Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Cincinnati Cyclones v. Wings (Kids Jersey giveaway)

Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm U.S. Bank Arena

https://cycloneshockey.com/game/2018/10/26/kids-jersey-t-shirt-giveaway

End October in style! The first 1,500 children ages 2-12 will receive a jersey t-shirt of Cyclones Player Justin Vaive presented by The Plastic Surgery Group. It's always a great day for hockey! Come watch ECL action with the 2-time Kelly Cup winning Cincinnati Cyclones.

Rhinegeist Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 26, 8 pm

Rhinegeist Brewery

https://rhinegeist.com/event/halloween-party/

Summoning all paranormal partygoers: our Halloween Party is back! On Friday, 10/26, don your doomsday best and dance away the cobwebs at an All Hallows’ Eve celebration of spine-tingling proportions. The DJ duo of “Macabre” Matty Joy and “Wicked” Will Ross will spin spooky tunes and our costume contest will make its hair-raising return. All eligible costumes must be submitted online by Friday, October 19th!

Aladdin’s Bourbon Dinner with Knob Creek

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27, 4 – 11 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/316047988979016/

Come and join us for our newest bourbon paired meals! Enjoy four courses of food paired with your choice of a delicious bourbon cocktail or a 1/2 ounce bourbon tasting for only $25 per person.

  • Course 1: Spicy Cauliflower Appetizer paired with a Spicy Bourbon Sidecar (knob creek, ancho chile powder, triple sec, lemon and orange)
  • Course 2: Mujadara Power Salad paired with a Lion's Tale (knob creek single barrel, lime juice, all spice liqueur)
  • Course 3: Jasmine's Favorite with Lebanese Salata or Beef Kafta Plate paired with a Rye Black Hawk (knob creek rye whiskey, dekuyper sloe gin, cherry)
  • Course 4: 2 pieces of baklava paired with a Maple Fashioned (knob creek maple, amaretto, bitters, orange)

ZviDance – On the Road

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27, 8 pm

Aronoff Center: Jarson-Kaplan Theater

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/zvidance

ON THE ROAD is a multi-media collaboration of contemporary dance and video design, utilizing Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road as a point of departure to meditate on the current American notion of youth, freedom, and individualism. For the initiation of the creative process, Zvi invited four dancers and the Video Artist Josh Higgason to join on a 2-week artistic research cross-country trip from New York to San Francisco, retracing Kerouac’s first trip to the west, as described in On The Road. On occasion, the team would stop the car and dance/improvise on the road or in random locations near the road, videoing the process. This multi-media work was constructed from the material the team collected during this trip. The commissioned music score is by the Swedish Composer Jukka Rintamaki and the Lighting Design is by Mark London. FREE

Peter Pan

Friday, Oct. 26, 8 pm; Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 & 8 pm; Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 & 6:30 pm

Music Hall

https://www.cballet.org/peter-pan/

Carmon DeLeone’s original composition celebrates his 50th anniversary with Cincinnati Ballet. Take flight to exotic lands with this full-length ballet based upon J.M. Barrie’s famous tale. The classic story is filled with pixie dust, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, swashbuckling pirates, a very hungry crocodile, and – of course – Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Playful fun for the young at heart, Peter Pan is certain to thrill the child in us all.

HIGHLIGHTS include:

  • Classical choreography
  • Flying & magic
  • Comedic moments
  • A dancing crocodile!

Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Friday, Oct. 26, 8:00 pm; Saturday, Oct. 27, 2:00 & 8:00 pm; Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:00 & 6:30 pm

Aronoff Center: Procter & Gamble Hall

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now your golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including 'Pure Imagination', 'The Candy Man' and 'I've Got a Golden Ticket', alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before—get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 am

Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E Pete Rose Way

http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=89554&pg=informational&sid=210546&name=event-details

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Nearly 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. That could be your mother, sister, daughter, your wife, or even you. We hold Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks so anyone touched by breast cancer won't have to face their diagnosis alone. We do it to raise awareness and money to fund research, support services, and early detection. Registration/Check-in will open at 8 am, walk begins at 9 am.

