CINCINNATI — Do not fret, fans of Party in the Park.
The annual warm weather concert series held each Wednesday along the Serpentine Wall may be no more, but the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber promises the good times will continue with the new 5:13 mid-week hangout on the Ohio River.
“While we hope that people who used to attend that event (Party in the Park) will still come down, in order to have long term success we need to have young professionals there,” said Rich Walburg, communications director for the chamber.
The first 5:13 event will take place May 4 between 5:13 p.m. and 9 p.m. with music by the Naked Karate Girls.
The chamber launched Party in the Park in 1976 as a way to attract young professionals to enjoy Downtown. It was the current generation of young professionals working through the chamber who decided to retire the event and launch 5:13.
They wanted a weekly event that was more a social gathering than concert series, Walburg said.
“The fun will be slightly different at each 5:13,” said Jennifer Loechle, 5:13 organizer. “It’s a time, a place and an experience. 5:13 is simply, a good time.”
The new Wednesday event will feature a rotating list of bands and deejays, food trucks, a craft beer patio and signature cocktails mixed by guest bartenders provided by a local nonprofit organization. There will also be outdoor games and themed events as the summer progresses.
“There will be wine tastings and perhaps a bourbon tasting night,” Walburg said.
The calendar of themed events, craft beer menu, and list of guest deejays and bartenders is still being finalized by organizers.
The bands playing throughout the summer is as follows: The Naked Karate Girls on May 4, Zack Attack on May 11, Gee Your Band Smells Terrific on May 18, Cherry on Top on May 25, Dan Varner Band on June 1, Flip Cup All-Stars on June 8, Stays in Vegas on June 15, 3 Day Rule on June 22, LDNL on June 29, Shut Up & Drive on July 6, DV8 on July 13, What She Said on July 20, 4th Day Echo on July 27, LunchBox on Aug. 3, Two for Flinching on Aug. 10 and Naked Karate Girls on Aug. 17.
For the latest updates and listings for 5:13 visit the event’s website here.