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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati moves to new location

Mayor John Cranley joins in the Oktoberfest celebrations. (FOX19 NOW file) Mayor John Cranley joins in the Oktoberfest celebrations. (FOX19 NOW file)
Renderings for the new location of Zinzinnati. (Provided by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber) Renderings for the new location of Zinzinnati. (Provided by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is moving from Fifth Street to Second and Third streets, between Walnut and Elm, due to the streetcar, city officials announced Tuesday.

The 40th annual Oktoberfest is Sept. 16 - 18, one week after the Cincinnati Streetcar is scheduled to officially hit the tracks. 

The festival is already the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, but the new location is expected to expand the celebration even more. 

“We know how to throw a pretty darn good party on one street. So imagine the party we now will throw having two streets,” said Jill Meyer, CEO of the Cincinnati Chamber.

The new location allows the streetcar to operate a normal schedule during Oktoberfest. The streetcar route runs through the old festival location at Fifth and Walnut and Fifth and Main streets. 

The celebration showcases the Tri-State's rich German heritage, as well as German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America's largest Oktoberfest with more than 600,000 people attending each year.

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