Comedy shows, romantic helicopter rides and cool bars to make Sweetest Day one you won’t forget.

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


Chilly weather has descended, and cuffing season is upon us. What better way to start the “cuddle season” than with fun, cute date ideas to do around the city? It’s time to step away from the normal dinner and a movie. Whether you want to snuggle inside or brace the wind outside, here are a few Cincinnati date night ideas to you and bae can do for Sweetest Day.

You may also like: Shop these Black retailers for Sweetest Day. 

1331 Walnut Street, 45202
Who doesn’t like vintage arcade games? Here you can play Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, PacMan, NBA Jam and more. Games are all free. Enjoy a drink and make a couple of bets. Best 3 out of 5 wins!

Findlay Market
1801 Race Street, 45202
Take a 30-minute walking tour to discuss the history, present and future of Findlay Market. Tour prices range from $0 – $10. Check dates and times before scheduling.

Grace + Grit Spa
6712 Montgomery Road, 45236

Not recommended for a first date, but definitely a way to relax before a romantic dinner or even a night of dancing. Schedule a relaxing massage or facial before beginning your night.

Smale Riverfront Park
100 Ted Berry Way, 45202
Become a kid again and take a ride on Carol Ann’s Carousel, gaze into each other’s eyes on the SkyStar or take Instagram worthy pictures in front of the lighted stairway. Always check
for discount SkyStar tickets.

Soul Palette, LLC
Spice up a night in by painting together. This company brings the experience to your doorstep. 

11745 Commons Drive, 45246

Both active in the gym? Show how physically fit you are by jumping at Skyzone! Adult jumps take place at 10 p.m. – Midnight on the weekends. Or join their fitness class on Wednesday. Break a sweat!

Stratus Helicopters
4765 Airport Road, 45226
Hold hands and enjoy a romantic scenic view of Cincinnati up in the air. Tickets for $75 for two people. Reservations are required.

The Purple People Bridge to Newport on the Levee
Do you both like the outdoors? Start at Sawyer Point and walk across the Purple People Bridge. Once you arrive at Newport on the Levee, browse Barnes and Noble to see what type of books you both like. Then stop by the coffee shop before you head back across the bridge.

Video Archive
965 E. McMillan, 45206

Need a conversation starter? This bar is perfect. The themed bar is decorated to fit the holiday season or trend. Drinks are named according to the theme, and movies are played in the background. 

Of course, if none of these sparks your interest, check out these Black-owned bars and nightclubs, restaurants and events. With all of these options, Netflix and Chill should be your last resort.


You may also like: Like jazz? Check out these concerts and venues.


Now here are several things to do in Cincinnati October 19 – 25. 

Friday  – October 19

Dada Rafiki: The Women Gather
Aronoff Center
7 p.m.
Experience storytelling, music, dance, song, and spoken word that celebrates the power of universal sisterhood and brotherhood. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.


Saturday – October 20

It’s a Love Thing Day Party
7121 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry
Spend Sweetest Day giving. Party donations will benefit two local elementary schools towards the purchase of winter gear and personal care items.

George Lopez
Taft Theatre

8 p.m.
$39 – $69
Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country.


Sunday – October 21

Finding Kenyon Barr
The Philip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry
The exhibit features photos from Cincinnati Museum Center’s Kenyon-Barr collection, taken in 1959 by the City of Cincinnati to document structures slated for demolition as part of the Kenyon Barr urban redevelopment project.

3rd Sunday Funday
Taft Museum
11:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Entry
Play with different poses and make your own paper doll power figure. Join Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Vanessa German at 3 p.m. for a performance that will inspire you to love yourself.

Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO)
First Unitarian Church
2 p.m.
$10 – $20
The CCJO season kicks off with guest Scott Robinson, who plays many jazz styles on almost every reed instrument made (and trumpet).

It’s a Great Time to be a Dad
Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Entry
Resources will be available to learn more about health insurance, finding a doctor, and community programs that support men. Enjoy a live DJ, door prizes and gifts from the Reds.

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

7 p.m.
$Pay What You Can (Minimum donation of $5)
This charming and clever sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice showcases African American actress Ayana Workman taking center stage. Purchase tickets in person and pay what you can. The play lasts through November 10.


Tuesday – October 23

Andy Mineo & Lecrae
6:30 p.m.
Rock with gospel hip-hop Reach records artists during the “Better Late Than Never” tour. This is an all ages show.

Imani Winds
Aronoff Center

7:30 p.m.
From Mendelssohn to Piazzolla and Wayne Shorter to Stravinsky, Imani Winds infuses new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom.


Thursday – October 25

Now Hear This Jazz
The Greenwich

8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Jam to contemporary jazz music with an exotic flavor. Admission includes appetizers.


You may also like: Need new movies for family night? Check these out.


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