Blind Injustice

Music Hall (photo: Mark Lyons)
Music Hall (photo: Mark Lyons)

A Cincinnati Opera world premiere, this collaboration with the Ohio Innocence Project and the Young Professionals Choral Collective follows the true stories of six exonerees freed by the Ohio Innocence Project. Showing June 14-19, 2019.

BLINK® | Illuminated by ArtsWave

BLINK® (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
BLINK® (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

BLINK® is a four-day interactive light and art event spanning Cincinnati's urban core including Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and, new this year, expanding into Covington, Kentucky! The inaugural event in 2017 featured more than 60 animated light shows projected onto buildings, murals, interactive art sculptures and other light-based displays. Through an immersive, inclusive and magical experience, BLINK® defines Cincinnati as a welcoming, innovative and creative future city. The event returns October 10-13, 2019. 
 

Cincinnati Art Museum

FoldHaus, Shrumen Lumen, 2016. (photo: Ron Blunt) From "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" exhibit.
FoldHaus, Shrumen Lumen, 2016. (photo: Ron Blunt) From "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" exhibit.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" takes over the Cincinnati Art Museum. This exhibit has been called "an experience in the collective dreaming" and has a captivating collection of oversized sculptures. The opening will take place April 26, 2019 and have a second installation June 7, 2019, both closing September 2, 2019.

Preview the Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style exhibition with Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, and enjoy the musical expressions of Tomiko Ford on the koto from the third-floor terrace of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Japanese musical instruments will be out of storage for the evening! Opening event on June 13, and the exhibit will be available for viewing June 28-September 15, 2019. 

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park (photo: @real.mayhem)
Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park (photo: @real.mayhem)

Join the whole city as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the oldest professional team in baseball, the Cincinnati Reds! Multiple events will be taking place all season long at Great American Ball Park, the Reds Hall of Fame, and more! Events to look out for include 15 throwback uniforms being worn by players at select home games, more than 20 Mr. Redlegs benches around town in the different uniforms, reopening of the renovated Reds Hall of Fame, and the Reds Rockin’ 150 Open House Birthday Bash on July 5th. 

Cincinnati Museum Center

Dinosaur Hall at Cincinnati Museum Center (photo: Abby Erwin)
Dinosaur Hall at Cincinnati Museum Center (photo: Abby Erwin)

With the November 2018 reopening of this classic Cincinnati work of art, the Cincinnati Museum Center is ready to explore. See the newly renovated Rotunda, first phase of the Museum of Natural History & Science’s Dinosaur Hall and Cincinnati History Museum’s Public Landing.

Dinosaur Hall includes new displays of six gigantic prehistoric creatures. Explore the late Jurassic period with the help of state-of-the-art interactive elements! Take a look at a vast collection of fossils to study the life and evolution of dinosaur biology. Also new to the Museum of Natural History & Science is the Science Interactives Gallery. In this hands-on STEM-inspired exhibit visitors can engage with pulley systems, watch clouds form, knock down targets with concentrate walls of air and even games of tug-of-war! 

Make sure to also stop by The Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the remastered Robert D. Lindner Family OMINMAX Theater, now featuring brand new, next-generation laser technology. Recently reopened in the the Spring of 2019, Cincinnati in Motion which has repaired and cleaned S-guage train models, new lighting, sounds and more! Dive into The Cave exhibit, making a comeback with a full replica limestone cavern. Also, in the Fall the new Space Exploration Gallery will celebrate the Apollo legacy! 

FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati crowd (photo: FC Cincinnat)
FC Cincinnati crowd (photo: FC Cincinnati)

New this season, FC Cincinnati has been awarded a Major League Soccer expansion to begin play in 2019! With this comes a brand-new stadium slated to be ready for home matches for the 2021 season. Until then, the team will continue to play at Nippert Stadium on the campus of University of Cincinnati.
 

Kings Island

Eiffel Tower at Kings Island (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Eiffel Tower at Kings Island (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

Joining the newest roller coaster, Mystic Timbers, Kings Island welcomes back a beloved favorite, the antique car rides. In the new Kings Mills Antique Autos family ride, guests board replica classic touring cars and take a leisurely drive around a scenic track equipped with a small rail to keep the car on the path. The ride is comparable to the original Les Taxis antique car ride, combining nostalgia with new enhancements.

