Bockfest™ Hall and Festival Tent

BockfestHallBockfest™ 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.

Friday, March 4

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 Bier 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. The Blotarian Brewing League’s 7th Annual Bock Homebrew Competition is a professionally judged competition. The winner’s recipe is used to produce the limited-edition Schoenling Bock the following year. This year, in addition to the competition, people who are far more comfortable drinking beer than brewing it get to judge their own favorite bock. Brewmasters from multiple craft breweries in the Cincinnati region will be present at the Bockfest Festival Tent to discuss and answer questions about their beers while attendees taste different offerings.
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 TBA (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: The dinner includes. Get your tickets HERE.

Bockolympics (at Bockfest Hall 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
  • Limbo
  • Stein Holding
  • Supersize Jenga
  • Fowling

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: A delicious dinner. Only $20 which includes your drink! Tickets are presale only, get them HERE.

The Hall is cash only. Please plan accordingly.

Participating Venues

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
Cafe Martin 2 Garfield Place | directions
Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room 1621 Moore Street| directions
Cincy by the Slice 1207 Main Street | directions
The Drinkery 1150 Main Street | directions
Goodfellas Pizzeria 1211 Main Street | directions
Halfcut 1128 Walnut Street | directions
Japps 1134 Main Street | directions
Lachey’s 56 East 12th Street | directions
The Lackman 1237 Vine Street | directions
Liberty’s Bar & Bottle 1427 Vine Street | directions
Low Spark 15 West 14th Street | directions
Lucy Blue Pizza 1126 Main Street | directions
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern 301 Milton Street | directions
MOTR Pub 1345 Main | directions
Mr. Pitiful’s 1323 Main | 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