Downtown Events

40 Years of Jack

Friday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 East Eighth St.

How many places do you know that have had the same bartender since 1978? Arnold’s, Cincinnati’s oldest bar just might have Cincinnati’s longest-tenured bartender. Jack Toebbe has been at Arnold’s week after week slinging suds to the same group of core regulars for the past 40 years.  To celebrate, Arnold’s will be offering $3 pints of Jack’s old school favorite brew, Little Kings. Live music from Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle and special edition $5 T-shirts designed by cartoonist Joe Hoffecker made just for Jack’s anniversary. 

Bobbing for Beers at The Rook

Friday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine Street


Grab some friends and head to The Rook OTR for a special beer event. $2 gets you a pull of a random beer from the “tub of wonder.”


The Rook OTR is a one-of-a kind board game parlor. They have over 800 games, a full menu of shareable entrees and bites as well as a full bar with 12 beers on tap, 5 wines by glass or bottle and some specialty cocktails.



High School Paint Nite at Carol Ann’s Carousel

Friday, Aug. 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Smale Riverfront Park: Carol Ann’s Carousel, West Mehring Way


Do you think you may be the next Picasso, Cassatt, or Basquiat; or have that hidden talent waiting to be explored? Grab your friends and join other high school artists and learn to create your own street art style masterpiece, led by local fashion designer, Kala Burson.

The instructor, canvas, and painting supplies will all be provided, along with a snack and a soda; all you have to do is show up and have fun!

Seats are first come, first serve. All must have a ticket for admittance. Tickets are $10 each.


Prime Cincinnati Summer Series: Cin City Comedy

Friday, Aug. 3, 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Prime Cincinnati, 580 Walnut St.


Prime Cincinnati and Cin City Comedy present an improv show on August 3. Two drink minimum. Be sure to make reservations for dinner at Prime before the show starts. Tickets are available for $20. Must be 21 and up.


The show, hosted by Joe Boyd, will consist of a series of improv comedy games similar to Whose Line is it Anyway? as well as a completely improvised play based on audience suggestions. Cin City Comedy is a new professional sketch and improv comedy company based in Cincinnati. 


Cincinnati Ohio River Paddlefest

Saturday, Aug. 4, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Route is along the Ohio River, with start and finish line at

Gilday Riverside Park, 3540 Southside Ave.


The Ohio River Paddlefest Celebration is the largest paddling event in the United States. Over 2,000 participants from 20 states will paddle 1,600 kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards for three hours down the nine-mile course.


The half-way stop is near the National Steamboat Monument at the Public Landing at Sawyer Point where a band will be playing to encourage the paddlers. 


Paddlers will be a part of America’s largest paddling trip that is striving to host the largest  paddlesport race in the Midwest. A unique aspect of this event is that all profits go to the Outdoor Adventure Club of Greater Cincinnati which enables inner city children to experience outdoor activities free of charge throughout the year.


Zac Brown Band

Saturday, Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m.

Great American Ballpark


Zac Brown Band will perform LIVE at Great American Ball Park, as part of their “Down The Rabbit Hole Live: Zac Brown Band 2018” North American Tour, along with special guest Leon Bridges.


The Zac Brown Band is a Grammy winning American country band, based out of Atlanta, GA.


Enjoy a concert and Reds game for one great price with the new Combo Ticket Offer. For just $60, you get a ticket to the Zac Brown Band concert AND a ticket to any regular season Reds home game.



Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: British Invasion

Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The School for Creative and Performing Arts, 118 West Central Parkway


Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents eleven concerts and the first one is the British Invasion on Saturday at SCPA. The cello masterwork of Sir Edward Elgar, the Cello Concerto in E Minor, will be performed by Cincinnati native Coleman Itzkoff. The soaring soundtrack to the award-winning PBS television drama Downton Abbey will set the stage for the grand finale, Haydn’s London Symphony. A special guest from the Taft Museum of Art will also share pieces of British art from their exquisite collection.


Tickets: $30 adults; $10 students/children


Young Colt Live

Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Lucius Q, 1131 Broadway


Young Colt’s sound is as throwback as Otis Redding and as fresh as Jack White and will be performing at Lucius Q on Saturday night.


Lucius Q is a traditional barbecue joint with a modern-industrial vibe located in Pendleton, one of Cincinnati’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Splash & Dash 5K

Sunday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way


The race is a 5k road race complete with water obstacles. Throughout the course, participants will choose to get wet and wild in the water fun brigade, the street or sprinklers and the rain lane, or pause for a refreshing break in the misting tent. Pre-registration is $30 and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters.



Art on Vine

Sunday, Aug. 5, 12 – 6 p.m.

