open alongside the expanded “Cincinnati In Motion,” “Maya: The Exhibition,” “An Unfinished Revolution: Women and the Vote,” and “Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper”. We recommend downloading CMC’s free Digimarc Discover app to access the interactive experiences from your phone.

The new opening times are from Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Tuesday to Wednesday) for both museums and for the Omnimax Theater from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Theater capacity has been reduced to 60 guests per show, with extra time between shows to allow time for thorough cleaning. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum will remain closed for the time being. The prices vary. 513-287-7000;

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The Burlington Antique Show takes place on Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

2. Burlington Antique Show

This 39th edition of the antiques fair features more than 200 dealers selling everything from vintage jewelry and Americana to mid-century collectibles and one-of-a-kind items. Looking for some retro furniture? You can find the perfect piece here.

The Burlington Antique Show is underway Sunday on the Boone County Fairgrounds (5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington) and is mostly outdoors. It is kept rain or shine. Early bird can shop for $ 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. or get some sleep and pay regular adult admission for $ 4 a.m. between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Entry is free for children under 12 and parking is always free.

Triiibe from Cincinnati performed at the Cincinnati Music Festival last year.  This year they will perform virtually on Thursday July 23rd as part of the Cincinnati Music Festival Virtual Weekend Experience.

3. Virtual weekend experience of the Cincinnati Music Festival

The Cincinnati Music Festival is going virtual this year. It usually takes place over three days at Paul Brown Stadium, but the pandemic has halted large gatherings, so the festival organizers are supporting local black artists, musicians, and black-owned businesses and restaurants with a music program that focuses on a community festival.

The free event starts next Thursday July 23rd and runs through Saturday, July 25th – the same time the original festival would have taken place. National artists Regina Belle and DJ D-Nice will perform, and Rev. Al Sharpton will make a special appearance. Local musicians include Triiibe, Aprina Johnson, DJ Vader, DJ Ellery, Lauren Eylise, Kathy Wade and Joe Santangelo, and DJ Baby Rome.

Sonny Moorman will perform a virtual live set on Saturday as part of the CincyBlues Live Stream Blues Fest.

4. CincyBlues Live Stream Blues Fest

Another local music festival that has turned it upside down this year is the Cincy Blues Fest. It would have been held at Smale Riverfront Park on Saturday, but due to the pandemic, a virtual festival is being held instead. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. SaturdayYou can see a great selection of blues bands on the Cincy Blues Society Facebook page.

Planned bands include Lil Red & The Rooster, Sonny Moorman, the Guitars4Vets Band / Jimi & the Afterburners, Greg Chako, John Redell, the Swingfoot Blues Quartet, Fred Gillespie & The Swamp Bees, The Wallens, Ricky Nye, King Bee & the Stingers, Catrina Campbell and Mister Man and the Mojo Band.

Check out a variety of classic and custom vehicles at the Route 42 Car Show in Lebanon on Saturday.

5. Route 42 Car Show

Stroll around the Route 42 Car Show from 10am to 3pm and check out some of the best classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, off-road vehicles, and classic cars in the area Saturday on the grounds of Lifehouse Church (2234 Utica Road, Lebanon). The judging starts at noon in a number of categories including Best of Show, People Pick, Best Custom Paint, Classic by Decade, and Motorcycles. Trophies are awarded in all categories. It’s free and open to the public. However, if you want to show off your own vintage or custom vehicle, it costs $ 15 to register. The show will benefit the Lebanon and Waynesville Lions clubs.

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