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Things to do in Black Cincinnati this week!

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Monday, November 21

Outdoor Market

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Findlay Market (OTR)
Free Admission
Grab your Thanksgiving additions by shopping with Black-owned vendors Dat’s Ole School Cookin’, Nay Nay’s, Joyously Sweet, A Mother’s Touch Cakes, Happy Pies, Miley Pooh Sweets, and more. Runs through November 23.


COVID-19 Vaccines

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cincinnati Health Department (Avondale)
Free Admission
Pfizer and Moderna boosters and vaccines are available. Click the link for answers to many questions, more dates, times, and locations.


Skate & Bumper Cars

4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
$15;Children 4 & under FREE
Along with skating and bumper cars, take advantage of Meal Deal Mondays and enjoy a complimentary slice of pizza and soda.


Spin with Carmen

5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Hirsch Recreation Center (Avondale)
$7 (non-members); $5 (members)
Spin to some of your favorite tunes with Black fitness instructor Carmen Sanders. Call 513-751-3393 to reserve your bike.


Barbershop Talk Series

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
North Avondale Recreation Center (North Avondale)
Free Admission
Get free quick cuts while watching Monday Night Football and discussing working in corporate America.

Tuesday, November 22

Our Universe

Witness the remarkable story of our universe over billions of years and its inextricable link to life on Earth in this sweeping documentary series. Starring: Morgan Freeman.


Thanksgiving Meal Distribution

9 a.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Center (OTR)
Free Admission
Food boxes will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. ID required.


Natural World Photography Exhibit

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Eden Park)
Free Admission
A collaboration between John Edmonds, David Hartt, Jason Allen-Paisant, and Nathaniel M. Stein. The project explores the meanings of nature and naturalness through overlapping dialogues with history, collections, and institutions. Runs through January 15.

Support this Black-owned Bakery – Makers Bakers Co.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Makers Bakers Co. (OTR)
Get your Thanksgiving dessert early. Sweets include Artisan cheesecakes and crackers, cinnamon rolls, puddings, cobblers, danishes, assorted cakes, and pies.


CoComelon LIVE!

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Starting at $
A family-friendly production where JJ learns that you can make your dreams come true with a little help from your family and friends.


Myles Ellington Twitty Trio

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Caffè Vivace (Walnut Hills)
Starting at $10
Take a live jazz musical journey for a brief escape from the hardships of everyday life.


Wednesday, November 23


On the court he was huge. Off the court, he is larger than life. A four-part HBO documentary series about the life, career, and legacy of Shaquille O’Neal. Starring: Shaquille O’Neal


PNC Festival of Lights

4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Zoo (Avondale)
Starting at $9.50
Witness 4 million LED light displays, a blacklight puppet show, s’mores, and more.


Wednesday Night Jazz

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge (OTR)
Free Admission
Intimate wine bar and live jazz music featuring local Black music artists.


The Lion Play

7:30 p.m.
Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre (Price Hill)
Starting at $33.50
A singer-songwriter shares the turbulent story of his family and his brush with mortality. Runs through December 4.


Soul Pocket Band

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
MadTree Brewing (Oakley)
Free Admission
Spend Thanksgiving eve at a live R&B concert by a 13-piece band that will make you move and groove.


#CLOSEFRIENDS Thanksgiving Eve Party

8 p.m. – Midnight
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge (OTR)
Free Admission
Intimate wine bar and live R&B music featuring DJ Arie.


Cincy Homecoming

9 p.m.
The Woodward Theatre (OTR)
Starting at $10
Reconnect with old friends and party before the feast with CLOCKWORK DJ and a full cash bar.



10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Japp’s – Since 1879 (OTR)
Free Admission
Bring in “turkey day” partying to live R&B and hip-hop music by DJ Diamond.


Thursday, November 24

113th Annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Race

9 a.m.
Paycor Stadium (Downtown)
Starting at $18
Before chowing down on your Thanksgiving dinner, get your cardio in by running or walking along a special course.


Queen City Soup Kitchen Volunteering Opportunity

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Queen City Kitchen (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Volunteer for meal prep, server, pantry stocker, donation pick-up, and more. Sign up online.


Volunteer to Feed the Community

10 a.m.
Duke Energy Convention Center (Downtown)
Free Admission
Enjoy a community Thanksgiving meal. Volunteers are invited to register online to help at the coat shop, be a social ambassador, register guests, serve food, do kitchen clean up, and more.


Coney Island’s Night of Lights

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Coney Island (East End)
Starting $25
Holiday light show, music, two million synchronized light displays, dancing candy canes, and more.


Friday, November 25

Blood and Water (TV-MA)

After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth. Season 3 premiere. Starring: Ama Qamata


We’re Here (TV-MA)

Follow renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela as they continue their journey across small-town America, spreading love and connection through the art of drag. Season 3 premiere. Starring: Bob the Drag Queen


Jeni Jenkins Art Opening

4 p.m.
Free Admission
Exhibit combining text and imagery to create artwork as a means to protest injustice and encourage new ways to think and new ways to look at the world.


