25+ Things to do in Cincinnati This January

Things to do in Cincinnati for January 2019

Can you believe it’s 2022 already?! We can’t predict what this year will hold but we certainly can tell you how great January is going to be!

There’s lots to do in Cincinnati this month. You’ll find lots of fun outdoor events including full moon walks, winter hikes, and maple sugar tapping. Check out where to see penguins strut and cyclones skate!

Here’s to January fun in Cincinnati!

Please be sure to double check that your event is still happening before heading out the door.

January 6-7: Cyclones Hockey/ Throwback Weekend! The Cyclones most popular promotion is so nice, they are having it twice. Throwback Night features $12 tickets, $1 hot dogs, soda, and beer. Bring a new or gently loved stuffed animal to throw on the ice after the Cyclones first goal. All animals will be given to the Cincinnati Police Department.

January 7-9: Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs. The annual KOI Cavalcade of Customs Car Show brings hundreds of the coolest custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and more to the floors of the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH.

January 8: Winter Hike Series hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County. With challenging hikes ranging from 4-5.5 miles that are held at different parks each week, it’s the perfect time to come together with old friends and new friends alike. Sign up for one hike, several or the whole series!

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January 8-9: Family Circus Performance and Class with Circus Mojo. Enjoy a live circus performance at The Ludlow Theatre. Following the show your family will get to try some safe, socially distanced, circus tricks! Tickets required. 2-3:30pm.

January 10-31: Penguin Days. Enjoy discounted zoo admission every day! Every weekend, guests can watch penguins, polar bears and even elephants enjoy the winter weather in their own way during a variety of animal enrichment activities. It must be below 50 degrees for the penguins to walk. See the Zoo’s site (link above) for the Animal Encounters schedule.

January 14: Frosty Fridays Hike Series kicks off at California Woods Nature Preserve, 1-2:20pm. Get your winter move on and tackle a new trail in California Woods. Hikes are moderate to strenuous, 1-1.5 miles long, and outdoors. Registration required.

January 14-16 and 19-23  Cincinnati Travel, Sports, and Boat Show will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Browse through the exhibition and see everything from boats, fishing, travel & tourism, powersports & adventure sports.

January 15 – 16: Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush (Cincinnati Nature Center), 10am-3pm. Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the Outdoor Learning Center and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. Hikes start at the sugar house (Outdoor Learning Center) at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm or 2 pm.  Pre-registration is required.

January 15-16: Family Circus Performance and Class with Circus Mojo. Enjoy a live circus performance at The Ludlow Theatre. Following the show your family will get to try some safe, socially distanced, circus tricks! Tickets required. 2-3:30pm.

January 15: Family Workshop – Sock Puppets with Personality is happening with the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. In this workshop led by artist Deb Brod, families will work together to create sock puppets utilizing felt and other fabrics, yarn, beads, and more! Deb will give a short demonstration of sewing and gluing techniques at the start of the workshop, then families will let their creativity and imagination run wild in constructing fanciful puppet friends. Registration required by Jan. 12, 2022.

January 16: Tools of the Sugarhouse at Cincinnati Nature Center, 10:45-11:45am. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, help set up for the day’s programs, and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator. Registration required.

January 16: Art on Vine returns to Rhinegeist. Up to 70 Local artists displaying and selling fine arts and handmade goods.

January 16: Tools of the Sugarhouse at Cincinnati Nature Center, 8:45-9:45am. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, help set up for the day’s programs, and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator. Registration required.

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January 16: Chili Fest at Findlay Market, 10am-4pm. Spend the day sampling chili and foods from merchants around the market while listening to live music from Everything’s Jake. Purchase your tickets, enjoy a spicy market event and try some flavorful samples from the vendors.

January 17: MLK Day 2022 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public from 12-5 pm on Monday, January 17 with FREE general admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming. 

January 17: Full Moon Walk: Wolf Moon at Rowe Woods, 7:30-9pm. Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Full Moon Walks provide rare opportunities to hike Nature Center trails when they’re normally closed. Registration required.

