The 44th-annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati returns Sept. 20-22, bringing over 575,000 people from across the Greater Cincinnati area to downtown's Second and Third streets for a wild weekend of German music, dancing, traditions and plenty of food and beer.
As North America’s largest Oktoberfest — second only to the Munich original — things kicked off today (Friday) at 11 a.m. with the Gemuetlichkeit Games (beer stein races and beer barrel rolls) and the official Oktoberfest keg tapping at noon.
The festivities continue through the weekend with the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” (taking place on all nine stages at 5 p.m. on Saturday), German music, over 100 different beer options and thousands of pounds of sauerkraut balls, goetta, cream puffs, bratwurst, pretzels and Limburger cheese.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.