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Now through Jan 20, 2020

King Legacy Awards Breakfast

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Jan 20, 2020

King Legacy Awards Breakfast

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Please join and recognize the 2019 King Legacy Youth Leadership Honorees at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The keynote speaker will be Betty Daniels Rosemond, Freedom Rider and Businesswoman.   7:30 AM......Doors Open 8:00 AM......Breakfast &...

Please join and recognize the 2019 King Legacy Youth Leadership Honorees at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The keynote speaker will be Betty Daniels Rosemond, Freedom Rider and Businesswoman.   7:30 AM......Doors Open 8:00 AM......Breakfast &...

Now through Feb 20, 2020

Treasures of the Lloyd Exhibition

Lloyd Library and Museum
917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Feb 20, 2020

Treasures of the Lloyd Exhibition

Lloyd Library and Museum
917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

In the spirit of the holidays, when we bring out special things to share with family and friends, the Lloyd Library is proud to display its most treasured items this winter. John Uri Lloyd, Nelson Ashley Lloyd, and Curtis Gates Lloyd, three brothers who grew up in Boone County,...

In the spirit of the holidays, when we bring out special things to share with family and friends, the Lloyd Library is proud to display its most treasured items this winter. John Uri Lloyd, Nelson Ashley Lloyd, and Curtis Gates Lloyd, three brothers who grew up in Boone County,...

Now through Jan 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Day

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Now through Jan 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Day

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

On Monday, January 20 Cincinnati Museum Center will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with, Pursuing His Dream. It will be a day filled with musical performances, vendors, and lectures honoring the teachings of one of America’s most prominent activists and civil rights...

On Monday, January 20 Cincinnati Museum Center will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with, Pursuing His Dream. It will be a day filled with musical performances, vendors, and lectures honoring the teachings of one of America’s most prominent activists and civil rights...

Now through Mar 01, 2020

Confinement: Politics of Space and Bodies

Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Mar 01, 2020

Confinement: Politics of Space and Bodies

Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Confinement: Politics of Space and Bodies is a direct response to Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days (1961), which sees a woman buried up to her neck in the ground. Under the blazing sun, Winnie is anchored in a mound of sand, her belongings gathered in a black bag. She...

Confinement: Politics of Space and Bodies is a direct response to Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days (1961), which sees a woman buried up to her neck in the ground. Under the blazing sun, Winnie is anchored in a mound of sand, her belongings gathered in a black bag. She...

Now through Feb 07, 2020

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Now through Feb 07, 2020

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Destination Moon gives guest the rare opportunity to see artifacts that made the 953,000-mile journey possible, like Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet visor and thermal-insulated gloves. The dizzying star chart that helped Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael...

Destination Moon gives guest the rare opportunity to see artifacts that made the 953,000-mile journey possible, like Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet visor and thermal-insulated gloves. The dizzying star chart that helped Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael...

Now through Jan 20, 2020

Step into the Ice Age

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241

North

Now through Jan 20, 2020

Step into the Ice Age

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241

North

What would it feel like to walk 20,000 years into the past? Find out as the nature interpreters transform the nature station into a Pleistocene forest, take part in ice age crafts and touch a real mammoth leg bone. **Sensory friendly hour from 10–11 a.m. 

What would it feel like to walk 20,000 years into the past? Find out as the nature interpreters transform the nature station into a Pleistocene forest, take part in ice age crafts and touch a real mammoth leg bone. **Sensory friendly hour from 10–11 a.m. 

Now through Mar 13, 2020

Superpower Dogs

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Now through Mar 13, 2020

Superpower Dogs

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Superpower Dogs showcases the lifesaving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. From the waters of the Mediterranean and the waves off California’s coast to the mountains of British Columbia and the savannas of Africa, journey around...

Superpower Dogs showcases the lifesaving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. From the waters of the Mediterranean and the waves off California’s coast to the mountains of British Columbia and the savannas of Africa, journey around...

Now through Apr 05, 2020

Motel X: Human Trafficking Along the I-75 Corridor

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Apr 05, 2020

Motel X: Human Trafficking Along the I-75 Corridor

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past. Yet human trafficking persists and prospers in the world today, including right here in the United States. Motel X: Human Trafficking Along the I-75 Corridor is a multi-media art installation that aims to educate visitors...

Slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past. Yet human trafficking persists and prospers in the world today, including right here in the United States. Motel X: Human Trafficking Along the I-75 Corridor is a multi-media art installation that aims to educate visitors...

Now through Feb 17, 2020

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Now through Feb 17, 2020

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Downtown

Relive the first steps and remarkable achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and thousands of people behind the scenes in stunning footage, much of it revealed to the public for the first time. Crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm...

Relive the first steps and remarkable achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and thousands of people behind the scenes in stunning footage, much of it revealed to the public for the first time. Crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm...

Now through Feb 14, 2020

Beetle Mounting Workshop

Hail Dark Aesthetics
720 Main St, Covington, KY 41011

South

Now through Feb 14, 2020

Beetle Mounting Workshop

Hail Dark Aesthetics
720 Main St, Covington, KY 41011

South

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like an evening of pinning bugs, eating cheese and drinking wine in the middle of a record and oddities shop. What can be more romantic than that?!   This 2-hour date covers the techniques of preserving and mounting large beetles. Each couple...