Fountain Square, 520 Vine Street


Art on Vine hosts 60+ artists every month, filling Fountain Square for the spring and summer months, receiving more than 100 entries each month.



Yoga in the Courtyard

Sunday, Aug. 5, 12 – 4 p.m.

The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St.


Nama-stay at The Righteous Room while you unwind after a crazy weekend!


Yoga in the Yard continues at The Righteous Room. Tickets include a one-hour yoga class taught by The Yoga Bar starting at noon, followed by an OPEN mimosa bar with fresh-squeezed juices until 4 p.m.


All levels of experience are invited. Mats will not be provided, so please bring your own. A limited number of tickets are available, so get yours before they sell out! Tickets are $20.



OTR Performs: Ensemble Theatre

Sunday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street


Join Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati for a look to the future, as they perform pieces from their dream roles, ETC Summer Stock teens present songs and scenes, and a sneak peek at the 2018/2019 Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati season.


This FREE cabaret benefits ETC’s Education and Outreach department including a program that works with individuals with mild to severe autism through the magic of Shakespeare.



Homage to A Sound and Other Short Films About Jazz

Sunday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.

The Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St.


Homage to A Sound: And Other Short Films about Jazz explores jazz through varying genres of the moving image medium. The program includes Homage to a Sound, a short documentary by filmmaker Matthew Davis about photographer Melvin Grier’s passion for shooting the musicians who night after night play his favorite style of music. The screening will also include The Cry of Jazz, a 1959 film by director Ed Bland that connects jazz to African-American history. In 2010, the Library of Congress selected The Cry of Jazz for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The shorts program will also include work by Kent Lambert, Norman McLaren, and Evelyn Lambart. Film screening is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.



Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Begins Monday, Aug 6 to August 12


The 10th Annual Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week begins Aug. 6 and continues through Aug. 12 with 28 participating restaurants, each offering three-course prix fixe menus for

$15, $25, $35 or $45.


Participating restaurants include favorites like

·        Americano – menu includes The Americano burger and the Queen City with Americano special sauce, grilled onions,lettuce pickles, and American cheese. $15

·        Arnold’s Bar & Grill – main course choice of Greek Deluxe, Arnold's Burger, or Blueberry Chicken. $15

·        Boi Na Braza – dinner for $39, with salad bar, 10 meat selection, and dessert. $35

·        Court Street Lobster Bar – menu includes spicy blue crab dip served with fried pitas, California lobster roll and house made crème brulee. $35

·        Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – signature salad, choice of 8 oz. filet, salmon, or chicken Milanese, and dessert. $45

·        The Mercer OTR – salad, fattoush, or pesce crudo to start, second course choose from five options, choice of three desserts. $35

·        Nicholson’s – grilled romaine salad, Highland cioppino to start, grilled mojo pork tenderloin or pan-seared scottish salmon as entrees, and chocolate hazelnut cranachan or sticky toffee pudding for dessert. $35

·        Prime Cincinnati – first course of tropical ceviche or Prime tartar, second course includes five options of striped bass, pork tenderloin, lamb chops, or steak, with deconstructed peach cobbler, Grippo’s pretzel crusted triple chocolate brownie or Key lime pie for dessert. $45

·        Restaurant L – shrimp salad or duck ravioli, second course of salmon or New York strip, and trio of confections for dessert. $45

·        Scotti’s Italian Restaurant – Two entrees for $45, which includes soup and salad, and feautures green lasagna, cannelloni Lombardi, gnocchi with choice of sauce, manicotti special, scaloppini ala Scotti’s special, and chicken ala Parmigiana

·        Taft’s Ale House – Kale &Golden Beet Salad, choice of tri-tip steak, smoked quarter chicken or grilled salmon, each served with mashed potatoes and gravy, smoked BBQ green beans and mini-cornbread muffins, with Nellie’s Key lime tart for dessert. $25

·        Via Vite – start with Chef Cristian's gazpacho or Boucheron salad, primi of orecchiette with rapini pesto and local sausage or tagliolini, with blue crab, San Marzano tomato, and secondi of Atlantic cod or pork tenderloin, and add wine pairings for $15 per person. $35

·        Washington Platform – appetizers of oysters on the half shell, grilled fish taco, or “Big Al” California (cauliflower) wings or hand cut chicken tenders; soups & salads of roasted corn & crab chowder, Creole gumbo, or Caesar salad; entrees of Creole combo, petite filet of beef, Thai veggie bowl, salmon, andouille & cheese grits, or chicken Pompeii, add house made chocolate bomb for $3. $25

·        Zula – start with locally grown heirloom tomato salad, plancha rare seared tuna, or steaming pot of mussels for two; entrees of sautéed shrimp, Shawarma spiced pan-seared duck breast, or pan-seared prime grade beef top loin, with choice of dessert. $35

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