Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

10th Annual Breakfast on the Bridge

Friday, May 17, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Purple People Bridge, 1 Levee Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/10th-annual-breakfast-bridge

Celebrate National Bike to Work Day on the tri-state’s most frequently used trail, the Purple People Bridge! Breakfast on the Bridge is the signature event in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s bike month tradition. First-times, casual riders, and die-hard commuters area are all welcome to enjoy free coffee and breakfast fare elevated over the Ohio Rive between 7 and 9a.

Art on Vine at Washington Park

Friday, May 17, 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/art-vine-washington-park

75 + local artists displaying and selling their Fine arts and hand made goods in the Stunning Washington Park among Hundreds of arts and craft lovers.

Spring Concert Series

Friday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 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!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 7:30 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.

A Flea in Her Ear

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/flea-her-ear

Through June 2.

Come spend a hilarious evening in Paris's most notorious hotel, The Frisky Puss, where the bourgeoist of the bourgeoisie let their peccadilloes out to play. Propriety takes a vacation, and ribaldry rules the roost, as a colorful cast of characters runs amok through the corridors, leaving chaos and occasionally clothing in their wake. David Ives fresh translation of Georges Feydeau's classic turn-of-the-century French sex farce will have you rolling in the aisles, so make yourself a reservation and allons-y!

Cincinnati Reds Baseball

Friday, May 17, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 4:10 p.m.

Sunday, May 19, 1:10 p.m.

Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way

https://www.mlb.com/reds/schedule/2019-05

Cincinnati Reds vs. LA Dodgers. Fireworks Friday, Ernie Lombardi 150 Series Bobblehead Saturday, and Kids Joey Votto PLAY BALL Arm Sleeve Sunday.

Cincinnati May Festival

Friday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.

Music Hall & Other Select Venues, 1241 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/cincinnati-may-festival

Through May 25.

The music festival that would transform the musical tastes of America and, at the same time, enhance Cincinnati’s image and national reputation began in 1873. From its beginnings, the Festival has also depended upon and fostered the talents of vocal and instrumental musicians living in the community. Local and regional choral groups have always shared the stage with the volunteers of the official May Festival Chorus, and young singers have been included to encourage the next generation of performers.

The 2019 May Festival season at Music Hall explores the Great Beyond.

OTR 5k – A Summer Celebration!

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/otr-5k-summer-celebration

The 13th Annual OTR 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 a.m. beginning from Washington Park (13th and Race). - Kick-off of the City Flea summer season. - A Kids Race will be held for the little ones at a TBA time on the South Lawn.- Live bands in the bandstand from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. OTR 5K run/walk– Race registration includes a timed 5K run through OTR’s nationally-renowned historic neighborhood, a mini-waffle, drink ticket, option for bag drop (with draw-string bag provided) and a post-race summer celebration including 513 City Flea, live entertainment and more!Kids Race* – Race registration includes a “quarter-mile” run for 5 and under, and a “half-mile” run for ages 6-9 years. All participants receive a bib, medal and t-shirt. *Children over 9 years of age are invited to participate in the OTR 5K!

The City Flea

Saturday, May 18, 10:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/city-flea-washington-park

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year. Since its conception in 2011 The Flea has see dozens of vendors grow from hobby to full times 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. Vendors include vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios.

TEDxCincinnati Main Stage Events

Saturday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/tedxcincinnati-main-stage-event/

TEDxCincinnati will be hosting our annual Main Stage Event on Saturday, May 18, 2019 with the theme “Extraordinary.” This year’s event will feature performers and speakers who will bring to life the theme of extraordinary with topics including innovation, wellness, entertainment and technology. This event marks the 8th Main Stage Event, in the past TEDxCincinnati has sold out so get your tickets now at TEDxCincinnati.Eventbrite.com or visit TEDxCincinnati.com.

WHAT’S NEW? This year, for the first time ever, TEDxCincinnati is elated to welcome Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler of the Ohio-based duo “Over The Rhine” to our lineup of incredible performances and speakers. The Innovation Alley & Happy Hour at 5:30p and the Main Stage Show begins promptly at 7:00p.