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Downtown Events

Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival

Now through Sunday, Sept. 30

Various venues in OTR


The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is the new name and expanded vision for the successful Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, which came to Cincinnati in 2011 on behalf of LAAD, Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled. The Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival was a festival that celebrated the lives and stories of people who experience disabilities. In 2018, LADD is expanding the scope of the Festival to move beyond a singular focus on disability-specific programming to focus on a celebration of our shared humanity.


Notable Movies:

·        Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me - This documentary film is showing Saturday at 6pm along with the Awards Ceremony, and will also screen on Sunday at 11am at SCPA. It’s a behind the scenes look at one of the most famous members of the Rat Pack. Tickets are $10.

·        The Children Act - As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work – should she force a teenage boy to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Screening on Sunday at 11:30am at SCPA. Tickets are $10.

·        Queen of Katwe – This family film is free. Reserve your ticket by clicking the link on the page. A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and screening at 2pm at SCPA. Free.




Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Now through Sunday, Sept. 30


Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week offers a great way to try a three-course meal at one of 52 restaurants for just $35 per person. 


·        Boi Na Braza - Unlimited salad bar, unlimited 10-meat selection, and dessert of your choice.

·        Butcher and Barrel - Appetizers: Empanada, Provoleta, or Argentine chorizo; Salads: Mixta, Zanahoria y huevo, Ceprese, or Waldorf; Mains: grilled short rib, grilled sirloin, grilled skirt steak, chicken milanesa napoliatana, or prime rib cannelloni.

·        Court Street Lobster Bar – Appetizers: Spicy crab dip or shrimp bites; Mains: avocado lobster roll; Dessert: crème brulee or the weekly dessert special.


Other downtown and OTR restaurants include: Aladdin’s Eatery and Lounge, Americana Burger Bar, Kaze, Louvino, McCormick and Schmick’s, Metropole, Morton’s, Nicola’s, Nicholson’s, Palomino, Prime Cincinnati, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Taste of Belgium, the Mercer OTR, We Olive, and Via Vite.



Final Friday Gallery Hop

Friday, Sept. 28, evening hours

Various Venues downtown


Every month, artists and art galleries open their doors for a special showing on the last Friday, known as "Final Friday".  It’s always free and a fun way to meet the artist and maybe go home with something unique.


Joshua Kessler: Frame Rate Opening Reception

Friday, Sept. 28, 6pm – 9pm

Dick Waller’s Art Place, 130 West Court St.


Out of the Stacks Opening Reception

Friday, Sept. 28, 5:30pm – 8pm

Lloyd Library & Museum, 917 Plum St.


Vis-Abilities Opening Reception

Friday, Sept. 28, 6 – 8pm

YWCA Women’s Art Gallery, 898 Walnut St.



Joshua Bell + The Rite of Spring with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Sept. 28, 8pm and Saturday, Sept. 29, 8pm

Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street



SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring



IF Cincy: Improv Festival of Cincinnati

Now through Saturday, Sept. 29

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street


OTRimprov presents IF Cincy, Cincinnati's first national improv festival! 

They have an amazing lineup: Headliners Susan Messing and Kevin Crowley, troupes from Chicago, New York, Detroit, and many more. It will be two nights of really amazing improv, with renowned national acts learning what a great place Cincinnati is to work and play, and local acts showing how strong the local improv scene has grown.



Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: Purple Stride

Saturday, Sept. 29, 9am

Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way


When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Cincinnati 2018, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. Your fundraising and participation directly funds efforts to help patients and families. Opening ceremonies begin at 9am, and the 5K run/walk begins at 9:30am.



Waite Hoyt: Baseball, Broadcasting and Burger Beer

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 – 5pm

Moerlein Larger House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way


After playing baseball with Babe Ruth for the Yankees in the 1920s, Waite Hoyt transited successfully in the 1940s to a career in broadcasting as the play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds for 24 years and a spokesman for Burger Beer. Hoyt became known for entertaining radio audiences during rain delays, sharing anecdotes and telling vivid stories from his days as a player. In 1963, King Records put together an album of these stories called The Best of Waite Hoyt in the Rain.  The Reds Hall of Fame and Moerlein Lager House will present a talk on this legendary sports figure with Reds historian Greg Rhodes and Hoyt’s friend, Nick Clooney.



1st Annual Cincinnati Moon Festival

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 – 9pm

Fountain Square, 520 Vine Street


The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association is excited to host the 2018 Cincinnati Lantern Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29 on Fountain Square. The Chinese community is celebrating its Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and showcasing its cultural heritage with all Cincinnatians for the first time ever. This is a family oriented event with many fun activities designed for children and families. You will enjoy special cultural exhibits, performances, a lantern display, Mooncake treats, food stands, and more.


PROST! Oktoberfest Night

Saturday, Sept. 29, 6pm – 2am

Queen City Radio, 222 West 12th St.


If you didn't get enough of Zinzinnati's Oktoberfest, join them in the biergarten for Oktoberfest Night! Beer, brats, pretzel necklaces, Braxton stein shuffleboard and Framester photobooth (to capture your true German look, of course).


Featured beers: Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Braxton Oktoberfuel, Spaten Oktoberfest ,and Westside Oktoberfest



Rob Harris & Marcia Ramirez, with Mike Waldon

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30pm

Covenant First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm Street


A Nashville Night in Cincinnati at Covenant First Presbyterian Church in Piatt Park. Tickets can be purchased for a donation of just $15.  Social time with friends and the artists occurs before and after each performance.



Orienteering Cincinnati Map & Compass Event

Sunday, Sept. 30, 10am – 2pm

Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way


The public is welcome to join in for a fun urban adventure with map and compass along the riverfront in Cincinnati, OH. There will be three sprint courses to choose from. Register on-site and start anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for orange and white direction signs once inside the park.


Cost is just $10 per soloist or group, which includes one map and a timing chip (extra maps just $1). As with all of our events, free instruction is available to beginners. Just ask, and they will be happy to show you the ropes.


Reds Fan Appreciation Day

Sunday, Sept. 30, 3pm

Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way


Don't miss your chance to win great Reds prizes at the annual Fan Appreciation Day presented by ACE Hardware on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Great American Ball Park. Each year, the Cincinnati Reds and its community partners team up for Fan Appreciation Day, where every fan is automatically entered to win one of hundreds of prizes. This year, each prizewinner will also receive four complimentary tickets to see The Bronson Arroyo Band at Bogart's on Friday, November 9.


Cocktails and Concertos IV

Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 – 5pm

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut Street


Spend an afternoon with the musicians of Collegium Cincinnati while you sip a cocktail and enjoy music from the Baroque and beyond. Featuring acclaimed countertenor Michael Maniaci as well as Collegium’s principal oboist Mark Ostoich in a special intimate performance, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon. As always, admission to the Weston Art Gallery is free, so you’ll also enjoy the current exhibit from photographer Chris Engman entitled Prospect and Refuge.



The Secret Society of Spirits: Fall Flavors

Sunday, Sept. 30, 4pm

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.


Gather, learn, and sip in the company of other cocktail lovers in the Memorial Hall Ballroom.  Cocktail enthusiasts of all levels are welcome. Society sessions will include 3 cocktails, with instructions and methods.  There will also be surprise partners from the culinary world who will offer unique bites to pair with the cocktails. Purchase each session individually or become a full time Society Member and purchase the whole year for a discounted price. Seating is assigned for this event. $40 per person.

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