Fall Fest Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 26 & 27, 12 – 6 pm

Washington Park

https://washingtonpark.org/events/fall-fest-weekend/

Join us at Washington Park for a weekend of fall family fun! We’ve got a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages. There will also be local vendors selling craft & homemade items, baked goods & more! Enjoy food from Saigon Market, Heather's Peddlers, Eli's BBQ, and RedTree Coffee.

Band Lineup:

Saturday

  • 12p to 1p - Jake Speed & The Freddies
  • 1:30p to 2:30p - Ma Crow & Co.
  • 3p to 4p - Bulletville
  • 4:30p to 6p - Jeremy Pinnell

Sunday

  • 12p to 12:45p - Jason Owens Music
  • 1:15p to 2:15p - Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
  • 2:45p to 4p - The Wayfarers
  • 4:30p to 6p- The Tammy WhyNots

Kids Activities:

  • Building Block activity with Happen, Inc.
  • Face Painting with Dalton
  • Music and dancing with The Red Balloon Café + Play
  • Animal education Farm with Sunrock Farm
  • Velcro wall from A-1 Amusement
  • Pedal Wagon Cincinnati “hay rides”
  • “What Lurks Beneath” Ohio River activity with Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO)
  • Pumpkin patch

Frown Upside Down

Saturday, Oct. 27, 3:00, 5:00 and 7:30 PM

Aronoff Center: Fifth Third Bank Theater

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/frown-upside-down

A dance immersion experience, a living Halloween museum. Presented by the Exhale Dance Tribe.

Exhale Dance Tribe is a contemporary jazz troupe comprised of Cincinnati-based performing artists and dance educators. Founded in 2001 by Andrew Hubbard and Missy Lay Zimmer, Exhale celebrates the full range of modern and rhythm-based dance and features diverse and versatile performers. Their programs, performances, and original choreographies speak to the region’s need for expressionistic and multi-lingual dance rooted in rhythmic language and storytelling. One hour showtime.

Gordon Lightfoot

Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 pm

Taft Theatre

http://tafttheatre.org/events/2018/10/gordon-lightfoot

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into themulti-millions, it's safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That's What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Ribbon Of Darkness," "Beautiful," "Song For A Winter's Night" and "Rainy Day People" to name a few.

But this year is special for the legendary artist who, has announced plans for a cross-country USA tour entitled "Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On". The tour will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics. All of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot's own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.

The Mavericks

Sunday, Oct. 28, 8 pm

Taft Theatre

http://tafttheatre.org/events/2018/10/the-mavericks

The genre-defying Mavericks are declaring their independence and stepping out on their own with Brand New Day, the first studio album released on Mono Mundo Recordings, the label they founded in 2016. Brand New Day is the follow-up to the widely praised albums Mono (2015) and In Time (2013). Flashing the same exhilarating, beyond-category style that has defined the Mavericks, the new album introduces a collection of taut, energetic, economical songs sure to be embraced by both original fans of their top-10 albums and hit singles of the ‘90s and a new generation of listeners who have joined the party since their triumphant 2012 reunion. It is the mature and timely work of an exciting and underestimated American band that has embraced its own destiny.

2018 Halloween Events Downtown

It is officially Spooky Season! Whether you’re looking to celebrate with BOOze, an assortment of fall food, terrifying tours, or monstrous music- there is a little something for everyone on this list. Here’s our round up of the 2018 Halloween Events taking place downtown. Happy Haunting!

Haunted Brewery Tour                                                                                                                             Christian Moerlein Brewing Company’s Tap Room, 1621 Moore St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oct. 5 – 27, 7 -11 p.m.

http://www.hauntedbrewerytour.com/

The Haunted Brewery Tour: Can You Solve the Mystery? is a brand-new interactive experience supporting the Brewery District CURC, created in cooperation with Christian Moerlein Brewing, The Cincinnati Escape Room and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Debuting October 5 and running Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October, the Haunted Brewery Tours will take patrons on a trip back in time to meet actual colorful (and doomed!) characters in Cincinnati brewing history. Or are they?

