Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Final Friday

Friday, February 28, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton

https://www.otrchamber.com/event.html?id=3168

Every month, artists and art galleries in the historic Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati open their doors for a special showing on the last Friday, known to most simply as "Final Friday." The festivities take place in galleries, studios and businesses throughout the Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton neighborhoods.

In addition, studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. Specific times may vary in individual businesses.

Art After Dark: Harlem Nights

Friday, February 28, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/art-after-dark-harlem-nights

Join CAM as they celebrate the opening of special exhibition "Something Over Something Else": Romare Bearden’s Profile Series and Black History Month with live music, food for purchase, specialty cocktails and docent-led tours throughout the night. #artafterdarkcincy

Bockfest Parade

Friday, February 28, 6:00 PM

Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 East 8th St.

http://www.bockfest.com/parade.html

The Bockfest Parade presented by Kroger and On the Rhine Eatery will be held on Friday February 28, 2020. The parade will start to form in front of Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, at 5:00PM and steps off on at 6:00PM. The Bockfest Parade is Cincinnati’s funkiest and most entertaining parade. It can be watched from the street or from a number of participating venues along the route.

Cincinnati Cyclones

Friday, February 28, 7:30 PM

Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St.

https://cycloneshockey.com/

For one night only, the Cyclones become the Cincinnati Beasts honoring the 40th Anniversary of Kings Island's iconic wooden roller coaster. The Cyclones will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game and the first 3,000 fans will receive a bobblehead courtesy of Talemed. Plus enjoy $5 Craft Beers, $1 Sodas, and $3 Cheeseburgers as part of 513 Friday!

Pride & Prejudice

Friday, February 28, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 29, 7:30 PM

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

https://cincyshakes.com/event/pride-and-prejudice/

Through March 28.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” One of the single most beloved stories of all time returns to the CSC stage in a fresh new adaptation which critics are calling “delightfully different,” “fizzy and festive,” and “unlike any adaptation of Jane Austen one has seen before.” Sweepingly romantic, with a good dose of the tongue-in-cheek, Pride and Prejudice follows the affaires de cœur of the witty and willful Elizabeth Bennet, as she finds that the path to true love can lead to the most unexpected of places.

Todd Pavlisko: Pop Supernatural

Friday, February 28, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 1, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/todd-pavlisko-pop-supernatural

Through April 5.

In Pop Supernatural, Ohio native and New York City-based artist Todd Pavlisko presents a multifaceted installation of three interconnected bodies of work that reflect on cultural change and critique. Suspended in the Weston’s street-level atrium, Pavlisko’s All the Money I Found in a Year revisits his ongoing series by configuring the now hundreds of glistening gold-plated coins into a beautiful cosmos-like orb. Directly beneath, he introduces the Untitled, Sledgehammer series, metaphorically punctuating the ground with pounding spheres of sledgehammers, suggesting the meteoric impact of cultural currents.

A host of iconic and historic figures will dominate the Weston’s lower galleries in the form of enormous carved wooden PEZ dispensers. The dual gravity of the sculptures’ remarkable physical presence coupled with the subjects’ unarguable philosophical contributions and the ideals they embody throughout our shared cultural history belies the curious utilitarian twist of the sculptures. This contradictory bold admiration for the lived biographies of these titans of cultural progress, expressed via a ubiquitous popular candy dispenser historically associated with pop culture icons and cartoon heroes, encapsulates the unique challenges of our age and questions who and what are deemed worthy of celebration.

Vhils

Friday, February 28, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/vhils

Through July 6.

The CAC is excited to host an exhibition of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) in Spring 2020. Vhils is renowned for his unusual technique of removing the surface layers of urban walls to create riveting portraits and imagery. Using construction tools like hammers, chisels and pneumatic drills, the artist exposes and confronts architectural surfaces as they narrate the history of a city itself. Etching acid and bleach onto urban walls, Vhils sculpts pieces with texture, dimension and layers. His subject is almost always the same: the faces of anonymous city residents. Part artist, stone mason and archeologist, he gives careful attention to common people inhabiting their cities. Vhils’ walls serve as both canvas and historical context for themes of identity, the passage of time and interdependence between people and environments. The artist also works in other diverse media including screen prints, wood, metal, recycled paper and more.

