Oktoberfest in Ohio

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.

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2018 Events

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 City’s 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 Bay’s 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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Past Events

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.

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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

6 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Ohio

  1. 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?

  2. Ott says:

    First: You wrote “It’s a harvest festival at the end of the harvest” Not so, Munich Oktoberfest has nothing to do with the harvest.
    Second: Again “during the first week of October since 1810” Wrong, it usually runs from late September to the FIRST WEEKEND in October.
    Third the origin of the Oktoberfest: Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.
    Fourth: the 2015 Munich Oktoberfest is from September 19 to October 4, better book now…

  3. Harry's Hofbrau says:

    LAKE COUNTY OKTOBERFEST/PIG ROAST AND POLKA FESTIVAL
    HARRY’S HAUFBRAU-8500 STATIONS STREET-MENTOR-440.255.0400 will be hosting the areas 1st Annual Oktoberfest September 17-20, 2015. Harry’s Haufbrau will be pouring imported HB Oktoberfest Beer from Munich, Germany. Local Polka Bands will be performing live in the Polka tent. The air will be filled with Roasting pig, bratwurst, Slovenian sausages, schnitzel and more…The gates opens at 4pm on Thursday and Friday; 12pm Saturday and 11am Sunday. http://www.harryshofbraumentor.com/
    THURSDAY 17TH-4PM-9PM
    with Joey Tomsick & the Shotski’s 5-9
    FRIDAY 18TH-4PM-11PM
    with Polka Revolution 6-10
    SATURDAY 19TH-12PM-11PM
    with Bob Kravos 3-6
    with Polka Revolution 7-10
    SUNDAY 20TH -11AM-6PM
    with Patty C & the Guys 1-5
    No admission – Free Parking – Live Entertainment – All Ages

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