Oktoberfests in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton – Have Fun at One this Summer and Fall 2017!

You know it will soon be fall when local Oktoberfests start to take place. It’s all about the music, food and entertainment – a la German style. Do the chicken dance. Wear your lederhosen. Have fun!

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About Oktoberfest
The original Oktoberfest is held in Munich and is the world’s largest beer festival that runs 16 days with over 6 million in attendance. The festival began in 1810 as a horse race tribute to the wedding of Ludwig Crown Prince of Bavaria. This race was a success and later grew in size yearly with beer tents added in the late 1800s.

Although horse races are no longer part of the festivities, Germans enjoy their local brew along with lots of food and rides. Only beer brewed in Munich is permitted at that festival.

Here is list of some regional Oktoberfests throughout Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio and Northern Kentucky:

Maysville Oktoberfest
Downtown Maysville, Kentucky
August 11-13, 2017

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Germanfest Picnic
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Avenue  in Dayton, Ohio
August 11-13, 2017
Food, music, games as well as a biergarten and wiengarten

Germania Society Oktoberfest
August 25-27, 2017
Germania Park (3529 West Kemper Road) in Colerain Township

Liberty Home German Club Oktoberfest
September 1-3, 2017
2361 Hamilton-Cleves Road in Ross Township

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
September 8-10, 2017
MainStrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky

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Oktoberfest at the Christ Church United Church of Christ
September 2017  – Dates TBD
14. S. Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075

Springboro Oktoberfest
September 8-9, 2017
5 West Mill Street in Springboro, Ohio

Sister Cities of Vandalia Oktoberfest
September 8-9, 2017
Vandalia Sports Complex on Stonequarry Road in Vandalia, Ohio

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
Covington, Kentucky
September 8-10, 2017
German food, drink and fun!

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Oktoberfest (St Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights)
September 15-16, 2017
6151 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, Ohio 45242

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
September 15-17, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati along Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm Streets
Largest Oktoberfest in the U.S.!

Oktoberfest – The Dayton Art Institute
September 22-24, 2017
Dayton Art Institute

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Newport Oktoberfest
September 22-24, 2017
Festival Park (Riverboat Row) in Newport, Kentucky

Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio
September 23-24, 2017

Wilmington Oktoberfest
September 23-24, 2017
Wilmington, Ohio (73 N. Mulberry St.)

St. Ann Oktoberfest
646 Clinton Avenue at St. Ann Catholic Church in Hamilton, Ohio
September 23-26, 2017

Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio
September 23-24, 2017
Fee to enter. Enjoy everything German!

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St. Jude Oktoberfest
September 24-25, 2017
5924 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248

Germantown Pretzel Festival
September 23-24, 2017
Historic Germantown, Ohio
Not an Oktoberfest – best still German!

Oktoberfest at St. Ann Catholic Church
September 23, 2017
646 Clinton Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45015

Wilmington Oktoberfest
53 N. Mulberry Street in Wilmington, Ohio
September 29-30, 2017

St. Joseph Oktoberfest
26 E. Harrison Avenue in North Bend, Ohio
September 29-30, 2017

St. Cecilia Oktoberfest Church Festival
3105 Madison Road in Oakley in Cincinnati, Ohio
September 30, 2017

Oktoberfest Festival at St. Agnes Church
October 6-8, 2017
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, Kentucky

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest
October 6-8, 2017
4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township

Dayton German Club Oktoberfest
Dayton, Ohio
October 7, 2017
Enjoy everything German!

St. Anthony Oktoberfest 
St. Anthony’s school gym at 1824 St. Charles Avenue in Dayton, Ohio
October 14, 2017
German food, music, games and more!

Lebanon Oktoberfest
October 14, 2017
Historic Downtown Lebanon in Lebanon, Ohio

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Get Your Lederhosen Ready, Cincinnati!

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Mark your calendars. The first US-based store for clothing manufacturer Wiesnkoenig has opened up in Over-the-Rhine. What? You’re not familiar with the official lederhosen manufacturer for the Munich Oktoberfest? Well my friend, that’s about to change! A change you may see coming to some pants near you!

Wiesnkoenig has decided to expand their locations outside of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, choosing Cincinnati as its next target.

Now you may be wondering, why choose Cincinnati as the place for your first US-based store. And that would be a good question. But the answer’s obvious when we turn to another Cincinnati classic: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

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From September 19-21, Tri-State residents will revel in all things German. As long as we confine “all things” to mean food, drink, music, and (now) lederhosen. More than 500,000 people will attend this year, and according to Cinci Magazine local residents will consume more than 23,000 soft pretzels, 80,500 Bratwurst, and 3,604 lbs of Sauerkraut during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. To put those numbers into context, let’s break them down a bit:

  • 23,000 soft pretzels would be enough to fill about 4 “average” sized in-ground swimming pools. (You don’t want to know how many soft pretzels I had to bake to figure that out…)
  • If we took all the Bratwurst we’ll eat during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, and laid it end to end, we’d have enough Bratwurst to cover 6.8 miles of I-71.
  • And we’ll eat enough sauerkraut to equal just under the weight of the typical American car (4,000 lbs).

Both Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the opening of Wiesnkoenig’s newest store are just one more link in Cincinnati’s long history with German culture and traditions. Which is also why our region was the first to receive an authentic Hofbrauhaus outside of Munich.

Pam and Rob Sibcy, Robin Sheakley, Bill Borek, Jim Stofko and Bob Mahoney were looking quite stylish in lederhosen and dirndls.

Pam and Rob Sibcy, Robin Sheakley, Bill Borek, Jim Stofko and Bob Mahoney are looking very stylish in lederhosen and dirndls.

So in the coming days, let’s make sure to embrace our German traditions that Cincinnati (or in some cases Northern Kentucky) has. So before heading out this weekend, grab your favorite pair of lederhosen. And according to Wiesnkoenig, you don’t need the suspenders to rock out the lederhosen. But if you’re not going to do that, at least eat your fair share of sauerkraut.