October 8th & 9th, 2021
Join us October 8th & 9th as Octoberfest celebrates its 38th year in downtown Cleveland.
For nearly 40 years, Octoberfest has served as the largest festival in Bolivar County. The weekend is jam packed with food, music, arts, and entertainment for the entire family! Join us in historic downtown Cleveland, Mississippi on October 8th and 9th for your class reunion, BBQ battle, artistic showcase, or Delta jam session. Vendor applications are live now, and we look forward to hosting you!
This year’s festivities will include a barbecue contest sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network, the Mississippi Delta State Barbecue Championship, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and live entertainment, including a street dance on Friday night.
Octoberfest is also a contest on the Delta BBQ Battle circuit, which awards $5,000 to the Championship team and $1,500 to the Patio team with the highest cumulative score from three of the four contests on the circuit. With the participants hungrier than ever for competition, the food is sure to be out of this world! Check out our vendors and plan your weekend's itinerary to secure your spot for the fall’s biggest party in the Delta!
Live music is BACK at the 38th Annual Octoberfest! Friday night, the Gran Boiz, a dynamic roots trio based in the Mississippi Delta, will kick off the performances at 6pm, followed by country tunes from Craig Adams and the Long Goodbye. At 8:30pm, The Cuz Band will rock us into the night with high-energy Blues, R&B and Soul music!
Come back out Saturday starting at 11am to hear the Americana stylings of Jeff McCreary, followed by the classic combination of fiddle, bass, and acoustic guitar from the Bill Ellison Trio. Their "grassroots" stylings will have the whole family entertained!
Back on the stage at 1:15 we'll have Variety, a popular ‘old school’ R&B/soul duo of siblings Eric Edwards and Shara White from right here in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Joe Garcia and his band will round out the performances, and will take the stage at 2:45pm.
Tricia Walker, our 2021 Octoberfest chairperson, said, "“Live music and musicians were hit hard during the pandemic. This makes it all the more exciting that live music is BACK at this year’s Octoberfest! And with Cleveland becoming more and more known as a ‘roots music’ town, Octoberfest is pleased to present the best of our local and regional roots musicians at this year’s festival…R&B, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Soul…Octoberfest 2021 will have it all!”
Russell Gainspoletti will serve as the chairman for the 38th Annual Octoberfest! Click HERE to read more about Russell and his vision for Octoberfest 2021!