For the past 43 years, the Germania Society has hosted an authentic Oktoberfest celebration in Germania Park. Held at the end of August, the Germania Society's Oktoberfest is the kickoff to Oktoberfest season in Cincinnati.
The Germania Society was founded in 1964 with the mission of maintaining and perpetuating German heritage and serving German people in Cincinnati. Besides Oktoberfest, the Germania Society hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Additionally, the Germania Society sponsors a number of cultural programs throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, including German language programs in schools and German radio programs.
The Germania Society Oktoberfest is billed as "Cincinnati's Original and Most Authentic" Oktoberfest and is presided over by an official Bürgermeister (male) or Bürgermeisterin (female). A local celebrity usually serves in the role of Oktoberfest mayor or Bürgermeister(in). Oktoberfest is a family friendly event featuring entertainment, food, drink, and activities for both kids and adults. There is a tug-of-war competition, picnic area, games, merchandise, and festival rides, including a Ferris wheel. One of the more popular games is the rat race, where festival goers bet on rats to choose a particular color on the wheel. Various entertainment is provided throughout the weekend event from German bands, traditional German dancers to a magic show and clowns. There is something for everyone at the Germania Society's Oktoberfest
The 43rd Annual Oktoberfest runs Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25. The Germania Society Oktoberfest is held in Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road. Parking is free at the park, as well as at several nearby locations running shuttles to the park. Visit the Germania Society website for more details on offsite parking and shuttle service.