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February 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • MAYC Super Bowl Dip-Off
  • Civic Association general meeting
  • Beautification Association meeting
  • Grand Opening
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Grand Opening
  • Mt Adams Democrats For Change
  • Planning and Development meeting
  • Art After Dark
  • MAYC Happy Hour

 Mt Adams Traditions

Stealing St Patrick Parade

Sunday, February 16, 2020

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 15, 2020

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



Neighborhood Clean-up

Spring: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Fall: Saturday, October 17, 2020 (TBC)

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 the Reindog Parade and 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.

Good Friday

Friday, April 10, 2020

“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 Craft Party

Saturday, April 18, 2020: 1:30 pm (weekend after Easter)

Location: Holy Cross – Immaculata Parish Center
30 Guido St

Neighbors are hosting multiple crafts and activities for children of all ages.

Please RSVP number of children and ages to


Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday, June 7, 2020

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

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


Sunset Garden Stroll

Next event: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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.

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 popcorn and drinks from the MACA Concessions, food will be available for purchase.

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

2019 dates
Thursday, June 6 – Music: Real Live Humans ; movie: Mamma Mia sing-a-long! MamaBear’s Mac and the Graeter’s truck will be on-site!

Friday, July 19 – Music: Sound Body Jazz Orchestra; movie: Men in Black
AJs Cheesesteak and the Graeter’s truck will be on-site!

Friday, August 16 – Music: Jake Speed & The Freddies; movie: Auntie Mame
Hungry Bros and Happy Hippo Shaved Ice will be on-site!

September 20 (raindate only)

Holy Cross-Immaculata Festival

Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, 2019:
5:30 pm – midnight

The annual summer tradition in Mt. Adams will feature in 2019:

What She Said will entertain on Friday night, and Haymarket Riot returns to entertain on Saturday night; and everyone can indulge in the Taste of HCI International Food Festival the entire weekend! American, German, Italian, Mexican, Greek and Asian are all in the works!

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

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
(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 1, 2019 (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

Saturday, October 19th from 12:00 – 6:00
A showcase of local artists along the streets of historic Mt Adams.

Halloween on the Hill

Thursday, October 31, 2019,
5:00 pm

Trick-or-Treaters gather outside 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 (thanks to Tohi Spa) 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 Bow Tie: 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 7, 2019
Meet at the Monk Statue at 9:30am

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 14, 2019

Dog Registration: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm at The Monastery, 1055 St. Paul Place
There is no fee to register. Donations to SPCA Cincinnati are welcomed! 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!

Egg Nog Jog

3rd Saturday in December: Saturday, December 21, 2019 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 22, 2019,
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 Bow Tie 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.