Cincinnati Pops: Haunted Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Music Hall, 1241 Elm. St.                                                                                                                                     Oct. 12 and 13, 8 p.m.                                                                                                                                                    Oct. 14, 2 pm

http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus-events/pops/1819-pops/haunted-hall/

Join the Cincinnati Pops for orchestral blockbusters with a seasonal twist, including selections from Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre. Celebrate an early Halloween with the magical music of the Pops in a hall with a haunted history.

Fright Night                                                                                                                                         Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive                                                                                        Oct. 12 & Oct. 19, 5 – 9 p.m.

https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/events-list/fright-night-2018-2/?date=October+19%2c+2018+12%3a00+AM

This fall, take a guided tour through one of the country’s most haunted museums during Fright Night, an event in partnership with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Grid program, that brings together real accounts of ghosts and spookiness over the years.

Meet in the Great Hall before or after the tour for food, drinks and games! Tickets includes a half bacon jam grilled cheese sandwich, chips, cookie and 1 beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Vegetarian option available. Please indicate food preference in reservation online. One meal per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult when eating. Cash bar available. No refunds or exchanges of tour times.

TeenSpot’s Annual Halloween Party                                                                                                                               The Public Library- Main Branch, 800 Vine St.                                                                                                                      Oct. 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=169573&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/10/12

Join us for what is sure to be a scary good time. Play games, eat snacks, and try to survive our haunted stacks. Registration required.

An Early All Hallows Eve                                                                                                                                 Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr.                                                                                                                                     Oct. 17, 6 – 8

https://cincinnati.carpe-diem.events/calendar/8055876-an-early-all-hallows-eve-at-krohn-conservatory/p.m.

  

Join us for an adults-only night of pumpkin carving and pumpkin spice beer! Costumes and camaraderie! $12 pre-register; $15 at door. Includes 1 beer ticket.

Halloween Bash

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 and 24, 6–9 p.m.

https://www.taftmuseum.org/halloween-bash-2

After dark, the Taft’s galleries come alive! Mix and mingle with otherworldly spirits at the Taft Museum of Art at this Halloween celebration.

Outside on the front lawn, InBocca Performance will bring Taft ghost stories to life, and inside in the galleries, docents will bring the paintings to life with interactive self-guided tours. Listen to the sounds of DJ Shabba while enjoying food, beer, and specialty cocktail the Dark and Stormy in the courtyard tent.

Participate in trick or treating, decorate your wine glass with a funky twist, and reveal your fortune with a palm reading. But dear, intrepid visitors, please wear all black so as not to scare the ghosts!

$15 Taft members; $20 non-members (includes one free drink). Cash bar.

Fall Food Fest                                                                                                                                                 Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street                                                                                                                                                                              Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-food-fest-tickets-50866694653

We are excited to share the amazing autumnal treats Findlay Market has this season at our annual Fall Food Fest. We will have live music all day, delicious beers and fall-themed cocktails, children’s activities like pumpkin painting and a spooky scavenger hunt, and of course, the freshest, bestest food in town.

Cincy Brass Halloween Costume Party

The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St. Over-the-Rhine.

$15, $10 advance. Ages 21-up.

Rhinegeist Halloween Party

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm Street

Oct. 26, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m.

https://rhinegeist.com/event/halloween-party/

Summoning all paranormal partygoers: our Halloween Party is back! On Friday, 10/26, don your doomsday best and dance away the cobwebs at an All Hallows’ Eve celebration of spine-tingling proportions. The DJ duo of “Macabre” Matty Joy and “Wicked” Will Ross will spin spooky tunes and our costume contest will make its hair-raising return. All eligible costumes must be submitted online by Friday, October 19th!

HallowREAD Party                                                                                                                                                      The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St.                                                                                                                      Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m,

http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=170574&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/10/12

Trick or treat at the Main Library at our HallowREAD Party!  Enjoy Wump Mucket Puppets’ Kooky Spooky Halloween Show, a sing-along and costume parade with Jennifer Ellis and participate in fun Halloween activities and crafts. Come in costume and trick or treat through the Main Library - be sure to stop in each department for candy or a prize!

