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Check out the 2014 Columbus Oktoberfest!

OktoberfestThe 49th annual Oktoberfest kicks off September 26 and runs through the 28 at the Ohio Expo Center and Fairgrounds only 20 minutes from downtown Columbus. The German-themed festival is the forerunner to fall and offers fun for the whole family and admission is free.

Delight your tastebuds while you munch on tasty authentic food from some of Columbus’ favorites such as Schmidt’s and DK Diner. There will be a large variety of brats, schnitzel, sauerkraut, as well as lots of tangy German potato sides so be sure to come hungry. Share a piece of German heritage as you eat a slice of Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake, a German dessert made of sweet dough, a buttercream custard-like filling and caramelized almonds baked on top.

Wash it all down with a Hefeweizen, a south German style of wheat beer, or another of your favorite brews. You can get your fill this year at the new addition of a Craft Beer Garten at Schmidt’s Prost Hall, which will feature your favorite Ohio Craft Breweries. Another addition this year is the Wine Garten in the Heidelberg Beer Hall (ironic).

After you have been well-fed and watered you can enjoy the many events that Oktoberfest has to offer including authentic German music and shows at the Glockenspiel Stage, the Pig and Dachshund Races, or shopping at the Art and Craft Marktplatz.

You can watch the 6th Annual Vier Meiler/Brat Trot, a four mile race that starts at 6:15 p.m. in conjunction with the tapping of the keg on Friday night. Runners are strongly encouraged to wear their best Lederhosen. Or if you are up for a little competition, you can participate in the Stone Toss on Saturday or Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Or test out your yodeling skills at the Bavarian Yodeling Contest at Schmidt Prost Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

If you have little ones, you can take them to Kinderplatz which will offer free arts and crafts, inflatable bouncers, or watch some of the amazing puppeteers or jugglers show off their skills. Don’t miss out on the Children’s Parade at 4 p.m. on Sunday, where kids can show off their homemade crafts as they walk through Oktoberfest.


Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM