Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

April 4 – 6, 2018

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Duke Energy Children’s Museum Re-opening

Friday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.

Closed since November for renovations, the Children’s Museum reopens with fresh look and new experiences. The scope of work was relegated to the mezzanine level above the Children’s Museum. However, CMC did take advantage of this opportunity to give the Children’s Museum an overall refresh.

The entire museum received a fresh coat of paint and new flooring. Much-played with exhibits are also had repairs. CMC installed new netting around the Energy Zone,a dding new animal specimens in Animal Spot, installing a new crane in Construction Zone, building a new Metro bus in Kids’ Town, adding new stools in the Diner and installing a new slide in The Woods. All of your favorite animals from the aquarium and Nature’s Trading Post will also be reintroduced when the Children’s Museum reopens.

The front entrance drop off zone has been reconfigured due to scaffolding on the exterior of the building. The new drop off and pick up zone is at the bottom of the fountain. This area is not be covered.

The parking lot on the north side of the building will be available for guest parking. There will be new handicapped spots in this lot.

The temporary lobby construction is complete. You will be able to see the Rotunda for a period of time but must stay on the carpeted area in the front of the Rotunda. You will continue to purchase your tickets at our box office in the same location.

Restrooms will be available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and outside the entrance of the Special Exhibit Gallery.

Both the escalators and large elevator that lead down to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Special Exhibit Gallery will continue to be available for guests.

There will be food service available on the lower level with limited grab-and-go options.

15th Annual Cincy Cinco

Friday, May 4, 6 – 11 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 6 – 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 6, 12 – 6 p.m.

Fountain Square

Cincy-Cinco, the tristate region’s premier Latino cultural fest, is a family-friendly event that showcases Latino culture, values and traditions.

This year will be a special occasion because it is the festival’s 15th anniversary. In Latin

America “the Quinceanera” is considered a very special year for women. At Cincy-

Cinco, it will be a weekend long celebration with mascot parades, piñatas and cake for all children.

Throughout the weekend, organizers will share the history of the Quinceanera and showcase a variety of activities for young women. For example, there will be various photo opportunities, demonstrations of makeup by representatives of Macy’s, and prizes for the best Quinceanera attire.

Another very special aspect to this year’s Cincy-Cinco will be the introduction of TACOPOLIS. Over the past 15 years, there has been a tremendous growth of authentic Latino, mainly Mexican, restaurants in the Tristate. Commensurate with that has been the widespread growth in acceptance and enjoyment of Latino food in the whole community. Not only will there be traditional steak and chicken tacos, there will be special “street” tacos. This will not only be an annual feature of Cincy-Cinco, but also other TACOPOLIS events are being planned for the year.

Some of the other attractions include a children’s area where they can decorate flower pots for their mothers or make an item of jewelry. Mariachi Zelaya will stroll the square serenading families and there will be raffles for items like Macy’s gift cards, lunch or dinner courtesy of our fine authentic restaurants, and samples from some of our many sponsors.

Music from the region’s hottest Salsa bands, Tropicoso and Orquesta Kandela, will be featured throughout the weekend. And there will be traditional dancing from Mexico, Colombia, Panama, and a return of a dance troupe from Brazil.

Cincy-Cinco’s founding partners; PNC bank, Kroger and P&G as well as other corporate sponsors, will be at Cincy Cinco to offer their products and services in fun interactive ways, including hourly raffles varying from Zoo, Red’s tickets, Macy cash cards, P&G baskets of products all the way to a couple of sets of tires from Cooper tires.

