Kids playing cornhole during Reds Opening Day Celebration at Washington Park (photo: Lowry Photo)
Reds Opening Day at Washington Park (photo: Lowry Photo)

Reds Opening Day in Cincinnati has been a special tradition, and an unofficial holiday, for a century and a half. Since the late 19th century, the Reds have been the only Major League Baseball team given the privilege of starting every season at home, so it’s no wonder that Cincinnati Reds Opening Day is a not-to-be-missed annual celebration!

Typically the celebrations kick off with the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. Even though the parade is not happening in 2021, there are still plenty of ways to show your team spirit. Read on for parties, parking information and more for Reds Opening Day on April 1, 2021!

Celebrate at these local parties

Opening Day Celebration at Washington Park (photo: Lowry Photo)
Opening Day Celebration at Washington Park (photo: Lowry Photo)

Opening Day Watch Part at Washington Park | Noon to 8 p.m.
Spend the day at Washington Park for drinks on The Porch and socially-distanced fun, including watching the game on a giant LED board being brought to the park for the occasion.

Opening Day Watch Party on Fountain Square | 2 to 9 p.m.
Head to the center of downtown to watch the Reds take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Fountain Square. The bar will be serving drinks and other fun surprises are being planned.

Reds Opening Day on the Levee | 4 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to this celebration at Newport on the Levee's new Bridgeview Box Park. Fans will watch the game on a big screen while enjoying baseball-themed drinks and food.

Opening Day at Overlook Kitchen + Bar | 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Beers and bites welcome you at this Tailgate on the Terrace at Overlook Kitchen + Bar

DORA – Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

The Banks (photo: provided by The Banks)
The Banks (photo: provided by The Banks)

The Banks, just outside Great American Ball Park, is now a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area! This means that between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 a.m., guests can walk around  outside in the designated area with an alcoholic beverage in a DORA-approved cup. The boundaries are from Heritage Bank Center to Paul Brown Stadium and from Mehring Way to Second Street. Click here for a map of the DORA district.

Parking & Transportation

Metro bus (photo: Paige E. Malott)
Metro bus (photo: Paige E. Malott)
With thousands of people converging in downtown for Opening Day, finding parking can seem like a daunting task. Here are some tips to help ease the process.
Parking – find parking options throughout downtown Cincinnati here
  • If you want to park south of or near Fountain Square – get there early! 
  • If you’re headed to Washington Park or the nearby blocks, try some of the lots along Central Parkway like the garage behind Music Hall at 1251 Central Parkway. There is a garage below the park, so if you arrive early enough you may get a spot.
  • To park in Northern Kentucky and walk or shuttle across the river, read about options “South of the Ohio River” in this article
Public Transportation
  • Cincinnati’s bus system, Metro, will provide regular service but some downtown stops may be altered slightly.
  • The Cincinnati Bell Connector (streetcar) offers free fare all day. Usual hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Check the website for complete details and any changes to the route or schedule for Opening Day. 

Updated by Abby Davidson & Amber Potter