Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine Events

June 2, 2017

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Cincy Pop Shops Grand Opening

Friday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m.

617 Vine Street


Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and the City of Cincinnati added four new Pop Shops to downtown’s retail mix.  Now open through July 31 at 617 Vine Street (the former Enquirer building), the Grand Opening Celebration is June 2.


The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. with a DJ and light refreshments throughout the celebration.


The shops are

·       GO(O)D Company -  Donny Harris's apparel brand has a mission to clothe every man, woman and child in stylish garments that promote the importance of keeping good company.

·       Jamerisol - Jamerisol provides fresh, natural juices and vegan snacks for healthy eaters on the go, all inspired by Jamaican cuisine and family traditions.

·       Native Brand - Founder Jay Banks began this T-shirt endeavor in 2014, growing the brand organically during that time, with each T-shirt and hat conceptualized, designed, and produced by him.

·       Slim Furniture - This West Chester-based company offers portable, high quality, modular furniture for both indoor and outdoor use that can be constructed and deconstructed easily without the use of tools.


Cincy Pop Shop is an opportunity for these owners to create, expand, and nurture their small business with relatively low risk in an affordable space. The stores will be open Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sunday.




6th Bunbury Music Festival

Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4

Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way


Bunbury Music Festival features three days of performances on three stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove.  Muse, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Bassnectar, and Pretty Lights headline this year’s festival which features indie rock, alternative, hip-hop, and EDM (electronic dance music) artists.


Friday, June 2

Over the last five years, Wiz Khalifa has soared in both indie and mainstream fields. Wiz Khalifa first made his name with his chart-topping single “Black and Yellow” in 2010 and has since followed with numerous charting singles such as “See You Again” and “No Sleep.”


Rapper, producer and songwriter, G-Eazy began to cultivate and craft his own style while still in college at Loyola University in New Orleans. In 2012, G-Eazy produced, wrote and recorded his full-length debut Must Be Nice.


Saturday, June 3

Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) had yet another year steeped in a retro-future landscape. Centered on a heavy focus in the studio, the result surfaced in 2016 with the release of Only Yesterday


Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist. Lorin Bassnectar’s 2012 album Vava Voom received critical acclaim, and was followed by a sold out North American tour.


Sunday, June 4

Following the release of their seventh studio album Drones in 2015, Muse has solidified as one of the most innovative and established names in the modern music scene. Muse has more than 20 million album sales worldwide and two GRAMMY Awards for Best Rock Album (The Resistance and Drones).


The lineup also includes The 1975, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, AFI, Jon Bellion, D.R.A.M., Flogging Molly, Watsky, Reverend Horton Heat, NF, Arkells, Civil Twilight, The Upset Victory, and Current Events.


Food vendors at the festival include Che Restaurant, Chicken Mac Truck, Gold Star Chili, Hungry Brothers, Injoy Street Food, Island Noodles, Kabobske, Mazunte, streetpops, Tom+Chee, and Wicked Hickory.  The official craft brew is Braxton Brewing Company’s Honey Peach Kolsch.



Cincy Fringe Festival

Now Through June 11

Various venues in Over-the-Rhine

Headquarters is at Know Theater, 1120 Jackson Street


The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is a 13-day theatre and arts festival produced by Know Theatre. Live performances occur in over a dozen locations in Over-the-Rhine. The Festival features 200+ performances of over 40 productions from local, national, and international artists, each featuring unique styles or disciplines and a wide variety of subject matter.


All of the performances are 60 minutes or less.  Here are some highlights:


Romeo+Juliet+Anybody’s – June 6, 8 and 10 at Know Theatre. Performers are from New York, NY. She’s a loudmouth rascal who puts the POW in Girl Power. Featuring original grunge folk music, this play will make you laugh, squirm and dance. 45 minutes.


The Great Invention – June 2, 4, 5, 9, 10 at Know Theatre. The performers are from Cashiers, NC. Caught in an urban wasteland, two beings attempt to build a machine that will transport them to paradise. 45 minutes.


Zelda and Hadley: Together at last – June 5, 7, 8, 10 at Art Academy. The performers are from Cincinnati. What happens when F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and Ernest Hemmingway’s wives have had enough of their husbands’ philandering ways and get even using a radio drama? 50 minutes.


Each night concludes with the Cincy Fringe Bar Series, a post-performance party at the Know Theatre with an opportunity for artists, audience, volunteers, and staff to mingle, drink, and have a great time.


