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Summer’s Last Chance to Dine, Drink & Dance!

BEREA, Ohio (May 8, 2017) – If you’re ready to rage against the dying light of summer, you need to look no further than Northeast Ohio’s annual end-of-the-summer party, the Tenth Annual Cleveland Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest to be held Friday, September 1, 2017 through Monday, September 4, 2017, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, in Berea.

Though the emphasis of an Oktoberfest is always on Bavarian food and culture, the Cleveland Oktoberfest is unique in that it’s also a celebration of our city’s rich ethnic diversity, as expressed through food, art, music and dance.

The Hacker-Pschorr Dance Tent will feature ethnic performers representative of over 20 countries, including Germany, Greece, Scotland, Poland, China, Russia, and more!

The Cleveland Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest is a holiday family tradition, attracting a fun-lovers from every walk of life, while offering an exciting menu of activities and entertainment to delight young and old alike.

The event is produced by the Berea Oktoberfest, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

Highlights of this year’s Oktoberfest include:
  • Our 5 Star Sausage Autobahn, where you can taste a variety of the world’s best sausages. Chef John Roberto, Official Oktoberfest Chef, will serve up a variety of Bavarian delicacies. Also featured will be Balaton of Shaker Square (voted Best Hungarian Restaurant by Scene), Seven Roses, Frank’s Bratwurst (voted Best Brats by Scene), and the famous Schmidt’s Restaurant & Sausage Haus of Columbus.
  • A Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday night!
  • We are pleased to announce that through our partnership with Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, the Cleveland Oktoberfest features two of Munich Oktoberfest’s most authentic and finest Bavaraian Biers! To view Paulaner’s beer list, click here. To view Hacker-Pschorr’s beer list, click here. Additionally, we’ll also be featuring The Best Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition, which will be held in the Bier Garden and feature 14 brewers from Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, including local favorites like Great Lakes, Fat Heads, Market Garden, Rocky River, Willoughby, Buckeye Beer Engine, and more! The competition features both a professionally judged multi-category event Friday night, and a People’s Choice which will be tallied and awarded Monday.
  • Contests will include the 5 Star Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races, the “Masskrugstemmen” (Bavarian Strong Man & Woman Competition), and the Cleveland Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run, and 1 Mile Walk. The race draws over 900 runners annually, with awards presented in various age categories. Proceeds benefit charitable organizations.
  • Traditional German music by famed musicians such as Grammy nominee, The DeLeon Oktoberfest Band, The Chardon Polka Band, the Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine, The Klaberheads and Deutscher Musik Verein. And for the Rock ‘n Rollers, we’ll feature world renowned Journey tribute E5C4P3, Bob Seger tribute Hollywood Nights, John Denver Tribute Ted Vigil, 80’s Tribute The Spazmatics, Bruce Springsteen tribute act Bruce in the USA, Neil Diamond tribute Project Diamond, Elvis Tribute Walt Sanders, and more. Throughout the weekend, there will also be roving performers on the midway, like the always raucous Chardon Polka Band and Brews Brothers.
  • Other Oktoberfest favorites include world champion sand sculptor Carl Jara, and our live Glockenspiel—a gigantic two-story working cuckoo clock with dancers who perform skits on the hour, always punctuating their performance by showering souvenirs on the crowd.
  • The Educational Pavilion will feature a display of award winning gingerbread houses, an historical exhibit by Euclid Beach Park, polka lessons, a VW bus presentation, culinary demonstrations, and much more!
  • Shoppers and collectors will find an authentic selection of high quality merchandise in our Bavarian Shopping Village, as well as a diverse assortment of fine art in our Art Market—a show and sale featuring the works of more than 50 local artists. Car enthusiast will enjoy our Classic & Antique Car Show as well as our display of over 30 vintage Volkswagon buses.
  • Our Children’s Area will feature myriad activities for kids—from inflatable bouncers, to a mechanical bull, Otto the Wiener Dog and other mascots, gingerbread house building workshops, a Euro bungee, face painting, the Frisch Marionette Show, sand castle building, and loads more!
Admission to the Cleveland Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest is $12 each day of the festival with children under 12 admitted free. A Four Day Pass will also be available. Parking will be FREE throughout the event.

For complete information and updates, including details about our $3 discount for all online orders, visit www.clevelandoktoberfest.com.

 

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Oktoberfest At a Glance

What: 11th Annual Cleveland Oktoberfest
When: Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1st – September 4th, 2017
Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Directions: Take I-71 to the Berea/Bagley Road Exit. Go west, less than one mile to the Fairgrounds entrance on the left. Click here to get directions from your location.

Friday: Gates open at 4:00pm and remain open until midnight.
Admission: $12 all evening; A $25 all access pass (includes 10 food and beverage tickets) will also be available; children under 12 gain free admittance.
Highlights: Main Tent featured entertainment by the Klaberheads and Alex Meixner. Bier Garden featured entertainment by Journey tribute band, E5C4P3, followed by the Bob Seger tribute, Hollywood Nights.

Saturday: Gates open at noon and remain open until midnight.
Admission: $12 all day; children under 12 are free.
Highlights: Main Tent featured entertainment by Deutscher Musik Verein, The Chardon Polka Band, The Klaberheads, and the DeLeon Oktoberfest Band. Bier Garden featured entertainment by DJ Kishka, Faction Cleveland, and The Spazmatics.

Sunday: Gates open at noon and remain open until midnight.
Admission: $12 all day; children under 12 are free.
Highlights: Main Tent featured entertainment by Deutscher Musik Verein, Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine, The Klaberheads, and The DeLeon Oktoberfest Band. Bier Garden featured entertainment by John Denver tribute, Ted Vigil, and Bruce Springsteen tribute, Bruce in the USA. FIREWORKS at dusk!

Monday: Gates open at noon and remain open until 8:00pm
Admission: $12 all day; children under 12 are free.
Highlights: Main Tent featured entertainment by Donauschwabische Blaskapelle, The Chardon Polka Band and The DeLeon Oktoberfest Band. Bier Garden featured entertainment by Neil Diamond tribute, Project Diamond, and Elvis tribute, Walt Sanders. A full schedule of events and entertainment is posted at www.clevelandoktoberfest.com.
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