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Seven local Oktoberfest celebrations we’re raising a stein for

Seven local Oktoberfest celebrations we’re raising a stein for

Sarah Sole

We’re well aware it’s very much still August, but give us two weeks and we’ll have pumpkins on our porches and marshmallows toasting on open flames. That’s right: Fall is just around the corner, and one of the best ways to usher in the crisp, cool weather is by celebrating Oktoberfest. We know the name can be misleading, but these festivities tend to occur in September, as the September evenings are more mild and better suited for gatherings, especially in Germany where the festival began. We’ve rounded up several options to make sure you can toast the changing season with a stein or two. 

Columbus Oktoberfest

5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 9, noon to midnight Sept. 10, noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 11

Ohio Expo Center/Ohio State Fairgrounds

This powerhouse of an event features food, shopping, dining, and plenty of entertainment.


5 p.m. Sept. 16

543 S. Front St. 

Join the Germania Singing and Sport Society as it hosts its 65th Oktoberfest celebration.

Oktoberfest at Zaftig Brewing Co. 

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 17

Zaftig Brewing Co. 

Oktoberfest beer will be on tap at this special event, which will include stein-holding and keg-rolling competitions, as well as contests for the best-dressed humans and pets. 

Cocktails at the Conservatory: Oktoberfest

5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory’s cocktail event features festive German-style beers, accordion music, German food, and more. Tickets are $30, and $25 for Conservatory members. 

Sunday Funday: Oktoberfest

Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25

666 High St.

Hosted by the Electric Sheep Makerspace and the Worthington Partnership this celebration features pretzels and other food specials, live music, games, entertainment, and of course, beer. 

Oktoberfest Bar Crawl

3 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 

Park Street Cantina

Tickets get you an Oktoberfest beer mug and drink specials and discounted food at participating bars.

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