LumenoCity to Return This Summer; Tickets to Cost $20

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced it will bring incredibly popular Over-the-Rhine light show LumenoCity back Aug. 5-9. The event will be a lot different this year, however, at least when it comes to admission.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced it will bring incredibly popular Over-the-Rhine light show LumenoCity back Aug. 5-9. The event will be a lot different this year, however, at least when it comes to admission.

The event up to this point has been a free offering to the public in OTR’s Washington Park, but this year light show goers will be asked to chip in money for the third-annual festival.

In its inaugural year, the light show was open to anyone who wanted to drop by. Last year, however, in response to massive crowds, organizers sectioned off the park and required show goers to claim free tickets online. Those tickets sold out in a flash, and some ended up on eBay for large sums. More than 30,000 people showed up for the four nights of the show.

This year, organizers have set up a lottery for tickets. Those who are randomly selected will pay up to $20 per ticket and will be limited to four per household. Audiences for each performance will be limited to 6,000 a night.

Organizers say they’re charging for tickets in order to pay for the growing cost of staging the festival, which is expected to exceed $1 million this year. Various social service organizations in OTR will be given a limited number of tickets free of charge to distribute to their low-income clients.

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