Schmidt’s Columbus Oktoberfest

Schmidt’s Columbus Oktoberfest

Schmidt’s Columbus Oktoberfest is coming back this year to the Ohio State Fairgrounds! Join this epic festival that has something for anyone age 2 – 82! They are the only “weatherproof” event around (over 100,000 square feet of covered space); so you can eat, drink, polka and never get wet!

2022 Dates & Times:

Friday, September  5:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday, September 10th 12:00pm – 12:00am
Sunday, September 11th 12:00pm – 8:00pm

717 E 17th Ave
Columbus, OH 43211

The Festival

Tasty food, lively music, bountiful brews, and games galore. The Columbus Oktoberfest has it all.

  • Bier Halls – Featuring Ohio’s Craft Breweries in the Hofbräuhaus Hall. Try them all… Homestead, Saucy, Thirsty Dog, Taft’s, and Sideswipe.
  • Wine Garten
  • Kinderplatz – Children’s area
  • Marktplatz – arts/crafts, commercial area with over 85 vendors
  • Full entertainment line up on three stages,
  • Vier Meiler (4 miler run/walk event)
  • delicious brats, cream puffs and all the other traditional items you expect.

Columbus Oktoberfest

Official Kick Off Party – Thursday, Sept. 8, 5 PM – 10 PM
Hosted by Hofbräuhaus Columbus
Live entertainment, great food, greater beer!
Located at 800 Goodale Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43212

Vier Meiler/Brat Trot – Friday, Sept. 9, 6:15pm
In conjunction with the Keg Tapping and run by M3S Sports
Featuring the music of Alphorn Grüezie

Gemutlichkeit Strength competition – Saturday Sept 10th

  • Steinstossen (Stone Throw) – Introduced in Germany in 1860 as a track and field event. Competitors hurl large stones weighing anywhere from 75lbs to 180lbs to see who can throw it the greatest distance.
  • Keg Press – In this competition, competitors see how many times they can press a loaded keg weighing anywhere between 175lbs and 225lbs above their head in 60 seconds.
  • Keg Hold – Competitors see who can hold a loaded keg out in front of them the longest.
    It’s the strongman’s stein hold!
  • Keg Toss – This event is all about raising the bar! Competitors heave a pony keg weighing anywhere from 25lbs to 45lbs as high as they can to clear the bar.
  • Steinheben (Bavarian stone lift) – This one is the grandaddy of them all! We use a 508lb stone, stick a handle in it and see how high our competitors can lift it. Sounds simple, its anything but!

Food and Drink:

  • Craft Bier Garten – Featuring Ohio’s Craft Breweries in the Hofbräuhaus Hall. Try them all… Homestead, Saucy, Thirsty Dog, Taft’s, and Sideswipe.
  • WineGarten – Try an expanded selection of wines in the Heidelberg Beer Hall.
  • Schmidt’s
  • DK Diner
  • Neffy 
  • Philly Pretzel Factory
  • Mauger’s Mini Donuts


  • Free Admission! (Parking for the event is $10)

For more information and for tickets, visit their website. If you are staying in the area for a while, you may want to look at our list of things to do in Columbus.*All photos information and photos courtesy of Schmidt’s Columbus Oktoberfest.