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You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky! Search thousands of events in our online database. We make it easy for you to filter by category – like festivals and special events – and/or by date so you can create the perfect itinerary for your getaway. There’s always more to explore, new adventures to be had and memories to be made in the Cincinnati region!

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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 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 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 Mar 28, 2020

Live Racing at Turfway Park

Turfway Park
7500 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042

South

Now through Mar 28, 2020

Live Racing at Turfway Park

Turfway Park
7500 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042

South

Enjoy live Thoroughbred racing and vintage charm at Turfway Park through the winter. Simulcast racing is available daily except Monday and Tuesday.

Enjoy live Thoroughbred racing and vintage charm at Turfway Park through the winter. Simulcast racing is available daily except Monday and Tuesday.

Now through Feb 22, 2020

Singables & Swingables: An Evening of Jazz

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

Downtown

Now through Feb 22, 2020

Singables & Swingables: An Evening of Jazz

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

Downtown

Your toes will tap and your fingers will snap as you enjoy song favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters, and more of the country’s best-loved jazz singers. Let some of Cincinnati’s finest local ‘Cats and Canaries’...

Your toes will tap and your fingers will snap as you enjoy song favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters, and more of the country’s best-loved jazz singers. Let some of Cincinnati’s finest local ‘Cats and Canaries’...

Now through Feb 22, 2020

FLOW: Retro/ACTIVE

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

Downtown

Now through Feb 22, 2020

FLOW: Retro/ACTIVE

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

Downtown

This concert brings together two older Dayton Contemporary Dance Company masterworks and two new masterworks: Vespers (premiered 1986), Ulysses Dove's touching poetic tribute to womanhood; On the Wings of Angels (premiered 1996), Warren Spear's soaring tribute to the Tuskegee...

This concert brings together two older Dayton Contemporary Dance Company masterworks and two new masterworks: Vespers (premiered 1986), Ulysses Dove's touching poetic tribute to womanhood; On the Wings of Angels (premiered 1996), Warren Spear's soaring tribute to the Tuskegee...

Now through Feb 23, 2020

Les Miserables

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

Downtown

Now through Feb 23, 2020

Les Miserables

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

Downtown

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined...

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined...

Now through Mar 08, 2020

americUS

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Uptown

Now through Mar 08, 2020

americUS

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Uptown

Universes is an award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble that breaks traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of storytelling. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, Universes will create a compelling portrait of contemporary...

Universes is an award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble that breaks traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of storytelling. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, Universes will create a compelling portrait of contemporary...

Now through Feb 22, 2020

The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre 42
2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036

North

Now through Feb 22, 2020

The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre 42
2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036

North

The Mason Community Players will open Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest 125 years to the day after its premiere on February 14, 1895 in London. The local troupe will take the stage at 8:00 PM on February 14, 2020, at their venue, Theatre 42, to bring this classic...

The Mason Community Players will open Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest 125 years to the day after its premiere on February 14, 1895 in London. The local troupe will take the stage at 8:00 PM on February 14, 2020, at their venue, Theatre 42, to bring this classic...

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 Jul 06, 2020

Vhils: Haze

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

Downtown

Now through Jul 06, 2020

Vhils: Haze

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

Downtown

The CAC is excited to host an exhibition of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) in Spring 2020. Vhils is renowned for his unusual technique of removing the surface layers of urban walls to create riveting portraits and imagery. Using construction tools like...

The CAC is excited to host an exhibition of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) in Spring 2020. Vhils is renowned for his unusual technique of removing the surface layers of urban walls to create riveting portraits and imagery. Using construction tools like...

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 28, 2020

ComedySportz Cincinnati Friday Night Match

Madcap Education Center
3064 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211

West

Now through Feb 28, 2020

ComedySportz Cincinnati Friday Night Match

Madcap Education Center
3064 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211

West

It’s February, love is in the air and ComedySportz Cincinnati wants to be your Valentine. Let our two teams, the Cincinnati Big Machine and the Northern Kentucky Grass warm your heart as they take your best suggestions and give you action, adventure, romance! Our referee will...