Vhils’ art has been presented in art museums and galleries in over 30 countries; one of his pieces was even placed aboard the International Space Station in 2015. Vhils is creating a public wall work for the Blink festival. The CAC exhibition is Vhils’ first ever large-scale exhibition in the United States.

N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives

Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday, February 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/n-c-wyeth-new-perspectives

Through May 3.

This exhibition showcases the work of N. C. Wyeth (1882–1945), the patriarch of one of America’s most prominent artistic families. Co-organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, this exhibition brings together approximately 50 large-scale paintings. Spanning several decades, these works evolve from the American impressionist style of the 1910s to the regionalist realism of the 1930s and ’40s associated with artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood.

N. C. Wyeth interpreted many classic novels of fantasy and adventure, like Treasure Island, but has long been overlooked in the greater narrative of art history. This landmark exhibition brings together approximately 50 of Wyeth’s adventure-packed, large-scale paintings as well as his private works for its final destination and only Midwest venue.

Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

https://cincinnatihomeandgardenshow.com/

Region's largest and longest-running spring showcase features over 400 exhibitors, including landscape and interior designers, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores, specialty boutiques, contractors and more.

Semco Outdoor presents Game of Stones: This all-new garden is a nod to a popular TV Show and its medieval fantasy. Visitors will enjoy having a photo snapped while taking their rightful place on this rockin’ throne.

Garden of the Future presented by McKenzie Landscape & Garden Center: A futuristic and inspirational look, featuring global and cultural variety, at how gardens will be designed and grown using vertical spaces and organic and sustainable materials.

White Claw Garden Lounge sponsored by White Claw Hard Seltzer Built by Semco Outdoor: It’s a White Claw oasis for drinking hard seltzer and dreaming of easy days in a newly landscaped home garden.

Swingers Wanted presented by Cinema Sounds: Test your golf swing in this high-tech, in-home golf simulator by Cinema Sounds, offering an innovative approach to golf instruction at your own pace.

Inspiration Destination sponsored by Cincinnati Magazine: Get on the spot advice with daily question and answer sessions to make your plan a reality

Bockfest

Friday, February 28, 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Saturday, February 29 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Sunday, March 1, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Bockfest Hall, 1619 Moore St.

http://www.bockfest.com/

Bockfest is a three-day celebration of bock beer, the coming of spring and Cincinnati’s brewing heritage that takes place annually the first full weekend of March. The fun kicks off with a goat-led parade on Friday evening that starts at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, Cincinnati’s oldest saloon. The parade ends at Bockfest Hall where the ceremonial first keg is blessed and the celebrations officially begin. The Hall is open throughout the weekend and features live entertainment, food, historic walking tours, authors and breweriana, a homebrew competition, 5K, and, of course, bock beer. Festivities continue at more than a dozen participating venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown. There is no cover charge for any of the participating venues and a free shuttle between venues is provided all weekend.

An Evening with C.S. Lewis, Starring David Payne

Friday, February 28, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 29, 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 PM

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/lewis

The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day.

Seated in his living room and in front of a warm fire, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thought and shaped his life: his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity, and the American woman who turned his life upside down.

Described by critics as "Extraordinary!", "A Must See!", and "A Master Class!", An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience which has led many thousands to discover (or rediscover) the continuing impact of a man who died over fifty years ago. C.S. Lewis' collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.

Anne and Emmett

Friday, February 28, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 29, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 1, 3:00 PM

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way

https://cincinnatiblacktheatre.org/ticket-info/10?fbclid=IwAR35rNNqIWTOK8Ws6IJcqEobyixP10m5huNREpm7JVjWMnttAizLji4CdPU

Through March 8.

