Your Guide to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati {2019}

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 20-22, 2019.

With over 100 varieties of beer, 9 stages of live entertainment, 23,000 soft pretzels, and 1,900 pound of German potato salad… this is one event you don’t want to miss!

Oktoberfest Cincinnati
photo courtesy of the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Facebook page

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 2019 (Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm).

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati sign

When is it?
Sept. 22-22, 2019
You can enjoy a sampling of Oktoberfest fun on Thursday with the Running of the Wieners (see info below). The Gemuetlichkeit Games (including the Beer Stein Race and Beer Barrel Roll) kick off our Oktoberfest weekend on FRIDAY starting at 11am. Oktoberfest continues on Friday and Saturday from 11am – 11pm and Sunday 11am – 9pm.

German Clubs at Cincinnati Oktoberfest

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!

Apple and Cherry Strudel at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 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 Thursday, September 19 starting at 1pm (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 Friday, September 20, 12pm (Sam Adams Main Stage – 2nd and Elm).

Sam Koch leads the Opening Ceremonies at Oktoberfest Cincinnati

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! Multiple media celebrities will lead the Chicken Dance from each of the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati stages on Saturday at 5pm.

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

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

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