Imagination Alley

In the heart of Over-the-Rhine is a charming walkway filled with a variety of colorful art that has an incredible amount of detail to discover at every angle! Imagination Alley is a delightful place to join together with friends and family to experience the beauty that thrives within the city of Cincinnati. This reimagined space has been transformed into a creative hideaway for the community to engage in. The whimsical art that is permanently on display was made by a collaboration of local artists and residents to encourage everyone to enjoy the environment around them. 

The Art of Imagination Alley

At the entrance is an amazing archway to walk under and around with mosaic tiles and inspirational messages. The words, “Imagine Peace and Unity”, are at the top of the arch to welcome people into the space. Along the walls and on the ground are more mosaic pieces depicting images in nature with inspiring phrases to uplift and bring a sense of joy. Lead artist and project manager Suzanne Fisher worked with local community centers and art clubs such as The Art Academy of Cincinnati and Peaslee Neighborhood Center to bring the design to life. The installation of the mosaic works of art throughout the alley were developed by hundreds of people and remain a cherished part of OTR.

Another awesome element to this space is the huge mural stretching across one of the buildings that brightens up the bricks and brings joy to all who encounter it. Its captivating movement leads you down the alley with a vibrant design that displays endearing qualities of shared sentimental moments.

Events and More

The “pocket park” has a series of Pop – Up Play sessions that are fun and educational for neighbors and visitors alike. Artisans, educators and nearby businesses host DIY events for people of all ages to learn something new. Not only is this unique environment a way to admire the city, but it cultivates an opportunity to connect with others, with nature, and the art itself.  Imagination Alley is Located at 1317 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Imagination Alley’s Moto:

“Everyone is welcome here

Black lives matter here

People homeless matter here

For some, this is our yard in the city

It’s a gathering place for quiet, for conversation, for family fun

We want everyone to be respected, safe, and culturally embraced

The peoples’ art and creativity can flourish here

We are family, all part of the beloved community.”

Everything Fall

Fall is here and we’ve got so many wonderful ways to celebrate the month-long occasion full of flannel and cool weather.

For all of your fall 2022 needs—scares, tricks, treats, crafts, corn mazes, festivals, and more—check out the list below of the many fun goings on over the next few months. All events are linked to a site with more information regarding admission costs, dates and times, and location.

Blooms and Berries - Pumpkins at a Pumpkin Farm
Blooms and Berries

Halloween Events

For admission information, dates, and more details about the events, click on the corresponding link below.

October 7–9: Metamora Canal Days (Metamora, IN), 9a–5p

October 7–9: 11th Annual Operation Pumpkin (Pumpkin and Art Festival) (Hamilton)
October 8: The Great Pumpkin Fest (Keehner Park, West Chester), 2–6p
October 14–15, 21–22, 28-29: Sharon Woods Haunted Village, 6–10p
October 15–16, 22–23, 29–30: HallZOOween (Cincinnati Zoo), 12–5p
October 16: Hocus Pocus Halloween: A Family Fun Festival (Middletown)

October 21: Howl at the Hall (Westwood), 6p
October 23: Findlay Market Fall Food Fest, 10a–4p
October 27: Ghost Walk (Aurora, IN), 6:30p
Tickets are pre-sale only to ensure they do not exceed maximum capacity. Click the link above for more information.

Kinman Farms - Baby holding onto pumpkin
Kinman Farms

Pumpkin Patches

Blooms & Berries Fall on the Farm (Loveland)

September 17–October 31
Online ticket purchase is required to attend Fall on the Farm. Admission includes hayrides, Pumpkin Bounce Pad, corn maze, mini corn maze, bee train, play area, Barnyard 500 Trike Track, farm animals, Spookley, and more! The Beer Garden is open on the weekends.
Tickets start at $5.95 and must be purchased online. Leashed pets are allowed.

Burger Farm Fall Fun at the Farm (Newtown)

Saturdays and Sundays, September 24–October 30, 10a–6p (weather permitting)
Pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, animated pumpkin land characters, games, food, music, farm animals, crafters and more.
Admission is $14 per person (children 2 and under are free; ages 65 and older are $10)

Burwinkel Farms (Ross)

Weekends in October
Corn maze, skid maze, Halloween scavenger hunt, locally grown apples, crawl-thru straw tunnel, corn pool, and weekend hayrides to a pumpkin patch and sunflower field (when in bloom).

