August 02, 2011
The nation’s largest German party is right around the corner
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world.
On Sept. 17 and 18, Cincinnati will be transformed into Zinzinnati USA as it hosts America’s Oktoberfest. Back by popular demand, an Oktoberfest Sneak Peek will start on Fountain Square at noon on Friday, Sept. 16. Enjoy authentic food, beverages and music until midnight as you have a front-row seat to watch Fifth Street transform into America’s Oktoberfest.
The Square’s Sneak Peek celebration kicks off with the annual Queen City Sausage Running of the Wieners race. In its fifth year of fun competition, this doggie derby has become a fan favorite. It is so popular that we have set up an online pre-registration for participants and their wiener dog friends. The registration fee is $20 and includes all competition race gear, including hot dog bun costume and owner T-shirt.
A limited number of spots are available, so if you have a dachshund with a need for speed and a nose for the finish line, register soon. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. For more information on Queen City Sausage Running of the Wieners race, visit oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/runningwieners.
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati features seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. More than 800 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery.
More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance.
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Admission is free.
For more information, visit OktoberfestZinzinnati.com, our fan page on Facebook or on Twitter @CincinnatiParty.