Oktoberfest starts at the end of August in Ohio. By September and October 2018, Ohio residents will be enjoying German beer, bratwurst and the chicken dance at German festivals throughout the Buckeye State, including large celebrations in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. With numerous cities boasting more than 70% German heritage, even small towns will have the sound of music and the smell of German cuisine. Let’s take a look at the wonderful places available to enjoy an Ohio Oktoberfest.Last Major Update:
Sommer Oktoberfest - Olmsted Falls, OH - Aug 17 to Aug 19, 2018
Germania Society Oktoberfest - Cincinnati, OH - Aug 24 to Aug 26, 2018
Food options will include rotisserie grilled chicken, schwenkbraten, sauerkraut balls, schnitzel, brats giant pretzels, Black Forest Cake and more. They will have 60 German and domestic beers on tap including Warsteiner. German wine, schnapps and Jagermiester also available. Grand Raffle featured prize is a tour of Germany for two (or $5000 in cash). Location: Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest - Hamilton, OH - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
Admission is $3 with children under 14 free. Homemade German food available including bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels, German desserts and more. Beer includes options from Paulaner and Anheuser-Busch. Live bands, rides and games for the whole family. Location: 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013
Cleveland Oktoberfest - Cleveland, OH - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
This Cleveland Ohio Oktoberfest happens annually over Labor Day weekend for 10+ years. Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr beer will be served in addition to several other beers in the International Beer Garden Free parking with the option for paid VIP parking. Celebrity keg tapping. Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition and wiener dog races. Glockenspiel routines on the hour. The finals of the Miss Oktoberfest contest and the masskrugstemmen (one arm stein holding) contest. 5K Beer Run. Vendors in the Bavarian Shopping Village will offer for sale beer steins, German merchandise and other items. Children’s activity area includes inflatables, hay rides, arts & crafts, sand castle building, gingerbread house classes and The Frisch Marionette Company (a puppet show that has been featured in People Magazine and on Showtime). Admission to the festival is $10 per person with children under 12 receiving free admission. Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Rd Berea, OH 44017
Vandalia Sister Cities Oktoberfest - Vandalia, OH - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Location: Vandalia Sports Complex, 1101 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, OH
German Family Society Oktoberfest - Akron, OH - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Live entertainment during the three day festival. Location: 3871 Ranfield Rd, Kent, OH
Columbus Oktoberfest - Columbus, OH - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
The Columbus Oktoberfest celebrates its 51st year. 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
Cincinnati Craft Breweries’ Oktoberfest - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Springboro Oktoberfest - Springboro, OH - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2018
It will be open on Friday evening from 6 PM to midnight, and Saturday from 11am to midnight. Lots of live music, German food, and Paulaner beer. Admission is $3 with children 12 and under free. A portion of all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project, Springboro Community Assistance Center, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati. Location: 5 West Mill St., Springboro, OH.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
This Cincinnati Oktoberfest is the largest in the United States with over 500,000 visitors a year.
Dayton Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
The Dayton Art Institute has hosted this German festival in Dayton for over 40 years. Craft beer, home brew contest, live music on two stages and family friendly kids activities. Preview party takes place on Friday from 7 to 11 PM for those who are 21+ with complimentary beer, wine and live entertainment. Ticket purchase to Preview Party is recommended as space is limited. Location: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N Dayton, OH 45405
North Coast Oktoberfest - Sandusky, OH - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
The event is hosted by Sandusky State Theatre, North Coast Young Professionals and the Sandusky Main Street Association. Attractions include a 5K run, 2 stages of live German music and dancing, German food from local restaurants, brat eating contest and other games, as well as commemorative beer stein and other merchandise.
Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
The 37th annual Oktoberfest will have biergarten, charity golf outing, and more. Free admission, free parking and free entertainment.
Oktoberfest Findlay - Findlay, OH - Sep 22, 2018
This fun filled festival showcases the rich German Heritage of Northwest Ohio. Live German music, polka dancing, hearty German foods and libations, kids activities, and much more! Enjoy performances by Fred Ziwich & His International Sound Machine and others!
Main Street Kent Oktoberfest - Kent, OH - Sep 22, 2018
Annual event in downtown Kent with food, beer, games, live entertainment and fun from noon to 10 PM.
Wolf Creek/Pine River Grist Mill Oktoberfest - Loudonville, OH - Sep 29, 2018
Boardman Rotary Oktoberfestival - Boardman, OH - Sep 30, 2018
The 40th annual Oktoberfest will arise money for the Rotary Club of Boardman. Food, arts & crafts and kid’s entertainment. Admission is $3. Free parking on the west side of the park through the Southern Blvd. Entrance. Shuttle service available from the Heart Center parking lot, south of the park, which has limited offsite parking. Location: Boardman Township Park ‑ Boardman, Ohio 44512
Beaver Oktoberfest - Beaver, OH - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2018
Among the many activities at this southern Ohio Oktoberfest are live music, games, amusement rides, cloggers, car and tractor show, baby contest, pie contest and parade. 5K Run / Fun Walk on Saturday. Wood carving demonstrations with sculptures available for bid by auction on Sunday. Location: Main Street (State Route 335), Beaver, Ohio
Minster Oktoberfest - Minster, OH - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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.
Grove City Oktoberfest - Grove City, OH - Oct 6, 2018
Noon to 10 PM. Celebrate Grove Citys German heritage in the historic Grove City Town Center. Sample a variety of Ohio craft beers while you enjoy live entertainment, games, and the beauty of autumn. German-themed foods will accompany the brews, including ever-popular bratwursts and cream puffs. The event offers entertainment to view and in which to participate with fun challenges such as beer stein holding contests, Hammerschlagen (a German word that roughly translates into to beat with a hammer or hammer striking), barrel rolling, and many more games with great prizes to the winners. Tickets are $30 for 15 and that comes with a beer can glass, additional tickets can be purchased for $15 for 8 tickets after initial purchase. One ticket for a tasting and 3 tickets for a glass of beer.
Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest - Put-In-Bay, OH - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
The festival is held under tent in DeRivera Park on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Hartford Avenue in Downtown, Put-in-Bay. The festival is open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Many island restaurants serve a large variety of German food, including: brats, weinerschnitzel, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, spatzel, apple dumplings, German Chocolate cake, cabbage rolls and sauerkraut balls. The festival also includes a selection of island wines from Put in Bays Heineman Winery, German beers and German music. Get a discount when you buy the 2-day pass.
Chesapeake Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Oct 13, 2018
Lebanon Oktoberfest - Lebanon, OH - Oct 13, 2018
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Harry’s Hofbrau Oktoberfest - Mentor, OH - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, OH - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
The 17th 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. The event is held on Friday evening from 7 PM to 11 PM and Saturday from noon to 11 PM.
Saint Peter Parish Oktoberfest - Huber Heights, OH - Sep 16, 2017
German food, music, dancing, games and crafts.
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.
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