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Days Til Oktoberfest!

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 15, 2017
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 15, 2017
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 16, 2017
11:30am, 
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 >>
Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:00pm, 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
Sunday, September 17, 2017 
2:00pm, Braxton Fass Bar 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
Saturday, September 16, 2017
5:00pm, 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.

Braxton Brewing Specialty Tappings 
Friday
5-6:30 p.m. Superfecta
6:30-8 p.m. Mentee
8-9:30 p.m. Braxton Labs NE IPA 003
9:30-11 p.m. Braxton Labs Black IPA

Saturday
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Braxton Labs Cherry Saison
1-3 p.m. Sparky
3-5 p.m. Braxton Labs NE Pale Ale
5-7 p.m. Graeter’s Blueberry Pie Brown Ale*
7-9 p.m. Braxton Labs Coconut Hefe
9-11 p.m. Braxton Labs West Coast IPA

Sunday
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jammer Pilsner
2-4 p.m. Braxton Labs Dry Hopped Rye Grisset
4-6 p.m. Braxton Labs Cinnamon Brown Ale
*A portion of the proceeds from Oktoberfest Zinzinnati sales of Graeter’s Blueberry Pie Brown Ale will benefit The Cure Starts Now. To eliminate cancer as a whole, The Cure Starts Now funds research through collaboration, transparency, and the elimination of duplication while cultivating innovation for the homerun cure.

Sierra Nevada Specialty Tappings
Sierra Nevada will also offer timed tappings throughout Oktoberfest Zinzinnati weekend at the Sierra Nevada Fest Tent on Race Street between Second and Third Streets. Here’s the schedule:
Friday
5 p.m. Kellerweis

Saturday
Noon Nooner
5 p.m. Berliner Weisse

Sunday
Noon Dunkel Weisse
5 p.m. Otra Vez