In Ohio, fall and festival are almost synonymous. You cannot go to a small town, in this state, this time of year without tripping over a horde of people attempting to celebrate something. From the Renaissance Fest to the Sauerkraut Festival, Ohioans will find a way to make it a party. Add in the timing of Oktoberfest, and its a marriage made in beer heaven.
Oktoberfest originated in 1810, as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig I, and Princess Teresa of Sassonisa-Hildbughausen. Traditionally, the celebration is held for 16 to 18 days from late September to early October. Many cities all of the world join in the festivities and extend the dates in to late October. Ohio is no exception.
So if you are looking for a reason to rock a buffalo check flannel and Ugg boots in 80 degree weather, look no further. Maybe you’re feeling festive and have some Lederhosen in the back of your closet. I have saved you the trouble of a google search and laid out every weekend in October, and its corresponding Oktoberfest all of over the Buckeye state. Many of the gatherings are family friendly beer events, others may be 21 and over. If you are planning on taking children, I suggest that you make sure little ones are welcome. I hope you are making your pretzel necklaces in bulk this month. Prost!
October 4, 5, and 6
Join us for Lock 3’s Oktoberfest:
A celebration of Beer, Music, and Food
Friday you can enjoy the music of The Brian Papesh Band
Anthony Culkar Band – 1:00-5:00 pm
The Shotki’s – 6:00-10:00 pm
Food and Beer will be available by:
The Pierogi Lady
Lock 3 Park, Akron, Ohio
This fun filled festival provides delights for all. Come sing and dance to GERMAN MUSIC. Taste the hearty GERMAN FOODS. Watch the wonderful OKTOBERFEST PARADE featuring numerous colorful floats, area marching bands and celebrities. See the many events taking place in the Gazebo and the Spass Platz. Take part in the BEER TRAY RELAY, the OKTOBERFEST 10K RUN, and numerous other games. Visit the large ARTS & CRAFTS area.
2nd Annual Vinton County Jr. Fair Octoberfest
It’s that time of the year again the Vinton County Jr. Fair will be holding the 2nd Annual Octoberfest October 4th, 5th, and 6th 2019. Camping is available $25 per night or $50 for the weekend.
Vinton County Fairgrounds, McArthur, Ohio
Kent’s Oktoberfest in Kent
Join us on Franklin Ave. for the sixth annual KENT OKTOBERFEST! We’re planning another year of Polka music, German dancers, live entertainment, local food, seasonal beer and photo opps with Hans the Black Squirrel! Attendees can purchase a 16 oz. commemorative glass beer mug and one beer ticket for $10. Additional beer tickets are $5 each. A limited quantity (first come, first serve) of one-liter commemorative beer mugs will also be available for $25, which includes two beer tickets. (Please note: this is a public event and no pets are allowed. Licensed service animals are of course welcome.)
Oct. 5- Oct. 7
Kelley’s Island Oktoberfest
Enjoy an October weekend on Kelleys Island and participate in this annual event on Saturday, October 5. Oktoberfest at the Kelleys Island Brewery features hand made, authentic, German food.
West Bay Inn, Kelley’s Island, Ohio
Oktoberfest Partyzeit 2019
Oktoberfest Closeout Party
We are tapping our NEW Double Hazy IPA and throwing another great tapping event.
Oct 5th Specials: $3 Double Hazy Pints All Day. $5 Double Hazy Growler Fills All Day. 25% Off GC Merchandise.
Granite City Food and Brewery, Maumee, Ohio
Grove City Oktoberfest
Celebrate Grove City’s German heritage in the historic Grove City Town Center. Sample a variety of Ohio beers while you enjoy live entertainment, games, and the beauty of autumn. German-themed foods will accompany the brews, including ever-popular bratwursts and cream puffs.
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.
Grove City Town Center, Grove City, Ohio
Oct. 12, and 13
A weekend celebration in honor of Maize Valley’s Oktoberfest Beer complete with a commemorative Oktoberfest glass. Pumpkin Cannon Ale – a fall favorite along with German Style Bratwurst and Sauerkraut will also be served. All of the farm’s fall festivities will be in full swing including wagon rides, pig races, corn maze, pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannon, and so much more
Maize Valley Winery and Craft Brewery, Hartsville, Ohio
The festival is held under tent in DeRivera Park on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Hartford Avenue in Downtown, Put-in-Bay. The festival is open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday.
