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Your Complete Guide To Every Oktoberfest In Cincinnati

Ah, yes. It's that beautiful time of year. A giant stein of beer in one hand and a brat loaded with sauerkraut in the other. There really is no other city in America that does Oktoberfest as well as Cincinnati.

Beginning in Munich in 1810, the very first Oktoberfest was held to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig. Since then the tradition has been carried on yearly in towns throughout Bavaria, making it's way to Cincinnati in 1971 with The Germania Society's Oktoberfest, the first in our area. Now we know it as that beautiful transition into fall and one of the best Cincinnati traditions around.

Below you'll find all the Oktoberfest celebrations happening in the Tri-State over the next six weeks complete with times, highlights and more.

Germania Society Oktoberfest

Germania Society Oktoberfest: Aug. 25 - 27

Starting in 1971, this is the original Oktoberfest in Cincinnati.

When: 

  • Friday, August 25th: 6 p.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, August 26th: 2 p.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, August 27th: Noon – 8 p.m.

Where: 

Cost: 

  • $5, kids 12 and younger free.

Highlights: 

  • Friday – Ceremonial keg tapping
  • Sunday – Oktoberfest Season Kickoff Parade – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday – Tug-of-War – 3 p.m.

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Sayler Park Oktoberfest

Sayler Park Oktoberfest: Aug. 26

When: 

  • Saturday, August 26th: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: 

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Highlights: 

  • Debut of 13 Below Brewery
  • Two split the pot drawings
  • Live performance by the Zinzinnati Bierband

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Liberty Home Oktoberfest: Sept. 1 - 3

When: 

  • Friday, September 1st: 6 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 2nd: 2 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 3rd: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: 

Cost: 

  • $3, ages 14 and younger free.

Highlights: 

  • Wide variety of authentic German food and beer from Banana Hammock Brewing all weekend.

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MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest: Sept 8 -10

When: 

  • Friday, September 8th: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9th: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 10th: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 

  • Main Street between 5th and 7th in Covington

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Highlights: 

  • Friday – Parade – 6:30 p.m.

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Sept. 15 - 17

When: 

  • Friday, September 15th: 5 p.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, September 16th: 11 a.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, September 17th: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: 

  • 2nd and 3rd streets between Walnut and Elm, Downtown Cincinnati. Get directions.

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Highlights: 

  • Friday – The Running of the Wieners – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday – Gemuetlichkeit Games – Following the Running of the Wieners
  • Saturday – Opening ceremonies – Noon – The Main Stage at Second and Elm

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Newport Oktoberfest: Sept. 22 - 24

When: 

  • Friday, September 22nd
  • Saturday, September 23rd
  • Sunday, September 24th

Where: 

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Highlights: 

  • Live music, authentic German beer and food all weekend long

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St. Ann Catholic Church Oktoberfest: Sept. 23

When: 

  • Saturday, September 23rd: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: 

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Highlights:

  • Rootbeer garden for kids.
  • Car show from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • German Merchandise and Mug Slide

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St. Jude's Oktoberfest: Sept. 23 -24

When: 

  • Saturday, September 23rd: 4 p.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, September 24th: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Highlights: 

  • Pumpkin patch and face painting for kids
  • Monte Carlo
  • Live music and dancing

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Wilmington Oktoberfest

Wilmington Oktoberfest: Sept. 29 - 30

When: 

  • Friday, Sept. 29th: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 30th: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where

  • 73 N. Mulberry Street, Wilmington, OH.

Cost:

  • Free admission

Highlights

  • Friday – Tapping of the Keg – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday – The Polka King – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday – The Zinzinnati Bierband – 7 p.m.

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Donauschwaben Oktoberfest: Oct: 6 - 8

When:

  • Friday, October 6th: 6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 7th: 1 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 8th: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 

Cost:

  • $3, ages 12 and younger free.

Highlights: 

  • Homemade food and more than 25 beers on tap all weekend.
  • Sunday – Car show – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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St. Agnes Oktoberfest

St. Agnes Oktoberfest: Oct. 6 - 8

When:

  • Friday, October 6th: 6 p.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, October 7th: 5 p.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, October 8th: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: 

  • Free admission

Where: 

Highlights:

  • Grand raffle for $12,500 Cash or a Travel Voucher for $10,000 and $2,500 in Cash

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