Oktoberfest Season in Ohio

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 includes beer-drinking, entertainment, German food, and much merriment.  Below you will find a few of the festivals happening around Ohio this fall.

(Events are listed by region, then date.)

NORTHEAST OHIO

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

oktoberfest_BereaCLEVELAND OKTOBERFEST
Date:  September 3-6, 2021
Times: Thur: 5pm to midnight (Bier Garten Only)
Fri: 4pm to midnight | Sat: Noon to midnight
Sun: Noon to midnight| Mon: Noon to 8pm
Place:  Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
19201 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
(just outside Cleveland)
website

PORTAGE COUNTY 

ANNUAL GERMAN FAMILY SOCIETY OKTOBERFEST
Dates:  Canceled for 2020
Place:  3871 Ranfield Road, Kent, OH
Times: Friday 6pm-midnight, Saturday 3pm-11pm, Sunday Noon-7pm
website

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY 

THE ORIGINAL OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Location: Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH  44114
website

TRUMBULL COUNTY 

THE ORIGINAL OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Time:  4PM-8PM
Location: Courthouse Square
161 High St., Warren, OH  44481

STARK COUNTY 

ANNUAL CANTON ROTARY OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Time: 4pm-9pm
Location:  301-399 Market ave., North Canton, OH

 

ERIE COUNTY – NWOH

ANNUAL NORTH COAST OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Times: Friday 5pm-11pm |  Saturday Noon – 11pm | Sunday Noon – 5pm
Location:

RICHLAND COUNTY

LEXINGTON OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Location: Clearfork Swim Club
8 Sherwood Dr., Lexington, OH 44904

SUMMIT COUNTY

ANNUAL CUYAHOGA FALLS OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Location: 2085 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Free Admission | Free Parking
website
“We will have German/polka and various tribute/local bands playing all weekend long on two stages!”

 

ASHTABULA  COUNTY

ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST
Date: 
Time: 3PM-9:30PM
Location: Ashtabula County Fair
127 N Elm St, Jefferson, Ohio 44047
Facebook event page.
Food, Dancing, Craft Beer, Wine Slushies, Cash Raffle, Basket Raffles, Silent Auction, and More!
MAHONING  COUNTY 

OKTOBERFEST, YOUNGSTOWN 
Date:
Times: Friday 6PM-1AM | Saturday 11am-1am | Sunday 11am-8pm

Location: Phelps Street, Downtown Youngstown

 

WAYNE COUNTY 

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WOOSTERFEST
Date:
Time:  Friday Noon – 11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm
Admission: Free
Place:  Downtown Wooster
website
Traditional Octoberfest celebration featuring entertainment, food, talent show, arts and crafts, children’s activities, Biergarten, Winegarten, and more!

Local Visitor Bureau
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COLUMBIANA COUNTY 

EAST LIVERPOOL AREA ROTARY OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Time: Noon – 8pm
Admission:
Location:  Thompson Park
2626 Parkway Avenue, East Liverpool, OH  43920
Facebook event page.
“Our event includes an “outdoor Biergarten” showcasing authentic German food, music, and beverages. We will have a designated area for children featuring games, pumpkin painting, train rides and a bounce house. Finally, there will be a gathering of vendors for craft enthusiasts and horse & buggy rides to help make the experience more memorable.”

ASHLAND COUNTY

OKTOBERFEST
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Date:
Time: Noon-11pm
Location: Wolf Creek – Pine Run Grist Mill
St. Rt. 3 South, Loudonville, OH 44842
website

Admission:
$5.00 – All Adults Ages 21+ (purchased online or at the gate on Sept 29) (Must show valid ID) | $1.00 – Ages 10-20 | Under 10 – FREE

 

MAHONING COUNTY 

43RD ANNUAL BOARDMAN ROTARY OKTOBERFESTIVAL
Date:
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Admission: $3 adults and children 12 and over.
Parking: Free
Place: Boardman Park
375 Boardman Poland Rd., Boardman
website

The Boardman Rotary Oktoberfest is the area’s largest one day arts and crafts event drawing vendors from five states. This year’s event is the 43rd annual and is scheduled for Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Boardman Township Park from 9:00am to 5:00pm. There is a $5 admission fee for adults and children 12 and over.

Local Visitor Bureau 
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PORTAGE COUNTY 

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KENT OKTOBERFEST
Date:  
Time:  Noon – 10 pm
Place:  Franklin Ave., Downtown Kent
website
Enjoy live music, polka dancers, German inspired food and seasonal beer.  Non-alcoholic beverages available from food vendors.

