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Event Schedule

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

Click here view the 2017 Official Event guide (file may take a moment to download). 

The Running of the Wieners >>
Friday, September 21, 2018
11:00am, Race St. between 2nd and 3rd Streets

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

Gemuetlichkeit Games >>
Friday, September 21, 2018
12:00pm, Corner of 3rd & Race Streets in the Herr of the Dog Party zone
On Friday, watch the Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games—including the Beer Stein Race and Beer Barrel Roll!

Opening Ceremonies >>
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Sam Adams Main Stage at 2nd & Elm
Join Oktoberfest goers on Saturday for the official opening ceremonies and keg tapping. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch will be tapping the keg!

World's Largest Chicken Dance >>
Date & Time TBD
Sam Adams Main Stage at 2nd & Elm
One of the favorite events at Oktoberfest is the World's Largest Chicken dance. 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. 

Live Music >>
Enjoy live music all weekend long in five different beer gardens. Click the link above for a full schedule of live music and entertainment.

World Brat Eating Championship
Date & Time TBD

Stage at 3rd & Walnut
World champion eater, Joey Chestnut, defends his crown as these weapons of mass digestion show Zinzinnati the true meaning of intestinal fortitude!

Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Championship
Date & Time TBD
Sam Adams Main Stage at 2nd & Elm
Raise your Beer! How long can you raise your beer stein? The Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship, a contest of grit, determination, strength and the desire to drink the contents of the stein, will take place on the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Main Stage after a series of preliminary events hosted at local bars and pubs.

Contestants will hold a one-liter stein, arm straight out, filled to the brim with Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. The last contestant standing, elbow locked and holding a full stein, wins the contest! 

The top five male and female Stein Hoisting times nationally will win a trip for two to compete in the finals in Boston on October 27th. The male and female winners of that final hoist will each win a trip for two to the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Gala. Get official rules.