Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

July 13–15, 2018

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The Rhined One-Year Anniversary

Friday, July 13, 10 a.m.

The Rhined, 1737 Elm St


The Rhined, OTR’s only cheese shop, has officially been open for a year!

·        Cheese sale all day with a different cheese 40% off every hour

·        Drink specials, fun wines, and Listerman Brewing Company Tap Takeover

·        Cheese pairings

·        Raclette nachos



Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: MusikArt

Begins Friday, July 13, 5 p.m.

Washington Park Art Gallery, 1215 Elm St


Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents MusikArt, a program to bring new life to used and abused violins. Cincinnati artists were invited to use these donated instruments as a canvas to represent each of the orchestra’s concerts to be held this summer. Wash Park Art Gallery paired five talented local artists with the concert themes such as the British Invasion.


The result is MusikArt. The violins will be on display both at the gallery from July 13 to September 15, as well as at each of the concerts in August. The decorated violins will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Bidding will be accepted through the gallery’s website as well as in-person at the concerts until August 25.



Concert:Nova Presents The Bradbury Tattoos: A Rock Opera

Friday, July 13, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St


This is a brand new rock opera based on tales in Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man, presented by Concert:Nova, a local classical music group. This evening-long enchantment will carry you, tattoo by tattoo, through multiple venues inside Memorial Hall where you’ll visit four different scenes based on one of the tattoos --  a cocktail hour in a quiet city apartment, a typical 1950s suburban neighborhood, an isolated roadside farm in Mexico, and a slowly exploding rocket deep in outer space. Tickets available for $40, or $20 for students.



July Brewer's Table at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, July 13, 7 p.m.   

Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way


Take a seat at the high top community tables for an evening featuring a flight of Moerlein beers alongside chef-created food pairings for a unique beer experience hosted by Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and Moerlein Lager House brewers.


The Brewer’s Table is a great way to meet new friends who are passionate about craft beer and food. Cost is for $16 per person.



Failure: A Love Story

Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, 8 p.m.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street


By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead: expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual’s successes or failures. Tickets available for $20 each.



Ice Cream 5K

Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m.

Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way


The Ice Cream 5K is a fun-filled event for the entire family! What better way to spend a summer day with the family than with a little exercise, plenty of activities and lots of ice cream! The Ice Cream 5K offers this and so much more, including a kid’s 1-mile run, a baby/toddler crawl/walk, and a 5K.


8 a.m. – Kids Run

8:45 a.m. – 5K Run

9:30 a.m. – After Party

10 a.m. – Baby/Toddler Crawl/Walk



Families Create! Bits & Pieces

Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St


In Families Create! children and families enjoy hands-on art making in our Saturday morning workshops.


When exhibition artists combine objects from industry to make large-scale art, the results are incredible! Hear from artists Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein on the process of collaging multi-patterned murals from Formica, then paste together a colorful picture created by you.


All workshops are $5 per child and conducted at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Pre-registration is required.



Makerspace: Color Explosion

Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St


Visit the Contemporary Arts Center for an afternoon of science and fun at the drop-in makerspace festival in our 6th floor Learning Center – The UnMuseum. The CAC team of science and art educators are inspired by the vivid colors of artist Firelei Baez, and will teach you about the science of color. This is a free event.

What you can make and learn:

·        Heat reactive SLIME

·        Chemistry of watercolor

·        Paint explosions

·        Chromatogrpahy



Market Bleu

Saturday, July 14, 5 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.


Market Bleu is a quarterly event that features handcrafted products and fine arts.


Market Bleu allows artisans to showcase and sell their work in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center. Enjoy a drink while shopping some of the region’s most unique artisan handmade products and other fine arts. This is a free event.


Featured vendors include:

·        BE Leathercraft

·        Wayward Bloom Ceramics

·        Curious Concoctions

·        Priya Rama Art: Migraine Artist

·        Leo Handcrafted Goods

·        Emily Hobart Ceramics

·        Blackolive Art

·        Creekview Woodshop

·        Foley Prints Studio

·        Rachel Chertoff: Chertova

·        Object Permanence Images & Interiors

·        Ash Wood Co.

·        Lanky Fingers Pottery



This Pine Box

Saturday, July 14, 9 p.m.

Lucius Q, 1131 Broadway, Pendleton


This Pine Box was a WNKU favorite in the last couple of years the station was around, and for good reason. They blew it out of the water at the now legendary Catfish Ball with their tribute to Jeff Buckley, and soon after, they were a WNKU Artist of the Month. They helped kick off Lucius Q's Grand Opening celebration back in April, and now they're back for another round of excellent indie rock. This is a free performance.



Carol Ann’s Carousel Nostalgia Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15, 11 a.m.

Smale Riverfront Park


Travel back in time to the 1920s to the 1940s when carousels were the favorite past time! Learn more about the history of carousels; enjoy fun board games, themed crafts, activities, and fun with Explore Nature! This is a free event.



World Cup Watch Party

Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m.

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St


Watch the final game of the World Cup on the big screen, play futsal on the Ginga courts, and enjoy drinks from the Fountain Square Bar.


FC Cincinnati's Omar Cummings will be onsite from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. to play futsal/soccer with the kids!


In the meantime – Fountain Square will be streaming the World Cup games leading up to the final. Cheer on your favorite team and come celebrate!



3rd Sunday Funday: Wild West

Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.


Saddle up for this free Sunday Funday!

·        Explore the West by visiting our exhibition Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution

·        learn about photography at the Art Cart

·        make a work of art to take home

·        Meet a mini horse and his friends from Honey Hill Farm, 1–2 p.m.

·        Join the gang from Wump Mucket Puppets at 2 p.m. for their new Western show, “Tales from Bucket Gulch.”



The Secret Society of Spirits: Midsummer Mixology

Sunday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street


Cocktail lovers unite and enter the magical world of spirits, and libations. Gather, learn, and sip in the company of other cocktail lovers in Memorial Hall.  Cocktail enthusiasts of all levels of mastery are welcome. Society sessions will include 3 cocktails, with instructions and methods. There will also have surprise partners from the culinary world to grace our gatherings to present unique bites to pair with our beloved booze.


Tickets available for $40 each.



Cincinnati Burger Week

July 16 through July 22

Enjoy at 50+ Restaurants across Greater Cincinnati

From gourmet blends to off-menu specialties and even beer pairings – we will pay tribute to America’s sweetheart – the Hamburger! Each restaurateur and Chef will prepare their unique take on the burger for just $5.

The idea is to get people to embrace the food, culture and Cincinnati-love while getting them out to eat, drink, and try new places! We will even be printing Burger Passports for participants to have stamped. Get 4 or more stamps and be entered to win an Ultimate Grill Out package. Enjoy $5 burgers from these downtown and OTR hot spots:

·        AT 580 Market Gourmet

·        BRU Burger Bar – Bru-schetta burger with tomatoes and mozzarella

·        BurgerFI

·        Frisch’s Big Boy, Carew Tower

·        KAZE

·        Macaron Bar – French Macaron Burger, a sweet treat to cleans your palate

·        MOTR Pub

·        Nation

·        Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub – signature burger on ciabatta bun with lemon garlic aioli

·        Palomino

·        The Pony

·        Prime Cincinnati

·        Taste of Belgium

·        Wahlburgers

·        Washington Platform – The Fat Boy with fried oysters, American cheese, and house-made tartar sauce

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