Your Guide to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati {2020}

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

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is currently scheduled for Sept. 18-27, 2020. Yep, you read that right – 9 days of Oktoberfest!

2020 has certainly brought about some changes and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is not immune.

We won’t have our traditional Oktoberfest in the streets of downtown this year BUT we will get to enjoy some unique Oktoberfest fun. For 2020, the festivities will be found in local restaurants, bars, breweries and online.

German Clubs at Cincinnati Oktoberfest
pictured: Oktoberfest 2019

Where is it?

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati festivities will be happening all over town this year. For 2020, the fun will be found in local restaurants, bars, breweries and online. In fact, the event has been nicknamed “In Za Haus” as lots of the fun can be had at home this year.

When is it?

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will operate on a different schedule this year, Sept. 18-27, 2020. Watch for updates here.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2020 Highlights:

World’s Largest Oktoberfest Toast and Prost : Jim Koch, Founder of Samuel Adams, will lead us in the World’s Largest Oktoberfest Toast and Prost on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Sam Koch leads the Opening Ceremonies at Oktoberfest Cincinnati
Opening Ceremony, 2019

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! This year’s dance is sure to be different (looking at you, 2020) but it’s still going to happen. Watch for news on this year’s Chicken Dance – happening on Saturday, September 19.

Entertainment and Performances: You can enjoy live and virtual entertainment and performances every night from September 18 – September 27, 2020.

Event Schedule:

The Cincinnati Chamber, producer of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, will create unique moments and accessible experiences that focus on health and safety while driving the vibrancy of our region.

  • Friday, Sep. 18 – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Official Opening Ceremony including a special guest message
  • Saturday, Sep. 19 – World’s Largest Chicken Dance
  • Friday, Sep. 25 – Samuel Adams Stein Hoist Challenge
  • Saturday, Sep. 26 – World’s Largest Oktoberfest Toast & Prost led by Jim Koch, Founder of Samuel Adams
  • Every night, Sep. 18-27 – Singing of Ein Prosit with special guests
  • Every night, Sep. 18-27 – Oktoberfest Zinzinnati live and virtual entertainment & performances


10 thoughts on “Your Guide to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati {2020}”

  1. When will it be made public as to whether or not Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will be held this year (2020)?

  2. Hi Margaret, As of 8-9, they haven’t made an announcement. I’ve been watching the Facebook page for updates.

  3. Saturday, Sep. 26 – World’s Largest Oktoberfest Toast & Prost led by Jim Koch, Founder of Samuel

    Where is this going to take place at, so we can attend to it?

  4. I have attended Octoberfest Zinzinnati for 20+ years and every year I purchase the glass steins.
    BUT, this year I have not been able to locate them. Can to help me find the steins so I can keep the tradition going even in this far from normal year.
    Thank you

  5. Hi John, I will send an email to a contact I have who might have some insight. I’ll get back to you if I hear anything.

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