Country Pumpkins Fall Festival (Dry Ridge, KY)

September 10–October 30
General admission is free and includes kiddie corn maze, sand tunnels play area, hay pyramid, and farm animals. For an additional cost, you can experience U-pick pumpkins, hayride, and much more. 

Click here for pricing information

Irons Fruit Farm October Weekends (Lebanon)

Last weekend in September and all October weekends, 11a–5p
Pumpkins and hayrides, corn maze, bakery (with apple fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts, cookies, and more!), market and store, apples, and special events.
Click here for a coupon for $1 off purchase of $10 or more

Jack O’Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction (West Chester)

September 24–October 31
Indoor, kid friendly maze as well as friendly ghosts, skeletons, and more. Each child will receive a bag of trick-or-treat candy, plus new Halloween mini scenes and a Halloween themed train display.

Jackson Family Farm Fall on the Farm (Middletown)

Saturdays (11a–6p) and Sundays (12–5p), September 25–October 23
Activities include pumpkin jump pad, pedal tractors, pedal implements, farm animals, make your own animal feed, corn maze, corn barn, hay tower and slides, pumpkin launcher, and more!
$14 per person general farm admission (includes all activities, kids 2 and under free)

Kings Island Tricks and Treats Fall Fest (Mason)

Select days, September 25–October 30
Admission includes one-of-a-kind fall festival with amazing food, activities, live entertainment, more than a dozen trick-or-treat stops, costume contests, crafts, games, seasonal merchandise, and access to the park’s rides and attractions.
Tickets starting at $29.99; military discounts available

Kinman Farms Fall Fest (Burlington, KY)

September 16–October 30; Fridays and Saturdays 10a–10p, Sundays 11a–7p
Admission includes: hayride around the Farm, picnic shelters, bonfires, games, The Great Pumpkin Express Rides, 5-acre Corn Maze, Kinman’s Carnival Tent, live bands, tricycle ride for the little ones, and laser tag. New this year: tunnels slides, dirt mound climbing, and straw pyramid. Everyone gets a pumpkin to take home, too! Open daily, but activities take place on the weekends.

McMonigle Farms Pumpkin Fest (Middletown)

Every weekend in October, 12–6p
McMonigle Farms offers the most affordable and unique pumpkin patch in Middletown, Ohio. Admission includes: U-pick pumpkins, hayrides, one-acre clueless corn maze, cow train rides, arm animals, FREE straw maze, large play area, and seasonal treats.

Neltner’s Farm Fall Fest (Melbourne, KY)

September 23–October 31 (more info)
There’s something for every member of your family: horse-drawn wagon rides, crafters and artisans, live music, home cooked food by Four Mile Pig, wine tastings by local wineries, homemade ice cream, pumpkin patch, 3+ acre corn maze, kids corn play pit, toddler corn maze, farm stand, petting zoo, barrel train, model train display.
Weekend activities admission (10a–6p): $5 (ages 3 and up); weekdays (9a–6p): free
Leashed pets are allowed

Niederman Fall Fun 2022 (Liberty Twp.)

September 23–October 30
Thursday 6–9p (group reservations only during the day), Friday 4–9p (concessions available after 6), Saturday 11a–9p, Sunday 1–6p
Tickets include: 4-acre corn maze, hayrides, kids tractor play area, wagon ride, human foosball, duck races, pipe swings, climbing hill, jumping pillow, and so much more!
$15 general admission wristband must be purchased for children 2 and above (children under 2 are free) and includes access to all activities. Tickets are available here.

Shaw Farms (Milford)

Weekends in September (starting the third weekend) through October 31, 9a–6p (Monday–Saturday), 9a–5p (Sunday)
Huge corn maze with a kid-friendly treasure hunt, two interactive playgrounds, and horse- and tractor-drawn hayrides through the scenic countryside.
General admission is free. Click here for activity pricing information and to purchase tickets.

