Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

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Cincinnati Cyclones v. Indy FuelFriday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pmUS Bank Arena Appreciation + Winter Hat Giveaway presented by SportClips. Start Veteran's Day Weekend with the Cyclones. The first 3,000 fans will receive a camo winter hat presented by SportClips.

KansasFriday, Nov. 9, 8:00 pmTaft Theatre’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, will be touring select U.S. cities this fall celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their massive hit album Point of Know Return. To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites.

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Along with constant touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio. The band has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs’ inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’Rookwood Potter Holiday Open HouseFriday, Nov. 9 - Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 am – 4 pmRookwood Pottery, 1920 Race Street

Our annual holiday tradition returns for another year of memories. Featuring new releases, tours, artist demos, music, and more!

  • TOURS: In addition to all of the fun, guests are invited to get a glimpse behind the scenes with one of our three daily tours. Spots are limited, so be sure to RSVP in advance:
  • ARTIST SIGNINGS: 11am - 3pm Rookwood's artisans will be signing the notable pieces that they've created including, All I Want for Christmas!
  • HAND-THROWING DEMOS: 9:30am, 11:30am, & 1:30pm Get an up close look at our artists in action, featuring a station for children to create their own pieces.

Friends’ Shop 35th Anniversary SaleFriday, Nov. 9 – Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 am – 4 pmMain Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

For 35 years the Friends’ Shop has been delighting customers and Library patrons with our unique gifts, thoughtful cards and used books. We want to thank our members with a special 25% off discount on select merchandise during the ten days of our celebration. There will be flash sales daily, so watch social media (Instagram @cincylibraryfriends and Twitter @FriendsCincy) for the deal of the day.

One City: Beethoven 9Friday, Nov. 9 – Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 pmMusic Hall

Ode to Joy! We come together in celebration of Beethoven's dream of shared humanity with his epic Symphony No. 9. Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bailey Holland shapes the journey with a world premiere commission.

Cincinnati Coffee FestivalFriday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11 (Trade Day on Friday, Nov. 9)Music Hall home brewing enthusiasts, coffee aficionados, tea lovers, and those who just love a good cup of “joe” at the 2018 Cincinnati Coffee Festival. There will be tastings, samplings, live music, demos, and the opportunity to purchase your favorite products. New this year: The Art of Coffee.Coffee lovers from all over the region join world-class roasters, coffee shops, purveyors of fine foods, and professional baristas our second annual Cincinnati Coffee Festival. Enjoy free tastings of some of the finest coffee, elegant pastries, and savory foods in the land! Interactive demonstrations from industry pros will showcase the latest in coffee equipment and coffee making techniques.  Learn. Sample. Buy.The Trade Day is designed for people in the coffee and tea industry or who are thinking about getting into the coffee or tea business. The program is a half day focused on educational workshops and technical demonstrations specifically selected for shop owners, roasters, baristas, and those intending to join the industry. There will be some limited sampling opportunities.

Latte Art Throwdown: Calling all baristas for the Second Annual Cincinnati Coffee Festival Latte Art Throwdown. Wherever baristas gather, you can expect a latte art throwdown as a means of camaraderie, friendly competition, and expression of our craft. The competition will be head-to-head, bracket style and three judges will determine whose milk pouring aesthetics will advance. At the end of the competition, one steady-handed barista will be crowned the supreme latte artist of Greater Cincinnati.

Event hours are 1-6 p.m. Friday (trade only); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (early admission 9 a.m.) Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (10 a.m. early admission) Sunday.

My Favorite Year, Presented by Cincinnati Music TheatreFriday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11 (7:30 pm Fri, Sat; 2 pm Sun)Aronoff Center: Jarson-Kaplan Theater classic musical comedy with a heart of gold, My Favorite Year features a tuneful score by the incomparable Tony-winning songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and is based on the hit Peter O’Toole film of the same name. It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers’ assistant on TV’s 'King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade', is assigned the daunting task of babysitting the veteran Hollywood swashbuckler, Alan Swann. The reckless Swann is in town to do a live guest appearance on the show and his antics and alcoholism nearly get Benjy fired. When Benjy is given an unexpected glimpse into Swann’s broken heart, though, he begins to discover a thing or two about life and love.

DAV5KSaturday, Nov. 10, 9 amSawyer Point

Join us November 10th at Sawyer Point for the 6th annual DAV 5K. The DAV 5K is a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day.

Veterans Day at RhinegeistSaturday, Nov. 10 , 12 – 6 pmRhinegeist, 1910 Elm St

In honor of Veterans Day, we are thrilled to be hosting fundraisers in both our taproom! A portion of all taproom beer sales will be donated to The Barracks Project, Inc. Here's what you can look forward to on event day:

  • Valor: We'll be tapping Valor, a tasty Coconut Porter devised and brewed by our veterans on staff.
  • Pay-A-Pint Forward: Attendees can pre-purchase a pint for an active or veteran military member. When a military member comes to the bar, they can redeem their free pint!
  • Archery: $1 to play, all proceeds donated.
  • Raffle: all proceeds donated.
  • Patriotic Postcards: write a message to troops serving overseas — we will send them post-event!

Rescued & Ready Inc. will also be on site providing information about their rescue services to those that are disabled.

Memorial Hall’s Annual Veterans Day SaluteSunday, Nov. 11, 11 amMemorial Hall

Since 1908, Memorial Hall has stood as a monument to the service and sacrifice of U.S. veterans of all foreign and domestic wars. In keeping with this tradition, the historic Over-the-Rhine venue will present its annual Veterans Salute on Sunday, November 11, 2018. This unique Veterans Day tribute will include a full day of activities, with a morning lecture and afternoon military dress exhibition, culminating in a performance by Memorial Hall’s longtime resident wind symphony, the Queen City Concert Band (QCCB). Following a Military Honor Guard representing all branches of the United States military, the QCCB will offer a variety of patriotic selections with themes reflecting the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform during America’s significant domestic and foreign wars. As a special treat, the QCCB will feature the talents of three students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, who will sing a rousing medley of popular World War II era hits by the Andrews Sisters. There will also be a timely musical commemoration acknowledging the centennial anniversary of the first world war. A cookie and punch reception will follow.Schedule for the day:

  • 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Art and Military Display in Ballrooms (no ticket required)
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Colonel Todd Mayer, USA, Ret. Lecture: 100th anniversary of the armistice, and the role of Cincinnati’s 147th Infantry Regiment in the War. (free, ticket required)
  • 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM Queen City Concert Band Concert + Reception (free, ticket required)

Art on Vine - Moves Indoors to Rhinegeist BrewerySunday, Nov. 11, 12 pmRhinegeist, 1910 Elm St to 70 Local artists displaying and selling Fine Arts and Hand Made goods at Rhinegeist Brewery, a stunning space with true Over the Rhine history and architecture that dates back to the 1800s. Event is FREE to public and kid friendly. Art on Vine will make a donation to a Local Non- Profit to continue their mission.Free Pure Barre Class at Skeleton RootSunday, Nov. 11, 11:30 -12:30 amSkeleton Root, 38 W McMicken Ave

Join us for a FREE Pure Barre class at Skeleton Root Urban Winery in OTR! Bring a yoga mat and a friend! Please sign up in advance! Hosted by The Skeleton Root and Pure Barre (Cincinnati Oakley).

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