Culture of Cincinnati

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This is relating to the culture of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Annual cultural events and fairs[edit]

Approximately 500,000 now attend Taste of Cincinnati, making Taste one of the nation's largest street festivals.

Cultural and Entertainment Districts[edit]

  • Cincinnati Main Street Arts and Entertainment District
  • Fountain Square District
  • Backstage District


The Krohn Conservatory was completed in 1933, and named in honor of Irwin M. Krohn who served on the Board of Park Commissioners. It now contains more than 3,500 plant species from all over the world.


Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of Cincinnati chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese.
Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously-operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most notable institutions. The market is the last remaining market among the many that once served Cincinnati.

"Cincinnati chili" is commonly served by several independent chains such as Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili, Camp Washington Chili, and Dixie Chili. This chili is best appreciated not in a bowl, as one would with the chunkier, "Tex-Mex" chili, but rather, as a sauce to cover a plate of spaghetti, covered in shredded cheddar cheese (3-way), the latter with onions or beans (4-way) or with both (as a 5-way), all topped off with oyster crackers and to some, hot sauce. It can also be placed on top of a hot dog in a steamed bun with mustard and onions, and topped with cheddar cheese (referred to as a cheese coney).

Oprah Winfrey is a fan of Graeter's and caused sales to skyrocket when she raved about the ice cream on her show.[3]

Montgomery Inn is a local barbecue restaurant that is internationally known for its signature sauce. Bob Hope would frequently have the restaurant's ribs flown to his home in California. LaRosa's pizza, another Greater Cincinnati tradition, is the most popular pizza restaurant in the area, despite stiff competition from National Brands such as Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Papa John's. United Dairy Farmers, a convenience store/gas station, also serves as a "malt shop", reminiscent of the 1950s, where one can still get a scoop of UDF or Homemade Brand Ice cream, a milkshake, or a malt, while filling one's gas tank.

The city is known for the quantity and quality of its many gourmet restaurants. Until 2005, when the restaurant closed, the Maisonette carried the distinction of being Mobil Travel Guide's longest running five-star restaurant in the country. And the former Maisonette's chef de cuisine, Jean-Robert de Cavel, has opened four new restaurants in the area since 2001. Jean-Ro's at Pigall's serves contemporary French cuisine, everyday authentic French bistro cooking is served up at Bistro Jean-Ro, French-Vietnamese fare at Pho-Paris, and delectable breakfasts and gourmet French pastry tarts at Greenup Cafe. Cincinnati's German heritage is also evidenced by the many eateries that specialize in schnitzels and hearty Bavarian cooking.


Historical structures and museums[edit]

As the fifth-oldest orchestra in the United States, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has a legacy of fine music making as reflected in its performances in historic Music Hall, recordings, and international tours.

Parks and outdoor attractions[edit]

Eden Park is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Music venues[edit]

US Bank Arena is home to not only big music acts but also local hockey, indoor football, and basketball.


For a city of its size, Cincinnati boasts a vibrant community of theater artists, educators, and producers. Audiences can attend professional, semi-professional, community, and educational theater opportunities year-round in the Cincinnati tri-state area. Many theatres within the region are members of the League of Cincinnati Theatres. In addition to theater experiences offered through most high schools, many of which are critiqued by local students through the Cappie Awards program, Cincinnati offers a number of college-level theater/performing arts training and performing opportunities.

Professional (Equity) theater[edit]

Professional (non-Equity) theater[edit]

Educational theater[edit]


  1. ^ "OKTOBERFEST ZINCINNATI is Cincinnati Octoberfest the largest Octoberfest in North America". Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Horstman, Barry M. (November 22, 2000). "The Thanksgiving Day Race History". The Cincinnati Post. Thanksgiving Day Race. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Martin, Chuck (31 May 2002). "Oprah Winfrey just loves Graeter's ice cream". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 10 October 2014.