Prost! Since 1976, people have been coming out in droves to experience the rich German heritage that Cincinnati has to offer via our Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, full of delicious food, live music and plenty of beer. This year’s Oktoberfest — the largest in the nation— kicks off Friday at noon with the Running of the Wieners, a dachshund race on Fountain Square, and opens fully with the Gemuetlichkeit Games afterward. Saturday, Oktoberfest grand marshal and former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson leads tens of thousands in this year’s iteration of the one, the only, The World’s Largest Chicken Dance. But the fun doesn’t end there. Sunday provides fest-goers with the opportunity to witness fierce competitors shove bratwurst in their faces at the Glier’s World Brat Eating Championship. It’s going to be a wunderbar weekend.
Friday-Sunday. Free. Fifth Street between Vine and Sentinel, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.