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

BEREA, Ohio (August 25, 2019)

– 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 15th Annual Cleveland Oktoberfest to be held Labor Day Weekend, Friday, August 30, 2019 through Monday, September 2nd, 2019, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

The Cleveland Oktoberfest is a holiday family tradition, attracting 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 Berea Labor Day 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), Das Schnitzel Haus of Parma, 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 Bavarian 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 Garten and feature 16 brewers from Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, including local favorites like Great Lakes Brewing Co., Fat Head’s Brewery, Platform Beer Co., Market Garden Brewery, Sibling Revelry Brewing Co., 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 Cleveland Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races, the “Masskrugstemmen” (Bavarian Strong Man & Woman Competition), the Miss Oktoberfest Competition, and the Cleveland Oktoberfest 5K 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 Dorfrocker, The Chardon Polka Band, the Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine, The Klaberheads and Alex Meixner. And for the Rock ‘n Rollers, we’ll feature world renowned Journey tribute E5C4P3, Disco Inferno, 80’s Tribute The Spazmatics, Bruce Springsteen tribute Stone Pony, Neil Diamond tribute The Diamond Project, Elvis Tribute Walt Sanders and the Cadillac Band, and more. Throughout the weekend, there will also be roving performers on the midway.
  • Other Oktoberfest favorites include world champion sand sculptor Carl Jara, and our live Cleveland 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 an VW bus exhibit, polka lessons, 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 display of over 30 vintage Volkswagen buses.
  • Our Children’s Area will feature myriad activities for kids—from inflatable bouncers, to a mechanical bull, Otto the Wiener Dog, a Euro bungee, face painting, a marionette show, a roving magician, balloon artist, and loads more!

Admission to the Cleveland Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest is $13 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 online discount tickets, visit

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Oktoberfest At a Glance

What: 15th Annual Cleveland Oktoberfest
When: Labor Day Weekend, August 30th – September 2nd, 2019
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: $13 all evening; other ticketing options available; children under 12 gain free admittance.
Highlights: Fest Tent featured entertainment by Donauschwaben Blaskapelle, Tanz Und Spielkreis, and the Alex Meixner.

Bier Garden featured entertainment by Dorfrocker and Journey tribute band, E5C4P3.

Saturday: Gates open at noon and remain open until midnight.
Admission: $13 all day; children under 12 are free.
Highlights: Fest Tent featured entertainment by Gottscheer Blaskapelle, Toledo Holzhacker Buam, Aaron Dussing Band, Mädel Jäger, The Chardon Polka Band, Alex Meixner, and the Klaberheads.

Bier Garden featured entertainment by Dorfrocker, Stone Pony, and The Spazmatics.

Sunday: Gates open at noon and remain open until midnight.
Admission: $13 all day; children under 12 are free.
Highlights: Fest Tent featured entertainment by Schnickelfritz, Mädel Jäger, Alex Meixner, The Chardon Polka Band, The Klaberheads, and Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine.

Bier Garden featured entertainment by Elvis tribute, Walt Sanders & the Cadillac Band, The Modern Gentlemen (as seen on PBS), Dorfrocker, and Disco Inferno. FIREWORKS at dusk!

Monday: Gates open at noon and remain open until 8:00pm
Admission: $13 all day; children under 12 are free.
Highlights: Fest Tent featured entertainment by The Chardon Polka Band, Alex Meixner, and Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine.

Bier Garden featured entertainment by The Modern Gentlemen (as seen on PBS), and Neil Diamond tribute, The Diamond Project.

A full schedule of events and entertainment is posted at
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