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September 14: Take the Stage

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We’re back for the fourth Second Sunday on Main of the season!

This Sunday we’re teaming up with Enjoy the Arts to present Take the Stagea showcase of Cincinnati performers, artists, musicians, dancers, and more. We’re closing down Main Street so you can freely stroll up and down Main Street. between 13th and Liberty Street. The fun starts at noon.

As always, SSOM is FREE! Here’s what you can look forward to this Sunday.

take the stage sched

12:00-3:15 Mini concerts (MOTR Stage) 

featuring Elementz, Know Theatre, Young Professionals’ Choral Collective, Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, DANCEFIX at HBDC, Baba Charles and the Samba Parade Drummers, and more.

12:00-5:00 Live music in front of Rock Paper Scissors (1301 Main Street)

featuring local acts Kate Wakefield, Brianna Kelly, Edison, and ADM. From 3-5 audience members can “take the stage” with ADM to create their own music and have it looped and incorporated into the live set.

1:45 Folk Soul Revival (MOTR Stage) 

2:30 Celebrity Chef Series (Mr. Pitiful’s) 

Demos by Sous Chef Jimi Dean (The Rookwood) and Beverage Wizard Rom Wells (The Rookwood, Cheapside Cafe)

3:30 Zvedza (MOTR Stage)


Red Sesame Korean BBQ, Dojo Gelato, Bistro de Mohr, Urban Kitch’n, Roll With It Cafe


Upland Brewing Co. and Miller Lite. Tips benefit Asian Food Fest.


Art Academy of Cincinnati mARTket, ArtWalks crosswalk painting (Main & Woodward), Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Postal pARTners postcard creation station, kids’ craft table (Higher Branches), Art Beyond Boundaries’ “ArtSpire” artist workshop, 2pm


Sales and promotions at Main Street shops including the 1st birthday celebration of Rock Paper Scissors, sales at Original Thought Required, A Seamless Transition, Another Part of the Forest, and more.

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Sound good? Tell us you’ll be there through our Facebook event!

Main Street Block Party Wrap Up


Our first Second Sunday on Main of the season was amazing! Over 2,000 people joined us last Sunday for “Main Street Block Party,” our season kickoff event. Plus, the rain managed to stay away and the street was packed with over 100 vendors – a SSSOM record!

Enjoy these great photos by Brooke Shanesy of Nostalgia for the Present. And mark your calendars: July 13th is PRIDE ON MAIN STREET! Stay up to date by liking us on Facebook.

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Main Street Block Party at Second Sunday on Main


Join us Sunday, June 8th for our 9th season of Second Sunday on Main (SSOM) in Over-The-Rhine. From noon to 5 PM Main Street from 13th Street to Liberty Street will be full of people, musicians, over 100 local vendors and food trucks, performers, and more for “Main Street Block Party.”

As always, SSOM is FREE and open to the public. Check out all the activities Second Sunday has to offer this month!

12:30 PM The Hot Magnolias (New Orleans-style funk) – MOTR Stage

2:00 PM Sneak Peek: Opera in the Park (CANCELED) - MOTR Stage

2:30 PM: Celebrity Chef Demo - Mr. Pitiful’s
Chef Joel Molloy and Cainen Edwards of Nicola’s; wine pairing by Assistant General Manager Dominic Pietoso. Doors open at 2 PM. FREE; No reservation required; seating is first-come, first-seated.

3:00 Dog Days Contest and Parade – MOTR Stage
Bring your dog and meet in front of the MOTR Stage at 3pm! Prizes will be awarded for Best Trick, Cutest Dog, and Owner & Dog Look-A-Like. Thanks to our judges So Much PETentialSave The Animals Foundation,SPCA Cincinnati, and VITAS Paw Pals, and our MC Jim Nolan of 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati!

And a huge thank you to the vendors who donated prizes to the contest. Dottie Dog is offering THREE prizes – a 10-pack of dog pattern notecards, an archival print of the illustration “Home is Where The Dog Is” and a $35 gift certificate. Meanwhile Shrewdness of Apes is giving away a 4×6 dog watercolor painting.

