Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: Cincinnati, break out your lederhosens! It is once again that time of year. This week, the German heritage of southwest Ohio will take center stage at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Oktoberfest in the United States. 700,000 people attend the festival, which features German-inspired cuisine and beer, live music, and events that cannot be missed. This year’s festival is held on Fifth Street from Thursday to Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know about Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2023, whether you’re a veteran of the celebrations or a newcomer.
When is the next Oktoberfest Cincinnati?
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati takes place from Thursday to Sunday. Here are the regular festival hours:
- Thursday, Sept. 14: 4 to 10 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 15: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 16: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 17: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where is the Zinzinnati Oktoberfest?
This year, Oktoberfest migrated to Fifth Street. Along Fifth Street in Downtown, the festival will cross Sycamore, Broadway, Sentinel, and Pike streets.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati daily lineup
In addition to cuisine, live music, and beverages, visitors to Oktoberfest will want to attend a variety of events. Here is the regular agenda:
- Opening ceremony: 4 p.m. at the main stage.
- Running of the Wieners: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main stage.
- Stein hoist challenge: 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the main stage.
- Best dressed Oktoberfest: 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Festhalle.
- German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati Oktoberfest Processional: 11 a.m. to noon at the main stage.
- World’s Largest Chicken Dance: 4 to 4:30 p.m. at the main stage.
- Bengals pep rally: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main stage.
- Bengals game viewing party: 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sports Zone.
Who will conduct the largest chicken dance in the world?
Saturday will see members of the Cincinnati Fire Department serve as grand marshals for the Rich Walburg World’s Largest Chicken Dance.
Parking information for Oktoberfest
Here are some public and private parking sites in the vicinity of the event:
- Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.
- Fountain Square South, 416 Vine St.
- 3CDC Public Parking, 400-434 Race St.
- SP+ Parking, 410 Race St.
- Ampco System Parking, 418 Main St.
- LAZ Parking Garage, 150 E. Third St.
- SP+ Parking, 100 E. Third St.
- Park Place Lot No. 31, 500 Eggleston Ave.
- 7th & Culvert Street Lot, 430 New St.
- Park Place Lot No. 9, 222 W. Seventh St.
- Parking Company of America lot, 902 Eggleston Ave.
Are dogs permitted?
No. Now is the time to register your dog for participation in the Running of the Wieners.
Is this a cashless festival?
This year, all kiosks selling beer and Pepsi will accept both cash and credit cards. Some food vendors accept cash only. . There are ATMs on the premises of the festival.
What do Oktoberfest attendees eat?
According to the website for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, visitors order: