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Things to do in Black Cincinnati this week!


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.


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Featured Events:


The Mighty WurlitzerThe Mighty Wurlitzer concert featuring excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker
December 10th
Cincinnati Music Hall (Downtown)
“Happy Holidays” concert featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in the hall’s beautiful ballroom with a joyful holiday program.


Elf The Musical Jr.
November 4th – December 12th
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.


Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick
Now – January 16th
Tuesdays through Sundays
$0 – $12
Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt Adams)
Incorporating stereotypes to examine the narratives that feed into racism, sexism, sexuality and identity.


Friday, December 3rd


Free COVID-19 Testing
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Admission
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (Avondale)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. Pre-register to save time.


Royally Melanated Pop-Up Shop
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Admission
Blair Ave. Park (Walnut Hills)
Cold care kits, detox teas, waist beads, grab bags, and more.


Cocktail Tasting & Art Exhibit
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$10 – $25
Arts OTA (OTR)
Painting showcase.


Winter Wonder
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free Admission
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Light show.


Chico Bean
7 p.m.
Liberty Funny Bone (Liberty Township)
Comedy show.


Hit the Mic
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Oasis at Grace Community Center (College Hill)
$20- $25
Open mic featuring spoken-word/hip-hop artist mOody bLaCk.


Slick Wit It Fridays
8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Reminisce Sports Café (Mt. Healthy)
Free Admission
Party hosted by Clutch Radio & DJ Slick Rick.


Norm Lewis
8:30 p.m.
Aronoff Center (Downtown Cincinnati)
$55 – $65
Christmas soul concert. Click the link for a discount code for $30 tickets!


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


Ugly Sweater Party
10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
PRSTG Lounge & Bistro (OTR)
Free Admission
Hosted by Paydro & Nella D.


Green Velvet
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Galla Park Gastro (Downtown)
Live DJ spinning House music.


Saturday, December 4th


Free COVID-19 Testing
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free Admission
Madisonville CRC (Madisonville)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. Pre-register to save time.


Small Business Shopping Fair
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free Admission
Willow Event Center (Colerain)
Swag bags and shopping with Black-owned businesses.


Black Business Brunch 2.0
11 a.m.
Memorial Hall (OTR)
Free Admission
Business networking event.


Even If It Kills Me
3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
House of Joy (Clifton Heights)
$20 – $30
Stage play.


Sincerely, DuWaup
5:30 p.m.
Artsville (Madisonville)
Free Admission
Debut poetry book signing and soundtrack release party.


Tracy Walker
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
BrewRiver Creole Kitchen (Linwood)
Free Admission
Live Blues music.


Downtown Dazzle
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
Holiday light show, fireworks, festivities, and live music.


Queens of Soul Jazz
7 p.m.
Memorial Hall (OTR)
$49 – $73
Soul concert from Saxophonist Jeanette Harris and Flutist Althea Rene.


Afrobeat vs. Hip Hop
10 p.m.
Cove 51 (Sharonville)
Free Admission
Live DJs.


Afro Caribbean Night
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Amigos Bar & Patio (Downtown)
Free Admission
Live music from Dj TizieB.


Sunday, December 5th


Free COVID-19 Testing
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission
Oak Hills John Foster Dulles Elementary (Mac South)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. Pre-register to save time.


Christmas Hymnprovisation with Robert Lomax
2 p.m.
$10 – $20
First Unitarian Church (Corryville)
R&B and Jazz Christmas concert.


Holiday Pops
2 p.m.
$25 – $115
Music Hall (OTR)
Holiday music concert.


Need Your Love
2 p.m.
$30 – $74
Playhouse in the Park (Mount Adams)
Adds new musical chapters in the life of King Records R&B singer Little Willie John.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
2 p.m.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (OTR)
90-minute musical of beloved holiday classics.


East Row Victorian Christmas Tour
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
601 Overton St, Newport, KY 41071 (Newport)
Home Tours, Christmas Light Displays, Christmas Tea Treats.



Soleil Kitchen 5th Anniversary Celebration
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Columns (OTR)
$50 – $150
Live DJ, 360 Photo Booth, swag bags and more.


Sideways 8 Studios Soft Opening
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sideways 8 Studio (OTR)
Free Admission
Hosted by DJ Rare Groove.


Tony Woods
7:30 p.m.
Go Bananas Comedy Club (Montgomery)
Comedy show.


Monday, December 6th


Support this Black owned restaurant – Darou Salam
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.)
Darou Salam (Cumminsville)
African & Senegalese Cuisine.


Support this Black owned business – Corporate Got Em
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon. – Sat.)
Corporate Got Em (Hyde Park)
Sneaker and clothing boutique.


Free COVID-19 Testing
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission
Crossroads Oakley (Oakley)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. Pre-register to save time.


Karaoke Cocktails & Cappuccinos
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Billfold Films (Colerain)
Free Admission
R&B/Jazz music, pop-up shopping and vendors.


