Daytime Events Happening During Blink Cincinnati

BLINK Cincinnati 2019 is coming up and we know how amazing this light projection phenomenon is going to be!

If you’re downtown during the day and are looking for some fun BLINK related daytime things to do, here are some special events that will be happening downtown during BLINK.

Cincinnati's Roebling Bridge lit up for BLINK Cincinnati
photo courtesy of BLINK

Thursday – Sunday (Oct. 10-13):

Guided BLINK Tours: Artswave will be leading “behind the art” daytime tours of the Findlay Market Murals. This tour leaves every 30 minutes, 3pm – 6:30pm. Tickets are required. They are offering 5 other tours each day but they don’t start until 7pm. See site for details and tickets.

St. Francis Seraph Church and Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner each night, Thursday through Sunday, 4:30 – 7pm. St. Francis Seraph will be serving up delicious spaghetti dinners at Christian Moerlein’s Tap Room that features an authentic meat sauce from a secret family recipe of one of their parishioners (a vegetarian option is also available)! The meal also includes salad, garlic bread, and a dessert. Meals are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Additionally, the church will be open to visitors each night with a pipe organ recital happening from 8PM-10PM. Their historic stained glass windows will also be lit up for festival goers to enjoy.

Stop in at the Weston Art Gallery (at the Aronoff Center) to experience Emanate. Organized by Weston Art Gallery Director Dennis Harrington and designed to coincide with the BLINK Cincinnati Festival, the exhibition features an eclectic mix of light-based works that includes phosphorescent painting, neon sculpture, illuminated photography, video, and projection by 12 artists from prior solo exhibitions at the Weston plus four who are new to the gallery. , a group exhibition featuring light-based works that include phosphorescent painting, neon sculpture, illuminated photography, video, and projection. Hours for the gallery are Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

American Legacy Tours is offering a variety of tours from Friday to Sunday during BLINK. Go underground and explore Cincinnati’s rich brewing history.

Thursday, Oct. 10:

THINK: a BLINK Experience is happening at Rhinegeist Brewery, 2-5pm. This event is free but you MUST register and space is limited. Meet celebrated artists and event creators. Get a peek behind the scenes of this year’s event and hear from the region’s top creative lumineers. Join the conversation about making Cincinnati a more vibrant, creative FUTURE CITY.

The Young Adult Lab at the Contemporary Arts Center’s UNMuseum is a free drop-in art making program for young adults. Artists and educators will be on hand to show us how to make light up jewelry to wear to the light based art festival. Supplies and snacks will be provided by the CAC. 4-8pm

Friday, Oct. 11:

The Contemporary Arts Center presents “Cinema at the Center: BLINK Festival” which includes the screenings of the “dogumentary” The London Police and the movie Underbelly. Movies start at 3pm and they’re followed by artist talk at 4:30pm.

Saturday, Oct. 12:

The Cincinnati Coffee Festival is happening at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Coffee lovers from all over the region join world-class roasters, coffee shops, purveyors of fine foods, and professional baristas the third annual Cincinnati Coffee Festival. Check out the schedule of events here. Happening on Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm; tickets required.

Sugar N Spice, Cincinnati’s favorite diner is making an early appearance in the 45202. Sugar n’ Spice’s beloved wispy thins are on the house from 10:30am – 2pm (until sold out)! Enjoy them paired with fresh fruits, a mimosa bar & (alcohol free) Matunda juices, coffee by Black Coffee and good company. Pancakes served until sold out. This event is part of many that are happening as part of the Cincy Nice Social House pop up (a 3-day, 2-night free pop-up experience showcasing our city’s community, culture, and creativity) happening at 4th Street’s Switch Lighting & Design (312 W. 4th).

CAC@21C: Two tours, one hour, and free! Join Contemporary Arts Center docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C. Free. 1-2pm.

Doors Open Cincy is a one day event that’s designed to celebrate architecture, design, and history in our community by providing behind-the-scenes access to approximately 20 locations in and around OTR. The tours are free but registration is required. Go inside and behind the scenes at venues like Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., Ensemble Theatre, First Lutheran Church, Memorial Hall, Old St. Mary’s Church, and MANY more.

Sunday, Oct. 13:

Second Sunday on Main will be going on in OTR (Main Street between 12th and Liberty). They’ll have the “regular” SSOM from noon to 4pm and then there’s a special BLINK edition from 6pm – 11pm. Check out the link for the programming and times.

The Cincinnati Coffee Festival is happening at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Coffee lovers from all over the region join world-class roasters, coffee shops, purveyors of fine foods, and professional baristas the third annual Cincinnati Coffee Festival. Check out the schedule of events here. Happening on Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm; tickets required.

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