Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Art After Dark: Get Into the Groove

Friday, September 27, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/art-after-dark-get-groove

Bust out your spandex, leg warmers and acid wash jeans! Our popular silent disco is back, and this time, we’re kicking it 80’s style. Enjoy food for purchase from Fusian and Busken Bakery, specialty cocktails and docent-led tours.

Final Friday

Friday, September 27, 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Over-the-Rhine

http://finalfridayotr.com/

Artwork is included from established artists as well as younger artists from both Cincinnati and out-of-town. This creates a walkable, relaxed, urban environment where generally from 5:00pm to 12:00am in the evening one can connect with the arts community. Final Friday is a unique, ongoing arts activity... see you there!

Tommy Emmanuel

Friday, September 27, 8:00 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 E Fifth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/tommy-emmanuel-1

Tommy Emmanual is an Australian guitarist, songwriter and singer. Best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. Although originally a session player in many bands, Emmanuel has carved out his own style as a solo artist, releasing award-winning albums and singles. In the May 2008 and 2010 issues of Guitar Player Magazine, he was named "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in its readers' poll.

IF Cincy: The Improv Festival of Cincinnati

Friday, September 27

Saturday, September 28

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/if-cincy/

More shows and more local troupes than ever, as well as more chances to see the headliners and other national troupes perform – this is going to be a blast!Whether you are looking for long form, short form, or something else entirely, this festival has something for everyone (including those who are new to improv). And this year, you can see more shows for less money. Tickets to all shows are just $15!

And it’s not just about watching shows, we have amazing workshops taught by our traveling artists, after parties at the venue every night so you can meet these amazing performers, and a couple of surprises lined up to make this festival as big as we can! Workshop details are at https://www.ifcincy.com/workshops

More detailed information about all our performers and when you can see them is at https://www.ifcincy.com/performers.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill Music Fest 2019

Friday, September 27, 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.

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

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/arnolds-bar-and-grill-music-fest-2019

Arnold's has partnered up with Knob Creek Bourbon this year to offer Knob Creek specialty cocktails Arnold's very own Chef Kayla Robison has come up with a bourbon infused dinner specials menu. Now in it’s fourth year they will have 6 of Cincinnati's most awesome bands over 2 nights, Bourbon specials, Bourbon infused dinner specials and Knob Creek reps in the building all night handing out free swag. All of that with no cover charge.

Friday September 27

River City Roustabout (Folk) 7-8:30

The Duo Jetts (4 piece) (Pop) 9-10

The Cincy Brass (Brass) 10:30-12:00

Saturday September 28

Jake Speed and the Freddies (Americana) 7-8:30

The Brothers Footman (Americana) (Indianapolis) 9-10

Moonshine Drive (Bluegrass) 10:30-12:00

Displaced

Friday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/displaced

In his series Displaced, German visual artist Jens Schwarz explores the topic of migration during the so called 'refugee crisis', a peak period in terms of numbers, in Germany between September 2015 and April 2016. Schwarz' inquiry is devoted to displaced migrants, which he photographed upon their arrival, and records different stages of hope and despair throughout a journey towards an anticipated, improved future. The work also reflects on authorities' interventions, administrative responses and social interaction within our fragmented contemporary society. The exhibition, held at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, is comprised of photographic prints, video and a newspaper publication, which includes prints and various texts collected from both media-sources and the artist's personal archives.

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Friday, September 27, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.

https://greatercincinnatirestaurantweek.com

$1 from every meal benefitting Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Restaurants will offer $26 and $36 3-course meals from September 23-29, 2019

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week offers a unique celebration of culinary tourism in the Greater Cincinnati area with more than 40 restaurants offering a 3-course lunch or dinner. Hours vary by location, contact restaurant for hours.

Who is Amos Otis?

Friday, September 27, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/who-is-amos-otis/

An assassin confounds the courtroom with a defense that puts the country on trial and leaves everyone wondering, “Who is Amos Otis?”This provocative new play from award-winning writer/director Greg Newberry is a courtroom drama that confronts today’s political climate head-on in the spirit of the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror.Its world premiere is at Memorial Hall for three performances only and features local stage favorite Michael Bath.The audience will act as the jury to decide if Amos Otis is a mad man or savior and vote on his fate.Trial begins Sept. 27.Join the jury for this must-see theater experience of the year.

Queen of the Wing: Cincinnati’s Wing Fest

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/events/queen-of-the-wing-cincinnatis-wing-fest/

On Saturday, September 28th, Washington Park will transform into Wing lover's heaven with 30+ of the sauciest wing vendors from across the Greater Cincinnati area, live music, competitions, a kid's craft zone, and more! This event is FREE to attend.

THE QUEEN’S ENTERTAINMENT: Sponsored by Buffalo Wings & Rings

11am: Self Diploma DJ’s

2pm: Q-Kidz Dance Performance

3pm: Wings of Fire Contest

3:15pm: Lemon Sky

4pm: Speed Eating Contest

4:15pm: Q Kids Dance Performance

4:20pm: Judges Announce Category Winners

4:30pm: Rob Fetters

5:45pm: Carriers

7pm: Young Colt

8pm: Fan Voting Ends

8:15pm: Crowning of the Queen of the Wing

8:30: Kween of the Wing Drag Show w/ Jessica Dimon

Come visit this year's vendors:

AJ's Cheesesteaks

Bones Brothers Wings

Buffalo Wings & Rings

Dats OLE School Cookin

Delicio Coal Fired Pizza

Eli's BBQ

Family Treats & Grill On Wheels

Festival Concessions Services

Fiery Hen

Fricker's Mason

Goodies

Jerk Baby

Just Wing It Lebanon

Keystone Bar & Grill - Covington

Mahope

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Pies and Pints Pizzeria

Quaker Steak and Lube Colerain, OH

Queen City Gourmet Chicken N Waffles

Renegade Street Eats

Revolution Rotisserie & Bar

Smoke Justis

Soul Secrets Catering

Southern Grace Cincy

Street City Pub

The Backyard Grill

The NBL CKN

The Oak Tavern

Wings and Bling

Wicked Hickory

Wing Champ

Family Festival: Just Glow with It

Saturday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St.

https://365cincinnati.com/event/family-festival-just-glow-with-it/

BLINK is back! Join them in celebration with a light themed festival that’s fun for the whole family. Stop by the UnMuseum to create unique works of glow art, experiment with shadow play and design wearable light up sculptures.

Anjelah Johnson

Saturday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/anjelah-johnson

One critic called Hall “one of the most gifted musicians who I have ever had the privilege to hear.” The internationally renowned soloist is the principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, with an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Massachusetts, she was the featured guest artist at the 2019 National Trumpet Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. She has performed internationally in Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Mexico, and China.

Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays Beethoven

Saturday, September 28, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/buy-tickets/cso/1920-cso-season/anne-sophie-mutter-plays-beethoven/

Four-time Grammy-winner and "undisputed queen of violin-playing" (The Times, London) Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon. See a special exhibition featuring a replica of Beethoven's violin, the ear trumpet he used, and scores and manuscripts written by Beethoven himself, as part of our collaboration with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn museum. Gabriella Smith’s music is described as “high-voltage and wildly imaginative” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Brahms' final symphony is a momentous finale to the program.