CINCINNATI, OH – October 3, 2022 – The highly anticipated Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market is back and even bigger this year with 325+ vendors for its 22nd annual show.
One of the largest of its kind in the Midwest, the Cincy Holiday Market features 325+ vendors with everything you need to make your season bright. This is the premier holiday shopping event of the season with hundreds of local boutiques and specialty stores all in one place, one weekend only, November 11-13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
This beloved Cincinnati holiday tradition boasts an expansive variety of unique holiday gifts, décor, apparel, toys, handmade treasures, gourmet food and baked goods to delight the senses and spark joy into your life as you get into the holiday spirit. The show returns with several new features, a new charitable partnership and an abundance of giveaways. Show features include:
VIP ACCESS + DISCOUNTS
Shop VIP style on Friday from 8-11:00 a.m. before the general public! VIP ticketholders receive exclusive early access, a VIP bag, special discounts, and more.
Free general admission* for active military, veterans, police, fire and first responders on Friday, Nov. 11 with valid ID. *Please note, this offer does not extend to family members and is only valid during regular show hours 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
PACKAGE CHECK FOR A CAUSE (new this year!)
The Cincy Holiday Market has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to support critically ill local children, their families and their caregivers. When you check packages at the hold area, be sure to give them a tip or donate to make more local wishes come true this holiday season!
CINCINNATI ZOO PHOTO OPP (new this year!)
Say hello and snap a pic with some of Cincy’s favorite zookeeper friends at the entrance!
FREE GIFT WRAPPING (new this year!)
Stop by the Cincinnati Open Box Outlet booth to have your gifts wrapped for free!
PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Snap your Santa selfie during select hours throughout the weekend. Donations to the Butler County Special Olympics are welcome.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT
Grab your gal pals for a glorious evening night out with shopping, wine, more. Discounted tickets are available for Girls Night Out both Friday and Saturday from 4-7:00 p.m.
MERRY MONEY DRAWINGS
Show guests can enter to win hourly drawings for $50 in Merry Money redeemable at any one vendor during the show weekend only.
WINE + APPETIZER LOUNGE
Take a break from your holiday haul to grab a bite and a glass of wine! Enjoy a variety of cheeses, jams, chutneys, hummus, artisan crackers and breads to complement your wine.
Snag unique giveaways from vendors on the official Cincy Holiday Market Facebook page leading up to and on-site at the show. Giveaway items include jewelry, tasty treats, artisan candles, holiday décor and so much more!
More Information and Tickets
“We are so excited to welcome Cincinnati’s passionate holiday shoppers back this year to sip, shop and sleigh their holiday gift lists,” said Rosanna Hrabnicky, Marketplace Events Ohio Group Manager. “The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market truly kicks off the holiday season for the Queen City, and we are bringing you more holiday fun and festivities than ever before. We are so proud to showcase so many local and regional boutiques, artisans and exhibitors, and can’t wait for you to join us for a weekend full of joy, shopping and holiday cheer!”
Visit the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market’s official social media for the latest updates, exclusive specials, discounts and giveaways @cincyholidaymarket on Facebook and Instagram.
Find more information, view the full schedule and buy tickets at cincinnatiholidaymarket.com. Buy online to save $2 on general adult admission tickets courtesy of General Electric Credit Union.
About Marketplace Events Marketplace Events creates vibrant expositions connecting enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments. The company produces more than 75 consumer shows in North America including home, garden, holiday and wedding shows. The 75+ combined events, in 35 markets, currently attract 22,000 exhibitors, 2 million attendees and another 3 million unique web visitors annually. The company produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading shows in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal—some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years. For a full list of upcoming events visit marketplaceevents.com
Doing good never tasted so good! Brighton Center’s 15th annual Wine Over Water fundraiser will take place on September 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Purple People Bridge in Newport, Kentucky. Wine Over Water is an evening of tasting exquisite wines, local beer, spirits, and delectable foods all while raising funds to support a vital community resource – Brighton Center.
Wine Over Water will feature exceptional food and drinks from a variety of locally-owned establishments, including Better Blend, Carabello Coffee’s Analog Bar, CENTER TABLE, Catering with a Purpose, City BBQ, Gee’s Caribbean Style, Little Spoon Bakery & Café, Lumpia Queen, Mama Afrique Nigerian Cuisine Food Truck, New Riff Distilling, Old 502 Winery, One Stop Liquors, The Party Source, Stonebrook Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Uncorked, and West Sixth Brewing.
