On Friday evening the annual festival kicks off with the lighting of the ceremonial grill, as well as the beginning of the BBQ competition and a street dance featuring live music.
OctoberFest features barbecue cooking teams from all over the country. The contest is a Memphis Barbeque Network sanctioned event and the winners are announced on Saturday.
Saturday’s events bring a good time downtown for all ages. Live entertainment takes place all day long with children’s activities such as face painting, a rock wall, inflatables, train rides, and other fun entertainment.
Perhaps the most anticipated event for the children, however, is the chance to see their school principals kiss a live pig as part of a fundraiser for the schools.
Artisans will line the sidewalk downtown, showing off their crafts and selling their goods. A huge variety of food is available for visitors of Octoberfest that includes our signature barbeque plates.
Octoberfest draws over 15,000 people to downtown Cleveland each year.
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