Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Stills)
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Stills)
Some like fall for the football and foliage, but here in the Cincinnati region, we get excited about the official start of OKTOBERFEST season! Our river region is steeped in German heritage. The proof is in historic German neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and MainStrasse Village. Our much-loved Hofbrauhaus Newport was America’s first authentic hofbrauhaus (and home to gigantic beer steins!).

And that, my friends, is why we can’t settle for just one Oktoberfest celebration. We need multiple opportunities to eat, drink, dance and play the German way. So grab your lederhosen, perfect your polka moves and come to the Cincinnati region this fall. Prost!

Germania Society Oktoberfest

Germania Society Oktoberfest (photo: James Czar)
Germania Society Oktoberfest (photo: James Czar)

The Germania Society Oktoberfest typically kicks off the 'fest season with live entertainment, games, drinks and food to honor its tradition as the first Oktoberfest celebration held in the Cincinnati region, starting in 1971. Head to the Germania Park grounds and get into the action; compete in traditional mug-sliding and steinholding competitions, shop for souvenirs, and of course, enjoy a cold stein of beer with traditional German cuisine. Tickets must be purchased in advance. August 26-28, 2022; Friday: 6pm-11pm; Saturday: 2pm-11pm; Sunday: 12pm-7pm

Covington Oktoberfest

Goebel Park (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Goebel Park (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

Head to Goebel Park in the German-inspired MainStrasse Village to raise a stein to German heritage and culture with beer, food, music and local artists at Braxton Brewing Company's Covington Oktoberfest. 2022 Dates: September 9 - 11

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Running of the weiners at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Stills)
Running of the weiners at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Stills)

Four words: World's Largest Chicken Dance. Intrigued? See it live at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. That's reason enough to visit North America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, second in the world only to the original in Munich. Munch on sauerkraut balls and cream puffs, enjoy steins of German drink, and dance around with friends to German music all along Second Street and Third Street in downtown Cincinnnati. Also, there's an event called the Running of the Wieners that takes place in which 100 dachsunds (dressed in hot dog costumes) race to be crowned the winner. Need I say more? September 16-18, 2022

Newport Oktoberfest 

Newport Oktoberfest
Newport Oktoberfest

Newport Oktoberfest is set up like the original in Munich with large fest tents full of food, drinks and music. Festival-goers can enjoy shopping wares in the Bluegrass Marketplace and partake in a beer-stein-holding competition or yodeling contest. Located on the Newport riverfront, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline. September 23-25, 2022; Friday: 5pm-11pm; Saturday: 12pm-11pm; Sunday: 12pm-9pm

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest (photo: @cksbender)
Donauschwaben Oktoberfest (photo: @cksbender)

While it's sad that Oktoberfest season has to end, the annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest celebration helps ease the pain with pit-roasted Bavarian pig and chicken, an Opening Ceremony Trachten Parade on Friday, and a Car Show on Sunday featuring classic American and European automobiles. September 30- October 2, 2022

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