2018 participating restaurants and signature dishes include

  • Antojitos Criollos (Rice and peas, Plantains, Empanadas, Chicken Kabobs, Pork, Yucca)
  • Che Restaurant (Beef, Chorizo, Carnitas & Veggie Empanadas)
  • Cookie Hug – Alfajor By Claudia Zamora
  • Empanadas Aqui (Hairy Arepa / Arepa Pelúa – Authentic hand-shredded Dutch Gouda cheese, Venezuelan shredded skirt steak, housemade Guasacaca sauce / avocado cilantro sauce)
  • Horchata Catering  (TACO-TRIO, pastor, veggie and chicken)
  • Kettle Corn Festival Fresh (Sweet Heat BBQ Kettle Corn)
  • Mazunte Tacos (Pork & Chicken Tamales, Pozole Verde, Carnitas or Pollo Verde Tostadas)
  • Pollos Autentico (Pollo a la Brasa)
  • The Arepa Place Latin Grill (Stuffed Arepa)
  • The Tin Man Grill (Taco de Mayo – Grilled pork tenderloin topped with cilantro lime coleslaw, queso fresco cheese and chipotle aioli)


U.S. Bank Arena

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 6, 1 and 5 p.m.

Join the CORTEO parade! A festive celebration of the life of a clown.

After thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide, CORTEO has embarked on a new journey, as the same enchanting production but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

CORTEO, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy, and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

The cast of CORTEO includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers, and actors from all around the world.

At the core of the creative energy of Cirque du Soleil shows are athletes, acrobats and artists at the pinnacle of their art. These women and men are driven by a passion to continually surpass themselves. Each artist is an integral part of the originality of Cirque du Soleil productions, and everyone’s contribution is essential to the success of the cast.

Flying Pig Marathon

Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6

Friday, May 4

P&G Health and Fitness Expo                             12 – 7 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center – Halls A-C

Packet pick-up for all events – free and open to the public!

Free Community Concert featuring COIN                   6– 11 p.m.

The Banks on Freedom Way

COIN, the indie pop band from Nashville, will headline a free concert, presented by The Project and supported by CE Power, which will also include performances by DJ E Trayn, Moonbeau and Telehope, is free and open to the public.

Little Kings Mile, 2nd leg of the TQL Beer Series                   8 p.m.

Finish on Mehring Way


Saturday, May 5

Toyota 10K                                                           8 a.m.

Smale Riverfont Park


TriState Running Company 5K                                          10 a.m.

Smale Riverfont Park


P&G Health and Fitness Expo                                 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Packet pick-up for Sunday events – free and open to the public!

Duke Energy Convention Center (Halls A-C)


Kids’ Marathon 26th Mile, presented by EY            12 p.m.

Smale Riverfont Park


Mascot Parade                                                                              1 p.m.followed by Flying Piglet Kids’ Fun Run presented by First Watch featuring the Pampers Diaper Dash

Smale Riverfont Park                                                                                           


PigAbilities                                                     1 p.m.           

Smale Riverfont Park


Flying Fur Race                                                              1:30 p.m.     

Smale Riverfont Park


Flying Pig Pasta Pig-Out sponsored by Kroger       5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tent adjacent to the Yard House on Freedom Way


Looking for a place to have dinner Saturday night before the Flying Pig and meet your fellow runners and walkers from around the world? Join the Flying Pig “Pig Out” Pasta Party. Choose from two seatings on the Schmidlapp Lawn behind the Moerlein Lager House.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12 and children under 3 are free.


  • hearty garden salad with cucumbers, carrots, red cabbage, radishes
  • ranch, Italian, French dressings
  • penne pasta tossed in olive oil and herbs
  • gluten free pasta tossed in olive oil & herbs
  • choice of sauces
  • vegetarian marinara sauce
  • hearty meat pasta sauce
  • pesto Alfredo sauce
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • garlic bread
  • cake pops from 3 Sweet Girls Cakery

Sunday, May 7


Moerlein Lager House Viewing Breakfast                 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Showing the WLWT Live broadcast of the Marathon

115 Joe Nuxhall Way, First come, first served

Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, Moerlein Lager House is the perfect place to fuel up for pig weekend! Line the decks for the best view of the start of the race and enjoy a breakfast buffet while you wait for your loved one to cross the finish swine. Cost is $15.99 per person for the buffet.

Brunch Menu

  • brioche French toast with maple syrup and blueberry compote
  • biscuits and sausage gravy
  • carved honey glazed ham
  • smoked salmon platter
  • bagels with cream cheese
  • corn on the cob aijote style
  • beet salad with goat cheese, almonds, mandarin oranges
  • roasted pork loin with fig jam
  • baby carrots glazed in orange juice and rosemary
  • scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and scallions
  • bacon and sausage links
  • assorted yogurts
  • assorted Danishes and muffins
  • cheesy potato casserole with chives

Opening Ceremonies                                                6:15 a.m.

