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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

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Washington Platform Crab Carnival

Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St.

Friday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m., continuing through Nov.  10

Don’t be a hermit! Head to Washington Platform for their annual celebration of all things crab!

Steamed or Chilled Split Alaskan King Crab Legs. Soft Shell Blue Crab. Snap-and-Eat Snow Crab Legs. Chef Jon Diebold prepares these sea delicacies in dozens of inventive, delicious ways.

Enjoy crabbetizers such as Crab-Stuffed Mushroom Caps and Smoky Crab Casino. Move on to entrees such as Crab-Stuffed Salmon and Charleston Crab ‘n’ Grits. Hot and cold lunch and dinner specials are featured daily, all prepared by the award-winning staff at Washington Platform.

Haunted Escape Game – Infectious Outbreak

Friday, Oct. 13 & Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

OTR Escape, 1112 Race St.

When you arrive at the in-home laboratory of the famed husband and wife scientists who are rumored to be close to finding a cure to the outbreak...You do not receive the welcome you were expecting. Better than a typical 20-minute haunted house. Your limits will be put to the test in this thrilling haunted escape game adventure. It’s two floors, two timed rooms, 8 total rooms for one 60-minute game of mind tingling!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: 1984

Friday, Oct.12 at 7:30 p.m. The show continues through Nov. 3.

The Otto M. Budig Theater, 217 W. 12th Street

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its 25th anniversary season with a new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan. 1984 is directed by Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips and features Resident Ensemble Members Justin McCombs and Sara Clark. This regional debut production features a revolutionary multimedia design by Brave Berlin, the founding creative directors of Blink and LumenoCity, of light and sound that will create an immersive Orwellian theatrical experience!  This immersive experience will begin outside of the theater- on the building and in the windows.

In a dystopian future where persecution masquerades as patriotism and surveillance as security, the shadowy government entity known only as Big Brother watches your every move. When Winston Smith (Justin McCombs) falls in love with the lovely but mysterious Julia (Sara Clark), he stumbles upon a secret resistance movement and soon finds himself in crisis, tumbling down a rabbit hole and grappling with everything he thought that he believed.

This production is making its regional debut with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company fresh off a smash run on London’s West End and a special limited engagement on Broadway in 2017.

Cincinnati Pops Haunted Hall

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12 & 13, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 14, 2p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

With Halloween coming up, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra presents “Haunted Hall” featuring popular classics associated with the supernatural and the scary. Leading the orchestra is guest conductor Damon Gupton, also a screen actor known for roles in Bates Motel, Criminal Minds and Black Lightning, among other series and films. Gupton previously conducted the Pops in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The program includes Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain arranged by Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, and Bernard Hermann’s Suite from Psycho, among other classics.

Following the concert on Friday and Saturday is a ‘Spirits & Spirits’ event in Corbett Tower with a presentation of Music Hall’s haunted past and present. A craft cocktail curated by local mixologist Molly Wellmann will also be available at a cash bar during the event. The event is free for concert ticketholders, but space is limited.

Buried Secrets Ghost Tour

Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St

This is no ordinary ghost tour. Haunted Cincinnati Tours are known for offering an authentic, deeply researched experience. The tour is dark and sometimes a little more than scary. This is not a tour where people will jump out of the bushes to scare you.

You will enjoy the use of authentic paranormal detection tools to use at the most actively haunted outdoor locations in the city. The tour is approximately two hours. Some of the locations visited are notorious, while others are not as well known. Each location has been thoroughly researched and investigated to provide an extremely authentic experience.

CONSIDER THIS YOUR WARNING: Strange and mysterious things have happened during tours in the past.

Queen Bee Half Marathon and 4-Miler

Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30a.m.

Race begins at Reading Road and Pendleton St., in front of JACK with the Michelob Ultra Victory Party at Lytle Park

Bee-lieve it! There’s a women’s half marathon in Cincinnati.

The Queen Bee Half Marathon is on a mission: to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women. Race weekend will include plenty of pampering, swag, and fun—the perfect ingredients for a great girls’ weekend.

Race weekend starts Friday with a Bee-u-tique event (AKA, the expo where you’ll grab your race packet and shirt). You’ll take away swag bags of goodies, and leave more pampered than when you first arrived.

On Saturday morning, meet your family and friends at the starting line for the Queen Bee Half Marathon. When you cross the finish line, you’ll receive a finisher’s medal and be given water, a post-race nosh, and the incredible after party. After that, it’s time to explore downtown Cincinnati with your girlfriends.

Not quite feeling up to the whole 13.1 miles? No problem. Buzz through Saturday’s 4-Mile Walk/Run through downtown Cincinnati instead. You’ll be done in time to meet your half-marathoners at the finish line.

Families Create! View Finders

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.

Get inspired to create with artist Rick Mallette and use found photographs and other items to (re)imagine a story reflecting your unique focus.

Families Create! is a popular series of workshops designed to introduce art techniques and concepts to children ages 5–12 years and their families. Participants meet the exhibiting artists and explore the world of art through gallery talks, tours, and hands-on activities with take-home art projects. All workshops are $5 per child and conducted at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Preregistration is required.

Out of the Archives: Women Writing for (a) Change Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

Lloyd Library, 917 Plum Street

Join writer Annette Januzzi Wick and the library staff to explore and create, with words, your own narratives, using the books and other archival materials as inspiration. Imaginative writing prompts. Time for sharing. All genres of writing welcome.

