Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

February 2-4, 2018

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Juanjo Mena Conducts The Leningrad

Friday, Feb. 2, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 8:00 p.m.

Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Spanish conducting sensation Juanjo Mena, the recently appointed Principal Conductor of the May Festival, leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, Leningrad. Written in 1941 in passionate response to oppression and censorship, it remains one of the composer’s most enduring and powerful works. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes performs Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 21—known as the Elvira Madigan, this majestic work will be familiar to audiences.

Cincy Winter Beerfest

Friday, Feb, 2, 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.   

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

It's time for the 2018 Winter BeerFest in Cincinnati! Come try some amazing local, regional and nationally acclaimed craft beers. Wash it all down with some BrewCity Sausages, Pretzel Bites with Craft Beer Cheese, Pulled Pork Nachos & more! Try our all NEW CheddarWurst infused with Craft Beer from the Grainworks Brewing Company in West Chester, Ohio. Bring your thirst and your appetite. We'll be slinging the good stuff all weekend long!

25 samples in a 5oz. Souvenir Acrylic Mug


25 samples in an 8oz. Souvenir Acrylic Mug


Special Connoisseur admission gate, 25 sample Tickets for Main Festival, Special Souvenir Snifter Glass, Access into the Connoisseur Reception Area with premium draft and large format beers, appetizer bites from local restaurants, Coat Check ($3 a coat) and private restrooms. Food service will run until 8:30pm and beer service will run till 10:00pm. You can come and go as you please through the night!

$95 in Advance Only

Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Blues & Heritage Festival

Friday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. -  12 a.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

5 Stages - 2 Nights - 40+ Acts

Tickets: Friday $25, Saturday $25, Weekend Pass $45

Hosted by the Cincy Blues Society: The Cincy Blues Society is a member-supported, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and advance the culture and tradition of Blues music as an original American art form. Formed in 1990, the Cincy Blues Society strives to fulfill its mission by encouraging and facilitating both performance and educational events and projects. Our focus is on “Keeping the Blues Alive!”

ArtsWave Days: Play day at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 525 Elm St.

Brought to you by Macy’s. February 3 is Play Day, one of 12 ArtsWave Days and part of the 2018 ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents a day of Shakespearean fun for families, including a mini performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for families with children ages 6-12, Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Bel Canto Choir, shaker-making with Ritmo and an interactive performance of some of the Bard’s most important works.

FREE entry

Afternoon Schedule:

1 – 3 p.m.Ritmo, an interactive rhythm instrument making and playing workshop, will help families make and play their own egg shakers.1 – 1:45 p.m.“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” A mini performance for families with children from 6-12 of this William Shakespeare classic.2 p.m.The Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Bel Canto choir will perform a variety of songs for family audiences in a 30 minute performance.3 p.m. “Why Shakespeare?,” an interactive performance for families with middle and high school students featuring some of the Bard’s greatest speeches and scenes.

Take a Moment with Joe and Jon

Saturday, Feb. 3, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

People’s Liberty, 1805 Elm St.

Former People's Liberty resident Joe Walsh hosts "Take a Moment" in our first floor Globefront space.

A year ago Joe (Joe Walsh Design) and Jon (Cryptogram) worked on a book of observational drawings, sparking a series of collaborations and an interest in carving out time for creative exploration.Next Saturday they will be taking an afternoon to explore, with silkscreens, scissors, pens and a big stack of big paper. From 12-6 they will be making quick decisions to create a large body of work, available to the public, fresh out the oven. Limit one per person.

The book they made, “14 Days of Drawing” will be available for purchase, along with additional works from both artists!

Throwback Skate Benefiting Crayons to Computers

Saturday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.

On February 3, the Throwback Skate event, organized by 3CDC, will benefit Crayons to Computers. Enjoy a blast from the past featuring all of your favorite songs from the last four decades of music, from 5:00 - 9:00 P.M. Be sure to present our flyer (available at the event) and $2 of your admission will be donated to Crayons to Computers to help brighten the futures of the children we serve.Ice Rink Admission $6. Skate Rental $4.For more details, and a schedule of the Fountain Square events, visit

Kathleen Madigan

Saturday, Feb. 3, 8:00 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St.

