Grab your Lederhosen it’s Oktoberfest season in Ohio!
Gather your family and friends, it’s time to enjoy the traditional autumn festival called Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest festivities include beer-drinking, entertainment, eating German food, dancing and much merriment. Below you will find a few of the festivals happening around Ohio this fall.
(Events are listed by region, then date.)
CLEVELAND DONAUSCHWABEN SOMMER OKTOBERFEST
Location: Center Lenau Park
Columbia Rd., Olmsted Twp.
Rain or shine.
Date: September 1-4, 8-9, 2023
Place: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
19201 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
(just outside Cleveland)
GERMAN CENTRAL OKTOBERFEST
Times: Friday 5pm-12am | Saturday 3pm-12am
Location: 7863 York Road, Parma, OH 44130
German food, beer and tasty desserts
ANNUAL GERMAN FAMILY SOCIETY OKTOBERFEST
Dates: September 8-10, 2023
Place: 3871 Ranfield Road, Kent, OH
Times: Friday 6pm-midnight, Saturday 3pm-11pm, Sunday Noon-7pm
OKTOBERFEST FAMILY DAYS
Times: Noon- 2PM
Location: Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
Reservations: 216. 621-2337
ANNUAL CUYAHOGA FALLS OKTOBERFEST
Dates: September 15-17, 2023
Location: 2085 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Free Admission | Free Parking
“There will be German food, music, dancing along with locally brewed Oktoberfest beers on tap! Six local breweries are back with us and will be on tap at all of our beer stations serving their Oktoberfest brews as well as some of their signature brews!”‘
Date: September 16, 2023
Location: Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland brings Oktoberfest to Hale Farm & Village! Join us to experience the tastes, sounds, and beauty of this German tradition, including live music, dance performances, and delicious Hofbrauhaus Cleveland brews and bites. Oktoberfest activities and grounds will remain open until 7pm, with food and beverage available for an additional charge.
St Paul’s Episcopal Church and Hofbrauhaus-Cleveland
Location: 317 E Liberty St, Medina, OH 44256
Giant biergarten, Donaubeschwaben German band from 1PM to 5PM and Jay and the Monotiones from 6PM to 9PM, great Hofbrauhaus-Cleveland German food and bier, Masskrugstemmen contest, dance floor, kids play area with inflatables and a crafters area. Advance tickets just $6 for adults, $5 kids 11 to 20, under 11 free. Available at www.stpauls-medina.org or 330-725-4131 or at the church office. 317 East Liberty St, Medina. All tickets day of event $10.
Location: Wolf Creek – Pine Run Grist Mill
St. Rt. 3 South, Loudonville, OH 44842
Loudonville, Ohio – A beautiful outdoor setting, live music, 75 varieties of beer, food and more could only mean one thing. Oktoberfest has returned to Mohican! The Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill will host the largest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, September 24th, from noon until 10:00pm. This incredible fundraiser is full of food, raffles, beer, wine, games and entertainment.
Mark Smith, President of Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill, states, “Oktoberfest for The Mill fundraiser has become such a popular event because unlike many Oktoberfest’s that only offer a limited selection of beer, we offer around 75 beers for this event. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. Patrons love being able to sample any variety we offer so they can experience many different beers without having to commit to an entire glass or bottle of something they’ve never had before.”
For a $5.00 entry fee, each person that is 21 years old and over, has the opportunity to taste beers that range from seasonal selections, craft beers, local selections to include nearby craft brewers, international selections, ciders, gluten-free choices, draft and bottle selections.
With safety being top of mind, guests staying at the following sponsors will be offered free busing to and from the event from 2 – 11pm: Mohican Adventures, Mohican State Park Campground, Red Window Townhouse, Hemlock Inn, Arrow Point Campgrounds, and River Run Campground. Please note we will no longer stop at Wally World Resort due to the Wally Rd Spellacy Bridge project. For those who live a little closer, a downtown Loudonville stop has been added to the shuttle service. The Ontario Cab Company will be onsite offering $5 per person rides within a 10 mile radius (including Mohican Lodge). First come first served, please call them directly to arrange your transportation 567-560-5228. For more information on how to contact these sponsors for an overnight stay, visit DiscoverMohican.com.
Grab something to eat and drink and enjoy Tom’s Kitchen Table in the afternoon, then The Rutherford County Band later in the day. Games and more await at Oktoberfest. The Televised Ohio State Football Game will also be played on the big screen.