All Black Bravo Birthday Bash

9 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Arts OTA (OTR)
Free Admission
Black Friday party featuring live R&B music from a guest DJ at an art gallery cocktail bar


Light Up the Square

6 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
Kick off the holiday season with a live R&B concert featuring 2nd Wind Band and a fireworks display.


Soul Pocket Annual Thanksgiving Party

6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Redmoor (Mt. Lookout)
Starting at $10
Live R&B concert by a 13-piece band that will make you move and groove.


The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays

7:30 p.m.
Aronoff Center – P&G Hall (Downtown)
Starting at $45.25
Celebrate the holidays at a showcase of jaw-dropping and astonishing acts of sophisticated magic, including illusions to mind reading, escapology, and comedy.


Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold Play

7:30 p.m.
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theatre (Downtown)
Starting at $38
A holiday mystery spin on the nativity story.


Straight No Chaser Tour

8 p.m.
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Starting at $25
The acapella group is celebrating by giving a 25th-anniversary pop concert.


Betrayal Play

8 p.m.
Falcon Theatre (Newport)
Starting at $15
A devastatingly honest exploration of love, sex, marriage, and friendship. Runs through December 3.


The Set: Pressure

8:30 p.m.
Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills)
Starting at $
Dress it up & step out with confidence. Adult Thanksgiving weekend kick-off party featuring R&B, afrobeats, house, hip-hop and neo-soul music by DJ Guy Wes.


Frostbite Friday

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The Frost Factory (The Banks)
Free Admission
Party with R&B and soul music by Jayy The DJ.


Saturday, November 26

Small Business Saturday

Show your support for Cincinnati Black-owned businesses by shopping for art, bath and body, apparel, and more.


Outdoor Fun Hunt

11 a.m.
Sharon Woods (Sharonville)
Free Admission
Opt for a day outside in the park. No permit is required.


Girls First Cycle Celebration

The Mothership Institute (Oak Hills)
Free Admission
Learn about womb wellness and holistic health for Black women.


Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shop

Noon – 4 p.m.
DeeDee’s Butter Bar (Mt. Healthy)
Free Admission
Shop with local Black-owned businesses such as EndoQueen Crafts, Home By Chole, Lish’s Perfect Dishes, MD Wine Collection, and LB Scents.


UDF’s Downtown Dazzle

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Free Admission
Enjoy a festive night of fireworks, hot cocoa, and skating.


Little Women Play

7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Downtown)
Starting at $14
A story of the intertwining lives of four sisters experiencing hardships, heartbreak, and humility. Runs through December 3.


Turkey Jam w/Ric Sexton &Vibe 5

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Williams Frances Theatre (Hartwell)
Starting at $10
A high-energy performance to go along with a fantastic stage presence. Featuring songs from the 70s, 80s, & 90s with the Vibe 5 band, background singers, and horn section.


Hip-Hop Lounge: Thanksgiving Edition

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Party to old-school hip-hop, R&B, rare grooves, and samples by DJ Nate the Great. Excellent music, no cover, and drink specials.


Royal Comedy Tour

8 p.m.
Aronoff Center (Downtown)
Starting at $63.25
Comedy show featuring world-class comedians Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Don DC Curry, Dominique, and Tony Rock.


Soul Quest Band

8 p.m. – Midnight
Silverton Café (Silverton)
Free Admission
Good food, drinks, and dancing to live R&B and soul music.


Sunday, November 27

Beyond Guilt

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Freedom Center (Downtown)
Starting at $11.50
Tell the powerful and redemptive stories of those impacted by over-sentencing and over-punishment. Discount Museum for All tickets available.


Lizard Boy Musical

3 p.m.
Know Theatre (Downtown)
Starting at $15
A queer rock musical where audiences will encounter monsters, mayhem, and virtuoso performances from a trio of multi-talented actors/musicians. Runs through December 11.


Minding Our Business Marketplace: A Black Woman-owned Experience

3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Shop with Black woman-owned businesses just two days after Black Friday.


Sunday Night Musical

6 p.m.
Rescue Temple Church of God (Avondale)
Free Admission
Showcase of local gospel artists, singers, psalmist, and choirs. Feature Brother Jonathan Meyer, the Bible Believers Praise Team, the New Prospect Baptist Church Mass Choir, Rameco Lattimore, and TWC and New Vision.


Upcoming Events


Raydio Funk Concert

When: 8:30 pm February 4, 2023

Where: The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)

Price: $30 - $50

American funk and R&B vocal group, Raydio will be live at Ludlow Garage in Clifton on Saturday, November 19th. You don’t want to miss this!

Now that you know what is happening this weekend, you should never have an empty Saturday or Sunday with many Afro-American events. Plus, if you are looking for a significant other, now you know where all the Black people meet. Have fun!


Latoya Stiggers



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


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Written by Latoya Stiggers

Writer, The Voice of Black Cincinnati


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