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UPDATED: Bockfest closes some roads in Over-the-Rhine Saturday

men in brown friar-like robes walk down a cincinnati street carrying a barrel of beer
Bill Rinehart
The Bockfest Parade in February 2020.
Updated: March 3, 2023 at 10:22 AM EST
Friday morning, organizers sent the followingtweet announcing cancellations of the day's events due to weather: "Due to the current weather forecast and safety of our goats, monks, and Bock Beer enthusiasts, Bockfest organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel the Bockfest Parade and all programming at Bockfest Hall on Friday Evening. Saturday and Sunday are on as scheduled."

Bockfest, the annual celebration now in its 31st year, honors spring and Over-the-Rhine's brewing heritage. This year, it takes place March 3-5 in the neighborhood's Brewing District with events, a 5K and, of course, beer vendors. As such, some roads in the area will close starting Friday to accommodate the event.

The parade, set to take place Friday, has been cancelled due to weather. Organizers announced the "difficult decision" to cancel Friday's festivitieson Twitter that morning.

    Saturday closures

    The Bockfest 5K takes place Saturday, March 4. The following streets will close that day beginning at 9:30 a.m. and remain closed until approximately 12 p.m.:

    • Elder Street closed between Race Street and Vine Street (Closes at 7 a.m.)
    • Vine Street closed between Clifton Avenue and Liberty Street
    • McMicken Street closed between Lang Street and McMillan Street
    • Stark Street closed between Central Parkway and Dunlap Street
    • Dunlap Street closed between McMicken Street and Findlay Street
    • Logan Street closed between McMicken Street and Liberty Street
    • Findlay Street closed between Campbell Street and Race Street
    • Elm Street closed Findlay Street and McMicken Street
    • Central Parkway northbound closed between Liberty Street and McMillan Street
    • Ravine Street- closed between Central Pkwy and McMicken Street

    While Bockfest continues into Sunday, no road closures are required.

    Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU.