Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Mar. 8 – Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Findlay Market Customer Appreciation Week

March 8-10 (Entire week March 5-10)

Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street

http://www.findlaymarket.org/events/customer-appreciation-week

Findlay Market celebrates the people who make this whole place possible—the customers! To celebrate, we will be uploading a new customer spotlight each day on our Facebook page, offering weekly deals and specials and raffling off prizes at the Market Center.

Stop by the Market Center each day between March 5-10th to take advantage of these specials and to enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win prizes!

Specials:

Bouchard's: $1.00 off the purchase of two bundles of fresh pasta and sauce

Churchill's: 50% off Fiona Infusers

Eckerlin Meats: Joe's Famous Irish Bangers - $5.99/lb, Homemade Sauerkraut - $1.99/lb, Famous Cornbeef Brisket - $4.99/lb

Em's Sourdough Bread: $1.00 any sandwich

The Gourmand Group: Friday, March 8th $1.00 off any lunch special

Gramma Debbie's Kitchen: 10% off to any customer who mentions Customer Appreciation Week

Kofinas Olive Oil: 10% off all 250 or 500 mL bottles of olive oil

Raffle Prizes:

3/8: Two packs of waffles from Taste of Belgium and a FM t-shirt

3/9: A Findlay Market cookbook & apron

3/10: Colonel De spice basket (valued at $60) & Four strip steaks from Neil Luken Meats

The Winter’s Tale

Friday, Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm Street

https://cincyshakes.com/on-stage/winters-tale/

Through March 23.

An irrational and unfounded jealousy has consumed Leontes, the king of Sicilia. Convinced his wife Hermione has been carrying on an affair, he unleashes his rage upon her and their newborn child, whom he banishes to the wilderness. The consequences of his actions unfold over many years, in ways no one, most of all Leontes could have anticipated. Shakespeare's magical tale of wrath and redemption, of loves lost and then found is a sure way to warm the heart on a cold winter's night.

Truth or Dare: A Reality Show

Friday, Mar. 8, 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

21C Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/truth-or-dare-reality-show

Through July 31.

Truth or Dare: A Reality Show features works that utilize illusion to entice, entertain, and explore the terrain between face and fiction, presence and absence, reality and imagination.

Soul Secrets Pop Up Fish Fry Dinner

Friday, Mar. 8, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm St.

http://www.cincyweekend.com/event/?eID=9366505

Through April 19.

Soul Secrets popup Friday Fish Fry dinner. Every Friday from March 8 thru April 19. Hand Breaded Fish, side, vegetable and dessert. Beverages Provided. Reserve your spot today. Cost is 15 dollars, tickets must be purchased in advance. Starting Friday March 29, guests will be able to take their food across the street to the biergarten if they want!https://findlaykitchen.org/classes https://www.universe.com/events/soul-secrets-popup-friday-fish-fry-tickets-cincinnati-RPL3HK?ref=universe-discove

Iliza

Friday, Mar. 8, 7:00 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/iliza

Iliza is one of today’s leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows.Last year she hosted her late night limited run talk show “Truth & Iliza,” on Freeform.In November 2017, she released her first book Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity (Hachette Book Group) a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships.

Classical Roots – National Women’s Day

Friday, Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/classical-roots-international-womens-day

This always uplifting concert celebrates the richly diverse African-American musical experience, writ large with the power of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Bringing together 150 singers from churches throughout the region, Music Hall is filled with glorious, powerful sound.

ComedySportz® Cincinnati Friday Night Match

Friday, Mar. 8, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall OTR, 1225 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/comedysportz-cincinnati-friday-night-match

Through March 29.

Add ComedySportz Cincinnati to your March Madness! Come see the fastest, fittest, funniest clean comedy in Cincinnati. The two teams, the Northern Kentucky Grass and the Cincinnati Big Machine are ready to compete for your laughs. There is a referee. There are team players. They have fouls and a scoreboard. Now all they need is YOU to give them great suggestions and cheer teams on to victory. It’s a treat your entire family will love, so bring your family or bring someone else’s family. There’s lots of laughs for everyone!

Friday Fish Fry benefiting St. Francis Seraph Church and School

Friday, Mar. 8, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company’s Malt House Tap Room, 1621 Moore St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/friday-fish-fry-benefiting-st-francis-seraph-church-and-school

Through April 12.

Join St. Francis Serah at the Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom in Over-the-Rhine each Friday during Lent through April 12.

Everyone’s favorite fried food season starts as Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. teams up with St. Francis Seraph Parish for their fifth annual Lenten Fish Fry at the Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, in Over-the-Rhine.

They’re kicking things off Friday, March 8, and will continue every Friday through April 12.

Each meal comes complete with two sides and dessert and is $12. Cash or credit cards accepted. Free parking is available onsite.

Live music will be featured every Friday evening from 7:30PM. Plan on staying the evening for a full night of fun.