Kings Island Haunt - View of the Rollercoaster Banshee
Kings Island Haunt

Haunted Houses, Trails, and Attractions

Cincinnati goes all out for haunted houses; many of which include extraordinary makeup, spooky settings, and animatronics. Here’s a list of haunted houses and trails to visit this Halloween season:

All Hallows’ Eve (Williamsburg)
Fridays and Saturdays, September 2–November 5, 7p–12a
Admission starts at $30 to Terror Town (Ultimate Horror and Weekend Passes are also available)

Brimstone Haunt (Wilmington)
Friday and Saturday nights September 24 through October 31
Admission for a combo admission pass to the Haunted Hayride ($XX), Forgotten Forest ($XX), Psychosis ($XX), and Zombie Assault ($XX) to be determined. Fast Pass also available. Click here to purchase your tickets online. (Save by buying online. A $2 fee will be added to each ticket purchased in person.)
Parking costs $3 cash at the door

The Dent Schoolhouse (Dent)
Weekends, September 16–November 5, and all Thursdays in October
General admission starting at $20, with options for fast pass and front of the line options also available (view ticketing options here)
Family friendly Lights On Tour will be Sunday, October 23, 4–6p

Kings Island Haunt (Mason)

Select nights, September 23–October 29
Bone-chilling scare mazes and scare zones, sinister live entertainment, and hundreds of horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. Haunting Halloween activities plus some of the most exhilarating night rides in the country. Not recommended for children under 13. No re-entry after 6p.
Tickets starting at $44.99; military discounts available

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park (Middletown)

Friday and Saturday nights, 7p–1a, September 9–October 30
Five premium haunted houses, including Dysphoria, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Phobia, Temple of Terror, and The Killer Klown House, plus other attractions and entertainment. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Click here for ticketing information.

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall (Mt. Healthy)
Friday, Saturday (8–11p), and Sunday (7–9p) from September 30–October 29 (closed October 30)
Entry is $12 (click here for information about available discounts), Fastpasses available for $18, no discounts
Lights Up Night will be Sunday, October 23, 6–6:45p (cost is $5 per child, free for adults)

Sandyland Acres (Petersburg, KY)
Friday and Saturday nights (8p–midnight) from September 16–October 29 (closed October 30)
Hayride ($15), Haunted Barn ($12), or a combo for $25. Cash only, free parking.
Click here for more information.

USS Nightmare (Newport, KY)
September 17–18, September 24–November 6 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7–11p
Friday and Saturday, 7p–1a
General admission prices from $18–30, with Fast Pass admission being $28–50. Front-of-the-line and season passes also available. 

Click here to view all ticketing options.
Lights On Matinee, October 24, 4–6p

Cornfield at one of the haunted parks
Cornfield

Ghost Tours

Do you favor the paranormal over costumes and actors? Don’t worry, there are several options for paranormal and haunted ghost tours in greater Cincinnati.

Bobby Mackey’s Music World Paranormal Tour (Wilder, KY) 

$35 per person for a two-hour tour

Two-hour guided tours, private group investigations, and public event hosting at one of the most haunted nightclubs in the country.

Book your tour here

Buried Secrets, Haunted Cincinnati Tours (OTR)

$29 for a two-hour outdoor walking tour to sites including Washington Park, Memorial Hall, and Music Hall. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online

Newport is Haunted, American Legacy Tours (Newport)

$29 for a 90-minute—low intensity, stroller and wheelchair accessible—3/4 mile walking tour. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online

Queen City is Haunted, American Legacy Tours (OTR)

$29 for a 90-minute 3/4 mile walking tour (flat but not stroller and wheelchair accessible); $39 for an “ultimate” tour. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online

Pumpkins on a Pumpkin Farm
Pumpkins on a Pumpkin Farm

Art Festivals and Craft Fairs

Looking for gifts this holiday season? What about decor to spruce up your home? Shop local at one of many art festivals and craft fairs this fall. For information regarding the event and admission, click on the corresponding link.