3:30 PM Good Graeff (indie pop from Sarasota, FL) – MOTR Stage


  • Food, and lots of it. Check out our round up of all the great food and drinks at Second Sunday this month!
  • Sales and Specials from our Main Street shops! Collective Espresso (207 Woodward) will open the courtyard for Second Sunday. DJ Sabastooge will be spinning vinyl slow jams, calypso, jazz, motown and soul. Libby (1420 Main) will be offering 20%, 40%, and 60% off. Park + Vine (1202 Main) is bringing back their “Cloth Diapering Cuteness” workshop at 1. Art Beyond Boundaries (1410 Main) is hosting their Artspire artist talk and workshop with urban landscape photographer Larry Pytlinski at 2 PM.
  • Woodward Street Dog Area – SPCA Cincinnati Cincinnati Pit Crew, and Adore-A-Bull Rescue will have dogs available for adoption. Learn how to get involved with Save The Animals Foundation and VITAS Paw Pals!
  • Clothes Swap – Swap the clothes you don’t want for clothes you do.All ages / gender encouraged to participate!Bring any clean, still wearable clothes and take what you like home with you.  FREE!
  • Community Yard Sale – Proceeds benefit Main Street area projects. Drop off pre-priced clothing and household items at the corner of Orchard & Main 10:30 AM-12 PM. Contact: Britt Born
  • ArtWalks Idea Booth (1:30-5:00 PM) – Share your ideas for ArtWalks, a crosswalk street painting project at Second Sunday on Main from July through October. Art supplies will be available to create something on the spot to inspire the design. Produced by Art on the Streets and Pam Kravetz.
  • Following the Dog Days parade, join Higher Branches for a Dog Training Workshop, “How to Get Your Dogs to Listen” by Lisa Desatnik of So Much Petential.
  • Cincinnati Sports Leagues Beer Garden with Blank Slate and Miller Lite on tap and support from this month’s beer ambassadors, 85 Broads.
  • Music and street performers at the Art on the Streets tent (near Liberty & Main) and Rock Paper Scissors tent (near 13th & Main) from 12-5 PM.

Art on the Streets performance tent (near Liberty & Main Street)

12:00-1:30 PM Serenity Fisher + Michael G. Ronstadt
1:45-3:15 PM Terri Burch and Hoop Roots, Inc.
3:30-5:00 PM Jack Burton Overdrive

Rock Paper Scissors performance tent (near 13th & Main Street)

12 – 12:45 Whitfield Crocker (indie folk)
1 – 1:45 Butler Tech School of the Arts ensemble (arts high school band)
2 – 2:45 Josh Eagle (folk / Americana)
3 – 3:45 Mark Utley (country / Americana)
4 – 5 The Ranglinaires (reggae / rocksteady)

Sound like fun? Tell us on Facebook that you’ll be there!

Eats, Treats and Drinks at SSOM

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Want to know where you can grab a bite to eat on Main? Second Sunday on Main has lots to offer for all kinds of palates.


Start with breakfast tacos (and a mimosa) at MOTR or a tofu scramble and some kombucha at Park + Vine
Grab a book and cup of gazpacho and head to the Iris BookCafe courtyard…
Sip on an iced coffee at Collective Espresso
Enjoy a slice of pizza from Cincy By The Slice or Lucy Blue Pizza
Indulge in a Bloody Mary in Japp’s newly renovated alley space or a craft cocktail at Neon’s…
Gulp down a bubble tea from BobaCha…
And polish it all off with a refreshing Thai basil popsicle from Streetpops!




What better way to enjoy SSOM than with a cold beer in our outdoor beer garden? Each month the Cincinnati Sports Leagues Beer Garden at Orchard & Main will host a rotating local brew. This month we’ll have Blank Slate on tap!

Wine Pairing


The Celebrity Chef Demo & Wine Pairing, presented by Pallet23, also returns to Second Sunday. Enjoy a cooking demo and free eats and drinks by the Queen City’s great chefs, breweries, mixologists and more starting at 2:30 PM at Mr. Pitiful’s (1323 Main Street).

June’s Second Sunday on Main features demos by Executive Chef Joel Molloy and Sous Chef Cainen Edwards of Nicola’s Restaurant, with a wine pairing by Assistant General Manager Dominic Pietoso. Doors open at 2 PM. FREE; No reservation required; seating is first-come, first-seated.

