It’s almost Friday — which means it’s almost the weekend! Do you have any plans yet? Between Mamma Mia at the Aronoff Center, the opening of ‘Avengers,’ the Flying Pig Marathon and the Kentucky Derby, there’s a ton to do. Here are our best bets, along with showtimes, ticket information, party ideas and more.
Through May 6: Mamma Mia
8 p.m., Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown.
Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Official site | Get tickets
May 4-5: Essex Studios Art Walk
6-11 p.m., Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place, Walnut Hills.
Features an Enjoy the Arts visual arts tour, origami flower installation with 1,000-plus blooms, flower gardens created by Cincinnati Bombshells, juried art exhibition and 120-plus local artists presenting variety of artwork. Family friendly. Free. 513-476-2170 | More information
May 5: Kentucky Derby
8 a.m., Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave., Louisville.
Called the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Patrons have access to the paddock area, the Gate 10 corridor and the infield.
Kentucky Oaks 138th run at 5:45 p.m. $25-$40. 502-636-4400 | Derby has 21 horses entered | More information
May 5: Free Comic Book Day
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Comic Book World, Inc., 7130 Turfway Road, Florence.
More than two million comic books to be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books. Every customer able to choose from a selection of free comics. Sword swallowing and other stunts by Travis Fessler from the Pickled Brothers Circus. Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls will sign autographs, pose for pictures and skate around assisting guests picking a comic. | More information
May 5: Crafty Supermarket Spring Show
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton.
Features 50 crafters, live DJ, craft demos, treats and more. Family friendly. Free. 513-541-2394 | More information
May 5: Laugh Till it Hurts Comedy Show
8 p.m., Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave., Evanston.
Scheduled to appear: Arnez J., Earthquake, Gary Owen and Aries Spears. | Gary Owen: Think Funny | Get tickets
May 5: Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair
11 a.m.-5 p.m., DeSales Corner, Woodburn Avenue and Madison Road, East Walnut Hills.
Selection of pottery, from functional wares to decorative art pieces, created by more than 60 clay artists. Includes artist demos, children’s activities, music from Jake Speed and the Freddies and more. Rain or shine. 513-777-1559 | More information
May 5-6: Cincy Cinco Fiesta
Noon-11 p.m., Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown.
Authentic Latin American food, art, vendors, exhibitors, music, dancing and children’s activities. Benefits local charities that support the Hispanic population. Free. 513-721-3555 | More information | More party spots
May 5-6: Civic Garden Center Plant Sale
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale.
Thousands of plants from 14 booths offering a wide variety of annuals, perennials, bloomers, climbers, herbs and hard to find plants. Special vendors will be available. Lunch from Cafe de Wheels available. Benefits Civic Garden Center. Free. 513-221-0981. | More information
May 6: An Evening With Elie Wiesel
7 p.m., Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave., Evanston.
With Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of “Night.” $35-$50 preferred seating, $20, $5 students. 513-487-3055 | More information
May 6: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
6:30 a.m., Downtown Cincinnati, Downtown Cincinnati, Downtown.
Marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay runs and Pump N’ Run. Wheelchair start 6:25 a.m. Free samples of low-fat chocolate milk at Yeatman’s Cove finish line. Post-race party at Yeatman’s Cove lawn stage, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Part of Flying Pig Marathon Weekend. Registration available at P&G Health & Fitness Expo at Duke Energy Convention Center on May 5. $10-$500. Registration required. 513-721-7447 | More information
May 6: Tri-State Antique Market
7 a.m.-3 p.m., Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50 and Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg.
Indiana’s largest antique and vintage collectible market. Nearly 250 dealers selling early American to mid-century modern and everything in between. Rain or shine. Early Birds, 6 a.m. Family friendly. First of season. $3. 513-738-7256 | More information
May 5: Cinco de Mayo TurnUp
1-5 p.m., Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 700 Race St., Downtown.
Day party at Blue Wisp: Music by DJ HD. $1 shots of Patron. Women 18 and up. Men 21 and up. Followed by UC Programs and Activities Council Spring Concert at University of Cincinnati, featuring Big Boi and Kendrick Lamar. ADHD follows at Mixx Ultralounge at 10 p.m. with DJ Etrayn and DJ Bandcamp. | Event page | More information