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Fill your beer tankards, Columbus. Oktoberfest is back and it promises to be bigger than ever.

There’s a bunch to look forward to at this year’s German cultural celebration. Enjoy the Craft Beer Garten where you’ll be able to taste craft beers from all across Ohio. Dance the polka to traditional German folk music while sloshing your suds about the fairgrounds. This year’s Oktoberfest goes from Friday the 22nd, straight onto Sunday 24th, for an entire weekend of dancing, dirndls, and German debauchery.

Weather

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This weekend’s weather is looking to be perfect for sipping on hefeweizen in the early fall sun. You might want to put on a pair of sunglasses to go with your lederhosen this time around. Not only will you be prepared for all those gnarly rays but you’ll look extra ridiculous, and isn’t that what Oktoberfest is really all about?

Friday

High of 89° F. Sunny and partly cloudy for most of the day.

Saturday

Also 89° F. Clear skies with only a 10% chance of rain.

Sunday

88° F. Clear and sunny weather throughout the day.

Parking

Oktoberfest this year will be located at the Ohio Expo Center & Fairgrounds, at 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211. Good news, everyone: the festival’s beer hall is conveniently located right next to the designated parking areas. The bad news: the festival’s beer hall is located right next to the designated parking areas. So yeah, that could be an issue. If you want to play it closer to the safe side (and we all should) try using a rideshare service or take the COTA. The number 4 line runs right to the fairgrounds.

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The Fun Stuff

The festival will host two different event halls, each with activities and shows scheduled all weekend long. You can expect performances by Reaganomics, The Klaberheads, and (my personal favorite band name) Megabeth. Oktoberfest won’t be all beer, bratwurst, and dancing. Just, you know, most of it.

Heidelberg Beer Hall

Friday

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5:00 p.m. Polkaholics
6:15 p.m. Keg Tapping
6:15 p.m. Brat Trot
7:30 p.m. Celebrity Cream PuffStuff
8:00 p.m. Tommy Schober

Saturday

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12:00 p.m. Lustigen Almdudler
4:00 p.m. Toledo Holzhacker
4:30 p.m. The Klaberheads
8:00 p.m. Stein Hoist Contest
8:30 p.m. Tommy Schober

Sunday

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12:00 p.m. Lustigen Almdudler
3:00 p.m. Tanz und Spielkreis
3:30 p.m. The Klabberheads
6:00 p.m. Cream Puff Stuff
6:30 p.m. Tommy Schober

Schmidt Prost Hall

Friday

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5:00 p.m. Radio Surfers
8:30 p.m. Reaganomics

Saturday

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12:00 p.m. Anna & the Consequences
4:00 p.m. Spinning Jenny
6:00 p.m. Toledo Holzhacker Buam
9:00 p.m. No Regrets Band

Sunday

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12:00 p.m. Megabeth
4:00 p.m. Yodeling Contest
4:30 p.m. Tanz und Spielkreis
5:00 p.m. McGuffy Lane

Kids and Family Area

This year Oktoberfest is offering a separate kids area just for families called the Kinderplatz. You’ll be able to sip on a tasty brew while the young ones run off and play to their heart’s content. It’s perfect for anyone trying to get away from the normal Oktoberfest hooliganism for a more kid-friendly environment. There will be crafts, performances, and even a Kinder Parade scheduled at 4 p.m. on Sunday

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So what’s your excuse Columbus? Get down to the Oktoberfest this weekend for a healthy dose of ridiculous German merriment and fun.

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