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And of course, don’t forget to visit all our vendors! Our vendors will have everything from sweet treats to refreshing gingerade. See you on Main!

Special Events and Highlights – October 2013

Second Sunday on Main

The summer has flown by and we’ve reached the end of the season for Second Sunday on Main. Our final Second Sunday on Main on October 13th. To get psyched up, we’ve listed all the great events you can enjoy while you’re perusing Main Street. As always, Second Sunday is free and open to the public. Second Sunday runs 12-5 pm in Over-The-Rhine.

Art Academy of Cincinnati mARTket

30 Art Academy students will have art for sale at the Art Academy’s first mARTket at Second Sunday on Main!

Second Sunday Vendors

Our fantastic vendors come from all over the city, and even from across the river, t0 sell everything from cupcakes, vintage clothes, knitted goods, handmade soaps, and more.

Main Street Merchants’ Sales & Specials

Substance Style Exchange at Substance

Update your fall wardrobe! Exchange a gently used item from your closet for another, absolutely FREE!

Street Pops’ Last Day of the Season

Enjoy one last pop before the shop closes for the season.

Food Trucks and the Moerlein Oktoberfest Beer Garden

Grab a bite from one of our amazing food truck vendors and wash it down with a special Moerlein Zeppelin or Oktoberfest beer at the beer garden located at Main & Woodward.

Celebrity Chef Demo at Mr. Pitiful’s

Join Chef Billy Grise of Quan Hapa and Duy Nguyen, owner of Pho Lang Thang and Quan Hapa for the Celebrity Chef Demo. The fun starts at 2:30 PM at Mr. Pitiful’s.

Special Music Performances in front of MOTR

SSOM runs October 13th from 12-5 PM in historic Over-The-Rhine and is always free and open to the public.
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Fun in the Sun at Second Sunday on Main

Second Sunday on Main

Join us for another Second Sunday on Main on August 11. This month’s theme is “Fun in the Sun,” and we have so many activities and events lined up, we can’t think of a more fun place to be this Sunday than right here on Main Street. SSOM runs 12-5 PM in historic Over-The-Rhine and is always free and open to the public. Join your friends and neighbors for what is sure to be “Fun in the Sun” in OTR.

  • Art on the Streets will present a variety of performers to play and create serendipitous fun for everyone. Check them out in their tents at the ends of the street.
  • Main Street’s shops, galleries, and restaurants will be open for the day, and many will be offering sales and specials! Dozens of local vendors will be selling treats, soaps, vintage clothing, and more.
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch from one of the many food trucks, or a cold beer from the Moerlein beer garden.

Take a peek at what else you can expect this Sunday:

12 PM – The Hudepohl Bier Laufen

In this Battle of The Bars, 12 teams from Arnold’s (two-time defending champions), Bakersfield, Cincy By the Slice, The Drinkery, Japp’s, Kaze, Neons, The Lackman, Milton’s, MOTR, Mr. Pitiful’s and Washington Platform race through a hay bail obstacle course along Main Street all while dodging beach balls thrown by spectators. Festivities begin at 12 PM at the Moerlein Beer Garden.

Read more about the Bier Laufen in our Second Sunday preview.

12:30 PM – Performance by The Hot Magnolias (Cincinnati)

2:30 – Celebrity Chef Demo and Wine Pairing at Mr. Pitiful’s

Food demo by Chef Julie Francis of Nectar Restaurant & Richard Stewart of Carriage House Farm, with fabulous wine pairings by City Cellars.

3:30 PM – Performance by John Michael Rouchell (New Orleans)

Sound like fun? Join the event on Facebook!

July Second Sunday on Main Wrap Up

The rain stayed away for July’s Second Sunday on Main, making our second SSOM of the season truly amazing! Both neighbors and newcomers came out in full force to show off their pride, whether it was gay pride, OTR pride, or Cincinnati pride.

Special thanks to Brooklyn Steele-Tate, Nigel Cotterill and David White for organizing all the Pride activities; the Annual Drag Races and Dykes on Trykes were fantastic as usual, and raised nearly $500 for Cincinnati Pride 2014.

Enjoy these great photos by Bob Schwartz (and check out more photos and Cinci-centric musings at his blog, 5schw4r7z). Find more Second Sunday photos on our Facebook page.

