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 Mt Adams Traditions

Reindog Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2:00pm

Dog Registration: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm at 946 Pavilion (the parking lot between El Barril and The Hilltop)
There is no fee to register. Parade viewing starts at 2:00 and lasts until the last Holiday Dog finishes the route!

This unique parade, sponsored by The Mt. Adams Business Guild, has been a Mt. Adams tradition for over 20 years. The procession through the streets of Mt. Adams will be led by Santa himself, flanked by our Grand Marshall, Thom Brennaman

Every year we have a group of celebrity and sponsor judges that help us choose the best costumed dogs for prizes. Costume categories: Small Dogs (under 25 lbs), Large Dogs (26 lbs and over), Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, and Group (3 or more dogs). Be creative – we’re looking for fun, unique, and festive costumes for each category!

Great Raffle Prizes!  2 tickets to Bengals vs Ravens, plus many more local gift cards

Food and vendors will be available before the parade, so come on down and join the party ahead of time!


Egg Nog Jog

3rd Saturday in December: Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 10:00AM

This scenic and challenging course begins at Jerome and St. Gregory and winds through Mt. Adams and Eden Park offering spectacular views of the city.

Once again, Longworth’s will host. Rain (Snow) or Shine! A portion of the proceeds go to a local food pantry.



Sunday, December 18, 2022: 6:00pm

Mt. Adams comes aglow with the soft light of thousands of luminaries for this Event organized by the Mt. Adams Beautification Association. We can all use a little brightness this Holiday season! In a year of being socially distanced… let’s come together as a community and 🔥Make the Night Bright🔥!!

Join us…with masks…at the Monk Statue for the Santa parade at 6:00pm then support our Mt Adams businesses and stroll the Hill as it shines bright!

Luminary Kits are purchased through street captains, or at Bow Tie Café. Proceeds from the event will be used by the Beautification Association to purchase planting materials and other supplies needed to keep our business district and other neighborhood gardens looking their best.

Stealing St Patrick Parade

Sunday, February 12, 2023

After Holy Cross Church was closed on March 15, 1970, combining parishes with Immaculata, HC parishioners “slipped in, put Paddy in a pickup truck and whisked him under cover of darkness to Immaculata.” The Local St. Patrick’s Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians “played off the original theft and began the annual tradition of ‘stealing’ the statue.”

Every February, after a mass said to honor the deceased men and women Hibernians, a St. Patrick statue is slowly paraded around the Hill in a pickup truck, accompanied by pipes and drums. The Hibernians follow along.

St Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 17, 2023

The Irish and near-Irish flock to Crowley’s, Cincinnati’s oldest Irish Pub, to celebrate the holiday.

Visit their facebook page for current information about opening hours and drink specials.


Clean-up the Hill

Spring: Saturday April 1, 2023
Fall: Saturday, October __, 2023

Meet at Bow Tie from 9:30-10:00 to fuel up on coffee and breakfast pastries, to sign up* for a street or zone, and to RSVP for lunch. *Volunteers may also email Dave Zimmerman to sign up for a street.

A major Hill-wide event held each Spring in anticipation of the thousands of visitors who observe Good Friday by “praying the steps” at Holy Cross Immaculata Church , and again each Fall in anticipation of Halloween on the Hill, the Reindog Parade, and Luminaria.

Afterward, neighbors gather for a free celebratory brunch (location to be announced at sign-up), and prizes for unique trash finds are awarded by MABA.

Good Friday

Friday, April 7, 2023

“At 12:01 A.M. each year on Good Friday in Cincinnati, Ohio, something extraordinary happens. People begin to gather at the base of the steps leading up to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams, preparing to take part in the tradition known locally as ‘Praying the Steps.'”
Susan Hines-Brigger, St. Anthony Messenger

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Location: Magnolia Garden in Eden Park

Mt Adams children hunt for treat filled eggs at this relaxed neighborhood social gathering



Art on the Hill

Next event: Saturday, ______ from 1:00 – 6:00

A showcase of local artists along the streets of historic Mt Adams. FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC and RAFFLE! Hosted by the Mt Adams Business Guild and Upper Eden

Interested in showing? Contact Linda Loschiavo at Upper Eden

Blessing of the Fleet

June 2023

(Usual) Location: Hill Street Garden, the site of MAYC’s cleat. Contact MAYC for a link to the virtual event.

Reverend Croskery delivers a wonderful blessing! Check their facebook page for more MAYC Events!

Sunset Garden Stroll

June 2025
5:00-9:00 pm

Summer event hosted by the Mt Adams Beautification Association. The evening garden tour will feature seven unique urban spaces, music, vendors, food and beverages.

Light drinks and bites are served; musicians entertain.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 2, 2023 at 6:00
This year’s neighborhood event will be held at El Barril Mexican Sports Bar and Grill

National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Mt Adams Civic Association hosts this party, serving tasty donations from local restaurants, with music provided by the Business Guild. Our designated police and fire personnel always visit, taking the opportunity to meet Mt Adams residents.

Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, 2023:
5:00pm – 11:00pm

The annual summer tradition in Mt. Adams will feature:

  • Big prizes from the MAJOR RAFFLE
  • Entertainment from _____________________ on Friday night, and the return of Union Son on Saturday night.
  • Delicious food from the grill and the pizza booth! American, German, and Italian classics are all in the works for the entire weekend!
  • The fun you’ve come to expect from carnival games, casino, and the unique silent auction


Sunday, September 4, 2023 (Sunday before Labor Day)

On both sides of the river, nearly a half-million people view the choreographed Rozzi’s Fireworks show while listening to the soundtrack on WEBN (102.7 FM) starting just after 9pm and lasting for about 30 minutes.

In Mt Adams, locals host deck parties, Holy Cross Immaculata hosts a potluck dinner, and visitors set up camp at one of the many vistas on the Hill.

Pack the Pickup for  

Saturday, _____, 9am-12noon
Monastery Parking Lot, St Paul Place

Sponsored by Mt Adams Pilgrim Chapel UCC
Suggested items:

  • Personal care products
  • Paper Products
  • First Aid items
  • New and gently used clothing
  • Linens
  • Baby & Infant supplies
  • New stuffed toys

Tuesday, October 31, 2023,
5:00 pm

Trick-or-Treaters gather at Bow Tie to compare costumes and candy collection strategies. A variety of games and activities will get everyone in the … spirit. Refreshments provided by MACA.

Prizes for costumes in multiple categories are awarded at Monk Fountain at 5:55. Families then disperse at 6:00, usually descending first upon businesses along St Gregory and Pavilion. (City of Cincinnati trick-or-treating runs from 6-8:00pm.)

Neighbors reconvene afterward at El Barril: more games, more refreshments, and a few spooky stories (or tales from trick-or-treating).

Trim the Tree (MABA Event)

First Saturday in December: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Meet at the Monk Statue at 9:30am

Volunteers decorate the Monk for the season, especially surrounding him with lit Christmas Trees.

If weather is unfavorable, check the MACA google calendar (at the top of this page) or the Mt Adams Community facebook page for updates