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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: Need to know before you go

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The 39th Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is this weekend, the three-day festival will bring you a variety of German food, beer, entertainment, fun and the World's Largest Chicken Dance.

The event is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than 500,000 people will converge on a six block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, listen to music, try to speak German and perform the famous Chicken Dance.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati features seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest.

Festival hours

  • Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: The event is free to the public

Where: On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine Street to Sentinel in Downtown Cincinnati.

Road closures:
Starting at 9 a.m. Friday:

  • Fifth Street from Vine to Broadway Streets 
  • Walnut from Fourth to Sixth Streets 
  • Main from Fourth to Sixth Streets 
  • Sycamore from Fourth to Sixth Streets 
  • Metro will be running bus service to Government Square only until 6:3 p.m.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday:

  • Government Square
  • Broadway from Fourth to Sixth Street
  • Fifth Street from Broadway to Sentinel Street

Parking: Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square Garage and many other downtown garages. Parking info.

Festival features:

  • 8th Annual Running of the Wieners - Noon on Fountain Square
  • Gemuetlichkeit (Goodwill) Games - 1 p.m. on Fountain Square



  • Annual World Bratwurst Eating Championship - 5 p.m. on Fifth and Broadway

All weekend long:

  • Hudepohl Glockenspiel
  • VIP Hospitality Area Oktoberfest
  • Alpenhorns

Entertainment: There will be music and entertainment in 10 featured tents over the weekend.

Beer: Angry Orchard, Beck's, Bell's, Budweiser, Christian Moerlein, Erdinger, Great Lakes, Heineken, Hudepohl, Kentucky Ale, Leinenkugel, Rivertown, Samuel Adams, Warsteiner, West Sixth Brewing Company and Yuengling all will be featured in a variety of tents over the weekend.

In addition, there will be other beverages served as well such as wine, margaritas, lemonade and Coke products.

Food: More than 30 food vendors will be serving up a variety of food over the weekend. Some of the vendors include: Alpine Hut, German Grill, Eddie's BBQ, Germania Schnitzel Haus, Kaiser Schloss, Mick Noll's Covington Haus, Pat's Flying Pig Tails, Pennsylvania Dutch Haus, Porkopolis Goetta Haus, Schmidt's of German Village and more

Connect: For a complete interactive event guide, download the Oktoberfest smartphone app on your iPhone or Android on iTunes or GooglePlay. You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter

Make sure to check out the event map before you go.  For additional information visit www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com

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