It must be time to celebrate the 2013 Oktoberfest in Ohio. With more than 3 million residents claiming German heritage, and numerous cities boasting more than 70% German heritage, Ohio Oktoberfest celebrations are some of the largest in the country.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, OH – September 20-22, 2013
This Cincinnati Oktoberfest is the largest in the United States with over 500,000 visitors a year. Six blocks of Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati are closed for the weekend. Started in 1976, you can enjoy the festivities in 2013 from September 20th to 22nd. Highlights include the Running of the Wieners and the World’s Largest Chicken Dance led by George Takei of Star Trek. The Opening Ceremony will be on Saturday at 11:30 AM at Fountain Square.
Location: Fifth Street (Vine Street to Sentinel), Cincinnati
Cleveland Oktoberfest – Cleveland, OH – August 30 – September 2, 2013
This Cleveland Ohio Oktoberfest happens annually over Labor Day weekend.
Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Rd Berea, OH 44017
Columbus Oktoberfest – Columbus, OH – September 27-29, 2013
The Columbus Oktoberfest celebrates its 48th year in 2013. It will be hosted under the historic pavilions of the Ohio Expo Center. Friday night Brat Trot and keg tapping. Contests include stein hoisting and Bavarian yodeling. Food, beer, live music and dancers. Kids Kinderplatz features family friendly activities for your children.
Location: 717 E 17th Ave Columbus, OH 43211
Beaver Oktoberfest – Beaver, OH – October 3-6, 2013
Among the many activities at this southern Ohio Oktoberfest are live music, games, cloggers, car and tractor show, baby contest, pie contest and parade.
Location: Main Street (State Route 335), Beaver, Ohio
Wilmington Oktoberfest – Wilmington, OH – September 27-28, 2013
The 14th annual Oktoberfest will be held in the St. Columbkille Church parking lot. German food, pig roast, bier garden, live music, chicken dance and Texas Hold’em tournament. There will also be children’s games and activities.
Location: 73 N Mulberry St., Wilmington, OH
Minster Oktoberfest – Minster, OH – October 4-6, 2013
Over 80,000 attend this Oktoberfest on the first Sunday in October. Live German music, German food, parade, Miss Oktoberfest Pageant, arts & crafts, jug hoist, beer tray relay, 10k run and other fun.
Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – September 13-15, 2013
The 34th annual Oktoberfest will have biergarten, charity golf outing, and more.
Dayton Oktoberfest – Dayton, OH – September 27-29, 2013
The Dayton Art Institute hosts this Oktoberfest celebration that has been going on in Dayton for over 40 years. Craft beer, home brew contest, live music on two stages and family friendly kids activities.
Location: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N Dayton, OH 45405
Germania Society Oktoberfest – Cincinnati, OH – August 23-25, 2013
Location: Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
Boardman Rotary Oktoberfestival – Boardman, OH – September 29, 2013
The 37th annual Oktoberfest will arise money for the Rotary Club of Boardman. Food, arts & crafts and kid’s entertainment. Admission is $3.
Location: Boardman Township Park ‑ Boardman, Ohio 44512
Vandalia Sister Cities Oktoberfest – Vandalia, OH – September 6-8, 2013
Location: Vandalia Sports Complex, 1101 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, OH
Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest – Hamilton, OH – August 30 – September 1, 2013
Location: 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013
Lorain Oktoberfest – Lorain, OH – September 7, 2013
Location: Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain, OH
German Family Society Oktoberfest – Akron, OH – September 6-8, 2013
Location: 3871 Ranfield Rd, Kent, OH
Polka Fest – Findlay, OH – September 28, 2013
Location: Hancock County Agency on Aging, 339 E. Melrose, Findlay, OH
Almost Oktoberfest – Sylvania, OH – September 14, 2013
Craft beer from micro-breweries around the country and live music from local and regional bands headlined by The Wheeler Brothers. Tickets are $10.
Location: SOMO Park, downtown Sylvania (South of Monroe St and East of the Wingate Hotel)
Springboro Oktoberfest – Springboro, OH – Sept 13-14, 2013
Opening Ceremony and keg tapping at 6 PM on Friday. Lots of live music, German food, and Paulaner beer. A portion of all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Location: 5 West Mill St., Springboro, OH.
Saint Peter Parish Oktoberfest – Huber Heights, OH – September 20-21, 2013
German food, music, dancing, games and crafts.
Location: 6161 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424
You’ll definitely see some Ohio Oktoberfests on the list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States. And solely for amusement purposes, here is the list of surrounding state festivals for Oktoberfest: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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