Beautiful Authentic Oktoberfest Setting... Rain or Shine!
Three 100 year old historic covered pavilions (100 thousand square feet) provide the perfect backdrop for two stages and dance floors for lots of polkas! Spanning across three buildings at the Ohio State Fairgrounds / Ohio Expo Center.
100,000 sq ft of covered space
On behalf of the Schmidt family and the Columbus Oktoberfest we would like to welcome you to the 50th Annual Columbus Oktoberfest. Not only does the event have a tremendous history in this city, but the Schmidt family adds 128 years of Columbus tradition as well!
The Columbus Oktoberfest originated in Schiller Park, moved to the Ohio Expo Center, then set-up at multiple sites throughout German Village for several years (these sites each became unavailable due to new development in the district). Despite much success, the German Village Society sadly voted to cancel Oktoberfest in July of 2009, citing lack of profitability and the desire to move away from relying on weather-related events for fundraising efforts.
At this time, the Schmidt family stepped in on behalf of the Oktoberfest, partnering with the Ohio Expo Center (a previously successful site which offers unique facilities resembling authentic German beer halls) and the Cox Family, another local business offering over fiftythree years of family experience in the event industry. With only eleven weeks, a handful of promotional partners and a shoestring budget, the Schmidt’s and their partners were able to produce an outstanding Oktoberfest that exceeded the expectations of all. Despite horrendous weather, the competing OSU home Big Ten game, a new location and much skepticism in the media, attendance exceeded 35,000 throughout the three-day event!
Great Shopping in the GIANT EAGLE MARKTPLATZ PAVILION:
Take a stroll through the GIANT EAGLE MARKTPLATZ Pavilion, home of the Art & Craft Marktplatz and Merchant Market, featuring up to 85 exhibitors.
Art & Craft Marktplatz:
Shop and browse from a wide selection of unique handmade, one-of-a-kind creations by talented artisans and craftsmen. Visitors will find beautiful jewelry, functional stoneware, horse hair pottery, mixed media, carved wood, handmade sports items, creative fabric items, OSU 3D wall art, lovely wood and metal furniture, sweet smelling candles, soaps & lotions, exquisite quilts, gourmet food selections, yard art and so much more.
Don't miss this area designated specifically for small business and commercial vendors. You’ll learn about the newest trends, ideas, and special offers available from many local businesses, as well as have the opportunity to shop for the latest selections from some of your favorite home-based business representatives.
We cordially invite you to participate in the Art & Craft Marktplatz where talented artisans and craftsmen will showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind creations at this year's annual Columbus Oktoberfest. The Giant Eagle sponsored Art & Craft Marktplatz is one of the premier featured attractions as this longstanding Oktoberfest tradition makes its mark on Central Ohio attracting an estimated attendance of over 30,000 people. Artisans and craftsmen will be situated under a 100 year old historic covered pavilion centrally located in the heart of the Oktoberfest festivities providing artisans and crafters with a great opportunity you won't want to miss! Beautiful authentic setting, rain or shine...the event is weatherproof!