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Things to do in Black Cincinnati this week!


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May 25th
8 p.m.
Memorial Hall (OTR)
$25 – $40
Live Blues, Gospel, and Soul concert.



May 25th
8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
$20 – $35
Live Reggae concert.



Kindred The Family SoulKindred The Family Soul
May 27th
8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
$35 – $65
Live R&B concert.



Monday, May 23rd


COVID-19 Testing
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
African American Chamber of Commerce (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Rapid Antigen testing. Know your COVID-19 status.


Mobile Food Pantry/Produce Pop Up
12 p.m.
Tryed Stone Church (Bond Hill)
Free Admission
Fruits, vegetables, and baked goods distribution. Open to the public. No ID, income guidelines or payment is required. First come, first served. See other Cincinnati food pantries and soup kitchens.


Line Dancing
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$5, Free with Membership
Bond Hill Recreation (Bond Hill)
Enjoy the people, music and physical activity.


Jazz at the Park
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Featuring Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown Quartet.


Burn Your Cape: Erasing the Invincible Mother Stereotype
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Admission
Addresses the fallout that can occur when mothers do not take care of themselves.



Tuesday, May 24th


Support this Black-owned Restaurant – ACAI Bowl Bar
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ACAI Bowl Bar (OTR)
Fresh Artisan Acai fruit and grain bowls.


Adult Reading Help
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Main Library (Downtown)
Free Admission
Activities aimed at improving comprehension.


2022 FAFSA Info Fair
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Art Academy of Cincinnati (OTR)
Free Admission
Financial aid workshop for college-bound high school seniors.


United Way Black Empowerment Works Information Session
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Heights Outreach Inc. (Lincoln Heights)
Free Admission
Learn about funding for Black community-based programs and projects.


Trapercize with BBF Health
5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Cardio workout. All fitness levels are welcome.


Black Maternal Health Kitchen Table Talk
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bond Hill Library (Bond Hill)
Free Admission
Panel discussions of how to advocate for yourself in a doctor’s office during pregnancy.


Major Taylor Cycling Club
6:30 p.m.
Click the link for the location
Free Admission
Enjoy safe and fun cycling geared toward the African American communities.



Wednesday, May 25th


Support this Black-owned Business – Heritage Glen Cleaners
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Heritage Glen Cleaners (Kenwood)
Serving all fabric, leather, and suede needs.


Party with a Purpose: Coleman Love Style
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mango’s Topical Oasis (Springdale)
Free Admission
All donations support Greater Cincinnati homeless veteran shelters. Items and monetary donations are accepted.


DuWaup’s Poetry Open Mic
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Elementz Art Center (OTR)
Free Admission
Featuring Black author, poet, and public figure Laura Wize.


Pride and Prejudice
7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Theatre (Downtown)
$14 – 68
Follows the love stories of the Bennet sisters and their path to unexpected places.  Runs through June 18th.


Industry Night POTI9N Takeover
8 p.m.
Arts’ on the Ave (OTR)
Free Admission
Wine tasting, networking, and live R&B music.


Rhyme & Reason
8 p.m.
Park Place Restaurant (Forest Park)
Free Admission
Live spoken word and R&B music by DJ Sean Solomon.


Adult Skate
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Place Cincy (Groesbeck)
Roller skating for ages 21 and up.



Thursday, May 26th


Mobile Food Pantry/Produce Pop Up
3 p.m.
Corinthian Baptist Church (Norwood)
Free Admission
Fruits, vegetables, and baked goods distribution. Open to the public. No ID, income guidelines or payment is required. First come, first served. See other Cincinnati food pantries and soup kitchens.


All-In Monthly Coalition Meeting
3 p.m.
Free Admission
Celebration of local leaders dedicated to driving systemic change and economic growth.


Black and Brown Faces: Payin Homage To Exhibit
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Eden Park)
Free Admission
10 Black artists depict the emotional extremes of 2020 with the goal of facilitating a process of community healing. The exhibit runs through June 19th.


