Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

For other uses, see Oktoberfest (disambiguation).
Dancers perform at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Crowds enjoy the World's Largest Brat Eating Contest at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012.
More than 30,000 participated in the World's Largest Chicken Dance in 2015, led by former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson
Drew and Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees participate in the Sam's Adams Stein Hoisting Championship at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2014

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is an annual weekend festival in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Based on the original German Oktoberfest, it is billed as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States.[1] First held in 1976, it attracts an estimated 500,000 visitors every year in late September.[2] It is located along six blocks of East 5th Street in Downtown Cincinnati.[3] As of 2016, Oktoberfest will be held on Third Street in order to clear room for Cincinnati Streetcar operations.[4]

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati claims the world record for the largest Chicken Dance with 48,000 participants in 1994. It also boasts approximately 87,542 metts, 80,500 brats, 64,000 sauerkraut balls, 56,250 sausages, 24,640 potato pancakes, 20,000 cream puffs, 16,002 strudel, 6,000 jumbo pickles, 3,600 pounds (1,600 kg) sauerkraut, 1,875 pounds (850 kg) German potato salad, 702 pounds (318 kg) Limburger cheese, 700 pigtails, 400 pickled pigs feet, and 23,004 soft pretzels  including giant six-pound (2.7 kg) pretzels made by Servatii Pastry Shop, a Cincinnati German bakery.[5][6]

Across the Ohio River, Covington, Kentucky's MainStrasse Village holds another Oktoberfest celebration annually.[7]


  1. "Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati". Fodor's Travel. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  2. "Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati". Fountain Square. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  3. "What is Oktoberfest Zinzinnati?". Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  4. Brownfield, Andy (19 July 2016). "Oktoberfest Zinzinnati moving to new location". Cincinnati Business Journal. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  5. "Annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is Steeped in Tradition". Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  6. Tate, Skip (Sep 1999). Prosit!. Cincinnati Magazine. p. 176.
  7. Vicar, Nathan (September 5, 2014). "Annual MainStrasse Village's Oktoberfest expected to draw thousands". WXIX-TV. Raycom Media. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
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