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News from Downtown - 09.16.21

Beer steins up! Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is back and bigger than ever this year. Beginning today, this year’s festival will be a four-day celebration, ending on Sunday night. Widely hailed as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the U.S., the festival will include favorite events such as the “Running of the Wieners” race, happening today at noon, the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” on Saturday at 4 p.m., and many other fun competitions, music, and other programming throughout the weekend. Dress in your finest dirndl or lederhosen and stop down for a beer and schnitzel. The Cincinnati Bell Connector will also have extended hours for the festival, running through 12:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, and until 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women's Series kicks off this weekend with national act, 10,000 Maniacs, performing at Washington Park tomorrow at 7 p.m. The group is joined by  Shiney & the Spoon and Lauren Eylise, and will follow the Rise Up Women’s Market, a curated shopping event featuring locally made clothing, accessories, household products and other items, all made by women. The market kicks off at 3 p.m. with music to follow.

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and local arts organizations are hosting fun events to join in the celebration. A special edition of Salsa on the Square is happening tonight from 7-10 p.m. The event, Fiesta Salsera, will include an amateur salsa dancing competition, featuring live music by Orquesta Kandela, Cincinnati's only all-female Salsa and Latin Band. The Cincinnati Art Museum is also paying tribute to Hispanic & Latinx artists who are included in the museum’s permanent collection. Visit the museum to see these works in person, and you can read more about each artist here.

On Friday and Saturday, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will be performing the musical score for Disney and Pixar’s Oscar-winning film, Coco while the movie is projected onto the big screen at Music Hall. The orchestra will be joined by Frederico Ramos, the original guitarist from the film.
For more events happening during National Hispanic Heritage month, which runs through October 15, check out the Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber and learn about upcoming programs and initiatives that support the Hispanic and Latinx community in our region.

Finally, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Downtown Ambassador, Gary Revels. Gary served as an ambassador for many years, providing clean and safe services around Government Square and other areas of the Central Business District. He was an incredibly dedicated and hardworking individual, who personally knew so many members of our Downtown Cincinnati community. We are keeping Gary’s family, friends, and fellow ambassadors in our thoughts during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.

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