Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

ComedySportz Cincinnati

Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/comedysportz/

ComedySportz® is an award winning, totally improvised show. It’s comedy for everyone. Really! Our fans are ages 7 to 97! Our show is entirely improvised. We don’t have scripts or pre-planned scenes. ComedySportz® is comedy played as a sport. Two teams battle it out for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes based upon audience suggestions. The Blue Team and the Red Team are under the command of the all powerful Referee and at the mercy of their audience fans, who control the outcome of the match! Matches are clean, light-hearted, and fast-paced entertainment designed with everyone in mind. We play with and for the audience, our fans, to create a one of a kind, laughter-filled experience.

Rookwood Pottery Company Spring Open House

Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

https://www.otrchamber.com/event.html?id=3150

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with exclusive in-store releases, artist demonstrations and signings, live music and refreshments.

Season Finale: Langree Conducts Mozart + Mahler

Friday, May 10, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/buy-tickets/cso/1819-cso-season/season-finale-louis-conducts-mahler-5/

Mahler’s Fifth has its own gravity, reaching the far ends of experience with a sound as big as the world.

Spring Concert Series

Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.

Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/spring-concert-series/

Through May 27.

Break out your spring wardrobe- including your dancing shoes and get to Fountain Square May 10-11, May 17-18, & May 24-27 for live music and warmer temps!

Mercury

Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/mercury

Through May 11.

Three stories cross outside of Portland, OR in a pitch black comedy with an illicit affair, a couple hanging on by a thread, bears at the window, the worst curiosity shop on the west coast, and an adorable missing dog named Mr. Bundles. No one’s happy, people stop being nice, and blood spills. This mash-up of myth, missing empathy, and “good neighbors” explores what happens when the mercury rises.

This delightfully dark play from Steve Yockey, the author of Heavier Than… and The Fisherman’s Wife, is the second of his planetary plays, a followup to 2013’s Pluto.

Skeleton Crew

Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St.

https://www.ensemblecincinnati.org/tickets/buy-tickets

Through May 11.

Times are tough in 2008 Detroit as a hundred-year-old industry grinds to a halt. As rumors fly about factory closings, a tight-knit trio of autoworkers face tough decisions about the future, while their foreman weighs the demands of white-collar management status against his fierce loyalty to his team. From the playwright of DETROIT '67 comes a powerful and compelling portrait of courage and camaraderie in blue-collar America.

Creature: When Species Meet

Friday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

Sunday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/creatures-when-species-meet

Through August 18.

Western civilization has long looked at the many living creatures outside of humankind as the subjects of dominion; as entities less than equals who serve a purpose rather than as peers. In this historically, almost exclusively one-sided arena, we have regarded the animal and insect kingdoms across a vast spectrum from ally to enemy, and everything in-between. Fauna and Insecta alike have served as avatars, aesthetics, metaphors, foils, and the fodder for food, clothing, shelter and endless anthropomorphic assignment. But there has been a pronounced push back against this hegemony, and a reconsideration of what equality means within the ecosystem. And whether such sentiment arose from power or pity, guilt or responsibility, the voice for animal rights has grown increasingly prominent for those who cannot speak for themselves – amplifying the value of intelligence, emotions and lives that we have habitually regarded as secondary. Accordingly, there have been numerous artworks and exhibitions that position animals and insects as subjects, but considerably fewer that enlist these same creatures as collaborators. What does it mean when an animal or insect has agency within the creative act? This exhibition brings together an international coterie of artists and academics that enlist this untamed, “wild” other as partners in the production of art. And while such an exchange can never truly be equal, and the human species endures as the initiator of such endeavors, this collection of works points to a place where the poles are less distant and shared efforts grow ever closer.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, 2:00 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame

Through May 18.

From the Academy Award-winning team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story. Set in 15th century Paris, this powerful story focuses on Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who is held captive in the bell tower by his devious caretaker.On the day of the Feast of Fools, Quasimodo manages to escape and join the boisterous crowd of revelers. He is treated cruelly by all except the beautiful and free-spirited gypsy, Esmeralda. During his one day 'Out There', Quasimodo must strive to find love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

Girls on the Run Spring 5k

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m.

Downtown Cincinnati, 100 Central Ave.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/girls-run-spring-5k

Please support our girls by running or walking at our community wide, non-competitive 5K event! In addition to fun activities ahead of the 5K and 10+ cheer zones along the course, each participant will receive a medal at the finish line. Be inspired as you participate alongside over 1300 local girls in their first 5K!

Register to run, walk or volunteer online. The proceeds from this event will help to provide local scholarship assistance to our 50% of participants that require financial assistance to participate in our 10 week Girls on the Run program.

