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. Cincinnati Boat, Sport and Travel Show
From travel destinations to fishing seminars, morel hunting and hunting dog training, there is something for everyone who loves the outdoors. See Twiggy the squirrel waterskiing and enter a turkey call contest.
Details: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Operates January 14-16 and January 19-23. cincysportshow.com.
2. British Arrow Awards
Presenting a daring and eclectic mix of resonant drama, dazzling spectacle and comedy beloved by the creative world of UK advertising.
Details: Friday through Sunday, Garfield Theater, 719 Race St. Downtown. From Friday to Sunday from January 14 to 23. cincyworldcinema.org.
3. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Premiere of La Valse et Simpson
Grammy-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti gives the US premiere of Mark Simpson’s dazzling new violin concerto. Completed during the pandemic, the work “explodes with all these feelings of frustration, anger, restlessness, confusion and uncertainty that had nowhere to go during the lockdowns.”
Details: 11 a.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. cincinnatisymphony.org.
4. Connecting the Past to the Present: The Endless Struggle for Civil Rights
Portraits of influential African Americans by Fairfield artist John Wiehe. The exhibition continues until February 27. John Kiesewetter signs copies of the book “Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander & Me” at the Friday reception.
Details: opening reception, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Thursday-Friday 8 am-5pm
5. eMLS League Series
Featuring 22 of North America’s top FIFA 22 eSports players, each representing a different MLS club. They compete live on stage. Earn FCC gifts and merchandise, design your own jersey, play FIFA 22 in open play stations.
Details: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Pavillon PromoWest at Ovation. promowestlive.com.
Home Brew V, 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Drama Workshop, 3716 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot. Includes full productions of 10 short plays by local authors, followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception with great local beer. Runs January 14-16. $ 18. thedramaworkshop.org.
The Elvis Tribute Artist show, Saturday, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Concert celebrating the music of Elvis era by era. Features the acclaimed tribute artists of Elvis Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter and Ryan Pelton. cincinnatiarts.org.
Chile Day, 10 am-4pm Sunday, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St. Over-the-Rhine. Taste chili and foods from market vendors. Live music by Everything Jake. Ticket packages cost $ 10 for 5 samples, $ 20 for 12. eventbrite.com.
Evanescence and Halestorm, Friday, Heritage Bank Center. With Lilith Tsar.
Vince Neil, Saturday, Lawrenceburg Event Center.
Cyclones of Cincinnati against Doré of Toledo, 3 p.m. Sunday, Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway, Downtown. The first 1,500 children aged 2 to 12 receive a free Cyclones youth hockey jersey. cycloneshockey.com.