Columbus Oktoberfest Canceled For 2020 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The 55th annual Columbus Oktoberfest has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled for Sept. 11 to 13, 2020 on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center.
“Columbus Oktoberfest is one of Central Ohio’s longest running festival traditions and we’re heartbroken that we can’t gather together and celebrate this year,” said Carla Epler, COO of Schmidt’s and Columbus Oktoberfest executive director. “Of course, our top priority is the safety of our guests and a commitment to doing our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 so we can all gather together soon.”
More than 30,000 Central Ohioans typically come out for the annual celebration of German heritage that spotlights German food, drink, music, dance and other beloved traditions.
One such tradition – the festive Meiler Vier, a four-mile foot race around the fairgrounds to kick off Oktoberfest weekend – will continue as a virtual event. The popular race typically sells out at 500 participants, many of whom run or walk in dirndls and lederhosen. Participants are encouraged to run or walk the four miles between Sept. 11 to 13 and they will receive a Meiler Vier shirt, a special offer from Schmidt’s, and a finisher medal. Participants can register here
Mark your calendar for 2021 Columbus Oktoberfest September 10-12, 2021
This year, the Columbus Oktoberfest will be held the weekend after Labor Day, September 11, 12 & 13. Earlier than normal, but so much more fun!
Beautiful Authentic Oktoberfest Setting... Rain or Shine!
Three 100 year old historic covered pavilions (100 thousand square feet) provide the perfect backdrop for two stages and dance floors for lots of polkas! Spanning across three buildings at the Ohio State Fairgrounds / Ohio Expo Center. Click here for directions.