Downtown Events

Downtown and OvertheRhine Events 

Friday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 

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The Ashland Inc. Collection Opening Reception 

Friday, Oct.19, 5 p.m. 

Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 East Sixth St. 


Cincinnati Art Galleries has been working with representatives of Ashland Inc (formerly Ashland Oil, Inc.) to offer for sale to the public more than 100 carefully selected works from their art collection. Ashlands collection was assembled over many years from the early 1970s through the 1990s with the help of curators and art dealers from New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., London, and elsewhere.  


The collection is largely comprised of prints, etchings, woodcuts and silkscreens by many of the best-known artists from this period including Jim Dine, Robert MotherwellHowardena Pindell,  Donald Sultan, and Leonard Baskin and Annie Bonney.  Several original paintings will be offered as well. Exhibition and sale continue through Nov.r 24. 


Andrea Bocelli 

Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. 

US Bank Arena 


Grammy-nominated and legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli celebrates his highly anticipated and exciting new project, making his debut in Cincinnati. To help welcome him, one of Americas finest and most versatile ensembles, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus will be joining the Maestro on stage for this once in a lifetime performance. 

With one of the most recognizable and romantic voices in the world, Andrea Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years, counting over 90 million records sold worldwide. In 2016, he was nominated for three Latin Graammy Awards® including “Album of the Year” and received a 2017 Grammy Award® nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for Cinema. 

The Man-Beast 

Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. 

Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St. 


In the late 18th century, the wilds of France are stalked by the fearsome Beast of Gévaudan, which has claimed over one-hundred victims in three years. King Louis has offered a rich reward to the hunter who kills the beast, and hunters have come from all over the country to take it down. 

But an outcast forester and a strange woods-witch are crafting their own plans to claim the prize. 

From the playwright of Know fan favorites Pulp and All Childish Things comes a class-conscious tale of mystery, passion, and suspense…all inspired by a French legend of a werewolf. 

Rated: PG-13. 10 words or less: Theres a wolf at the door. 

Envision Children Red Carpet Casino Night 

Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. 

Prime Cincinnati, 580 Walnut St. 


Envision Children and Prime Cincinnati present their third Annual Red Carpet Casino Night, a fundraising event benefiting under-served children in the Greater Cincinnati Area.  The mission of Envision Children is to provide under-served students with supplemental educational instruction in science, technology, engineering, math, reading and critical thinking that will allow them to excel academically. Join them for a night of exquisite food and beverages provided by Prime Cincinnati while gambling at over 15 tables.   


Be entertained by great music, specialty artists and an unforgettable professional fire performance. 


Storm Large 

Friday, Oct.19, 8 p.m. 

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. 


Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome. She shot to national prominence as a contestant on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the semifinals, Storm built a fan base that continues to follow her around the world. 


Career highlights include performances with the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Toronto, Baltimore, BBC, Phoenix, and Vancouver Symphonies, and her Carnegie Hall debut singing WeillSeven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony. Storm debuted with the band Pink Martini in 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She continues to tour internationally with the band and was featured on their album Get Happy. 


Storms musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses during its unprecedented 21-week sold-out run. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was named Oprahs Book of the Week and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. 


Please be advised that this performance may contain adult content and explicit language (with humor), and is not intended for children under 12. 


Books by the Banks 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. 

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St. 


The 12th annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival is bringing more than 130 authors to town to celebrate literature and the love of reading.  


This years lineup of bestselling authors include:  

American Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott 

Bestselling young adult author Jason Reynolds 

Bad Kitty author Nick Bruel 

Five Fiona books, including one by Thane Mayna 

Acclaimed Kentucky author Bobbie Ann Mason 

National Teacher of the Year Sharon Draper with her new book Blended 


In addition to the Author Pavilion, where visitors can buy books and get them signed, there are many more activities during the festival. The popular Kids Corner offers free balloon sculptures, face painting and acts by top-notch childrens performers. There is also an area for teens packed with special events just for them, including V.I.P. author meet-and-greets and maker activities. The popular Writing & Getting Publishing series returns this year with panel discussions covering hot topics for writers and workshops to help hone the craft of writing. 


The City Flea 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. 

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. 


The City Flea is Cincinnatis original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year. Since its conception in 2011, The Flea has seen dozens of vendors grow from hobby to full time business and it is with much pride that we consider ourselves not only a monthly market, but also a small business incubator, community organization, and city advocate. The Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience YOUR city in a unique and engaging way.  


Vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios. We have something for everyone. 



Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. 

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave 


October is a month filled with the scents of fall: pumpkins, dry leaves, cool mornings and … CHOCOLATE! Spend Saturday at the Duke Energy Childrens Museum as you immerse yourself in all things chocolate and Halloween.  

Activities will include, LEGO fun with CincyLugballoon animals, animals close-up in the Animal Spot, face painting, cacao bean dissection, bat encounter, costume parade, hot chocolate painting, and a Halloween Dance Party.  

Smyth Automotive Car Show 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. 

JACK Casino Cincinnati, 1000 Broadway St. 


The inaugural Smyth Automotive Car Show is just around the corner ... And they cannot wait to see you there! There will be more than 200 cars including special guest EricTheCarGuy and his famous 1979 Ford Fairmont.  


Additionally the event will be fun for the whole family and they will have Bones Brothers Wings and Waffo food trucks! There will be raffles from tons of local businesses and all proceeds will be going directly to People Working Cooperatively and will directly benefit improving the quality of life of veterans and their families!  


Rare Beer Fest 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 12 p.m. 

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St. 


Rare Beer Fest, Rhinegeit’s festival honoring the extraordinary, the unobtainable, and the unexpected, is back! Breweries from across the country will journey to Rhinegeist with their rarest brews in tow for a magnificent day of craft beer celebration. 


Due to last years swift sell-out, they are hosting two sessions, from 12 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 10 p.m. 


Tickets are $40 General Admission (includes 10 5oz samples and a tasting notebook) ⠀ 

$65 VIP (includes 10 5oz samples, a tasting notebook, commemorative glass, 4 additional tastings accompanied by food pairing, and exclusive info sessions with visiting brewery representatives) 


During the event, the taproom will remain open to the public. 


All-City Boychoir Festival 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. 

Aronoff Center for the Arts 


Join the Cincinnati Boychoir for their Hispanic-music-themed 8th annual festival. 

Boys in 1st – 12th grade participate in one of three tracks – primary (kindergarten through 2nd grade), treble (3rd – 8th grade unchanged voices) and changed/changing (5th – 12th grades with changed or changing voices). No need to prepare anything in advance. The day ends with a rousing performance in the fabulous 2,000-seat P&G Hall. 

All attendees receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Do not miss the festivals free showcase concert at 5 pm.  

90s Bar Crawl 

Saturday, Oct.20, 3 p.m. 

Scene Ultra Lounge, 637 Walnut St. 


Lace up your LA Gears, slap on your bracelets, and saddle up your Furbies. Take on Cincinnati 90s-style. Dont miss this opportunity to get jiggy wit it” and belt your heart out to every song found on the first ten albums of NOW Thats What I Call Music!  Participating Bars: 

  • Scene Ultra Lounge (Registration Location) 

  • Jefferson Social  

  • The Drinkery 

  • The Righteous Room 

  • Galla Park 

  • Rhinehaus 

  • Kittys Sports Grill 

  • Rosedale 

  • Hub OTR 


Recess in the Stadium 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m. 

Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Way 


This FREE event is for kids ages 4-16 and their families to experience the Cincinnati Bengals stadium first-hand, all while learning and playing at interactive stations.  


Highlights include: 

  • A 40-yard dash on the Bengals playing field 

  • A photo station where kids can get their picture taken with Who Dey 

  • Health screenings for kids 

  • Punt, pass and kick stations on the field 

  • Special guests and drawings for gifts 

  • Healthy snacks provided 


Sponsored by the Cincinnati Childrens Heart Institute, American Heart Association and Cincinnati Bengals, Recess in the Stadium brings local families together for a day to teach families healthy habits through various aerobic activities, nutritional workshops and tons of fun. Its all FREE  to join this heart-healthy family event! 


Cincinnati Cyclones Sensory Friendly Night 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. 

US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway 


Watch as the Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Wheeling Nailers in a Sensory Friendly Game with decreased auditory and visual stimulation. The first 3,000 fans will receive a Cyclones jigsaw puzzle 


Decreased stimulations includes 

  • No goal horn 

  • Decreased microphone volume 

  • Decreased music volume 

  • No strobe lights 

  • Lights always on 

  • No pre-game pyro 


Chill Zone available away from the action includes seating and activities away from crowds and game. Sensory kits are also available, which include; antiglare glasses, communication card, identification wristbands, noise-reducing ear covers, small "fidget" toy, sanitizing wipes & tissues, venue map and more. 


