Downtown Cincinnati

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Jan. 11 – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra plays Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.

Music Hall

1241 Elm Street


Conductor Richard Egarr leads the orchestra from behind the keyboard through a program of baroque jewels. Vivaldi’s instantly recognizable Four Seasons portrays scenes of birds in spring, summer storms, autumn harvests and warm winter fire.The program also includes BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4 and BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.  Tickets range from $39 to $120.



59th Cavalcade of Customs

Friday, Jan. 11 – 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan.12 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13 – 10:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Duke Energy Convention Center

525 Elm Street



The annual KOI Auto Parts Cavalcade of Customs Car Show brings over 500 of the coolest custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles, and trucks to the Duke Energy Convention Center.


A number of stars will be on hand for autographs and selfies throughout the weekend, including WWE Wrestling superstar Kevin Owens (Friday 6-8 p.m.), NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Saturday noon-2 p.m.), Dave Kindig from TV's "Bitchin' Rides" (Saturday 4-8 p.m.) and John Schneider, aka Bo Duke from TV's "Dukes of Hazzard" and "Dancing with the Stars" (Sun 1-4 p.m.).  General Admission at gate: Adults $19.00, Children 6 to 12 $7.00, Under 5 Free. Discounted tickets are available from KOI Auto Parts.



Quadrangle MAMLOFT and Co

Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts

650 Walnut Street



Four modern dance works by four choreographers from Chicago will be performed at the Aronoff Center.  Don’t miss a FREE post-show Q&A with the artists after the performance on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets at the Box Office: Adults $27,Students and Seniors $20




The Second City – It’s not you, it’s me

Now to Jan. 27

Shelterhouse Theater at Playhouse in Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle's-not-you-it's-me

The Second City has been laughing at love and its various side effects for decades. The Second City – It’s Not You, It’s Me takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships, as seen through the eyes of the next generation of comic writers and performers. Your friends, parents and blind date will all find something achingly familiar to laugh at.  This is appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. This show includes improvised content and will likely include adult language and mature themes associated with the hilariously painful side of dating and relationships.





Findlay Market – Guided Food Tour

1801 Race Street

Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:00 p.m.


Experience a culinary trip around the world during a 90-minute guided tour of Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market. Learn the history of Ohio's oldest continuously operating municipal market.  Taste samples and small bites as you meet five specialty merchants. Discover hidden gems that make your Findlay Market shopping experience unique. 90-minute guided tour, $25 per person. Meet at the Information Desk inside the Findlay Market building and directly across from Taste of Belgium.

Ice Skating Lessons

Fountain Square

Sunday, Jan. 13 – 11:00 a.m. to noon


Fountain Square is now offering FREE Ice Skating Lessons Courtesy of the Cincinnati Skating School. The Cincinnati Skating School is a non-profit group ice skating program whose goal is to provide quality skating instruction by certified, professional instructors, in a safe environment. Classes are FREE with paid rink admission $6.00 and skate rental $4.00. Participants must sign-up in advance. Register here:



Night of the Stars – a Fundraiser for King Records

Saturday, Jan.  11 – doors open at 7:00 p.m., Show at 7:30 p.m.

The Woodward Theater

1404 Main Street


The concert will feature Ben Levin, Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters band), Philip Paul (King Records session drummer), Johnny Fink and many other top local and national musicians. King Studios is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) dedicated to the efforts of preserving/restoring the Brewster Ave. King Records location. Tickets: Ages 18+ - $15.00 ticket only, $50 Ticket + poster signed by musicians + meet and greet with musicians before the show.




Chamber Music Concert - Free

Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike Street


The Taft Museum of Art presents its 66th annual Chamber Music Series featuring both traditional and unexpected chamber ensembles. Cellist Nat Chaitkin offers a guided tour of the Bach Suites for solo cello, including highlights from all six, and a complete performance of the 3rd in C major. Due to popularity, reservations are recommended.



Pins Mechanical Co.

1124 Main Street

Open 7 days a week – Monday to Friday open at 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday open at noon

After 8:00 p.m. must be over 21


Featuring three floors of duckpin bowling, vintage pinball machines, ping-pong, foosball and more. A rooftop patio with bocce ball and fire pits is opening up later this year. Offering libation – craft beers on tap, plus signature and seasonally rotating cocktails. Duckpin bowling lanes are $5 per person for each game and $10 per hour for ping-pong and bocce. Pinball and foosball games will only cost you two shiny quarters.






Heated Igloos at AC Hotel at The Banks

135 Joe Nuxhall Way

Rental: 5:00 p.m. through midnight

The AC Hotel at The Banks is embracing cold weather by adding four igloos made of protective, transparent plastic. Each accommodates 8 people and includes chairs with warm cozy blankets, music and lights -- all controlled with remote control. In addition, there is a large communal fire pit on the patio. Prices start at $250 for 2 hours and include a choice of hors d’oeuvres. To reserve an igloo call 513-744-8802.


Elvis Tribute Artist SpectacularSaturday, Jan. 12 – 8:00 p.m. Aronoff Center for the Arts650 Walnut Street

The Elvis Tribute is a concert celebrating the music of Elvis Presley. The show begins with the early rock-a-billy years and continues era by era ending with the Las Vegas concert years. This year's line up consists of the best Elvis entertainers in the world, Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, and Ryan Pelton. Special Guests include eight-time Grammy award-winning vocal group, The Blackwood Quartet, and The Fabulous Ambassadors Band.  Ticket Price Range: $22.75 to $78.75.


Fiddler on the RoofJanuary 15 to 27Aronoff Center for the Arts650 Walnut Street

A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives. Featuring the Broadway classics 'Tradition', 'If I Were a Rich Man', Sunrise Sunset', 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker' and 'To Life', Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy, love and life. Ticket Price Range: $31 to $114. 

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