It’s time for some baseball so cue “Take me out to the ball game” and get prepared for Opening Day! This year’s opening day is the 150th Anniversary and will be taking place Thursday, March 28th at 4:10 p.m. at the Great American Ball Park. There has been 150 years of history, memories, and home-runs. Whether you are looking for the best happy hours in town to get a drink before the game, opening day themed events, a baseball schedule or tips and tricks on where to park, we have got you covered. Let's root, root, root for the home team and enjoy some Baseball!
Happy Hours (Opening Day Style):
As always, there are happy hours all over the city for you to enjoy on opening day!
Happy Hour at Taft Ale House - 2:00pm-5:00pm Monday through Thursday every week
Happy Hour at Palomino Restaurant & Bar - 3:00pm every week
Happy Hour at Yard House - 3:00pm every week
Late Night Happy Hour at Yard House – 10:00pm every week
Happy Hour at Nicholson’s -3:00pm every week
Happy Hour at Via Vite - 3:00pm every week
Happy Hour at Kaze - 4:00pm every week
Happy Hour at Igby’s - 4:00pm every week
Opening Day Events:
Rhinegeist Brewery – Opening Day festivities take over the Queen City on Thursday, March 28th and they are throwing a pregame party to get the day started! Doors - and weather permitting, the ROOFTOP— will open bright and early at 9:00am. DJs will be spinning until game time, Sartre will be serving up breakfast/lunch eats, and we'll be slinging a slate of tasty suds, including some specialty Beermosas.
Opening Day at Washington Park - Join them for a free fun-filled Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! Festivities begin Thursday March 28th at 10:00am with fun games and live music. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Race Street as it makes its way through the city. Be sure to stick around after the procession for even more music, family-friendly activities, cold beverages, and delicious food options.
Opening Day Pre-Party at Moerlein Lager House with Q102 - Kick Off Opening Day with Moerlein Lager House and Q102 (WKRQ)! They are once again throwing the ultimate Opening Day party on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn with a party tent, music by DJ Karnyge, beers, and food. Q102's Mollie Watson will be on site hosting her show LIVE from the party followed by Jon & Natalie until 7:00! You can also join us inside in our Beer Garden, bar and restaurant for full menu and full bar service. Debuting Moerlein Strawberry Banana Pig cans and Hudy Delight 16oz cans! As always, admission is FREE! DOORS: 10AM PARTY TENT: 11AM - 4:30PM BEER. FOOD. MUSIC. BASEBALL. It doesn't get any better than that.
Opening Day Block Party at the Banks at 10:30am - You don’t need a ticket to celebrate the Opening Day of Major League Baseball! Live music, entertainment food and beverages available along Freedom Way at The Banks! Benefitting The Reds Community Fund.
Opening Day Celebration at Smale Riverfront Park @ 11:00am - 45-arces along Cincinnati's downtown riverfront including Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn, the Walnut Street Steps and interactive fountain, the Main Street interactive fountain, the Black Brigade Monument, tree groves, a meditative labyrinth, the Cincinnati Bike and Visitor's Center, and the Moerlein Lager House.
Findlay Market Opening Day Parade at 12:00pm –This year is the 100th Opening Day Parade! Cincinnatians love baseball, and Findlay Market loves the Opening Day Parade! Sponsor the Friends of Findlay Market Opening Day Float for a chance to have your name marched from Findlay Market to the Great American Ball Park stadium as the entire city watches.
Braxton Opening Day Celebration at 12:00pm – Braxton Brewing Company is hosting an all day celebration and watch party of the Opening Day game! The taproom will be open to the public all day and you can stay with them to watch the game in the taproom! We're also offering a V.I.P. experience for only $30! Purchasing this ticket will include: Four drink tickets good for any Braxton beer or Vive Hard Seltzer - Shuttle to & from the the ballpark provided by Cincy Brew Bus - Delicious food provided by Wunderbar Covington and Peppe Cucina. Get VIP tickets here! Shuttle will run from 3pm - 8pm from the Braxton Covington taproom to Mehring and Nuxhall Loop. Boarding will be on a first come, first serve basis. Food will be available from 1pm-4pm. Join Braxton and #LiftOnetoLife in celebration of the return of Baseball!
Opening Day with Tito’s Handmade Vodka at Igby’s 12:00pm - Join Igby’s for Cincinnati’s favorite holiday… OPENING DAY! They will be starting the party at noon and celebrating all day long with Tito’s Handmade Vodka! Our seventh annual Opening Day blowout at Igby’s features swag, giveaways, and a chance to win two Reds tickets to the May 15th Reds vs. Cubs game at Great American Ball Park. The Tito’s promo team will be visiting between 2:15pm and 3:15pm, so make sure you’re here to catch the action. Sip on $5 Tito’s drinks and $9 Tito’s & Red Bull. Once the Reds vs. Pirates games starts, we’ll turn down the music so you can hear the crack of the bat and roar of the crowd.
Parking & Transportation:
If you plan on parking below or near Fountain Square, be sure to arrive early as spaces will fill up quickly with fans and downtown employees.
- If you’re headed to Washington Park or the nearby blocks on, try some of the lots along Central Parkway for example, the garage behind Music Hall at 1251 Central Parkway. There is a garage below the park, so if you arrive early enough you may get a spot.
- For parade viewing the route along Race Street, try some of the lots just east of Race along Elm St., Plum St. or Central Ave.
The the Metro will provide regular service and follow its regular schedule. Do note, though, that there may be slow timing or altered routes due to the parade route. The Southbank Shuttle will bring people from Covington and Newport across the river for $1 on parade day.
For the safety of participants and spectators, the streetcar will not run during the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade or during set-up for the parade the morning of March 28, but will resume operations after police determine it is safe to do so. The Cincinnati Bell Connector will be operating no later than 4pm.
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