Guests will enjoy spectacular views from the bridge and live entertainment from Seanti-Aeris.
General Admission tickets are $40 each and include six tasting tickets for food and six tasting tickets for drinks, with a complimentary tasting glass.
VIP admission is $250 for a table for two and $500 for a table for four. The VIP area is sponsored by Jim’s Fine Wine & Spirits and includes specially selected wine, a private table for the entire evening in a tented VIP area, appetizers catered by Brighton Center’s CENTER TABLE, Catering with a Purpose, specially selected items by Urban Stead Cheese, and a complimentary wine tumbler along with general admission tasting tickets for food and drinks from vendors on the bridge.
New this year is an exclusive sold-out lounge area. Guests will enjoy a relaxing lounge area on the bridge, complete with casual seating opportunities, where they will receive an individual graze box by Peace. Love. Charcuterie, additional wine tastings provided by Jim’s Fine Wine & Spirits, as well as the general admission tasting tickets for food and drinks from vendors on the bridge.
“Wine Over Water is a unique fundraiser that supports our more than 40 distinct programs and services at Brighton Center, all aimed at helping individuals and families on their path to self-sufficiency. Everyone who purchases a ticket to this event is playing a part in supporting our mission and the thousands of lives we impact throughout the region,” said Wonda Winkler, President & CEO of Brighton Center.
We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors Biller & Kimble, LLC, Celanese, Newport Racing & Gaming, Turfway Park Racing & Gaming, and Truist. To see a full list of sponsors, please visit www.brightoncenter.com.
About Brighton Center
The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership. Brighton Center impacts the lives of thousands of infants to older adults through over 40 programs across all of Northern Kentucky and beyond. For more information about Brighton Center, visit www.brightoncenter.com
Once the turkey is eaten and the parade is over, what can you do with the rest of your holiday weekend? How about a fun and challenging scavenger hunt that takes you exploring through four Northern Kentucky neighborhoods?
The Finders Keepers Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt is perfect for a family, couple or group of friends. With your Code Kit, you’ll have everything you need for up to four players. You can do the hunt any time between Thanksgiving morning and the evening of Sunday November 27th.
What the Hunt Entails
Put on your spectacles and thinking caps because the puzzles require sharp eyes and a clever mind. There are four neighborhoods included in the hunt: downtown Covington, MainStrasse Village, historic downtown Newport and Bellevue’s Fairfield Avenue entertainment district. Each neighborhood has several puzzles to solve, mostly based on the public art and architecture you’ll encounter.
You’ll find clues, crack codes and test your brain as you solve the puzzles and do the photo challenges. Submit your answers when you’re done, and you could win art from local artists and prizes from NKY businesses.
The puzzles are intended for smarty pants adults and kids ages 12 and up. Younger kids can help spot the clues and play in the park and open spaces included on the hunt.
Registration for Finders Keepers closes on November 18, so don’t delay. Reserve your Code Kit here. Proceeds help support the arts in NKY.
Covington has a rich history and parts of it are pretty spooky. To celebrate the Halloween season, two local women are teaming up to share these creepy secrets with the curious.
The Spooky Secrets walking tours are around 90 minutes long and start on Covington’s riverfront. They end in the MainStrasse Village neighborhood, where guests can remain for dinner or drinks or, if they prefer, they can walk back to the starting point with the tour guide.
Kathy Witt and Jill Morenz worked together to uncover the stories they share on the tours. Kathy Witt is the author of Secret Cincinnati, which highlights several dozen weird, wonderful or obscure places in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Jill Morenz, Director of the NKY Public Arts Network, guides the tours.
What You Will See
During the 2-mile walk, you’ll learn the real identity of the Grey Lady of Carneal House and meet Captain Mary B. Greene, who meddled in the lives of her friends after she died. You’ll picture the chaos of a ravaged cemetery and find out why dogs won’t enter the basement of a former hospital. You’ll peek inside mystical and creepy shops and hear gory tales hiding behind things you see every day.
You will also receive a signed copy of Secret Cincinnati, as well as a special bookmark that serves as a checklist for the locations included in the book.
Tickets and Dates
If you love ghost stories, you’ll enjoy the Spooky Secrets tour! Individual tickets are $29.99 and include one book.
A pair of tickets costs $39.99 and includes one book for the two people to share. See available dates and purchase tickets here.
This will be the twelfth of these tours, which showcase the range of housing options in Northern Kentucky’s urban river cities, while encouraging you to explore the architecture, art and businesses that make the region so vibrant.
