Oktoberfest is a traditional festival for the end of summer and the great parties of the harvest season. Although the traditional festival in Munich is the most famous, America’s versions of the great fall party have persisted over the years and made themselves into a major part of our culture.
This fall, the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati offers a weekend full of excitement. You can participate in the Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games with a beer barell roll or a stein race, or watch the amazing running weiners (read: dogs) compete for bragging rights. The festival is chock full of specialty beer tappings, including limited release beers form sponsor Samuel Adams as well as local craft beer that you just won’t be able to find anywhere else!
The Oktoberfest runs from September 20 – 22, 2019, and is held in downtown areas. Check the official website for the crossstreets for each event.
The running of the weiners will take place at Race St. between 2nd and 3rd. This is an event that really gets the party started for the weekend, and the king of the Weiners will be crowned on September 21.
The main stage for the music is at 2nd and Elm St, where you can catch all the great bands including traditional German oompah bands.
Use the atmospheric Cincinnati Bell Connector, a streetcar service that runs in a 3.6 mile circle between the major parts of downtown. It’s supremely economical at just $1 for an hourly pass.
Another great option, especially if you stay in the downtown area, is to use the Red Bike cycle sharing system for the metro area. There are more than 57 stations to get a bike and you can pay the reasonable rates with a credit card.
Public transport may need to be aware that streets will close for the festival. Therefore, bus routes will have some changes during the Oktoberfest.
The area offers a ton of sweet AirBnBs, but there are also great hotels to use in Cincinnati. You just have to check out the 21c Museum Hotel. It’s a hotel combined with a contemporary art museum, and the services are five-star. You can wander through the 8,000 square feet of exhibit space and enjoy a trip to their in house, full-service spa (maybe especially after a hard night at the Oktoberfest!).
Another choice hotel is the historic Cincinnatian Hotel. This legendary hotel is a part of the city since 1882, and offers great service at a reasonable price. Check out the in-house restaurant for true local fare.
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Cincinnati is a rad city, without some of the bustle of larger place on the East Coast like New York or Washington, D.C. Make sure that you stop by the Smale Riverfront Park while you’re in town. It’s a beautiful spot to take a stroll and enjoy the river that holds the city together.
Make sure that you check out the city’s many art museums. Fountain Square, the Pendleton Art Center, and the famous Mushroom House are all great options for those that enjoy art.
The city has a burgeoning craft beer and artisanal spirits scene, too. Make sure that you take advantage of any time you aren’t drinking at the Oktoberfest to visit Craft Connection and MadTree Brewing.
Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is from September 20 – 22, 2019.
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