Prost! Bockfest returns this March for its 30th year. Here's what is on the schedule.

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Bockfest is back!

The annual festival celebrating Cincinnati's brewing heritage and all things bock beer is returning for its 30th year March 4-6.

Organizers will have a new Bockfest Hall in Over-the-Rhine's Brewery District at Findlay Playground near Findlay Market for the event.

Bock beer is German in origin. It is a bottom-fermenting lager and is a dark, amber color and is stronger than a typical lager, according to craft beer outlet HopCulture.

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Admission for bock beer, music and entertainment at Bockfest Hall and other official venues is free. A full schedule of events, official venues and tickets for packages, tours and special events has not yet been released.

Bockfest Hall and adjacent spaces around the Brewery District will host a number of events during the festival. Here's what is on the schedule, so far:

Friday, March 4

  • Bockfest Parade: 6 p.m., stepping off from Arnold's Bar and Grill, 201 E. 8th St.

  • Bockfest Hall: Open 5-11 p.m., Findlay Playground, 1811 Vine St.

Saturday, March 5

  • Bockfest Hall: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Findlay Playground, 1811 Vine St.

  • Bockfest 5K: 10 a.m., starting from Bockfest Hall. Registration is now open at www.Bockfest5k.com.

  • Brewery District tours and programming: Bockfest Hall and Rookwood Pottery.

  • Sausage Queen Crowning: 9:30 p.m., Bockfest Hall.

Sunday, March 6

  • Bockfest Hall: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Findlay Playground, 1811 Vine St.

  • Brewery District tours and programming: Bockfest Hall and Rookwood Pottery.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Bockfest returns to Cincinnati for 30th year in March. What you need to know.

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