Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

August 25 – 27, 2017

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Over the Edge

Friday, August 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Westin Hotel, 21 E. Fifth St.

Viewing on Fountain Square

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati at the top of the Westin Hotel as they rappel down 17 stories. The first 46 participants who raised $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters will be rappelling throughout the day, along with a few special mascots. Even if you aren’t able to go “Over The Edge,” you can cheer on the generous and brave folks who are.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters has rented out Fountain Square and will be celebrating with a party that’s open to the public—so head to the Square to cheer and encourage those thrill-seekers going Over The Edge!

Funds raised go directly toward matching children with carefully screened, caring Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers. By going Over the Edge, these volunteers helping BBBS make a BIG difference in kids’ lives in the Tristate. “Big” and “Little” friendships are proven to help build self-confidence, hope and the motivation kids need to stay on the path of success. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati is an organization that creates life-changing friendships by matching adult volunteer mentors with Tri-State children who need positive role models. They partner with parents and guardians, volunteers and others in the community, and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program. Statistics show these Little Brothers and Little Sisters: Have higher aspirations and greater confidence, do better in school and avoid risky behaviors. 99% are in school and not involved in the juvenile justice system.

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

Friday, August 25 – Saturday, August 26, 5 p.m. – midnight

Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way

America’s largest beer and comedy festival returns to Cincinnati’s sawyer point park for its 10th anniversary! Featuring more than 110 beers, ciders & wine along with over 80 comedians on 4 stages.Cincy Brew Ha-Ha creates the perfect recipe for a great time with friends, laughter and plenty of beer.

Friday, August 25th – Bryan Callen

Most know him as Eddie the wedding chapel owner in the smash hit The Hangover, others scream Bilson! to him from his role on How I Met Your Mother.


Saturday, August 26th – Brooks Wheelan

Former cast member of Saturday Night Live and star of his own Comedy Central special, frequent guest on late night talk shows including Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

And because one cannot live on beer alone, a number of great food trucks will be at Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, including Krimmer’s Italianette Pizza, Kaiser Schloss, Island Noodles, and Six Ridges Farm to Table Food Truck.

The comedy is absolutely FREE! $5 for a beer wristband & beer tickets cost $1;1 beer ticket = a sample size beer & 5 beer tickets = full beer serving. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol.

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Discover & share great beers, breweries, & venues with your friends, while earning badges for exploring beers of different styles & countries. Download the Untappd App & search for "Cincy Brew Ha-Ha" under the events to see detailed beer descriptions & check-in your beers while down at the event.

Red Door Project Block Party

Friday, August 25, 6 – 9 p.m.

Coffee Emporium Roasting Haus, 1200 Walnut St.

The Red Door Project and AGAR are taking over Walnut Street on the August Final Friday. The Red Door will be at the Coffee Emporium Roasting Haus and across the street Agar will be hosting live entertainment and much more creating a free neighborhood block party. This month’s theme is Espresso Yourself.



7 p.m – This Pine Box.

8 p.m. – Frontier Folk Nebraska Duo

9 p.m. – Automagik

10 p.m. – H ouse of Renji

Stop by Revel OTR Urban Winery for the official after party

Last Poet Standing IV

Friday, August 25, 8 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts – Jarson-Kaplan Theatre

650 Walnut St.  

Last Poet Standing IV is a head-to-head spoken word competition created by OFP Productions in Dayton thirteen years ago. The LPS Poetry Competition features the word play, story-telling, and fiery aesthetic of spoken word. The one-night-only, head-to-head competition highlights performers from across the Midwest. Competitors will perform original work and the event host is nationally renowned Philadelphia ‘Brave New Voices’ coach Greg “Just Greg” Corbin. Live music will be infused into the competition, highlighting music from all genres (Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, and more) and decades. Six of the competitors this year are from Cincinnati.

The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 7:30 p.m., featuring live music and a full bar.


Corbin, is a poet, writer, teacher, hip hop artist, and community activist. He has performed across the globe from England to South Africa and shared stages with India Arie, Mos Def, and Saul Williams, among others. Founder of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (featured on the HBO program Brave New Voices).


DJ Vader and Baoku Moses will be the featured entertainment during Last Poet Standing IV.  Cincinnati-based on air radio personality, DJ Vader will be spinning Old School. Baoku Moses is a multi-talented performing artist, whose creative use of percussion creates Afro-beat music. In addition, artist Ryan Nichole will display original artwork.

Sliding Into Om

Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Saturday, August 26, 7:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Great American Ball Park

Are you a Reds fan who's also into yoga? If so, don’t miss our special event this August – Sliding Into Om presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. It's your chance to take the field at Great American Ball Park for a special yoga session. Your event package will include a ticket to the Reds vs. Pirates game on Sunday, Aug. 27 and a special yoga session conducted by The Yoga Bar.

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration / Check in / Get set on field

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Yoga session on the field with The Yoga Bar

9:30 – 10 a.m. – Exit

Packages must be purchased in advance, so reserve your spot today!

$15 PACKAGE – Includes a View Level ticket to Aug. 27 Reds vs. Pirates game with a special recognition to all yogis during the 7th inning stretch

$25 PACKAGE – Includes all of the above PLUS an exclusive Reds yoga mat


Ages 12 and younger may participate in the yoga event for free. Parking not included. Must bring your own yoga mat and a signed waiver to participate. Waivers are available for download below.

Taste of OTR

Saturday, August 26, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Washington Park

Tender Mercies, a non-profit organization that provides permanent supportive housing to homeless adults with mental illness, created the Taste of OTR in 2013. Benefiting the approximately 200 men and women whose lives are transformed at Tender Mercies each year, this event is a must-attend celebration of OTR’s renewed economic and cultural vibrancy.