This is Wolf Creek Grist Mill’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Smith states, “Oktoberfest provides the opportunity for our visitors to enjoy a unique area event that at the same time helps us raise awareness, appreciation and funds for the project. Most importantly, every penny earned goes right back into funding the preservation and restoration efforts at Wolf Creek Grist Mill Historic Park and Museum to ensure this wonderful piece of history will be around for generations to come.”
Visit wolfcreekmill.org for more information on this event and how to help preserve this wonderful piece of Ohio’s history.
For more information, press tickets and images contact: Mark Smith, 419-541-0161 or [email protected]
OKTOBERFEST ON THE SQUARE
Location: Courthouse Square
161 High St., Warren, OH 44481
CANTON ROTARY OKTOBERFEST
Date: No announcement for 2022
Location: 301-399 Market Ave., North Canton, OH
Time: Noon – 10 pm
Place: Franklin Ave., Downtown Kent
Enjoy live music, polka dancers, German inspired food and seasonal beer. Non-alcoholic beverages available from food vendors.
BOARDMAN ROTARY OKTOBER FESTIVAL
Place: Boardman Park
375 Boardman Poland Rd., Boardman
Time: Friday Noon – 11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm
Place: Downtown Wooster
Traditional Octoberfest celebration featuring entertainment, food, talent show, arts and crafts, children’s activities, Biergarten, Winegarten, and more!
BUCYRUS BRATWURST FESTIVAL
Location: Downtown Bucyrus, Ohio
“The Bratwurst Festival was first celebrated in the summer of 1968. The Bratwurst Festival is an annual 3 day event that is always held on the full third weekend of August. There are all kinds of activities to keep all ages entertained. There are daily parades, contests, auction and the FOOD! Thanks to our sponsors, there is plenty of FREE live entertainment.”
ERIE COUNTY – NWOH
OKTOBERFEST at The Boeckling Club
Times: FRI – 5-10pm | Sat Noon-10pm
Location: The Boeckling Club
614 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio
For more details call 419-656-8764
GERMAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Times: Fri: 6pm-1am
Sat: 2pm-1am Sun: Noon – 8pm
Location: Oak Shade Grove
3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon, OH 43616
Time: 2PM-10:30 AM
Location: South Main Street, Findlay, Ohio.
Times: Friday: 3pm-10pm | Saturday 11am-10pm
Location: Twin Oast Brewing
3630 NE Catawba Rd. Port Clinton, OH 43452
Join us in celebrating the most beautiful beer holiday of the year at Twin Oast! Loaded with authentic German scenes and sounds, Oastoberfest 2022 will feature traditional folk dances and contests for the crowd. We’ll also have great food trucks, musicians (including the Chardon Polka Band), activities, and plenty of BIER from breweries all throughout Ohio!
Location: Minster Oktoberfest Park
100 East 4th Street, Minster, OH 45865
This gala, fun filled festival provides delights for all. Sing and dance to German music. Taste the hearty German foods. Watch the spectacular parade featuring colorful floats, marching bands and many celebrities. See the many events in the Gazebo and the Spazz Plaz. Take part in the beer tray relay, the 10K run, and any numerous other games.
Date: October 7-8, 2023
Time: Saturday, 11AM-7PM and Sunday, Noon – 5PM
Place: DeRivera Park, DeRivera Park on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Hartford Avenue in Downtown, Put-in-Bay.
For more information view MillerFerry.com
Dates: September 8-10, 2023
Times: Friday 5pm – Midnight | Saturday Noon – Midnight
Sunday Noon – 8pm
Admission: FREE Parking $10
Place: Ohio Expo Center/ Ohio State Fairgrounds
717 E 17th Ave., Columbus
Beautiful Authentic Oktoberfest Setting… Rain or Shine!
Three 100 year old historic covered pavilions (100 thousand square feet) provide the perfect backdrop for two stages and dance floors for lots of polkas!
Place: Main Street (State Route 335). Beaver, OH
Information: Music, rides, games, food and more.
Location: Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 West Mill Street, Springboro, OH
Information: Authentic German dishes. Family fun for everyone.
AMERICA’S OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI, USA
Location: 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Walnut & Elm Streets, Downtown Cincinnati
Place: The Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio 45405
“A Dayton tradition since 1972, Oktoberfest is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser and vital to everything we do at The Dayton Art Institute.”
Article and photos: Diane Rock
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