Bockfest Weekend is Here

Your Quick Guide to Bockfest Events this weekend

GPS for Ride Sharing: Bockfest Hall, 1621 Moore Street, 45202

  • Bockfest Parade, Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. from Arnold’s Bar & Grill to Bockfest Hall

  • Brewery District Tours, March 2-3 from Bockfest Hall

  • Bockfest 5K, Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. from Bockfest Hall

  • Beard Baron and Sausage Queen competitions, Saturday, March 2, 9 p.m., Bockfest Hall

  • Games, Germans, & Gemütlichkeit, Sunday, March 3, 12 p.m., Bockfest Hall

Bockfest, Cincinnati’s annual celebration of Spring and the area’s brewing heritage, kicks off its 27th year with free activities through Bockfest weekend, March 1-3, throughout downtown Cincinnati and the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

The full schedule is available at www.bockfest.com, along with ticket and package purchase details for tours, food, and additional fun. Entrance to Bockfest is free to enjoy great bock beer, music and entertainment. 

FRIDAY 

Bockfest weekend begins Friday, March 1 with the Bockfest Parade, which steps off at 6 p.m. and winds its way up from Arnold’s Bar & Grill to Main Street with a final stop at Bockfest Hall at the Christian Moerlein Brewery and Tap Room, 1621 Moore Street, where the ceremonial keg of bock beer is blessed and the party continues with live music, food, and cold bock beer. A free shuttle takes Bockfest-goers to the more than a dozen establishments participating in Bockfest Friday and Saturday night.

SATURDAY

The weekend continues Saturday morning with the Bockfest 5K that runs through Over-the-Rhine and past historic brewery sites. Register is now open at www.runbeerseries.com. After the 5K, dive deep into Beer & Bygone Days with local bock beer tappings and tastings, history speakers, beer homebrew competitions, stein and breweriana displays, and historic brewery tours.

Saturday night is the finals of the Bockfest Beard Baron and Sausage Queen competitions at Bockfest Hall. Winners of the six preliminary gender-neutral Sausage Queen rounds held at local bars compete in a rowdy pageant, led off by the Beard Baron competition. The night continues with with live music and plenty of cold bock beer.

SUNDAY

Sunday is a family-friendly day at Bockfest Hall. Games, Germans, & Gemütlichkeit kicks off with the Little Links kids pageant and features kid-friendly games, goat yoga, and music plus Bockfeast Dinner and Bock Bloody Mary Bar. The inaugural .05K Fun “Run” also raises money for the Brewing Heritage Trail for those looking to “run” off some of the bock beer. Continental Sunday showcases our heritage with live German music and dancing, steins and breweriana, and historic brewery tours. In addition, participating bars and restaurants will be offering special deals all weekend long.

The non-profit Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation is the organizer of Bockfest. All of the proceeds of Bockfest support the non-profit Brewery District CURC and its mission to preserve, promote, and redevelop Cincinnati’s brewing heritage, including the building of the Brewing Heritage Trail. Presenting sponsors are TruPartner Credit Union and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. Additional sponsors include Brew City Sausage, Avril Bleh, Servatii, RESLV, Decal Impressions, Cincy Brew Bus, AT&T, Karrikin Spirits, Biltmore Wines, Taft’s Brewing Co., Arnold’s Bar & Grill, Flying Pig Marathon, Main Street OTR, and the German-American Citizens League.

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