Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Garden Workday

Friday, August 23, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Pendleton School Garden, 406-410 East 13th St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/garden-workday-1

Join for a morning of working out in one of the community gardens! You'll most likely be weeding, planting, laying mulch, or whatever else needs to be done that day. They'll provide the tools you'll need, but make sure to bring water, and dress for the weather. Hope to see you there!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Over the Edge

Friday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. Fifth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/big-brothers-big-sisters-over-edge

Step up to the challenge and rappel 17 stories down the Westin Hotel to support Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. You can register online at bigsforkids.org (click on the event tab). When you go Over the Edge for Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re igniting the potential of kids’ lives right here in our local community. “Big” and “Little” friendships help empower self-confidence, hope and the motivation kids need to reach their full potential.

Tropical Disco @ Rhinegeist Brewery

Friday, August 23, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/tropical-disco-rhinegeist-brewery-1

Glow up and get down. The illustrious, illuminated Tropical Disco returns on Friday, August 23rd. Break out your blacklight-friendly bermuda shorts and neon lei for a lively luau-style dance party featuring rotating DJ sets, face painting, an interstellar slate of brews, and a custom Little Bubs cocktail! This event is free, and the taproom will be open as usual prior to and during the event. Party starts at sundown.

Whispering Beard Folk Festival

Friday, August 23, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.

Smale Riverfront Park, Mehring Way & Main St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/whispering-beard-folk-festival

Whispering Beard offers a return to what made music festivals of yesteryear radically fun and lovable. Grown in a little town called Friendship, IN the Beard provides sanctuary for the scruffy, feels more like a family reunion than a ticketed event, and delivers fantastic sights and sounds from August 22-24.

National acts performing at the 2019 Whispering Beard Folk Festival include M. Ward, Ryan Bingham, The Felice Brothers, Peter Rowan, Lost Dog Street Band, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Charlie Parr, Chicago Farmer, Possessed by Paul James and The Wild Reeds. Featured vendors for the event will be Fretboard Brewery out of Blue Ash, Eli’s BBQ, Revolution OTR, Deeper Roots Coffee and many more. Local fare meets local and national music to create a perfect blend of attractions on the Ohio River.

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

Friday, August 23, 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, 4:00 p.m.

Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/cincy-brew-ha-ha

America's largest beer and comedy festival returns to Cincinnati's Sawyer Point Park for the annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha! Featuring more than 100 beers and over 80 comedians on four stages. Cincy Brew Ha-Ha creates the perfect recipe for a great time with friends, laughter and plenty of beer. The comedy is absolutely FREE! $5 for a beer wristband & beer tickets cost $1.

Ring of Fire

Friday, August 23, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/ring-of-fire/

“Walk the Line” with The Man In Black as the life and music of the inimitable Johnny Cash explodes to life at historic Memorial Hall. A spectacular ensemble of actor/musicians celebrates a true American original through the music that lives in the fabric of our country, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walk The Line,” and, of course, “Ring of Fire.”

RING OF FIRE is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com.

Back to School STEM Festival

Saturday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/events/back-to-school-stem-festival/

End of Summer / Back to School STEM Festival. Join the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative in celebrating the end of a Summer of STEM and going back to school with a family oriented festival!

The festival will contain exhibitors from local STEM oriented groups, higher education, workforce and more! Their booths will showcase hands-on activities that prove STEM is in everything around us! Sound like fun? Mark your calendars and use this link to register! https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=62853341035

The Color Run

Saturday, August 24, 9:00 a.m.

Cincinnati Riverfront, 425 W. Mehring Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/color-run-0

Let your love shine at the happiest run under the sun! On The Color Run Love Tour, good vibes are the only kind of vibes allowed. Join us as we celebrate what we love about ourselves, each other, and the planet we alls hare. Run wild. Love wild. Stay wild.

The Candle Lab Workshop & Artist Demonstration

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rookwood-OTR Flagship Store, 1920 Race St.

https://365cincinnati.com/event/the-candle-lab-workshop-artist-demonstration/

Create your own scent in a Rookwood candle! This is a hands-on workshop in partnership with The Candle Lab! Learn how to personalize and hand-pour a seasonal scent in the new fall release of hand-crafted Morgan Candles, yours to keep. Guests can also enjoy a hand-throwing demonstration and artist signing with resident Rookwood artist, Morgan Willenbrink – the Morgan Candle’s namesake.

Alley Jam

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

3 Points Urban Brewery, 331 East 13th St.

https://3pointsbeer.com/events/2019/8/24/alley-jam

Show up ready to work and get dirty! We're giving back to the neighborhood we love so much. Join ArtWorks Cincinnati, Spring in Our Steps & Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to help maintain Bolivar Alley, home to so many great Cincinnati murals. We'll bring the tools, you bring the gloves. Participants will get a free beer at 3 Points Urban Brewery afterward.

Summermusik: Blissful Mozart

Saturday, August 24, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/summermusik-blissful-mozart-0

Step back into Mozart’s time as we highlight not only his works, but those of his contemporaries: friends and rivals. Who was the better musician? Who was more popular? Can you even tell who’s who? From Joseph Bologne to Leopold Mozart to Antonio Salieri of Amadeus fame, we will try to re-establish a level playing field for some of the famous composers of the era. Routinely described as “gifted” and a “prodigy,” clarinetist Julian Bliss has performed with orchestras around the world and at the request of Queen Elizabeth. He will perform Mozart’s beautiful clarinet concerto, featured in the movie Out of Africa. A composer who preferred his works to feel true-to-life, Mozart’s father Leopold’s “Peasant Wedding” features commonly heard instruments of the time, including the bagpipes and hurdy gurdy. To close Summermusik the CCO will perform Mozart’s emotional Symphony No. 39. This work is the master at his finest.

Men of Change: Power.Triumph.Truth.

Friday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 25, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/men-change-powertriumphtruth

Through December 1.

MEN OF CHANGE: POWER. TRIUMPH. TRUTH. profiles the revolutionary men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar—whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country. The achievements of the men are woven within the legacy and traditions of the African American journey—achievements of excellence in spite of society’s barriers.

Through literary and historic quotes, poetry, original works of art, dramatic photographs, and a dynamic space that encourages self-reflection, this innovative exhibition weaves together the historical and the contemporary to illuminate the importance of these men within the context of rich community traditions. It invites visitors to consider predominant narratives and engage in the authentic stories of history, politics, art, culture, and activism. Twenty-five contemporary artists were invited to reflect and celebrate the significance of these ground-breaking individuals through their own creative vision. These works of art serve as counterpoint to the sumptuously backlit photographs and inspiring quotes, and together honor the truth of the African American experience in history and today.

MOVEMENT by Michelob ULTRA

Sunday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way

https://www.mlb.com/reds/tickets/specials/movement

Michelob ULTRA is all about an active lifestyle – whether that’s fitness, food or fashion. We are proud to be partnering with the Cincinnati Reds to host the premier fitness festival of summer, MOVEMENT. Come with your friends for a day of fitness and fun for all ability levels at Great American Ball Park. Workout with local Cincinnati fitness studios, master the art of chill with new recovery and relaxation methods, and reveal in high-energy celebrations with music – and of course, beer. Remember – it’s only worth it if you enjoy it!

Drag Brunch 2019

Sunday, August 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Metropole, 609 Walnut St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/drag-brunch-2019

Through December 15.

Treat yourself to performances by local drag queens and fabulous cocktails followed by a mouthwatering family-style brunch. Daring and divine costumes encouraged.

Macrame and Wine Workshop

Sunday, August 25, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Play Library, 1306 Main St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/macrame-and-wine-workshop

Knot along with others while enjoying wine and learning macrame the modern way! At the end of the 3 hour class you’ll have made your own macrame wall hanging! No experience needed and all the materials are provided!

Pups & Pints

Sunday, August 25, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

3 Points Urban Brewery, 331 East 13th St.

https://3pointsbeer.com/events/2019/8/25/pups-amp-pints

Once a month 3 Points Urban Brewery is dog friendly! Bring your furry friends to enjoy some treats while you enjoy a cold beer. Specials guests Cindependent Film Festival will be on hand promoting their upcoming films, learn more at https://www.cindependentfilmfest.org/

DBL Law OTR Performs

Sunday, August 25, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/series/dbl-law-otr-performs/

OTR Performs returns this summer! Enjoy FREE arts programming in the Park on Sunday evenings that is sure to please the whole family. This week’s performance is Woodstock’s 50th with School of Rock Mason. Thanks to our sponsors DBL Law, The Segoe Foundation, GBBN and Enquirer. OTR Performs is part of the First Financial Bank Summer Series at Washington Park.