Dykes on Trykes







Mark your calendars: Second Sunday returns August 11th when our theme is “Fun in the Sun”!

Special Events and Highlights at Second Sunday on Main


Second Sunday on Main (SSOM) returns July 14 for its second event of the season. SSOM runs 12-5 PM in historic Over-The-Rhine and is always free.

In addition to special Pride events like the annual Drag Races and Dykes on Trykes, a performance by St. Louis’ So Many Dynamos, Moerlein beer garden, the Celebrity Chef Series and food from local food trucks and vendors, several vendors, organizations, shops and galleries will host sales and specials. Take a peek at what Second Sunday has to offer this month:

Art on the Streets
Special Artist Performances (two performance tents)

12:00 p.m. Terri Burch and Hoop Roots, Inc. hooping, and Elementz hiphop dance
1:00 p.m. Pamela Maurer singersongwriter, and Serenity Fisher singersongwriter
2:00 p.m. Brittany Gillstrap singersongwriter, and Terri Burch and Hoop Roots, Inc. hooping
3:00 p.m. Tim Caudill guitar, and Preston Charles violin
4:00 p.m. Serenity Fisher singersongwriter, and Brittany Gillstrap singersongwriter

Herbalife’s “Second Sunday Shed”

Herbalife will kick off its “Second Sunday Shed,” a three month weight loss challenge. Weigh-ins wil take place July 14th and October 13th from 12 pm – 4 pm. Your $10 registration fee will go toward the winnings. Awards will be given based on highest percentage lost and most inches lost. Free wellness coaching is available. Winners will be announced at the final weigh-in at Second Sunday on Main on October 13th (must be present to win).


Featured Main Street Merchant Specials:

Park + VineShiny Happy Sidewalk Sale featuring Shiny and the Spoon
1202 Main Street

Sift through the contents of Park + Vine’s sale items and make them an offer! Listen to Amber and Jordan from Shiny and the Spoon play for a few hours from 1 to 5 p.m. while you’re here.

The Spotted Magpie“The Art of Re-Imagining” Opening
1420 Main Street

Upcycology Lab will make its debut at The Spotted Magpie. Upcycology Lab makes furniture, home accessories, art pieces, garden decor and whatever imagination can create with what others consider junk. They re-create, re-imagine, re-invent, re-design new things with old ones.

 You Do Yoga
1319 Main Street

Acro-Yoga open house all afternoon

 Art Beyond Boundaries
1410 Main Street

Free face painting and a musical performance by Baba Charles and the Community Drummers

1317 Main Street

Look for a quirky and fun activity on the street

Food Trucks, Celebrity Chef Series on July 14th

July 14th marks another Second Sunday on Main. Thanks to Chef Jackson Rouse and Rom Wells of The Rookwood for kicking off the season.

The July Celebrity Chef Series, presented by Pallet23 with support from Slow Food Cincinnati and The Bird Haus, will feature Chef Mike Florea of Maribelle’s Eat + Drink and MadTree Brewing Company. Enjoy a demo and free eats and drinks by the Queen City’s great chefs, breweries, mixologists and more. Wine pairings are generously donated by City Cellars.



Celebrity Chef Schedule

July: Chef Mike Florea of Maribelle’s  Eat + Drink & Mad Tree Brewing
August: Chef Julie Francis of Nectar & Richard Stewart (Carriage House Farm)
September: Chef Dave Taylor of La Poste & Andrew Meersman of Django Western Taco
October: Pho Lang Thang

After checking out the Celebrity Chef Series, be sure to grab something from one of our great food vendors; C’est Cheese, Dojo Gelato, and Fireside Pizza will all return in July. Second Sunday will also welcome a new addition to our great group of vendors in July, Red Sesame Korean BBQRed Sesame offers Korean-inspired tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and hot dogs made with freshly prepared ingredients and sauces and kimchi made in-house.




June 2013 Second Sunday Wrap Up

It was a beautiful Sunday for our first Second Sunday event of the year. The rain held off until the end, so visitors were able to browse all the great vendors out on the street and enjoy performances by the Cincinnati Opera, Filligar and The 4onthefloor, the Dog Days Parade, Celebrity Chef demo.

Thanks to Emily Maxwell for the great photos!

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