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Friday, Mar. 8, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West 5th Street

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/cincinnati-international-wine-festival-0

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is celebrating its 29th year of giving back to local charities with new options for those seeking to personalize and customize their wine experience to ensure they thoroughly enjoy the robust weekend of wine.

The annual festival consists of grand tastings, gourmet dining, education sessions, a special tasting room, silent auctions and more. The festival, set for March 7-9, has options for every palate, style and preference. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the popular festival features more than 700 wines from more than 200 wineries. A record 6,000 people attended last year’s events.

The festival weekend kicks off with winery dinners the evening of Thursday, March 7, where guests will simultaneously experience the best of fine wines and fine dining at several of Cincinnati’s most prestigious restaurants. One price covers each multi-course dining experience which offers exclusive wine pairings presented by each restaurant’s unique winery representative. The festival continues March 8 and 9 at the Duke Energy Convention Center with a variety of wine tasting and educational opportunities. Guests will sample new and fascinating wines from around the world, paired with delectable bites provided by dozens of Cincinnati favorites.

Friday night’s grand tasting experience is being touted as the “best happy hour in town.” Doors will now open a half hour later than in previous years on Friday to give guests plenty of time to arrive after work. Multiple ticketing price points are also now available to accommodate every budget, including a new, unlimited weekend access pass which grants unrestricted access to all education sessions, the special tasting room, and every grand tasting session throughout the entire weekend.

A charity luncheon and auction on March 9 will feature limited-release and rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians, chef's table dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, fantastic trips, wine cellar tours and more.

This year’s honorary festival chair is Mark Beringer of Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. As the direct descendant to Beringer’s first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, Mark knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. He has been Chief Winemaker at the famous Beringer Vineyards since 2015.

“I take tremendous pride in being part of my family’s winemaking legacy and being the 8th winemaker among a hallowed roster of talent,” Beringer said. “And I am honored to be representing the wine industry as the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s honorary chair this year. This festival is a rare and exclusive opportunity for patrons to taste and experience the finest wines available, all in one place. I am proud to be part of this esteemed event in Cincinnati that has philanthropy at the heart of its mission.”

Each wine festival ticket purchased directly benefits 35 local charities with programs dedicated to the arts, education, health and human services. The festival has given more than $5.6 million to local charities since its inception in 1991 thanks to the support and patronage of the Greater Cincinnati community.

“With our new ticket prices, schedule-friendly Friday night hours and unlimited weekend access pass, there truly is something for everyone, at nearly every price point,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director, Debbie Dent. “Whether you’re looking to enjoy an intimate dinner at one of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, or you just want to have a night out with friends, you will have a blast at the wine festival, all for a great cause. Join us as we give back locally, one glass at a time.”

View the full schedule, learn more and buy tickets at winefestival.com.

Jurassic Quest

Friday, Mar. 8, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/jurassic-quest

An adventure for the whole family to explore the world of dinosaurs in an exciting, educational, and fun way. The event features more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs with which visitors can interact.

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Friday, Mar. 8, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

https://usbankarena.com/event/2019/03/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Experience the full story of Disney’s Frozen live on ice as Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven journey to find Queen Elsa and save their kingdom while encountering magic at every turn. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, all Disney fans will be thrilled by inspiring special appearances by the Disney Princesses and stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory and Lion King. Sing along to chart-topping songs as world-class special effects, costumes and ice skating create an unforgettable experience the whole family with never forget.

Metamorphoses

Friday, Mar. 8, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 2:00 p.m.

School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/metamorphoses

Metamorphoses is a play by the American playwright and director Mary Zimmerman, adapted from the classic Ovid poem Metamorphoses. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, Metamorphoses reflects on 10 of the 250 Ovid myths. Using the transformational power of water Metamorphoses, juxtaposes the ancient didactic stories and contemporary images and movement to retell the journeys of gods and fortunes both good and bad. Making its Broadway debut in 2002, Metamorphoses received several Tony Awards and was deemed by Time Magazine as ‘the theater event of the year’.

Tickets can be purchased at the school's box office: The SCPA Box Office 108 W. Central Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Hamilton

Friday, Mar. 8, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/hamilton

Final Weekend.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by

Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography.

Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner

Friday, Mar. 8, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 3:00 p.m.

Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street

knowtheatre.com/season-21/starlight/

Through March 16.

When an asteroid threatens the earth, the logical escape is your favorite diner, right? Especially when that diner just might be… a Time Machine.

It’s just your average night at the Starlight All-Night Diner – coffee, cigarettes, secret longings begging to be confessed, a mysterious comet in the night’s sky – you know, the usual.

Overnight janitor Sam and her very pregnant compatriot, late-night waitress Jessa, are passing the time polishing the fixtures and polishing off some coconut cream pie. But just as Sam is ready to spill her heart, in bursts the frantically brilliant Dr. Moxie and his graduate assistant, Danni, with a revelation that the comet isn’t just a pretty celestial event - it’s the end of the world as we know it. Armed with a coffee maker, a backup generator, and a conveniently-timed scientific breakthrough, Dr. Moxie has a plan to get the ladies of his favorite diner out of harm’s way.

