Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

January 12 – 14, 2018

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Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show 

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street

Friday, January 12, 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Saturday, January 13, 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Sunday, January 14, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


The 61st annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show®, presented by RAM, returns to Duke Energy Convention Center Jan. 12-14 and 17-21, 2018. Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, the show brings the latest and greatest in boating and marine services, adventure sports, RVs and camping, travel destinations and more from across the United States and Canada.

One of the largest outdoor and sporting expos in the Midwest, the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show allows visitors to discover and plan all their 2018 outdoor and sporting adventures in one place.

Boating Enthusiasts

Boat and marine recreation dealers from across the region will feature more than 60 brands of high performance bass boats, bowriders, cruisers, deck boats, fish and ski, pontoons, runabouts, wakeboarding and personal watercraft.

NEW! Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the Luxury Tiny Houseboat featured on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living (Season 6, Episode 14) which includes a full-size kitchen, master bedroom and even a fishing hole in the living room.

Adventure Sports

Visitors can test kayaks, paddleboards and more in our 17,000-gallon demo pool on the show floor. Exhibitors will represent a wide range of high-energy and leisure sports options, including backpacking, zip-lining, spelunking, rock climbing, rafting, biking, scuba diving and adventure destinations.


Camping and Travel Destinations

RVs, campers and travel trailers will have their largest presence in the show’s 61-year history. National and international travel and tourism destinations will be on-site, featuring everything your outdoor lover or family needs to plan the perfect excursion or getaway.

Cincinnati Golf Show

Swing into the New Year at the 24th annual Cincinnati Golf Show®. Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of golf merchandise for sale, representatives from the best golf destinations near and far, and seminars and pointers from the pros in the Southern Ohio Professional Golf Association (SOPGA), the show has everything you need to improve your game.


Try before you buy with nine interactive swing stations – your opportunity to experience computerized swing analysis and professional instruction in the SOPGA Teaching Pavilion. Hone your swing, get a custom club fitting and attend seminars to lower your handicap with advice from the pros. All experience levels are invited to attend.

The Manufacturer Demo Range, presented by The Golf Exchange, is back again. Representatives from the golf industry’s top manufacturers including TaylorMade® and Callaway® will be on-site to answer questions and provide assistance with the latest equipment and technology. Located on the 2nd Floor at Duke Energy Convention Center, the Cincinnati Golf Show will run in tandem with the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show, and is included in paid admission to the show.

Admission for adults is $12 at the Elm Street lobby ticket window located inside Duke Energy Convention Center, with discounts of $3 on regular admission available at Cincinnati-area Kroger stores. Online tickets for adults are $10.

The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show is closed Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 15 and 16. The Cincinnati Golf Show has shortened hours on Saturday, Jan. 13: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vocal Arts Ensemble: Canticle

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Returning by popular demand! VAE presents the intimate and sensuous Canticle by Kile Smith. “Following the tradition of the biblical Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs), St. John personifies, with symbolic and beautiful imagery, the journey of the soul, through the travails of the world, to union with her bridegroom.” (

For more than 35 years VAE has brought the power of spectacular, powerful and thrilling choral performances to audiences of all generations.

Because of the small size of the choir, VAE is uniquely able to present diverse performances that engage and enchant a range of music lovers. VAE has enjoyed artistic leadership by some of the nation’s leaders in choral conducting; Grammy® Award winner/seven-time nominee Craig Hella Johnson currently leads the talented and dynamic choir. Praised for his visionary approach, Johnson is considered one of the most influential voices in choral music in the US today.

Over the years, creative collaborations have resulted in unique productions and reached diverse audiences; partners have included the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Opera; Ballet; Boychoir; Children’s Choir; May Festival and Youth Chorus; concert:nova; National Underground Freedom Center; Ensemble Theatre; local school choirs; and many more. Partnerships with area choral organizations through the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium also provide opportunities to engage the community in Cincinnati’s rich choral arts scene.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Mozart + Mahler

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan.13, 8 p.m.

May Festival Music Director Laureate James Conlon returns to Music Hall to conduct Mahler’s epic Titan symphony, full of drama and depth. Violin sensation Jennifer Frautschi performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, nicknamed Strasbourg for an Alsatian folk melody the concerto references. This concerto is also one of Mozart's most beautiful and emotional works, with a heart-melting second movement.

Umphrey’s Mcgee w/BIG Something

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

Umphrey’s McGee is a touring powerhouse, performing 100+ shows per year, headlining annual shows across the US including Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Beacon Theatre in New York. 

Umphrey’s is a constant US festival staple, with performances at major events including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Rothbury, and Bonnaroo (for a record-tying seventh appearance this year), as well as international festivals Fuji Rock Festival (Japan) and Byran Bay Blues Festival (Australia).  The band hosts their own festival in Illinois, Summer Camp Music Festival, where they perform three nights, and have hosted the likes of Primus, Janes Addiction, Thievery Corporation, and Willie Nelson, to name a few.  Umphrey’s McGee has also hosted and headlined Jam in the Dam (2006. 2008. 2010), a three night mini festival at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.

With more than 2,200 gigs and 5 million tracks sold later, the band has enjoyed countless milestones. 2002 saw them perform at the first-ever Bonnaroo and sell more CDs than any other act on the bill. They became the “first group to launch its own single artist streaming service” with, which houses recordings of every gig since 2005. The service has since grown and now lives on through, which is used by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and more. They recorded ten tracks in one day at Abbey Road for The London Session in 2015. Notably, 2016’s ZONKEY mashed-up the strangest of bedfellows into a critically acclaimed collection that unites Radiohead and Beck, The Weeknd and Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads and Bob Marley, Metallica and Gorillaz, and more.

That adventurousness extends to their legendary audience immersion experiences. From their initial bar gigs in 1998 to three-nights playing to packed crowds at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2017, the group have simultaneously remained intensely committed to their fans. Beyond intimate backstage encounters and ski trips with their most diehard fans, Umphrey’s McGee instituted the groundbreaking “Headphones & Snowcones” program, granting fans access to professional headphones and a soundboard-quality mix at shows. At their UMBowl, they empowered the audience to vote on the setlist in real-time and choose favorite improv themes via text message. In 2017, they stepped into another realm altogether by integrating themselves into the VR Platform Endless Riff.

Mascot Broomball

Fountain Square

Saturday, Jan.  13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Calling all mascot fans! Fountain Square’s seventh annual Mascot Broomball Exhibition Match returns to the Rink. Produced by 3CDC, this family-friendly event features an epic broomball showdown between some of Cincinnati’s favorite mascots.

This 30-minute match promises to provide plenty of comical thrills and spills, so bundle up and come prepared to cheer.

In previous years mascots lineup have included

  • Mr. Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds
  • Rosie Red, Cincinnati Reds
  • Mr. Red, Cincinnati Reds
  • Gapper, Cincinnati Reds
  • Binny, Rumpke Waste & Recycling
  • Sprinkles, Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Library Red Card, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The event is free to attend. Rink Admission is $6 and skate rental will be FREE for those who attend Mascot Broomball.

Toddler Jam

Herzog Music, 811Race St.

Saturday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m.

Don’t miss the return of the popular Toddler Jam, which is free and open to all ages. Auggie and Sean Geil of The Tillers lead the Jam, which is presented by The Play Library and Eli’s BBQ..

Herzog Music is a new music collective and emporium designed to bring together the region’s music community and welcome visiting musicians to participate in our area’s rich and diverse music scene, located in the building historically marked spot where Cincinnati’s first R&B was recorded under Henry Glover for King Records and Hank Williams Sr. cut classics like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

4th Annual Cincy Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Downtowne Listening Room, 151 W. Seventh St

Saturday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Three marvelous local musicians share our stage for a unique writers round show.

  • Brittany Gilstrap: Bright and bluesy alt-pop tunes.  
  • Charlie Millikin: Smooth sounding acoustic rock.  
  • Jonathan Cody White: Energetic soul-edged folk.  

It's an in-the-round show with each performer taking turns playing tunes. 

The show is in a comfy and quiet listening room house concert with FREE snacks and FREE soft drinks with a $10 donation.

Choreoscope presented by Exhale Dance Tribe

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Saturday, Jan 13, 8 p.m.

A collection of choreography by Exhale Dance Tribe Artistic Directors Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard, set to an emotional soundscape weighting motion against gravity. Finding the suspension in between.

Exhale Dance Tribe is a contemporary jazz troupe comprised of Cincinnati-based performing artists and dance educators. Founded in 2000 by Hubbard and Zimmer, Exhale celebrates the full range of modern and rhythm-based dance and features diverse and versatile performers. Their programs, performances, and original choreographies speak to the region’s need for expressionistic and multi-lingual dance rooted in rhythmic language and storytelling.

Both are Broadway veterans, having met while appearing in featured roles in Cats. While teaching at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City, the partners noticed a dire need for dancers to reconnect with what dance was originally intended for: self expression and storytelling. As choreographers, performers, and educators, Hubbard and Zimmer are committed to drawing out the artistic souls of performers and audiences alike, daring to explore and expand notions of individuality and nonconformity.

Based in Cincinnati's vibrant arts community, Exhale has made numerous regional appearances in the Tri-State area as well as in New York City.

“Make it Better”- A Tribute to Tom Petty

The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St.

Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

Twelve bands, one stage. Join them as they pay tribute to this American icon and drink Taft’s beer for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Freestore Food Bank


Dawg Yawp


The Hiders

Static Falls

Salty Candy

Culture Queer

Plastic Ants

Fairmount Girls

Magnolia Mountain


The Quiet Lives

Double Talk: Spanish and English Tours

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2018, 1 p.m.

Want to strengthen your Spanish or English language skills? Explore CAC exhibitions with a bilingual guide who will encourage dialogue amongst the group. Tours will be conducted in both English and Spanish so speakers of all levels are welcome.

Jonny Lang w/Tony Lucca

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

Sunday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.

It’s hard to believe that at 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades.

Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15 – an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late-90s. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Also, setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over those recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang’s distinctive, blues-inflected licks appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.

Following four years without a new release, Grammy award-winning artist Jonny Lang has recently put out his sixth major label release, Signs. Lang has embarked on a world tour to support his new record. Signs is not merely a return the artist’s guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers.

2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Monday, January 15, 8 a.m.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hosts the 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast. The 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will honor the participants of the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program.

The King Legacy Youth Program provides leadership opportunities for graduates of the Youth Docent Program and scholarship funds upon completion of the program. The keynote speaker is The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director of Education and Outreach, Deondra Kamau Means.


The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public at 11a.m. with FREE admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming. A $5.00 admission charge is required for The Rosa Parks Experience or The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection.


Tickets are $35 per person and seating is limited. To purchase tickets, call (513) 333-7706. The annual breakfast and program is sponsored by Kroger, Xavier University, Western Southern Financial Group, UC Health, Union Savings Bank and Fifth Third Bank.