Kings Mills Antique Autos is located in Coney Mall, across from the Juke Box Café and alongside The Racer roller coaster. The cars are 2/3 scale replicas of the 1911 Ford Model T; though all-new, they will retain the vintage feel of the original Les Taxis. The ride's name, as well as theming throughout the attraction, enhances the nostalgic experience for riders.

Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center

Holocaust and Humanity Center (photo: Drew Money)
Holocaust and Humanity Center (photo: Drew Money)

Located within the walls of historic Union Terminal, the exact station where many Holocaust survivors passed through Cincinnati to begin their new lives, The Holocaust and Humanity Center teaches lessons from the past to inspire action for the future in today’s society. Learn through storytelling, interactive experiences, and genuine artifacts the struggle and hardships individuals faced during one of the darkest times of human history, and see how individuals now are taking action to ensure equality and create positive change in our community. 

Newport Aquarium

Shark Tunnel at Newport Aquarium (photo: Newport Aquarium)
Shark Tunnel at Newport Aquarium (photo: Newport Aquarium)

Inspired by the TV show by the same name, Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure extends the footprint of the area between Frog Bog and Stingray Hideaway. Also new is Freshwater Falls, which provides a glimpse into what is within the cascading streams and waterfalls all over the world! Enjoy a flowing stream in the Congo that includes animals like the West African lungfish and the elephantnose fish. Kids can explore Coral Cave and learn about One Big Ocean and the animals that make their home there. Get lost inside this whimsical fun world of ocean exploration!
 

SkyStar Observation Wheel

Skystar(Photo: Mackenzie Frank)
Skystar(Photo: Mackenzie Frank)

Open daily through June 16, 2019, take a ride on SkyStar at The Banks. This 150-foot observation wheel features climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas that give visitors a birds-eye view of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky riverfront areas and the surrounding landscape. After taking a spin on SkyStar, step into The Escape Game and test your wits during a 60-minute escape room adventure in which teams must work together to find clues and solve puzzles.
 

New Culinary Experiences

The B-Line

Bourbon Haus 1841, part of The B-Line (photo: Samuel Greenhill)
Bourbon Haus 1841, part of The B-Line (photo: Samuel Greenhill)
Northern Kentucky’s new bourbon tour is centered around four Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® Distilleries – New Riff Distilling, Boone County Distilling Co.The Old Pogue Distillery and Neeley Family Distillery – and also includes five bourbon-centric bars and five amazing restaurants. Visit two of each, get your Line Guide stamped, and then return the guide to claim your free swag.
 

Brewing Heritage Trail

Brewing Heritage Trail (photo: Brewing heritage trail)
Brewing Heritage Trail (photo: Brewing heritage trail)

Cincinnati was once a booming brewing center, with a per capita consumption of beer outpacing that of any other U.S. city. The Brewing Heritage Trail is a celebration of that history as an urban walking trail weaving through Cincinnati neighborhoods and past (and into and under) dozens of historic breweries, illustrated along the way with a mix of public art and digital experiences. Download the informative free smartphone app for augmented reality, interactive learning experiences and self-guided tours to further enhance the experience. Guided Cincinnati brewery tours (many beginning and ending in a local bar or brewery tap room) are available year-round. Guided tours include Brunch, Beer & Breweries, Heritage & Hops, and the Cellarmen’s Tour to name a few. 
 

Eat & Drink at these New Hot Spots

Cobblestone OTR (Photo: Abby Davidson)
Cobblestone OTR (Photo: Abby Davidson)

The Cincinnati region continues to be a popular destination for foodies. Here are just some of the new restaurants, breweries, and bars that have opened in the past year: Sonder Brewing, Maize, Karrikin Spirits Co., Galla Park, Pins Mechanical OTR, Sam Adams Taproom, Rich’s Proper Food & Drink, zundo Ramen and Donburi, Cobblestone OTR, and Station + Family BBQ.

 
Written by Abby Davidson. Additional updates by: Amber Potter, Julie Brock and Emily Lloyd