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Akron Children’s Hospital

Celebrating 11 Years!

August 13 – 14, 2016

Lock 3 Park

200 South Main Street

Akron, OH 44308

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2016 Live Music Schedule

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2015 National Hamburger Festival a Winning Event

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The Unlikely Winner: Smoke the Burger Joint

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A Legacy of Delicious: Why is the National Hamburger Fest in Akron?

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The National Hamburger Festival

Legend has it that it was two brothers from Akron, Ohio who created the hamburger back in 1885. On the final day of the New York State Fair in Hamburg, NY, Akron natives Frank and Charles Menches ran out of pork for the sandwiches they were vending from their concession booth. Thankfully, the pair found some ground beef, as well as a myriad of other ingredients, to create one of America’s most iconic foods – the hamburger.

More than 125 years later, the city of Akron salutes this all-American sandwich during the National Hamburger Festival. Each year, 20,000+ people converge onto the Northeast Ohio community for a summer weekend of family fun featuring over 20 area eateries serving-up 50 different styles of hamburgers.

The festival is the brainchild of Drew Cerza President/CEO of Just Wing It Productions located in New York. As founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival and the Road to Buffalo Tour, Cerza has a history of managing successful events across the country.

For more than a decade, The National Hamburger Festival has been embraced by local and national media, as well as the residents and leaders of Akron and Ohio.

The National Hamburger Fest is held at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. Each year, the festival raises money for one of Akron’s favorite charities, Akron Children’s Hospital.