Oktoberfest in Ohio

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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.

2014 Events

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, OH – September 19-21, 2014
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 2014 from September 19th to 21st. Highlights include the Running of the Wieners and the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. 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 29 – September 1, 2014
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 26-28, 2014
The Columbus Oktoberfest celebrates its 49th year in 2014. 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 2-5, 2014
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

Minster Oktoberfest – Minster, OH – October 3-5, 2014
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 12-14, 2014
The 35th annual Oktoberfest will have biergarten, charity golf outing, and more.

Boardman Rotary Oktoberfestival – Boardman, OH – September 28, 2014
The 38th 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 5-7, 2014
Location: Vandalia Sports Complex, 1101 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, OH

Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest – Hamilton, OH – August 29 – 31, 2014
Location: 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013

Friends of Ironton Oktoberfest – Ironton, Ohio – October 10-12, 2014

Past Events

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

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

Lorain Oktoberfest – Lorain, OH – September 7, 2013
Location: Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain, OH

German Family Society Oktoberfest – Akron, OH – September 5-7, 2014
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.

Find other fun things to do in Ohio in October:

Ohio Festivals
Ohio Corn Mazes
Ohio Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Ohio
Ohio Pumpkin Patches

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3 Responses to Oktoberfest in Ohio

  1. Paul S says:

    Could you please update Germania Society Website for this years.

  2. Just wanted to let you know that the Germania Society’s Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is August 23, 24 and 25th in 2013. Hope to see you there!

  3. bc says:

    The original Oktoberfest is a traditional harvest fair held in Bavaria, perhaps not surprisingly, during the first week of October since 1810. Why then is there not a single immitation of this festival in all of Ohio that is held during the first week in October. If we are going to replicate it why not replicate it at the same time of the year? In fact most of these are not even close being held in early Sept. or even August. This isn’t even close to harvest time. Why not hold it in July? Why not in January if we want to be really different? I don’t accept that it has to be that way because of the weather. Are people in Ohio going to melt if they have to go outside during the first week of October? I find that hard to believe. It’s often sunny and in the 70 to 85 degree range in early October in Ohio. How much more agreeeable does it need to be? I go to outdoor fesitvals in winter in colder climates when it is 0 degrees farenheit. It makes no difference. You dress appropriately no matter when it is heald. Can it possibly be any warmer and clearer in Bavaria in October Then Ohio? It’s not. They are at a higher latitude, higher altitude and further inland making weather actually more unpredictable. If we are going to replicate a Bavarian holiday fair why not replicate accurately. This seems as rediculous as having a German Christmas holiday in July. It’s a harvest festival at the end of the harvest, afterall. Why would you not have it at the end of the harvest time? I would think that at least one celebration could have the authenticity to actually have the holiday on the actual holiday. Do we have to rush everything?

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