Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

September 1st-4th

Labor Day Weekend 

Friday, September 1st 

King Records Month Official Kick-OffWoodward Theater 1404 Main St. Friday, Sept 1st, 5-11pm is King Records month in Cincinnati! “Join them for this FREE admission event sponsored by ArtsWave and King Studios featuring a performance by Freekbass and a School of Rock performance featuring a full set of King Records songs that will include special performances by King Records recording artists Otis Williams and Philip Paul. Early evening there will be plenty of great King Records tunes by DJ Bryan Dilsizian, hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and a full bar, and the King Records exhibit 'King Records: The Lost History of Rock and Roll' on display. The event will be hosted by Evanston Community Council president and King Studios chair Anzora Adkins. She’ll be joined by Otis Williams and Philip Paul, Mayor John Cranley, council members and other King Records fanatics.” Event Lineup: 5-6 | Mixer /cocktails, hors 'd ouvres, mingling / DJ Bryan Dilsizian plays select King albums6:00-7:30 | Speakers8 – 9 | School Of Rock Performance: A Tribute to King Records9:30-10:30 | Freekbass

Saturday, September 2nd

Weekend Workout: Cardio Strength Washington Park, Sept. 2nd, 9-10amJoin the YMCA Saturday mornings for a free cardio/strength class at the park!  These weekend workouts will last throughout October.  “Washington Park’s summer/fall Weekend Workout offers a variety of FREE, rotating fitness classes led by licensed YMCA instructors. All skill-levels welcome, no experience needed (Washington Park).”

Sunday, September 3rd-Monday, September 4th 

Western And Southern/WEBN Fireworks & Riverfest 2017 

Riverfest: Sawyer Point

Fireworks: Viewing locations along Cincinnati/Newport/Covington riverfront

Sunday, Sept. 3rd 

“This traditional, end-of-summer event began more than 40 years ago when WEBN treated the tri-state to a fireworks show in honor of the radio station's 10th anniversary. The party, held annually at Sawyer Point on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, has grown into an all-day affair with music, food and family fun and entertainment all day. On both sides of the river, nearly a half-million people view the choreographed Rozzi's Fireworks show while listening to the soundtrack on WEBN (102.7 FM) starting just after 9pm and lasting for about 30 minutes (CincinnatiUSA).” 

Schedule of Events (CincinnatiUSA):12:00pm - Live broadcast with the KiddChris Show & Shroom begins on the Serpentine Wall12:00pm-8:00pm - Kiss 107.1 Just Show Up Show on the Hubert's Lemonade Stage featuring Judah & the Lion, Hey Violet, AJR, Skylar Stecker, Spencer Sutherland, and more!3:00pm - Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta at the Purple People Bridge9:05pm - Fireworks begin!

Important Closures: The Purple People Bridge will close at 5:00 PM.

The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, Suspension Bridge and the Taylor Southgate Bridge will all close at 6:00 PM to vehicles and pedestrians (Pedestrians may cross on the west side of the Taylor Southgate Bridge until 7:30 PM).

Access to the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471) from Ohio will close at 7:30 PM.

The Third Street exit from westbound Columbia Parkway will close at 9:00 PM.

The Third Street exit from southbound 71 remains closed due to interstate construction.

23rd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta 

Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall at Sawyer Point 

Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 3:00pm 

The Freestore Foodbank’s 23rd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta is this Sunday! Every duck purchased

provides 15 meals to the Freestore Foodbank.  “The event, presented by Dawn, takes place prior to the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks. That afternoon, as many as 200,000 ducks will swim in the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall. The first prize winner will receive a 2017 Honda HR-V LX, courtesy Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers and possibly $1 million if their duck is the “KEMBA Million Dollar Duck.” The second prize winner will receive $100 from Kroger every week for a year ($5,200 total), and five additional winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union (Rubber Duck Regatta).”

Queen City Radio: Labor Day Weekend Celebration! 


222 W 12th St.

Sunday, Sept. 3rd  and Monday, Sept. 4th 

Queen City Radio is celebrating this holiday weekend in style!  “With summer coming to a close, we wanna go out with a bang! All of the cookouts, family BBQs, firework shenanigans, and so on, it's hard to decide what to do and when (Queen City Radio).”

Events: SUNDAY:Social Media Sunday Brunch Hosted by King Sharif with DJ iGrind.Brunch by Sunnyside Brunch & More foodtrucks Brunch from 11-4pm, music all afternoon! MONDAY:Seafood Boil Hosted by Nudy with DJ Bandcamp Seafood Spread by KWality Eats

Tickets for the boil here:

Art on Vine 

Fountain Square 

Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 12-6pm 

Join Art on Vine Sunday at Fountain Square for their Labor Day Weekend event!  “Art on Vine hosts 60+ artists every month, filling Rhinegeist Brewery during the fall & winter, Fountain Square for the spring and summer months, Receiving more than 100 entries each month. Art on Vine also seeks to benefit a different local non-profit every month. Art on Vine was also created to provide a unique, fun, one-on-one art buying experience (Art on Vine).”

