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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2019

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Mozart and the Pocket Groove

Friday, January 24, 7:30 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

After the premiere of the Quintet, Mozart professed it to be “the best thing I have written in my life.” Beethoven’s Piano Trio sparked a heated and life-long rivalry with pianist Daniel Steibelt, which culminated in musical “duel” between the two composers. With only two players, one on percussion the other on bassoon, Koshinski’s Pocket Grooves shrinks the ensemble but maximizes the fun. Tickets are only $40. Want more? A subscription to all four Chamber Players concerts is just $136.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2020 Featuring the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

Friday, January 24, 6:00 PM Pre-Concert Festival and 8:00 PM Chinese New Year Concert

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

Shanghai Chinese Orchestra (SHCO), founded in 1952 in China. It is famous for its harmonious cooperation among the members of orchestra and its excellent mastering of all kinds of works. Shanghai Chinese Orchestra is the first big-scale modern Chinese Orchestra plays an important role in the development of Chinese music. After more than half a century development, SCHO now turns into a large-scale integrated national orchestra embracing four sections, that is, the stringed, plucking, wind and percussion voice, and thus accumulated a number of classic works and projects.

At the beginning of the year 2018, the concert New Oriental Chinese Music Scene was brought by SHCO’s tour performances to eight cities in four countries including Britain, France, Belgian and Germany. These concerts were all performed in the world famous and first-class concert halls throughout Europe, having made a great coup during the nearly-20-days concert tour.

Schubert’s the Great

Friday, January 24, 11:00 AM

Saturday, January 25, 8:00 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Encounter Schubert’s once-lost masterpiece and a cello concerto by one of today's most exciting composers. Like the final symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler and Dvořák, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 is an awe-inspiring revelation. Schubert sketched his Great symphony just one year after Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Guest artist Alban Gerhardt performs a cello concerto written for him and that he premiered at the BBC Proms. By turns frenetic, passionate and ethereal, the concerto was written by the exciting composer Unsuk Chin, who “has a knack for binding together seemingly irreconcilable extremes” (The New Yorker).

All the Way

Friday, January 24, 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 25, 7:30 PM

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

Through February 15.

1964. In the wake of an assassination that shook a nation to its core, a larger-than-life figure is propelled into the national spotlight. Faced with civil unrest at home and an unpopular war abroad, accidental president Lyndon B. Johnson struggles at the eleventh hour to get the hotly contested Civil Rights Act across the finish line, and to keep an already divided country from tearing itself apart. Don’t miss the professional regional premiere of this epic political thriller.

Bloom and Grow

Friday, January 24, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, January 26, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Drive Park

You would have to travel a long distance to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Our permanent collection includes desert plants, tropical specimens, Bonsai trees, rare orchids, carnivorous plants and exotic fruit trees.

Snow Banks at the Banks

Friday, January 24, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, January 25, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sunday, January 26, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The Banks, 150 E. Freedom Way

Through January 26.

Snow Banks at The Banks is the “Greatest Show in Snow in Cincinnati” featuring live snow demonstrations by an Academy Award-winning special effects producer including the Frisch’s Big Boy Snow Tube Run, a 50-foot long snow tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park with rides for purchase, a snow sledding hill, snow blizzards for snow selfies on the half hour, a snow lounge with cocktails, horse carriage rides by the Cincinnati Auto Expo, hockey skill challenges by the Cincinnati Cyclones, and ice sculpture carvings at Great American Ball Park. Bars and restaurants will offer special cocktails, menus and entertainment. Once tickets are purchased online, wristbands can be redeemed at Street Corner Market at The Banks.

Cirque De Soleil Axel

Friday, January 24, 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 25, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 26, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway

Cirque du Soleil is back on ice with AXEL, a new electrifying experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics. Follow AXEL and his dynamic group of friends whose passion for live music and graphic arts come to life in an exhilarating adventure that reminds us that our dreams are within reach.

Discover this young artist as he falls for the fascinating Lei in a high-speed chase for love and self-realization. Sparks fly as they set out on a fast-moving quest through fun colorful fantastical worlds. Will he fulfill his destiny and find his voice?


Saturday, January 25, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

The Phoenix, 812 Race St.

