Your Guide to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati {2021}

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

You can enjoy Oktoberfest in Cincinnati with longer hours and an extra night of celebration in 2021. Prost!

German Clubs at Cincinnati Oktoberfest
pictured: Oktoberfest 2019

Where is it?

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati festivities is happening across 2nd and 3rd Streets in downtown Cincinnati.

When is it?

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2021 has expanded hours and days this year.
• Thursday, Sep. 16, 5 p.m.- midnight
• Friday, Sep. 17 – 11 a.m.-midnight
• Saturday, Sep. 18 – 11 a.m.-midnight
• Sunday, Sep. 19 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2021 Highlights:

The Sam Adams Stein Hoist Championship: It’s the ultimate test of strength and endurance at Oktoberfest. Competitors will hoist and hold a one-liter stein of beer for as long as they can without spilling a drop or bending an elbow.

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

2 Grand Prize Winners will receive a trip to the 2022 Munich Oktoberfest!

The competitions will be happening on the Main Street stage at Second and Elm Streets. Preliminary rounds are held on Frieday and Saturday. The final competition happens Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2pm.

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! Poultry in motion will happen on Saturday, September 4 starting at 4pm. Watch it or participate on and around the Oktoberfest stages.

The World Brat Eating Championship featuring Joey Chestnut: The reigning World Brat Eating Champion will return to the Braxton Stage to take on new competitors. His record is 70 brats in 10 minutes! Watch it all go down on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 4pm.

Event Schedule:

Thurs., Sept 16:
– Get ready for the annual Running of the Weiners starting at noon (registration required)
– America’s Oktoberfest will kick off at 5pm and go until midnight. The evening will feature tributes to America’s favorite rock bands.

Friday, Sep. 17:
– The Gemutlichkeit Games, a competition between members of Zinzinnati media, start at noon.
– Frocktoberfest/Socktoberfest Pagaent will take place on the Main Stage at 7pm
– The Sam Adams Hoisting Event preliminary rounds will be held at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm at the Sam Adams Bier Garten (registration required).

Saturday, Sep. 18:
– Official Ceremonies begin at noon on the Main Stage and will feature live music, dancing, a procession of local German groups, and more.
– The Sam Adams Hoisting Event preliminary rounds will be held at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm at the Sam Adams Bier Garten (registration required).
– The World’s Largest Chicken Dance is at 4pm on multiple stages throughout the grounds.

Sunday, Sep. 19:
– The Sam Adams Hoisting Event Championship will take place at 2pm.
– The World Brat Eating Championship will happen at the Braxton Stage at 4pm.


10 thoughts on “Your Guide to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati {2021}”

  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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