Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

November 17 – 19, 2017

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Duke Energy Convention Center Fall Feast Coat Drive

November 17, 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

525 Elm Street


The Duke Energy Convention Center will be holding a public coat drive to gather coats, mittens, and scarves for the upcoming Fall Feast event.  Fall Feast serves approximately 8,500 guests and coats are provided to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.


The drive will take place at 5th and Elm Streets on Friday, November 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff will be outside to accept donations.



Craft à la Carte

November 17, 5-8 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St.


Taft’s Brewing Co. and the Taft Museum of Art are teaming up to celebrate Cincinnati’s craft culture on November 17.


Spend a cozy evening under the heated tent with four of your favorite craft beers from Taft’s Brewing Co. and enjoy tasty bites specially made to pair with the beer. Create a set of DIY coasters, and head to the museum galleries to see the amazing exhibitions Elegant Geometry and the newly opened A Sense of Home.


The first 50 to register will get a free 5-oz commemorative tasting glass.

$10 Taft members; $20 non-members. One ticket includes the whole evening: punch card for 4 drink samples, light bites, art-making materials, and exhibition admission.

For more details, call (513) 684-4516.




A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones

November 17 to February 18, 2018

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike Street


A Sense of Home features full-size quilts, smaller fabric works, and pages from Heather Jones’s design sketchbooks, all inspired by the Taft Museum of Art.


Self-taught quilt artist and designer Heather Jones channels the world around her into minimalist quilts that conjure modern painting. Informed by her knowledge of quilting traditions and art history, she creates both unique designs and twists on traditional patterns.




ArtWorks’ Best Seller Bash Presented by Fifth Third Bank

November 17, 6:30-9:30pm

Rookwood Pottery Company Studio and Showroom

1920 Race Street


ArtWorks created and published a brand new book called Transforming Cincinnati that brings their celebrated murals to the page. This 192-page hardback volume details the roots of the ArtWorks Mural Program from 2007 to today.  Join ArtWorks at the Rookwood Pottery Company Studio and Showroom to celebrate the people who made the book possible. The bookish bash includes food inspired by the art, complimentary First-Edition hardbacks, drinks and wine. 100% of the proceeds go to ArtWorks.



The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at Cincinnati Shakespeare Co.

November 17 to December 9

1195 Elm Street


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted by Laura Eason from the novel by Mark Twain, opens at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Otto M. Budig Theater just in time for the start of the holiday season.


Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Aunt Polly, Sid, Becky Thatcher—the whole gang is together in Mark Twain’s iconic piece of Americana. Set in the small, fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, during the mid-1800s, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer offers a little bit of everything: boyish adventure, faked deaths, grave robbing, murder, buried treasure, haunted houses, and more.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is recommended for children ages 8+ but the whole family is invited on Sundays November 26 and December 3 so you can bring younger kids (4+) for artist-led child care DURING the performance! The “Playdate” program is only $15 and free for subscribers.




Opening Celebration: Glenn Kaino: A Shout Within a Storm

Opening Reception November 17, 8 – 11p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.



Artist Glenn Kaino sets his sights on the Contemporary Arts Center with an exhibit called A Shout Within a Storm. This midcareer survey features a collection of his sculpture, spectacle and performance. The Los Angeles-based artist will show the last decade of his mysterious work, including his collaborations with marine biologists, mentalists, gang members, chess players and – in his newest work which debuts in this exhibition – celebrity Japanese chef Niki Nakayama, who has been featured on Chef's Table, a Netflix Original documentary series.


In addition to working with chef Nakayama, Kaino has been a street artist, magician, web designer, producer, chief creative officer for the pioneering digital music startup Napster, not to mention his most recent work writing and co-directing a documentary with John Legend.


A Shout Within a Storm is the first in-depth survey exhibition covering more than a decade of Kaino’s exceptional artistic production.


The opening reception on November 17 is free and open to all. Performances by DJ Melo begin at 8:30 p.m.


Exhibition continues through April 22, 2018.




Jazz & Frog Gig at Washington Platform

November 17, 5 – 1 0 p.m.

November 18, 4 – 10 p. m.

November 19, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Brunch)

1000 Elm Street


Don’t miss Cincinnati’s most unique jazz festival with continuous jazz from established musicians and promising up-and-comers including Brian Lovely, Erwin Stuckey, George Cunningham, Josh Strange, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Trio, Walnut Hills Jazz Ensemble, and the Faux Frenchmen.  Plus edible amphibians (Frog Legs!)


This coincides with Washington Platform’s traditional New Orleans jazz brunch (held on the first and third Sunday of each month) so you can enjoy the music, dive into the food, and to make it a true brunch, order the Bloody Mary or a mimosa!





Toddler Jam with Auggie and Sean Geil

November 18, 11 a.m.

Herzog Music, 811 Race Street


The return of the popular Toddler Jam at Herzog Music is free and open to all ages. It is  presented by The Play Library and Eli's BBQ. Bring your children to jam with Auggie and Sean Geil at Herzog Music. Sean Geil (of popular Bluegrass band the Tillers) and his son Auggie play songs for kids and parents, and the Play Library provides musical toys so that everyone can play along.  Light snacks provided at conclusion.




Shillito Elves at 5th Street Gallery

Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.

Now through December 31


Three historic Shillito elves are helping the 5th Street Gallery with its  "Home for the Holidays" art show.  The 5th Street Gallery, located inside Macy’s at Fountain Place, features works by Cincinnati area artists. Purchase original paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, and woodwork art for your home or for an unique holiday gift.On November 25 and December 15 meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments and take home a piece of original art.


In honor of the elves, there will be a paper ornament craft just for children who stop by the gallery.


Each art piece purchased comes with a free ticket to Santa's Workshop in Mariemont where all the other Shillito elves are busy making toys.




American Roots Series: The Seldom Scene

November 18, 8 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street


What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. This spring the group had its first ever release on the Smithsonian Folkways label.



Dope Noodles and Dumplings

Now open at 29 E. Court Street

11 am to 3 pm, closed Sunday

(513) 381-4848


Fast, fresh and affordable Asian fusian food featuring dumplings (veggie,pork,chicken or shrimp) with rice or noodles.  Also ramen, salads and drunken brisket.  Delicious!




Holiday Open House at the Library Friends' Shop

Sunday, November 19, 1-5 p.m.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street


Kick off the holidays at the Friends' Shops, located on the mezzanine level of the Main Library.  Save BIG on an array of holiday gifts, cards, and books. Indulge in complementary refreshments and chat with other shoppers. You can even have your purchases gift wrapped for a donation, and take one more thing off your holiday to-do list! Every purchase benefits the Library and the world class programing it provides.

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