Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

April 6 – 8, 2018

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Garden to Table: Traditions and Innovation

Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The exhibition runs from through July 13.

Lloyd Library and Museum, 917 Plum St.

Explore the world of food gardens as the Lloyd Library and Museum, in partnership with the Civic Garden Center and Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, present the exhibition Garden to Table: Traditions and Innovation.


The exhibition will feature rare illustrations of gardens and their bounty dating back to the 1600s; etchings of gardens, their design and those tending them; hand colored lithographs; botanical illustrations; and 19th and early 20th century seed catalogs. The exhibit will also showcase archival materials from the founding of the Civic Garden Center, which started with Victory Gardens in 1942.


In a separate gallery at the Lloyd, a crowd sourced photo exhibition, “Gardeners Who Inspire,” will grow over the course of the exhibit’s run as the community shares photos, both historic and present day, alongside framed historic photographs of local farms that practice sustainable agriculture.


Peppers: A Story of Hot Pursuits with Hardy Eshbaugh

Wednesday, April 18, 7-8 p.m.

Journey through the wonderful world of peppers tracing the history and what we know about this fascinating group of plants. Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh, emeritus professor of Botany at Miami University, has researched peppers for more than 50 years, traveling extensively throughout Latin America. Register at


The Lloyd Library and Museum is a world renowned independent research library and exhibit space devoted to bringing science, art and history to life.


Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

Friday and Saturday, April 6 – 7

The 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference will be held outside the official borders of Appalachia for the first time in more than a decade. The conference includes  activities throughout downtown.


Old-Time Jam

Northside Distillery, 922 Race Street

Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.


Cincinnati’s storied old-time music community is hosting an open jam. Bring your old-time instrument and join the band!


Kid's Jam with Auggie and Sean from the Tillers

Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Herzog Music

811 Race St

The return of our popular Kid's Jam at Herzog Music is free and for all ages on, presented by The Play Library and Eli's BBQ.


Tim Combs “Hazard Coal” In-Store Performance

Herzog Music, 811 Race St.

Saturday, April 7, 12 – 1 p.m.



Urban Appalachian Showcase

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.


An exciting showcase of Appalachian life featuring the best writers, singers, musicians, and spoken word artists.  Scheduled to appear are: Bluegrass legend, writer, and radio personality Katie Laur; the ensemble, Rabbit Hash String Band; Richard Hague and Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reading the writings from Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative; basketball legend and songwriter Jean Dowell performing her songs with Mike Oberst of the Tillers; Desirae Hosley of Wordplay presenting young spoken word artists from the Appalachian community; the multi-generational Tellico Family Band bringing songs old and new; and esteemed emcee Omope Carter Daboiku.



Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm Street

Opens April 6, 7:30 p.m.


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues their debut season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams.


This searing family drama by a true American master remains a potent exploration of the ties that bind, and sometimes strangle.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and remains as resonant today as when it was first performed.



Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs through April 28 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., as well as Saturday April 28 at 2 p.m.



Family Series: Beauty and the Beast

Cincinnati Ballet, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.


Cincinnati Ballet announces a new Family Series, with its inaugural offering, Beauty and the Beast. The production features the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, with dancers from the new Professional Training Division, and students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy.


Beauty and the Beast comes to the Aronoff Center complete with six performances from April 6 to 8, and a special sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Cincinnati Ballet’s new Family Series is the perfect introduction to ballet for audiences of all ages, with dazzling costumes and sets, and guided narration, so that even the youngest members of the audience can understand the story that is being told on stage.


The whimsical and timeless Beauty and the Beast ballet is based on the original fairy tale, as told in the late 18th century by Charles Perrault. 



Cincinnati Children’s Theatre: Mary Poppins, Jr.

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 2 and 5 p.m.

Shows continue April 13 to 15


Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!


The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft.


Run time: Under 70 minutes | Ages: ideal for 4+



Art & Poetry

Findlay Market, 1801 Elder St.

Sunday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  


Celebrate National Poetry Month at an outdoor event featuring some of the city’s most talented spoken word poets competing for cash prizes, while also experiencing the wealth of art and craft talent our region has to offer when fiber artists, potters, painters and jewelry makers bring their wit, work and wares to Findlay Market.


Poetry Slam Competition

12 – 3 p.m. in Farmers Market Farm Shed

Emcee: Kim “Duwaup” Bolden

DJ: Apryl Reign


1st Place = $250; 2nd Place = $125; 3rd Place = $100

To enter the competition, click here


Art Bazaar

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Elder Street (north side of Market)

Browse the stands of local potters, painters, jewelry makers and more!



Ohioana Cooper Awards

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.

Sunday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.


The annual event will be held in the the Huenefeld Tower Room. Readers will have the chance to meet and talk with Hamilton County authors, most of whom have published books within the past year. This year’s attendees include the Library Foundation’s Writer-in-Residence Emma

Carlson Berne, David Pepper, Jan Sherbin and Jessica Strawser.


About Ohioana

The Ohioana Library Association was founded in 1929 to collect, preserve and promote the written work of Ohio’s authors, artists and musicians.


Cincinnati Pops: Five For Fighting

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

April 8, 7 p.m.


Five for Fighting—also known as singer-songwriter John Ondrasik—makes his Cincinnati Pops debut in a special one-night performance. He joins the lush sound of the Pops for an evening of pop rock fan favorites, including piano-filled chart-toppers Superman (It’s Not Easy), The Riddle, World, and 100 Years.


Never has the phrase “he shoots, he scores” been more applicable than when mentioning rabid hockey fan and singer/songwriting super man John Ondrasik. The Californian, who goes by Five for Fighting (a five-minute penalty for on-the-ice fist-a-cuffs), burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit Superman (It’s Not Easy), and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since.

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