Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

September 13 – 15, 2017

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BLINK Cincinnati

October 12 to 15, from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

From The Banks to Findlay Market

BLINK is a light and art event that features large-scale architectural projection mapping, light-based sculptures and installations, brand-new murals and interactive art. BLINK spans 20 city blocks from The Banks of the Ohio River to Findlay Market. It is FREE and open to the public.

Projection mapping is the art of turning unusual objects – such as buildings – into a video projection surface. Using specialized software, the video artist is able to make the space come alive with animations, optical illusions and movement.

There will be more than 60 projection mappings of buildings, interactive art sculptures, murals and other light-based displays that will glow along 20 city blocks.

Some highlights:

Voices (Freedom Center) at 50 E. Freedom Way is a multi-sense experience that uses voices from children, students and international freedom fighters with inspiring stories told through illustration, photography and words, architecturally mapped on the Freedom Center building.

Dreams Etched In Stone at Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way shines a light on the wall sculpture, The Spirit of Baseball which depicts a young child and his all-star heroes etched in stone. Watch as we take you on a journey from little league to the big leagues, from knot hole to the World series during BLINK.


Contemporary Arts Center at 44 E. Sixth Street uses the unique architecture of the CAC as a scaffolding to explore the elements and mediums of visual art.

Our Own Homecoming at The Charley Harper Homecoming mural at 119 East Court Street will use projection mapping to bring Charley Harper's “Homecoming” mural to life.

Swing & Sway at 1606 Pleasant Street will enliven the mural of Rosemary Clooney with elements intended to surprise, as well as stir nostalgia.

Impulse is an installation of interactive, acoustic, illuminated seesaws at 25 E. Freedom Way.

Loop in Gano Alley is a series of large illuminated lace halos suspended along the alleyway in the Backstage Alley. Walk under and look up.

Storybook at The Public Library Of Cincinnati & Hamilton County at Eighth and Walnut Streets. Storybook is about re-discovering the magic of books and their ability to transport you to a different place. Simple white silhouetted shapes will help you step inside a storybook as characters emerge from the pages.


World’s Largest Mobile Disco Ball at 15th and Pleasant Streets contains nearly 1,000 mirrors and weighs three-quarters of a ton. It is so perfectly balanced that it can propel itself for hours with just one spin.

In addition to these weekend-long installations, eight mural artists will turn Pleasant Street, from Findlay Market to Washington Park, into an outdoor art gallery.

There will be live performances each evening at the murals and locations throughout downtown including the Freedom Center Stage, Fountain Square Stage, St. Xavier Church Back Lot Stage, Charlie Harper Mural Stage and Findlay Market West Stage.

Free and open to the public, BLINK is produced by Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, The Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

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Summerfair in the City during BLINK Cincinnati

Friday, October 13: 2 – 10pm

Saturday, October 14: 12 – 10pm

Sunday, October 15: 12 – 6 pm

Piatt Park, 30 Garfield Place

Summerfair is hosting a street fair in collaboration with BLINK Cincinnati from October 13 through 15 at Piatt Park at 30 Garfield Place. Walk through two blocks full of fine artists and craftspeople from around the country who are exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography.


Architects of Air

Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

At the reception tent visitors are invited to remove their shoes before passing through an airlock and entering the Architects of Air. Once inside they are free to follow a map and explore the installation, or, if they prefer, they can find a nice pod where they can simply sit and lay back to enjoy the ambience.

Through labyrinth tunnels and cavernous domes, visitors move through the installation where the radiance of daylight transmitted by the colored parts of the luminarium is surprising in its luminosity and makes a direct impact on the senses. No two visits to a structure are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside.

Architects of Air is BLINK’s only paid and ticketed attraction. Tickets for Architects of Air are $5 and are sold on-site. The luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult).


This Random World

Now playing through November 4

Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine Street

Roll out the red carpet! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati begins the 2017-2018 Season in its newly renovated theatre with the charming regional premiere of This Random World, a wistful drama by playwright Steven Dietz. With renovations totaling more than $5 million, Ensemble Theatre is also unveiling its highly- anticipated upgraded facility, which includes: a greatly expanded lobby; an elevator that provides access to the multi-level facility; a dedicated bar and concession area; and additional restrooms.

Fate or luck? This humorous and bittersweet new play explores the comedy of missed connections. Happy coincidence or unintended consequence? Call it what you will, but how often do we intersect with someone else’s world and never even know it?

Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 p.m. A complete calendar of performances is available online Ticket prices start at $35 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. For the 2017-2018 Season, ETC continues its popular $15 student and half-price rush tickets for all performances, which are available two hours prior to show time and may be purchased by phone or in person at the box office.


Crab Carnival 2017

Friday, October 13 to November 11

Washington Platform, corner of Court and Elm Streets

Don't be a hermit! Join us the 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 crabbazisers such as Crab-Stuffed Mushroom Caps and Smoky Crab Casino. Move onto 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.

The Music of John Williams with the Cincinnati Pops

Friday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

The majesty of Music Hall is revealed again through the musical genius of John Williams’ greatest hits, as performed by John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops. Experience selections from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more by the master of film music. Plus hear the world premiere of the theme from Schindler’s List adapted for cello and orchestra.

Pop! The Cork on Opening Night

Friday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m.

Prior to the opening concert on Friday, audience members are invited to join John Morris Russell and other fans in the Music Hall Grand Foyer for an opening night celebration, Pop! The Cork on Opening Night. Dinner by the bite, cocktails by Molly Wellmann and music from the Poptet (aka the Pops rhythm section) provide a celebratory atmosphere as the Pops returns home to Music Hall. Celebration and concert tickets sold separately. Visit for tickets to this special event.


Friday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. through November 4

Cincinnati Shakepeare Company

The Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm Street

Just in time for Halloween, Bram Stoker’s classic tale of gothic horror comes to life — and death — on stage. Join the colorfully macabre cast of characters, from the madman Renfield, to the vampire-hunter Van Helsing, to the eponymous Count himself as they take you on a breathless and bloody thrill ride from the depths of Transylvania to the very heart of Victorian London.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its debut season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with Dracula by Steven Dietz, from the novel by Bram Stoker. All seats in the new Otto M. Budig Theater are less than 20 feet from the stage so audiences will be amazed at how close to the passion they will be!

Cyclones First Face-Off

Saturday, October 14, 6:35 p.m.

US Bank Arena,

The Cyclones kick off the 2017-2018 season against the Kalamazoo Wings. To celebrate the first game of the season, enjoy $1 John Morrell Hot Dogs, Donatos Pizza, soda, and beer. The first 5,000 fans will receive a Cyclones Calendar!

Bring your family to a Cyclones game in style by purchasing the Chick-fil-a Family 4-Pack. For $73 ($18.25/ticket) you receive four tickets, 4 hats, and 4 gift cards good for a chicken sandwich at any local Chick-fil-a restaurant. The Chick-fil-a Family 4-Pack is available for any 2017-18 Cyclones home game at U.S. Bank Arena. Call 513-421-7825(PUCK) now to reserve your tickets.