Tell Your Boss: Oktoberfest's Opening Day is Now an Official 'Half-Day Holiday' in Cincinnati

Mayor John Cranley made the official proclamation in honor of the festival's earlier start time this year

Aug 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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One of Cincinnati's most popular festivals, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, is kicking off six hours earlier this year. The event will now begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Previously, the German-themed feasting and fun got on its way on the opening Friday evening at 5 p.m.

In honor of the shift, Mayor John Cranley has basically given everyone in the city the greenlight to take half of the day off on Sept. 20.

"Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is one of our most important traditions,” Cranley says in a press release. “And it’s time we recognize it as the holiday it is!”

Cranley made an official proclamation announcing "a city-wide half-day holiday beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 20."

Looking further down the road, the festival (which began in 1976 and is the U.S.'s largest Oktoberfest celebration) may be angling to get us much more time off.

“Oktoberfest in Munich is two weeks long,” Lori Salzarulo, event manager for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, says in the release. "Maybe that’s what we should be working toward as well! Celebrate early this year, and let’s see how we can grow!”

Let's just proclaim a two-week mandatory city holiday now so we're ready for the expansion.

Find more about 2019's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati at