Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

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Kids Bingo Day

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 11a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 West Mehring Way

B-Frog, I-Giraffe, N-Penguin, G-Ladybug, O-Oktoberfest Horse, BINGO!!

Be a part of Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Kid’s Bingo Day! No need to bring your Bingo daubers, they will have everything you need, including good luck charms! Bring your children to this fun filled day of “bingo-ing” to win tokens, and other prizes. The animals look forward to “playing” with you soon.

Take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel. The carousel is an amazing work of art featuring original artwork by Jonathan Queen with panels depicting animal characters playing in one of the numerous Cincinnati parks. Additional panels celebrate the many historic landmarks of Cincinnati. The carousel is housed inside a glass building so it can operate year-round.

Take home a keepsake from the gift shop located inside the carousel building and play in the Pichler Spraygrounds when you bring your family and friends to experience this new Cincinnati tradition.

New hours for fall/winter, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

*The last token is sold at 3:45 p.m. and the last ride is at 3:50 p.m.

Zundo Ramen & Donburi Opening

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Zundo, 220 West 12th Street

Ramen, a traditional Japanese dish consisting of a meat- or fish-based broth, noodles, and a range of vegetables and protein, has grown in popularity in recent years, but chef/owner Han Lin believes the balance between authenticity and modernism has yet to be struck. As such, his forthcoming restaurant, Zundo Ramen & Donburi, will serve ramen, which he calls “incomparable” to Greater Cincinnati’s current offerings.

Renovating the space on 12th St., near Queen City Radio, Lin built a full bar and beautified the walls with new brick, Japanese décor and paintings by local Cincinnati artists.

Zundo will tend to the late-night crowd; plans to keep the doors open until 2:30 a.m. on the weekends.

Cincinnati Comic Expo

Friday, Sept. 14, 3 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

Established in 2010, the Cincinnati Comic Expo is an annual event celebrating the best in comic books, fantasy, gaming, collectibles, cosplay, steampunk and pop culture in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Ticket prices start at $20 for adults and $5 for children 8 and older. Children under 7 are free.

Guests this year include Levar Burton (Star Trek, Reading Rainbow), Summer Glau (Serenity, Firefly, Terminator), Clark Gregg (Avengers, Agents of Shield), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in the Star Wars films), Chris Rankin (Harry Potter films), Karl Urban (Star Trek, Judge Dredd, & Thor), Nikolai Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), and Benedict Wong (Dr. Strange & Avengers: Infinity War)

A Night of Muggle Magic in 2017 was the most popular Geek Prom in Cincinnati Comic Expo’s history so they are thrilled to announce the continuation for 2018 will be Midwest Muggle Fest on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Come dressed in your best from Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions or keep it simple with your nicest Muggle costume once again.

(Note that if this is your first Geek Prom, there is no specific dress code. You can dress as formal for a prom or come in what you are comfortable wearing on a Saturday night to go dancing and hanging out with friends).

Cincy Chic Cocktails & Couture

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.

Learn history through vintage fashion vignettes and cocktail tastings mixed by Molly Wellmann, shop, and view a fabulous vintage fashion show.

Tickets can be purchased at

  • $25 VIP {includes fashion show seat}
  • $35 Front Row VIP
  • $10 General Admission

All tickets include swag bag. Cocktails and Couture ticket holders may also purchase a Cincinnati Art Museum Family Membership at 20% off at checkout. Those who purchase a family membership with their event ticket will be entered to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the fashion archives led by Cindy Amneus, CAM’s Chief Curator. The tour will be for the winner +3 friends!

The Cincinnati Art Museum has been collecting fashion and textiles since its founding in 1881. Holdings of approximately 15,000 objects span centuries and encompass the work of renowned French couturiers, pioneering American fashion designers, dress, textiles and dolls from around the world.

The Brewer’s Table

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way

Where Brewers and Chefs pair handcrafted beer and food, Moerlein has The Brewer's Table! Take a seat at one of the high top community tables for an evening featuring a flight of Moerlein beers alongside chef-created food pairings for a unique beer experience.

This month’s Brewer’s Table celebrates German heritage. Brewers and chefs are creating pairings themed around Oktoberfest. The Brewer’s Table is a great way to meet new friends who are passionate about craft beer and food.

Mary’s Monster

Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (through Sept. 23)

Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St.

10 words or less: The dead can come back; they don’t come back nice. Rated: PG-13. Tickets start at $15.

