Enjoy the Local Arts – Virtually and Live in a Socially Distanced Manner

Have you been missing the arts this spring and summer? We have, too! The fall season is nearing. Some arts organizations are offering virtual experiences while others have figured out how to have live performances in a socially distanced manner. Here is what is happening with the local arts scene this fall and winter:


Aronoff Center
Fall performances are cancelled. Look at the winter 2021 performance schedule here.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
September – December 2020: Live From Music Hall Digital Series
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops will be offering seven free digital series streaming from September through December. The first concert is scheduled September 26, 2020. Other concerts to be announced at the end of August 2020.

Concerts will vary from 30 to 40 players and each performance is 90 minutes. The details in providing this type of socially distanced concert is all in the details. Musicians will maintain six-foot distancing. Plexiglas panels are going to be stationed between the winds and brass. The conductor’s podium is going to have machines that measure “aerosolization” to make sure all are safe from droplets in the air. 

Pop-up community concerts are also planned for “unexpected places and spaces” throughout Cincinnati featuring small group of musicians.

Cincinnati Art Museum
Advanced registration required to maintain social distancing at the museum.

Cincinnati Ballet
The ballet will go on! Performances will be outside during fall 2020 and inside at various location which offer more space for distancing.

  • Ballet TBD: September 25–27, 2020
    Sawyer Point’s Procter & Gamble Pavilion
  • Intimate Workshop Performance: November 2020
    Details TBD
  • The Nutcracker: December 17–23, 2020
    The Nutcracker Experience: One-hour performance performed in the Music Hall Ballroom for social distancing. No live music.
  • The Kaplan New Works Series: February 11–14, 2021
    Springer Auditorium at Music Hall
  • Snow White: February 26–28, 2021
    Aronoff Center
  • Bold Moves Plus: April 22–25, 2021
    Procter & Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center
  • Cinderella: June 10–20, 2021
    Procter & Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center

Cincinnati Opera
The 2020 season was cancelled. 2021 season information is TBD.
Enjoy Opera at Home online.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Live performances will start in December 2020. There will be staggered start times for productions between the two theaters and deep cleaning between shows. Audience seating will distanced. Note: A Christmas Carol will be one-person production this year. See the 2020–2021 Season here.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Children’s Theatre Everywhere online shows to watch.
Live productions planned for Fall (October) 2020 – April 2021.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare in the Park at various locations. Check back for updates on their website.

Follow ArtsWave with many other local arts updates! The organization offers a Coronavirus Arts Hub with virtual arts experiences.


Clark State Performing Arts Center
No performances scheduled to date.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Fall 2020 – Winter/Spring 2021 season is planned.

Springfield Arts Council
Take a look at the Springfield Arts Council website for updates.


Dayton Ballet
No live performances through the end of 2020.
Streaming of performances available.

Dayton Philharmonic
No live performances through the end of 2020.
Philharmonic at Home offers streamed concerts.

Dayton Opera
No live performances through the end of 2020.
Enjoy Opera at Home with streamed concerts.

Dayton Playhouse
No live plays in the 2020–2021 season. There have been virtual play sessions offered from time to time.

Rose Music Center at the Heights
Events are postponed until 2021 when you can once again enjoy live performances.

Culture Works
Follow Dayton Culture Works for local arts updates!


Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
September 5, 2020 concert at the Tower Park Amphitheater in Ft. Thomas. Fall and winter TBD.

The Carnegie
Live performances are postponed until the 2021–2022 season. A tiny concert series will run September 2020 through March 2021 with a maximum of 50 audience members (at the 447-seat theater.) Live-streaming is also available for these concerts. Movie musicals will be shown for 50 people in the theater throughout fall 2020.

Devou Park Amphitheater
Behringer-Crawford Museum presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – September 18, 2020 performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at the amphitheater in Devou Park. Limited to 50 people. Tickets not sold in advance can be purchased at the door if available.  For more information, call (859) 491-4003.

If you are interested in local community theater venues, go here.

Updated: August 19, 2020

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