Spin with Carmen
6:15 p.m.
Hirsch Recreation Center (Avondale)
Spinning exercise class. Call to confirm attendance 513-751-3393.


Island Nights
9 p.m.
Stonies Pub & Grill (Lockland)
Live DJ spinning Reggae music.


Tuesday, December 7th


Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)
Karens gone wild. Cat funerals. Nothing is off limits in her first Netflix comedy special.


Free COVID-19 Testing
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free Admission
UC Addiction Services Division (Avondale)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. By appointment only. Online pre-registration required.


Reconsidering Angela Davis
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free Admission
Panel discussion exploring the life of activist Angela Davis.


Wednesday, December 8th


UC Mammography Van
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Free Admission
Centennial Plaza (Downtown)
By appointment only. Call 513-584-7465 (PINK).


Free COVID-19 Testing
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Free Admission
Anderson Library (Anderson Twp.)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. Pre-register to save time.


Luba Lukova Designing Justice
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price Varies
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Downtown)
International art exhibit.


All-In Cincinnati: Queendom in the Queen City
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free Admission
The Columns at Findlay Market (Downtown)
Celebratory event highlighting women community partners, city officials, and more.


Holidaze v.2
5 p.m.
Free Admission
Danyelle’s Bellevue Tavern (Bellevue, KY)
Ugly Sweater party hosted by Cincinnati Young Black Professionals.


A Christmas Carol
7 p.m.
$30 – $98
Playhouse in the Park (Mt. Adams)
Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation.


Glassheart Play
8 p.m.
$5 – $25
KNOW Theatre (OTR)
Fairy tale musical.


Breaks and Brews
6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Free Admission
Arts OTA  (OTR)
Hosted by DJ Rare Groove.


Boss Wednesdays
9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
The Avenue (Mt. Healthy)
Free Admission
Music by DJ Slick Rick and DJ Domino.


Thursday, December 9th


Free COVID-19 Testing
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free Admission
UC Addiction Services Division (Avondale)
Get tested and protect your loved ones. By appointment only. Online pre-registration required.


Lotus Room Hip Hop Party @ Mecca
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mecca OTR (OTR)
Free Admission
Local Hip Hop/R&B music artist showcase.


5 p.m.
$28 – $130
Covedale Center for Performing Arts (Covedale)
After discovering a young orphan, Santa and his elves decide to raise the child as an elf.


7 p.m.
Ensemble Theatre (OTR)
$27 – $55
A fun spin on the classic fairy tale that demonstrates being smart is true beauty.


Movie Night on the Levee
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Newport on the Levee (Newport)
Free Admission
Showing of The Grinch.


Jingle Jazz
7 p.m.
The Redmoor (Mt. Lookout)
$10 – $20
Live holiday music featuring vocalist Mandy Gaines.


Adult Skate
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Place Cincy (Groesbeck)
Roller skating for ages 30+.



Things for African Americans to do in Cincinnati in 2021 and 2022



Upcoming Events for Black Cincinnati

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.


The Mighty WurlitzerHappy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer at Music Hall
December 10th
Musical Hall
Featuring ballet dancers choreographed to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker


Hot Chocolatehot chocolate 
December 10th – 11th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
A brand-new story and eclectic choreography set to the more soulful sounds of Christmas.


January 4th – 9th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
You Can’t Stop the Beat! See HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon.


January 15th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
With two platinum and four gold albums, Najee is one of the pioneers of what is commonly known as Contemporary Jazz.


Big Mountain with Mighty MysticBig Mountain – Reggae Concert
January 29th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
Flavored with roots reggae, dancehall, reggaeton, R&B, Afro-pop and Latin rhythms.


Curves, Curls, and ChoreographyCurves, Curls, and Choreography 
February 4th – 5th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
Celebrate a new era in ballet in this fun, challenging, and of-course entertaining concert dance experience.


my fair lady

My Fair Lady 
February 8th – 20th
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
MY FAIR LADY tells the story of a flower seller and a professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.”


Alex Bugnonalex bugnon 
February 12th, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
This jazz pianist has been a prolific, energetic force on the contemporary music scene for more than two decades.


3-, 4- and 5-Star Preschools, Child Care and Daycare Centers Accepting New Students



ain't too proudAin’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations
March 15th – 27th, 2022
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
AIN’T TOO PROUD tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal.


Yasmin Williamsyasmin williams, Cincinnati African American Events
March 30th, 2022, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage
An acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique.


Frozen, things to do in Cincinnati

Disney’s Frozen
April 20th – May 1st, 2022
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
FROZEN is an unforgettable, magical adventure with amazing special effects, eye-popping costumes, and incredible performances.


Leon BridgesWhat to do in Cincinnati, things to do in Cincinnati
May 6th, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
The Gold-Diggers Sound Tour with special guest Chiiild.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Cincinnatians, do you want your event in our week’s view coming up? Submit it to The Voice of Black Cincinnati calendar. The description of the event must include 300 words and a feature photo that is not a flyer.



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