2023 Cleveland Oktoberfest Press Release


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style=”font-weight:bold; fint-size:120%;”>One of the world’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations is back at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Cleveland, Ohio (July 15, 2023) – Cleveland’s Oktoberfest festivities return to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (19201 E. Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights) for two weekends – kicking off over the long Labor Day Weekend (September 1-4) and the following weekend on September 8 and 9.

The Paulaner Cleveland Oktoberfest – sponsored by Jägermeister – marks one of the largest Labor Day weekend events in the United States and the city’s most anticipated cultural festival.

What’s on tap for this year’s event?

  • Assortment of more than 15 craft Oktoberfest-style beers (with Great Lakes Brewing Company being the 2nd-weekend featured brewer and official sponsor)
  • Full lineup of recognized bands including, Grammy-nominated Alex Meixner Band, The Chardon Polka Band and Fred Ziwich & His International Sound Machine, among others. Additionally, the highly anticipated return of Dorfrocker to the festival the second weekend from Germany after a 3-year covid hiatus.
  • Features including: Wiener dog races, fireworks, Miss Oktoberfest Contest, Bavarian Shopping Village, 5K Bier Run, The Best Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition, Art Market, The International Pavilion, Classic Car Show (new), and the largest glockenspiel in the entire country.
  • Authentic German and European foods

“With each passing year the excitement grows and I am so grateful to once again unite with community partners to bring the rich German culture the community has come to expect,” said President of Heritage Productions, Adam Roggenburk. “More than 100,000 people are expected to attend, and it’s really powerful to witness the incredible impact that Oktoberfest has on our city.”

Cleveland Oktoberfest dates and times:
Friday, September 1 (4 PM – Midnight)
Saturday, September 2 (Noon – Midnight)
Sunday, September 3 (Noon – Midnight)
Monday, September 4 (Noon – 8 PM)
Friday, September 8 (4 PM – Midnight)
Saturday, September 9 (Noon – Midnight)

Visit ClevelandOktoberfest.com to purchase tickets, and view ticket packages including a two-day pass, V.I.P. Admission and ticket options which include the Pink Floyd Tribute Concert (WISH YOU WERE HERE) presented by Jägermeister.

Tickets are also available at the box office. Kids under age 12 are free. Labor Day (September 4) is Military Monday; show your military I.D. for a complimentary ticket. Parking is free.

Follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @ClevelandOktoberfest for the latest details and announcements. 

For additional information about tickets, entertainment schedules, attractions, food offerings, and merchandise, visit www.clevelandoktoberfest.com.

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Wish You Were Here – The Sight & Sound of Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here Concert

  Sat, Sept 9, 2023 @ 8:30PM in the Grandstand
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Wish You Were Here – The Sight & Sound of Pink Floyd – Performing Pink Floyd Classics, Hits and Obscurities

Known as the “Sight and Sound of Pink Floyd” since 1995, Wish You Were Here features North America’s biggest, most 
authentic Pink Floyd stage production -
 in a spectacular tribute of music, performers, lighting, videos and inflatables.

Wish You Were here continues its 28-year tradition as one of America’s most popular Pink Floyd tribute acts, combining Sight and Sound to capture the mood, emotions, and intensity of the Floydian theatrical concert experience. The 10-piece band authentically recreates music from the entire Pink Floyd canon, including classic favorites from Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, along with show-stopping deep tracks for the true Floyd fanatics – featuring a spectacular multi-media stage production with moving lights and lasers, vintage videos, flying inflatables, sound effects, Wall bricks and more. Originally debuting as Harvest Pink Floyd Revue in 1987, the band is one of the longest continually-performing Pink Floyd tribute acts in the world, with an unparalleled history of sold-out concerts, record-breaking festival events and celebrated theater productions throughout Midwest America.

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Bruce in the USA

  Fri, Sept 10, 2021 @ 9PM
  Bier Garten

Bruce in the USA - The World's Best Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandBruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute…

This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show.

Matt Ryan, from the World Famous “Legends In Concert” cast, began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in Legends “full scale” Las Vegas show. The great success in the famous Las Vegas show brought him to performances across the world, eventually evolving his character into the Bruce In The USA show.

The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians. The show has hosted musicians from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash… and so many more.This high end, powerhouse, band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy.

