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It’s a positive time for the city of Cincinnati and everyone is showing their pride for the Bengals Football Team! The Bengals have influenced a joyous shift in energy in the Queen City this season and what a great time of year it is, being the year of the Tiger! Our communities are coming together in comradery to support the players of the Cincinnati Bengals to their championship game and Local Artists all over town are illustrating their passion for the team! It’s incredible to see the crossover of sports and arts and Cincinnati is the perfect place to experience it!
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is known for always encouraging creative expression and has been helping people connect with what inspires them for over 100 years! This historic school recognizes how much the Bengals going to the Super Bowl has motivated people to come together and that it shares a sense of history in the making. The Academy recently changed their “A’ sign on the outside of the building from a blank orange background to adding tiger stripes to show their support for the team as we cheer them onto victory!
Right around the corner from the AAC you can find a mural by artist Floyd Johnson that says, “No matter how much it hurts you have to keep going”. This quote is just one of Floyds encouraging messages that he provides for the people of Cincinnati and his current work does the same with the phrase, “Cincinnati Against the World”! This saying appeared as the Bengals progression picked up speed and recognition. Floyd is the founder of Ohio Against the World and his new design says it all when it comes to not underestimating the power of Cincinnati, Ohio! You can purchase garments from him that have these words on them in an effort to represent the greatness of this area and the people that are from here! https://www.instagram.com/floydfromohio/
Even their General Manager, Rebekah Del Matto is getting into the spirit of things with her whimsical designs as a Mural Painter, otherwise known as the Cincy Wallflower! Year of the Tiger? More like “Year of the Bengals”! https://www.instagram.com/cincywallflower/
Local Artist Javarri Lewis pays homage to the Cincinnati Bengals by painting the players portraits as his contribution to the respect he has for them. He first started displaying these incredible paintings on his fire escape in Over-The-Rhine to give the community a visual of what representing pride looks like in the neighborhood. Since then, he has made several paintings of the beloved players and continues to root them on as they head to the Super Bowl! https://www.instagram.com/javarrilewis/
Two permanent Bengals themed murals that Cincinnati is excited to have, are located on Central Avenue by the talented Artist, Bunk News also known as Visual Junk. These clever wall pieces are throwbacks of classic cartoon characters that add to the jovial vibrations that the city is experiencing right now. With an effort to keep the happy momentum going, these pieces are truly inspiring and a lot of fun to see! https://www.instagram.com/bunk_news/https://www.instagram.com/visualjunk/
No matter if you’re a new fan or have been for your entire life, you can’t help but to take notice of and be moved by the positive impact that celebrating the Cincinnati Bengals has had on the people of Cincinnati. Through art and sports, we can come together on the same ground and have a sense of hope for better things as our Bengals take on their championship game!
Northern Kentucky can be a spooky place. With a long history and neighborhoods that date back to the Civil War, the region holds many tales of roaming ghosts and gruesome events that will send chills up your spine.
Here is a sampling of what awaits you here, as the weather grows colder, and the spirits come out to play. Links to all the events can be found here.
Nightmare ships and haunted fields
The USS Nightmare docks in Newport this time of year. It’s one of the area’s longest haunted tours (over 30 minutes), inviting brave and foolhardy guests to explore two full decks of pure horror.
Sandy Acres Farm is a charming place to visit in the daytime. At night, though, it gets a lot creepier. Come for a hayride through haunted fields—if you dare.
To get the kiddos involved in something more than just trick-or-treating, take them to the free Halloween Hoopla at Behringer-Crawford Museum. They can do a seasonal craft, march in the costume parade and more.
For fans of LEGO, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center is hosting Bricks, Tricks and Treats, a LEGO convention with a Halloween theme.
Talk to dead people
Falcon Theatre and Dinsmore Homestead Museum have teamed up to create a rare opportunity to talk with six costumed actors who are portraying people from the Homestead’s past. All the characters are based on their actual lives, letters and journals. It’s kind of like a historic version of “Sixth Sense.”
Take a spooky tour
Tickets are still available for the Halloween date of the Spooky Secrets Tour. This 2-mile walk past haunted houses, creepy historic sites and cool shops was created by the author of “Secret Cincinnati” and the writer for the NKY Art Tours website. It’s the perfect way to start your Halloween celebrations.
For more Halloween fun, as well as details on the events listed above, please visit NKY ArtQuest’s Halloween roundup.
About the author:
Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.
This special autumn gathering is a great way to take a few days off for the weekend and enjoy the wonderment of being in nature while listening and dancing to music under the open sky! The festivities will be held on a breathtaking farm that’s tucked away in the forestland of Northern Kentucky. Arrowhead Music Festival will feature incredible live music, informative workshops on permaculture, local art, yoga, walking trails, and plenty of space for camping with a bonfire overlooking a gorgeous lake!