Featuring OTR restaurants, local craft beer, and live music, the Taste has raised over $150,000 and continues to grow each year. A VIP tent features select tastings, complimentary beverages, and private seating.

The Craft Beer Village offers a variety of local breweries including Sam Adams, Rhinegeist, Taft’s Ale House, March First, MadTree, Fifty West, Warped Wing, West Sixth, Braxton, Rivertown, and Christian Moerlein.

Bring the kids! The KidZone sponsored by Zingarelli Law Office and PNC will have face painting, balloon art and crafts, and an AWESOME coloring contest! Age ranges for entry are 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Artists winning with the best picture in each group will receive 4 tickets to a 2018 FC Cincinnati game.

In conjunction with the Taste of OTR, Coldwell Banker Metro Office will host Taste of OTR Living from 1 to 4 p.m. With over 30 units open to tour, visitors will get a fresh insight into the newest “City Living” homes in the neighborhood that are for sale. Tourgoers are encouraged to stop by the Coldwell Banker Metro Office at 1400 Elm St. (across from Washington Park) to receive a map.

Restaurants and Retailers participating in Taste of OTR include Best Thing Smokin Food Truck & Catering, Che, Cincy Shirts, Eli's BBQ,Empanadas Aqui, Fireside Pizza, Fresh Thyme, Graeter's, Macaron Bar, Pet Wants, streetpops, Taste of Belgium and Tweedles Mini Doughnuts

Entertainment Lineup

11a.m. – One Day Steady

12:15 p.m. – The Grove

1:30 p.m. – Pluto Revolts

2:45 p.m.  – Daniel in Stereo

4 p.m. – Zebras in Public

5:15 p.m. – Modern Aquatic

6:30 p.m. – Mad Anthony

7:45 p.m. – 500 Miles to Memphis

9 p.m. – Ballroom Thieves

Turnt Back: Dancing Through The Ages

Saturday, August 26, 6 – 11 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

Put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun at the inaugural Pones Dance Marathon! Enter as a relay team or dance solo, the last person standing takes all the glory!

Join the fun of Turnt Back: Dancing Through The Ages, at the all-new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in OTR. DJ Mowgli (voted CityBeat’s “2017 Best Club/Party DJ ”)  will get you and your teammates moving with the biggest hits from the 1920s through the decades to today. While the music is playing, quench your thirst with tasty libations and kick up your feet in the funky Turnt Lounge. Go big and win – It wouldn’t be a marathon if there weren't awards. The top three teams with funky dance moves, incredible fashion, and top fundraisers (get friends to sponsor you to dance all 4 hours!) will win Golden Records.

The funds raised will support these Pones programs:

  • Arts in Healing program at Cincinnati's VA Medical Center and Hospice of Cincinnati
  • Laboratory of Movement programs for under-served youth at local K-12 schools
  • Pones in Public programming to bring art to public space and encourage community connections
  • Performance Productions for Social Justice

How to participate:

1) Create a Team

  • Ages 18+
  • Teams of 4 or more people, or dance solo!
  • Decide a team name
  • Pick a decade to inspire your fashion style

2) Register

  • Team Registration (
  • Team Entry Fee: $20/member (4 team members minimum)
  • Solo Entry Fee: $25.00

A registration confirmation email will be sent. Please check your spam folder to confirm you've completed registration. Teams will receive unlimited bottled water to stay hydrated and snacks to stay energized.

3) Dance Your Heart Out:

  • Check-in with driver's license at registration from 5:30-6:00 pm
  • Wristbands to consume alcoholic drinks will be given to 21+
  • Team numbers & name pins will be given
  • Dance from 6:30-10:30 p.m. (at least one team member must be on the dance floor at all times)
  • Relax at The Turnt Lounge or watch from above!

Age 18+. Cash bar.

Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart w/ Anna Applegate

Saturday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Downtowne Listening Room, 151 W. Seventh St.

Anna Applegate opens an evening of music, with duo Danika & The Jeb in a comfy, cozy and quiet environment.

The dynamic duo of Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart blend their talents to create powerful pop and bluesy rock. Fans of Adele, Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles will enjoy their sweet and soulful sounds.

DownTowne Listening Room features national touring acts and local emerging musicians playing original folk, pop, blues and rock music in a quiet ‘listening room’ or 'house concert' style setting. There are comfy chairs, leather couches, and nearby street and garage parking.

Snacks and soft drinks are provided free to our invited guests. You are welcome to bring treats of your own to enjoy or to share. BYOB for responsible adults. Email them for an invitation!

Brunch and Wing Fling

Sunday, August 27, 11 a.m.

Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., at the corner of Elm and Court

Dive into the food at Washington Platform and make it a true brunch, by ordering a bloody Mary or a mimosa. Brunch is available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The menu includes traditional quiche, omelets, and frittatas, but also Crab Who Hash – potatoes, crabmeat, and eggs with hollandaise; Easy Like Sunday Mornay – potatoes with avocado, eggs, and jalapeno; and Hometown Hangtown Fry – potatoes, homemade chorizo, fried oysters, goetta, and cheese.

Washington Platform is also celebrating Wing Fling through Sept. 3, with more than 40 different wing flavors, all available either bone-in or boneless, and either Mild, Medium or “Stupid.” Most wings are also available in tofu or “California” (cauliflower.)

Among the many options are buffalo, bulgogi, General Tso, Hawaiian, Louisiana, bluegrass, garlic, Caesar, honey chipotle, apricot ginger, Margarita, burgundy, and blackstrap.

Ten different flavored “groasters” (lower in fat because they are started on the grill and finished in the oven) will be available this year – including Grippo’s BBQ, tandoori, curry, and lemon pepper – allowing enthusiasts to enjoy more than 250 wing varieties.

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