Hit the Highlights at Oktoberfest in Helen

Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia, is one the most highly anticipated annual German events stateside. Find out how to pack a ton of fun into a quick trip to Helen in October.

Helen OktoberfestOktoberfest in Helen is an annual festival held all over the world to celebrate the classic Bavarian culture. In 1970, Helen hosted the first Oktoberfest—and the festival has only proven to increase in popularity over the years.

Stateside, Helen’s Oktoberfest is the longest-running festival of its kind and includes original German traditions such as traditional beers, Germanic foods, polka dancing, and music played by local musicians in the Festhalle.oktoberfest dancing helen

Get your fill of Bavaria by stopping by these key places for some of the best music, libations, and food Helen has to offer.

Oktoberfest Music and Dancing

Helen Festhalle, the center hub of Oktoberfest, is located at 1074 Edelweiss St. in downtown Helen. The Festhalle is set up with rows of long tables so that you can eat and drink while enjoying both the national and international German-style bands playing. Check out this year’s band schedule.

Oktoberfest 2023 celebrations happen in the Festhalle daily until Oct. 29:

  • Monday through Thursday: 6PM – 10:30PM
  • Friday: 6PM – Midnight
  • Saturday: 1PM – Midnight
  • Sunday: 1PM – 7PM

As rowdy as Oktoberfest sounds, it is also family-friendly. Kids under 6 years old get in free and kids ages 6-12 are half off daily prices. Bring your kids earlier in the day to experience the flair of German celebration on their own dance floor.

oktoberfest beer helenOktoberfest Libations

The Festhalle serves a wide variety of German and American beer, wine, wine coolers, and ciders. So while you’re inside partying Bavarian-style, you can get more than your fill of the German good stuff.

But if you want to get a start earlier in the day, try one of these places for German beer:

oktoberfest food helenOktoberfest Food

When it comes to finding great German food in Helen, the possibilities are endless. Vendors at the Festhalle will serve you every traditional German dish you can imagine. Think bratwursts and wiener sausages, German potato salad, sauerkraut, and more. Check out this year’s menu at the Festhalle.

But if you want to explore German food in Helen on your own, here are some favorite places to experience the authentic Bavarian flavors of wurst, schnitzel, strudel, pretzels, and sauerkraut:

Nearby Attractions and Adventures

If you have some extra time on your hands while visiting Helen, check out these fun activities:

See our related post on Fun Things to Do in Helen!

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