On a dark night near the end of her life, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrestles with ghosts: her dead children, her sister, her famous husband, her mother, and Frankenstein, her most famous creation. Death has loomed over her entire life, and now, shovel in hand, she will reckon with it, one way or another.

Exploring the complicated biography of the woman who redefined horror, this new play written by and starring Maggie Lou Rader (Marian, Pulp, Silent Sky, Hearts Like Fists, and Know’s Education Director) takes the stage for eight performances only from September 14-23, 2018.

Life Centers Super Hero Gala

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

The LifeCenter Superheroes Gala is a fun-filled evening for a great cause. Not all superheroes wear capes, some just register to organ and tissue donors.

The party takes place and a new venue, the historic Music Hall Ballroom. The event features a program awarding Cincinnati Superheroes for Donations, a large silent auction highlighting the best attractions and businesses in town, games and raffles, super surprise guests, music provided by DJ Toad, photo booth provided by Framester, delicious food and drinks, and the chance for donor families, transplant recipients, and community supporters of this great cause to enjoy a night out together celebrating LIFE!

Over 650 attended this event last year and they expect even more for 2018. Funds raised from this event allow them to reach our community and as a result saving and enhancing more lives through transplant.

Don’t miss your chance to party like a SUPERHERO!

Movie Night at the Ballpark: The Sandlot

Friday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m.

Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way

The Reds and Cincinnati Bell are excited to celebrate a quarter century of laughter and friendship with a showing of The Sandlot! Enjoy this movie classic on its 25th Anniversary featuring Scotty Smalls, Benny “The Jet” and the rest of the ragtag roster like never before on the Great American Ball Park videoboards! Admission is free and seating is general admission.

Fans should enter Great American Ball Park via the Kroger Fan Zone gates. Concessions will be available in the Fan Zone before and during the movie.

Bring the entire family and your best buddies to the ballpark to enjoy The Sandlot, a winning comedy-adventure and whole lot of fun. Play ball!

Cinicnnati Baller: Kaplan New Works

Friday, September 14, 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2 and 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Continues through Sept. 23

Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre, 650 Walnut St.

The raw energy of contemporary ballet is front and center in this compelling series, showcasing the athleticism, strength and versatility of our dancers. This season’s program includes four world premieres: one by San Francisco Ballet’s own Myles Thatcher, another by Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald, and, for the first time Premieres by two Cincinnati Ballet Company Members. If you love being on the edge of innovation, this is a program for you.

The Kaplan New Works Series puts the raw energy of contemporary ballet center stage with four world premieres September 13-23 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. This year’s bold program celebrates the athleticism, strength and versatility of the Company’s dancers. The 2018-2019 season opens with inventive works guaranteed to challenge the art form and the audience.


Emmy-award winning choreographer Mia Michaels from the popular FOX show,  So You Think You Can Dance, brings her emotional piece, “calling you.” San Francisco Ballet soloist Myles Thatcher and Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald will join Michaels with premiere works. Archibald will focus on the strength of the male dancer with a new ballet for five powerhouse men.


Rounding out the Kaplan New Works Series will be two premieres choreographed by Company dancers David Morse and Taylor Carrasco. Morse’s “Gathering,” and Carrasco’s, “Plays Well Together,” were chosen from the Cincinnati Ballet’s annual Choreography Workshop.


Cincinnati Pops with Leslie Odom Jr.

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 14 & 15, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Star of the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton and winner of a 2016 Tony Award, Leslie Odom Jr. makes his much-anticipated Cincinnati debut. This stunning concert combines Broadway and jazz—including songs from Rent, Spring Awakening and a charming tribute to Nat King Cole.

Odom, Jr. originated the role of ‘Burr’ in a sold out run of Hamilton at The Public Theatre in 2015, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.

Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.

Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off­ Center production of Tick, Tick... Boom!  which was his first time working with Hamilton creator, Lin­Manuel Miranda.

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best ­known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series, “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.” He’s also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished” and “CSI: Miami.” On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film, “Red Tails,” opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and David Oyelowo and was part of the all-star cast of “Murder on the Orient Express” in 2017.

The Who’s Tommy in Concert

Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. (continues Sept. 21 and 22)

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s TOMMY is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. The Who classics “Pinball Wizard,” “Listening To You” and “I’m Free” explode to life in the five-time Tony Award-winning musical, featuring an all-star rock band, sensational vocals and psychedelic projections.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

TOMMY, which was first performed by The Who in 1969, was originally conceived by Peter Townshend and Kit Lambert with contributions to the development by John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey.

Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s 5K

Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Paul Brown Stadium, One Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital largest community fundraiser, Cincinnati Walks for Kids, is evolving to include a 5K with the inaugural Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s 5K, presented by Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers.

Join them Saturday, Sept. 15 at Paul Brown Stadium for a 1-mile family-friendly walk or a new 5K that gives runners a way to join in on the fun. There will be fun, kid-friendly on-field activities at the stadium until 12 noon!

Registration is $35/participant for the 5K. For the 1-mile walk, registration is $25/adult and $5/child (17 and younger). Each participant will receive a Go the Distance t-shirt and fundraising page.

Natural Health & Holistic Fair

Saturday, Sept. 15, 12 – 6 p.m.

Inner Peace Organic Spa, 811 Race St

Multiple providers of holistic health concepts will be present at this event to advice, guide and educate you on alternatives to achieve wellness naturally. Connect your body, mind and spirit to find harmony.

Inner Peace Organic Spa has provided Cincinnati residents with relaxing and nourishing services for more than 22 years. With the most expansive variety of spa services in the Tri-State area, Inner Peace Organic Spa incorporates the latest and greatest in equi p.m.ent, techniques and amenities to keep clients relaxed, healthy and happy.

Inner Peace Organic Spa uses 100% organic products to ensure the healthiest approach to beauty and relaxation. The team is focused on creating a peaceful, serene environment where clients can truly unwind. Each guest is treated with respect and a genuine interest in helping them heal. Not only will you look revitalized after a day at the spa, but you’ll also recharge and replenish your body and soul.

75, the Movie

Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 and 7 p.m.,

Sunday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m.

The Garfield Theatre, 719 Race St.

Interstate 75 is a central artery for heroin distribution and Cincinnati is one of highest overdose cities in America. The award-winning “75” shows the impact of the drug epidemic on four metro area families, the mental health professional who counsels them, and two CPD narcotics detectives struggling to combat the rising tide of drugs and deaths.

As evidenced by its world premiere at Cannes, the Cincinnati cast and crew have created a hard-hitting story with nuanced direction and powerful performances from a talented ensemble cast. Building on a gripping screenplay, with an excellent score, the pace and tension produce a cinema-verité drama that unfolds like real life.

The filmmakers will be present at all screenings for Q & A. Shot in and around Cincinnati — Pleasant Ridge, Norwood, Mason, Maineville and Covington — the production involved roughly 150 area residents.

The Gipsy Kings

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

The Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.

The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo, take audiences back to the south of France with flamenco guitars and booming Spanish vocals. The band will be performing longtime favorites as well as new songs from their upcoming project Evidence.

It has been twenty-five years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world’s imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has toured virtually non-stop, to the farthest-flung corners of the planet, and sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians.

Second Sunday on Main: King Records

Sunday, Sept. 16, 12– 5 p.m.

Main Street, between 12th and Liberty

Over-the-Rhine’s oldest street festival is back for its thirteenth year! Re-discover all that Main St. has to offer and come celebrate the heart and soul of OTR with your neighbors, families and friends. Live music, 100+ vendors, food trucks, arts programming and so much more.

Second Sunday on Main is celebrating King Records month with live music by The Comet Blue Grass Allstars and Queen City Kings performing the hits that put legendary King Records on the map! DJ Soul Step from Soul Step Records will be spinning an all-vinyl set and have their entire catalogue available. King Records exhibits by We Have Become Vikings, The Freedom Center, and Nina M Dot’s King Me Project.

Come celebrate the heart and soul of OTR with your family and friends. All your favorite Main St. Merchants will be open, plus 100+ vendors, the Biergarten lounge curated by Queen City Vignette, food trucks and more.

Main Stage, The Comet Blue Grass Allstars and Queen City Kings performing the music that put legendary King Records on the map!

Second Stage programming by Soul Step Records, a vinyl-only independent record label that up fronts all the costs of manufacturing and pressing vinyl for artists.

The beer pour non-profit for this month is the Cincinnati Preservation Collective. All tips go to benefit this great organization.

Alison Kraus

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018, 7 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St

Windy City, Alison Krauss' latest solo album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts and received two Grammy nominations. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, whose vocal harmonies Krauss grew up listening to and were the soundtrack to her childhood. “Buddy sang harmonies on everything back then,” Krauss says. She also reveals of Cannon, “I don’t do something unless I feel like I’m called to do it. That’s what I felt like, so I honored it. It’s like the same feeling of when you know something is right musically, with a song or a batch of songs – the same feeling, but this was attached to a person instead of a batch of songs.

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