October 1–2: Lakota West High School Craft Show ($2 admission)

October 2: Art on Vine on Fountain Square, 12–6p
October 8: The City Flea at Washington Park, 10a–4p
October 16: Second Sunday on Main (Main Street, OTR), 12–5p
October 28–30: Vintage Market Days of Dayton-Cincinnati

November 11–13: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at the Duke Energy Convention Center
November 12–13: Lakota East Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

November 13: Art on Vine at Rhinegeist, 12–6p
November 19: Oak Hills Band Association Holiday Craft Fair, 9a–3p

November 19: Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show (Sycamore High School), 9a–4p

November 19: The OFF Market: 2022 Holiday Market at Summit Park, 10a–4p

November 25–27: 2022 Winterfair at NKY Convention Center
November 26: Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show at Music Hall Ballroom, 11a–5p

December 11: Art on Vine at Rhinegeist, 12–6p

December 17 and 18: The City Flea Holiday Market at Washington Park

Have any questions about what’s going on this fall? Just ask!


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.

Brighton Center Hosts 15th Annual Wine Over Water: A Unique Tasting Experience on the Purple People Bridge

Wine Over Water

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.

Ticket Options

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.

Tickets are available online at wow22.givesmart.com.

“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

16th Annual Ride Cincinnati Happening September 16 & 17!

Hundreds of Cyclists Hit the Road to Bring World-Class Cancer Care to Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati Photo of Bikers at Finish Line

Who

Hundreds of Greater Cincinnati bicycle enthusiasts, cancer survivors and their families, the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center, John and Eileen Barrett, Dr. William Barrett

What

The 16th annual Ride Cincinnati bicycle event benefiting life-saving local cancer research at the Barrett Cancer Center at UC Health and partner health systems. To date, the ride has raised more than $5.5 million for cancer research and funded 57 grants that benefit local families. The 2021 ride raised a record-setting $1 million! 

This year’s ride features new routes that will begin at Yeatman’s cove and remain on the Ohio side of the river. Food, water and restrooms will be provided on the course. 

Where

Yeatman’s Cove, Cincinnati, OH

When

Friday, September 16, 2022 – Kickoff party at Top of the Park at the Phelps for riders and guests starts at 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Late registration and packet pickup begins at 6:00am

  • 100 miles – starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • 50 miles – starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • 20 & 28 miles –starts at 9:30 a.m.
  • 15 miles –starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • 8 miles – starts at 10:30 a.m.

ABOUT RIDE CINCINNATI

Established in 2007, Ride Cincinnati is an annual bicycle event for all abilities held at Yeatman’s Cove. Funds raised through Ride Cincinnati benefit all cancer research at the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center and local partner health systems. For more information visit www.ridecincinnati.org.

Riders are encouraged to connect with Ride Cincinnati on social media using hashtag #RideCincinnati on the following sites:

Facebook: RideCincinnati

Instagram: Ride_Cincinnati

Twitter: RideCincinnati

Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt Provides Family-Friendly Fun

Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt

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.

Explanation of the Scavenger Hunt
Explanation of the Scavenger Hunt

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.

NKY Finder's Keepers Scavenger Hunt Flyer with Website
NKY Finders Keepers Scavenger Hunt Flyer

Jill Morenz is the Director of the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Covington’s Spooky Secrets Revealed During Walking Tours

The Spooky Secrets Walking Tours

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.

Spooky Secrets Tour Flyer in Covington, KY
Spooky Secrets Tour – Covington, KY

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.


Jill Morenz is the Director of the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Cincinnati Magazine’s Popular Slice Night Returns September 21 with All-You-Can-Want Pizza

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.

Slice Night by Cincinnati Magazine. 2022 Flyer
Slice Night Flyer

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.

Participating Pizzerias:

  • Larosa’s Pizzeria
  • Dewey’s Pizza
  • N.Y.P.D Ppizza
  • Krimmers Italianette Pizza
  • Taglio
  • Goodfella’s Pizzeria
  • Bourbon House Pizza
  • Pop’s Pizza
  • Terry’s Grocery and Pizza
  • and MORE!

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.

Ticket Options

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.

