Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

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Rhinegeist Coat Drive

November 1 – 30

Drop off any new or gently worn coat to Rhinegeist Brewery or any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and receive a $1 beer coupon, redeemable at the Rhinegeist Taproom.

Cincinnati’s First Podcast Festival

Friday, Nov. 2, 4 pm

Memorial Hall

Share closing night experiences at Cincinnati’s First Podcast Festival including live, mainstage podcasts from Brad Mulvey, host of Millennial Mastermind and Pantsuit Politics with co-hosts Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland onstage with What Should I Read Next? host Anne Bogel. By the end of the evening, you’ll exit Memorial Hall believing that Cincinnati is a podcast hub. That’s right! Cincinnati is a thought leader in marketing and storytelling including audible platforms like podcasts.

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Duke Energy Convention Center

It’s more than shopping – it’s an event. Calling all gift gurus, party point-people and masters of mistletoe: Get all your holiday shopping done at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market℠, featuring 350+ one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores. Choose from an unparalleled selection of home décor, specialty clothing and one-of-a-kind treasures, plus gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show. And when you’re ready for a break, relax and compare finds with friends at our wine-and-appetizer lounge.

  • Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show℠ runs in tandem with The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market℠ and is included with your paid admission ticket. Together, the shows provide a one-stop shop for all of your holiday gift and entertaining needs. Luscious chocolate, cookies, cupcakes and candy. Savory meats, spices and cheeses. Brightly flavored jams and rich sauces. Peppery olive oils and creamy dips. Cozy cocoas and cocktail mixes. Sample your way through the 2018 Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show and get everything you need for a season of entertaining and hospitality.
  • Take a break from the excitement of the Holiday Market at the Wine Down wine-and-appetizer lounge! Located in the center of the show floor and appointed with comfy chairs and tables, the Wine Down Lounge makes a perfect stop in the middle of a prolific shopping day. Meet your girlfriends there to compare finds and indulge in a glass of wine from our extensive wine bar while you custom-create your own artisan cheese plate. Choose from our wide selection of cheeses with accompaniments including olives, minisweet and dill pickles, tapenades, roasted red peppers, bourbon bacon jam, local honey, fall-harvest fruit chutneys, and flavored hummus. Cheese plates are served with gourmet crackers, house-made pita chips, crostini, flatbreads and sliced artisan breads.
  • VIP tickets get you access to VIP shopping hours Friday, November 2, from 8 to 11 AM. Your VIP Shopping Pass allows UNLIMITED ENTRY to the show all weekend!

Tickets: $24 VIP, $15 Early Entry Pass, $10 general admission, $5 discounted late entry. Power shoppers can take advantage of VIP perks, early admission and stroller/cart-free shopping on Friday and Saturday before the rest of the crowd hits the floor. The market takes over Duke Energy Convention Center Friday through Sunday with regular hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Russian Masterpieces

Friday, Nov. 2, 11 am – Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 8 pm

Music Hall

Hear Russian masterpieces at Music Hall this weekend as the orchestra's program features Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15., conducted by Hannu Lintu and featuring pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Prices range from $14-$99

What’s interesting about this concert:

  • According to The Daily Telegraph “Any chance to hear [pianist Yevgeny Sudbin] should be snapped up.”
  • Shostakovich’s final symphony takes listeners from “cradle-to-grave” as playful sensibilities march toward dark ruminations.
  • Mussorgsky composed the haunting Night on Bald Mountain with Russian legends in mind.

Tree Trimming Party

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:00 am

Fountain Square

Come down to the O'Keeffe's Company Ice Rink presented by Fifth Third Bank for a Tree Trimming Party!

The Macy's Tree makes its grand entrance to Fountain Square on November 3rd. While we are decorating the tree for the holidays, create your very own crafts in the warming tent. Crafts included free with paid admission to the rink. Admission is $6, skate rental is $4. Amenities include lockers, benches, a warming tent, and a full-service concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The rink is open to skaters of all ages, 7 days a week.

Cincinnati Pops: Orchestra Toybox

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:30 am

Music Hall

Dance, play and march to the music of Orchestra Toybox. Enjoy familiar selections from Toy Story, The Nutcracker, and more—plus a fun symphony that uses toys as instruments. Experience instrument demonstrations, crafts and more at the pre-concert Family Fun Zone. Bring a wrapped toy to donate, benefitting St. Vincent de Paul’s Angel Toy Program. Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: This performance is American Sign Language interpreted.

Queen City Bhangra 2018

Saturday, Nov. 3, 5pm

Aronoff Center: Jarson-Kaplan Theater

In its inaugural year, QCB is a dance competition that focuses on showcasing and enriching others about Indian heritage through Bhangra -  a dance that comes from the roots of North India called Punjab. QCB is proudly hosted by Bearcat Bhangra, a student-run organization from the University of Cincinnati.

New Life Furniture Bank’s 1st Annual Party in the House

Saturday, Nov. 3

Cincinnati Masonic Center Ballroom, 317 East 5th Street

This year’s inaugural theme is On the Rooftop – come see the Masonic Center Ballroom transformed into a rooftop party scene! Come chic! Come cool! And you can always come to sparkle and shine as bright as the moon and stars above!

Design Challenge: Cincinnati’s top interior designers reveal stylish vignettes which give “new life” to donated furnishings and demonstrate the art of re-purposing, creativity and design.

6:30 PM:

Cocktail Reception and Design Reveal

7:30 PM:

Dinner Stations & Desserts by Jeff Thomas Catering

8:15 PM:

Honoree Recognition Followed by Music by DJ Mowgli and Dancing

Dancing with Our Stars

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 pm

JACK Casino

Get ready for the 3rd biennial Jewish Family Service Dancing with our Stars gala - an exciting dance competition (along with schmoozing between old and new friends). A star-studded cast of local "celebrity dancers", who are each paired with a professional dancer, will compete to win the most votes. $1 donation = 1 vote. And since each vote is a generous contribution to Jewish Family Service, the ultimate winners are the people in our community whose lives are strengthened in times of need.

Lives Well Lived

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 pm – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, 2 & 5 pm

Garfield Theatre

This engaging and heartwarming documentary is on a subject everyone should care about – how to live a happy and meaningful life – told by real people in their sunset years who are doing exactly that. The film follows a core group of "ordinary people who rose to the challenge of extraordinary times," heavily influenced by World War II. From footage, photos and intimate memories, viewers witness first-person insight into history, from concentration camps, fleeing Hitler or Stalin, the Japanese internment camps in the United States and dealing with discrimination and the perils of civil rights activism.

Lives Well Lived is award-winning photographer Sky Bergman's directorial debut, and she will be on hand to speak about the four-year project after each screening. Tickets run $15 at the door or $10 in advance and there is a discount for students and ArtsPass members.

PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 am & 2 pm – Sunday, Nov. 4, 12 pm & 4 pm

US Bank Arena

No job is too big, no pup is too small! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The show includes two acts and an intermission and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. The performance features up-tempo music and a cleverly written script that is a wonderful introduction to live theater for kids. Classic theatrical scenery, along with a high-tech video wall, visually transports families to an authentic PAW Patrol environment, including locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate via interviews, solve clues with the Pups, follow Mayor Goodway and much more.

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