The 2016 Cleveland Oktoberfest, named one of the Best Oktoberfest Events All Around the World by Oktoberfestbeerfestivals.com does not disappoint in its return to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 2nd thru Monday, September 5th, 2016. Joining the proud tradition of Glockenspiels in Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati, you will want to witness first-hand the unveiling of the All New Cleveland Glockenspiel – this being the largest Glockenspiel in the U.S. Rock out every hour with featured Schuhplattler Performances by Cleveland-Based Group Tanz Und Spielkreis on our new 56’ stage.
The festival will also honor history with the evolution of the Glockenspiel as it hosts a very special appearance by the original Milwaukee Glockenspiel built in 1985. All we know is it’s going to be one big party that you’ll be cuckoo over.
Back in its 12th year, Cleveland Oktoberfest never forgets the “BIG 4” of any great Oktoberfest so there will be plenty of BEER to wet your palate; amazing traditional Bavarian FOOD (along with International choices) to delight your taste buds; great authentic German MUSIC along with other favorite ethnic sounds to some of the top tribute bands in the nation; and an Olympian Array of International Teams represented in DANCE in the Hacker-Pschorr International Dance Tent.
The Cleveland Oktoberfest welcomes back Paulaner as the presenting sponsor of Northeast Ohio’s largest annual outdoor ethnic festival. Founded in 1634, Paulaner’s longstanding dedication to purity in brewing has made them the #1 selling Oktoberfest Bier in Germany, and one of only six breweries represented at the Munich Oktoberfest. Paulaner is also giving you another chance to win a trip for two to the 2017 Munich Oktoberfest – Enter to win onsite at the Cleveland Oktoberfest.
When we say Rain or Shine, we mean it. While we all love to be outdoors, there is plenty of indoor activity. Stop by the “Paulaner Festival Tent” where festivities open with the official keg-tapping on Friday Evening.
All ages will find much to do at the multi-cultural festival, with Wiener Dog Racing, a microbrew competition, fireworks, puppet shows, sand sculpting, a Masskrugstemmen contest, a Bavarian Shopping Village, polka lessons, educational seminars, and much more.
Festival Hours: Friday, 4 p.m. – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon – midnight; Monday, noon – 8 p.m.
Courtesy Cleveland Oktoberfest.