CINCINNATI -- Getting pushed out of Fountain Square and a drenching downpour Friday night didn't keep the crowds away from this year's edition of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, which police estimate saw some 650,000 visitors from Sept. 16 to 18.
This ties the record estimated Oktoberfest Zinzinnati attendance figures of 2014 and 2015.
According to transit officials, the weekend also saw a boom in streetcar ridership. The Cincinnati Bell Connector has been projected to provide an average of about 5,500 rides between Friday and Sunday during an ordinary week; during Oktoberfest, the streetcar recorded over five times that figure: 29,000 rides.
“The overwhelming success of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is a testament to what our region can do when we all work together,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which puts on the event. “Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored and collaborated to bring a palpable excitement to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati’s site at Second and Third streets.”
No police incidents were reported during the event, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
“Oktoberfest Zinzinnati saw a safe, successful weekend due to the dedication and diligence of our partners with Cincinnati Police, Fire, Traffic and Engineering, ODOT and many more,” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2017 is scheduled for Sept. 15 to 17.