Out of the Stacks is the current exhibition at the Lloyd that explores how photographs and images are organized and the exceptional narratives and histories that they impart. Using the Lloyd’s collection, artists conducted research and utilized photographs and photographic materials to create new art books. The Lloyd Library and Museum’s collection provided inspiration for the Cincinnati Book Arts Society artists to conceptualize new artistic designs and formats—to exercise artistic freedom to form collages, montages, and sculptures using photographic mediums and resources. Out of the Stacks examines how photo archives are specific to the modern period in human history, and how the proliferation of photography has become a significant reference point to modern art in all mediums.

The Lloyd Library and Museum has a long history of utilizing photographs in the scientific study of mycology through the work of one of its founders, Curtis Gates Lloyd. Photography became an essential tool in his quest to document mycological specimens for scientific study. Lloyd’s pioneering scientific photography forms the majority of the National Fungus Collection held by the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The Lloyd Library is an independent research library devoted to bringing science, art, and history to life serving as an inspiration to scientists, historians, and artists.

Herzog Music Events

Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

811 Main St.

11a.m. – Kid’s Jam with Auggie and Sean Geil of the Tillers

The return of the popular Kid’s Jam at Herzog Music features Auggie and Sean Geil of The Tillers! It’s free and for all ages on Saturday, October 13, from 11am - noon. Presented by The Play Library, Party Go Round and Eli’s BBQ.

12p.m. – Haunted Like Human CD release

Celebrate the release of Haunted Like Human’s new EP, Folklore, with an intimate in-store performance at Herzog Music. $5 suggest donation to support independent music and touring artists.

Haunted Like Human is bringing a new roots voice to Nashville: two parts folk, one part Americana, and a dash of indie vibes. Classically trained guitarist Cody Clark has played everything from post-hardcore to jazz. Vocalist Dale Chapman grew up writing prose and poetry, and she brings her strong imagery and storytelling into her music. A combination of Northwestern grit and Southern charm, the two strive to create a unique and intimate listening experience.

1:30p.m. – Kenny Dunn Photo Show

This free, all ages reception features the photographic work of Kenny Dunn, with entertainment provided by a bevy of great local musicians: Maria Carrelli, 46 Long, Buffalo Wabs & Price Hill Hustle, The Newbees, and twig&leaf. In Kenny’s own words, "I work to capture the talent, mood and accord that the greater Cincinnati music scene has to offer."

Downtown Cincinnati Tour of Living

Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 – 5 p.m.

Fountain Square

The Downtown Tour of Living returns to showcase downtown living at more than a dozen apartment and condo buildings. The all–new Downtown Tour of Living, presented by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and Switch Collection, offers attendees the chance to take a self–guided, walkable tour of participating locations to explore the variety of living options available throughout the Central Business District, from historic skyscrapers on Fourth Street to contemporary luxury developments.

The all–new Downtown Tour of Living, presented by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and Switch Collection, offers attendees the chance to take a self–guided, walkable tour of participating locations to explore the variety of living options available throughout the Central Business District, from historic skyscrapers on Fourth Street to contemporary luxury developments.


Tickets are $10 today, and $15 the day of the tour, and can be purchased on Fountain Square!

Bud Light Tailgate Zone

Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Freedom Way between Main and Walnut Streets at The Banks.

Bengals and Steelers fans will join hands, sing songs and clink their aluminum beer cans at Bud Light Tailgate Zone. Enjoy this pre-game fellowship, food and live music from DV8. Admission to Bud Light Tailgate Zone is always free – as are Bud Light Tailgate koozies – while supplies last!

Additionally, America’s largest portable observation wheel, SkyStar, will be open on Freedom Way before and after the game. Get tickets onsite or at

Bud Light Tailgate Zone is presented by 92.5 The Fox and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. The pre-game party happens before every Bengals home game of the 2018-2019 season..

Second Sunday on Main: Hail the Queen City

Sunday, Oct. 14, 12 p.m.

Main St. between 12th and Liberty in Over-the-Rhine

This is the last Second Sunday on Main of the summer season SO DON’T MISS OUT! SSOM’s Hail the Queen City theme pays tribute to all the female artists, musicians, and organizations throughout our fair city. Music by Wonky Tonk// Lauren Eylise// Naquia Chante // Knotts Music with Second Stage programming by Triiibe LLC. Performance by the West End’s Q-Kidz Dance Team and booths showcasing Women of Cincy, Women Helping Women, and more great organizations.

Enjoy McGlasson Farms Pick-Up Truck Pumpkin Patch and bring any lightly used / outgrown halloween costumes for Findlay Market’s Halloween Costume Drive, drop-off location at the orange SSOM pop-up tent next to the Main Stage outside Mr. Pitiful’s OTR.

National Dessert Day @Westin

Sunday, Oct. 14

The Westin Cincinnat, 21 E Fifth St.

Make your dessert a boozy one to really celebrate. Enjoy a Grey Goose espresso martini paired with a warm caramel fudge brownie to celebrate National Dessert Day at Over Vine, located on the skywalk level of the hotel.

After a drink, head to the Westin Hotel Atrium to see DCI Presents: Taking it to the Streets by J. Miles Wolf, a photography exhibit that is part of the FotoFocus Biennial, which features large-scale photographic prints custom-made to fit windows and doorways in the Central Business District. The prints, on display 24/7, feature street photography by J. Miles Wolf. Some are images from Cincinnati’s most celebrated events such as the Findlay Market Parade, BLINK, Oktoberfest, and Taste of Cincinnati, with additional works produced specifically for FotoFocus 2018. Wolf has been photographing major events and changes in Cincinnati over the past 40 years.


The free exhibit continues at the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St. and the Fifth Third Breezeway, between Sixth Street and Fountain Square.

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