27 Cool Facts About Greater Cincinnati You May Not Have Known

Cincinnati is full of fascinating history and facts, many of which are local legends at this point. Many of us may know…

By Katherine Barrier, CityBeat Staff

The "Least Metal Moment" of all time happened in Cincinnati
VH1 did a countdown of the “Least Metal Moments” of all time in 2004. The list included things like Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion covering hard rock classics (by Metallica and AC/DC, respectively) and Ozzy Osbourne doing a Pepsi commercial. But the top spot was at a beloved Cincinnati event. The “Least Metal Moment” ever was declared that time in the early ’00s when Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil led the crowd in the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” on Fountain Square, a beloved tradition at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
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12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (March 1-3)

Spring is near, which means Bockfest is here. This weekend is full of season-changing hope and events. The 32nd annual Servatii Bockfest…

By Katie Griffith

32nd Annual Servatii Bockfest
When: March 1-3

Where: Over-the-Rhine's Brewery District

What: A Cincinnati tradition that celebrates spring, local brewery heritage and Bock beer.

Who: Bockfest and tons of participating venues and businesses

Why: There are events for all Bock beer enthusiasts, including the famous Bockfest parade, a run, live music and food.
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Watch Spring Bloom From This Cozy A-Frame Cabin in Springfield Township Now on the Market

Spring is just around the corner, Cincinnati, and if you’re looking for a new home to watch the flowers blossom and leaves…

By Katherine Barrier

2005 Arrowood Place, Springfield Township
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Photos: Look at These MidCentury Modern Items for Sale at 20th Century Cincinnati's Show This Weekend

Everyone's favorite MidCentury Modern show is back this weekend. 20th Century Cincinnati is back at the Sharonville Convention Center on Feb. 24-25, noon…

By CityBeat Staff

20th Century Cincinnati 2024
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12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 23-25)

Despite it being the weekend after Valentine's Day, there's still plenty of opportunities to feel the love in Cincinnati, from a Twilight-themed…

By Ashley Moor

Selectas Choice: Donut Party 
When: Feb. 24 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Queen City Radio, Over-the-Rhine

What: Eat donuts and dance to music from DJ Pillio, DJ Rare Groove, DJ Apryl Reign and DJ Sly Luv.

Who: Queen City Radio

Why: Dancing and donuts — what more could you want on a Saturday night?
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North Avondale House Once Owned by Mother of CNN Founder Ted Turner Now on the Market

A North Avondale home with a claim to fame is now on the market. 3848 Dakota Ave., a nearly 5,000-square-foot, traditional-style home…

By Katherine Barrier

3848 Dakota Ave., North Avondale
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12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 16-18)

This weekend is for the lovers and dreamers, Cincinnati. From concerts to baked goods and small business soirées across town, scroll down…

By Summer Orban

My Furry Valentine
When: Feb. 17 and 18 from noon-5 p.m.

Where: Sharonville Convention Center, Sharonville

What: The area’s largest pet adoption event.

Who: My Furry Valentine

Why: You know you want to adopt at least one (or five) pups and kitties.
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Photos: 24 Adorable Pets You Can Adopt from My Furry Valentine This Weekend

My Furry Valentine, the area’s largest pet adoption event, takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb.…

By CityBeat Staff

Oneida
2nd Hand Paws Animal Rescue
(Satellite event) “Meet Oneida! Oneida is a terrier mix, born 6/16/22, 33lbs She came into rescue with her siblings, from a flooded area in eastern Kentucky. Oneida’s siblings were all adopted months ago, and we can’t understand why this girl is still searching for her forever home. Oneida is a sweetheart, and very loving. She is crate trained, house trained, and walks well on a leash. She loves to play with dogs !! Oneida is current on vaccinations, microchipped, & spay/neutered We are accepting applications HERE.”
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Photos: University of Cincinnati Loses to Houston, Still Draws Record Crowd

On Saturday, the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team lost 62-67 against the Houston Cougars in a truly electric home game. According…

By CityBeat Staff

The Cincinnati bench celebrating after a big 3-pointer - Cincinnati vs Houston (#5) Big12 Men's Basketball (2/10/2024)
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13 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 9-11)

As the weather starts warming up – by Ohio standards, at least – so are our Cincinnatian hearts. If you find your…

By Summer Orban

Cupid's Undie Run
When: Feb. 10 from noon-4 p.m.

Where: Queen City Radio, Over-the-Rhine

What: Cupid’s Undie Run kicks off with dancing and drinking before a (roughly) mile-long run for critical neurofibromatosis research.