Start Line, Elm Street at Freedom Way


Wheelchair Start                                                                         6:25 a.m.


Flying Pig Marathon, powered by P&G                         6:30 a.m.

Paycor Half Marathon

City Dash 4-Person Relay

GigSmart Corporate Relay


Michelob Ultra Victory Party                                             8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Smale Riverfont Park

The P&G Health and Fitness Expo serves as packet and premium pickup for participants.  The expo is free and open to the public and hosts over 120 local and national vendors. Located at the Duke Energy Convention Center Halls A-C.

Shen Yun

Presented by Ohio Falun Dafa Association

Saturday, May 5, 2 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Take an enlightening journey through 5,000 years!

Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms— classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

Traditional Chinese culture—with its profoundly optimistic worldview and deep spiritual roots— was displaced by communism in China. Today, only the New York–based Shen Yun is keeping this precious heritage alive on stage. And it’s an experience that will take your breath away.

Cinco de Nada 2018

Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m.

Nada, 600 Walnut St

Kick off summer at Cinco de Nada - the annual outdoor plaza party will be packed with:

  • Nadaritas & tequila shots
  • frozen cocktails
  • draft & canned Mexi-beers
  • craft – Rhinegeist Truth and Cougar
  • Red Bull
  • tacos and other festive bites

Live DJs will spin from the rooftop and a photobooth on the ground will fuel the plaza party vibe.

Inside and on the patio, they’ll dish up their full menu of reimagined Mexican. Drop by to be a part of the plaza action or plan ahead with a table inside to watch the scene unfold.

7th Annual Buck’s Bada$$ Bash

Saturday, May 5, 3 – 11 p.m.

Bakersfield OTR, 1213 Vine St.

The seventh annual Buck’s Bash is goin’ down on Cinco de Mayo this year, y’all! The party takes up residence in in the parking lot right next to Bakersfield OTR for a 8 hours of partyin’ down.

All proceeds for the day go to Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, so they’re keepin’ it in the neighborhood.

Live all day....

  • 3– 4 p.m.             Bob Sears
  • 4–7 p.m.              DJ ETrayn
  • 7–9 p.m.              Naked Karate Girls
  • 9 –11 p.m.          DJ ETrayn

Face painters, stilt walkers, professional jugglers, and Framester are comin’ to entertain, and tacos, beers, and margaritas are comin’ to keep the good times flowin’.

Queen City at The Movies

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.


The Queen City Concert Band proudly returns to Memorial Hall OTR for “Queen City at the Movies.”

This free performance features a number of notable scores from the Hollywood movie soundtracks, including John William’s otherworldly main title from Star Wars, Elmer Bernstein’s movie western masterpiece The Magnificent Seven, Nino Rota’s haunting and reflective Love Theme from The Godfather, Richard Strauss’s 2001 A Space Odyssey opener “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Klaus Badelt’s powerful and dramatic Pirates of the Caribbean, Michael Giacchino’s self-assured and distinctive The Incredibles, and many others.

A Cookie & Punch Reception will follow the concert. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, with general admission seating and no tickets required.

The Queen City Concert Band began its long history as the Powel Crosley YMCA Band, under the direction of the locally famous conductor Herbert Tiemeyer, who also started bands at Ys throughout the city. In 1972, Dorothy Kemp assumed the role of conductor, later renaming it The Queen City Concert Band. After Dorothy’s passing in 2006, Jeff Evans took the baton, lending his new tempo to the band, until the Summer of 2009. Now headed up by director, Terry Medert, the QCCB proudly performs in parks, retirement homes, festivals, and community events.

Memorial Hall is at 1225 Elm Street, in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. Secure parking is available in Washington Park’s 450-space underground garage facility directly across the street from Memorial Hall, or at nearby Mercer Garage on Vine Street. Handicapped parking and wheelchair accessibility is also available.

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