Bockfest™ Hall and Festival Tent
Bockfest™ Hall and the Bockfest™ Festival Tent are the center of the weekend’s activities. They open Friday March 4, 2016 at 5PM as the Bockfest™ Parade is beginning to form on 8th Street. The Hall is located at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Event Hall at 1619 Moore Street (directions). The Parade ends at the Hall, where the weekend’s festivities get started with the official blessing of the beer and awarding of the best parade entry. Throughout the weekend, the Hall and Festival Tent feature live music, bock beer and food. On Saturday, they host a celebration of local bock beers along with the Bloatarian Brewing League’s bock home brew competition, and is the starting point for the Prohibition Resistance Tours.
In addition to live music, Saturday evening includes the final round of Sausage Queen competitions and the crowning of Bockfest™ Royalty 2016. Continental Sunday is family-friendly entertainment that celebrates Sundays in Over-the-Rhine in the 1800s. The day features a variety of authentic German entertainment provided by participating German-American societies, German food, and beer specials. Sunday also brings the return of the steins, breweriana, authors, exhibitions, and tours.
All events at Bockfest™ Hall and the Festival Tent (except for tours) are free and open to the public.
Schedule • Open at 5:00P. Get a beer and wait for the parade to come to you! • Two stages all weekend long • 5PM-9PM Zinzinnati Bierband (Hall Stage) • 6P-8P Laignappe (Tent Stage) • 7PM-8P Blessing of the Bock with the St Francis friars & Jake Speed (Hall Stage) • 8:30P-10:30P Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle (Tent Stage) • 9:30P-11:30P Chasing Amy (Hall Stage)
Saturday, March 5
Bockfest™ 5K (starts at Bockfest Hall), 10AM • The Bockfest™ 5K, part of the Christian Moerlein Beer Series served up by the Flying Pig Marathon, takes you through the historic Brewery District and includes a t-shirt, unique medal, and a huge post-race party!
The Bockfest Beer Experience (at Bockfest Festival Tent). 1P to 6PM • The Bockfest™ Beer Experience is an event for people who are serious about brewing beer, as well as those who are just semi-serious about drinking it. Join local brewers, bloggers, and beer drinkers for a series of fun discussions, trivia, and more while enjoying local craft bock and seasonal beers. You can purchase a tasting ticket that lets you sample all the beers on draft for only $25. You can get a free pint glass if you pre-purchase your ticket by Friday March 4! The Blotarian Brewing League’s 7th Annual Bock Homebrew Competition is a professionally judged competition held during Bockfest. The winner’s recipe is used to produce the limited-edition Schoenling Bock the following year, and the winner will be announced Saturday.
The Sausage Queen Competition Finals (at Bockfest Hall,) 7:30-9PM • The Bockfest™ Parade includes the “Sausage Queen” – Bockfest royalty who carries a ceremonial tray of bockwurst sausages, accompanied by a court of contestants chosen from six preliminary rounds. On Saturday at 7:30PM, at Bockfest Hall, Sausage Queen 2016 will be selected in a gender-neutral competition.
Schedule • 10A-1P Just Add Beer (Hall Stage) • 10A-1P Gee Your Band Smells Terrific (Tent Stage) • 1:30P-4P Willow Tree Carolers (Hall Stage) • 4:30P-7P The Hot Magnolias (Hall Stage) • 6P-8P Elk Creek (Tent Stage) • 7:30P-9P Sausage Queen Finals (Hall Stage) • 8:30P-10:30P Josh McIntosh and Company (Tent Stage) • 9:30P-11:30P The Whiskey Shambles (Hall Stage)
Sunday March 6
Continental Sunday (at Bockfest Hall), 1P-7P: Organized by the German-American Citizens League, March 9rd is Continental Sunday at Bockfest Hall. In the Over-the-Rhine of the 1800s, it was illegal to sell beer on Sundays, but that didn’t stop Cincinnati’s German-American community from filling the day with revelry and drink. This controversial approach to celebrating the Sabbath was known as “Continental Sunday” and we celebrate this history with a day of authentic German dancing, variety shows, and music, along with tours, authors, steins, and breweriana exhibits. Everyone wearing tracht (traditional German dress) get $1 off beer.
