Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Ice Cream Social @ Rhinegeist Brewery

Friday, August 16, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/ice-cream-social-rhinegeist-brewery

Truth ice cream is back! Join in the taproom on Friday, August 16th to create a Truth ice cream float or sundae with United Dairy Farmers. They'll have vanilla on hand for you purists out there (no shame).

Ring of Fire

Friday, August 16, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 17, 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/ring-of-fire/

Through August 24.

“Walk the Line” with The Man In Black as the life and music of the inimitable Johnny Cash explodes to life at historic Memorial Hall. A spectacular ensemble of actor/musicians celebrates a true American original through the music that lives in the fabric of our country, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walk The Line,” and, of course, “Ring of Fire.”

RING OF FIRE is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com.

The Black Family Reunion

Friday, August 16, 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 17, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 18, 10:00 a.m.

Sawyer Point, Pete Rose Way

http://www.myblackfamilyreunion.org/events/

The Black Family Reunion Celebration is one of Cincinnati's largest family-focused events. This 3-day fun-filled weekend event brings consumers, corporations, and communities together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. Bring your families and friends and make this a reunion to remember!

We appreciate the thousands of people who attend, volunteer and support our annual celebration. This year marks our 31st year, and our 2019 theme — appropriate as ever — is “ Embracing Our Excellence.” Our BFR nonprofit celebration is an empowering three-day cultural event that brings families, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the community together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. The event was inaugurated in 1989 here in Cincinnati and it has grown to be one of the city’s largest family-focused events — typically drawing over 15,000 visitors from our region and throughout the nation.

Cincinnati Celtic Festival

Friday, August 16, 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 17, 12:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 18, 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.

E. Freedom Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/cincinnati-celtic-festival-1

The Cincinnati Celtic Festival, presented by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation and Guinness takes place in August this year directly in front of the Great American Ballpark on Freedom Way. Join us to celebrate Celtic Heritage with family fun, great food, Celtic music and more. The festivities begin with The Cincinnati Reds Irish Heritage Night Game on August 15th.

Live at Findlay

Friday, August 16, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 18, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Findlay Market Biergarten, 1801 Race St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/live-findlay

Through October 20.

Enjoy a brew in the Biergarten and weekly tunes on Fridays and Sundays May-October.

The City Flea

Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/series/the-city-flea/

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park. 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 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. Our vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios. We have something for everyone.

The Record Room

Saturday, August 17, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Low Spark, 15 West 14th St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/record-room-0

On Saturday, August 17th, from 3pm - 7pm, Herzog Music will be taking over Low Spark for a pop- up record shop. Vinyl will be spinning, and a collection of eclectic records will be available for you to browse while sipping on house cocktails.

Herzog Music is located in the historically marked spot where Cincinnati’s first R&B was recorded under Henry Glover for King Records, where Hank Williams Sr. also cut classics like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

Summermusik: España

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 to 9:15 p.m.

School for Creative Perfoming Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/summermusik-espa%C3%B1a-0

Welcome one of the true legends of classical guitar to Cincinnati: Pepe Romero. The son of Celedonio Romero and part of “the royal family of the guitar,” Pepe will perform a composition his father dedicated to him, the Concierto de Málaga. Inspired by exotic and fiery Spanish sounds that incorporate flamenco elements, the CCO will feature internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer Arleen Hurtado. Providing a rhythmic center to the orchestral fabric will be palmero Gabriel Osuna, showcasing this unique style of handclapping. From glimmering strings to flamenco guitar, enjoy an evening of music that is brilliant, joyful and quintessentially Spanish.

AJR Post-Game Concert

Saturday, August 17

Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way

https://www.mlb.com/reds/tickets/concerts/ajr

As part of the Ohio Lottery Post-Game Concert Series, AJR will be performing a LIVE concert from the field on Saturday, August 17! The Reds take on the Cardinals, and the concert will begin approximately 20 minutes after the game ends. Everyone with a ticket to the Reds game will have the chance to enjoy the show!

Men of Change: Power.Triumph.Truth.

Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 18, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/men-change-powertriumphtruth

Through December 1.

MEN OF CHANGE: POWER. TRIUMPH. TRUTH. profiles the revolutionary men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar—whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country. The achievements of the men are woven within the legacy and traditions of the African American journey—achievements of excellence in spite of society’s barriers.

Through literary and historic quotes, poetry, original works of art, dramatic photographs, and a dynamic space that encourages self-reflection, this innovative exhibition weaves together the historical and the contemporary to illuminate the importance of these men within the context of rich community traditions. It invites visitors to consider predominant narratives and engage in the authentic stories of history, politics, art, culture, and activism. Twenty-five contemporary artists were invited to reflect and celebrate the significance of these ground-breaking individuals through their own creative vision. These works of art serve as counterpoint to the sumptuously backlit photographs and inspiring quotes, and together honor the truth of the African American experience in history and today.

Cincinnati Celtic Festival Irish Breakfast

Sunday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/cincinnati-celtic-festival-irish-breakfast

Moerlein Lager House is the official host of the 2019 Cincinnati Celtic Fest Irish Breakfast. In addition to its traditional brunch menu, Moerlein chefs created specialty Irish dishes to celebrate Celtic Fest. Don't forget to try a Moerlein house-brewed draft or Little Kings Boilermaker while you're there! Doors open at 10:00am.

Full Irish Breakfast $16: Banger's and Bacon with pan roasted vegetable medley of fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, wild mushrooms, and 2 eggs sunny side. Irish Reuben $13: Hot Pastrami on toasted sourdough, with swiss, spicy mustard, and creamy cole slaw. Irish Poutine $14: Tavern style fried potatoes, banger's, white cheddar curds, gravy, wild mushrooms, and a sunny side egg.

Sunday Funday – Gone Fishing

Sunday, August 18, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

https://taftmuseum.org/experience/families-children/fundays/

There will be plenty of fish in the sea at this Funday! Make your own foil fish; search for rivers, lakes, and oceans in the Taft collection; and create a fish or sea creature out of water at the Art Cart. Learn about our local bodies of water and how to help prevent their pollution while meeting fish from the Newport Aquarium at 2 p.m.

Summermusik: Spanish Dances

Sunday, August 18, 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/summermusik-spanish-dances-0

The CCO returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum for another fabulous afternoon of music with a Spanish flair. Enjoy an intimate performance with guitar legend Pepe Romero as he is joined by exhilarating flamenco dancer Arleen Hurtado and palmero Gabriel Osuna. Come early to enjoy a specialized Spanish and music-themed art tour led by an Art Museum docent.

Adult Swim

Sunday, August 18, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Ziegler Pool, 1322 Sycamore St.

https://zieglerpark.org/series/adult-swim/

Through September 8.

Join us after hours at Ziegler Pool for Adult Swim! Once a month from May to September, we will have the bar open and a DJ onsite for our adult only evenings. Ziegler goes neon with OWN LANE SHOES during the first-ever Adult Swim fashion show. Online sales will end 60 minutes prior to the event. Admission is $10, guests must be over the age of 21. Purchase your ticket at: https://zpadultswim2019.eventbrite.com.

Reminder: No outside alcohol is permitted at Ziegler Park. Drinks must be purchased from our staff. Adult Swim at Ziegler Pool is presented by Rhinegeist. Special thank you to Oriental Trading for providing the neon décor.

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