Activities begin at 8:00am 5K Start at 10:00am Activities include hair painting, cheer sign making, tiara decorating, dance party and interactive sponsor booths.

GOTR merchandise and apparel will also be for sale.

Weekend Workout

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/series/weekend-workout-2/

Washington Park’s spring Weekend Workout offers a variety of FREE, rotating fitness classes led by licensed Central Parkway YMCA instructors 9a-10a on Saturdays. All skill-levels welcome, no experience needed. Weekend Workout is part of the Wellness Series powered by Lykins Energy Solutions.

NAMIWalks Southwest Ohio

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cover, 705 E. Pete Rose Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/namiwalks-southwest-ohio-2019

A national program, NAMIWalks is a public, active display of support for people affected by mental health conditions. This 5k walk brings together individuals, families, and businesses to help raise funds, combat stigma, and promote awareness. NAMIWalks is one way the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is working to change how Americans view mental illness. Proceeds from this event support the local affiliate, NAMI Southwest Ohio.

Crafty Supermarket Spring Show

Saturday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/crafty-supermarket-spring-show

Indie craft show with 50-plus makers selling handmade wares, live DJ, hands-on craft activities, local food and swag bags of crafty goodies for first 100 shoppers.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Saturday, May 11, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/events/instrument-petting-zoo/

Join Buddy Rogers Music, Antonio Violins, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the park on Saturday, May 11th for a pop-up play! These three local organizations will have a variety of instruments for kids to pick up and try out. Learn how to hold a violin, pluck a ukulele, or blow a trumpet and discover which instrument speaks to your child.

Mother’s Day Pop Up Flower Shop w/Eve Floral Co. + Wolf Pack

Saturday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wolf Pack, 1342 Main St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/mothers-day-pop-flower-shop-w-eve-floral-co-wolf-pack

Eve Floral Co. and Wolf Pack on Main St. in OTR have teamed up to offer a special Mother's Day Pop Up one-stop gift experience! Stop into Wolf Pack on Saturday, May 11 or Sunday, May 12 between 11am-6pm to pick up a custom-designed arrangement from Eve Floral Co. and shop for unique gift items from Wolf Pack!

Featuring fresh flowers grown in Ohio from a local flower farm, choose between a hand-wrapped or custom-vased flower arrangement with a signature, “Mother’s Day” Palette. Using soft peach, pink, buttercream, lavender and taupe- it will surely brighten the day of any of the special ladies in your life!

Asian Food Fest

Saturday, May 11, 12:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/asian-food-fest

New this year, the Asian Food Fest will be located on Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets! Features authentic food from mostly all countries from Asia including Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan and many more. Chef Hideki Harada and his wife will be serving up some Japanese delights while Pho Lang Thang will be going back to its roots of the first food fest and will be dishing out some Pho!

Workout Sundayz

Sunday, May 12, 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Ziegler Park, 1322 Sycamore St.

https://zieglerpark.org/events/workout-sundayz-2/2019-05-12/

Enjoy a 45-minute bootcamp class with Amber Fowler Training! All classes are led by licensed, trained instructors.

Mother’s Day & Mimosas at Urban Axes

Sunday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Urban Axes, 2010 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/mothers-day-mimosas-urban-axes

Celebrate Mom this year with something she’ll never forget: axe throwing and mimosas! $25/person gets you an hour of axe throwing and your first mimosa to help you get in bullseye form. Bring the whole (21+!) fam!

Mother’s Day at Taft’s Ale House

Sunday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/mothers-day-tafts-ale-house-0

Your ticket will include:

·1 welcome beer

·One full meal including your choice of 1 salad or sandwich, 1 side and 1 dessert

·Plus, any 0ne 6-pack to go of your choosing

You must show proof of purchase to your server when you're seated, whether that is shown via your payment confirmation on your phone or printed out. Taft's Ale House will also be operating as normal on Mother's Day, so if you don't want the ticket deal above, feel free to join for a snack, a brew or a full meal!

Intro to Macarons

Sunday, May 12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Macaron Bar, 1206 Main St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/intro-macarons

In this 3-hour class, you'll learn the art and science behind macarons, including our best tips and tricks for success. The class will cover how to make the cookie shells as well as making some of our most popular filling flavors. You get to take home all of the macarons you make!

Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Children under 10 are not permitted in this class.Macarons for Kids class is ideal for children under 10.

Bespoken Live Storytelling

Sunday, May 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/events/bespoken-live-storytelling/

Join Bespoken Live at the Park on Sunday, May 12 for a story-telling workshop. Start by learning the key elements of crafting a story, and then practice by sharing your own! The prompt for this event will be "HOME".