Oktoberfest starts at the end of August in Ohio. By September and October 2021, 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
While Ohio is home to some of the largest Oktoberfests in the country, if you exhaust the list and want to check out nearby events, you can head to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
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Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest - Hamilton, OH - Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2019
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.
Springboro Oktoberfest - Springboro, OH - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
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.
Marmion Oktoberfest - Deerfield Township, OH - Sep 15, 2019
Marmion’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration will take place on Marmion’s campus, just outside the Battaglia Center at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. They anticipate 400 guests, some dressed in lederhosen, to enjoy Bavarian food, authentic beer and an illuminated silent auction, where competition is friendly but plentiful for dozens of prices that include trips, unique experiences and food and beverage packages! Those in attendance will also enjoy a live and energetic performance of the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos team who thrive on engaging with the crowd
North Coast Oktoberfest - Sandusky, OH - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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.
Lebanon Oktoberfest - Lebanon, OH - Oct 12, 2019
Enjoy food, craft beers, kids activities and more. Event raises money for Miller Park Fund.
Sommer Oktoberfest - Olmsted Falls, OH - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
Live entertainment including brass bands, folk dancing, German food, pastries and beverages
Cleveland Oktoberfest - Middleburg Heights, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
This Cleveland 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
Vandalia Sister Cities Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
An Oktoberfest with arts & crafts, food and live music, and more fun at Vandalia Sports Complex, 1101 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, OH
German Family Society Oktoberfest - Akron, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Live entertainment during the three day festival. Location: 3871 Ranfield Rd, Kent, OH
Columbus Oktoberfest - Columbus, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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
Dayton Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
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
Main Street Kent Oktoberfest - Kent, OH - Sep 26, 2020
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 26, 2020
Rain or shine, the party goes on under three large heated tents, with almost 100 beers, wine, food, and more plus live music, stein hoisting competition, free parking and shuttle buses, and more!
Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest - Put-in-Bay, OH - Sep 26, 2020
The annual German-style Festival features; German food, hot spiced wine and cold beer. Fantastic food including; brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, chicken paprikash and wonderful desserts. All provided by Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce member restaurants. Live polk music both days!
Oktoberfest Findlay - Findlay, OH - Sep 26, 2020
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!
Grove City Oktoberfest - Grove City, OH - Oct 3, 2020
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.
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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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