The Annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati begins on September 16th and runs through September 18th. Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has been modeled after the original one held in Munich every year. The weekend the festival starts is always the third full weekend in September. New this year is the change in location. Still held in Downtown Cincinnati, Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati will be changing its location to Second & Third Streets between Walnut and Elm.
Various annual events occur at the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati that you and your family are sure to enjoy. You can attend the 10th Annual Running of the Wieners, Gemuetlichkeit Games, Opening Ceremonies, World’s Largest Chicken Dance, Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Championship, The Glier’s World Brat Eating Championship, Christian Moerlein Glockenspiel, Fritz – Oktoberfest’s Top Dog, and Live Music. There is also numerous German foods and beer stands for you to enjoy. It makes for an amazing and culturally invigorating experience. Click here for the full schedule of events.
Writer’s Input: I went to this event for the first time last year and I’m sad I’ve missed out so many previous years. As a resident of Cincinnati and first-time goer, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the festival. I ended up loving it! You have your authentic food, beers, music, and various competitions. I would highly recommend stopping by and if you’re up to it, head to a local bar after it ends! It was a great time.
The History of Oktoberfest
In 1810, the very first Oktoberfest was held the third full weekend in September as a celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The wedding was such a success that in 1812, it was celebrated again. Eventually, the wedding reception became a two-week open-air festival that they made it into an annual event. Every year, additional exhibits were added and it eventually became the major annual German fall festival celebrating harvest time and the arrival of the fall season. In Munich, festivities begin the third full weekend in September and run until the first Sunday in October. Over 7 million visitors drink 14 million liters of beer; consume more than 300,000 pork sausages, 600,000 roasted chickens and more than 60,000 roasted pork knuckles.
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati Ohio[Tweet “Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati is the world’s second-largest authentic Oktoberfest.”] The mayor of Munich annually decrees Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati as the largest in the world outside his domain.
- Roebling Suspension Bridge
- Tyler-Davidson Memorial Fountain
- Over-the-Rhine (German-inspired architecture): In the 1800s, the 213 acres that mark Over-the-Rhine, was the central geographical locale of Cincinnati’s German-American community. It is said that the German Immigrants called it this because of the Miami and Erie Canal, which separated it from downtown, reminded them of the Rhine River.
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