January 19: Museum Selfie Day. Around the globe, thousands of people will be pulling out their smartphones and showing the world their museum discoveries during National #MuseumSelfie Day.

January 19: Planning for Your Pollinator Garden with Queen City Pollinator Project. Head to the Lloyd Library and join Sylvana Ross, Education Coordinator of the Queen City Pollinator Project, as she presents plant selection, layout, and gardening tips to promote biodiversity. Learn how your contributions to the health of your local ecosystem will yield results in the upcoming seasons and  impact the organisms around you and the future well-being of the planet. Registration required.

January 21: Frosty Fridays Hike Series is happening at California Woods Nature Preserve, 1-2:20pm. Get your winter move on and tackle a new trail in California Woods. Hikes are moderate to strenuous, 1-1.5 miles long, and outdoors. Registration required.

January 21-23: Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo returns to the Sharonville Convention Center. The Remodeling Expo is a comprehensive two-weekend expo filled with innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings. In addition to exploring the highest quality displays, you will have the opportunity to talk directly with local experts and get the advice you need to help you with your home improvement projects. 

January 22-23: Family Circus Performance and Class with Circus Mojo. Enjoy a live circus performance at The Ludlow Theatre. Following the show your family will get to try some safe, socially distanced, circus tricks! Tickets required. 2-3:30pm.

January 22: Paint Your Pet at MadTree Brewing. Send your pet photo to the instructor ahead of time and then, on the day of class, you will receive a 16x20in canvas with a sketch/outline of your pet (used from the photo you send to the instructor), a set of acrylic paints, and all other brushes and materials to be utilized on-site. Registration required.

January 22-23: Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush (Cincinnati Nature Center), 10am-3pm. Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the Outdoor Learning Center and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. Hikes start at the sugar house (Outdoor Learning Center) at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm or 2 pm.  Pre-registration is required.

January 25: Burns Night Celebration at Nicholson’s / The Backstage Event Center, 6-10pm. Party like it’s 1759! Join in for live Celtic music, dancing, whiskey, poetry, the Cincinnati Highland Dancers, bagpipers, and a rollicking good time at the annual celebration of Scotland’s beloved poet, Robert Burns!

January 26: Beer and Wing Pairing at Taft’s Brewpourium, 5-8pm. With your ticket, you’ll get a flight of 4 different beers, each perfectly paired with a special wing and sauce (2 of each flavor!). This is a self-guided pairing. Upon entering, you’ll be handed your pairing worksheet, brews and wings. Dive in with friends to discover your favorites and take as little or a much times as you want exploring and comparing flavors.

January 28: Frosty Fridays Hike Series is happening at California Woods Nature Preserve, 1-2:20pm. Get your winter move on and tackle a new trail in California Woods. Hikes are moderate to strenuous, 1-1.5 miles long, and outdoors. Registration required.

January 28-30: Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo returns to the Sharonville Convention Center. The Remodeling Expo is a comprehensive two-weekend expo filled with innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings. In addition to exploring the highest quality displays, you will have the opportunity to talk directly with local experts and get the advice you need to help you with your home improvement projects. 

January 29-30: Fiber Art Market will be at Washington Park. Featuring local crafters and their fiber-based art works, you’ll find everything from beautiful clothing to one of a kind accessories. Happening 11am-5pm.

January 29-30: Family Circus Performance and Class with Circus Mojo. Enjoy a live circus performance at The Ludlow Theatre. Following the show your family will get to try some safe, socially distanced, circus tricks! Tickets required. 2-3:30pm.

January 29: Garage Brewed returns to Rhinegeist, 12pm – midnight. Come see what’s brewing in midwestern garages at the fifth annual invitational motorcycle show. Throughout the Ohio river valley and surrounding area of the midwest you’ll find some incredible builders brewing up custom bikes.  Some are professional with large garages and matching budgets and others are just your next door neighbor working out of their two car garage. This curated show gives you a taste of what hard working rust belt builders are crafting.


All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

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