Downtown Events

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Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

June 15 – 17, 2018

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Frisch’s Big Boy

Carew Tower, 25 West Fifth Street

Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

After 14 years, Frisch’s has reopened downtown. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and anything in between they have you covered.

  • New restaurant – featuring new menu items
  • Grab and go options – salads and wraps
  • Breakfast served all day
  • Free wi-fi
  • Extended hours during major downtown events

3 Points Urban Brewery

331 East 13th St., Pendleton

Friday, 4 p.m. – 1a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Now Open! 3 Points Urban Brewery reimagines what brewing can look like with a  design-first approach to what they do well - Art, Experience, and Beer.

What’s on tap – popular brews:

  • Rattle & Shake – Vienna Lager
  • Sinking Orga – Oatmeal Stout
  • Sure Shot – House Pale Ale
  • Gesture 167 – Pilsner

In addition to great craft beer – 3 Points showcases local artists with works and videos displayed around the taproom.

Art Lab Night

Friday, June 15, 2018, 5 – 9 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

The CAC has long been a laboratory for artists offering the unique opportunity to explore new techniques and concepts within our gallery walls and the city. In this tradition, we have invited contemporary artists to setup shop in our 6th floor Art Lab.

This is your chance, no matter what age, to make art with an artist –at no cost! Learn and work with the Summer Resident Artist Harry Sanchez

Superhero Run for Kids

Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.

Parking lot, corner of Seventh and Sycamore streets

Hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association

Grab your cape and put on your mask!

Have fun and feel good while doing good for Cincinnati’s most vulnerable children: all proceeds from this annual event benefits ProKids in order to support our mission of providing more children in the child protection system with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers).

This family-friendly 5K run and fitness walk is capped off by a super-fun after-party full of activities for the whole family, including:

A bounce house

Face painting

Kids’ fun run

Free food and drink for all ages

City Flea

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.

Washington Park 

The City Flea is Cincinnati's original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year.

Experience YOUR city in a unique and engaging way.  Vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios – something for everyone.


Paintings by Dionna Flowers

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Algin Retro, 800 Main St. 

Artist’s Retro Furniture holds an artist’s reception for artist Dionna Flowers, benefitting Over-the-Rhine Community Housing.

Algin is a family-owned and operated store that started as a resale shop in the 1940s. This led to the opening of a gun and typewriter sales and repair business that in 1962 moved into retail office furniture and supplies. In 2003, after receiving many requests for residential furniture we turned some of our warehouse space into a home furnishing shop “Algin Retro” the positive response received from the community allowed them today. Focusing on midcentury modern reproductions, “upcycled” pieces, contemporary furnishings as well as fantastic art from the local artist community.

Get Your Dad Some Delish Kraut

Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Epicurean Mercantile Co.

1818 Race St.

You know your Dad likes kraut, right? The perfect gift for all those culinary minded Dads…Or anyone in the family! Sample the flavors of Cleveland Kraut: Beet Red, Whiskey Dill, Gnar Gnar, Curry Kraut, Roasted Garlic Combo, Classic Caraway, and Cabbage & Cukes.

Located adjacent to Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market, The Epicurean Mercantile Company (EMC) is a small urban grocery serving the needs of the Over-the-Rhine and surrounding neighborhoods,

  • Chef-owned grocery store with a carefully curated selection of groceries, household staples, personal care, beer and wine and a consistent supply of fresh produce.
  • Enjoy the convenience of freshly prepared entrees for dine-in or carry-out at The Counter,(Chef driven American Bistro style restaurant located inside EMC).

Wine & Food Experience

Saturday, June 16, 1– 4 p.m.

Sawyer Point 

The Cincinnati Wine & Food Experience is a USA TODAY NETWORK event, part of a 12-city tour celebrating the best chefs, wine and food in our communities.  This is their first event in Cincinnati.

Featuring Graham Elliot, acclaimed chef, author, restaurateur, and TV personality, from 1– 4 p.m.

This savory culinary exploration showcases 30+ local restaurants, wines from all over the world, craft beer, culinary and cocktail seminars.

Among the restaurants are Aster, Jeff Ruby’s, Mazunte, Metropole, Nicholson’s, The Phoenix, and Via Vite.

Luke Bryan

Saturday, June 16, Gates open at 3:30 p.m.

Great American Ball Park 

The reigning king of country music brings his “What Makes You Country” tour to Cincinnati with a stop at GABP, with special guest Sam Hunt along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock.

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 20 singles in the No. 1 spot, sold 10 million albums, 40 million tracks and accrued back-to-back double-platinum albums, earning the title of Top Country Artist at the Billboard Music Awards two years in a row. His now Platinum selling album Kill the Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and top Country Albums Charts, going on to become the best-selling country album of 2015. Luke later made Billboard chart history as Kill The Lights became the first album in 27 years to place six singles at No. 1

In May, Bryan celebrated the season 1 finale of ABC’s American Idol premiering his new single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” from his #1 debuting What Makes You Country album. The song, written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, is the follow up to Luke’s 20th career #1 single “Most People Are Good.”

The "What Makes You Country Tour," recently won the Top Country Tour on the Billboard Music Awards. The stadium dates have been coined the “What Makes You Country Tour XL Stadium Sized,” and by the end of October, Bryan will have headlined some of the North America’s biggest and best sports venues.

