Opening Day might not be an official local holiday, but we take our season opener pretty damn seriously in Cincinnati, so be prepared to wrap up work early on Monday and head downtown ASAP. The celebration begins promptly at noon on Monday with the 97th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.
Findlay Market Opening Day Parade — The 97th Opening Day Parade celebrates the first day of the Cincinnati Reds season. Grand Marshal Lou Piniella, manager of the Reds’ 1990 World Championship team, leads the festivities. Participants from more than 200 businesses and groups will make their way from the market down Race Street and east onto Fifth, walking, marching, biking, driving and operating floats all the way to Taft Theatre. Noon. Leaves from Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarketparade.com.
Opening Day Autograph Extravaganza at Arnold's — Arnold's celebrates Opening Day with breakfast starting at 9 a.m., followed by a visit from Circus Mojo and Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, who will be performing Casey at the Bat, and give away autographed Reds memorabilia. Music by Todd Hepburn. Bar opens at 9 a.m. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, arnoldsbarandgrill.com.
Opening Day at Igby's — Features a full day of swag and giveaways — including a pair of Opening Day tickets — plus Tito's samplings, a ballpark menu (brats, burgers and more) and DJs from noon-4 p.m. Bar opens at noon. Igby's, 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, facebook.com/Igbys.
Opening Day at The Lackman — The parade passes one block away from The Lackman. Celebrate with beer-themed brew: Rhinegeist's Hustle Rye Pale Ale and MadTree's Rounding Third American IPA. Happy hour after the game from 4-8 p.m. Bar opens at noon. The Lackman, 1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, lackmanbar.com.
Opening Day at Lachey's — Sports! Cheer on the Reds with a live DJ from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $10 Marge Schott Boilermakers, $4 Rhinegeist Hustle cans, $4 MadTree Rounding Third on Draft and live game play on all of the bar's HDTVs. Bar opens at 11 a.m. Lachey's Bar, 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, lacheys.com.
Opening Day at Knockback Nat's — Doors open early to celebrate the Reds. Party features $1 hot dogs, $1 Jell-o shots and door prizes. Bar opens at 10 a.m. Knockback Nat's, 10 W. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-1000.
Opening Day at O'Malley's in the Alley — Opens early for Opening Day. Check Facebook for specials. Doors open 10 a.m. O'Malley's in the Alley, 25 Ogden Place, Downtown, facebook.com/OMalleysInTheAlley1.
Reds Community Fund Block Party — The fifth-annual Reds Community Fund giant block party takes over Joe Nuxhall and Freedom ways at the Banks prior to the Opening Day game. Includes live music, beer trucks, pizza, Queen City sausage and more. Benefits the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Banks, Downtown, facebook.com/redscommunityfund.
Season Opener '16 at Taft's Ale House — Celebrate Opening Day and Taft's Ale House's first birthday! The first 100 guests receive a free T-shirt, plus old-time photos and baseball cards. The brewpub is also releasing two limited-edition beers: Old Wooden Tooth bourbon-barrel aged Russian imperial stout and Second Base American-style lager. Bar opens at 8:30 a.m. Taft's Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/taftsalehouse.