Everything Oktoberfest in Zinzinnati

Cincinnati’s German roots run deep. While only 5% of the population had ties to Deutschland in 1830, between 1840 and 1850, the number of German-born immigrants reached over 50%.

Considering the influence German immigrants have had in Cincinnati—from German-language newspapers, local politicians, Over-the-Rhine architecture, and local biergartens—and the civic pride our residents feel about their German heritage (and, well, everything else), it’s no wonder Zinzinnati is known for hosting the world’s second largest Oktoberfest celebration, attracting more than 500,000 visitors to the region every year.

Some Oktoberfest History

The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810. It began to celebrate the union of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and lasted from October 12 through 18. Despite the name Oktoberfest, most of these events started being held in September beginning in the 20th century. It is widely believed the change was made to take advantage of the better weather and longer days in September.

So don your lederhosen and dirndl—for all things Gemütlichkeit for the stein-hoisting season, from smaller more authentic celebrations to the nation’s largest Oktoberfest, check out the list of Oktoberfest events around Greater Cincinnati below, as well as Oktoberfest-style beers brewed and available at area breweries, and apparel and accessories fit for a [sausage] queen.

August

5
Grainworks Oktoberfest
Grainworks Brewing, 11a
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25–27
Oktoberfest 2023
Germania Society
germaniasociety.com
$5 per person at the gate

26
Oktoberfest Biergarten in the Taproom

Braxton Brewing Company, 11a
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Oktoberfest
March First (Symmes Twp), 11:30a
Toast to the beginning of Oktoberfest season with their Oktoberfest beer and brat and mett specials.
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September

1–3
Oktoberfest
Fibonacci Brewing Company
Food, beer, and music.
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Oktoberfest 2023
Liberty Home Association
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$5 admission (free for children under 14 and for people with military ID)

8–9
Springboro Oktoberfest
oktoberfestspringboro.org
$3 admission

8–9
Oktoberfest
West Side Brewing
Featuring Bavarian Band Concert Friday, 9/8

8–10
Covington Oktoberfest
Goebel Park
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9
3rd Annual Zieglerfest
MadTree Taproom, 12–5p
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9
Village Oktoberfest

HighGrain Brewing, 11a–11p
highgrainbrewing.com

14–17
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
5th Street Downtown
oktoberfestzinzinnati.com

15
2023 Oktoberfest
Hofbrauhaus*, 6–10p
Event Info

16
Barrel House Family Oktoberfest

Braxton Barrel House, 12p
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16
Go Hop Your AlexandriaFest

Alexandria Brewing Company, 12p
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22–23
Loveland Oktoberfest
Downtown Loveland and Nisbet Park
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22–23
Octoberfest Celebration

Sam Adams Cincinnati Taproom*, 5p
Honor the centuries-long celebration of classic German beers with their own traditional brews, as well as live music, Octoberfest-infused brats, and stein hoisting contests all weekend long.
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22–24
Newport Oktoberfest
Newport’s Festival Park
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23
Sonder & Friends Oktoberfest
Sonder Brewing, 9a–midnight
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23
Oktoberfest 2023

MPH Brewing, 12:30p
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29–October 1
Donauschwaben Oktoberfest
Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society
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$5 admission

October

13–14
Lebanon Oktoberfest
Downtown Lebanon
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Local Oktoberfest Beer

Oktoberfest beer is the catch-all term for beer popular during Oktoberfest season, but it includes Märzen and Festbier, too. Oktoberfest-style beers are malty and bread-like in flavor, and copper in appearance. Märzen (German for March) is the base for Oktoberfest beer, which is traditionally brewed starting in March, “just before the weather became a little too warm to make beer without risking spoiling, bacterial infection, or risk of fire from boiling the wort.” (via Thrillist)

The biggest difference between Märzen and Festbier styles is that classic Märzen style beers should be a little darker, richer, heavier, and a little higher in alcohol than Festbier, which is more golden in color. Thanks to our proud German roots and heritage, there are several Oktoberfest-style beers in Greater Cincinnati for the season, including:

13 Below Brewery Sayler Park
Fall Ale (Oktoberfest style)

Bad Tom Smith Brewery and Spirits Madisonville
13 Preachers (Märzen lager)

Braxton Brewing Company Covington, Barrel House, Cincinnati, CVG
Oktober Fuel (Märzen)

Esoteric Brewing Company Walnut Hills
Oktoberfest Festbier

Fifty West Brewing Co Mariemont/Columbia Twp
Veinermobile (Festbier)