Who: Cupid’s Undie Run

Why: There will be an epic dance party at the end.
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This Historic Columbia Tusculum Painted Lady is Now on the Market

One of the iconic Painted Ladies of historic Columbia Tusculum — a collection of Victorian homes painted in bright colors — is…

By Katherine Barrier

3735 Sachem Ave., Columbia Tusculum
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14 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 2-4)

Cincinnati, this weekend kicks off the season of love and all of the anticipation leading up to Valentine’s Day. Regardless of your…

By Summer Orban

Cincy Winter Beerfest 2024
When: Feb. 2 from 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and Feb. 3 from noon-4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Where: Duke Energy Convention Center, Downtown

What: An event with light bites, soft drinks and plenty of beer to sample.

Who: Beerfest

Why: For the beer connoisseurs.
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Photos: UC Bearcats Lose to Oklahoma Sooners for the First Time in Over Three Decades

On Jan. 20, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats' basketball team lost to the University of Oklahoma Sooners for the first time since…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati's Viktor Lakhin (#30) is fouled by two Oklahoma defenders - Cincinnati vs Oklahoma Big 12 Men's Basketball (1/20/2024)
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15 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Jan. 26-28)

It’s starting to finally warm up a bit, Cincinnati, from below freezing to just cold. Get yourself warmed up more with this…

By Summer Orban

Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge
When: Jan. 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 50 E. Freedom Way, The Banks

What: Plunging into a constructed pool to raise funds for nearly 30,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio and Kentucky.

Who: Special Olympics Ohio and Special Olympics Kentucky

Why: There will be a costume contest and golden plunger.
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41 Movies You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Cincinnati

In 2024, Cincinnati was named the No. 11 "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker" by MovieMaker magazine, making it…

By CityBeat Staff

The Avengers  (2012)
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Most Ridiculous 1- and 2-Star Reviews of Cincinnati's Favorite Places

There's just no pleasing everyone, and that couldn't be more apparent when you look at online reviews — even those of beloved…

By CityBeat Staff

Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center
Ashley, 1 Star
“Absolute let down. We are from out of town and took a weekend trip to Cincinnati to do some fun family stuff. This was a total waste of money for us. We have children, 3-13 and none of them enjoyed any part of this museum. Very boring. … We didn’t even stay for an hour here. We went to Dave and [Busters] instead and had some real fun!”
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Photos: All of the Moments from Xavier University's Win Against Butler University

The Xavier Musketeers, with the roar of the crowd behind them, earned a win against the Butler Bulldogs during their game at…

By CityBeat Staff

Quincy Olivari celebrates a three-pointer | Xavier University vs. Butler University | Jan. 16, 2024
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PHOTOS: University of Cincinnati Bearcats Earn First Home Big 12 Win

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats earned their very first home Big 12 win on Tuesday, Jan. 16 against Texas Christian University. Not…

By CityBeat Staff

Fans celebrate the win | University of Cincinnati vs. Texas Christian University | Jan. 16, 2024
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15 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Jan. 19-21)

It's almost too cold to leave the house, Cincinnati, almost. There's lots of wholesome fun to warm you up around town. Take…

By Katie Griffith

Learn to Skate with the Cincinnati Cyclones
When: Jan. 20 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Where: Fifty West Burger Bar, 

What: Educational event for kids to learn how to ice skate and the fundamentals of hockey

Who: Fifty West and the Cincinnati Cyclones

Why: It's part of the Cyclones initiative to make hockey accessible to all.
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Things to Do in Cincinnati When It's Cold AF Outside

Brrr, it's cold in Cincinnati. But just because the temperature has dropped and the sun goes down before you even get off…

By CityBeat Staff

Go Ice Skating or Do Curling at Fifty West
7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
Fifty West Brewing Company transformed its burger bar campus into a winter wonderland for the season, complete with ice skating, curling, bonfires and more. The popular, family-friendly 40’x80’ ice skating rink this year features upgraded ice and skates. Admission is $10 per person — children under the age of 4 can skate for free — and admission includes skate rental and an hour of ice time. The rink has a timed reservation system that allows up to 70 people to skate at a time. Patrons can also rent lanes for curling (a sport where players slide stones on ice toward a target) for up to eight people for $60 an hour. Curling lane rentals are available every weekend from 8-10 p.m. Fountain Square also has its ice rink out through Feb. 19.
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69 of the Naughtiest Rejected Ohio License Plates in 2023 [NSFW]

R U MOIST or HORNY AF, Ohio? Apparently you are, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' 2023 list of rejected…

By CityBeat Staff

69 of the Dirtiest Rejected Ohio License Plates
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17 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Jan. 12-14)

Cincinnati, it's cold outside. We've selected some entertaining weekend events that are interesting enough to help you forget about the freezing gloom.…

By Katie Griffith

Louisville Loves Emo
When: Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Where: Madison Live!, Covington

What: Live music, emo style.

