On TapThis Year
at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati USA
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams and Hillshire Farm, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world. With more fest tents and bier gardens than ever before, here's what's on tap for 2014:
Samuel Adams and Hillshire Farm return to serve up Oktoberfest Zinzinnati!
America’s Oktoberfest is proud to welcome back America’s World Class Beer, Sam Adams, as a presenting sponsor. From the Boston Beer Company brewery here in Cincinnati, you can enjoy some of Sam Adams’ most well known styles – including Sam Adams Lager and Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Stop by the Sam Adams Bier Garten on Fountain Square and discover your favorite. Hillshire Farm will also return as a presenting sponsor of 2014's festival. They have been crafting farmhouse goodness since 1934, slow roasting and hickory smoking their way into our hearts - and stomachs.
Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship
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 Fountain Square after a series of preliminary events hosted at local bars and pubs. The winner will be crowned the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Champion. Visit Sam Adams' website for details on preliminary rounds.
Larger Than Life Glockenspiel
Returning in 2014 will be the larger-than-life-sized Glockenspiel -- an actual working clock with a bar on the ground level and a stage above the bar. Every hour on the hour when the clock strikes, the music will kick in and entertainers will emerge on the stage to ring in the hour with dances, toasts and souvenirs for the crowd. Expect celebrity guest entertainers during certain hours too! The Glockenspiel will be located at Fifth and Broadway.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati opens our doors even earlier - Friday hours!
Friday, September 19, 5 p.m.-Midnight - Oktoberfest Zinzinnati gets going on Friday, with around 85% of festival offerings available the entire evening, plus the Gemuetlichkeit Games starring local media at 5 p.m. on Fountain Square. The main feature that will not be present until Saturday morning's opening is the children's ride area.
8th Annual Hillshire Farm Running of the Wieners
Before the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati festivities begin, one dachshund will be named, “King of the Wiener Dogs!” Friday, Sept. 19, Noon on Fountain Square.
Kicking off the Friday evening festivities at 5:00 p.m. on Fountain Square, watch the Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games—including the Beer Stein Race and Beer Barrel Roll!
Join Oktoberfest goers on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11:30 a.m. for the official 2014 opening ceremonies and keg tapping on Fountain Square. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch will be tapping the keg!
World's Largest Chicken Dance
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 - will you join them?
Look for Oktoberfest’s Top Dog – Fritz
No event is perfect without a mascot, and this year Fritz, an authentically German Dachshund that just can’t get enough of these fun German festivities, will return. Fritz will be making appearances at the Running of the Wieners race, chicken dance and many other Oktoberfest locations.
Hillshire Farm World Brat Eating Championship
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, the top ranked competitive eater in the world, will return in 2014 to participate in this fifth annual World Bratwurst Eating Contest. These weapons of mass digestion will show Zinzinnati the true meaning of intestinal fortitude!