Fretboard Brewing Norwood
Rockin’ the Rhein (Märzen)

HighGrain Brewing Silverton
Meadow (Festbier)

Hi-Wire Brewing Norwood
Zirkusfest (Märzen)

Hobräuhaus* Newport
Jubiläum (Märzen)

Listermann Brewing Norwood/Evanston
Festbier (Festbier)

MadTree Brewing Oakley, OTR
Ziegler (Märzen)

Northern Row Brewery and Distillery* OTR
Brewery (Märzen)

Rhinegeist Brewery* OTR
Franz (Märzen)

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom* OTR
Octoberfest (Märzen)

Taft’s Brewing Company OTR, Spring Grove Village
Oktubberfest (Festbier)

Voodoo Brewpub CBD
Schnitzengiggle (Festbier)

West Side Brewing Westwood
Oktoberfest (Märzen)

West Sixth Box Park Newport on the Levee
DankeChain (Märzen)

Check out Tour de Cincinnati’s Drink Local Guide for a list of taprooms, cideries, distilleries, and wineries within a 10-ish-mile radius of the city center.

Local Apparel and Accessories

Cincy Shirts Hyde Park, Fort Mitchell, online
Check out their entire lineup of Oktoberfest tees.

HOMAGE OTR
O’ Zapft Is! t-shirt

Pop Rocket Creations markets and online
Want some fun and unique pins for your alpine hat? Click here for some great local options.
Market schedule

Have questions or want a custom recommendation for your adventure in Greater Cincinnati? Just ask.

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Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

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Everything St. Paddy’s Day in Cincinnati

As a ‘Major Party Town’, there’s no surprise we Cincinnatians love a good party like St. Patrick’s Day. And, seeing as the holiday falls on a Friday this year AND coincides with the first round of March Madness, it’s sure to be a great time.

To celebrate with all of you, Tour de Cincinnati and Everything Cincy have teamed up again to get you ready for the occasion, complete with things to do and events around the city, live music and performances, food and drink options, Irish pubs to check out, and retail and accessories to outfit you for St. Patrick’s Day.

March 11

Events

St. Patrick’s Day Party
Fountain Square*, 10a–6p
Food trucks, live Irish music, and green beer.
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Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Parade
The Banks, 12p
55th annual.
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Live Music and Performances

Lager House Welcomes The Prodigals
Moerlein Lager House, 12–3p
Complete with Irish whiskey drink features during the Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Parade at The Banks.
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Colleen McKenna St. Patrick’s Day Parade Concert
Irish Heritage Center, 3:30p
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Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Performance
Irish Heritage Center, 4:30p

March 17

Events

Shamrocks & Shenanigans
Streetside Brewery, 7a
Drink specials, green beer, and a free t-shirt for the first 20 customers to get a Craft Burger Bros breakfast burrito and a pint.
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St. Patrick’s Day
Darkness Brewing, 8a
Beer releases, green beer, kegs and eggs at 8am with Live Irish Fiddle, nonstop live music from 3 to 11, and even more to do on the Avenue, including more live music and Irish clog dancing.
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St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Cheviot, 8a–midnight
Visit 8 bars and receive a t-shirt. Game Time, Skin’s Place, Public House, 2nd Street Saloon, Keller’s, Roswell’s, Dean’s Hops and Vines, Fogarty’s.

St. Paddy’s Day in the Taproom
West Side Brewing, 9a
Complete with Irish beers, treats from Maribelle Bakery, St. Catharine’s Fish Fry from 12 to 9, Irish flights, $5 Jameson, and Westwood’s 1-year DORA anniversary.
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WSB also has these shirts available for purchase in the taproom

