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Is Oktoberfest Zinzinnati a long festival?

I am planning on going to the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati but I do not know if I should book a hotel room for a week or less. I have read that Cincinnati Oktoberfest is a great event and I really want to go there because I like the Oktoberfest outfits and many people there wear theirs.

Samantha Stevenson

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Kaitlin Dean on September 13, 2018

Every year about 500,000 people come to the Zinzinnati Oktoberfest, which is known as the largest Oktoberfest festival in the United States. It covers six blocks of the city’s downtown and the amounts of food sold and consumed are enormous.

In spite of those numbers that could make you think that this event lasts at least a week, it is, in fact, a short event. It only takes three days. This year it will take place from September 21st to September 23rd. On Friday, the first day of the festival, it will run from 5 pm to 11 pm. On Saturday, it will run from 11 am to 11 pm, and finally, on Sunday, it will run from 11 am to 9 pm.

Regardless of its short length, it is certainly a great festival and you can organize your stay at one of the hotels recommended on the website of the Oktoberfest in Cincinnati. The full list is available at  

Although it lasts only three days, this event – that will be presented this year by Amazon and the beer manufacturer company Samuel Adams – has a wide range of humorous activities to offer to its visitors. They comprise a race of dachshund dogs, games that include beer stein race and beer barrel roll, the largest Chicken Dance in the world, the world brat sausage eating championship and the stein hoisting championship. You can go and only watch your favorite events or you can also take part in them if you wish to do so.

You will hear live German music in the five different beer gardens throughout the three days of the festival. Bands such as Prost, Fraulein Sprechen, Kirsche an der Spitze will be playing in the edition of this year.

Since you like the outfits for Oktoberfest, you will be glad to see many people walking around wearing their Bavarian traditional costumes. The women’s dirndl (traditional country-inspired fashion dress) and the men’s lederhosen (leather Bavarian shorts with H-shaped suspenders) are very common clothing there. And you can also wear yours, in case you have one.

Roger Moore2 years ago

Although it is true that many people go to the Oktoberfest in Cincinnati and you may think sometimes that downtown Second and Third streets are overcrowded, the people that attend this festival are generally very nice and you will feel surrounded by joy. If you prefer not to have too many people around you, I suggest that you avoid attending the Chicken Dance moment, because it is the largest in the world. That funny dance is the main reason for many visitors to come to this festival each year. If you have the Guinness Book of Records of 1995-97, you can search in its pages for the world record set for a Chicken Dance in 1994. It happened here, at this festival, when 48,000 people got together to dance to the rhythm of this contemporary music. But there also other entertainment activities that are calmer. Remember to taste the beer.  

Olive Wilson2 years ago

I went to live in Ohio to go to college there and it did not take long before I discovered Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. I did not know that a festival like that took place there but since I knew about it, I go there every year I can. I like Oktoberfest outfits too and the first time that I went to this festival I could only look at them. But then, the second time I rented a costume and I was happy to go to this event wearing a traditional costume.  

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