Fall Fest Weekend at Washington Park

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

Oct. 27, 12- 6 p.m.

https://washingtonpark.org/events/fall-fest-weekend/

Join us at Washington Park for a weekend of fall family fun! We’ve got a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages. There will also be local vendors selling craft & homemade items, baked goods & more!

Boos & Brews Halloween Bar Crawl

Downtown Cincinnati

Oct. 27, 2– 10 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-halloween-bar-crawl-cincy-oh-tickets-43415056603

Put on your coolest or scariest costume and drink your way through OTR and The Banks. Kickoff Party at Club Scene.

Creatures of the Night Halloween Party

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, 609 Walnut St.

Oct. 27, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/event/creatures-night-halloween-party/

The haunting season draws near again and 21c Cincinnati invites you to delve deeper into the forest and be whisked away by the Creatures of the Night. Planet Venus will be spinning in the Main Gallery as C Jacqueline Wood conjures the visual palette of this Secret Garden Redux. Pones, Dancefix by HBDC, and Elevated Aerials will spread dance among the masses while Floyd Johnson of OATW: Ohio Against The World launches a new photo booth concept to memorialize the evening. Metropole will be concocting creepy cocktails and a special Halloween punch as well as offering a cash bar

Costumes are highly encouraged for entry into a judged costume contest with prizes, including a one night stay at 21c Cincinnati or dinner for two at Metropole. No costume? No problem! The Queen City’s elite makeup professionals will be on hand to help you manifest your inner creature, free of charge.

The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10, which will benefit ACLU of Ohio. Must be 21+ to attend.

Arnold's Voodoo Ball

Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. 8th St., Downtown.

8 p.m., Oct. 27

Free, ages 21-up. Cajun-themed special menu, $5 Hurricanes and live New Orleans party music courtesy of Hot Magnolias. Wear costumes, especially zombies and Day of the Dead. arnoldsbarandgrill.com.

Heaven & Hell Halloween Party

The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St.

Oct. 27, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/280792369206418/

The Righteous Room will transform into Heaven and Hell! Pick your side at the door with a halo or horns (while supplies last). A themed cocktail for each side will be offered all night! Dress to impress - the best devil and best angel costumes will win prizes, including 4EG gift cards!

Hallowqueen Drag Show Brunch

Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 am – 2 pm

Metropole

https://www.facebook.com/events/539058169882992/

There’s nothing better than a holiday dedicated to makeup, costumes, and glorious transformations. Drag your old bones out of bed and do the monster mash down to Metropole! We’re gonna get freaky at Hallowqueen, a drag brunch filled with glitter, fangs and sky-high heels galore. Price is $35 per person; includes a family-style brunch and a welcome mimosa. Daring and divine costumes encouraged. Call 513.578.6660 for reservations

Trick or Treat at Carol Ann’s Carousel

The Banks, 8 W. Mehring Way

Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/calendar/#event=11791155

Come delight in a magical time and enjoy a sweet treat! Explore family friendly crafts, coloring, games and contests! Come dressed in your costume to receive one free ride on the Carousel! Enter into the 'Best Dressed Like a Carousel Character'*Contest, for a chance to win a basket full of Park's goodies! Seeing you at the Carousel will be a ‘treat’! (Free)

Trick or Treat at The Findlay Market

Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street

Oct. 31, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

http://findlaymarket.org/events/trick-or-treat-at-the-market

This first-time event will welcome in schools and families from the neighborhood for a unique, safe trick-or-treating event during the last two hours of the market day. We invite kids to Trick or Treat inside the market at designated stands.

Bring your gently used costumes to the Market Center (located in the middle of the market house) any time during Market hours from October 1-31 so that kids who may not otherwise have a costume can dress up for Halloween!

Wake The Dead Bash with The Mighty Wurlitzer

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Oct. 31, 9 p.m.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/wake-the-dead-bash

The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall presents a party like no other this Halloween season! Join SPMH and organist Trent Sims as creepy music sets the stage for fun in the largest Haunted House in town, Cincinnati Music Hall.  Special effects abound with the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Supernaturally Spooky Tours offered every half hour.

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