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Braxton Brewing Company, 9a
Green Garage Beer, shot specials, rooftop DJ from 3 to 6, and taproom DJ from 7 to 10.
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St. Paddy’s at HG
Higher Gravity at Summit Park, 10a
Several Irish drink specials.
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St. Patrick’s Day at ABC
Alexandria Brewing Company, 10a–10p
Irish Traveler (dry Irish stout) release, kegs and eggs at 10a, drink specials, live music, and more.
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St. Patrick’s Day at The Pub
The Pub Crestview Hills, 10a–11p
Eat, drink, and be Irish for a day! Featuring Irish fare, drink specials, live music, bagpipes, and more.
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St. Patrick’s Day at The Pub
The Pub Rookwood, 10a–11p
Eat, drink, and be Irish for a day! Featuring Irish fare, drink specials, live music, bagpipes, and more.
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Luck of the Levee
Newport on the Levee, 3–7p
Click here for a full lineup of events, including a performance by Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, free face painting, live music, McGing Irish Dancers, Irish-themed cocktails and specials, plus specials at participating businesses.
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Shamrock N Roll St. Patrick’s Day on the Avenue
Fairfield Avenue Bellevue, 5:30–8p
Shop, sip, dine, and stroll while enjoying live music and the McGing Irish Dancers.
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Walnut Hills St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl
Peebles Corner Historic District, 6p
Esoteric, Decibel, Tiki Tiki Bang Bang, Gomez Salsa, Comfort Station, Fireside Pizza.
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Live Music and Performances

Easter Rising Live
Molly Malone’s, 12–3p
Nicholson’s, 4:15–6:15p
Fretboard Brewing, 8–11p

Ben Levin on St. Paddy’s Day
Element Eatery, 4–7p
Come for the food, stay for the green beer and blues.
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Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Performance
Irish Heritage Center, 5p

Colleen McKenna St. Patrick’s Day Concert
Irish Heritage Center, 6–7p
colleen-mckenna.com

Céad Míle Fáilte
The Dublin Defense at Bircus Brewing Company, 7:30–11:30p
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Food + Drink

Aglamesis Bros*
Special TBD

Biggby Coffee Cincy Madisonville, Monfort Heights, Mariemont, St. Bernard
Locally owned Biggby Coffee features several St. Patrick’s Day-inspired drinks this month, including:

  • Mint Chip Cream Freeze
  • Irish Cream
  • Lucky Charm (Irish Cream + Mellow)
  • Chocolate Covered Leprechaun (Irish Cream + Mocha)

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Busken Bakery multiple locations
St. Patrick’s Day goodies for in-store pickup, including cakes, breads, cookies, donuts, coffee cakes, and more.
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Del Gardo’s Cannoli* Covington

  • Pot of Gold – Baileys and Amaretto 
  • Irish Love – Guinness Chocolate Drizzle with Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • St. Patrick – Guinness Chocolate Drizzle with Bailey’s and Jameson 
  • Irish Luck – Jameson with Andes Mints

Humble Monk Brewing Co.* Northside
St. Brendan Irish red ale

MadTree* Oakley
Mac the Willis Irish red ale

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom* OTR
Boston Brick Red (classic Irish red)

Servatii multiple locations
Buttercream cookies

West Side Brewing Westwood
Dry Stout
GIL (German-Irish lager), tapping 3/7

Irish Pubs

Crowley’s Irish Pub Mt. Adams
Cincinnati’s oldest Irish pub
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Dingle House Irish Pub and Grub West Chester
Open 7a–midnight, featuring live music, Irish dancers, bagpipes. Kegs and eggs from 7 to 11 and $5 door charge starting at 8.
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Molly Malones Covington
Kegs and eggs at 7a, free souvenir shirt for first 100 guests, Irish food and drinks, live Irish music all day (two stages), Irish dancers, bagpipes, green beer, and more.
mollymalonesirishpub.com

O’Malley’s in the Alley* Central Business District
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RP McMurphy’s Oakley
rpmcmurphyspub.com

Retail and Accessories

From St. Patrick’s Day-specific duds to everyday green items to wear throughout the year, below are all the local places you need to get outfitted for St. Paddy’s Day.

Cappel’s Downtown, Anderson Twp, Blue Ash
Family-owned party supplies store that is great for accessories and St. Patrick’s Day-specific goods.
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Cincy Shirts Hyde Park, Fort Mitchell, online
Check out their entire lineup of St. Patrick’s Day, green, and Celtic tees.
cincyshirts.com

Ellebrux virtual and markets
Jewelry, art, and gifts, featuring some great options for St. Paddy’s Day and beyond.

Gumdrop Covington
Children’s boutique with clothing, gifts, and accessories, featuring green clothing items to outfit the littles on March 17 and always.

gumdroptots.com

Handzy Shop + Studio Covington
Feminine apparel, gifts, and accessories, featuring several great green options for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.

handzyshopstudio.com

HOMAGE OTR
While they may not have a full collection of St. Paddy’s Day garb, they do have a handful of green and pop culture-inspired duds to outfit you for St. Patrick’s Day. Click here to check them out.
homage.com

Lemons and Limes Boutique Loveland, Mason
Apparel, gifts, and home decor. Check out their St. Patrick’s Day goods here.
lemonslimesboutique.com

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, kid-friendly Cincinnati, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

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2023 Cincinnati International Wine Festival Tickets NOW on Sale

This ultimate wine weekend is set for March 9-11, 2023 featuring 800 wines from 100 wineries and benefiting 30+ local charities. Tickets to the festival make the perfect holiday gift.

