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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

April 27 to April 29, 2018

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MusicNOW Multiple Venues, including Smale Park, the Cincinnati Masonic Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.Friday, Saturday and Sunday, multiple times. 

The National return home to Cincinnati this spring, hosting a weekend celebration of music, art and cultural connections.

The homecoming + MusicNOW weekend will kick off with a celebratory opening night concert Friday, April 27 at the Cincinnati Masonic Center. The opening concert will feature Mouse on Mars, Red Bird Hollow (Bryce & Aaron Dessner), Sam Amidon, Lisa Hannigan, Spank Rock, and Kristín Anna, plus very special guests.

Friday Night

Opening Night Celebration at the Cincinnati Masonic Center, downtown. Tickets are still available for $50


Shows start at noon at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center (both FREE and open to the public)

Shows continue throughout the day at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Smale Park

The National will close out the night at Smale Park at 9pm Saturday. The official afterparty starts around midnight Saturday until 2am.


Shows begin again at noon at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, as well as the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show at the Art Museum is free and open to the public

The National plays again and closes out the festival at 9pm Saturday

Some of MusicNOW’s highlights: 

• Eighth Blackbird with Bryce Dessner perform the evocative music of late composer Julius Eastman

Ireland’s crash ensemble perform danish composer hans Abrahamsen’s masterpiece, “Schnee”

Noted writer and musicologist Will Robin will host several pre-concert discussions.

Performances by Lord Huron, Future Islands, The National, Father John Misty & more!

Cincinnati’s contemporary art center will host an exhibition by photographer graham MacIndoe, featuring images from the national’s “sleep well beast” and subsequent tour curated by the national’s Scott Devendorf.

Also running concurrently with the festival: two video installations by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson – a frequent collaborator with the national and the Dessners – on display at the Cincinnati art museum, “the visitors” and “scenes from western culture.”

The Cincinnati ballet will present a work based on Bryce Dessner’s “murder ballads” with music performed by eighth blackbird and choreography from the legendary Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet in several performances during the weekend.

VIP tickets are sold out. Weekend passes and individual tickets are still available at

Cincinnati Funk Festival

US Bank Arena

Friday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.


Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey (also known as Mos Def) are among the acts coming to one stage at Cincinnati Funk Fest, Friday, April 27, at U.S. Bank Arena.

Also on the bill are Talib Kweli, Hi Tek, Kameron Corvet and Speed Walton.

Tickets go on sale March 9 and range from $63 to $124.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performances start at 8 p.m.

Tickets available through


Cincinnati Pops Presents West SideStory: Film with Orchestra

Music Hall

Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


The Cincinnati Pops joins the worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Relive the brilliance, grit and emotion of the Oscar®-winning film on the big screen above the stage while JMR and the Pops perform every note of the iconic score. This is a completely unique visual and sonic experience not to be missed.

Health Expo at Washington Park

Washington Park, Over-The-Rhine

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.


The Health Expo is the Health Gap’s annual event bringing health care access directly to the Cincinnati community. Featuring daylong forums with healthcare experts and organizations, attendees can take advantage of a wide spectrum of free health screenings, fitness as well as local and national entertainment.

This year’s theme “Sleep Well, Live Well” aims at helping participants focus on the importance of getting enough sleep to promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle. As in previous years, several healthcare partners will be joining the Health Gap in providing screenings to attendees in helping them manage or in many cases discover health concerns that could adversely affect them or their families.

The event celebrates good health and good living with a fun-filled and family-friendly itinerary. Throughout the day, attendees will enjoy fitness demonstrations; a fashion show and Cincinnati Got Talent showcase at SCPA . There will also be a kid’s zone for the younger crowd. After spending the day with an amazing array of speakers, chefs, nutritionists, fitness experts, trainers, and physicians, Expo attendees will come away with tools and ideas to help lead a healthier, more active and fulfilling life.

After an exciting day at the Health Expo the R&B/Jazz band 2nd Wind will close the Health Expo with a concert from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information about the Health Expo and Closing the Health Gap, visit






Sweet Stroll

Over-The-Rhine/Findlay Market

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.


Tour begins at Findlay Market. Learn the history of Findlay Market and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This walking tour of historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood includes stops for samples at 6 pastry and specialty shops. Additional sit-down stop includes glass of wine, beer, coffee or tea. Tour operates rain or shine so dress appropriately for the weather.

Tickets available through

Oyster Festival

Washington Platform

1000 Elm Street at the corner of Elm Street and Court Street

April 26 through May 13

Featuring 40-plus item, fresh oyster menu. Smoked oyster salad, oyster-stuffed jalapeños, oysters Mardi Gras, Nantucket oysters, fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell and more. This “Mollusk madness” features “special events, contests, prizes, and a menu that you have to eat to believe.”

A new Oyster Fest favorite is Oysters Roulette. Tables share a plate of fresh-shucked house oysters. But beware: One of those oysters is loaded with a healthy dose of Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce!

Giving is also part of the Oyster Festival!. Guests are invited to make a nominal cash donations in exchange for participation in some “un-shellfish” fun, including the Platform’s “Pearl Count” contest and the popular “Pearls Of Wisdom,” to win gift certificates, T-shirts, and other prizes (including a Reds Weekend Getaway!). All special event/contest proceeds benefit the Soup Kitchen run by St. Framcis Xavier Church, in Over-the-Rhine.

Lucky patrons should check their oyster shells for a “Big Red 32” as part of their lunch, appetizer, or dinner order during the Oyster Festival. They're scattered here and there, and each one is worth a Washington Platform gift certificate valued at $32.

Workout Sundayz

Ziegler Park

Sunday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m.

Take your workout outside of the studio with a FREE fitness class in Ziegler Park.

The Ziegler Park Workout Sundayz series features a 45-minute bootcamp class with our neighbor on Sycamore, Posh Fitness! Workouts take place on the great lawn above the parking garage.

Classes held Sundays through May 20. All classes are led by licensed, trained instructors. Thank you to our sponsors Flying Pig Marathon and FC Cincinnati!

Art on Vine 

Rhinegeist Brewery 

Sunday April, 28 from Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Over 60 local artists will be displaying and selling fine art and handmade goods at Rhinegeist Brewery, a stunning space with true Over-The-Rhine history.

This free event features food from Sartre OTR. After the event, Art on Vine makes a donation to a local nonprofit to continue their mission. This is a great way to meet and greet local artists, new friends and your city neighbors.

More information at

Get Rick-Rolled! - Rick Astley 

The Taft Theatre 

Sunday, April 28, 8:00 p.m.

One of the music industry’s most distinctive voices, Rick Astley has left an indelible mark on pop-culture since his emergence into the limelight nearly three decades ago. With well over 40 million records sold, and an enviable back-catalogue of chart-topping hits, Astley remains one of the most successful solo artists to have ever emerged from the UK.

Tickets are still available at

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