On the Tour
The October 2nd tour offers an exclusive peek inside more than a dozen interesting properties, including historic buildings, artsy renovations, cute bungalows and updated apartments. There will also be a few businesses on the tour that are using old buildings in new ways, such as an event venue in a “mansion” and a music performance space inside a decommissioned church.
As you walk along the pretty streets, you’ll come upon beautiful gardens, fun public art, quirky shops and inviting restaurants. Latonia is experiencing a rebirth, as new businesses open and young families move in.
Latonia was an independent town from 1896-1909, when it was annexed by Covington. It is probably best known for the Latonia Racetrack, which was located at the current site of the Latonia Shopping Center on Winston Ave. The first race held there was in 1883 and the Latonia Derby debuted in 1888.The track closed in 1939.
This Beyond the Curb tour starts at the Roost Latonia, a quirky shop that serves coffee and cocktails. They also have an ever-changing stock of vintage or vintage-inspired art, home décor items, apparel and toys. On tour day, you’ll pick up your tour booklet, wristband and event bag there.
Beyond the Curb tours are a fun way to get to know the river cities a little better and experience urban living, NKY-style. Learn more about the Latonia tour here.
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.
September is Bourbon Heritage Month and Cincinnati is ready to celebrate!
Bourbon is a type of whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon. In order to be bourbon, it must contain at least 51% corn in its mash, it must be aged in new, charred-oak barrels, and it must be stored at no more than 125 proof and bottled at no less than 80 proof. Though bourbon can technically be made anywhere in the US, 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, our neighbor just to the south.
It is for that reason that we have a lot of great bourbon bars, events, and even bourbon-inspired foods in our area. Below is a comprehensive list of all things bourbon to try during Bourbon Heritage Month and beyond.
There are so many excellent bourbon-inspired menu items across the region. Here are a handful of suggestions of what to get at nearby local restaurants.
Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.
Cincinnati Magazine’s popular Slice Night is returning to Yeatman’s Cove for an evening of all-you-can-eat pizza for an incredible cause. The 9th annual Slice Night benefiting the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center is set for Wednesday, September 21 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
What is Slice Night?
Slice Night is an outdoor event along the riverfront featuring pizza from nine Greater Cincinnati pizzerias with 100 percent of ticket proceeds benefiting cancer patients and care teams at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center.
“This family-friendly event is something we look forward to every year, as we get to showcase some of our city’s incredible local pizzerias while supporting a very worthy local cause,” said Ivy Bayer, Publisher of Cincinnati Magazine. “Slice Night is a fun and delicious way to not only experience a wide variety of styles and toppings, but you’ll also feel good about eating copious amounts of pizza as 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the important work of the Cancer Center, and the patients they care for.”
This event is a pizza lover’s dream. Guests will enjoy upbeat music and entertainment from DJ Toad while strolling the riverfront and enjoying unlimited pizza samples from Cincinnati’s favorite local pizzerias. Fritsch from Q102 will be in attendance also, serving as the official event emcee. Bonus menu items include pasta, flatbreads, dessert, and snacks from sponsors. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase.
Krimmers Italianette Pizza
Bourbon House Pizza
Terry’s Grocery and Pizza
Benefitting the Cancer Center
“I look forward to Slice Night each year, not only because it’s a great event, but for how meaningful it is for our entire community to come together in the fight against cancer,” said William Barrett, MD, co-director of the Cancer Center and professor and chair of the UC Department of Radiation Oncology. “The funds raised continue to make innovative, multidisciplinary care accessible to our patients—from early screenings to survivorship programs. We’re immensely grateful for our region’s support.”
Cincinnati Magazine’s Slice events have raised $234,000 for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center since they began in 2014.
General admission tickets may be purchased online in advance for $20, or $25 at the door. Children 10 and under are $5. VIP tickets are $75 and include a parking pass, access to a VIP tent with a private open bar, seating, pizza sampling and gourmet desserts.
All tickets also include a complimentary one-year subscription to Cincinnati Magazine. Visit cincinnatimagazine.com/slice to learn more and purchase tickets.
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Got your wand and robes? Good—you’re ready for the Hogwarts-inspired art workshops, trivia and dinner feast hosted on August 27 at Covington’s Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center.
It all started when the leadership team at Baker Hunt decided to do a day of themed workshops. Someone suggested Harry Potter and the whole evening came together, almost like magic!
All the guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite HP-inspired garb, so now’s the time to dig out your Gryffindor scarf or witch’s hat. If you happen to have a lightning-shaped scar on your forehead, you’ll fit right in.
