Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events
Aug. 31- Sept 2, 2018
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Aug. 31 to Dec. 2
The Banks, Freedom Way
The Banks is celebrating their 10th anniversary in a big way. From August 31 to December 2, take a ride on a 150-foot-high SkyStar Observation Wheel. It is one of the biggest mobile rides of its kind and is located across from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Freedom Way at The Banks. The SkyStar Wheel has 36 climate controlled gondolas, each with the ability to hold up to six people.
Tickets for the 12-minute ride on the SkyStar cost $12.50 and can be purchased online at www.skystarwheel.com. Hours of operation for the wheel will be 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-midnight Friday; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Art after Ducklings
Aug. 31, 5pm – 9pm
Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.
Celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum’s special exhibition Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey on Friday night with a free bounce house, live music from Jake Speed & The Freddies, visits with FC Cincinnati players, Freestore Foodbank’s Quacky the duck, and Cincinnati Reds mascots, and food for purchase from Mazunte and Graeter’s Ice Cream.
In collaboration with Playhouse in the Park, you can “Make Way for Memories” at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 during Art After Ducklings. In this interactive workshop, families will explore the everyday experiences they have shared this summer. Meet in the Front Lobby five minutes before start time. Admission is free.
Final Friday Studio Walk
Aug. 31, 6pm – 10pm
Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St.
Studio walks at the Pendleton Art Center are the final friday of each month from 6 pm to 10 pm. The studios are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. With eight floors of studios featuring original pine floors, eight foot arched windows and over 200 artists, PAC is the world's largest collection of artists under one roof.
AGAR Block Party
Aug. 31, 6pm – 12am
AGAR, 1205 Walnut St.
AGAR is a local promotional and advertising agency and is hosting a FREE Block Party Friday, August 31st to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
They will be shutting down Walnut Street in front of the office and setting up a stage to bring you a special night of performances by The Hood Internet, Pomegranates, Passeport, Knotts Music, and tunes by DJ HD.
Final Friday with the Hot Magnolias
Aug 31, 7pm – 10pm
Lucius Q, 1131 Broadway St.
The Hot Magnolias are a Cincinnati based New Orleans-style party band featuring music ranging from 1920’s traditional jazz favorites to 1970’s funky dance songs. They will be playing at Lucius Q, a traditional barbecue joint with a modern-industrial vibe located in the Pendleton neighborhood. They smoke the meats low and slow over oak and cherry wood and serve them with traditional southern sides.
Cincinnati Summer Jam
Aug 31, 7pm – 11pm
Sept 1, 7pm – 11pm
Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.
Cincinnati Summer Jam is a free, live music event on Fountain Square.
August 31 - Hilliard, Crøss Talk, Morgin Madison, Cryztal Grid and special guests, Vaance.
September 1 - Dave Hause and The Mermaid, A.M. Nice, and Triiibe
Fountain Square offers a full bar including beer, wine, and liquor including Watershed Distillery. Safe and secure parking is available at Fountain Square’s underground garage facility or nearby 84.51 Garage.
Aug 31, 10pm – 2:30am
Low Spark Bar, 15 West 14th St
Low Spark is a neighborhood bar with a ’70s vibe and a tropical aquarium as the centerpiece. Located at 14th and Republic Street, Low Spark was named after Traffic’s 1971 song, “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.”
DJ Matt Joy closes out the final Friday of each month with a vinyl set at Low Spark. Come kick off the weekend with great drinks and good tunes from 10pm to close.
Of the cocktails, two are ’70s drinks: There’s a lighter version of a Grasshopper, with cacao milk standing in for heavy cream; and a classic preparation of a Harvey Wallbanger.
Jamboree for Kids with Amber Nash
Sept 1, 11am – 12pm
Herzog Music, 811 Race St
Enjoy an energetic and fun-filled Saturday morning with music for all ages led by Amber Nash of Shiny and the Spoon. The whole family is invited to sing, move, play, and make some friends. The Play Library, Eli’s BBQ and Party Go Round present this free event.
Afro Food Fest
Sept 1, 12pm – 9pm
Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.
This Labor Day weekend head to Washington Park for the Afrofood Festival, a celebration of the culinary and cultural richness of Africa and the African diaspora around the world. All are welcome to come and experience a wide sampling of some of the diverse and bountiful offerings of local restaurateurs, artisans, and performers rooted in Africa. There will be food, shopping, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Goods made by artisans from around the world will be available for those who want to take a bit of the festival home. Food samplings range from $2 to $6 and feature authentic African cuisine from Mashed Roots Latin Kitchen, Senegrill, C&M BBQ Grill, Good Guyz Food Truck and more.
Sept 1, 12:30 – 4pm and 7pm – 11pm
Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincy BeerFest features over 150 local and regional craft beers in an exciting new venue at Great American Ball Park with sweeping views of the Ball Park, city and Ohio River. New craft distilleries and wineries, live music and the return of The Silent Disco.
Admission includes 25 sample tickets and a 5 oz. souvenir beer mug. There are 2 sessions: 12:30-4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. $55 early admission includes 1 extra hour at festival and first access to limited supply specially tapped beers; $45 regular admission; $20 designated driver ticket includes food and non-alcoholic beverages plus a ticket to the Sept. 6 Reds game.
Sept 1, 2pm – 4pm
Orchids at Palm Court, 35 West 5th St
Experience full tea service with a selection of premium loose-leaf teas, bottled water, traditional tea sandwiches, appetizers and array of fresh pastries created in house by the Netherland Plaza pastry team. French art deco and live music complement the afternoon tea. $36.00 plus tax & gratuity.
Art on Vine
Sept 2, 12pm - 6pm
Fountain Square, 520 Vine St
Art on Vine hosts 60+ artists every month filling Fountain Square for the spring and summer months, and Rhinegeist in the fall and winter. Receiving more than 100 entries each month, only 60 are invited to participate.
Red Bike 4th Anniversary Tour
Sept 2, 12pm – 9pm
Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.
Rhinegeist is celebrating Red Bike's 4th Birthday. Ride a Red Bike to Rhinegeist on Sunday, September 2nd and receive $1 off your first pint. There will also be Red Bike basket corn-hole from 4-6 pm. Visit other participating breweries (3 points, Braxton, and Taft's Ale House) to get all 4 passport stamps, and enter to win the grand prize!
2018 Downtown Perceptions Survey
Now through Sept. 30
Downtown Cincinnati Inc. wants to know what you think about the Central Business District, The Banks, and Over-the-Rhine. Share your thoughts and offer your feedback through the 2018 Downtown Perceptions Survey. Take this 10-minute survey and you could win a $100 gift card.