Slice Night 2022 is made possible by the generous support of Western and Southern Financial Group (presenting sponsor), Performance FoodserviceDellatorriStorytellerMagistrateTide CleanersPregoTakisKeeblerStonefireHome ChefChinet, and Boboli.

For more information about Cincinnati Magazine and its annual fundraisers and events, visit cincinnatimagazine.com/events.


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The Great Brewery Roundup

August 5 is International Beer Day, so to celebrate the occasion, we are filling you up with all the local beer knowledge you need to get out and enjoy all of the wonderful brewery and beer options our great city has to offer.

What makes a brewery great is so much more than just having good beer. Sure, that helps, but there are so many other qualities that go into a taproom to make it stand out. The overall taproom experience includes the ambiance, food options, and other events and “amenities” (like having games and being kid or even dog friendly). The good thing? Cincinnati has an abundance of great craft breweries.

Just check out the comprehensive list below!

Cincy Brewery Roundup
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Best Outdoor Seating

We can’t be the only ones who love patio beers. These places around Cincinnati allow you to take in great sights and sips on their rooftops and in their beer gardens.

Rhinegeist Rooftop

Braxton Brewing Company (Covington)

Large rooftop with live wall and bar

Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)

Biergarten with urban farm, animals, stage for live music, and occasional food trucks

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Mt. Carmel)

Expansive patio seating options with pond view

OTR StillHouse (OTR)

Biergarten with StillHouse access; order drinks via QR code directly to your table

Rhinegeist (OTR)

Large rooftop bar overlooking downtown and the city basin

Streetside Brewery (Columbia Tusculum)

Brand new updated patio area, complete with a bar and several picnic tables

Woodburn Brewing (East Walnut Hills)

Woodburn Gardens onsite, featuring biergarten-style seating

Best Taprooms for Events and Live Music

From trivia nights and acoustic sets to free workouts and markets, these breweries always have something going on in their taproom.

WestSide Brewing Workout

Bircus Brewing Company (Ludlow, KY)

Circus-inspired microbrewery featuring circus performances and family-friendly events, as well as markets and live music

Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills)

Drag shows, karaoke, markets, live music, and community events

Fretboard Brewing Company (Blue Ash)

This Blue Ash-based brewery moonlights as a live music venue, showcasing entertainment every Friday and Saturday

Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)

Live music in the biergarten, urban farm (with farm animals), and onsite Airbnb

West Side Brewing (Westwood)

Open mic night, trivia, pop-ups, markets, workouts, and community events

Best Onsite Food/Menu

A lot of local breweries have food trucks and pop-ups, but not all of them have onsite menus. From elevated bar food to unique menu items, here are some of the best.

Fifty West Burger Bar

Cartridge Brewing (Kings Mills)

Shareables, salads, Detroit-style pizza, sandwiches

Dead Low Brewing (California)

Apps, soup and salad, wings, pizza, handhelds, burgers

Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills)

Decibel Korean Fried Chicken operates out of a window at Esoteric, serving brunch on Sundays from 10 to 2

Fifty West Burger Bar (Columbia Twp)

Burger bar, hot dogs, shakes, fries, shareables

HighGrain Brewing Co (Silverton)

Elevated bar food menu updated seasonally, including apps, salads, entrees, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday

Nine Giant (Pleasant Ridge)

Scratch-made bar food changing regularly

Sonder Brewing (Mason)

BrewRiver scratch kitchen serving brunch, snacks, burgers and sandwiches, and desserts

Third Eye Brewing Company (Sharonville)

Taco menu offered every Tuesday, and apps, shareables, and sandwiches Wednesday through Sunday

Best Taproom Pizza

Pizza served at a brewery isn’t all that hard to come by and, while they’re all pretty good, here are some that come highly recommended.

Cartridge Brewing Pizza

16 Lots Brewing Company (Mason)

In-house pizza kitchen serving artisan pizzas, salads, and breadsticks

Little Miami Brewing Company (Milford)

Brick oven scratch pizza kitchen (GF cauliflower crust is available); brunch pizza available on the weekends

MadTree Brewing (Oakley)

Catch-A-Fire wood-fired pizza, including brunch pizza available on Saturdays and Sundays

Taft’s Brewpourium (Spring Grove Village)

Serving up New Haven-style Apizza, a thin-crust, coal-fired Neapolitan-style pizza popular around New Haven, CT

Best Satellite Taprooms

These breweries may have started in another city, state, or even country, but we still treat them as our own here in the Queen City.