All the classes are for the 21 and older crowd. Whether you arrive via the Hogwarts Express, the Floo Network or by apparating, here’s what you can expect from the day of Wizarding Workshops:
Make a custom ceramic butterbeer flagon. It can have images of the Three Broomsticks, Weasley’s Wheeze’s, the Dark Mar, the Deathly Hallows or your favorite Hogwarts House.
Learn to make a “cobweb” broom, using basic weaving techniques and natural broomcorn. Everyone will complete at least one broom during the class and most people have time to make two (one for you, one for your familiar).
If your favorite wizards are Fred and George Weasley, you’ll love this improv comedy class—don’t worry, it’s muggle-friendly. You’ll play games like Letter to Hogwarts, Wizarding Dating Game and Muggle Translator. Giggles are guaranteed!
Whip up some culinary magic in this wizardly cooking class. Headmaster/Chef Kubicki will help you create (and eat) Mandrake Salad, Hungarian Horntail Paprikash, Edible Wands and Polyjuice Potion. Mrs. Weasley would approve!
Show your house pride with handmade ceramic coasters, one for each Hogwarts house. You’ll glaze them during the workshop and then pick them up later after they’ve been fired.
When you register for one of the workshops, you can reserve a free seat at Trivia Night in the ballroom, where you’ll compete for a handmade themed drink set. You can also purchase an adult beverage from the Three Broomsticks bar.
For fans of Harry Potter and his friends, this day of wizarding workshops will be a blast. As they say at Baker Hunt, you’ll have more fun than a Niffler running amok in a Gringotts vault!
Abut 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.
Early Bird Tickets Now Available for Inaugural Luxe Spirits and Cocktail Event!
CINCINNATI – August 15, 2022 – Cincinnati Magazine’s swanky new spirits and cocktail event, On the Rocks, will be a sumptuous celebration of Cincinnati’s vast adult beverage scene. This event is sure to attract and inspire liquor and cocktail enthusiasts near and far.
The event debuts on Friday, September 16 at PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation from 6-9:00 p.m. Tickets are now available with early birds scoring $15 off all ticket types until August 27.
On The Rocks
On the Rocks is a stylish mashup and celebration of Cincinnati’s impressive hospitality and bartending scene. The luxe, indoor/outdoor evening experience is comprised of elaborate liquor and cocktail mixology, tasting stations, small bites from local restaurants, music, entertainment, dancing, and amazing cocktail demonstrations on the main stage.
This massive event features a plethora of liquor varieties transformed into a wide variety of creative cocktails and sips. In addition to bartending competitions, entertainment also includes posh lounge spaces, oversized outdoor games, a fancy photo booth and more.
“Our team at Cincinnati Magazine is thrilled to be bringing this stylish and entertaining event to the Queen City, and in support of such a great cause,” said Ivy Bayer, Publisher of Cincinnati Magazine. “Whether you enjoy a smooth bourbon, vodka or gin, you will be delighted by our wide variety of tasting samples and cocktails. You can enjoy the experience solo, as a couple, or buy a discount bundle with friends to make it an evening you won’t soon forget.”
A portion of each ticket supports Grant Us Hope, a Cincinnati-based non-profit focused on youth mental wellness and suicide prevention. Raffle tickets, with 100% of raffle proceeds benefiting Grant Us Hope, will also be available for purchase at the event. Prizes include a 2-night getaway to The Opryland Hotel in Tennessee, a deluxe gift basket and more.
Guests may opt to enjoy the full On the Rocks experience complete with spirits and cocktail tastings, food and entertainment. Or, guests can choose the designated driver ticket option, which is an alcohol-free ticket that includes mocktails and food only. If your entire party is ready to join in on the fun, The BMW Store has you covered by providing each guest with a $5.00 Uber voucher to ensure your group’s ‘Safe Ride Home.’
General admission tickets are $105 per person. GA tickets include unlimited access to the spirits and cocktail stations, unlimited small bites, all entertainment, and a $5.00 Uber voucher for a Safe Ride Home, courtesy of The BMW Store. Designated driver (food only, no alcohol) tickets are $55. Discounted bundle packages and designated driver add-on ticket options are available.
On the Rocks is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, OTR, Truly Vodka, Ovation, Corporex, Butterball, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Blox Spiked Ice, Jim Beam, FIJI Water, Home Chef, KMK Law, Tiller Farms, The BMW Store, The B-Line, and Kerrygold.