Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

It’s September in Cincinnati and you know what that means… It’s time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati!

With over 100 varities 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!

Oktoberfest Cincinnati

Did you know that our Oktoberfest is the second largest in the world, second only to the one in Munich? Guys, that’s BIG!

Not only that, it’s the largest Oktoberfest in America!

Where is it?
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati made the move to the area around 2nd Street last year and returns to that same area in 2017 (Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm).

When is it?
Sept. 15 – 17, 2017
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, Friday, September 15 at 11 a.m. on Race Street between Second and Third Streets. The wiener of the finals will be crowned TOP DOG at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati!

Opening Cermonies: Sam Adams founder and Cincinnati native, Jim Koch will tap the ceremonial “first keg,” Saturday, September 16, 11:30 a.m.on Sam Adams Main Stage, Second 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). Sunday, September 17, 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 2017 World’s Largest Chicken Dance are Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.

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


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


About Bridgett Raffenberg 832 Articles
Cincinnati lover, Mom, wife, travel enthusiast, Wordpress lover (not necessarily in that order). Founder of 365 Things to do in Cincinnati.

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