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Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Duke Energy Convention Center

525 Elm Street

March 8 to 10



The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities. The festival continues to grow each year with an increase in winery participation, events and attendance. The festival has granted more than $5.3 million to local charities since its inception in 1991.


More than 700 wines from over one hundred wineries are available to sample, while guests enjoy delicious food and a silent auction. The Grand Tastings are truly the centerpiece of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival. New, rare, and exciting wines from around the world are available for tasting. Whether you're a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, winemakers and winery representatives will welcome you.


Educational seminars are $20, advance sales only

Old World vs. New World on March 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

All the French You Need to Know on March 9 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  

50 Shades of Grape on March 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


During the festival weekend Hellman’s Clothing located in the Carew Arcade will donate 10% of all purchases to the 36 charities benefitting from the Wine Festival.  Hellman’s is a stylish men's clothing store with the latest spring fashion from exclusive vendors from all over the world.


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Marie and Rosetta

Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle

Now to March 31


Celebrated for her fierce guitar playing and swinging gospel music, singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a veritable legend — and a 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Throughout the 1930s and ‘40s, Sister Rosetta performed gospel in the morning and swing music at the Cotton Club at night to inevitably become a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest icons. This play with music chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history. Marie and Rosetta’s compelling life stories combined with roof-raising, heart-rending gospel songs set the stage for an inspiring evening at the theatre.


Tickets range from $39 to $74.


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Beer Fit for a Queen

Exhibit at Main Library

900 Vine Street

Now to May 13


The Main Library has a new exhibit, Beer Fit for a Queen: The Art of Brewing in Greater Cincinnati, that takes a look at the admiration and evolution of the brewing heritage in the region. It looks at the history of beer and brewing heritage in Cincinnati—dating all the way back to the founding of the very first brewery in 1806 by James Dover, through prohibition in the early 20th century and all the way up to the modern-day resurgence of

craft and micro-breweries. The exhibit features original memorabilia, photographs, lithographs and advertisements from Bruckmann, Hudephol, Christian Moerlein, John

Hauck, Foss-Schneider, Gerke, Jackson, Windisch-Mullhuaser, Kauffman, Lackman and Bellevue brewing companies, among others. There will also be a special presentation about Cincinnati’s brewing history on April 14 in the Genealogy & Local History event space. The exhibit and presentation are free and open to the public.


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The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

US Bank Arena

100 Broadway

March 8 to 11


Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate magic and family fun. Dory is back with friends Nemo and Marlin from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory. Embark on a new ocean adventure as they discover the real meaning of family. Travel to Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love is the greatest power of all.  Nothing is out of reach for Rapunzel as her friends help light the way. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs make their own magic and reveal we can do anything with our friends in tow. Buzz and Woody will have you jumping out of your seat in a foot-stomping throwdown; Simba, Timon and Pumbaa prowl the Pridelands; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie show friendship is fearless; and your favorite Disney Princesses stay strong and journey on.


Tickets begin at $17.


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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie

Music Hall

1241 Elm Street

March 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m.

March 11 at 2:00 p.m.



How can you top the drama of Ride of the Valkyries, the pulse of a Sousa march, or the terror of the Jaws theme? You call in Cirque de la Symphonie to add aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and dancers. Experience high-flying heroics paired with epic music performed by the Cincinnati Pops from Phantom of the Opera, Spider-Man, and more.


Tickets range from $25 to $105; Kids’ tickets just $15.


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An Intimate Evening of Songs and stories with Graham Nash

Memorial Hall

1225 Elm Street

March 13 at 8:00 p.m.


Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies.


Some of the songs he wrote include “On A Carousel,” “Carrie Anne,” with the Hollies and with Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) he wrote “Marrakesh Express,” “Teach Your Children” and “Our House.”


In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth.


Regular tickets range from $56 to $96 and VIP tickets range from $175 to $395.

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Girl Scout Cookie Booth

Fountain Square

Fifth and Vine Streets

March 9 to 15 

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Stop by the Girl Scout Cookie booth on Fountain Square to stock up on your favorites.



S'mores - Crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling.


Thin Mints - Crisp wafers covered in chocolatey coating.


Samoas - Crisp cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with dark chocolaty coating.


Tagalongs - Crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.


Trefoils -Delicate-tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.



Do-si-dos -Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling.



Savannah Smiles -Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.


Toffee-tastic -Rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor. Gluten free.




2018 Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 10 at noon



Celebrating its 52nd year, this year’s parade begins at Paul Brown Stadium at noon and ends at The Banks. The honorary Grand Marshall is Thomas Hogan. The Cincinnati St. Patrick Parade NEVER cancels! The parade is held rain, snow, or shine!


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2018 OTR Made Awards

Memorial Hall

1225 Elm Street

March 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


The OTR Made Awards, a fundraiser for the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, takes place on March 15 at Memorial Hall.  Each year, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber’s OTR  Made Awards recognizes outstanding individuals and businesses who have contributed to the progress of OTR, and are dedicated to the OTR community. The night includes a happy hour, awards program (including a keynote speaker), and post-party celebration.


The 2018 keynote is Paula Froelich an award-winning journalist and considered one of the world’s most foremost experts in travel. Paula has been a featured speaker for audiences across the globe. Paula is the editor-in-chief at Yahoo Travel. In four short months, Yahoo Travel became the largest travel content portal in the world, winning awards and consistently ranked #1 in the travel category under her leadership. Paula also oversaw video strategy across travel and launched several shows, including her video series, “A Broad Abroad,” the first female-hosted, travel adventure series of its kind averaging over one million views per week.


The post party celebration includes heavy bites provided by Injoy, fast-Indian-inspired-fare restaurant opening soon in Over-theRhine, Revel Urban Winery providing wine samples and entertainment by Daniel-in-Stereo. 



The 2018 Made Award Recipients are:


Ziegler Park - Chairperson’s Award

BLINK Creative Team  - Norma Petersen Arts and Culture Award

Music Hall Revitalization Company --  Architectural Revitalization of the Year

Revel OTR Urban Winery - New Business of the Year

Rookwood Pottery - Business of the Year

Central Parkway YMCA - Nonprofit of the Year

Blair Fornshell with Brown Bear Bakery - Entrepreneur of the Year

Longfellow Bar - Restaurant of the Year

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company -  Community Impact of the Year

Empower Agency - Job Creation of the Year

Cincinnati Young Black Professionals -Ezzard Charles Award



Doors open at 5:00 p.m., program begins at 5:30 p.m. OTR Chamber Member Rate: $60 (includes two drink tickets/bites) Non-Member Rate: $75 (includes two drink tickets/bites) Group Rates for parties of 8 or more.


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Brian Thomas

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