German For a Day at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Usually on the GMK blog Doug and I recount an exciting adventure or interesting trip we’ve been on recently, but this week I want to share an event that’s not yet happened, that way you all can experience the fun for yourselves!

A look down 5th street as I arrived at Oktoberfest last year.

I speak, of course, of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Now, as a Cincinnati native I’ve definitely been more than once. It’s truly an experience as it’s the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, only trumped by the original celebration in Munich Germany.

My friend Erin and I enjoy some brats at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. As you can see, I got into the spirit by wearing my favorite German-inspired vest.

For one full weekend Cincinnati shuts down a few blocks of 5th Street downtown and puts the city’s German heritage at front and center. The German roots run deep in this city, which includes a centuries-old brewing tradition and many German specialty foods you won’t find anywhere else (might I recommend the goetta balls?).

Cooking up some yummy sausages. Photo credit: Cincinnati Regional Chamber

What I love about this Oktoberfest is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. There are so many events going on throughout the weekend, so many foods to try, so many beers to sample – you won’t get bored, guaranteed.

The Running of the Wieners. Photo credit: Cincinnati Regional Chamber

If you’re hoping for something family friendly, skip the giant steins of beer and take the kids to ride the numerous carnival-style rides. And people of all ages are sure to love the wiener dog races.

Another record breaking Chicken Dance in Fountain Square.

Photo credit: Cincinnati Regional Chamber

In the mood for something silly? The World Record-breaking collective Chicken Dance is for you. Or cheer on your favorite fraulein during the Beer Stein Race.

The Beer Stein Races. Photo credit: Cincinnati Regional Chamber

The celebrations run through the weekend, starting with a preview on Friday, September 21st and concluding on Sunday the 23rd.

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And if you see me down there, be sure to wave. I’ll be the one in the chicken hat.

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