Cincinnati Opera: La Traviata

Saturday, June 16, 20, and 22, 7:30 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Cincinnati Opera returns home to Music Hall with a lavish production of Verdi’s irresistible classic, based on the novel La Dame aux Camélias.

Violetta had it all—a lavish apartment, beautiful gowns and jewels, fine champagne in crystal glasses. She was a courtesan in 1850s Paris, flirting and toasting her way through life. For this pretty woman, it seemed that the party would never end. And then, she met him.

Don’t miss this “lavish” production (Opera News) of Verdi’s irresistible classic. It’s no wonder Traviata is one of the best-loved operas of all time—filled with soaring melodies, sweeping emotions, rousing drinking songs, and passionate characters. After stealing our hearts as Liù in our spectacular 2015 Turandot, French soprano Norah Amsellem will hold the audience “spellbound” (Financial Times) as the famed courtesan Violetta Valéry. Korean tenor Ji-Min Park returns as Violetta’s lover, Alfredo, after his “beautifully sung and engagingly acted” (Cincinnati Enquirer) performance in Don Pasquale (2015).

Sung in Italian with projected translation

Performance length: 3 hours

Rated PG

Celtic Woman: Homecoming

Saturday, June 16, 20, and 22, 7:30 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

On a winter’s night in Dublin 14 years ago…an idea. To create a musical show with exceptional talent. Classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Celtic Woman was born.

Since its debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman’s concerts continue to touch the hearts of a huge audience that spans the globe. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. It’s a universal celebration of life. It’s traditional, it’s contemporary. It’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Experience Celtic Woman on their worldwide Homecoming Tour – LIVE from Ireland.

Celtic Woman continues to transcend national and cultural boundaries to celebrate the timeless emotion of Ireland's centuries-old heritage. A one-of-a-kind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country's finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience. Homecoming represents the next chapter of their extraordinary musical journey.

Fox19 Now World Cup Village

Sunday June 17, 11 a.m.

The Banks, Freedom Way, Freedom Way

The Banks riverfront entertainment district is home to Fox19 Now World Cup Village, a series of street parties and soccer watching venues designed as the official Cincinnati gathering place for the sporting spectacle.

The month-long celebration at the Banks will include six different street parties, where Freedom Way will be closed between Great American Ballpark and Walnut St. Select matches will be shown on the giant video screen hanging from the ballpark. Beer, wine and soft drink will be available for purchase along with food from the official host bars: The Holy Grail, Jefferson Social, Moerlein Lager House and Tin Roof.

In between the street parties, fans and rooting groups are encouraged to gather at the four host bars, who will showing almost all the action and offering specials throughout the month.

Also partnering with the event are the Cincinnati Reds and the official chili of the World Cup Village, Skyline. In addition to providing the video wall on the side of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, the Reds will also hand out a limited number of special edition Reds soccer scarves at the street parties. Skyline will sell classics from its menu during each street party from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Each street party will also feature live music from some of Cincinnati’s best and most eclectic bands, playing everything from reggae to afro-beat, to mirror the international theme of the World Cup.

The family-friendly events will feature free kids’ soccer clinics hosted by FC Cincinnati on Saturdays (schedule below). Led by players and staff from the hometown team, including Omar Cummings, these clinics will take place on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House.

Fans are encouraged to spend this Father’s Day watching Germany at 11 a.m. at the host bars.

Fatherhood Community Celebration

Presented by Talbert House

Sunday, June 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sawyer Point

Each Father's Day, Talbert House hosts this FREE event for dads and families to enjoy a day of games and entertainment, arts and crafts, food and beverages, live music, sports activities, and more.

Talbert House is one of the city's leading advocates for promoting fatherhood. The Talbert House Fatherhood Project is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and assists men in their efforts to become responsible, committed, and nurturing fathers for their children.

There will be free food and drinks. Everyone attending will also receive a free Fatherhood Community Celebration T-shirt.

Live music schedule:

Latitudes House Band (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Turned Up Band (12:45 – 2:15 p.m.)

Deuces Musik (2:35 – 4 p.m.)

Activities include

  • Face painting & balloon artists by Entertainment & Events by Tuesday
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden presentations from 12:15 – 1 p m. and 1:15 – 2 p.m.)
  • Pics with Dad by Signature Photo Booth
  • Autographs with former Cincinnati Reds players
  • Appearances by Mr. Redlegs (Cincinnati Reds) and Who Dey (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Basketball with Shining Star AAU
  • Inflatables from A-1 Amusement & Party Rental
  • Magician from Cincinnati Circus Company

3rd Sunday Funday: Father’s Day

Sunday, June 17, 1 – 4 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

Celebrate dads this Funday!

  • Meet the dads of the Taft collection.
  • Test your puzzle-solving skills at the Art Cart, and work with your dad (or other special adult) on a project to take home.
  • Enjoy Sunrock Farm’s petting zoo from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Get into a party mood with a dance demonstration and workshop with Elementz, 2 – 3 p.m.

OTR Performs: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: Summer of Love – Father’s Day

Sunday, June 17, 6 p.m.

Washington Park

Every Sunday, enjoy an evening of FREE arts programming in Washington Park that is sure to please the whole family. The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra performs Summer of Love: Music from The Doors, Grateful Dead, The Turtles and Jefferson Airplane.

Washington Park’s concessions offer full bar service, including beer, wine, liquor, and coke products. Craft beer offerings from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Fifty West, and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company are also available for purchase.

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