Cincinnati is about to transform into Zinzinnati this weekend, as the nation's biggest Oktoberfest celebration descends on Second and Third streets downtown.
Held Sept. 16-18, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is one of the city's favorite festivals for beers, brats and a bit of Bavarian cosplay.
While residents get ready to dust off their dirndls, Mayor Aftab Pureval has declared a citywide half-day holiday on Sept. 16 — just in time to catch the Running of the Wieners at noon.
“Nobody else in the country does Oktoberfest as big and as proudly as we do here in Cincinnati,” Pureval said in a release. “And we should continue to recognize its importance to our community and local businesses.”
The holiday — proclaimed to honor the "cultural significance of Oktoberfest," per the release — starts at 11 a.m. Friday.
And while Pureval says it isn't an "official" holiday, it is a hearty encouragement to get residents downtown for a dose of gemütlichkeit.
“We hope the city and region can take advantage of the half-day holiday and make their way down to this amazing Cincinnati tradition," said Maddie Regan, Vice President of Events & Experiences at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which presents the festival.
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