CityBeat is bringing together the best restaurants in town with one mission: unite to cure Cincinnati’s hangover. It’s more than just bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas — enjoy screwdrivers, bellinis, Irish coffee, craft beer and more! Plus, all the best brunch hot spots in the Greater Cincinnati area will be under one roof. It’s a high energy morning with locals and guest judges voting for CityBeat’s Best Bloody Mary & Best Mimosa.

Family Festival: Frost, Frozen Fun!

Saturday, January 25, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

Join for a meet and greet with a real live penguin from the Cincinnati Zoo (from 12:00-12:30pm).Stop by for some frosty fun as we experiment with ice painting, design a frozen snow crown and take part in an epic snowball battle. No blizzard bash would be complete without a hot chocolate warm up station stocked with all your favorite toppings (because whip cream makes everything better).

Stuart Little

Saturday, January 25, 2:00 PM

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

Memorial Hall presents The Playhouse in the Park production of Stuart Little. Stuart Little is a lovable mouse who is born into an ordinary, New York family. His many adventures — both big and small — vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great, big world. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Countess Luann and Friends

Saturday, January 25, 8:00 PM

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

An original cast member of one of the most successful franchises in television history, The Real Housewives of New York, Luann de Lesseps was just ranked the #1 Housewife by TV Guide, topping all 46 housewives across all franchised cities. The hit show is now entering its 11th season but Luann is just hitting her stride. The model-turned-Countess has transformed herself into an author, philanthropist, actor and bona fide cabaret star.

CSO Night/Light

Saturday, January 25, 10:30 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Experience a different side of the CSO. CSO Night/Light gets you closer to the music and shares another side of CSO artistry. In an intimate, cabaret-style setting awash in candlelight, join us for these shorter, late-night performances in Wilks Studio at Music Hall. Each performance starts at 10:30 pm (Foyer opens at 10:00 pm) and lasts about an hour, with no intermission. Tickets are $25 general admission, and include a glass of wine. Seating is limited. Ages 21+. Performers include cellist Alban Gerhardt, vocalist Joélle Harvey and lutenist Thomas Dunford, and Sō Percussion.

Frozen Yoga

Sunday, January 26, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way

Frozen Yoga at Snow Banks at The Banks includes Frozen Yoga class (participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats), admission wristband to Snow Banks at The Bank, and an after-class wine or beer near the Frontgate Snow Lounge fire pits. All part of Snow Banks at the Banks!

Findlay Market Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, January 26, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Findlay Market, 1801 Race St.

Join Findlay Market for the Annual Chili Cook-Off and Annual Hot Sauce Boss Competition! Amateur chefs will compete for the titles of Chili Meister and Hot Sauce Boss.

In addition to the competitions, participants can purchase and sample chili and chili-themed items from their favorite Findlay Market merchants!


Sunday, January 26, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Brewdog, 316 Reading Rd.

The Cincinnati Zoo and BrewDog are teaming up for a wild afternoon - ZooDog! Join our team and bring your family and friends to mix and mingle with animals from The Cincinnati Zoo on Sunday January 26th from 1-2pm in our Mezzanine. Grab a beer and meet our brand-new WILD friends. This event is TOTALLY FREE, but please take a minute to register, as space will be limited. Sadly, Fiona won't be joining this party.

Jurassic Geist VIP Tasting Tour

Sunday, January 26, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

Ever wanted to look at a Saber Tooth Tiger tooth while drinking Saber Tooth Tiger?

On January 26th, join Cincinnati Museum Center's (CMC) Dr. Glenn Storrs — the Paleontologist that led the excavation of the Galeamopus dinosaur skeleton that resided in our taproom last summer — at Rhinegeist for our Jurassic Geist VIP Tasting Tour. During this 90 minute expedition around the brewery, you'll taste four "prehistoric" Rhinegeist brews, learning about the history of Rhinegeist, the brewing process, and dinosaurs along the way. At each stop, Dr. Storrs will be showcasing some ancient awesomeness: fossils from the CMC collection! Each guest will take home a 4 pack of Saber Tooth Tiger — an Imperial IPA — a 5oz Taster Glass, and discounts on other Saber Tooth Tiger merchandise!

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