Anne and Emmett is a play by American Janet Langhart Cohen. It explores an imaginary conversation between Emmett Till, an African American, and Anne Frank, a German Jew, which takes place in Memory, a non-specific afterlife or alternate dimension. They were killed as young teenagers because of racial persecution. An imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial intolerance and hatred. Frank is the 13-year-old Jewish girl whose diary provided a gripping perspective of the Holocaust. Till is the 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi sparked the American Civil Rights Movement.

Alabaster

Friday, February 28, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 29, 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 3:00 PM

Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St.

https://knowtheatre.com/season-22/alabaster/

Through March 21.

A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away in North Alabama.

A beautiful new play that explores what it means to be truly “seen,” how we pick up the pieces, how we move forward and how we heal.Narrated by a goat. 10 words or less: Show our scars together. Rated: PG-13.

Hands-On Press Tour at Rookwood Pottery

Saturday, February 29, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM

Rookwood Pottery, 1920 Race St.

http://www.cincyweekend.com/event/?eID=9759056

Join us on Saturday, February 29 for a hands-on tour of our Press Department where Rookwood artisan experts will guide you through the process of pressing the Share Board from our Emilia Collection, crafted to bring functional works of art to everyday entertaining. Guests will begin their journey in our Mold Room to learn how our team creates dies, a special mold used to form the impression of the Emilia Share Board, before trying their hand on the press! Tour Times: • 11:00 a.m. • 12:30 p.m. • 2:00 p.m. Guests will receive a $10 credit when presenting their tour ticket in our showroom to use day-of on qualifying purchases of $25 or more.

YOUNG MASTERS STUDIO: Storytelling

Saturday, February 29, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

https://local.citybeat.com/event/taft-museum-of-art.-Upmhx/young-masters-studio-storytelling

Make stories come to life with illustrations in this workshop. Learn about artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth and how he used images to tell stories in the N.C. Wyeth: New Perspectives. Then, join author and illustrator Erin Barker to create your own characters and write their stories.

Festival of Laughs

Saturday, February 29, 8:00 PM

Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/festival-laughs

With Sommore, Gary Owen, Mark Curry, Tommy Davidson, & Michael Blackson

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular

Saturday, February 29, 8:00 PM

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/elvis

The ELVIS Tribute Artist Spectacular is the music of Elvis Presley performed live and in concert by the best ELVIS Tribute Artists performing today. The concert goes era by era beginning with the early rock-a-billy years, then the military years, then the movie years, then the ’68 comeback special in black leather and closes with the Las Vegas and Concert years. This year's line up consists of the best Elvis entertainers in the world: Shawn Klush; Cody Ray Slaughter; and Ryan Pelton with Special Guests The Blackwood Quartet all backed by The Fabulous Ambassadors Show Band.

Spring Orchid Show

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/spring-orchid-show

Hundreds of orchids will be on display and offered for sale. Local orchid experts will be available to share their knowledge and tips for growing.

Bridalrama Winter Showcase

Saturday, February 29. 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

https://www.bridalrama.net/

Wedding ceremony and reception planning show. More than 100 local wedding professionals. Runway fashion shows. Ticket specials: buy two receive two tickets free.

Annie Jr.

Saturday, February 29, 2:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

https://thechildrenstheatre.com/shows/annie-jr/

Through March 8.

Leapin’ Lizards! Kick off Leap Year with us! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

Beethoven Akademie 1808

Saturday, February 29, 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 2:30 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/buy-tickets/cso/1920-cso-season/beethoven-akademie-1808/

Louis Langrée leads the CSO in a recreation of Beethoven’s legendary 1808 Akademie concert, a once-in-a-lifetime Beethoven experience. This was the most important performance in Beethoven’s lifetime, the concert which featured the premieres of his Symphonies 5 and 6.

Beethoven himself played the premieres of his Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy. Nearly deaf at the time, the Akademie would be his last public performance as a concert pianist.

Beethoven sought to prove himself as the greatest composer of symphonies, sacred and dramatic music and the greatest pianist in Europe.