Alpine Fun at the Annual Helen Georgia Oktoberfest
Did you know that the longest-running Oktoberfest in the United States happens in Helen in the North Georgia mountains each year? Join the town of Helen this Fall to celebrate the 50th annual Helen Oktoberfest!
Helen Oktoberfest starts on September 9th and lasts for 8 and a half weeks! Get details below on how to enjoy Helen’s most popular annual event!
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2021
The 2021 Helen Oktoberfest dates are from September 9 through November 7. Make plans now to attend the festivities with the details below.
So what should you expect at the annual Oktoberfest event in Helen?
The alpine mountain town of Helen looks like a Bavarian village all year round, but this small town packs extra oomph during Oktoberfest. In addition to the lively German music and attire, expect to find plenty of beer, wine, and traditional German foods including brats and sauerkraut!
The weather may still be hot as festivities get started in September — you may even find yourself sweating in your lederhosen! As the event nears its close in late October, the weather will be cooler and the Georgia mountains will be bursting with gorgeous fall colors. Make sure to check the weather forecast in advance to ensure your comfort.
Traffic can slow down considerably during peak hours, so give yourself extra time for travel. The biggest crowds show up when the fall colors of the leaves in the mountains are at their most colorful peak — this annual display attracts thousands of people to enjoy the natural beauty and coincides with the Oktoberfest schedule.
Make certain to book your lodging well in advance for these peak weekend dates in October.
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest Schedule
You will find that the entire Helen village gets wrapped up in the spirit of Oktoberfest, but the main event happens in the Helen Festhalle at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the festivities.
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2021 Dates
The 2021 Helen Ga Oktoberfest is scheduled to start on Thursday, September 9th, and run through Sunday, November 7th. The Helen Festhalle will be open from Thursdays – Sundays in September (9/9 – 9/30) and daily through the end of Oktoberfest (10/1 – 11/7).
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2021 Daily Hours
Purchase your tickets at the door for the Helen Oktoberfest. The event is kid-friendly and kids even have their own dance floor! Active and retired military get free admission with a valid military ID. Plus, everyone gets in free on Sundays!
- Monday – Thursday • 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
- Friday • 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Saturday • 1:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Sunday • 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2021 Parade
There is an Oktoberfest parade on the first Saturday of Oktoberfest to kick off the festival. The 2021 Oktoberfest parade is on Saturday, September 11th at 12:00 pm.
Get there early to find a great viewing spot along the Helen Oktoberfest parade route:
- Starts on Edelweiss Strasse near the Festhalle
- Turns on to Chattahoochee Strasse
- Turns on to Main Street
- Ends at Betty’s Country Store
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2021 Bands
Enjoy authentic live German music at the Helen Festhalle that starts 30 minutes after the doors open each day.
Arrive early for the best seats or spend the entire time doing traditional dances on the dance floor!
- September 9 – 12 with music from Yodel Blitz and Liab’ und Schneid
- September 16 – 19 with music from The Czechers and Festhaus Music
- September 23 – 26 with music from Prost and Das Polka Stimmung Duo
- September 30 – October 3 with music from Pech & Schweifel and Sonnen Schnapps
- October 4 – 10 with music from Squeeze Box featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B. and Sonnen Schnapps
- October 11 – 17 with music from Alex Meixner Band and Alpinedoc Matthias
- October 18 – 24 with music from Alpenmusikanten and The Duncan’s from Prost
- October 25 – 31 with music from Martin Gross und sein Sonnenschein Express and Herb Albinus
- November 1 – November 7 with music from Europa and Herb Albinus
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2021 Keg Tapping
Visitors that are ages 21+ are invited to join the Helen Oktoberfest keg tapping events located around town. These events happen on Saturday afternoons during the first half of Oktoberfest from September 11th – October 9th.
- Saturday, September 11th
- 1:30 pm – Helen Festhalle
- 3:00 pm – Cowboys & Angels
- 4:00 pm – Troll Tavern
- 5:00 pm – Cafe International
- Saturday, September 18th
- 12:00 pm – King Ludwig Biergarten
- 1:00 pm – The Heidelberg
- 2:00 pm – Alpine Brew Deck
- 3:00 pm – Two Tire Tavern
- Saturday, September 25th
- 12:00 pm – Schatzie’s Cafe
- 1:00 pm – Hofbrauhaus
- 2:00 pm – Betty’s Country Store
- 3:00 pm – Hofer’s
- Saturday, October 2nd
- 12:00 pm – Slice of Helen
- 1:00 pm – Bigg Daddy’s
- 2:00 pm – Hayloft
- 3:00 pm – Bodensee
- Saturday, October 9th
- 12:00 pm – Monday’s Pub
- 1:00 pm – Spice 55
- 2:00 pm – Sweet Acre Wine
- 3:00 pm – Chattahoochee Dog Haus
- 4:00 pm – River Haus
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest Cost
The Helen Oktoberfest is free for everyone on Sundays. Active and retired military personnel get free admission every day with a valid military ID.
Helen Ga Oktoberfest 2021 Tickets
Oktoberfest tickets are available for purchase in person at the door. Helen Oktoberfest is a kid-friendly event and kids even have their own dance floor!
- Monday – Friday • $8.00 ages 13+ • $4.00 ages 6 – 12 • free for kids under age 6
- Saturday • $10.00 ages 13+ • $5.00 ages 6 – 12 • free for kids under age 6
- Sunday • free admission for everyone
Groups of 25 or more can request a group package with advance reservation & prepayment only. Tables will be reserved for groups booking Monday through Thursday (must arrive at Festhalle by 6:30 pm). Each group will receive 2 free tickets.
