Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

May 11 to May 13, 2018

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Citi presents Spring Concert Series

Fountain Square

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.


•        Break out your dancing shoes and dance the night away on the first weekend of the FREE Spring Concert Series.

        Kicking off the series and performing on Friday May 11: Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons

•        On stage Saturday, May 12: Audley




Rookwood Spring Open House

The Rookwood Pottery Company

1920 Race Street

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.


        Join the Rookwood staff on Mother’s Day weekend with artists’ signings, new pottery releases and handcrafted one-of-a kind gifts featuring their new collection with new product lines and color palettes.      

•        Experience the Rookwood Pottery Company with behind the scenes guided tours offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:00, and 2:00 p.m.  The tours are free however a reservation is required. Reserve a time by calling 513.381.2510.




Sip – Shop - Savor

Gallery 708

708 Walnut Street

Friday, May 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Kick off your weekend at Gallery 708 with a special evening of art from local Gallery 708  artists with wines specially chosen by photographer Jens Rosenkrantz Jr. Jens will be pouring the wines and discussing the selections that will be paired with tasty treats.

•        For more information call the Gallery at 513.551.8171




Girls on The Run Greater Cincinnati 5K Race

Central Ave. and Pete Rose Way

Saturday, May 12 – Race start time is 10:00 a.m.

Girls on the Run 5K race is a community-wide, non-competitive event that celebrates the season-long accomplishment of the program participants while raising awareness and scholarship funds for future participants.

•        Set-up is on Central Avenue, between Mehring and Pete Rose Way.  The course starts and finishes at Central Ave. and W. Pete Rose Way. 

        8:00 a.m. On-Site Registration opens and activities begin

•        10:00 a.m. The race begins


Join in and add your voice to the cheering crowd as the 3,400+ girls cross the finish line.  If you would like to know more about The Girls on The Run Program or the 5K race visit or call 513.321.1056



Crafty Supermarket Spring Show

Music Hall Ballroom

Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


This is the first time the Spring Show is being held in this beautiful, historic ballroom at Music Hall.  The show features handmade goods only – no commercial products.  Come and enjoy the 90 crafters, a live DJ, hands-on craft activities and local food.                                                                                                                             


•        2000+ shoppers are expected.

        Admission is free.

•        Be one of the first 100 shoppers and you will receive a free swag bag.



8th Asian Food Fest

Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine

Saturday, May 12 from noon to 10:00 p.m.  Sunday, May 13 from noon to 8:00 p.m. Free admission


Join in this two-day food extravaganza on May 12 and 13 in Washington Park.  This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries, including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.  Featuring authentic Asian and Asian inspired cuisine, all cooked by local restaurants, aspiring restauranteurs and others.  While food is definitely the heart of the festival, this year will also feature live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods in the form of small plates priced from $2.00 to $6.00.


If you are a real foodie, be sure to check out The Secret Menu booth, back by popular demand. You will have a chance to taste a home-cooked Asian meal from local amateur chiefs who are very excited to share their culinary creations with the public.




Tom Bacher Exhibit

Weston Art Gallery

Aronoff Center for the Arts

650 Walnut Street

Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free


Tom Bacher, a renowned Cincinnati painter, master of phosphorescent pigments, has returned to the Weston Art Gallery for his second solo exhibition.  PER-4-MING TRANS-4-MING PHOS-4-S-CENT is a new series of brilliantly luminous works that are show under a black light every 5 minutes. Bacher’s canvasses will amaze and enchant viewers.


•        The exhibit will be at the Weston Art Galllery through June 10






Murder for Two

The Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle

Shelterhouse Theatre May 9 to June 10


This hilarious, musical whodunit – “who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney?” introduces a slew of whacky party guests who are suspected of committing the murder.


Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, and mystery to keep you guessing – and laughing – until the very last note.


Purchase tickets at:


(513) 421-3888




Dance Theatre of Harlem

Aronoff Center for the Arts - Procter & Gamble Hall

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12  at 8:00 p.m.


The Cincinnati Arts Association is proud to present New York City’s acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem for two performances only.  Founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre is known for its thrilling performances – successfully challenging preconceived notions of ballet.


Ticket Information: or call 513.621.2787



3 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day at CAM

Cincinnati Art Museum953 Eden ParkSunday, May 13 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



1.Visit Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Mom, as well as the whole family, is sure to enjoy Terracotta Army. Explore the birth of the Qin Empire and the cultural diversity in ancient China through these rich archaeological finds. The exhibition features approximately 120 objects, including 8 soldiers.  Timed tickets are required – for ticket information visit or call 513.721.2787


2. Listen and enjoy authentic Chinese music with Flutist Dr. Cleo Leung from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Fountain Room.

3. Shop to your heart’s content

Choose from an assortment of unique gifts, souvenirs, keepsakes, jewelry, books and so much more. Discover our new, Terracotta Army themed gifts, as well as a vast collection of Rookwood Pottery, Charlie Harper and Beverly Herschel items. 


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Keep Mom’s kitchen clean – dine out on Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Brunches



Metropole at 21c Museum Hotel609 Walnut St. Sunday May 13, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Treat Mom to the two-course Mother’s Day Brunch at Metropole. Executive chef Jared Bennett is preparing all your brunch favorites, like Quinoa Hash and the Avocado Toast. Price is $30 per person and includes coffee, tea and soda. Plus, let your server be your spirits guide, and let Mom explore her creativity with Metropole’s signature “Mimosa Experience.” The experience starts at $50 per bottle.  513.579.6660



The Phoenix 812 Race St.Sunday May 13, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Mother's Day at The Phoenix with their Ultimate Brunch Buffet and live music. The menu includes cooked-to-order omelets, pancake and waffle station, seafood station, turkey and prime rib carving stations with sides including kale Caesar salad, cheese-baked Yukon gold potatoes, apple and sage sausage, artisan breads and topping it off a dessert bar.


        Also featuring a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar - $5.00 each

•        Buffet is $36.00 per adult, $15.00 per child under 12, children under 3 eat free  513.721.8901




Prime Cincinnati580 Walnut St. Sunday, May 13, brunch, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Dinner, 3 - 8 p.m.During brunch enjoy a delicious buffet. From 3 - 8 p.m. The price is $39.00 for adults.  Prime's fantastic dinner menu will be available, along with a three-course meal for $35 for moms.  513.579.0720



Via Vite520 Vine St. Sunday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant will be serving authentic Italian menu items and traditional brunch favorites on the buffet menu, featuring carving station with beet cured salmon, pork loin, and NY strip steak; a pizza station; salads, scrambled eggs, French toast, assorted fresh baked pastries, plus assorted seafood tower, and many dessert options.  513:721-8483

Washington Platform – Jazz Brunch1000 Elm St. Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Enjoy a tantalizing array of breakfast and lunch favorites, including omelette station, carving station, pastas, salads, fruit, assorted pies, pastries and desserts, and much, much more. Featuring live music from The Mike Sharfe Trio. The menu also includes fresh oysters, with a full bar, wine list and craft beers available.


Visit or call 513.421.0110

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