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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

June 22 – 24, 2018

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Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike Street

June 23–September 16 (closed July 4)

Wednesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ansel Adams’s breathtaking black-and-white photographs have become synonymous with the American wilderness. His best-known works express his experience in the heroic landscapes of the West, especially Yosemite National Park where he shot Half Dome and El Capitan.  Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution traces the photographer’s path to his signature style. In his earliest photographs, made in the 1920s, Adams embraced the prevailing Pictorialist style with intimately sized, soft-focused images. He shifted to sweeping, sharply focused views in the 1930s and ‘40s and to larger images with dramatic contrast after World War II. Through iconic views and lesser-known subjects, Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution reveals Adams as a photographer who understood the use of black and white film. The exhibition features 52 photographs and a walk-in darkroom. Raised in San Francisco, Adams lived most of his life at Yosemite.

Exhibition Tours: On June 30 at 1:30 p.m. join a Taft Museum docent for a half-hour tour of the special exhibition.



Findlay Eats every Friday

Findlay Market

1801 Race Street

Every Friday at noon June through August


The full lineup of merchants and themes can be found

Findlay Eats, a new Findlay Market program, aims to introduce shoppers to all that the Market has to offer, including merchants, foods and techniques that may be unfamiliar to some.

A different Findlay Market merchant is featured each Friday. On June 22, The Arepa Place will conduct a themed cooking demonstration featuring arepas – a stuffed cornmeal patty filled with mozzarella, chicken or ground beef from Venezuela.  The goal is to capture the busy summer lunchtime traffic, and introduce customers to merchants and products at the Market that they may not have realized are here. The best part? All cooking demos include free food samples!



A Summer of Mosaics

Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts650 Walnut Street

Opening Friday, June 22, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

June 22 – August 26


Two new exhibitions open on June 22 and pay tribute to Cincinnati industry and the workers who contribute to its ongoing success: Work/Surface a new series of large-scale murals by Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein, and Winold Reiss: Studies for the Union Terminal Worker Murals.


Inspired by the monumental mosaic “Worker Murals” created by Winold Reiss for Cincinnati’s Union Terminal opening in 1933, Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein created Work/Surface, a suite of laser-cut Formica high-pressure laminate mosaics. Representing a range of Cincinnati industries and its workforce, including the Formica Corporation in Evendale, the mosaics use a wide range of colors and patterns available from this local manufacturer.


Rhinegeist 5th Anniversary

1910 Elm Street

June 23, noon – 2:00 a.m.


On Saturday, June 23, Rhinegeist Brewery will celebrate a milestone 5th Anniversary with attractions worthy of the Guinness Book.

There will be a photo booth, dunk tank, slip-n-slide, face painting and more, the world’s largest dinosaur in a brewery, cool treats by Dojo Gelato, and a variety of eats by Sartre. Special beer releases all day long, highlighted by the launch of Cloud Five, a Hazy Imperial IPA served up in celebration of this year’s big anniversary.

The event runs from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m. on June 23rd, with a portion of the day’s proceeds benefitting Tender Mercies, Gateway House and Peaslee Neighborhood Center. The party is free and open to the public


Reds v. Cubs

Great American Ball Park100 Joe Nuxhall Way

Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. – Fireworks Friday

Saturday, June 23 at 4:10 – Reds Bag to first 20,000 fans

Sunday, June 24 at 1:10 p.m. – Kids Fathead Wall Decal



Watch the World Cup at The Banks

Freedom Way, closed between Great American Ball Park and Walnut Street

Sunday, June 24, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. England vs. Panama) and the Elementree Livity band will perform.


The match will be shown on the giant video screen hanging from the ballpark. Beer, wine and soft drink will be available for purchase along with food from the official host bars: The Holy Grail, Jefferson Social, Moerlein Lager House and Tin Roof.

In between the street parties, fans and rooting groups are encouraged to gather at the four host bars, who will showing almost all the action and offering specials throughout the month.




Women of Strength Art Exhibit

YWCA Women’s Art Gallery

898 Walnut Street

Opening Friday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The show runs through September 20


The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery presents Hei-Kyung Bryrun sculptures and Eunshin Khung’s paintings at the Women of Strength exhibit.  The opening on June 22 is free and open to public.




Tunes at the Taft with Tracy Walker

Taft Museum of Art316 Pike Street

Sunday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.

Featuring the original folk music of singer/songwriter and Cincinnati icon Tracy Walker.

Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer outside under the tent at 2:30 p.m. Have brunch in the Lindner Family Café before the show. Reservations: or (513) 352-5140. Cash bar with snacks available. No reservations needed for this program. Museum and special exhibition admission sold separately.



Wired For Color An Exhibition of Paintings by Wolfgang Ritschel

Cincinnati Art Galleries225 East Sixth Street

Through July 13Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

View over 40 paintings by Cincinnati Artist, Scientist, and Philosopher Wolfgang Ritschel and enjoy his figurative-expressionist painting style and use of vibrant colors through his depictions of Cincinnati, the Southwest and European scenes. Ritschel was a true renaissance man who along with pursuing artistic expression also earned doctorates in pharmacology and medicine and a Master's degree in pharmacy.

For further details, call 513-381-2128 or visit

Parking free behind the gallery on Saturdays



Tin Roof at The Banks – live music

160 East Freedom Way

Monday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

The Tin Roof originally opened to give musicians a place to play and a place to hang when they weren’t on stage. The tasty food, fun, eclectic environment, and community of regulars established Tin Roof as the place to be for musicians and non-musicians alike.

June 22 at 10:00 p.m. Anthony Orio – voted best band in Nashville 4 years in a row

June 23 at 6:00 p.m. Chris Kemp and Flip Cup – All-Stars at 10:00 p.m.

June 24 at 3:30 p.m. Ethan & Joey and Pre-Industry Night at 7:00 p.m.



Coronation of Poppea – Cincinnati Opera

SCPA’s Corbett Theater108 W. Central Parkway

June 23, 26 & 28 – 7:30 p.m., July 1 – 3:00 p.m.

Sung in Italian with projected translationPerformance length: 2 hours and 30 minutes


Abandoning her old lover, Poppea only has eyes for Emperor Nero…and his crown. Ottavia, Nero’s wife and empress, crafts elaborate schemes and issues dire threats to hold onto her husband. But when the gods are on Poppea’s side, how can she lose? Love might conquer all, but it leaves a trail of destruction.

One of the first operas, Monteverdi’s 1642 Baroque masterpiece tells a dramatic story of passion and intrigue with some of the most transcendently beautiful music in all of opera. It’s presented here in a new production at SCPA’s intimate Corbett Theater.


New Restaurants now open downtown and Over-the-Rhine:



1203 Main Street



Lebanese-American foods in Over-the-Rhine



Condado Taco’s at The Banks

195 E. Freedom Way



Build your own tacos.



Frisch’s at Carew Tower

25 W. Fifth Street



Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the endless soup and salad bar.



Joella’s Hot Chicken at The Banks

180 E. Freedom Way


Different levels of spice are added to fried chicken to create a flavor explosion!

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