Oktoberfest Zinzinnati


Hours & Directions

FESTIVAL HOURS

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

LOCATION

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati takes places on Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown.

STREET CLOSURES & TRAFFIC CHANGES

The following local streets will be closed to through traffic September 20, 9 a.m. – September 23, 4 a.m.

  • Second and Third Streets from Elm to Walnut Streets
  • Vine Street from Third Street to the Central Riverfront Garage entrance, midblock between Second and Freedom Way
  • Race Street from Third Street to the Central Riverfront Garage entrance, midblock between Second and Freedom Way

The following streets will be temporarily converted to two-way from one-way to allow access to the noted parking garages:

  • Vine Street from Fourth to Third for access to Olympic Auto Park at 309 Vine Street and Ogden Alley
  • Race Street from Fourth to Third for access to SP Garage at 321 Race Street

FROM I-75 SOUTH 

Take Fifth Street exit (on left)

FROM I-71 SOUTH

Take Reading/Gilbert exit. 

Stay in right lane for Reading Road exit. 

Travel south on Reading Road to Central Parkway. 

FROM I-75/I-71 NORTH

Take Fifth Street exit after taking Brent Spence Bridge into Ohio

FROM I-471 NORTH

Take westbound US 50 exit after crossing Daniel Carter Beard (Big Mac) Bridge. 

Take Street exit. 

Make a right turn on Main Street. 

OR 

Follow I-471 north to I-71 north. 

Merge immediately to left lane. 

Take Exit 2 Reading/Eden Park (exit is immediately on left). 

On exit ramp veer right to Eden Park Drive. 

At signal turn left onto Eden Park Drive. 

Travel west on Eden Park Drive to signal, southbound Reading Road (less than 1/10 mile). 

Turn left onto southbound Reading Road. 

Travel south on Reading Road to Central Parkway. 

FROM WESTBOUND US 50

Travel on US 50 until it becomes Fourth Street. 

FROM EASTBOUND US 50

Take Fifth Street exit off of US 50. 

Parking Info

Public Transit Info

Event Schedule

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams and Amazon, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. With more fest tents and bier gardens than ever before, here's what's on tap:

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Hours

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Running of the Wieners>>

Thursday, September 19, 2019

1:00pm, Freedom Way between Walnut & Rosa Parks

Before the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati festivities begin, one dachshund will be named, “King or Queen of the Wiener Dogs!”

Gemuetlichkeit Games

Friday, September 20, 2019

11:00am, at the Sam Adams Main Stage located at 2nd & Elm St.

On Friday, watch the Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games—including the Beer Stein Race and Beer Barrel Roll!

Opening Ceremonies 

Friday, September 20, 2019

12:00pm, Sam Adams Main Stage located at 2nd & Elm St.

Join Oktoberfest goers on Friday for the official opening ceremonies and keg tapping. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch will be tapping the keg!

World's Largest Chicken Dance >>

Saturday, September 21, 2019 5pm on all stages 

One of the favorite events at Oktoberfest is the World's Largest Chicken dance. Local media celebrities will lead the massive audience from each of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati’s stages. One of the ways this celebration distinguishes itself from the others is the chicken dance - thousands of dancers have congregated every year since 1994 when Zinzinnatians set the record for the largest Chicken Dance in the world. 

Happy Hour at Braxton Fass Bar

$1 off Braxton Beer or Vive

Sunday, September 22, 2019

1-4 pm, during the Bengals Game

Sam Adams Stein Hoist Competitions

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 4:00pm & 6:00pm

Saturday, September 21 - 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm & 8:00pm 

Sunday, September 22 - 2:00pm & 4:00pmAll competitions with take place at the Sam Adams Beer Garden located at 2nd & Walnut St.

Live Music >>

Enjoy live music all weekend long in five different beer gardens and four fest tens with live music throughout the weekend.