Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-The-Rhine Events

May 18 to May 20, 2018

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Neighborhood Night

Washington Park

230 Elm St.

Friday, May 18 from 4-10 p.m.

  • On Friday, May 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., visitors and residents are invited to join in the first annual Neighborhood Night.
  • Located in the south end of Washington Park, Neighborhood Night will feature multiple neighborhood tours, courtesy of Garage OTR (segways and electric bikes), Cincy Pedal Wagon and Red Bike.
  • Art on Vine will be on the South lawn of Washington Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m
  • The Arepa Place and Lucius Q will be vending food around the bandstand!

Steven Wright

Taft Theater

317 E 5th St.

Friday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Steven Wright is an Academy Award-winning producer, and has been nominated for two Emmys, made Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Comedians” list, and is in the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame
  • Steven Wright was awarded an Oscar in 1989 for Best Short Live-Action Film for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which he co-wrote (with Michael Armstrong) and starred in. He received two Emmy nominations as part of the producing team of Louie, first in 2014 and again in 2015.[
  • Steve has appeared in many TV shows and movies, most recently and notably he voiced Mel in The Emoji Movie (2017)

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Comedy Sportz

Memorial Hall OTR

1225 Elm St.

Friday, May 18 at 8:00pm


  • Ready to laugh? Comedy Sportz® is an award winning, totally improvised show. It’s comedy for everyone.
  • The show is completely improvised and works with the audience’s suggestions to perform the show
  • Comedy Sportz® is comedy played as a sport. Two teams battle it out for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes

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Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Aronoff Center

650 Walnut St

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot is a musical about “an idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. His Ideals, however are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.”
  • This show is presented by Cincinnati Musical Theater

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May Festival 2018: Verdi’s Requiem

Music Hall

1241 Elm St.

Friday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Kicking of the 2018 May Festival at Music Hall is the performance of Verdi’s Requiem
  • This performance by the May Festival Chorus features Michelle Bradley, (soprano), Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano) and Matthew Polenzani (tenor).
  • BONUS: Experience a beloved May Festival tradition, the Maypole Dance, performed pre-concert in the lobby

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Spring Concert Series

Fountain Square

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 7-10 p.m.

  • Friday’s concert will be performed by Noah Smith
  • Noah Smith is a Country Artist from Brown County, Ohio and studied at UC’s CCM.
  • Saturday’s concert will performed by Elementree Livity Project
  • Elementree Livity Project is a Reggae Rock band from Cincinnati, who won a Cincinnati Entertainment award for best in World & Reggae in 2017.
  • Both Concerts are free and no tickets are required

Noises Off

Otto M. Building

1195 Elm St.

Friday, May 18 through June 6

May 18 and May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

  • A play by Michael Frayn
  • “Don’t miss this fall-out-of-your-chair-funny production, where the sardines and the slamming doors abound.”
  • *Note: Production includes adult language and themes

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Washington Park

Saturday May 19: Race starts at 9 a.m.

  • Join us Saturday for the 12th Annual OTR 5K Summer Celebration!
  • Registration includes a t-shirt, Taste of Belgium waffle, local brew and supports local business attraction and retention.
  • The event includes a 5K run/walk, the kick-off of the City Flea summer season, live bands, local food vendors, & kids area with Play Library.
  • Band line up: Lauren Eylise, Dawg Yawp and Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle.
  • There is also a Kid’s Race at 10:30 a.m. on the South Lawn of Washington Park for children under 9, $10 registered event. Kids get tees & waffles!

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Muse Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir 35th Spring Concert

Memorial Hall OTR

1225 Elm St.

Saturday, May 19 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

  • MUSE is pleased to welcome Music Director Jillian Harrison-Jones to the podium for her first major concert with MUSE.
  • “An inclusive and feminist choral community advocating for peace and social justice, MUSE will perform commissioned works that reflect on the herstory and future of both MUSE and social justice movements around the world.”
  • MUSE will feature alumni group CLIO, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, and MUSE Kids on stage at Memorial Hall.

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The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour

US Bank Arena

100 Broadway St.

Saturday, May 19 7:00 p.m.

  • Ready to Laugh out Loud? Head over to US Bank Arena to do just that at Kevin Hart’s show on his Irresponsible Tour
  • Hart’s last multi-city domestic and international WHAT NOW comedy tour sold out large venues all over the world, including being the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium,. Hart’s hit comedy tour grossed over $100 million worldwide.

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Yoga at the Ale House

Taft Ale House

4831 Spring Grove Ave, Suite 1

Sunday, May 20 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Come join the Taft’s Brewing Company family and stretch out with Yoga to Go for Yoga at the Ale House
  • The event is just $5 at the door
  • Bring yourself and a matt 10-15 minutes early to sign waivers before the session begins
  • Yoga practice followed by delicious Taft’s Ale House Food and $4 Drafts

Walk to Cure Arthritis

Yeatman’s Cove

705 E Pete Rose Way

Sunday, May 20 9:00 a.m.

  • Whether you’re an arthritis warrior yourself or care about someone who is, sign up and WALK to CURE Arthritis.
  • Registration for the Walk starts at 9 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m.
  • For help or more information about the Walk to Cure Arthritis - Cincinnati, contact Barb Precht at, or call 513-399-8091.

May Festival 2018: Sing Halleluiah!- Free Community Concert

Music Hall

1241 Elm St.

Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m.

  • 2018 Creative Partner Dr. Rollo Dilworth curates a May Festival event unlike any other!
  • Using the exceptional talent in the region, running the gamut from classical and gospel choirs to country and rock bands, this concert explores the expression “Hallelujah”—a word common to all cultures, races and philosophies.
  • This event is free and all are welcome—join us!
  • LIMITED TICKETS: call 513.381.3300 or visit the website for tickets

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