Downtown events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

September 22 – 24, 2017

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Ferrari Barber & Coffee Shop Grand Re-Opening

Friday, Sept. 22, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

5 Garfield Place, Piatt Park


Fausto Ferrari Barber Shop has been providing haircuts and shaves to customers in downtown since the 1950s. Today, the younger generation of the Ferrari family has restored the shop, offering a sleek new look, an espresso machine, and the passion to continue the storied tradition of this iconic barbershop.


Two young brothers have renovated the shop and restored it to the original features found in photograph taken in 1929, before the Ferrari family purchased it. The original barber chairs, designed in Cincinnati by Eugene Barninghaus, were the first to recline and revolve at the same time. The new coffee bar offers coffee from Deeper Roots, plus Italian sodas, and snacks from Italy.


The Grand Re-Opening takes place throughout the day on September 22. Stop in to meet the new owners who are grateful to their family and friends for their ongoing support.




Contemporary Arts Center

Opening Celebration for Swoon

Friday, Sept. 22 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

44 E. Sixth Street


The opening celebration of the newest exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center is called Swoon: 1999–2017 and takes place on Friday, September 22.


The CAC is organizing the first major exhibit of artist Caledonia Curry – better known as Swoon. Swoon has re-defined what “street art” means today. This exhibition includes a new site-specific installation and a survey of her work in Haiti and Kenya.  She uses drawing, printmaking, wheat paste and cut paper to make her works. In addition, she built a raft out of NYC garbage that become surreal vessels floating down the Grand Canal in Venice.


7PM, Artist Talk with Swoon with curator Steven Matijcio, Free to all CAC Members on the Lower Level.


8PM, Exhibition Opening Party featuring a special performance and specialty pizza bites from Dewey's Pizza, Free and open to all in the Lobby.




Cincinnati Comic Expo

Friday, Sept. 22, 3 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street



Cincinnati Comic Expo is a celebration of comic books and geek fandom. It is a family friendly event where members of the comic, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, and pop culture community can come together to share their passion for the characters and stories that spark our imagination.


Special media guests, with meet and greets include:


·       Caroline Blakiston (Star Wars: Return of The Jedi)

·       Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Star Trek Discovery)

·       Pom Klementieff (Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War)

·       Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny)

·       John Ratzenberger (Cheers, Toy Story, Cars, Star Wars)

·       Wallace Shawn (Princess Bride, Toy Story)

·       Kevin Sussman (The Big Bang Theory)

·       Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs, Melrose Place)


The costume contest will be held on the Main Event stage on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


Events each day include interviews and discussions with the actors, writers, and artists, Sci Fi Speed Dating, and panels and workshops about writing, creating comics, Cosplay 101.  Tickets range from $30 to $65 and can be purchased at the door or online.



Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic

Friday, Sept. 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 9:30 p.m.

Yeatman’s Cove



The fourth annual Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic returns features more than 150 local, regional, and national chefs, pastry chefs, bread artisans, pitmasters, mixologists, artisans, sommeliers, winemakers, brewers, baristas and roasters, writers and storytellers.


For one ticket price, guests will enjoy unlimited samples of food and drink, unique and entertaining programs, and get up close and personal with the chefs and personalities driving the culinary revolution in the Midwest, and beyond. Tickets begin at $95 and can be purchased online or at the door.


Special events include the Grill Invitational on Sept. 22 featuring more than two dozen local, regional, and national chefs showcasing their best grilled dish. The Live Fire Grill Pavilion on Sept. 22 and 23.  The very popularSomm Slam Prequel presented by Water Tower Fine Wines on Friday where you can test your wine knowledge and palate.  The Dessert Pavilion on Friday and Saturday where you can sample bites from top pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers, gelato and ice cream makers. It’s A Gin Thing: Demo + Tasting with Molly Wellmann on Saturday. Pizza from Scratch, The Pizzeria Locale Way: Demo + Tasting on Saturday.   




MidPoint Music Fest

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2:00 to 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2:00 to 11:30 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth Street

Masonic Temple, 317 E. Fifth Street


The 17th-annual Midpoint Music Fest (MPMF) is a two-day festival event happening Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24 at the Taft Theatre and Cincinnati Masonic Center. Tickets are $65 for a one-day pass.


MPMF will feature more than 50 local, regional, national and internationally recognized acts including a diverse mix of up-and-coming artists and bands in addition to some of the biggest names in festival history. Taking place at a new location this year, fans can enjoy music across four stages at the Taft Theatre, the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre, the Masonic Cathedral, and the Masonic Ballroom.


Highlights for Saturday, September 23:


Skyline Chili Stage (Taft Theatre)

·       Broken Social Scene –10:00 PM

·       Frightened Rabbit – 8:25 PM


Central Parkway YMCA Stage (Masonic Cathedral)

·       The New Pornographers – 9:00 PM

·       Filthy Friends – 7:00 PM


Superior Kia Stage (Taft Ballroom)

·       Citizen – 11:30 PM

·       Pile – 9:15 PM


YMCA Ballroom Stage (Masonic Ballroom)

·       William Elliot Whitmore - 10:35 PM

·       Valerie June (full band) - 8:00 PM


Highlights for Sunday, September 24:


Skyline Chili Stage (Taft Theatre)

·       WALK THE MOON – 10:00 PM

·       Flint Eastwood – 8:25 PM


Central Parkway YMCA Stage (Masonic Cathedral)

·       BADBADNOTGOOD – 10:00 PM

·       Noname – 8:30 PM


Superior Kia Stage (Taft Ballroom)

·       Urban Renewal Project – 8:00 PM

·       Charly Bliss –  6:50 PM


YMCA Ballroom Stage (Masonic Ballroom)

·       Aaron Lee Tasjan – 9:15 PM

·       Mandolin Orange – 8:00 PM



State of King

Herzog Studios

811 Race Street

Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.



Learn the latest news on efforts to save and revive the King Records building in Evanston, and see a screening of Danny Adler's "Last Session on Brewster". The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation led the formation of partnerships to erect the historic marker in Evanston, its landmark status, and recent efforts with city leaders to purchase the building at 1540 Brewster. We'll meet in the historic Herzog studio space at 811 Race Street where Syd Nathan cut early King Records tracks before building his own studio in Evanston. Free and for all ages. Presented by Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation.




Free Wine Tastings at City Club Apartments 

Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

309 Vine Street



Kevin O. Hart, Founder of HART & CRU, will lead a wine tasting at City Club Apartments, 309 Vine Street, on September 23 from 2-4 p.m. The events are free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.


City Club Apartments, located at 309 Vine is a vibrant, mixed-use community with the redevelopment and reuse of a beautiful and historic 11-story, 1928 building. City Club Apartments will offer 294 luxury apartments, penthouses and corporate furnished apartments with more than 150 different distinct floor plans ranging from 400 to 1,500 square feet. Amenities are numerous and include: 24/7 concierge and valet parking, street level retail including a specialty market and bar/café, 6,000-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar with private dining rooms and spectacular views.



Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

September 25 to October 1

Participating restaurants

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week will once again bring an exclusive, local dining experience to the Greater Cincinnati area. For a limited time, September 25 to October 1 a collection of Tristate restaurants will offer $35 —and, new this year, $25 — three-course prix fixe menus.

Featured restaurants include returning favorites: Prime Cincinnati, Boi Na Braza, Kaze OTR, The Mercer, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Palomino, We Olive & Wine Bar, and more!

For more information about the event, visit