Who: Louisville Loves Emo

Why: Organizers say that audiences can expect deep cuts from all eras of emo music.
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Photos: Cincinnati Cyclones Host Second-Largest Crowd in Team's History on Saturday

On Saturday, Jan. 6, the Cincinnati Cyclones lost 4-3 in overtime to the Toledo Walleye during the team's "Throwback Night" at the…

By CityBeat Staff

Cyclones MC and announcer Jay Kruz attempts to catch a stuffed animal | Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye | Jan. 6, 2024
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Photos: You Can Stay in This New Luxury Cabin During Your Next Trip to Hocking Hills

Ohio’s Hocking Hills region — just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cincinnati — is a great spot to relax, unwind and reconnect with…

By Katherine Barrier

The Acres Cabin in Hocking Hills
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What's In and Out for Cincinnati in 2024

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to decide what you want your life to look like for the…

By CityBeat Staff

OUT: Joe Burrow getting injured
On Nov. 16, 2023, the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow injured his wrist during a game against the Baltimore Ravens. The team went on to lose the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates the following week before rallying to win three straight games, which kept playoff hopes alive. However, those hopes were officially dashed after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on New Year’s Eve. And while games can’t be won by a single player, in 2024, we need to protect Burrow at all costs.
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14 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Jan. 5-7)

Happy 2024, Cincinnati. It's the first full weekend of the new year. Check out our list of things to do around Greater…

By Katie Griffith

Bengals Watch Party
When: Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

Where: Fountain Square, Downtown

What: Tailgate party

Who: Fountain Square

Why: Who Dey.
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Ring in 2024 with These Greater Cincinnati New Year's Eve Parties

Ready to ring in 2024? Here are just some of the New Year’s Eve events happening in Greater Cincinnati to ensure you…

By Lauren Serge

Pop-Up NYE Celebration at POSH Events Cincinnati
9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Spend an evening in glitz and glamor at this pop-up event. The festivities include an open bar, champagne toast and after-dinner bar snacks. 1905 Elm St., Downtown, eventbrite.com.
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10 Arts & Culture Stories That Made an Impact on Greater Cincinnati in 2023

These arts and culture highlights from 2023 touch on everything from the Loveland Frogman to a celebration of fashion history and major…

By Katie Griffith

Cincinnati’s Inaugural Frogman Festival Celebrates Local Lore
By Katie Griffith
Feb. 22 issue
If Ohio is a weird state (it is), then Cincinnati is its cryptid capital. From the Mothman to Bigfoot and “The Hollow Earth Theory” to countless haunted sites, Ohio’s got plenty of weirdness – and Cincinnati has a claim on a good part of the lore. The Loveland Frogman is a 4-foot-tall, lizard-like creature that allegedly roams around on its hind legs and inhabits the Little Miami River. The Frogman even got its own festival this year. The Frogman Festival creator Jeff Craig curated an event full of enthusiasts, ghost hunters, scientists and authors to celebrate. Cincinnati reveled in its weirdness that day, and the Frogman was etched into Cincinnati history permanently.
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10 Cover Stories From 2023 That CityBeat is Proud Of

In 2023, CityBeat launched two inaugural special issues that included a deep-dive cover feature on two of the most intimate pillars of…

By Ashley Moor

“Into the Woods,” by Madeline Fening
Oct. 18 issue
In another inaugural issue for CityBeat, the Death Issue, Fening reported on the fascinating story behind Potter’s Field, the 26-acre “potter’s field” in Price Hill’s Rapid Run Park. A “potter's field” is a common historical term for a place where communities would bury the poor (otherwise called “indigent”), the unidentified, the incarcerated, infectious disease victims and others who were “unwanted.” In her piece, Fening recounted the stories of many people buried in Price Hill’s Potter’s Field and how a few people and organizations have pushed for the identification and protection of the thousands of unidentified and unmarked graves spread across these 26 acres — an effort that is still ongoing today.
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16 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Dec.29-31)

We've almost made it to the New Year, Cincinnati. It's the last weekend to practice all your bad habits before the resolution…

By Katie Griffith

Curling and Ice Skating at 50 West
When: All weekend

Where: Fifty West Brewing Company, Columbia Township

What: Ice skating and curling

Who: Fifty West Brewing Company

Why: There are skate assistants available for new skaters and you can learn what curling actually is.
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14 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Dec. 22-24)

Not only is the weekend right around the (freezing cold) corner, so is Christmas Day. For those who celebrate, the weekend is…

By Katie Griffith

Nights of Lights at Coney Island
When: Dec 22, 23 & 24

Where: Coney Island, Anderson Township

What: Holiday light show drive-through

Who: Coney Island

Why: Coney Island recently announced its permanent closure, so visit while you can.
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Photos: Xavier University Pulls Out an Impressive Win Against Winthrop University

Xavier University's Quincy Olivari shined during the Musketeers' game against Winthrop University on Saturday, Dec. 16, scoring a total of 22 points.…

By CityBeat Staff

Quincy Olivari goes on a fast break | Xavier University vs. Winthrop University | Dec. 16, 2023
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