Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2021 Will Now Last Four Days. Here's The Schedule

Your guide to The World's Largest Chicken Dance, Running of the Wieners, World Brat Eating Championship and more.

click to enlarge Running of the Wieners race in 2019 - Photo: Adam Doty
Photo: Adam Doty
Running of the Wieners race in 2019

Dust off your dirndl because Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is back in 2021 and it's bigger than ever.

After last year's giant public party was canceled due to the pandemic, organizers are making up for it this year by adding an extra day (with festivities starting on Thursday) and extra hours.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will run 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 16; 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 17 and 18; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 19.  

The party will take place on Second and Third streets downtown between Elm and Walnut streets.

And there's plenty of fun packed into those fest days, including beloved events like the The World's Largest Chicken Dance, the Running of the Wieners, the World Brat Eating Contests and more.

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 16 at noon — Running of the Wieners: Watch as 100 dachshunds dressed as hot dogs race down Freedom Way at The Banks. The dogs will run in groups of 10 and the winners of each race will compete in a final race for first, second and third place. 

Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. — Oktoberfest Zinzinnati kicks off. 

Friday, Sept. 17 at noon — Gemutlichkeit Games: Games played between members of the Zinzinnati media will take place at the Main Stage at Second and Elm streets. Games include beer barrel roll and beer stein carry. 

Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. — Frocktoberfest/Socktoberfest Pageants: Participants dress up and head to the Main Stage in their dirndl or lederhosen for a chance to win prizes from Samuel Adams. 

Saturday, Sept. 18 at noon — Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Offizielle Zeremonien: A celebration of Cincinnati's German heritage which takes place at the Main Stage and includes music, dancing, beer and visits from local German groups around the festival. 

Saturday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. — The World's Largest Chicken Dance: Taking place at all Oktoberfest stages, the traditional local dance is led by representatives from local media outlets. 

Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. — Samuel Adams Stein Hoist Championship: Competitors challenge each other to a test of strength and endurance at the Main Stage for a chance to win a trip to the 2022 Munich Oktoberfest. Participants must hold a one-liter stein of beer with a straight arm in front of themselves longer than anyone else. 

Sunday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. — World Brat Eating Championship with Joey Chestnut: Famous big eater Joey Chestnut is headed to the Queen City for the World Brat Eating Championship at the Braxton Stage at Third and Walnut streets. 

Get more info at oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.

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