It’s February, love is in the air and ComedySportz Cincinnati wants to be your Valentine. Let our two teams, the Cincinnati Big Machine and the Northern Kentucky Grass warm your heart as they take your best suggestions and give you action, adventure, romance! Our referee will...

Feb 22, 2020

Supermoon: Super Night Hike

Fernbank Park
50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233

West

Feb 22, 2020

Supermoon: Super Night Hike

Fernbank Park
50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233

West

Tread lightly and mind your chatter on this moonlit hike. Explore the park after dark, test your senses and immerse yourself in the sounds of a world shrouded in darkness. Meet at Lee Shelter.   

Tread lightly and mind your chatter on this moonlit hike. Explore the park after dark, test your senses and immerse yourself in the sounds of a world shrouded in darkness. Meet at Lee Shelter.   

Feb 22, 2020

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Sensory Saturday

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

Uptown

Feb 22, 2020

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Sensory Saturday

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

Uptown

Join the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra as we partner with Cincinnati Art Museum for their Sensory Saturday and Connect programming. Musicians from the CCO will perform interactive sessions in the Contemporary gallery and opportunities for guests to interact with the music and...

Join the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra as we partner with Cincinnati Art Museum for their Sensory Saturday and Connect programming. Musicians from the CCO will perform interactive sessions in the Contemporary gallery and opportunities for guests to interact with the music and...

Feb 22, 2020

Taste of the Nations

Endeavor Elementary School
4400 Smith Rd, West Chester Township, OH 45069

North

Feb 22, 2020

Taste of the Nations

Endeavor Elementary School
4400 Smith Rd, West Chester Township, OH 45069

North

It is time for the 5th annual Taste of the Nations. While attending this free event, you will be able to travel the world in ONE place! You will be offered a guided tour through the nations, with the opportunity to taste food from around the world.   Families and friends...

It is time for the 5th annual Taste of the Nations. While attending this free event, you will be able to travel the world in ONE place! You will be offered a guided tour through the nations, with the opportunity to taste food from around the world.   Families and friends...

Feb 22, 2020 through Feb 24, 2020

Beethoven's Birthday

First Lutheran Church
1208 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Feb 22, 2020 through Feb 24, 2020

Beethoven's Birthday

First Lutheran Church
1208 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Enjoy this 3-part series of one of the greats! 

Enjoy this 3-part series of one of the greats! 

Feb 22, 2020

Workshop | Freedom Quilts with Cynthia Lockhart

Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Feb 22, 2020

Workshop | Freedom Quilts with Cynthia Lockhart

Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Paint, stitch and embellish a one of a kind mini art quilt with artist Cynthia Lockhart. Cynthia will share her work in the Journey to Freedom exhibition and encourage participants to use their personal ideas of ‘Freedom’ as a point of inspiration for their project. This...

Paint, stitch and embellish a one of a kind mini art quilt with artist Cynthia Lockhart. Cynthia will share her work in the Journey to Freedom exhibition and encourage participants to use their personal ideas of ‘Freedom’ as a point of inspiration for their project. This...

Now through Feb 23, 2020

Maple Sugar Days

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township, OH 45251

North

Now through Feb 23, 2020

Maple Sugar Days

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township, OH 45251

North

This popular event demonstrates the tradition of maple sugaring that has been passed down through the generations. Families can discover how the sticky sap from the maple tree is turned into a sweet delicacy with fun activities, crafts, hikes and a sampling of tasty maple...

This popular event demonstrates the tradition of maple sugaring that has been passed down through the generations. Families can discover how the sticky sap from the maple tree is turned into a sweet delicacy with fun activities, crafts, hikes and a sampling of tasty maple...