Comedian, recently featured in Netflix special “Bothering Jesus”. Also appeared on the Tonight show with multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan, along with riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”.

SPMH’s Backstage and Beyond: Inside Cincinnati Music Hall - 2018

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St

The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall presents... the indoor building tour of a world-class historical landmark: Cincinnati Music Hall!Join SPMH Program Guides for a 60-minute tour that goes backstage and beyond with a trip through a variety of private and public spaces and Cincinnati history. The tour speaks to guests of a wide range in ages and interests. If you have a particular interest in history, music, theater, architecture or Cincinnati culture, this will be a real treat!Discover how this gorgeous building reflects the spirit of the past and present, and why it was the envy of the Great Midwest in the 19th century and the cornerstone of the 21st century renaissance of Cincinnati's historic heart.Proceeds benefit SPMH, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information go to,

Jerry Seinfeld

Saturday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2018.

The Midwestern Swing

Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W 5th St

The Midwestern Swing is a Cincinnati based band inspired by the great Western Swing bands of the 40s & Jazz 50s coupled with a reverence for the Queen City’s historic contribution to country music. The groups’s repertoire features tight arrangements from the classic Western Swing and Great American Songbooks. Hosted by Jazz at the Hilton Netherland Palm Court.

Yoga with Art

Sunday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, 609 Walnut St

Find your inner peace at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati’s weekly Sunday yoga series. Perfect the art of oneness as you work through a variety of poses. Sessions are just $5 at the door and are led by certified yoga teachers from Modo Yoga Greater Cincinnati. Attendees should bring their own mat or towel and water and arrive early to ensure a spot because space is limited.

2018 Touchdown for HOPE

Sunday, Feb. 4, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Great American Ballpark - Champions Club

Touchdown for HOPE is an upscale Super Bowl party with big screen televisions, plush seating, and signature Cincinnati favorites in a sports fan’s dream location – the Champions Club overlooking the baseball field at Great American Ball Park!Food and beverages will include Montgomery Inn ribs, Skyline Chili, LaRosa's pizza, many other options, and a full bar, all of which is included in the cost of your ticket! So whether you are a Patriots fan, Eagles fan, or just a fan of a great party, we want to see you on Sunday!Proceeds from Touchdown for HOPE will assist Lindner Center of HOPE with their cutting edge research and in acquiring new technology for mental health treatment. Please follow the link below to register! In the event that you cannot attend but would like to contribute to the Lindner Center, there is a donation link on the event registration page. Also, don't forget to sign up for the Football Squares game!

Super Bowl Parties

Sunday, February 4th, Evening

  1. Queen City Radio - 6:30 p.m..
    1. 222 W 12th St
    2. Small buffet for viewers and bucket specials
  2. Righteous Room - 5:30 p.m.
    1. 641 Walnut St
    2. Drinks half-price all night, light bites offered
  3. Lachey’s Bar - 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    1. 56 E. 12th St
    2. Half-price tot and fry bowls
    3. 30+ HDTVs will be ready for kickoff at 6:30 p.m.
    4. Get a spin on the wheel of prizes
  4. The Hub OTR - 4 p.m.
    1. Super Bowl Karaoke
    2. “Football, dogs, drink specials, food, screaming at a tv, and of course karaoke!”
    3. Potluck - bring a dish (or donate money to the bartender to cover food costs)
  5. The Big Game Viewing Party
    1. JACK Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St
    2. Join us in the JACK Party Room for the Big Game Viewing Party this Sunday, February 4! Tickets are $15 and include:
    3. * Two 22 oz Miller Lite Draft Beers
    4. * All you can eat tailgate snacks such as walking tacos and wings
    5. * 120 inch projector screen in addition to 20 TVs
    6. * Drawings twice a quarter for $250 in free play (8 total drawings)
    7. * Drawings every quarter for sports memorabilia (4 total drawings)
    8. * FREE parking in the attached casino parking garage
    9. TICKETS: or at the door
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