Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Friday, May 24, 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/big-bad-voodoo-daddy/

April, 2019, marks the 26th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since its formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on, during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, co- founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

American Ninja Warrior

Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25

The Banks, 50 East Freedom Way

http://events.cincinnati.com/cincinnati_oh/events/american-ninja-warrior-/E0-001-125966815-0@2019052400

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior is coming to the Queen City. Cincinnatians are encouraged to cheer on some All-Star favorites or try their hand at the course as the hit television show films its eleventh season along Second Street.

Furry Friends Festival

Friday, May 24, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/series/furry-friends-festival/

Looking for a dog friendly event this Memorial Day weekend? Join us for Furry Friends Festival in the park! Enjoy live Bluegrass music, delicious food and tons of fun with your favorite canine companion. There will be a variety of pet vendors offering dog food, accessories, toys, photography services, and more. Adoptable dogs will be at the Park on Saturday!

Thanks to our sponsors Fifty West Brewing Company and Northside Distilling Co. Furry Friends is part of the First Financial Bank Summer Series at Washington Park.

Magic & Melodrama: Cincinnati Posters from the Gilded Age

Friday, May 24, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/magic-melodrama-cincinnati-posters-gilded-age

At the turn of the 20th century, traveling actors, illusionists, and theatrical producers promoted live performances with brilliantly colored printed outdoor advertisements. These pictured magic tricks, fantastic battles, heartbreaking scenes, and grand dance numbers, among many other images. See posters for stage productions of The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan long before they graced the silver screen and discover lesser-known acts that have been all but forgotten. This exhibition features seven theater posters from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

odAOMO Pop-Up Shop in OTR

Friday, May 24, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 26, 11:00 a.m.

BRICK POP-UP SHOPS, 1327 Vine St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/odaomo-pop-shop-otr-0

Through July 30.

A truly unique brand, odAOMO produces garments and accessories from eco-friendly materials in Kenya. The leather, hide, shell, snake and fish skin goods are constructed of food byproducts and found materials so no lives are harmed for fashion. The fine silks, cashmere blends and cottons used are sourced from an independent Kenyan textile distribution, run by two young Kenyan women. The African textiles are collected throughout the Continent. Each piece is handcrafted and produced in limited batches creating an exclusive and organically nuanced line.

Family Festival

Saturday, May 25, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/family-festival-animal-house

Join CAC for a FREE animal themed Family Festival as they celebrate the opening of the CAC’s newest exhibition, Creatures! Friends from Sunrock Farm will be bringing some furry, fuzzy and feathered friends for visitors to pet! The Cincinnati Museum Center will be here too with lots of animals and artifacts for families to interact with. Drop by and make an animal mask, meet and animal friend and check out this amazing animal exhibit!

Taste of Cincinnati

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Downtown Cincinnnati

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/taste-cincinnati-0

Through May 27.

What began as a small, one-day festival in 1979 has grown to become a 3-day celebration of the Cincinnati region's best culinary delights spread along 5+ blocks in Downtown Cincinnati. Featuring 100+ delectable dishes from more than 40 local restaurants plus traditional carnival rides and games, and continuous live entertainment from local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages, including the all new Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati. Taste of Cincinnati is sure to satisfy the whole family!

Eat & Run 5K

Sunday, May 26, 10:00 a.m.

Sentinel St. & Culvert St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/eat-run-5k

Get your running shoes ready for the inaugural Eat & Run 5K hosted by the Taste of Cincinnati. Eat 7 Run 5K participants will receive a commemorative medal, t-shirt, and a complimentary beverage at Taste of Cincinnati. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers in the men’s and women’s categories.

Brunch, Brews and Baseball: Summer Series

Sunday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/brunch-brews-and-baseball-summer-series

Through September 29.

Back by popular demand is Brunch, Brews, and Baseball brought to you by Moerlein Lager House and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum presented by Dinsmore. This special experience is being offered May 26 through September 29 on every Sunday when the Reds are on the road.

Start at Moerlein Lager House in the private Beer Baron Hall for brunch and a flight of Moerlein's award-winning beers! During brunch, your guide will begin with storied history of the relationship between baseball and beer, particularly in Cincinnati. After brunch, you will embark on a tour of the Moerlein Lager House brewing facilities before heading over to Great American Ball Park for a behind the scenes tour. Stops include Crosley Terrace, the new 1869 Red Stockings Pavilion, the Press Box, the Warning Track behind Home Plate, and the Dugouts!

Family Sunday Funday at SkyStar Wheel

Sunday, May 26, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

SkyStar Wheel, 55 E Freedom Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/family-sunday-funday-skystar-wheel

Calling all families! Spend your Sundays in May at SkyStar Wheel for “Family Sunday Funday!” SkyStar’s “Family Sunday Funday,” will be every Sunday in May (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th), from 12PM-4PM. With purchase of admission, SkyStar attendees will get to enjoy games, balloon artistry, and face painting. The Kona Ice truck will be onsite on May 19th.

Whether you’re downtown for a Reds game or brunch, stop by before or after for some family-friendly fun, and take in the views on Cincinnati’s-premiere-observation wheel!

Concert: Nova Adventure

Sunday, May 26, 8:00 p.m.

3 Points Urban Brewery, 331 East 13th Street

http://events.cincinnati.com/cincinnati_oh/events/concert-nova-adventure-/E0-001-126399621-8

Concert: Nova revives its partnership with the Mitchells! Performing original music from our Schubert collaboration, the Mitchells is amplified with a string quartet and piano. This Adventure Concert finale takes place at 3 Points Urban Brewery, where the founders share the vision of creating art in different media to stimulate community interaction. About 3 Points Brewery: Standing on the shoulders of Cincinnati’s flourishing brewing industry, 3 Points Urban Brewery is located in the heart of the Pendleton neighborhood, historically known as the home to the staff who operated the many brewing facilities of Cincinnati before Prohibition started in 1920. Now, eight decades later, 3 Points Urban Brewery will honor the essence of that heritage while ever aiming to cultivate a modern brewing facility and neighborhood gathering place. From its design and ambiance to the homespun beer served, one thing is certain: we honor the past, and press forward toward a bold future.