Schwaben Oktoberfest


Colerain Township, Ohio, September 18, 2014— The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, located in Colerain Township, is celebrating their 22nd Annual Oktoberfest this year on the weekend of Oktober 3, 4 and 5.

While the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is not the biggest in Cincinnati it is with no doubt the most authentic. The 3-day festival is the only Oktoberfest in Greater Cincinnati that is held in Oktober and will offer: over 25 imported and domestic beers on draft (including favorites such as Hofbräuhaus, Warsteiner and Paulaner, and the new Donauschwaben house brew “Schwaben Lager”), pit-roasted Bavarian pig and chicken, homemade German sausage, stuffed cabbage, goulash with Spätzle (noodles), homemade tortes and pastries, funnel cakes, goetta, and so much more.

This year’s event will feature continuous live German music from Trauntul Trio and Kraichgauer Hundsbuam (from Germany) as well as Cincinnati’s own Alpen Echos and Vereinsmusikanten. It will also feature performances by the Donauschwaben and the Enzian dance groups, George Fraundorfer’s Log Sawing Contest and chances to win at split the pot and the infamous wagon of cheer.

“The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest has something for everyone to enjoy,” said John “Hansi” Weissmann, Oktoberfest Co-Chairman at the Donauschwaben Society. “You can enjoy homemade food, over 25 beers on draft, and music entertainment all the way from Germany.”

The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest isn’t exclusively for people with a German background, either.

“We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the music, the great food, and traditional German Gemütlichkeit,” Weissmann said. “Our goal is to bring the most authentic Oktoberfest experience to Cincinnati.”

The festival also offers a kid-friendly Kinderplatz area that has face painting, games and other activities along with a playground to enjoy.

Come early to enjoy the 6th Annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest Car Show on Sunday, October 5 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Registration time for both classic American and European automobiles is from 10:00 am -1:00 pm with an registration fee of $15.00. The car show trophies will be awarded at 3:00 PM. For car show information and registration contact John Weissmann at (513)-615-2665.

The 22nd Annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is the first weekend in Oktober located at the Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township (I-275 and Colerain Ave, behind the Lowe’s). The festival starts Friday Oktober 4 (6 pm-12:30 am), Saturday Oktober 5 (1:00 pm-12:30 am), and Sunday, Oktober 6 (10:00 am-8:00 pm). Onsite and convenient shuttle parking from Saint John Dry Ridge School is available. Event admission is $3.00 per person.

For a complete schedule of events, more information on Oktoberfest and other Donauschwaben events, like the Official Cincinnati Donauschwaben page on Facebook (, follow them on Twitter ( or visit their website at