Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

March 30 to April 2, 2018

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Opening Day Game and Festivities – New Date

Cincinnati Reds v. Washington Nationals

Great American Ball Park

March 30, 4:10 p.m.



The Cincinnati Reds’ 2018 Opening Day game vs the Washington Nationals is now taking place Friday, March 30 at 4:10 p.m. because of rainy weather.   All festivities will take place as previously planned.


11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party at The Banks

The Opening Day Block Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way, Freedom Way and Walnut Street. Admission is free. Live entertainment from The Naked Karate Girls and DJ ETrayn. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, LaRosa’s, Queen City Sausage, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and Skyline Chili. All proceeds benefit the baseball and softball programs at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy. For more details visit,


2:10 p.m. – Gates to Great American Ball Park open

3:30 p.m. – Pregame Ceremonies Begin

4:10 p.m. – 142nd Opening Day game – Cincinnati Reds vs. the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park.


Ticket Updates:

Fans holding tickets for Opening Day March 29 may present their same ticket for the rescheduled Opening Day game on Friday, March 30 with no exchange necessary.

For fans holding tickets who cannot attend Friday’s rescheduled game, tickets may also be exchanged for any remaining 2018 regular season home game, subject to availability.

Please visit for more information.



More Opening Day Festivities on Friday, March 30:

Backstage Opening Day Block Party begins at 11 a.m. in Backstage Alley and Gano Alley between Sixth and Seventh streets downtown and features DJs, drinks, food, a corn hole tournament and giveaways. Sponsored by Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Scene, Nicholson’s and 21c Museum Hotel.  Admission is free.

Southwest Porch at Washington Park will be open throughout the day and show the game on a big screen while visitors can enjoy happy hour specials and watch as an artist works on a mural that will be created throughout the weekend to be displayed at the Findlay Market Parade. Admission is free.

Moerlein Lager House’s Opening Day Party begins at 10 a.m. at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way. It will feature a party tent on the event lawn with live music from Lt. Dan’s New Legs and Superbad along with drink specials. Admission is free.


Saturday, March 31

Reds vs. Washington Nationals at 2:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park

Kids Opening Day: Arrive early for the third annual Kids Opening Day presented by Frisch’s Big Boy featuring a red carpet parade at The Banks

starting at 10:30 a.m. with Reds players and 30+ mascots plus activities for kids and families.

Kids Reds Cap Giveaway: Fans 14 and younger will receive a free kids cap, presented by Frisch’sBig Boy.

2018 Team Calendar Giveaway: The first 20,000 fans will receive a free 2018 Reds calendar, presented by Kroger.

Run the Bases: Kids can line up after the game to run the bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites.

Block Party: All fans are invited to a free block party at The Banks beginning at 10 a.m.



Monday, April 2

99th Findlay Market Parade and Reds vs. Cubs at 4:10 p.m.

The 99th Findlay Market Parade begins at noon led by grand marshals and former Reds pitchers Danny Graves and Sam LeCure. For more details, visit


Other activities on Monday, April 2


Rally on the Square begins at 10 a.m. on Fountain Square with a view of the parade, live music and beer sales that benefit charity.

Taft’s Ale House Parade Party at Washington Park begins at 8 a.m. and features festivities until 7 p.m. including beverage sales, games and live music in a space perfect for watching the parade.

Arnold’s Opening Day Parade Party begins at 9 a.m. at 210 E. Eighth St. with breakfast until 11 a.m., live music, special beer tappings and a performance of “Casey at the Bat” and “Who’s on First” by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Opening Day Parade Day at Rhinegeist Brewery begins at 9 a.m. at 1910 Elm St. with brunch from Nada, DJs and beermosas.

Opening Day Parade Party at The Phoenix at 812 Race St. begins at 11 a.m. and offers private event rooms with views of the parade with reservations for $15 to $35.



Reds Threads Exhibit

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

Great American Ball Park

Open now


Explore the evolution of the uniforms worn by the Cincinnati Reds in Reds Threads, the new exhibit for 2018 at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore. It features over 200 uniform items including jerseys, jackets, pants and caps, and traces the history of Reds uniforms back to the 1869 Red Stockings’ introduction of the knicker-style uniform that became the model for baseball uniforms everywhere.  In total, authentic, period examples of uniform elements from over 26 past and present Major League teams are on display in Reds Threadsmaking it one of the largest public uniform exhibits ever assembled. The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round with extended hours on game days.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military and veterans.

Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.


Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Memorial Hall

1225 Elm St.

March 30 at 8:00 p.m.


With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.

The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives play Memorial Hall on March 30 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Longworth-Anderson Americana music series.  Tickets range from $35 to $50.

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2018 Spring Origami Exhibit

Dick Waller’s ArtPlace 

130 W. Court Street

Opening March 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Exhibit continues through May


Dick Waller’s ArtPlace will be bursting with color as the white walls are transformed into a magical, nature-inspired garden-like space for the 2018 Spring Origami exhibit. Seven origami artists, ranging in age from 10 to 70, utilize a different natural theme that will combine to create a sense of the outdoors inside the gallery.  Stop by the opening reception on March 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Graeter’s Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Washington Park


Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt returns to Washington Park on Saturday, March 31. This event is FREE and open to the public and features: • 10,000 candy-filled eggs• Face painting with Over the Line Productions • Photos with Mr. Easter Bunny & Mrs. Easter Bunny • Play time with baby animals from Sunrock Farm

Participants, who must bring their own basket, may select one heat to participate in, limit 6 eggs per child.11 a.m. ages 3-612 p.m. ages 7-101 p.m. ages 3-62 p.m. ages 7-10


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The Hard Earth Directed by Sally Lawton

Saturday, March 31

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Mini Microcinema

1329 Main Street


The Mini Microcinema presents The Hard Earth is an experimental feature length documentary charting the relationship of five Ukrainians and one Ukrainian American to the 2014 revolution and preceding war. The film is shot over the central and western regions of Ukraine, immediately post-revolution. Director Sally Lawton will be in attendance.  Free with $5 suggested donation. For more details, visit


Symphony Hotel and Restaurant

Coq au Vin Thursdays

210 W. 14th Street



The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant features contemporary, seasonal New-American cuisine in a setting that combines stunning Italianate architecture with elegant historical furnishings. The sophisticated bar and lounge are a welcoming spot for before and after dinner drinks and for live jazz music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Now on Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., enjoy the French classic dish, Coq au vin or chicken in wine sauce, along with soup or salad, plus celery root mash for just $15.

Call 513.721.3353 for reservations.  Complimentary valet parking.