APART Film Screening
5:30 p.m.
Freedom Center (Downtown)
The film explores the impact of the prison system on three mothers. A panel discussion featuring Tyra Patterson and Malika Kidd will follow.


NLE Choppa
6:30 p.m.
Bogart’s (Clifton)
Live Rap concert.


Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay
7 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge (OTR)
Free Admission
Half-off bottles and live R&B music featuring a guest DJ.


Marlon Wayans: The Microphone Fiend Tour
7:30 p.m.
Funny Bone (Liberty Township)
$55 – $65
Live comedy show. Runs through May 29.


Dance, Drink & Chill Thursdays
8 p.m.
Hop Scotch (Clifton)
Free Admission
Drink specials and R&B music by DJ TY Lyles.




Friday, May 27th


Mobile Roller Rink Grand Opening
4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Court Street Plaza (Downtown)
Memorial Day weekend celebration hosted by Hamilton County Commissioner Alicia Reece with live music by DJs Kevy Kev & Sceens. Skate rental is $5.  Runs through May 30th.


Art After Dark
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Eden Park)
Free Admission
Docent-led tours, food, and live music from Tracy Walker.


Soul Revival
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Caffè Vivace (Walnut Hills)
$10 – $45
Live soul and jazz music.


May Festival: South American Epics
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Music Hall (Downtown)
$15 – $99
A collection of South American and Beethoven compositions featuring Black vocalist Nicole Cabell. The show is one night only.


Frequency Open Mic
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Baby Vegan Café (Roselawn)
Poetry performances and vegan dinners.


The YOLO Band
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Live R&B music.


Final Fridayz
9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Twenties (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Live dance, R&B, and disco music by DJ Jayy.


House Fridays
9:30 p.m.
Good Judy’s (Northside)
Free Admission
Live tribal beats, deep house, and afrotech music by DJ Fred Pierce.


All White Welcome Party
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Hilltop Cincy (Mt. Adams)
Live Zimbabwean, dancehall, soca, reggae, and afrobeats.



Saturday, May 28th


Taste of Findlay Market
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Findlay Market (OTR)
Free Admission
12 booths with rotating Black-owned businesses including Chico’s Cheesecakes, Makers Bakers Co., Flavors of the Isle, Dat’s Ole School Cookin, Honey Child Artisan Pops, and more.


Drag Brunch
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The View at Shires’ Garden (Downtown)
$30 – $120
Food and performances featuring Alexander Cameron and Jessica Marie Jones.


Plant with Dads
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Funke’s Greenhouses (Spring Grove)
Free Admission
Choose a pot and plant a flower of choice.


North College Hill Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
Rose’s Department Store (North College Hill)
Free Admission
Celebration for Veterans.


Taste of Cincinnati
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fifth Street (Downtown)
Free Admission
Featuring live entertainment and over 36 restaurants and 18 food trucks, including Eddie’s Southern Style BBQ, Gee’s Caribbean, Herban Vegans, Just Q’in and Wing Champ. Runs through May 30th.


Bike Lessons & BBQ
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
John T. Crawford Park (College Hill)
Free Admission
Memorial Day celebration with games and food benefitting the Black autism community.


African Liberation Day
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Winton Hills Annex Building (Winton Hills)
Free Admission
Activities commemorating the Pan-African struggles against white supremacy.


Asili Dance
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church (Mt. Healthy)
$6 – $12
Traditional West African Dance Classes.


Ripples Live
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Artsville (Madisonville)
Live spoken word from poet Gifted Johnson-Wilkinson.


Positive Vibe Band
7 p.m.
Queen City Radio (OTR)
Free Admission
Live R&B and soul music.


Vibe, Paint & Chill
7 p.m.
Urban Paint Loft (Norwood)
Appetizers, wine tasting, guided painting, and live 90’s R&B.


The Year of the Monster Tour 3
8 p.m. -2 a.m.
Mad Frog (Clifton)
Rap concert featuring Young Breed and DJ Spins.


Soul Quest Band
8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Silverton Café (Silverton)
Free Admission
Live old school, R&B, and soul music.



