Root for the Reds at These Opening Day 2022 Events

Baseball’s back in Cincinnati on Tuesday! Plan your Opening Day with this guide to local celebrations.

Smell that green grass, sweet crack of the bat, man it’s good to be back. Reds’ Opening Day 2022 is here, so grab your cap, stockpile peanuts and Cracker Jack, and gear up to watch the Redlegs face the Cleveland Guardians on April 12. Play ball!

Opening Day at Taft’s Ale House

Taft’s Ale House opens at 9 a.m. to kick off Opening Day festivities early. The first 100 folks to purchase a pint—like the new dry-hopped Redlegs Pils—receive a free Opening Day koozie. Enjoy special breakfast and lunch items and family-friendly activities like kids’ pitching games, coloring stations, and a photo booth. You could also win a front-row seat to the Opening Day parade on the Ale House patio by following Taft’s social media. April 12, 9 am, Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

Opening Day Party at Washington Park

Catch the Findlay Market parade from Washington Park as floats and fans descend on Race Street. Stick around for live music from Stays In Vegas, family fun, giveaways, and drink specials from the park’s bar before you walk to the ballpark. April 12, 10 am–4 pm, Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party

This annual pregame celebration at The Banks features live entertainment and food and drink from LaRosa’s, Graeter’s, Boone County Distilling, and more. The Opening Day event benefits the Reds Community Fund, which leads youth baseball and softball outreach programs. April 12, 11 am, Joe Nuxhall Way, Freedom Way, and Walnut St., downtown

Findlay Market Parade

Cheer along at the Findlay Market Reds Opening Day Parade, led by this year’s grand marshal, Hall of Fame shortstop and Reds broadcaster Barry Larkin. The parade turns down Fifth Street and ends in front of the Taft Theatre—from there, it’s a short walk to Great American Ball Park. Find a map of the parade route below. April 12, parade starts at noon, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

Map courtesy Findlay Market

Covington’s Opening Day Block Party

Venture over the river to Smoke Justis, Keystone Bar & Grill, Molly Malone’s, Frosthaus, and other Roebling Point spots offering food, beer, and plenty of Reds spirit. Dance in the street to live music from the Derek Alan Band, Floyd & The Walkmen, and the Kevin McCoy Band. April 12, 11 am–10 pm, Court St. and Park St., Covington

Opening Day at Braxton Brewing Company

Celebrate the first home game of the season at three Braxton Brewing Company locations with Garage Beer specials, pretzel chili dogs, and Cracker Jack. There will also be a shuttle from the Covington taproom to GABP and plenty of TVs to watch the game at all locations. April 12, 3–10 pm, Braxton Brewing Co. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington; Braxton Cincinnati Taproom, 331 E. 13th St., Pendleton; Braxton Barrel House, 5 Orphanage Rd., Ft. Mitchell

The Big Game

The Reds face the Cleveland Guardians at Great American Ball Park with first pitch at 4:10 p.m. AFC Champion quarterback Joe Burrow will throw out the first pitch, which will be caught by Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will hand out the National League Rookie of the Year award. As of this writing, tickets are still available for the home opener on StubHub, but they’re sold out through the Reds and Can’t make it to the game? Watch live on Bally Sports or follow along on 700 WLW. April 12, 4:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown

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Cheer on the Reds at the Levee

The Reds travel to Atlanta to face the Braves for their first game of the season April 7, and you can watch every inning on the Levee’s giant LED screen or at one of its many bars and restaurants. Plus, enjoy free face painting, live music, a Reds-themed photo op, a Bridgeview Box Park dance party led by DJ Hope, and food and drink specials all night. April 7, 6–10 pm, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport

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