25+ Things to do in Cincinnati This January

Things to do in Cincinnati for January 2019

Can you believe it’s 2023 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: 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 7: Cyclones Hockey / Throwback Night! Throwback Night features $14 tickets, $2 hot dogs, soda, and beer. Bring a new or gently loved stuffed bear to throw on the ice after the Cyclones first goal. All animals will be given to the Cincinnati Police Department.

January 7: 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!

January 10: Take a Winter Candle-Making Class at Taft’s Brewpourium. Three Leaf Crafts will host this winter scents candle-making class, 6-8pm. Reservations required.

January 13-15: 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.

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January ??? (typically around the 10th) : 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: Head to Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve for Winter Woodland: Music in the Barn, 2-4pm. Step into the magic of the Winter Woodland exhibit, warm up by the fire and enjoy a musical presentation by members of the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society. Free (vehicle pass required for Great Parks).

January 14: 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!

January 15: Art on Vine returns to Rhinegeist. Up to 70 Local artists displaying and selling fine arts and handmade goods.

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January 16: The 2023 King Legacy Celebration will take place at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Enjoy a morning of music, dance, and reflection in celebration of the life and enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18: 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 20-22  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 21-22: 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). Pre-registration is required.

January 20-22: 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 20: The Secret Life of Stars will be at Cincinnati Parks’ Wolff Planetarium (Burnet Woods), 7-8pm. From nebulas and novae to star formation and more, this show has it all!  Programs are open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult.  Fee:  $5.00 per person.  Reservations required. Seating is limited.

January 21: The Cure for Cabin Fever is taking place at Mt. Airy Forest, 10am-noon. Join a Cincinnati Park’s naturalist for trek across one of America’s largest city parks. On the way your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, the local wildlife and seasonal changes currently taking place. Portions may be off-trail. Online registration is required for this event. Registration required.

January 21: 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!

January 25-29  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 27-29: 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 28: Madcap Puppets presents “Fantastic Fairy Tales” at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Tickets required.

January 28: Do a little Backyard DIY Maple 101-ing at Caldwell Nature Preserve, 1-3pm. Join in on the fun as we teach the tricks of the trade for making maple syrup at home. Discover what trees to tap, how to collect and cook the sap into syrup. Most of the program is held outdoors. Tree-tapping spouts are available for sale during the program. Meet at the Nature Center. Registration required by Jan. 25, 2023.

January 28: 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!

January 28: The Nikola Tesla Story will be at Memorial Hall, 12pm and 2pm. This is a free performance from TCT On Tour (a division fo the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati). Registration is required. Travel back in time to the late 1800s and enter the dazzling mind of Nikola Tesla, a brilliant young engineer. Relying on his math and science skills, a photographic memory, and a mysterious blinding light containing flashes of inspiration, Tesla makes a discovery that could change the world of science—and the legacy of his mentor, Thomas Edison—forever! Learn the true story of this often ignored inventor, whose work as a “mad scientist” eventually led to the Tesla coil, X-ray, RADAR, wireless energy, and artificial lighting.

January 29: Tools of the Sugarhouse at Cincinnati Nature Center,11am-noon. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. Registration required.

January ???: 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!


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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