TRUMBULL COUNTY 

CORTLAND OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Time:  Saturday 8am-11pm | Sunday 10am-5pm
Location:  Main St, Cortland, Ohio 44410
Facebook event page

GEAUGA  COUNTY

OX-TOBERFEST
Date:
Time: Sat 10AM-9PM | Sun 10AM-6PM
Location: Historic Burton Square
Burton, Ohio
website

FREE Live entertainment
Ox Roast
Beer Tent
Vendors on the Square

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

ANNUAL INDOOR OKTOBERFEST
Date:
Time: 4:30 PM-10:30PM
Location:  Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Twp
440-235-2646 | website
Live Music by the Blaskapelle and Shotski’s, Folk Dancing Performances,
Games, Great Food and German Beer!

NORTHWEST OHIO

CRAWFORD COUNTY

BUCYRUS BRATWURST FESTIVAL
Dates:
Location: Downtown Bucyrus, Ohio
website
“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.”

LUCAS COUNTY

GERMAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Dates:
Times:
Location:  Oak Shade Grove
3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon, OH 43616
website

ERIE COUNTY

7TH ANNUAL NORTH COAST OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Time: Fri 5-11pm | Sat Noon11pm | Sun Noon-5pm
Place:  107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH  419-626-1950
website
Times: Friday 5-11 PM, Saturday 11AM-11PM, Sunday 11AM-5 PM
Information: German Food & Bier, Family Fun Lane, Glockenspiel, Wiener Dog Derby & Best Dressed Wiener Contest, Traditional German Games, German Music & Dancers

HANCOCK COUNTY

OKTOBERFEST FINDLAY!
Dates:
Time:  2PM-10:30 AM
Location:  South Main Street,  Findlay, Ohio.
Facebook event page.

This fun filled festival showcases the rich German Heritage of Northwest Ohio. Live German music, polka dancing, hearty German foods and libations, kids activities, and much more! Grab food from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, Wurst und Bier, Saums Market and many more! Enjoy more than 40 varieties of German import and domestic beers! 

Enjoy performances by Fred Ziwich & His International Sound Machine and Aaron Dussing and the Polka Revolution!

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

MINSTER OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Location: Minster, OH
website
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.

OTTAWA COUNTY 

OKTOBERFEST WEEKEND
Date: October 10-11, 2020
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

 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

MINSTER OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Location: Minster, OH
website
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.

 

 


CENTRAL OHIO

FRANKLIN COUNTY

COLUMBUS OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
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
website
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!

DELAWARE COUNTY

POWELL OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Times: FRI 6PM-11PM | Sat 11AM-10PM
Tasting Event Featuring Local Foods, Craft Beer, and Wine.
Event held in 8,000 square foot Biergarten Tent
***This is event that requires tickets, must be 21***

​FREE EVENT, FREE PARKING
Great activities for ages 1 to 100!
Location: Powell Village Green
website

FRANKLIN COUNTY

OKTOBERFEST GROVE CITY
Date:
Time: Noon – 10pm
Location: Historic Grove City Town Center
Broadway and Park Street Intersection, Grove City, OH 43123
website

The event offers entertainment to view and in which to participate with fun challenges such as beer stein holding contests, Hammerschlagen (a German word that roughly translates into “to beat with a hammer” or “hammer striking”), barrel rolling, and many more games with great prizes to the winners. 

 


SOUTHEAST OHIO

MORGAN COUNTY

OCTOBERFEST 
Date:
Time: 10AM-4PM
Location:  8387 Boxer Mayle Lane, Chesterhill, OH 43728

PIKE COUNTY

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Dates:
Place:  Main Street (State Route 335). Beaver, OH
website
Information: Music, rides, games, food and more.

 


SOUTHWEST OHIO

HAMILTON COUNTY

AMERICA’S OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI, USA
Dates:  S
Location: 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Walnut & Elm Streets, Downtown Cinncinnati
website

 

WARREN COUNTY

SPRINGBORO OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Location:  Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 West Mill Street, Springboro, OH
website
Information:   Authentic German dishes.  Family fun for everyone.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

DAYTON OKTOBERFEST
Dates:
Place:  The Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio  45405
website
“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: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note:  Part of this story ran in 2018.  The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2019 Ohio season.  Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws. 


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