August 31, 2011

Oktoberfest: Got Beer?

Looking for a way to celebrate the end of summer? Search no further than Cleveland's Labor Day Oktoberfest. Held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, the seventh annual fest brings together food, music and beer.

The fest celebrates the Bavarian culture and history in the city of Cleveland. Aspects of the culture are exhibited through art displays, traditional music, and ethnic food and drinks.

The fest will be jam-packed with events. The Bier Garden will host a "Microbrew Competition" featuring 16 brewers from major cities. Authentic German food will be dished out throughout the fairgrounds, along with a clambake to usher in the fall season.

Traditional German music, polkas and big band songs will be heard as visitors pass by the various bandstands. Patrons will also have the chance to peruse the Bavarian Bazaar, a collection of fine art and merchandise created by local artists.

Stop by and cheer on your favorite pup during the "Sugardale Weiner Dog Races." Other contests include a "Bavarian Strong Man and Woman" competition and a cornhole tournament. In addition, a 5K charity run and 1-mile walk will take place with all proceeds going toward the Alzheimer's Association.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children under 12 years old are admitted free. Parking is free all weekend long.

Oktoberfest hours:

Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 p.m.-midnight
Saturday, Sept. 3 from noon-midnight
Sunday, Sept. 4 from noon-midnight
Monday, Sept. 5 from noon-9 p.m.

For more information, directions, or a schedule of events, visit

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