To millions of diehard fans around the world, it’s Springsteen’s marathon, party-like performances that have elevated him to hero status. Bruce’s legendary concerts (in the largest arenas) sell-out within hours of their announced sale. For those even lucky enough to get a ticket, there was nothing that could fill the aching void in between Bruce’s long-awaited tours…until now….

The Bruce In The USA show was born on the Las Vegas Strip in the winter of 2004, with its debut at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in the majestic “V Theatre”. The show assaulted the senses in a fun-filled and exciting party atmosphere on the Vegas Strip, while suspending disbelief for even the toughest skeptics. They’ve been met with critical acclaim, from the Stone Pony, large theaters, and Performance Art Centers across the country, as well as corporate events spanning across the globe for over a decade. Sell out crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last.

Titled, The World’s Greatest Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. by AXS TV’s, THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS, Hosted by Katie Daryl. Performing a 90 Minute Live Concert on The Sunset Strip, LA.

E5C4P3 Journey Tribute

  Fri, Sept 3, 2021 @ 9PM
  Bier Garten

E5C4P3 Journey TributeE5C4P3 was formed in June of 1993. From that year through 1999 E5C4P3 traveled nationwide and paid tribute to one of rock history’s most beloved bands performing for tens of thousands of fans. E5C4P3 is still known today as the original and best Journey tribute band to ever exist. In 1999 E5C4P3 went on hiatus and the world was suddenly filled with multiple Journey tributes trying to fill the void that E5C4P3 left behind. In 2008, E5C4P3 was reformed to recreate the magic of a Journey concert like no one else can. The band covers the music with a note-for-note accuracy that is second to none and performs each show with the high-energy excitement of a real Journey concert as well as visually recreating the essence of early 80’s Journey! Focusing on the ‘Steve Perry era’, E5C4P3 covers all the hits from ‘Lights’ and ‘Wheel In The Sky’ to ‘Separate Ways’ and ‘Be Good To Yourself’ including occasional surprises for all the die-hard Journey fans.

STV Bavaria

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STV Bavaria

Web: stvbavaria.org

STV BavariaCelebrating their 90th anniversary this year, audiences all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe have turned
out to watch the colorful "Dirndls" twirl into the arms of Lederhosen-clad "slap
dancers" as S.T.V. Bavaria performs.

Schuhplattling in Cleveland dates back to the early 20’s when four
couples joined the German-Austrian singing society "Blau Donau."
group of Alpine dancers, singers, and musicians would later form the Schuhplattler
und Bauerngruppe Blaue Donau.

In January of 1966, various Schuhplattler
groups from the U.S. and Canada united
to form the Gauverband
, which also holds a bi-annual convention and dance
competitions. On October
21, 1966, members of the Schuhplattler und Bauerngruppe Blaue Donau voted
to become independent of their parent singing society and remain in the Gau.
Thus, the Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein "Bavaria" as
it is known today, was formed.


Every other year, Cleveland Oktoberfest’s own STV Bavaria participates in a North American competition (Gauverband Nordamerika) against eighty-two member organizations. In June of this year "Bavaria" hosted the 24th Gaufest in Sandusky, Ohio where they placed 1st in the group competition! They also had couples place 1st and 2nd in the 16-34 category, 2nd in the 35-49 age group, and 3rd in the 60 and over category. By virtue of their achievements, "Bavaria" will be invited to compete at the Bayerische Loewe (Bavarian Lion) in Germany, where they will face off against the most elite Schuhplattln clubs in Bavaria! The competition is on June 21, 2014 in a small town near Augsburg, Germany.

Winning is nothing new for STV Bavaria. This marks the 9th time they’ve won the North American championship. "Bavaria" has finished 2nd twice, 3rd twice, and has not finished out of the top ten in the country in over forty years! We congratulate them on their outstanding cultural achievements and wish them continued success, especially in Germany.

May, 1972, about 1,200 dancers and guests came
to Cleveland to dedicate the club’s flag at St. John’s Cathedral. During
that same year, Steve Bencic started the Oktoberfest where "Bavaria"
continues to entertain hundreds of thousands every Labor Day weekend.

In 1973 STV dancers placed first in the Gaufest in
Washington, DC, and have since brought back to Cleveland 7 gold medals and
various other honors.

Bavaria consists of a children’s
group and a teen through adult group, each performing dances
from the Tyrol region in Europe, wearing authentic costumes or "tracht."