Sunday, May 29th


Off Trail Urban Hikers
7:30 a.m.
Free Admission
Check the Facebook page for this week’s location
Hike approximately two miles and enjoy nature with cool people.


The Science Behind Pixar
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cincinnati Museum Center (The West End)
$9.50 – $19.50
Featuring 50 interactive STEM elements, Disney characters, and more.


Yoga & Mimosas
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Confetti Room (OTR)
Chilled mimosas and light snacks.


Outdoor Guided Meditation Sound Healing
11:11 a.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
Must bring your own blanket, yoga mat and meditation pillow.


Women’s March
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Hamilton County Courthouse (Downtown)
Free Admission
March for reproductive freedom.


Lando’s Old School Skating Happy Hour
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
W Court Street (Downtown)
Music by DJ Vader Mixx. Skate rental is $5.


Perfect Verse
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge (OTR)
Free Admission
Live poetry and spoken word from local artists backed by a jazz trio.




Things for African Americans to do in Cincinnati in 2022





Upcoming Events for Black Cincinnati

Black Cincinnati is fortunate to have access to a renowned symphony orchestra, chamber music, arts centers, and live music featuring big bands, local duos and trios. Thanks to many generous sponsors, African American families and individuals of all ages will enjoy Black entertainment at no cost or with a low-cost general admission.

As you plan, you might want to buy tickets for national acts coming to the Queen City. Remember to mark your calendar for the 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival.



To Kill a MockingbirdCincinnati African American Events, things to do in Cincinnati
May 31st – June 12th, 2022
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
When Tom Robinson, one of the town’s Black residents, is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, Atticus agrees to defend him despite threats from the community.


Soul: Shaken and StirredSoul: Shaken and Stirred, things to do in Cincinnati 
June 3rd – 4th, 2022
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
From Gospel to hip hop, R&B to jazz – this concert honors the extraordinary soundtrack black music has been throughout our lives.


Nils and Johnny Britt 
June 4th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Nils and Johnny Britt deliver an unforgettable jazz show, which is sure to please audiences worldwide and leaves an everlasting impression.


chris rock, Cincinnati African American EventsChris Rock 
June 9th, 8 p.m.
Taft Theatre
Grammy and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock has announced his first tour in five years.


Wild ‘N Out Live TourWild ‘N Out Live Tour, Cincinnati African American Events
June 10th, 8 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Bringing Cannon’s famed MTV series to the road with mix-up comedy, variety and game show elements all in one.


June 17th, 2022, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Hiroshima is a Grammy-nominated smooth jazz group based in California and formed in 1974.


Carlos Santana & Earth, Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire Cincinnati, things to do in Cincinnati
July 9th, 2022, 7 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Grammy Award-winning, legendary artists.


The Band’s VisitThe Band's Visit, things to do in Cincinnati
July 19th – 24th, 2022
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
THE BAND’S VISIT rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.


robert glasperRobert Glasper 
July 23rd, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
To date, jazz musician, Robert Glasper boasts 4 Grammy wins and 9 nominations across 8 categories, and an Emmy Award


Tower of Power with Lettucetower of power with lettuce, things to do in Cincinnati
August 11th and 12th, 2022, 7 p.m.
Taft Theatre and Rose Music Center at the Heights
Legendary Soul-Funk-R&B group Tower of Power and genre-busting six-member Funk band Lettuce will take the stage together in Cincinnati one night and Dayton the next.


The SpinnersThe Spinners
August 13th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Timeless in a way that few other acts today are, The Spinners are one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history.


Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley
August 13th
Rose Music Center at The Heights (Dayton)
See eight-time Grammy Award-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley.


Salif KeitaSalif Keita 
August 31st, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
His arrangements feature roiling rhythms, slightly nasal female backup choirs, and traditional percussion typical of Malian music.


hamilton, What to do in Cincinnati | things to do in CincinnatiHamilton
September 6th – October 2nd, 2022
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre.


Now that you know what is happening this weekend, you should never have an empty Saturday or Sunday with tons of Afro-American events. Plus, if you are looking for a significant other, now you know where all the Black people meet. Have fun!


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