Feb 22, 2020

Dixieland Worship & Fat Saturday Dinner

Christ the King Lutheran Church
7393 Dimmick Road, West Chester, OH 45069

North

Feb 22, 2020

Dixieland Worship & Fat Saturday Dinner

Christ the King Lutheran Church
7393 Dimmick Road, West Chester, OH 45069

North

Dixieland Worship followed by Cajun Dinner 5:00pm Worship led by the Jambalaya Jazz Band 6:00pm Dinner featuring catered cajun food, plus a couple of "not-so-spicy" alternatives!

Dixieland Worship followed by Cajun Dinner 5:00pm Worship led by the Jambalaya Jazz Band 6:00pm Dinner featuring catered cajun food, plus a couple of "not-so-spicy" alternatives!

Now through Feb 29, 2020

Ohio Kings Basketball

Ohio Kings
3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Uptown

Now through Feb 29, 2020

Ohio Kings Basketball

Ohio Kings
3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Uptown

Catch a home home at Cincinnati State Technical School and Community College this basketball season with Cincinnati's first ever ABA team! 

Catch a home home at Cincinnati State Technical School and Community College this basketball season with Cincinnati's first ever ABA team! 

Now through Feb 23, 2020

20th Century Cincinnati

Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246

North

Now through Feb 23, 2020

20th Century Cincinnati

Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246

North

Dating as far back as the last quarter of the 19th century, Ohio (and Cincinnati in particular) has played a central role in the evolution of American ceramic art. Our 2020 Special Exhibit will focus on some of the superb Modernist ceramics created in the state between the Art...

Dating as far back as the last quarter of the 19th century, Ohio (and Cincinnati in particular) has played a central role in the evolution of American ceramic art. Our 2020 Special Exhibit will focus on some of the superb Modernist ceramics created in the state between the Art...

Now through Mar 14, 2020

Great Parks Mystery Dinner Series

Winton Woods
1515 West Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240

North

Now through Mar 14, 2020

Great Parks Mystery Dinner Series

Winton Woods
1515 West Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240

North

Beware! There are vampires among us. Will bad blood disrupt this secret ceremony of initiation? Enjoy an evening of adult humor and fun at a mystery dinner. Advance ticket purchase is required. For ages 18 and up.

Beware! There are vampires among us. Will bad blood disrupt this secret ceremony of initiation? Enjoy an evening of adult humor and fun at a mystery dinner. Advance ticket purchase is required. For ages 18 and up.

Feb 22, 2020

Maple on Tap

Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150

East

Feb 22, 2020

Maple on Tap

Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150

East

Enjoy the best of maple season during this family-friendly event featuring maple beer crafted by HighGrain Brewing Company using Cincinnati Nature Center’s own maple syrup. Discover the process of making maple syrup, learn how the beer was made, savor syrup from the...

Enjoy the best of maple season during this family-friendly event featuring maple beer crafted by HighGrain Brewing Company using Cincinnati Nature Center’s own maple syrup. Discover the process of making maple syrup, learn how the beer was made, savor syrup from the...

Now through Feb 22, 2020

Mardi Gras Mainstrasse Village Pub Crawl

Mainstrasse
Main St., Covington, KY 41011

Riverfront

Now through Feb 22, 2020

Mardi Gras Mainstrasse Village Pub Crawl

Mainstrasse
Main St., Covington, KY 41011

Riverfront

The Mainstrasse Mardi Gras parade is back!   The parade will kick off at 9th and Main and run to 5th street.  We are so excited this event is back and hope you will all join us.   There will be fat heads, there will be beads.  We will have music and...

The Mainstrasse Mardi Gras parade is back!   The parade will kick off at 9th and Main and run to 5th street.  We are so excited this event is back and hope you will all join us.   There will be fat heads, there will be beads.  We will have music and...

Feb 22, 2020

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Feb 22, 2020

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Downtown

Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd; Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before.   The entire show is presented with The Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd!

Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd; Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before.   The entire show is presented with The Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd!

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