Oktoberfest

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When Mayor John Cranley announced there would be no Riverfest in 2020 because of the pandemic, he hinted organizers of another major Cincinnati event, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, were rethinking the annual festival. The event will go forward; here's how:

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Add Cincinnati's annual Riverfest celebration to the list of major events to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covington's Mainstrasse Village has been home to the city's largest annual festivals for decades.

But last September, poor weather and a series of other troubles faced by the Mainstrasse Village Association, doomed the long-running festivals.

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Cincinnati held its first Oktoberfest in 1976, and since then Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has grown to be America’s largest, second only to the one held in Munich, Germany. In 2017, the stateside event attracted 675,000, while Munich drew 6 million.

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is this weekend, but a group of Cincinnati musicians who specialize in playing German hunting horns are in Munich to participate in the real deal.

As the local Oktoberfest season kicks off, some of the busiest people will be the members of the Klaberheads band. 

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will have a new location this year. The celebration of German culture will be on Second and Third streets, between Walnut and Elm. Cincinnati Chamber President Jill Meyer says the new area is larger and will allow the festival to grow.

Get Set For The 40th Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Sep 16, 2015
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati takes place this weekend, starting off at noon Friday with the Running of the Wieners. It’s the largest Oktoberfest in America, with a weekend devoted to a celebration of our German heritage, the music, the food, the beer, and, of course, the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, led by this year’s Grand Marshal, former Bengals’ quarterback Ken Anderson

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As the Cincinnati Chamber prepares for this year's Taste of Cincinnati, vice president Pat Sheeran says it's not looking to move the food festival to accommodate the streetcar. 

Last week, Mayor John Cranley said the streetcar, when operational, would not supersede downtown events like Taste and Oktoberfest.  Sheeran says the chamber is happy the events won't have to move.

Oh Myyy, George Takei!

Sep 15, 2013
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We now know who'll be leading the chicken dance at next month's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.  

The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce announced Monday actor George Takei will be the event's grand marshal and will lead the Saturday dance.

“Who famously played Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series and six movies that followed,” said Chamber Vice President Patrick Sheeran.  “George continues to be extremely active and popular decades after the show went to syndication.”

Takei is also taking part in performances that weekend with the Cincinnati Pops.