Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

Aug. 24 – 26, 2018

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Cindependent Film Festival

Thursday, Aug. 23 - Saturday, Aug. 25, 10am – 11 p.m.

Memorial Hall OTR


Our mission is to create a home for independent filmmaking in Cincinnati, Ohio. We strive to bring professional resources to filmmakers so as to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of filmmaking. We will be providing community camaraderie; drawing filmmakers from around Ohio, the US, and the World; educating the community in the art and craft of filmmaking, and stimulating the Cincinnati economy.


The 2018 Festival will take place in the historic 1920s Woodward Theater, which was originally built as a silent movie house. The concert venue will be re-configured to accommodate our audiences and feature top of the line sound and video equipment.


Some morning screenings will take place across the street from the Woodward Theater in our partner space with The Mini Microcinema. The cinema will be turned into the VIP Filmmaker Lounge each day starting around 2:00 p.m.


Ticket information:


Purchase tickets:





$25.00 - DAY PASS






$250.00 - VIP PASS



Rollin’ On the River Exhibition

Friday, Aug. 24 (Opening) - Oct. 28

Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., Downtown Cincinnati


Cincinnati owes its growth to river commerce. In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, she was a busy river city. This exhibit takes a step back in time visualizing the boom of industry in trade and travel along the Ohio River. This exhibit features dozens of images, photographs and prints from the Inland Rivers Photograph Collection, available to view in the Digital Library.


For more information, call 513-369-6900 or visit



Findlay Kitchen Pop-Up: Featuring Babushka Pierogies

Friday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St


Every Friday a new member from Findlay Kitchen joins Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. in the Taproom. Alongside their rotating activities; Cheers to Art Painting and our live acoustic music series, Tunes in the Taproom!


The featured member on August 24th will be Babushka Pierogies! They are Cincinnati's only authentic, handmade pierogi shop. Located inside historic Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine, Ohio, you'll find many varieties of pierogi, along with our other favorite Ukrainian dishes, including stuffed cabbage rolls, kielbasa and sauerkraut, halushki, borscht, and more. Order pierogi, sign up for cooking classes, explore recipes, and more at


Menu Items:

- Potato Cheddar Pierogies

- Potato w/ Rosemary & Garlic Pierogies

Both served w/ butter, onions, & sour cream

$2 each or 4 for $7


- Stuffed Cabbage Roll

Stuffed w/ beef, pork, rice, & onion, & topped in a savory tomato sauce



-Babushka Platter

Choice of 2 pierogies, 1 stuffed cabbage roll, side of Halushki (cabbage & speatzle)


Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

Friday, Aug. 24 from 5 p.m. to 12 Midnight

Saturday, Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 12 Midnight

Sawyer Point Park, 705 East Pete Rose Way


America's Largest Beer & Comedy Festival returns to Cincinnati's Sawyer Point Park for its 12th year! Featuring more than 100 beers, ciders & wine along with over 80 comedians on 4 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!!!

$5.00 = Beer Wristband that gives you access to drink

$1.00 = 1 Beer Ticket (2 Beer Tickets = Sample Size Beer &

7 Beer Tickets = Full Size Beer)


Friday, August 24th - Brian Posehn

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn is constantly touring as a stand-up comedian in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the country. 2013 marked the release of his first hour long special, The Fartist, through Netflix.

Brian co-starred in Universal's feature, The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow and in the popular Canadian indie comedy, Lloyd the Conqueror. In the last year he has done guest spots on the sitcoms, The Big Bang Theory, You're the Worst, Guys With Kids and Anger Management. He also starred for three seasons in Comedy Central's popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program, and toured as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy. Besides writing and performing on HBO's acclaimed Mr. Show, he has appeared in sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me,Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Californication, Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends.

Saturday, August 25th - Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand's “The Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming second season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.

He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim. Black’s movie roles include “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.” Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.

Beyond the Bricks: Outdoor Building Tours

Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.

Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St


Join the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall for a 90-minute outdoor walking tour of this National Historic Landmark. The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall’s knowledgeable guides take you “Beyond the Bricks” for a 360 degree, around-the-building view of Cincinnati Music Hall’s history and fabulous architecture.

Learn about Music Hall’s design construction, architectural styles and the cultural neighborhood of 1878. Historians, architecture enthusiasts and adventurers alike will gain new insight into why Cincinnati Music Hall truly merits its designation as one of the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world.


Celebrate the King

Saturday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m. VIP Panel/ 7p.m. Main Gala/ 10p.m. After Party

Memorial Hall


Join MEMO as they honor 75 Years of King Records and all the musicians and artists that changed music forever, our very own True American Music created in Cincinnati.

In honoring 75 Years of King Records, MEMO takes a look back to remember the inventive talent, the many genres of music created by all different types of artists and musicians from around America creating and leading the charge, in Cincinnati, Ohio. It will be a night of stories and performances, a gathering of musicians and artists, a reunion of family and friends. MEMO will open the doors for the next generation of King Records fans.

On this night, MEMO will showcase many King Records voices from Cincinnati and beyond. There will be videos that highlight artists and musicians. There will be many musicians and performances backed by the incredible School of Rock, featuring some of Cincinnati’s most talented youth artists with special cameo appearances by King Records recording artists, family and friends. MEMO will also be celebrating four Lifetime Achievement Awards, Henry Glover, Philip Paul, Otis Williams and Bootsy Collins. MEMO looks forward to this magical night, MEMO cannot wait to celebrate and share with you.


Price: Box $80 VIP/ $50 Adult, Orchestra $65 VIP/ $40 Adult, Lower Balcony $55 Vip/$30 Adult, Upper Balcony, $45 VIP, $20 Adult


Rooftop Yoga Series

Sunday, Aug. 26, 5 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Top of the Park at The Phelps, 506 East 4th St.

Tickets $20


Come practice yoga and connect while experiencing the most beautiful views this city has to offer! We are excited to bring you a special edition of this year's Rooftop Yoga with our teachers: Mija Speakman and Hadley Corpus, co-founders of Trini Tribe!

Experience a nourishing and grounding yoga class that helps connect you to your mind, body, spirit and prepares you to release what is no longer working for you. This is the perfect way to wind down from the weekend or any stressors you may have, and reconnect to yourself and community.

Class Info: 3 Classes:

Rooftop Class 1 - 5:00-6:00PM

Rooftop Class 2 - 6:30-7:30PM

Rooftop Class 3- 8:00-9:00PM

Instructors: Mija Speakman + Hadley Corpus (learn more about these two and what they are up to with Trini Tribe at their site:

What to Bring: Yourself, Yoga Mat, Sunglasses, Towel and Water Bottle.



Namaste India

Sunday, Aug. 26, 5pm to 9pm.

Fountain Square,

Namaste India! Is a celebration of India’s rich cultural heritage.  The event will feature enthralling dance and music performances from different regions of India, as well booths that will provide delicious food and other merchandise. Admission is free.

The event commemorates India's 72nd Independence Day. The event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world’s largest democracy and the sixth largest global economy.  The event will also provide glimpses of India’s ancient traditions and its hoary history. A wide range of mouth-watering Indian delicacies will be available. There will also be provision of local treats.

A variety cultural program will feature Bollywood song-and-dance routines, folk dances, and classical dances.  For example, one planned Indian folk dance is Bhangra, an energetic celebratory dance that originated in the fields of northern India.

We are also planning on Henna, a temporary tattoo that stains the surface of the skin with a reddish-brown vegetable dye.  Rangoli, a traditional art of decorating courtyards and walls of Indian houses, will also be displayed.  Along with these traditions of India, we are also expecting booths that will feature Indian clothes, jewelry and handicrafts.

Namaste India! is presented by India Cultural Association in cooperation with The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC)

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