Bockfest — Cincinnati's annual three-day celebration of bock beer — returns in March.

The 27th annual Bockfest kicks off at 6 p.m. March 1 with the Bockfest Parade, which begins at Arnold's Bar & Grill and ends up at the Christian Moerlein Brewery and Taproom where a ceremonial keg of bock beer is blessed.

The celebration, organized by the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., also includes the Bockfest Beard Baron and Sausage Queen competitions, Billygoat Ball, a 5K, local bock beer tappings and tastings, history speakers, homebrew competitions, stein and breweriana displays, and historic brewery tours.

For a full list of activities and other details, click here.