Sam Adams Cincinnati Taproom

BrewDog (Pendleton)

Scotland-based carbon neutral brewery opened its second-largest US brewpub in Pendleton in 2019

Hofbrauhaus (Newport)

Who needs to be in Germany when you’ve got authentic German food, beer, and events right across the river in Newport?

North High Brewing (Hyde Park)

Columbus, based North High brought its brewpub to Hyde Park in 2021

Sam Adams Cincinnati (OTR)

We all know that “Boston-based” Samuel Adams brews a lot of its beer in Cincinnati and we are more than happy to claim it as our own

Best Friends to the Environment

These breweries are committed to sustainability, conservation, and advocating for the environment.

High GrainEnvironment

Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)

The country’s only urban farm brewery features beers brewed with many ingredients procured on the premises. They also offer classes on food waste prevention and native bees and pollinators.

HighGrain Brewing Co (Silverton)

HighGrain is on a journey towards independently achieved carbon neutrality and decreasing their footprint. They are powered by 100% renewable electric, have a native plant garden, use geothermal HVAC, and locally source goods.

MadTree Brewing (Oakley)

MadTree is committed to reducing their environmental impact. They are members of 1% FOR THE PLANET, which donates 1% of their annual sales to nonprofits focused on environmental sustainability.

Most Beautiful Taprooms

The brewing industry is an historic one here in Cincinnati, so it’s no surprise that many taprooms are beautiful and historic, too.

Cartridge Brewing (Kings Mills)

Taproom of windows flooded with natural light in the Peters Cartridge Factory

MadTree Brewing (Oakley)

MadTree’s 50,000-square-foot, $18 million expansion brewing facility was built in 2017, complete with event spaces, beer garden, Catch-A-Fire pizza kitchen.

Taft’s Ale House (OTR)

Three-level brewpub located in the former St. Paul’s German Evangelical Church—an $8 million renovation completed in 2015

Most Kid Friendly

This topic may be controversial in some craft beer circles, but a lot of people don’t want to quit going out and enjoying beer just because they have little ones in their lives. These places aren’t just kid friendly, they are even welcoming to children. (During the day, anyway—probably don’t have the youngins out at the bar past bedtime.)

BrewDog (Pendleton)

A mezzanine chock full of games plus a free photo booth

Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)

Urban farm with animals and plenty of green space to play

Fifty West Brewing Company (Columbia Twp)

Kid-friendly food from the Burger Bar plus an enormous sandbox (volleyball courts on league nights)

Cincinnati has a rich and robust brewing heritage, so be sure to get out and check out our many great breweries and the excellent beers being brewed by them on International Beer Day and always.


Linsey Kraeling is a 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.

NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk: A Celebration of Art and Bourbon

In 2019, two Northern Kentucky organizations, the Catalytic Fund and the NKY Chamber of Commerce, organized a project that brought together businesses with artists to create painted bourbon barrels.

The barrels are coming back this month in a celebration of the people, places and passions of our region. The 100 barrels were created by local artists for sponsors who worked with them on the designs. The result is a stunning display of public art that will debut this Thursday, July 21.

Roll Out the Barrels is a public preview of all 100 barrels before they go on display throughout the river cities on the NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk. To join in and see all the barrels together, come to Newport on the Levee on Thursday July 21 at 7:00pm.

Once the Walk goes live, you can find the route at www.NKYBourbonBarrels.com.

The art on the barrels celebrates Northern Kentucky’s people, places and passions, depicting bourbon, horses, landmarks and more. It showcases the incredible local talent and the support that the business community gives to the arts.

The barrels will be on display through next August. When you “take the walk,” you will follow the barrels through the entertainment districts of Northern Kentucky, discovering fun restaurants, bars and shops along the way.

Take the Walk at www.NKYBourbonBarrels.com.

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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.


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