Rejoice! You can still break out your best Bavarian getup and sip on your favorite seasonal brews this month, because Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is going bigger than ever for 2020. While an in-person festival is off the table, the tradition is staying alive virtually.
From September 18-27, festivities will take place daily and range from a prost led by Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch to the world’s largest chicken dance, with special guests and live performances each night, all accessible from Oktoberfest Zinzinnati’s website. The events can be enjoyed “in za haus” or at participating bars and restaurants—wherever you feel most comfortable.
Perhaps the most exciting new feature of this year’s altered Oktoberfest is the Zelebration Pack. Available to order online for $34.99, these packs are loaded with 21-and-older essentials like suspender koozies, taproom coupons, and beer gift cards.
The virtual celebration pack also features exclusive access to the official Oktoberfest Zinzinnati music playlist, a pair of suspenders, a coupon packet for your food needs (don’t forget the buns!), and even a yard sign so your neighbors know where the party is. Packs can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S., but if you’d prefer to pick yours up, you can drop by the Samuel Adam’s Taproom, On the Rhine Eatery, or The Holy Grail starting on September 15.
“Help make Oktoberfest Zinzinnati the world’s largest in 2020 by picking up or sending a tote full of beer, brats, and burgers to anyone in the neighborhood, region, or nation,” Cynthia Oxley, director of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, said in a news release.
Dating back to the very first festival in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati celebrates the deep German roots of Southwest Ohio in the form of polka dancing, stein-hoisting competitions, and an abundance of German-style food and beer. The festival brings in more than 500,000 folks each year, meaning we have some pretty big shoes to fill this month. Connect with your city’s heritage and with each other—and let’s break some world records while we’re at it.