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Cincinnati International Wine Festival 2023

CINCINNATI – December 6, 2022 –Tickets for the 2023 Cincinnati International Wine Festival are now available and make the perfect holiday gift for wine lovers and explorers alike. The 32nd annual wine festival is March 9-11, 2023. The popular weekend-long fundraiser is a robust celebration of wine complete with upscale winery dinners, grand tastings, collectors’ tastings, silent auctions, a luncheon and more, all benefiting dozens of local charities.

One of the largest of its kind in the country, the festival features more than 800 wines from 100 wineries around the world. Organizers also have several new, inclusive and interactive features in the works for 2023 to enhance the wine festival experience.

“Tickets to the wine festival really do make the perfect holiday gift,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director, Brad Huberman. “Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, there really is something for everyone at the festival. It’s a fun, educational and memorable weekend, all for a great cause. And it’s a gift that surely won’t disappoint! So make plans and buy tickets now to join us for this ultimate weekend of wine in March next year.”

Photo of attendees at Cincinnati Wine Festival 2022

Event Details

Festival organizers are also proud to announce the 2023 honorary chair as Michael Honig, President of Honig Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley. The Honig family is committed to preserving and improving the environment and minimizing their impact on the planet. A leader in sustainable farming, Michael chaired the first California initiative to develop a “Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices,” a voluntary program establishing statewide guidelines for sustainable farming and winemaking.

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a non-profit organization that exists to elevate the wine industry and raise money for local charitable causes with programs dedicated to the arts, education, health and human services. Wine festival ticket purchases directly benefit the wine festival’s 33 local charitable beneficiaries.

The festival has donated more than $6.75 million to local charities since its inception in 1991 thanks to the support and patronage of the Greater Cincinnati community.

View the 2023 schedule and purchase tickets now at winefestival.com.


About the Cincinnati International Wine Festival

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a Cincinnati-based 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds for local charities through the celebration of the wine industry. It features 800 wines from 100 wineries across the globe, all for a great cause. The festival benefits 33 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arts, education, and health and human services charities, and has been giving back to the community since 1991. The patronage and support of the Greater Cincinnati community enables the festival to continue giving back locally, one glass at a time. The 32nd annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival is March 9-11, 2023. Learn more and buy tickets at winefestival.com.

Summer Festivals Guide

Here is your go-to guide for all summer festivals in and around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!

JULY:

7/14-7/17 – Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival

7/15-7/17 – St. Pius X Summer Festival

7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Summerfest

7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival

7/15-7/17 – St. Cecilia Festival

7/21-7/23 – Cincinnati Music Festival

7/22-7/24 – Holy Cross Festival

7/27 – Sad Summer Festival: Newport

7/28-7/31 – Glier’s Goettafest I

7/29-7/30 – St. Ann Festival

7/29-7/31 – Our Lady of Lourdes Festival

7/29-7/31 – St. Bartholomew

AUGUST:

8/4-8/7 – Glier’s Goettafest II

8/5-8/6 – St. Joseph Cold Spring Parish Festival

8/5-8/6 – Holy Cross Immaculata

8/5-8/7 – St. John the Baptist

8/6 – Festival on the Lake at AJ Jolly Park

8/7 – Flea in the Fort II

8/11-8/14 – Hamilton County Fair

8/11-8/14 – Great Inland Seafood Festival

8/12-8/13 – Maysville Oktoberfest

8/12-8/13 – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Festival

8/12-8/14 – Sacred Heart Festival

8/12-8/14 – Our Lady of the Visitation Visifest

8/12-8/14 – St. Joseph Crescent Springs End of Summer Celebration

8/19-8/21 – St. Mary Funfest

8/26-8/28 – St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish

SEPTEMBER:

9/3-9/5 – St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival

9/4 – Riverfest Newport

9/9-9/11 – St. Barbara Rocktoberfest

9/9-9/11 – St. Susanna

9/16-9/18 – St. Timothy Oktoberfest

9/23-9/24 – Loveland Oktoberfest

9/23-9/25 – Newport Oktoberfest


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