Cupid’s Undie Run
Saturday, February 17
Location: Mt Adams Pavilion (949 Pavilion Street)
Description: Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile(ish) run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend, raising money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis research.
Stealing St Patrick Parade
Sunday, February 18
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
2017 date: Tuesday, March 14
The Irish and near-Irish flock to Crowley’s to celebrate the holiday
“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 (1st Saturday after Easter)
Location: Hinkle Magnolia Garden, Eden Park (across Martin Drive from the Krohn Conservatory)
Mt Adams families bring a dozen or so eggs to hide, and a dish (both to share!) to this laid back neighborhood gathering
2nd Saturdays in May and June
Mt. Adams businesses host approximately 40 up-and-coming & professional artists from all genres. Patrons are encouraged to stroll from venue to venue enjoying artwork, live music, drink specials & original food. It’s a great time strolling and socializing for those of us who love art, music and local Cincinnati hospitality.
Participating Businesses: Bow Tie Cafe, The Blind Lemon, Calle, Crowley’s, Longworth’s, Monk’s Cove, Next Chapter, Pavilion, Quincy’s, Tavern on the Hill, Teak, Tohi Spa, Upper Eden, and Yesterdays.
Blessing of the Fleet
2017 date: Sunday, June 4
Hill Street Garden: the site of MAYC’s cleat.
Reverend Croskery delivered a wonderful blessing!
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.
Location: Seasongood Pavilion, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park
Friday, June 8 – Food and movie TBD
Friday, July 13 – Food and movie TBD
Friday, August 10 – Food and movie TBD
Sunset Garden Stroll
Bi-annual 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.
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7 (1st Tuesday in August)
Location: lawn and lot in front of the Monastery, 1055 St. Paul Place, Town Properties.
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 under the trees, 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.
August 3-4, 5:30 pm – midnight (1st weekend in August)
The Immaculata Festival has something for everyone! New this year is a scavenger hunt around the best sites in Mt Adams. Live music from Haymarket Riot on Friday night and the Modulators on Saturday night. Great food, drinks, raffle prizes and casino games both nights!
The annual summer festival began over 40 years ago. The proceeds support the operations of the Holy Cross-Immaculata Parish and help the Parish continue its various local and regional outreach ministries and liturgical programs.
Sunday, September 2 (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). The show starts just after 9 pm and lasts 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.
Semi-annual, spring and fall
Volunteers meet at Bow Tie Café at 9:00 am to pick a street/area
A major Hill-wide event, held each spring in anticipation of the thousands of visitors who observe Good Friday by “walking the steps” at Holy Cross Immaculata Church and again in the Fall in anticipation of Luminaria. Plastic bags and gloves are given to all who attend so we can comb the streets and by-ways to collect litter and other debris that accumulates during the winter and over the summer.
Wednesday, October 31, 6:00 pm
Trick-or-Treaters gather at the parking lot on Pavilion.
Treaters parade to the Monk Fountain, where prizes are awarded for costumes. Families then disperse, usually descending first upon businesses along St Gregory and Pavilion. Parents reconvene at Calle afterward to let their Treaters burn off some sugar in the bounce house (provided by Mt Adams Pavilion).
2017 date: Sunday, December 17, 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.
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.
Saturday, December 8
Dog registration is from 12 pm – 1:45 pm at The Monastery, 1055 St. Paul Place, Town Properties.
The Annual Reindog Parade has been a Mt. Adams tradition for over 20 years. Dogs (and owners) dress in their Holiday Best, and prizes are awarded in a variety of categories. The parade follows a circuit around central Mt Adams streets. There is a fee to register. All proceeds go to SPCA Cincinnati!
Saturday, December 8
Location: The Monk Mobile ‘sleigh’ transports Santas between the North Pole (Mt. Adams) to Jack Casino (where Santas register), to the Banks and back 3 to 4 times an hour.
Santacon typically occurs on the same Saturday as the Reindog Parade, so there are extras Santa’s to be found on the streets of Mt Adams, visiting Mt Adams establishments. Participants donate to The Cure Starts Now.
Egg Nog Jog
Saturday, December 15
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.