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like an evening of pinning bugs, eating cheese and drinking wine in the middle of a record and oddities shop. What can be more romantic than that?!   This 2-hour date covers the techniques of preserving and mounting large beetles. Each couple...

Now through Mar 08, 2020

Bloom and Grow

Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Now through Mar 08, 2020

Bloom and Grow

Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

You would have to travel a long distance to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Our permanent collection includes desert plants, tropical...

You would have to travel a long distance to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Our permanent collection includes desert plants, tropical...

Now through Apr 12, 2020

Women Breaking Boundaries

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Apr 12, 2020

Women Breaking Boundaries

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

A special exhibition that explores the role of women in art and art history at the Cincinnati Art Museum through artworks from the museum’s permanent collection created by female artists from the seventeenth century to today. The cross-departmental selection of 38 artworks...

A special exhibition that explores the role of women in art and art history at the Cincinnati Art Museum through artworks from the museum’s permanent collection created by female artists from the seventeenth century to today. The cross-departmental selection of 38 artworks...

Now through Jan 21, 2020

Intro to Astronomy

Cincinnati Observatory
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Uptown

Now through Jan 21, 2020

Intro to Astronomy

Cincinnati Observatory
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Uptown

Resolve to learn more astronomy in 2020.  This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.   Led by Cincinnati Observatory astronomer Dean Regas, and author of 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, this...

Resolve to learn more astronomy in 2020.  This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.   Led by Cincinnati Observatory astronomer Dean Regas, and author of 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, this...

Jan 21, 2020

Canoeing the Boundary Waters

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241

North

Jan 21, 2020

Canoeing the Boundary Waters

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241

North

Explore the Boundary Water of northern Minnesota and southwestern Ontario. Williams and Hall Outfitters of Ely, Minnesota will guide you through the wonder of the 2 million-acre wilderness. Through this presentation, we’ll explore the area and the specifics of how to set up a...

Explore the Boundary Water of northern Minnesota and southwestern Ontario. Williams and Hall Outfitters of Ely, Minnesota will guide you through the wonder of the 2 million-acre wilderness. Through this presentation, we’ll explore the area and the specifics of how to set up a...

Now through Feb 02, 2020

Disney's The Lion King

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Feb 02, 2020

Disney's The Lion King

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands...

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands...

Jan 21, 2020

Yola/Amythyst Kiah

Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Jan 21, 2020

Yola/Amythyst Kiah

Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Yola released her critically acclaimed debut album Walk Through Fire earlier this year. Produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. The album was...

Yola released her critically acclaimed debut album Walk Through Fire earlier this year. Produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. The album was...

Now through Jan 26, 2020

Ford 63rd Annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Jan 26, 2020

Ford 63rd Annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

The Ford 63rd Annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show, now produced by Renfro Productions – the most trusted name in the Sport Show industry, brings the great outdoors indoors at the Duke Energy Center January 17 – 19 & 22 – 26, 2020. ...

The Ford 63rd Annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show, now produced by Renfro Productions – the most trusted name in the Sport Show industry, brings the great outdoors indoors at the Duke Energy Center January 17 – 19 & 22 – 26, 2020. ...

Jan 22, 2020

Sunset Salons: Craft Cocktails

The Hive
1662 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati, OH 45223

North

Jan 22, 2020

Sunset Salons: Craft Cocktails

The Hive
1662 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati, OH 45223

North

No tats required: Sidecars to Sazeracs, a Pisco to a Painkiller, Cosmo to a Caipirinha, join Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s colorful, local A-list of bartenders and mixologists for a behind-the-bar glimpse at the art, science, stories and magic behind the resurgent craft...

No tats required: Sidecars to Sazeracs, a Pisco to a Painkiller, Cosmo to a Caipirinha, join Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s colorful, local A-list of bartenders and mixologists for a behind-the-bar glimpse at the art, science, stories and magic behind the resurgent craft...

Jan 22, 2020 through Dec 23, 2020

Finneytown Music Workshop

Lucky Turtle
8621 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

North

Jan 22, 2020 through Dec 23, 2020

Finneytown Music Workshop

Lucky Turtle
8621 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

North

Four-piece ensemble featuring saxophone, stand up bass, drums, guitar. Exciting jam sessions with variety of guest players.

Four-piece ensemble featuring saxophone, stand up bass, drums, guitar. Exciting jam sessions with variety of guest players.

Now through Feb 08, 2020

In The Night Time (before the sun rises)

Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Now through Feb 08, 2020

In The Night Time (before the sun rises)

Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

A baby cries. A bottle breaks. A window smashes. In the small hours of the night, a couple try to soothe their screaming infant – but as the hours grow longer, the world becomes elastic around them, and the horrors that scar our planet threaten to crash into the baby’s room....

A baby cries. A bottle breaks. A window smashes. In the small hours of the night, a couple try to soothe their screaming infant – but as the hours grow longer, the world becomes elastic around them, and the horrors that scar our planet threaten to crash into the baby’s room....

Jan 22, 2020

Grace Potter

Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Jan 22, 2020

Grace Potter

Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Rock singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter is giving a concert as a part of her North American 2020 tour. Potter's latest album "Daylight" was released in October. The album spawned singles "Back To Me", "Love Is Love", and "Every Heartbeat". 

Rock singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter is giving a concert as a part of her North American 2020 tour. Potter's latest album "Daylight" was released in October. The album spawned singles "Back To Me", "Love Is Love", and "Every Heartbeat". 

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