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Loveland, Ohio – On Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th, the city of Loveland will host their second annual Oktoberfest event. The Little Miami River Chamber Alliance and area businesses are turning the downtown Loveland area, well let’s just say it won’t be “Margaritaville” for two days.

Warsteiner, an international German beer company that came to conception in Warstein, Germany in 1753 when Antonius Cramer was asked to pay beer tax after his home brewing volumes passed the amount allowed for personal use, will be hosting a Biergarten (beer garden in German) Emporium in Nisbet Park. Traditionally a Biergarten is an open-air space where beer and food are served. This concept dates back to the 19th century in Bavaria in which breweries planted gardens above cellars to keep their lagers cool enough to ferment underground. (Loveland Magazine photo from the 1st Loveland Oktoberfest)
Learn more about Loveland Oktoberfest 2022 in this chat with Randi Rico WLWT who is the celebrity guest for the Stein Hoist on Saturday night (Sept 24th)! Hear more about the event and what to expect as well as a surprising record that Randi holds! Listen in! https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837100

Restaurants and bars will hold the first round “Masskrugstemmen” Competitions (Stein Hoist Contests) on Friday and then the battle amongst businesses with the strongest Stein Hoist participant will be held on stage Saturday at 5:45 PM. Also on Saturday, Loveland will host an official Keg procession and tapping of the keg by Loveland’s Mayor, Kathy Bailey.

“O’zapft is” – the keg is breached!

Of course, we can’t forget about one of the most coveted German Oktoberfest traditions, the tapping of the Keg! The tapping of the Keg is one of the oldest traditions in Germany’s Oktoberfest celebrations. The Keg tap is typically done by the Mayor of Munich, which in Loveland’s case will be Mayor Kathy Bailey. The goal of the Keg tapping is for the Mayor to hit the Keg with a hammer the least amount of times possible before yelling “O’zapft is” (keg breached). Once the Mayor yells “O’zapft is” surrounding vendors may officially sell their beer!

Come be a part of the Weiner Dog Race fun! Register your pup here: https://bit.ly/3BzwHNP

Live entertainment, a Biergarten, stein slide, wiener dog race, kids zone with inflatable, axe throwing, crafts with our local Scouts, the Warsteiner Emporium, and much more make up the remainder of the weekend. Not to worry if you don’t have your dirndl dry cleaned, there will be Oktoberfest swag available for purchase on both days which will give you a very confident attitude or manner and personality that will last for days!

The Cincinnati Enzian Dancers will be entertaining Loveland with German Folk Dancing from 7 until 8 PM on Friday.

Keep your eyes on the time for an hourly Chicken Dance led by Liebeland’s leaders and personalities.

Schnappsband will play from 6 until 10 PM  on Friday and from 1 until 5 PM on Saturday.

Below is a complete schedule of events for the main stage. Restaurants and Bars will also be hosting German music throughout the weekend. There will be German fare available all over Loveland from restaurants and vendors as well. 

Mayor Kathy Bailey said, “We are very excited that the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance agreed to take on this event! It will be a wonderful addition to all the other events that we offer the community.” 

Here’s all the yummiest to expect!

All the Ingredients–on the patio of Hometown CafeBahama Mama Sausages and Fried Sauerkraut Balls
The Works–at restaurantGerman Potato Cakes and German Pizza
Bishop’s Quarter–in BiergartenGoetta Sliders
Hometown Cafe–on patioSchnitzel and Spaetzle
Knights of Columbus–in biergartenGoetta Burgers, metts, brats
Ramsey’s Trailside–in restaurantpretzels
Funnel Vision Food Truck–bier gartenfunnel cakes
Right Stuff Grill–bier gartenbrats, metts, german potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, pretzel bites, burgers
Kona Ice–bier gartenshaved ice
Dolph’s Dogs–bier gartenhotdogs

CeeCee Collins, president of the chamber shared, “We are so happy to hold Oktoberfest in downtown Loveland. We have a lot of festivals and fun activities in late spring and summer, now we have a fall event that our visitors can enjoy.” 

The Zinzinnati Bier Band will be live on stage at 6 PM on Saturday

Shuttles will be offered from Loveland Early Childhood Center and Shopper’s Haven from 5 pm until 10 pm each evening to provide easy access to the event.

Uber and Lyft too. Drink responsibly, please!

Come enjoy fall/Oktoberfest offerings in a great environment! 

Friday, September 23 

  • 4 PM Biergarten opens (featuring Warsteiner), Stein Slide opens 
  • 4 until 6 PM Live Music on Main Stage: Alico the Band
  • 6 until 10 PM Schnappsband
  • 6:30 PM Stein Hoist Prelims begin at local Restaurants and Bars 
  • 7:30 until 8 PM Cincinnati Enzian Dancers
  • 10 PM Call it a night! 

Saturday, September 24

  • Noon – Biergarten Opens, Live Entertainment Begins, Stein Slide opens 
  • Noon -1 PM Premier Dance and Tumbling
  • Noon until 4 PM Kids zone with face painting, crafts, bounce house & games
  • 1 until 5 PM Schnappsband
  • 3 PM Weiner Dog Race: Nisbet Park (pre-register here!)
  • 3 until -10 PM Chicken Dance on Stage on the hour with Loveland Leaders
  • 5 PM Ceremonial Keg Procession and Keg Tapping: meet in front of City Hall
  • 5:45 PM Stein Hoist Finals on Main Stage hosted by WLWT Channel 5 Weather Forecaster, Randi Rico
  • 6 PM Zinzinnati Bier Band live on stage 
  • 10 PM Call it a rap, enjoy the earworms, and dream fond memories. 
Premier Tumbling and Dance
offers all styles of dance, including Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre.
CLICK this LINK to read the details about each parking location in Historic Downtown Loveland near the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest.

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