Tickets are $15 each or packages start at $75. Buy tickets at the Box Office at the Know Theatre, online at, call 513.300.5669, or at each participating venue. 



Indie Vol 2017

Every Friday through September 1, 7 – 11 p.m.

Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets


Celebrating its ninth year, this free weekly concert series called Indie Vol 2017 returns to the P&G Music Stage on Fountain Square every Friday through September 1.

This year’s series will feature an eclectic lineup of national, regional, and local musicians.


Headliners for June 2:


Swear and Shake – A Nashville-based Americana band.


Young Heirlooms – Acclaimed Cincinnati songsmiths Young Heirlooms take you on a nostalgic journey with their sentimental, heartfelt original tunes.


Common Center – They combine powerfully upbeat as well as tranquil themes with mystic, other-world intertwining melodic elements from instrumental and vocal harmonies.




Reds v. Braves

Friday, June 2 at 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, June 3 at 4:10 p.m.

Sunday, June 4 at 1:10 p.m.

Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way


The Cincinnati Reds take on the Atlanta Braves for three home games this weekend. On Friday, pre-game events include Cincinnati Zoo Bald Eagle Flight when "Sam" the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will perform a flight from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher's mound during the singing of the national anthem. It is also Fireworks Friday, with a post-game fireworks show with soundtrack.


Sunday is a Family Sunday when families can enjoy a special ticket offer, live mascot races, face painters and more. Kids 14 and younger will also receive a Kids PLAY BALL Bat and Ball Set and have a chance to Run the Bases.



Friends Shop Annual Book Sale

June 3 – June 9

Main Library of Cincinnati, 800 Vine Street


Saturday, June 3, 9 am - 6 pm

Sunday, June 4, 1 pm - 5 pm

Monday, June 5, 9 am - 9 pm

Tuesday, June 6, 9 am - 9 pm

Wednesday, June 7, 9 am - 9 pm

Thursday, June 8, 9 am - 6 pm

Friday, June 9, 9 am - 6 pm


The annual Downtown Summer Sale for the Friends of the Public Library at Main Library begins Saturday. They will be selling gently used books, audio books on CD, DVDs, VHS, vinyl records, and more. Items may be purchased with cash, check, and major credit cards. Members of The Friends receive a 10% discount on all purchases.


They offer gently used hardback and paperback books of every genre. The fiction sections include genres such as mystery, horror, romance, sci-fi, anime, and westerns. Their literature sections include titles from great writers from Jane Austen to H.G. Wells.


The non-fiction collection covers a wide array of topics such as art, cooking, gardening, health and fitness, home improvement, military history, and sports, just to name a few. There will be an extensive collection of children’s books which will appeal to youngsters of all ages, from toddlers to teens, and includes non-fiction books as well.


Next Friday is BAG DAY. Buy a Friends shopping bag for $10 and everything you put in it is yours!




Piano-Powered Powerhouse Concert

Saturday, June 3, 7:30 pm

DownTowne Listening Room, Shillito Lofts, 151 W. Seventh Street


This month the DownTowne Listening Room celebrates its third anniversary. They are celebrating by having two special shows in June in the historic Shillito's building. Plus, special treats, door prizes and more. The show is in a comfy and quiet listening room with FREE snacks and FREE soft drinks.


Gabe Dixon: Piano-Rock Powerhouse

Gabe Dixon creates piano powered pop-rock that’s inspiring, uplifting and infectious. His soulful songs showcase vibrant vocals and mesmerizing musicianship. Fans of Julian Velard, Dr. John, and Billy Joel will enjoy Gabe’s sound.


Gabe has toured with Loggins & Messina and Gavin DeGraw, and been keyboardist and vocalist for Paul McCartney, Alison Krause, O.A.R. and Supertramp.


Jonathan Cody White: Cincy Singer-Songwriter

Cincinnati area artist Jonathan Cody White opens the show with his engaging and energetic blend of acoustic rock-n-soul.



Art on Vine

Sunday, June 4, 12 – 6 p.m.

Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets


Art on Vine, a monthly local boutique art fair (for all ages and FREE to the public) opens its summer season on Fountain Square. Up to 60 local artists showcase and sell fine arts and hand-made goods in the center of downtown. Along with one-of-a-kind items, guests will find a full bar and food trucks, and Reds fans can enjoy the game on LED board.

Plus A Tavola Pizza offers a day-of special – with an Art on Vine proof of purchase, guests receive 10% off orders at the restaurant at 1220 Vine Street.