Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Enkounter Art Gallery Grand Opening

Friday, May 31, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

1310 Pendleton St. The Annex #1

https://www.otrchamber.com/event.html?id=3152

Grand opening Reception for Enkounter Art Gallery. Current exhibition, “Fire and Wind.” Seven mixed media artists will be on display including Featured Artist: Joshua Paul White.

Final Friday

Friday, May 31, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/final-friday

Through December 27.

Studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. Meet artists, view and purchase their artwork, attend lectures, watch live demonstrations and enjoy free interactive classes.

P&G Friday Flow

Friday, May 31, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/series/friday-flow-2/

Through August 16.

Washington Park’s FREE R&B Series, Friday Flow, returns this summer! Join us beforehand from 5p to 7p for a Friday Flow Happy Hour featuring great drink specials! Washington Park’s FREE R&B Series, Friday Flow, returns this summer!

Dayton Funk Band will be playing this Friday!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/D-Funk-All-Stars-102680139823629/.

Tropical Disco @ Rhinegeist Brewery

Friday, May 31, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/tropical-disco-rhinegeist-brewery-0

Getaway get down. On Friday, May 31st, the taproom transforms into a Tropical Disco! Blacklight dance floor, glow-in-the-dark face paint, rotating DJ sets + a slew of speciality brews and cocktails. Break out your neon and get ready to glow– dance floor opens at 9pm. Free and open to the public.

Christian Nodal: Ahora Tour 2019

Friday, May 31, 9:00 p.m.

Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/christian-nodal-ahora-tour-2019

Christian Nodal is a charting singer and songwriter whose sound weds norteño and mariachi by using the accordion to bridge traditions. Nodal was born in 1999 into a musical family; his parents and many of his uncles, aunts, and cousins are musicians. He began writing songs at age 13 and to post videos of his performances on social media. He drew the attention of Fonovisa's A&R department, who signed him in 2016. After inking his record deal, he appeared as a featured vocalist in the video for Los Plebes del Rancho's hit "No Pasa de Moda," which garnered over 22 million hits.

Cincinnati Garlic Festival

Friday, May 31, 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 5:00 p.m.

Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St.

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

Cincinnatians can consume all the garlic they want via an assortment of specially prepared local food and beer at the downtown bar:

·Listermann, Fifty West and Rhinegeist will bring their very own garlic beers

·Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbetto will have garlic gelato

·Wunderbar! will have garlic pretzels

·La Soupe will be providing garlic soup

·Sixteen Bricks will have garlic breads

·Avril-Bleh butchers will provide assorted garlic sausages and meats 

·and Arnold's will have a slew of garlic cocktails, appetizers, entrées and desserts from chef Kayla Robison

Fifth & Vine Live

Friday, May 31, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/fifth-vine-live/

Through August 31.

Join us this summer at Fountain Square’s FREE Fifth & Vine Live series! Fifth & Vine Live features an eclectic lineup of national, regional, and local acts as well as event partnerships with local organizations. Join us every Friday and Saturday from 7-11p, May 31-Aug 31.

Bunbury Music Festival

Friday, May 31, 12:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 12:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Sawyer Points & Yeatmen’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/bunbury-music-festival

Bunbury Music Festival features three days of performances on three stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove May 31-June 2, 2019. Bunbury returns to Cincinnati for its eighth year following critical acclaim from USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music.

2019 headliners include: Fall Out Boy, The 1975, and Greta Van Fleet with other artists including Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Run the Jewels, and Girl Talk.

Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Friday, May 31, 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m.

Know Theatre & Other Venues, 1120 Jackson St.

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

Through June 15.

This independent and boundary-pushing festival includes theater, dance and poetry performances, film screenings and visual art at multiple venues throughout Over-the-Rhine. Official start times and locations vary.

Fringe Festivals, now booming across the world, began in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland as a means for independent artists to present work that might not otherwise be welcomed at mainstream festivals and theatres. Fringes are truly renowned by fans for offering an immense variety of entertainment for all ages and tastes in an addictive, high-energy atmosphere. 

