4 Oktoberfest festivals we can't wait for this fall

  • Jim Ingram
  • Staff Writer
6:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 What To Do

Summer may be winding down, but that just means the fall festival season is revving its engine and ready to go. Dayton is lucky enough to be surrounded by some great Oktoberfest events every year. 

Here is a list of Oktoberfest celebrations we can’t wait to enjoy:

The German Club Edelweiss at 531 E. Wenger Road hosts this one-day event, featuring music by Chris Weiss and Frank Moravcik. Sauerkraut, potato salad schnitzel and more are featured food options for this festival, which runs from 2-11 p.m. Admission is $3. Children 16 and younger are admitted free.

Springboro Oktoberfest – Sept. 8-9

Jan Underwood
Cathy Simmons and her son Clark, 10 months, of Springboro wait backstage for the annual German costume show at the German Picnic. Simmons bought her traditional German dress at an Oktoberfest in Germany in 2004. She and a friend created her son's lederhosen for the festival.

This festival, now in its fifth year, offers hearty helpings of German food and possibly the best selection of wursts in a 50-mile radius, to include Spicy Pepper Jack Wurst, Apple Gouda Chicken Wurst and Kale (yes, kale) and Asiago Wurst. Pretzels, pickles, sauerkraut balls onion pie and much more fill a delectably intriguing menu. More than a dozen craft beers will be available to help you wash all that down. 

This year, several Dayton and Cincinnati-area breweries have come together to produce their own brews just for this event.

Admission is $3 and proceeds go to help a number of worthy charities, including The Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Springboro Community Assistance Center.

Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Things kick off on 11 a.m. Friday with the Lederhosen Lunch. Food is available for purchase, and admission is free. That will be followed by a Preview Party at 7 p.m., with complimentary draft beer, wine and soft drinks. Admission in advance is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. Tickets cost $95 at the gate.

The main event (Sept. 23-24) features domestic, international and craft beers, international wines, food, kid-friendly art activities and more, with live music on two stages throughout the weekend. Admission in advance: $5 (adults), $3 (seniors and youth). Admission at gate: $7 (adults) $5 (seniors and youth).

Organizers say more than 80,000 people flock to the Auglaize County village each year for this festival emphasizing the community’s German heritage. Music, food, and, of course, beer are the stars of the event. However, Minster’s Oktoberfest offers unique twists like beer tray relays, a jug hoist, a car show and a 10k run to help clear space for all those calories.

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