With the year’s first Party in the Park tonight, the grand opening of Riverfront Smale Park on Friday and Maifest this weekend, there’s plenty to do. Here are some ideas to get you started.
May 16: First Party in the Park
5-10 p.m., Yeatman’s Cove, 805 Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Happy hour prices from 5-6:30 p.m.
Music by Naked Karate Girls. Free. Through July 25. 513-579-3100 | More information
May 17: Bacchanalian Society gathering
7-10 p.m., Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown.
Wine varietal: American-grown Chardonnay. Teams must bring three bottles of wine. Benefits The Josh Cares Cincinnati Program.
$20, $15 advance. 513-421-3579 | More information
May 18: Grand opening of Smale Riverfront Park
6:15 p.m., Smale Riverfront Park, Mehring Way and Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown.
Celebrate completion of Phase I features of new park. Free ice cream, ribbon-cutting ceremony, music by Kathy Wade and others, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, concessions and fireworks. Free. 513-352-4080 | Photos: John Smale | More information
May 18: An Evening with Pete Rose
8 p.m., Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, 777 Belterra Drive, Florence, Ind. CenterStage Showroom.
4192: The Crowning of the Hit King. Rose talks about his life leading up to setting a world record for hits.
Ages 21 and up. $30, $25 members. 800-745-3000 Photos: A history of Pete Rose | Get tickets
May 18: Spring Fling
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Pavilion.
Finger food from local restaurants and beers by Christian Moerlein. Includes four drink tickets. Music 3 Day Rule and DJ Tony Krebs. Benefits The Cincinnati Horticulture Society and Jean Robert’s Family SIDS Foundation.
$45. Reservations required. 513-383-5595 | More information
May 18-20: Maifest
Noon-11 p.m., Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township.
Maibaum (Maypole) raising, Mai Konigen (May Queen) coronation and traditional Maitanz (May Dance). Assorted German/domestic beers, wine and schnapps available, along with German meals, pastries and other items, including plants and crafts. Variety of music. Family friendly.
$2, free ages 12 and under. Through May 20. 513-742-0060 | Photos: Maifest over the years | More information
May 18-20: I Hear Music in the Air conference
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Word of Deliverance Family Life Center, 693 Fresno Road, Forest Park.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Classes include: Plan and Purpose for Your Life by Bishop Derek Triplett, Women in Ministry by Shelia Knight and Juandolyn Stokes, Airplay 360 by Ace Alexander and panelists and Zumba Fitness by Y’Anna Crawley.
$15 per person. 513-851-9673 | More information
May 18-20: CincItalia
3 p.m.-midnight, Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot.
Celebration of Italian heritage. Entertainment from national music acts, activities for all ages and authentic cuisine prepared by local Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s Italian cultural societies.
Free. Through May 20. 513-675-7581 | Photos: CincItalia cookie queens | More information
May 19: Ben-Gals finals
6 p.m.-midnight, Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport.
Candidates perform skill sets for a spot on the 30-person roster. The women will be judged by dance professionals, celebrities and local fans. Cash bar and food available. Afterparty follows.
$30. Registration required. 513-236-1643 | Photos: Ben-Gals tryouts last year | Photos: Ben-Gals through the years
May 19-20: Asian Food Festival
11-midnight, The Banks, 150 E. Mehring Way, Downtown. Freedom Way between Elm Street and Rosa Parks Street.
Food from various countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, India, Indonesia and more. Local craft and Asian beer, entertainment and games for children. Fireworks by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics Saturday night. Benefits Care2Share.
Free. 513-549-5036 | More information
May 19: Tap and Run 4K
5 p.m., Northern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Covington.
Start line at Saratoga and Third streets.
4K with four beer-chug stations along race course, full beer at finish line, crazy costumes and more.
$34-$46. 513-345-3054 | More information
May 19: Go OTR 5K
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Over-the-Rhine, Over-the-Rhine, Over-the-Rhine. Registration 8:30 a.m.
Course begins at corner of 12th and Vine streets.
Celebration follows run with shopping, food and music. Benefits Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce.
$25, $20 advance. Registration required, available online. 513-241-2690 | More information
May 20: Rain
7 p.m., Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown.
Multi-media enhanced live performance follows Fab Four from first Ed Sullivan appearance through Abbey Road album.
$60, $55, $50, $35. 513-621-2787
Photos: The Beatles | More information
May 20: Brad Paisley with The Band Perry
7:30 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township.
With the Band Perry and Scotty McCreery, “American Idol” season 10 winner.
Gates open 4:30 p.m. $63.75, $43.75 pavilion, $28.50 lawn; plus fees. 800-745-3000 | More information