Cincy Fringe is no different, just with a few of our own secret ingredients thrown into the recipe. Each year we present over 200 live performances from more than 40 local, national, and international groups and artists over 13 consecutive days in a dozen venues around the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood of Cincinnati. Cincy Fringe also includes visual art projects, musical guests, street performance, free public classes, nightly after parties at Know Theatre (which serves as Fringe HQ) and more! It’s a HUGE event in the Cincinnati arts community, gathering thousands of patrons to create a breathtaking community of artists and advocates.

Cincinnati Reds

Friday, May 31, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 4:10 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 1:10 p.m.

Great American Ballpark, 100 Nuxhall Way

https://www.mlb.com/reds

Reds take on the Washington Nationals. Cincinnati Zoo Bald Eagle Flights on Friday, Joe Morgan 150 Series Bobblehead on Saturday, and family day on Sunday.

A Flea in Her Ear

Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

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

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!

German-American Day

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Findlay Market, 1801 Race St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/german-american-day-0

Wiggle into some lederhosen, grab your favorite beer stein and a brat and join in a celebration of Cincinnati’s rich German Heritage. Listen to German proclamations and poetry and find plenty of Christian Moerlein beer in the OTR Biergarten.

The Wolves

Saturday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.

Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St.

https://www.ensemblecincinnati.org/shows/the-wolves

Through June 29.

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team; we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to win. Infused with the raw jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals. Immediate and timely, this ferociously contemporary coming-of-age drama explores the aggression and teamwork of sports and adolescence with an unflinching and compassionate eye. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe’s widely-acclaimed firecracker of a debut is a fierce and unexpected play that has been taking the theater world by storm with its powerful reflection on society, sex, and soccer.

An Evening with Judy Collins

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/an-evening-with-judy-collins/

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m.

Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/rob-lowe

Following his sold-out debut, Rob Lowe is taking his one-man show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! on a national tour. Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades.

From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE! is packed with witty fun and one-of-a-kind insights spanning an iconic career.

1,000 Lights Water Lantern Festival

Saturday, June 1, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

https://www.1000lights.com/cincinnati

We bring water lantern festivals to family, friends, and communities to help people connect in a unique and beautiful setting in Cincinnati. Whether you come in memorial of a loved one, to share hopes, or to just enjoy a fun evening, we know you will fall in love with this water lantern festival at Eden Park.

At 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival in Cincinnati, we are about producing lasting memories and times for families, friends, and communities to connect. Bring your favorite lounging items, games, whatever you like to beautiful Eden Park! We will provide food trucks, live entertainment, games, and best of all, a magical array of sparkling lights. 

Gates Open: 6:00 pm

Festival: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

High Stakes Bingo: 7:00 pm

Live Entertainment: 8:00 pm

Lantern Launch: 9:00 pm- 10:00 pm

Joe Dore w/ Karl Spaeth

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 p.m.

The Woodward, 1404 Main St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/jon-dore-w-karl-spaeth

Jon Dore is a Canadian comedian living in Los Angeles. He's been seen on Comedy Central, Conan and his very funny series, The Jon Dore Television Show seen on IFC here in America.

IHeart Radio / Memorial Hall Present: Bunbury Late Night, Lovelytheband with

Orphan Poet

Sunday, June 2, 11:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

$10 in advance, $15 at the door. This show is Ages 18+ only

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/bunbury-late-night/

Lovelytheband translates emotions, anxieties, and feelings into lush, layered, and lively indie pop anthems. When the band was founded by lead singer Mitchy Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald and drummer Sam Price in 2017, the trio maintain a lasting connection to listeners by holding nothing back.

The group’s debut single “broken” caught fire as “the longest running #1 track on Alternative Radio thus far in 2018” with six weeks at the top. In under a year, it amassed 25 million total global streams. BuzzFeed summed it up as “So. Damn. Good.” Billboard proclaimed the group among “10 Rock & Alternative Artists to Watch in 2018” as they supported Vance Joy and AWOLNATION on tour between headlining dates everywhere.

THE ORPHAN THE POET is based out of Columbus, OH, the foursome come bearing their intense brand of take-it-or-leave-it alt rock, full of singalong hooks and charging guitars. Making their major music festival debut at Firefly Music Festival 2017, The Orphan The Poet have been rabidly gaining fans thanks to their captivating live show. After garnering the attention of SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and hitting terrestrial alternative radio around the country, the band will hit this year hard with the new track, Still Buzzin’.