Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center

Rendering of the Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center (photo: Provided by Music & Event Management, Inc. )
Rendering of the Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center (photo: Provided by Music & Event Management, Inc.)

Coming in 2021, this new state-of-the-art music venue along the Ohio River will host events year-round with both an indoor space and an outdoor stage for concerts and festivals. Its location at The Banks gives concert-goers plenty of spots for dining and drinks before and after shows, plus an easy walk to Smale Riverfront Park for river views.

Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance

Romeo and Juliet, Cincinnati Ballet (photo: Peter Mueller)
Romeo and Juliet, Cincinnati Ballet (photo: Peter Mueller)

Programming at the Cincinnati Ballet's new ballet center in Walnut Hills is expected to start this summer. With eight studios and a viewing area for demonstrations and presentations, the new facility provides even more ways for the Ballet to engage with and enrich the community through the art of dance.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Kanga Klimb in Roo Valley

Kanga Klimb at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (photo: Becca Sitzes)
Kanga Klimb at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (photo: Becca Sitzes)

In between visits with Fiona at Hippo Cove and swinging through Jungle Trails, stop by Hops, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's new beer garden with a multi-tiered deck. Sip on a local brew or enjoy something from the rotating national tap with a view of Roo Valley featuring a kangaroo walk-about (the zoo's first kangaroos!) and a new penguin habitat. Also on view, Kanga Klimb – the final component of Roo Valley and an ADA-accessible aerial adventure ropes course 25 feet up in the air. Kanga Klimb is expected to open in late spring 2021.

Coney Island: Challenge Zone

Challenge Zone at Coney Island (photo: Provided by Coney Island)
Challenge Zone at Coney Island (photo: Provided by Coney Island)

The largest Aquaglide pool obstacle course in the country opens at Coney Island in May 2021. Obstacles include King of the Mountain (climb to the top, then slide on down), Freefall Extreme (a 10-foot-tall climbing wall connected to a slide), Foxtrot (a challenging balance beam) and more.

Covington Yard

Covington Yard (photo: @covingtonyard)
Covington Yard (photo: @covingtonyard)

A shipping container food court greets you at Covington's newest outdoor neighborhood hangout spot. With tempting flavors like tacos, Korean BBQ, sliders and more, the dog-friendly location also has a full bar with 65 canned beers, 14 taps and craft cocktails.

FC Cincinnati: West End Stadium

Rendering of West End Stadium, the new home of FC Cincinnati (photo: Populous)
Rendering of West End Stadium, the new home of FC Cincinnati (photo: Populous)

Cincinnati's major league soccer team, FC Cincinnati, moves into its new home in 2021. The natural-grass field will hold 26,000 spectators cheering on the blue and orange. There are 53 suites and every seat is covered by a 360-degree roof canopy. The closest seat is just 15 feet from the sideline for those that want to feel the action. And it wouldn't be a Cincinnati soccer game without The Bailey, the second-largest supporter section in the MLS.

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati (formerly JACK Cincinnati Casino)
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati (formerly JACK Cincinnati Casino)

Cincinnati's downtown casino gets a brand overhaul when it officially becomes Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati in 2021. The rebranding includes a vibrant atmosphere like what visitors have come to expect from Hard Rock venues, museum-quality memorabilia and a loyalty rewards program.

Kings Island: Camp Cedar

Rendering of the pool at Kings Island Camp Cedar (photo: Provided by Camp Cedar)
Rendering of the pool at Kings Island Camp Cedar (photo: Provided by Camp Cedar)

Make plans now for a trip to Kings Island's new luxury outdoor camping resort, Camp Cedar, located one mile from the amusement park. Opening this spring, the urban camping experience offers 73 cottages with full kitchens and 164 full-service RV spaces with fire pit, grill and picnic table. Visitors have access to two pools (one of which is an adults-only relaxation pool), restaurant, food truck-style food options, Peanuts character appearances, walking trails, and more.

Newport on the Levee: Bridgeview Box Park

Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)
Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)

Enjoy the river views at Newport on the Levee's new Bridgeview Box Park. This open-air park is the spot to grab take-out food, coffee to-go or sit back and relax with a vacation-themed drink at the tiki-themed bar. Visitors can enjoy live music under the sun in the warmer months and a temperature-controlled tent when the colder weather rolls in. 

Ovation Music Venue

With indoor and outdoor concert capacity, Ovation Music Venue in Newport, Ky., will welcome a range of big-name artists mere steps away from destination hot spot Newport on the Levee.

Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill

The region's largest indoor sports complex has plans to open its doors at the end of 2021. Built in an an old Champion Mill Paper Factory in Hamilton, Ohio, the venue will include a hotel, restaurant, hardwood courts, outdoor turf fields and a fitness center with an indoor track. 

Street Paintings on Pleasant Street

Cincinnati's historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine debuts a new mural project this year. Local nonprofit Art on the Streets' "Street Paintings on Pleasant" project celebrates and connects historic and popular Washington Park and Findlay Market with murals on buildings while engaging and building up the community. Artists will collaborate with the community and neighbors to create truly representative art.