German Cultural Guide


Grocery Stores:

Silverglades (Downtown/OTR)
Jungle Jim’s International Market (Eastgate and Fairfield)




Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country, is held along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio and showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America’s largest Oktoberfest with more than 500,000 people attending each year. In addition, Cincinnati’s many neighborhoods and cultural associations host their own Oktoberfests.

Fasching: Fasching is the pre-Lenten carnival season celebrated in German- speaking countries, similar to Mardi Gras. The exact historical origin of Fasching is not clear, but festivals of this type were established in Cologne by 1234. The festivals became a time when ordinary rules were overturned resulting in noisy parades, costume balls, excessive behavior, satirical plays, and speeches. At Fairview, this season of “merrymaking” is used to provide a break from the harsh, cold of winter, to experience a German tradition, and to raise money for the Fairview School. The Fasching celebration usually takes place on a Saturday in March. The new building assumes a carnival atmosphere as children, teachers, and parents join in the fun. In the German tradition the children make scary masks to frighten away winter and encourage the arrival of spring. Rooms of the school are filled with games, a Bid n’ Buy Auction, balloons, prizes, and delicious German foods and sweets.

Maifest: Maifest is based on the German tradition of welcoming the first spring wines.  Maifest is the first major festival of the summer for the Tri-State region.


Religious Services:

Quick Facts:

By 1900 60% of Cincinnati’s population was of German heritage, making it the largest concentration of German immigrants in the United States. Today, around 50% of the population still claims German descent, and German influences can still be seen today, from the Streetcar system to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and from Fountain Square to the Italianate architecture found all around the city.

The Hofbräuhaus in Newport, Kentucky, was the first authentic Hofbräuhaus in the United States, modeled after the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.

Additional Resources:
German Cincinnati – Don Heinrich Tolzmann
German Cincinnati Revisited – Don Heinrich Tolzmann
Cincinnati: A City of Immigrants

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