Cindy Wilson of The B52’s!

Woodward Theater

Monday, Sept. 4th, 8:30pm 

Join Woodward Theatre for night of music and fun with Cindy Wilson and Moonbeau!  “After four decades on the road internationally with The B-52s, her new album "Change" represents a full circle for Wilson. Tapping into her own local stock in order to start anew, Cindy returned to the same town that nurtured her own creative roots: Athens, Georgia. Change features a “native” cast of Athenian musicians including Ryan Monahan (Easter Island,Monahan), producer/engineer Suny Lyons (PacificUV, Dream Boat), Lemuel Hayes (Ola Moon, PacificUV), and MarieDavon (powerkompany).“It’s very different from a B-52’s show,” Wilson recently told PopMatters. “I get to play around with different ideas andbeautiful melodies. I don’t have to yell in a rock voice. I think you can get an emotional depth in the types of rooms we’re playing that you can’t find in larger rooms (Woodward Theater).”

Coming Up/On-going 

Ziegler Pool

216 Sycamore St.

Open through Sept. 17th! 

Summer may be coming to an end, but Ziegler Pool will remain open until September 17th so you can enjoy the sun just a bit longer! They will have open swim on the 17th from 11am-5pm.  From 5-8pm they will have their 1st Annual “Doggie Paddle”- your pets can cool off and play with other dogs! Registration is required! $20 per dog online, $35 at gate. (

More details:•Dogs must be licensed and up to date on all vaccinations. This will be based on an honor system. We will not be verifying paperwork.•An adult (18 years of age or above) must accompany their dogs, one person per every 2 dogs required. Kids are allowed with a guardian, but use caution.•Only dogs are allowed in the pool, absolutely no humans! This is their time to enjoy the pool! •Dogs must be on leashes except when in the pool.•No female dogs in heat, puppies less than 3 months old, or aggressive, unruly dogs will be permitted.•All owners MUST sign a waiver and are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.•Owners will be responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.•Ziegler Park reserves the right to deny admission for any reason.All funds raised from this event will be supporting the new Ziegler Park

Over-The-Rhine Summer Sales  Various merchants throughout OTR Day weekend is the perfect excuse to #shoplocal!  The Over-The-Rhine Chamber of Commerce recently wrote a blog post featuring shops in OTR that are having end of the summer sales! Check out the link of above for more details

“As summer comes to an end, we are all getting ready to mourn the loss of the warm weather (but not the loss of Ziegler Pool until Sept 17th)!  Thankfully, our merchants are making it a little easier by offering some end of the summer sales!  Check out this list of deals and #shopOTR!” Merchants:

-Lane & Kate and Two Little Buds

This little OTR boutique offers "jewelry, botanicals, home goods & lots of pretty little things!"     Throughout the month of August they are offering 20% off all jewelry and potted plants


Righno "exists to provide some of the finest men’s clothing apparel, accessories and jewelry."  Right now they have 30% tank tops, swim trunks, and shorts.

-Indigo Hippo

Indigo Hippo is a "creative reuse program, focused on putting low-cost and affordable art supplies into the hands of people who will use them." They are having a sidewalk fabric sale from 8/27-8/28 during their regular hours!

-Piston Society Moto Shop

"Piston Society is a place where motorcyclists can rent a ride, select gear and find moto art for their walls." Their end of the summer sale features 10-40% off many items, including helmets, jackets, gloves, accessories and lifestyle apparel.

-Design Lab

"Design Lab is a modern furniture, lighting, textile, and object retailer, showroom, and full-service interior design studio."  One of their brands, Ligne Roset is having their semi-annual sale and offering 15% off their line!

-Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 

The CSO and Cincinnati Pops is preparing for their "welcome back" season at the beautifully renovated Music Hall!  They have tickets for select performances for just $10! Call 513.381.3300 for more details! 

-The Brush Factory

Brush factory is a modern furniture store located on Main.  They have a Labor Day Chair special  happening August 31 - September 4, 40% off in-store chairs and stools (showroom samples only): ferm Living + Martin collection! 


“Your go to cookware place at Findlay Market!”  They are offering 30% off all grilling tools, canning essentials, cuisinart blenders, OXO coffee makers, as well as 10% off all clearance!

-Macaron Bar

This OTR shop makes handmade, delicious French macarons! $20 twelve piece box from now until the end of labor day.  (Normally $25 for a twelve piece box)

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