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December 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Trim the Tree with MABA
  • Immaculata Chamber Music Series
  • Civic Association general meeting
  • Reindog Parade - registration
  • Reindog Parade
  • Beautification Association meeting
  • Art After Dark
  • MAYC Happy Hour

 Mt Adams Traditions

Egg Nog Jog

3rd Saturday in December (Saturday, December 15, 2018)

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 16, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Every December, Mt. Adams comes aglow with the soft light of thousands of luminaries for this Event organized by the Mt. Adams Beautification Association.

Residential streets and the business district are lined with the temporary “lanterns” inviting neighbors to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. The evening is elevated with caroling by local Choral Groups and Choirs. Local bars and restaurants offer holiday specials throughout the evening. Santa will visit the Monk Fountain at 6:00, and tours will run from 6:30-8:30.

Luminary Kits are purchased through street captains, at Bowtie Café or North Side Bank. 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.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Location: Mt Adams Pavilion (949 Pavilion Street 45202)

Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” (about a mile, at your own pace) fun run in your bedroom-best that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That’s right: party, run (about a mile, at your own pace), party – all to find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects every 1 in 3000 children born. Visit for tickets.

Stealing St Patrick Parade

Sunday, February 17

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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Irish and near-Irish flock to Crowley’s to celebrate the holiday.



Good Friday

Friday, April 19, 2019

“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 7, 2018: 12:30 pm (weekend after Easter)

Location: Hinkle Magnolia Garden, Eden Park (across Martin Drive from the Krohn Conservatory)

Mt Adams families bring snacks to share (after the Hunt!) at this relaxed neighborhood gathering.
***Eggs will be hidden in advance this year – no need to bring your own batch.

Planting Day (MABA Event)

Saturday before Mother’s Day, May 12, 2018

Meet at Bow Tie at 9:30

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

Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Location: Hill Street Garden: the site of MAYC’s cleat.

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

Cinema in the City

Free music and movie series hosted by the Mt Adams Civic Association. Live music starts at 7:00 pm, the selected movie starts at dusk. In addition to typical movie concessions, food will be available for purchase from Fireside Pizza.

Location: Seasongood Pavilion, across from the Cincinnati Art Museum, in the valley between Art Museum Drive and Mt Adams Drive

2018 dates and feature attractions:
Friday, June 8 – Music: Comet Bluegrass All-Stars; movie: The Sandlot

Friday, July 13 – Music: Sound Body Jazz Orchestra; movie: Elf (Join us for Christmas in July!)

Friday, August 10 September 14 (RAINDATE!) – Music: Jake Speed & The Freddies; movie: Labyrinth

Sunset Garden Stroll

Next event in 2019!

Summer event hosted by the Mt Adams Beautification Association.

Tickets are sold for a tour of local gardens in the Mt Adams neighborhood.

Light drinks and bites are served; musicians entertain.

Holy Cross-Immaculata Festival

Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, 2018: 5:30 pm – midnight

The annual summer tradition in Mt. Adams will feature in 2018:

A Scavenger Hunt returns to kick off the Festival on Friday, and everyone can indulge in the Taste of HCI International Food Festival the rest of the weekend!

What She Said will entertain on Friday night, and Haymarket Riot returns to entertain on Saturday night.

Expect the usual fun from carnival games, an indoor casino, and the unique silent auction.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (1st Tuesday in August)

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 most of the 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.


Sunday, September 2, 2018 (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.

Art on the Hill

Saturdays: June 23, and September 8, 2018; 12-5:00 pm
Upper Eden, 1120 St Gregory St
This recurring art event is an opportunity to celebrate the history of Mount Adams and its’ artists. Enjoy a day of viewing art of all kinds at Upper Eden; art in the courtyard as well as in the store gallery. Featured artists: Alex Cipa, Merida D’Augustine, Linda Loschiavo, Diana Martens, Margaret Mock, Peggy Murphy, and Suzanne York.

Mt Adams Oktoberfest

Wednesday, September 19, 5-9pm
Mt Adams Pavilion, 949 Paviion St

Prost! Mt. Adams Pavilion transforms into a German biergarten for the annual Mt. Adams Oktoberfest celebration.
Enjoy performances from an authentic, touring, 16-piece German band, The Hayloft Musicians.
The grills will be fired up with bratwursts, mettwursts, corndogs, and potato cakes! Don’t forget to ask about our sauerkraut. And of course, the beer will be flowing. Don’t forget your lederhosen!
(A special thanks to the Mt. Adams Civic Association!)

Neighborhood Clean-up

Spring: Saturday, March 24, 2018 and Fall: Saturday, October 20, 2018

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 Luminaria.

Volunteers meet at Bow Tie Café at 9:00 AM to fuel up and to pick a street/area to tidy.
Afterward, a celebratory brunch is held at a local establishment, and prizes for unique trash finds are awarded by MABA.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 5:00 pm

Trick-or-Treaters gather at the parking lot on Pavilion to compare costumes and candy collection strategies. Those that need to warm up for the impending hunt can take advantage of the 4EG bounce house.

Treaters parade to the Monk Fountain at 5:55, where prizes are awarded for costumes in multiple categories. 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.)

Parents reconvene afterward to let their T/Treaters burn off some sugar in the bounce house (provided by Mt Adams Pavilion) while enjoying refreshments provided by MACA.

Mt Adams Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:30

*Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive in Mt. Adams!*

Put on your red beret, practice singing La Marseillaise, dress up your Poodle and your Doodle, ride your bike with a baguette under your arm, celebrate the FIFA World Cup Finals, join all your Francophile Friends and celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau.

The party begins at 5:30 pm at the Mt. Adams Bar and Grill, parades down St. Gregory Street to the Monk’s Foutain, where, with great ceremony, the first bottle will be open and cheered.  The fun continues at Quincy’s with wine, music and French inspired foods.

Is Beaujolais Nouveau  –  A great party for a not-so-great wine?; a reason to celebrate the harvest?; a way to begin the holiday season a week before Thanksgiving?; an excuse to start the weekend on a Thursday?
Yes to all the above.

Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine of the harvest, made from the gamay grape.  It is made by carbonic maceration – no lovely barrels for aging this wine!  It is meant to be consumed in the first three months of its life.  It is a very young wine, an easy going wine, inexpensive, fun, not a serious wine.  And a reason to Celebrate!  Local iconic French man Jean-Robert said, “You drink a few glasses, enjoy, then use the rest in your stew”.

Additionally, Mt. Adams volunteer(s) of the year will be announced, and the plaque bearing the name unveiled. (Congrats to our 2018 recipients: M’ellen Horrigan and Sue Zimmerman!)

Trim the Tree (MABA Event)

First Saturday in December

Meet at the Monk Statue at 9:30

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

Reindog Parade

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dog Registration: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm at The Monastery, 1055 St. Paul Place
There is a fee to register. All proceeds go to SPCA Cincinnati!
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.

Every year we have a group of celebrity and sponsor judges that help us choose the best costumed dogs for prizes. Costume categories have historically been Small Dogs (under 25 lbs), Large Dogs (25 lbs and over), Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, and Multiple Dogs (2 or more dogs). Be creative – we’re looking for fun, unique, and festive costumes for each category!

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