Come together to connect with yourself and other like-minded people, experience inspiring music, open your mind up to new things, and embrace delightful free flowing fun all around you! The lineup is outstanding and you don’t want to miss a second of it! Some of the musicians include, Siri Imani featuring Jess Lamb and The Factory,Natural Onyx, Sister Stone, and so much more!
One of the coolest things about this event is that its intention is to promote positive, happy, and healthy lifestyles by being a substance free interactive environment. The festival will be located in Petersburg, KY at Treasure Lake on October 22nd – October 24th.
“Arrowhead is inspired by the elements- Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire- and our programming is meant to reflect that. Arrowhead is 100% substance free, meaning no drugs or alcohol are permitted on the festival grounds. We’re gathering to get high on life, to embrace sobriety as its own type of drug, and to explore the potential of un-influenced human awareness.”
We asked the creator Anthony Schneider to share a little bit about his background and what his pursuit is and this is what he had to say,
“I’m passionate about self-examination, self expression, community organization, and cultural progression. In 2019 I founded the NVRLND Tribe, a Media Group and Digital Agency that creates content and produces experiences which inspire people to make positive changes in their lives. Additionally, NVRLND Tribe offers intuitive operations and systems support for transformational events, facilitators, and coaches. This includes web/backend, payment, communication, branding, and on-the-ground operations strategies and implementation. I’m currently based in Cincinnati, OH where I’m able to facilitate intentional experiences through my community organization Positive Life: Cincinnati. I also travel frequently to keep up with my tribe.”
“For our launch event we’re getting back to the basics and keeping things small. Good music, good people, good food, positive, health-focused intentions, and communion with our Mother Earth. Arrowhead is an intimate celebration of life, community and nature. Join us on 60 beautiful acres as we launch this mini Transformational Music Festival set in the rolling hills of the Ohio River Valley. If any of these things resonate with you then buy your ticket now!”
Festivals are back in Cincinnati and there are plenty for everyone to enjoy all over town, from riverside, to fountain square, and beyond! Learn how this city got its famous title, “The Melting Pot” by experiencing the diverse cultures that have come together to celebrate History and Heritage in Ohio and Northern, Kentucky.
Here’s a list of autumn festivities that you don’t want to miss!
September 16th – 19th
One of the largest German Heritage Festivals in the United States returns for its annual event in Downtown, Cincinnati! Sam Adams sponsors the festival and you can be sure to find lots of authentic food, beer, games, activities, music and dancing for the entire family to partake in!
If you want to experience traditional German Culture all year long head over to Hofbräuhaus in Newport, KY for a delicious soft pretzel and brew with live entertainment that will have you dancing on the tables!
Attend this magical festival for a day filled with enchantment as you time travel into the past of the Renaissance! This festival features everything you can imagine and takes you into a world of wonderment and imagination! Each weekend is themed and the last one is, “Tricks or Treats” for all your Halloween fun!
The Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival
This one-day festival is located on Madison Road, in Madisonville and is put on by the Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation to promote more neighborhood engagement. There will be incredible live jazz music, local food and drinks, art vendors and activities for children.
Asian Food Fest
October 9th -10th
Friday – Saturday
This festival is the perfect opportunity to try something new and learn about a different culture that is a wonderful addition to the diversity of Cincinnati! The festival is presented by Kroger and will be in the new Court Street Plaza.
If you live in or have visited Covington, Ky. the past few years, you might remember the Night Bazaar—an evening arts and crafts festival with entertainment and food and drink.
Night Bazaar Extends to Four Months
We’re excited to announce the 2021 return of the Covington Night Bazaar! Local non-profit Renaissance Covington is bringing it back, bigger than ever. It will be a recurring festival, taking place in July, August, September, and October. The hours and dates for the Night Bazaars are:
Saturday, July 24, from 6-11 pm
Saturday, August 28, from 6-11 pm
Saturday, September 18, from 6-11 pm
Saturday, October 23, from 6-11 pm
It will take place in the Roebling Point neighborhood, at the foot of the Roebling Bridge (where Smoke Justis, Eishaus, Frosthaus, Molly Malone’s, and Keystone Bar & Grill are located.)
Covington, Ky.’s First Entertainment District
Fun news for this year’s Night Bazaar – it will be the first time the city of Covington, Ky. enacts its Entertainment District!
What’s an Entertainment District?
Customers over 21 will be able to purchase alcoholic refreshments at the local restaurants and bars and sip and stroll with them as they peruse the art and crafts from more than 30 local artisans.
In addition to the local artists’ booths, and the food and drink options, there will also be a variety of live entertainment throughout the evening.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Northern Kentucky, need an outing for the family, are interested in local art and artisans, mark those calendars for Covington’s Night Bazaar 2021!
Author: Dot Crane, Content Marketing Manager
Dot Crane is the Content Marketing Overlord for meetNKY. She’s a proud resident of Covington, KY and loves helping others #lovethecov. You can find her sampling local craft brews at NKY’s seven craft breweries, or capturing the perfect image throughout the Cincinnati region to showcase our blend of Southern Charm and big city excitement.