Events at
 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams, 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: 

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

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.


Annual Running of the Wieners

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

Gemuetlichkeit Games

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


Opening Ceremonies 

Join Oktoberfest goers on Saturday, for the official 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. 

World Brat Eating Championship

These weapons of mass digestion will show Zinzinnati the true meaning of intestinal fortitude!

Look for Oktoberfest’s Top Dog – Fritz

No event is perfect without a mascot. Fritz, an authentically German Dachshund, will be making appearances at the Running of the Wieners race, chicken dance and many other Oktoberfest locations.  Dachshunds are of German origin and they are affectionately known as the wiener or sausage dog. A primary element of every Oktoberfest celebration is the serving of wieners and sausages. Frtiz is also a nod to our Running of the Wieners event which has preceded the Opening of Oktoberfest for the last several years.


Get the Oktoberfest smartphone app - a complete, interactive event guide on your iPhone or Android - at iTunes or GooglePlay

Smartphone app

 Sam Adams bottle