The annual Columbus Oktoberfest will be held September 6-8, 2019 for 3 days of German fun! Try some delicious German food and beer at the Ohio Expo Center while listening to the musical performances on two stages and tons of events.
Columbus Oktoberfest and Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show take over the Ohio Expo Center the same weekend so you can enjoy both! Shuttle buses will be available to transport people from one event to the other, and if you present your Oktoberfest program, you’ll get into the Home & Garden Show for free!
Columbus Oktoberfest Kick off Party
But before the weekend starts, don’t miss the first Annual Kick-Off Party on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Hofbrauhaus located in the Grandview Yard. The party will feature a ceremonial Pretzel Breaking at 4pm, followed by the German Dancers at 5pm and a Keg Tapping Parade at 7pm.
This year’s Oktoberfest will feature three stages of German music, polka dancing, and contemporary bands, and a “marktplatz” with more than 100 arts, crafts and commercial vendors with local and international products. Don’t forget about the amazing food and beer options! Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus will be serving up its famous Bratwursts, Bahama Mamas, Frankfurters, Fried Bologna, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and the fan-favorite Jumbo Cream Puffs.
Bring the family! Kids will enjoy The Kinderplatz, a children’s area with bounce rides, crafts, face-painting, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
There will also be German games, Cream Puff eating contest (yum!), Mass Kruegstemmen (beer stein holding), German Stone Toss (Men’s & Women’s), and Karaoke Contest on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The Annual Meiler Vier Meiler Run/Walk will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and take runners and walkers on a four-mile tour of the State Fair Grounds.
Admission is FREE, but parking is $10/vehicle. All food and beverage will be sold by tickets only, with several ticket locations throughout the grounds. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Oktoberfest celebration will be directed to the Mid Ohio Food Bank.
Friday: 5pm – 12 Midnight
Saturday: 12 Noon – 12 Midnight
Sunday: 12 Noon – 8pm
Kidslinked Sunday Family Funday @ Oktoberfest
Don’t miss the Kidslinked Sunday Family Funday @ Oktoberfest on September 8 from noon – 5 p.m. in the Kinderplatz Area Natural Resources Park at the Expo Center. The funday will feature a Princesses and Super Hero Breakfast, Funday Family Foam & Loot Fun Runs, Royal Princess and Superhero Parade, bounce house and entertainment, and more. Click here for details and registration.
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