6 Ohio Oktoberfests You Can’t Miss
By Theresa Russell

6 Ohio Oktoberfests You Can’t Miss

The strong German heritage in Ohio comes to life as it showcases its traditions in annual Oktoberfests.  Several locations across Ohio will be serving beer, authentic German food and of course, will be playing traditional music and inviting revelers to dance to celebrate all things German. Columbus kicks off the first post Labor Day Oktoberfest.


Oktoberfest Zinzinnati attracts over half a million visitors every year making it the largest Oktoberfest in the US. As expected, all the elements of an Oktoberfest come together here at this huge event running from September 21-23. Two special activities include the World’s Largest Chicken Dance and the Running of the Wieners, complete with 100 costumed Dachshunds. Enter your dog today! The new SkyStar, a 150-foot-high observation wheel will literally give a great overview of the Oktoberfest.


Held at the Ohio Expo Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, this Oktoberfest is weather proof. The historic buildings set the tone for this family-friend event which includes a variety of entertainment like a yodeling contest, traditional German musical and dancing groups. A market place and a special arts and crafts center for the kids are also part of the event. Admission is free and the event runs the weekend after Labor Day.


The biggest fundraiser for the Dayton Art Institute, Oktoberfest takes place September 21-23 on the museum grounds. The galleries will be open from noon- 5 and interactive events will also take place inside. Outside, visitors will enjoy a main stage, food court, artisans and a beer truck. More than 40 craft and international beers will be served. The Lederhosen Lunch kicks off the festivities.


The North Coast Oktoberfest takes place at the Sandusky State Theater September21-23. In addition to the traditional food, music, beer and dance, this Oktoberfest features some other fun events. The brat toss, barmaid run, golf cart parade, wiener dog derby and best-dressed wiener contest are sure to bring smiles to the faces of the crowd.


Residents celebrate their German heritage with an Oktoberfest held October 5-7.  All the ingredients of a typical Oktoberfest combine to create a family friendly event. Want to participate in one of the fun events like the Beer Tray Relay or the Minster Oktoberfest Classic 10k run? Get to the website and register.  Residents emphasize that this is more than just an event, buta feeling, a spirit, a happy mood that conveys the warmth and friendliness of the community.”


Not that you need an excuse to visit the Lake Erie Islands, but Oktoberfest  taking place on October 13-14 may be that perfect enticement. The local restaurants provide the German food and beer. Accompanied by polka dancing and German music by the Maxx Band, all the ingredients combine for an island Oktoberfest.

Raise your glass, practice your polka and imagine enjoying cabbage rolls, Wiener Schnitzel, sauerbraten and other German specialties. Grab the lederhosen and dirndl and head to your nearest Ohio Oktoberfest.  Prost!

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