George Lopez 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. 

Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St. 


George Lopezs multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country. The comedians recently debuted their BET scripted comedy series based on their tour. 


Lopez has been featured in three HBO specials, The Wall in August 2017, Tall, Dark and Chicano, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best Comedy Album, and Americas Mexican in 2007. Lopez has also performed as part of HBO and TBSs Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert, Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in 2004. He released his third standup CD, El Mas Chingon, in 2006, which also earned Lopez a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Comedy Album. Prior to that, in 2004, he was nominated for a GRAMMY in the same category for his CD Team Leader. In May 2004, his autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York Times Bestsellers List top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez also was the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream. 


The Heart of Don Quixote 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. 

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 


This Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert includes compositions from three centuries inspired by Cervantes timeless novel, works that speak of the enduring “quixotic” quest for the good, for the ideal, which help to renew our own human spirit. Having lost his mind reading chivalrous romances, a nobleman assumes the persona of Don Quixote de la Mancha and, along with sidekick Sancho Panza, sets on quests for glory. 


Richard Strauss’ work employs cello and viola soloists to represent the title hero and his wise-cracking squire, along with full orchestra and wind machine.Puerto Rican composer, and CSO Principal Viola, Christian Colberg, performs his own Viola Concerto. 


Jake Speed and the Freddies Return to Arnolds 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m. 

Arnolds Bar and Grill, 210 East Eighth St. 


The Freddies are excited to return to one of Cincinnati's gems, Arnold's! The site of many of the bands most memorable shows including Opening Day festivities and the Music Revue variety shows, Arnold's and the Freddies have a long history together.  


Jake Speed & The Freddies play a mix of traditional & original folk, country blues, and ragtime tunes that muse on Cincinnatis unique past & present.Known as the Woody Guthrie of Cincinnati, Jake Speed uses a traditional folksy delivery to compose timely and timeless songs that tell great stories with a bit of a lyrical edge. The band, built out of guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tenor guitar and upright bass (with hints of harmonica, kazoo, and washboard), has been hailed by CityBeat magazine as a “…a fixture of Cincinnatis traditional Folk scene” since releasing its first of five albums, Queen City Rag, in 2002.  


Speeds tongue-in-cheek stories and crowd-engaging antics (such as watering can solos, sing-alongs, and dance moves) keep audiences thoroughly entertained. 


Experience Italian: Cuisine Culture and Conversation 

Sunday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. 

NOLI Modern Italian Kitchens, 100 West Elder St. 


Stir is proud to present, in collaborations with NOLI: Modern Italian Kitchens, another storytelling event through food. Join them for appetizers and wine samples, stay for a food demo and the launch of Vigne Vecchie products that will be available for purchase. 


They will then host a series of food demonstrations and storytelling. Representatives from the Vigne Vecchie line of products will tell their story of bringing artisan products from Puglia to Cincinnati. Deans very own Kate Zaidan will demo recipes and specialties from Emilia Romagna. 


You will end the afternoon with more tastings and invite the rest of the Findlay Market community in for wine, olive oil and balsamic samples out of the Vigne Vecchie line. 

NOLI owner Agostino Fede, Italian-born and raised, is a scientist by training and a connoisseur of cooking and design. His passion for Italian design, Swiss precision, and a classic Italian urban lifestyle led him to create NOLI at Findlay Market. 


Pet Sematary Halloween Paw-ty 

Sunday, Oct. 21, 12 p.m. 

Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St. 


Bring your pup to The Righteous Room for a dog-friendly Pet Sematary Halloween Pawty 


They have teamed up with Urbana Cafe to create three specialty coffee cocktails – The Howl at the Moon, The Drunken Ghoul, and Elysian Punkaccino! $1 from each specialty cocktail sold will be donated to SPCA Cincinnati. 


Pose with your pup in our photo booth and dress your dog up in costume! The winner of the costume contest will receive a PetWants gift basket.  


YPCC: Who tells your story? 

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. 

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. 


Join the men and women of YPCC as they tell the stories and speak the truths of people from around the world.  Wrap yourself in gorgeous music, listen to the compelling words as they are set in song, and then share your own stories over a drink and a bite to eat in the beautiful Memorial Hall. 


Actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company join YPCC on stage to perform pieces based on speeches, stories and experiences from important figures like Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg Address), Sojourner Truth (And Aint I a Woman) and MLK (Glory! from Selma), as well as lived truths surrounding powerful connections, truths and experiences. 

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