Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2018

It’s officially Oktoberfest season in Cincinnati! And, boy, we do it BIG! In fact, Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest is the largest in America!

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is happening September 21-23, 2018.

Click here for an Oktoberfest 2018 Event Guide (free, printed copies of the guide will be available at all vendor booths during the event)

Oktoberfest Cincinnati
photo courtesy of the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Facebook page

With over 100 varieties of beer, 9 stages of live entertainment, 23000 pretzels, and 1900 pound of German potato salad… this is one event you don’t want to miss!

Where is it?
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati made the move to the area around 2nd Street a few years ago and returns to that same area in 2018 (Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm).

When is it?
Sept. 21 – 23, 2018
You can enjoy a sample of Oktoberfest on FRIDAY this year from 5-11pm. Oktoberfest continues on Saturday from 11am – 11pm and Sunday 11am – 9pm.

Where can I park?
Get some great tips and advice on parking here. Keep in mind that some of the streets will be closed for Oktoberfest (closed streets listed here). And don’t forget about the additional parking opportunities with the use of our streetcar!

Event Highlights:

Running of the Wieners: 100 wiener dogs will enter and each dachshund, outfitted in its provided hot dog bun costume, will run in a 75-foot heat on Friday, September 21 starting at 11 a.m. (on Freedom Way between Walnut and Rosa Parks). The “wiener” of the finals will be crowned TOP DOG at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati!

Opening Ceremonies: Sam Adams founder and Cincinnati native, Jim Koch, will tap the ceremonial “first keg” on Saturday, September 22, 11:30am (Sam Adams Main Stage – 2nd and Elm).

Brat Eating Championship: World eating champion, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will return to defend his Oktoberfest Zinzinnati title. He holds the world brat eating record (70 brats in 10 minutes at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, 2013). Join in the fun on Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. (at the Braxton Fass Bar, Third and Walnut Streets).

World’s Largest Chicken Dance: Thousands of chicken dancers have congregated every year since 1994 when Zinzinnatians set the Guinness World Record as the largest Chicken Dance in zee world! Leading the 2018 World’s Largest Chicken Dance is the Cincinnati Zoo’s own Thane Maynard. Join in Sunday at noon at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Main Stage & Sam Adams Biergarten (2nd and Elm Streets).

In addition to those events, enjoy live entertainment at stages throughout the grounds. Click here for the entertainment schedule.

Beef and pork sausages on grill or barbecue

Thanks to Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati for sponsoring this post.

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