Deriverea Park, Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Food, craft beers, kids’ activities and more
Downtown Lebanon, Lebanon, Ohio
Hoptober Fest 0.8K
Join us for the second annual Hoptober Fest 0.8K! The course kicks off at the corner of Arthur & Bryan Streets in Hicksville and ends at Two Bandits Brewing Co. A donut & bacon break at the halfway point and a pint of craft beer at the finish line are both included, along with a sticker that boasts your ability to run 0.8K. Profits from the event will benefit Helping Hands of Hicksville, Beautification Committee of Hicksville & Hicksville Initiative.
Oktoberfest at Painesville Depot
Come and enjoy our Oktoberfest with Authentic German Brats & Krauts, German Potato Salad and Beer. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, pop and water will also be available. Enjoy either Domestic or German cold beer.
Painesville Railroad Museum, Painesville, Ohio
The 52nd Kiwanis Oktoberfest is a Fall Arts & Crafts Festival held in beautiful Peace Park.
Peace Park, West Alexandria, Ohio
2019 DBC Oktoberfest
It’s that time of year again when the weather changes and we grab our Lederhosen for one final time. Join us for our 4th annual Oktoberfest celebration with live music, German inspired Ohio brewed beers, games, food, and fun. Bands, Beer List, and more details to come! Prost!
Dayton Beer Company, Dayton, Ohio
Join us for our very own Oktoberfest complete with German style meals and perfect fall beer pairings! We’ll have a rockin’ live polka band playing the evening! So whether your coming for the Wunderbar meals or the seasonal Biers, make sure you stop by die Taverne!
Tavern of Independence, Independence, Ohio
VFW 9520, Brunswick, Ohio
October 19 and 20
I Know I Can’s Oktoberfest
Join I Know I Can and New Albany Links for a fun-filled Oktoberfest afternoon following the 2019 Annual Golf Classic!
The event will include live entertainment, games, beer tastings, traditional German fare, raffles, giveaways and much more!
New Albany Links Golf Club, New Albany, Ohio
Oktoberfest at Miami Valley Gaming
Oktoberfest at Miami Valley Gaming featuring specialty Oktoberfest craft beer selections, live music by PROST and great food!
Miami Valley Gaming Casino, Lebanon, Ohio
Come join the fun— Be German for a night! Dust off the dirndls and lederhosen, grab your coolest stein and your best friends and head down to the Dayton Liederkranz Turner for Dayton’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Join us for a celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Live German party music by the The Trans Am Euro Mutts for your dancing and singing pleasure.
Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, Dayton, Ohio
Oktoberfest Fall Festival
The 8th Annual Oktoberfest Fall Festival will be held indoors at the Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural Center Hall on Saturday, October 19th from 4:00pm-10:00pm featuring folk dancing performances, our very own German Brass Band, and music from the Shotskis. Authentic food (schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage & noodles, dessert and pretzels) and a variety of beverages available for purchase. Contests and prizes! Tasteful costumes welcome.
Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural Center, Olmsted Falls, Ohio
3rd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Join us for our third annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday October 19th from 4:00-9:00pm. We will have German-style beers, foods, traditional live polka music, and a stein holding competition!
Little Fish Brewing Company, Akron, Ohio
October 25, 26, 27
Noctoberfest: Beer, Games, Movies
FRIDAY, Oct 25th, an exclusive screening of “Reel Rock 14”, which features jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor in a brand new collection of the year’s best climbing films. Check back here for official screening times. No ticket needed. Open and FREE to the public.
SATURDAY is NOCTOBERFEST! We will have Nocterra’s first 21+ ticketed event from noon to midnight. The Moth is ready to throw down. Are you?
This is not about lederhosen and Bavarian pretzels, this is a fall celebration of the outdoors. With a live band, gelande quaffing tournament, homebrew contests, outdoor vendors, and tons of great beer!
2nd Annual OctoBEERfest
oin us for a fang-tastic night at Hood Park in Downtown Perrysburg as the second annual OctoBEERfest.
More details to come on local brews and live music.
This event is 21+ only.
Downtown Perrysburg, Perrysburg, Ohio
SDDT Oktoberfest 2019
Please join us in support of South Dayton Dance Theatre at our annual Oktoberfest fundraiser! There will be an authentic German buffet, desserts, silent basket auction, cash bar, entertainment, and more!
Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, Dayton, Ohio
Christina chose to take her craft beer hobby
a step further, and create Beery Hoppy Family
Blog where she writes about exploring beer,
breweries, and the craft beer community while
raising three girls. Most days Christina can be found
carting her children to preschool and dance class,
in her mini van, in Grove City, Ohio,
while dreaming about her next sip of saison.