Find new reads with your Black author book signings, jam at some old school parties and have a family night at the theatre.

There are plenty of things to do in Cincinnati this week.


Looking for things to do in Cincinnati? This week, you can eat, drink, shop and play. Here are several events for you to enjoy August 10 – 16. 

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New Movies to See

In Theaters August 10

Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter. Receive discount movie tickets with this Groupon. 


Friday  – August 10

Friday Flow featuring Keith Robinson
Washington Park
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free Entry

Enjoy great music and check out the Southwest Airlines Porch at Washington Park beforehand from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a Friday Flow Happy Hour featuring great drink specials!

Take the Leap Black Ballet
Aronoff Center

8 p.m.
$15 – $30

Cincinnati welcomes back 3 Incredible Dance Stars with credits such as The Lion King Broadway Tour, Les Ballets Trockadero and even Coachella 2018 to the Aronoff Center Stage for a one night only ballet experience.

Lights, Camera, Pink!
The Redmoor
8 p.m.


Party with a purpose at The Erica J. Holloman Foundation’s Annual Celebration to raise awareness about triple-negative breast cancer. The event includes a cash bar, hot hors-d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. This is a 21 & over event. Purchase tickets online.

Just Friends with Kathy Wade
The Greenwich
9 p.m.


Kathy Wade continues her monthly jazz series featuring local jazz greats. This week’s feature is pianist Julie Spangler. Admission includes free appetizers.



Saturday – August 11

Rock Those Locs
Rookwood Exchange Office, 2nd Floor (North Conference Room)
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn about loc maintenance in an interactive session. Enjoy Q&A, light bites, hourly giveaways, swag bag, vendors and more.

Book Signing with B.B. Rhule
Freedom Center – Smith & Hannon Bookstore
3 p.m.
Free Entry

Smith & Hannon Bookstore will host a book signing for author B.B. Rhule. She has written the book One More River to Cross. The book details new information, theories and revelations about the death of Sam Cooke. Purchase discount tickets from CincySavers.

Live Jazz
Symphony Hotel Lounge
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free Entry

The lounge features live jazz and full food service from an award-winning kitchen. The Symphony Hotel bar features seasonal, signature, craft cocktails.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: The Four Seasons
School for Creative and Performing Arts
7:30 p.m.
$10 – $30

The Mainstage series continues with two takes on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Max Richter’s recompositing of the landmark baroque masterpieces comes first; the originals follow intermission. The orchestra put its new concertmistress, Celeste Golden Boyer, in the spotlight as soloist for both versions.

Dreamgirls Musical
The Carnegie
7:30 p.m.
$23 – $30

The Carnegie is kicking off its 2018-19 Theatre season with flashy costumes, Motown music, and plenty of drama. The Tony Award-winning Dreamgirls musical will open Saturday, August 11 and run weekends through August 26, 2018. ArtsPass Members discount is available.


Sunday – August 12

Second- Line Sunday on Main
Main between 12th and Liberty Street
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry

This event features live music and family fun from Cincy Second Line Parade with Q-Kidz Dance Team, The Hot Magnolias and more. Vendors and art programing will also be available.

Sunday Funday Day Party
Revel OTR Urban Winery
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost TBD

Join DJ Pillo and DJ Perry Simmons for great music and drinks. Enjoy bottomless mimosas until 4 p.m. Signature drinks and treats are available throughout the day.

Battle of the Beats Makeup Show
Avenue Event Center
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$15 – $60

MUAs will compete in 3 categories (daytime, night, and bold) to be crowned the grand prize winner. MUAs who wish to register must pay an entry fee of $60. The event will be hosted by Ms. Ebony J and music will be provided by Queen J the DJ.

Radio Black
The Greenwich
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Radio Black will take you on a journey back to the days of great radio. You will hear classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s and music from several genres including R&B, soul, Hip-Hop, Rap and neo-Soul.


Monday – August 13

Jazz at the Memo
Memorial Hall OTR
7 p.m.

$6 – $8

Pianist Lennie Tristano mixed swing, bebop and cool improvisation to create his unique style. Mike Darrah, piano; Peter Gemus, bass; Josh Kline, tenor sax; and Tony Franklin, drums, lead this week’s music appreciation session.


Tuesday – August 14

Escape from Slavery Gallery Talk
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
11 a.m.
Free (w/museum admission)

On the steps of the Safe House in the Escape Gallery, listen to stories about freedom seekers and conductors during the Underground Railroad era. This 15-minute presentation will provide a greater understanding of the issues related to slavery and the antislavery movement that helped shape the network of allies known as the Underground Railroad. Pre-purchase admission tickets online. Purchase discount tickets from CincySavers.

Reggae Dancehall Party
The Mockbee
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Free Entry

Shacc Bonjovi presents Cincinnati Sound Appreciation Reggae – Dancehall Party. Music will be provided by the city’s top reggae DJs.


Wednesday – August 15

Reggae Wednesday
Fountain Square
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Free Entry

Put a little “weekend” in your Wednesday with the help of FREE Reggae concerts on the Square.

Black Panther Movie Showing
Washington Park
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Free Entry

Take a trip to Wakanda during a free showing of Black Panther. Bring your lawn chairs, lunch, a blanket and the whole family.


Thursday – August 16

The Unfinished Revolution: Dare We Dream
Kennedy Heights Arts Center

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry

This exhibition serves as a retrospective of all that artist Robert Lee Harris has sought to accomplish in creating an inclusive community as an artist and advocate for persons with disabilities. The Unfinished Revolution runs through September 29th.

GCMI 20th Anniversary Dinner
Summit A Dolce Hotel
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Join the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative in commemorating 20 years of entrepreneurial exploration, business development, and entrepreneur education. Dine, mix and mingle with influential and internationally recognized business professionals.

It’s Commonly Jazz
Seasongood Pavilion
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry

The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra showcases the musical talents of their big band and their vocalist Adia Dobbins.

Finding My Sparkle Book Signing
Joseph-Beth Cincinnati
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free Entry

Local author and motivational speaker Morgan Owens presents her new book, “Finding My Sparkle,” a memoir about finding self-love through low self-esteem, weight issues and self-hate.

The Cassette Old School Party
Revel Urban Winery
8 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Free Entry

Listen to 90’s Hip Hop and RnB like Tupac, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Scarface, John B. Envogue, Outkast, Xscape, SWV and more. All will be encouraged to dance. DJ Prymtime will be in charge of the vibe.


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