Continental Bockfeast (at Bockfest Hall), 12P-2P: Dinner includes fresh rotisserie roasted chicken by the pros at Donauschwaben, sausage sampler from Queen City Sausage, potato-caramelized onion pierogies from Babuska Pierogies, German Potato salad, Sauerkraut with apples, onions and bier from Grandma Debbie’s, and a Servatii strudel. Big enough to share! Get your tickets HERE.
Bock Bloody Mary Bar (at Bockfest Bar Tent): Breakfast in a Glass! Choose from a nice variety of fresh and pickled veggies, seasoned salts, plus bacon, hard boiled eggs, and cheese.
Bocklympics (at Bockfest Festival Tent), 12P-7P: Join us Sunday at the Bockfest Hall Festival Tent for the inaugural Bocklympics, presented by the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games and PlayCincy. The Bocklympics are a day to shake the cobwebs off from the Bockfest weekend, with head to head competition and friendly open gaming on fun games. Games include:
- Basketball HORSE (on small kids sized hoops)
- Big Wheel Race
- Corn Hole
- Hula Hoop Endurance
- Stein Holding
- Supersize Jenga
Schedule • 1:30P-7P CONTINENTAL SUNDAY featuring the Polka Dots, Verein Musickanten, Enzian Tanzgruppe, Donauschwaben Schuhplatters, and the Germania Jaghorn Group (Hall Stage)
Delicious food from local favorites Servatii, Queen City Sausage, Taste of Belgium, and the St Francis Fish Fry will be available all weekend.
Join us for the Continental Bockfeast on Sunday from 12P-2P: Dinner includes fresh rotisserie roasted chicken by the pros at Donauschwaben, sausage sampler from Queen City Sausage, potato-caramelized onion pierogies from Babuska Pierogies, German Potato salad, Sauerkraut with apples, onions and bier from Grandma Debbie’s, and a Servatii strudel. Big enough to share! Tickets are presale only, get them HERE.
Sunday also has the Bock Bloody Mary Bar (at Bockfest Bar Tent): Breakfast in a Glass! Choose from a nice variety of fresh and pickled veggies, seasoned salts, plus bacon, hard boiled eggs, and cheese.
The Hall is cash only. Please plan accordingly but ATMs will be available throughout the Hall and Festival tent.
Along with Bockfest Hall at 1619 Moore Street (directions) these venues will be participating in Bockfest™ 2016 on March 4, 5, and 6. All venues are free and open to the public with no cover. You can catch the FREE Shuttle all weekend between venues.
Arnold’s Bar and Grill 210 East 8th Street | directions
Bockfest Hall 1619 Moore Street | directions
Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room 1621 Moore Street| directions
The Drinkery 1150 Main Street | directions
Dunlap Cafe 1926 Dunlap Street | directions
Goodfellas Pizzeria 1211 Main Street | directions
Halfcut 1128 Walnut Street | directions
Japp’s 1134 Main Street | directions
Lachey’s 56 East 12th Street | directions
The Lackman 1237 Vine Street | directions
Low Spark 15 West 14th Street | directions
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern 301 Milton Street | directions
MOTR Pub 1345 Main | directions
Mr. Pitiful’s 1323 Main | directions
Nation Kitchen & Bar 1200 Broadway | directions
Neon’s 208 East 12th Street | directions
Rhinehaus 119 East 12th Street | directions
Taqueria Mercado 800 Walnut Street | directions
Taste of Belgium 1135 Vine Street | directions
Washington Platform 1000 Elm Street | directions
The Woodward Theater 1404 Main Street | directions