Note that everyone has their ID checked upon entrance so make sure to remember to bring your ID!
Helen Oktoberfest Food Menu
The Helen Festhalle serves traditional German favorites like bratwurst, sauerkraut, leberkase, and German potato salad. There are also snackable standards like nachos, hot dogs, and cookies available for any picky eaters in your group.
Outside of the Festhalle, Helen is known for lots of great restaurants with German food and drink all year long!
Helen Oktoberfest Lodging
There are lots of different options for lodging in Helen during Oktoberfest, but be sure to book in advance as most Helen hotels and rentals will sell out on peak Oktoberfest dates.
For the best experience, try to find a place within walking distance from downtown Helen. It’s a great time of year to be outside for a walk around town, plus vehicle traffic can be especially busy during Oktoberfest.
There are many great VRBO vacation rentals in Helen located within walking distance to the center of the Helen village. Choose downtown or riverfront houses, condos, cabins, and cottages. Find pet-friendly options or something big enough for a large group!
Helen Hotels & Motels
Stay with familiar brands and find perks including free breakfast, parking, and internet access. Earn free nights or loyalty points with select rates. Find the best prices and search multiple hotel properties/brands with online travel agencies like Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline, and Booking.com.
Get a little closer to nature with a stay at a campground. Find primitive campsites, glamping options, or rent an RV for your camping trip.
Helen Oktoberfest Transportation
This popular event sees the small town of Helen (population 543) swell to greet thousands of visitors each year. Traffic can be slow-moving on the 2-lane main thoroughfare, and while the mountain roads that approach Helen are beautiful, they are also very twisty. Plan to designate a driver or arrange for other transportation if you plan to be drinking. Keep in mind that the small town’s transportation resources may be stretched thin during peak times, so these options may be challenging to book when you need them most.
Rideshare Apps and Taxis to Oktoberfest
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Helen
For trips within Helen, you can opt for a horse-drawn carriage to take to you into town and back. Note that the service area and business hours are more limited compared to other modes of transportation and may vary due to weather conditions. Schedule your trip in advance with these local providers:
- Alpine Carriage Company +1 (706) 892-8134
- Pegasus Horse Drawn Carriages +1 (706) 499-1159
Tour Buses to Oktoberfest
If you’re traveling from nearby cities like Atlanta, there are tour bus options available for select dates that include transportation to Helen and back! Ticket prices for a bus tour from Atlanta start at $55 / person.
What to Take to the 2021 Helen Oktoberfest
Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need during the festival.
Essentials for Oktoberfest
Everyone is going to be asked for identification, so be sure to take your ID with you to the Helen Festhalle. Additionally, it is recommended to carry some cash, because even though most places accept credit cards, most of the parking lots are cash only and you may want tip servers and musicians with cash.
An easy-to-carry crossbody purse or satchel can keep important items close while you dine and dance to live music. Keep a water bottle with you to make sure you stay hydrated during long days and nights of festivities!
Dressing for Oktoberfest
Although dressing up for Oktoberfest is not required, you may find that it helps you to enjoy yourself just a little more.
Oktoberfest Clothing for Men
Men can choose to wear a simple checkered trachten shirt that is traditional and festive, but also versatile enough to also be something that could be worn year-round.
For those wanting to wear very traditional attire, take comfort in knowing that there will be plenty of men wearing lederhosen in Helen during Oktoberfest. Formerly, lederhosen were worn for hard physical work, as the leather material was more durable than a fabric garment. Today, they are mostly worn as leisurewear and are commonly seen at Oktoberfest events.
Oktoberfest Clothing for Women
The traditional Oktoberfest dress for women is the dirndl. Women should be aware that the way the knot is tied on the dirndl may signify your relationship status: a knot on the left means you are single, a knot on the right means you are taken, a knot in the center may signify virginity, and a knot in the back can indicate a widow or a waitress.
Oktoberfest Clothing for Children
Children can choose to get in on the fun by getting fully dressed up or simply adding a fun touch to any outfit.
Add an extra touch to the fun with these Oktoberfest-themed accessories.
Oktoberfest for Pets
If you are traveling with your dog (note that only service dogs are allowed into the Helen Festhalle), you may also want to let your dog dress up for the occasion. There are many fun costumes available for dogs of all sizes!
Additional Helen Oktoberfest Resources
The official events happen at the Helen Festhalle at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA. Many restaurants and places in Helen will also be participating in additional ways.
Use the interactive map below to find the Kickoff Parade route, the Keg Tapping route, the main festival hall and more!
Helen Festhalle Live Web Cam
If you can’t attend in person but would still like to experience the sights and sounds of the Helen Festhalle during Oktoberfest, then tune in anytime for a live view on the Helen Festhalle live webcam!
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Staying Safe at Helen Oktoberfest
While the festive environment usually brings out the best in people, law enforcement officers will be there to help with crowd control and to make sure that everyone obeys the local laws.
If someone in your group finds themselves needing legal advice or assistance, contact the legal team of Corales & Woody for a free legal consultation. These Georgia lawyers have years of experience and are available to answer your questions over the phone at (678) 961-3999. You may contact them 24 / 7 either via phone, email, or by using their online form.
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest Links
Visit these additional links to learn more about things to do in Helen, GA in October!
- Alpine Helen Chamber of Commerce / Oktoberfest
- Alpine Helen Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Helen, GA brochure
- Helen, GA on TripAdvisor
Have you been to one of the annual Helen Oktoberfest events? What are you looking most forward to this year?