But of course, even the most brilliant scientist can’t account for every variable…

In this charming love story, the stakes are more than life-and-death – they’re life-or-extinction. Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner is a world premiere adventure story about finding hope and connection in the face of insurmountable odds.

What can you expect from Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner?

Witty banter, rich relationships, tender moments, wacky antics, lesbian love stories. And maybe a dinosaur.

At its core, Starlight is about people who love each other coming together in a time of darkness to confront the impossible. Who and what do we rely on when we run out of road? Clearly the answers are, in no particular order: friends, love, coffee, science, and pie. I think that’s an important message for everyone to hear in a bleak midwinter.

Rated PG-13.

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Friday, Mar. 8, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.

https://www.ensemblecincinnati.org/shows/dolls-house-part-2

Through March 30.

Nora famously slammed the door on her marriage, leaving her family behind in Ibsen’s 1879 revolutionary classic, but what happened to the iconic heroine next? This audacious sequel imagines her 15 years later as a changed woman. Universally acclaimed on Broadway, this smart, sophisticated comedy crackles with razor-sharp humor that speaks directly to today’s audiences, giving new voice to its predecessor’s themes of marriage, fidelity, and personal independence.

Travels with Turner

Friday, Mar. 8, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/travels-turner

Through April 14.

Follow nineteenth-century British painter J. M. W. Turner on his travels throughout the United Kingdom and Europe—through his watercolors and an interactive digital map. On his journeys, Turner filled sketchbook after sketchbook, gathering reference material he would later turn into more detailed watercolors and oil paintings. A prolific artist and intrepid traveler, Turner was especially drawn to natural features such as mountains, alpine lakes, glaciers, river valleys, and seashores, as well as the human presence within these dramatic settings. This exhibition of the Taft Museum of Art’s ten watercolors by Turner focuses on the places he painted, including dramatic landscapes from Switzerland, Germany, France, England, Scotland, and Italy. Because these delicate watercolors are kept in storage to protect them from the damaging effects of light, this is a once-every-several-years opportunity to see these treasures from the Taft collection.

Lost in the Crowd: A Waldo Themed Fundraiser

Saturday, Mar. 9, 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/lost-crowd-waldo-themed-fundraiser

Join Rhinegeist as they turn their taproom and select OTR bars into the wacky world of Waldo. A portion of proceeds from the day will benefit Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, an agency dedicated to creating a community where every young person has the opportunity to thrive.

Grab your friends, put on your reddest, stripiest shirt, and spend the day getting Lost in the Crowd. The event is free and open to the public.

Dressed up participants will receive a sticker at each bar once you leave Rhinegeist. Take a photo at the selfie stations and post it with #waldopubcrawl for a chance to win a Rhinegeist cooler.

Participating Bars:

Queen City Radio

Cobblestone OTR

Pins Mechanical Co. 1

6-Bit Bar+Arcade

Rhinehaus

Donate a Where's Waldo book and receive a pair of Waldo glasses *until supplies last*

Magician Michael Carbonaro

Saturday, Mar. 9, 7:00 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St.

http://tafttheatre.org/events/2019/03/michael-carbonaro

Ever wondered what it feels like to be on the other side of Michael Carbonaro as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable?This is your chance to find out!From his hit television series “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, magician Michael Carbonaro brings his signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and mind-blowing magic, live on stage!Don’t miss out on your chance to feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… LIVE!

Lisa Fischer: Just a Kiss Away

Saturday, Mar. 9, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 10, 2:00 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/lisa-fischer-just-a-kiss-away

Lisa Fischer, perhaps best known for her years of touring with The Rolling Stones, joins the Cincinnati Pops for a powerhouse program that reimagines the music of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Sting and more with her signature style of soul and groove. Featured in the in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, Fischer transforms each song into a personal anthem. In the words of The Stones' Keith Richards, “She really kills it.”

Heart Mini Marathon

Sunday, Mar. 10, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Cincinnati – Races take place on 5th St. at Lawrence

http://events.cincinnati.com/cincinnati_oh/events/heart-mini-marathon-/E0-001-123950461-4

Packet pickup at 6:30 a.m. 15K and half marathon at 7:30 a.m., 1K Steps for Stroke 9:15 a.m., 5K Heart Race 10:30 a.m., 2K Kids Race 11:30 a.m., 5K Heart Walk noon. Post-race celebration with food, photos, music and fun.

Art on Vine: Local Madness

Sunday, Mar. 10, 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

www.artonvinecincy.com

Local Madness!

Art on Vine, a monthly local boutique art market (for all ages & FREE to the public)

Up to 70 Local Markers displaying and selling Fine Arts and Hand Made goods at Rhinegeist Brewery a stunning space with true Over the Rhine history and architecture, That dates back to the 1800s! Vendors consist of - Photography - Pottery - Fine Art - Local goods - Jewelry - Appareland much much more!

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