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 annual Helen Oktoberfest!
Helen Oktoberfest 2023 starts on September 7th and lasts for 7 and a half weeks! Get details below on how to enjoy Helen’s most popular annual event!
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2023
The 2023 Helen Oktoberfest dates are from September 7 through October 29. 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 burst 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 2023 Dates
The 2023 Helen Ga Oktoberfest starts on Thursday, September 7th, and runs through Sunday, October 29th. The Helen Festhalle will be open Thursdays – Sundays in September (9/7 – 9/30) and open daily through the end of Oktoberfest (10/1 – 10/29).
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2023 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 2023 Parade
There is an Oktoberfest parade on the first Saturday of Oktoberfest to kick off the festival. The 2023 Oktoberfest parade is on Saturday, September 9th 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 2023 Bands
Enjoy authentic live German music at the Helen Festhalle that starts 30 minutes after the doors open each day.
The 2023 Helen Oktoberfest music lineup includes some of the top acts performing Oktoberfest favorites.
- September 7 – 10 with music from The Czechers and Alpen Echos
- September 14 – 17 with music from Martin Gross und sein Sonnenschein Express and Das Haus
- September 21 – 24 with music from Prost and Alpen Echos
- September 28 – October 1 with music from Zuelfel Brothers and Sonnen Schnapps
- October 2 – 8 with music from Squeeze Box featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B. and Sonnen Schnapps
- October 9 – 15 with music from Alex Meixner Band and Duncan Schoen
- October 16 – 22 with music from Alpenmusikanten and Pech & Schweifel
- October 23 – 29 with music from Europa and Das Haus
Arrive early for the best seats or spend the entire time doing traditional dances on the dance floor!
You can also find great bands at other places throughout Helen – read this article for more information on where you’ll find live music in Helen all year long!
Helen Georgia Oktoberfest 2022 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. Bring $10 cash for daily participation.
The keg-tapping schedule is announced about a month before the start of Oktoberfest, but the 2022 schedule below allows you to see what you might expect for 2023.
- Saturday, September 10th
- 1:30 pm – Helen Festhalle
- 3:00 pm – Bigg Daddy’s
- 3:30 pm – Slice of Helen
- 4:00 pm – Bodensee
- Saturday, September 17th
- 12:00 pm – Cowboys & Angels
- 12:30 pm – The Troll Tavern
- 1:00 pm – Cafe International
- Saturday, September 24th
- 12:00 pm – The Heidelberg
- 12:30 pm – King Ludwig Biergarten
- 1:00 pm – Alpine Brew Deck
- Saturday, October 1st
- 12:00 pm – Hofbrauhaus
- 12:30 pm – Betty’s Country Store
- 1:00 pm – Hofer’s Bakery and Cafe
- 1:30 pm – Two Tire Tavern
- Saturday, October 8th
- 12:00 pm – Sweet Acre Farms Wine
- 12:30 pm – Chattahoochee Dog Haus
- 1:00 pm – Spice 55
- 1:30 pm – Monday’s Pub
See the interactive map below to help plan your trip.
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 2023 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 remember to bring your ID!
Helen Oktoberfest Food Menu
The Helen Festhalle serves traditional German favorites like bratwurst, sauerkraut, leberkase, and German potato salad. Snackable standards like nachos, hot dogs, and cookies are available for any picky eaters in your group.
Outside of the Festhalle, Helen is known for many 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 from great options including riverfront rentals of 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
The popular Oktoberfest event sees the small town of Helen (population 543) swell to greet thousands of visitors each year. This can stretch transportation resources like taxi companies, making it challenging to find a driver when you need one most. Make plans in advance to ensure you get home safely.
- If possible, book Helen lodging within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and the festhalle and don’t drive during Oktoberfest
- Visitors from nearby cities may be able to book tour buses that include transportation to Helen and back
- If you will be drinking and cannot walk home, designate a sober driver or arrange for other transportation
- Rideshare apps (like Lyft and Uber) do not officially show Helen as a city that they serve, but drivers may be in the area during peak times (it is not advised to count on this option)
- For trips within Helen, you can opt for a horse-drawn carriage to take to you into town and back (service area and business hours are very limited)
- Alpine Carriage Company +1 (706) 892-8134
- Pegasus Horse Drawn Carriages +1 (706) 499-1159
What to Take to the 2023 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 to 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 also to 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.
Helen Oktoberfest Interactive Map
Use the interactive map below to find the Kickoff Parade route, the Keg Tapping route, the main festival hall, and more!
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 ensure that everyone has a great time.
If someone in your group needs legal advice or assistance, contact the legal team of Corales & Woody for a free legal consultation.
This Georgia legal team has years of experience and can answer your questions over the phone at (678) 961-3999. Contact them any time via phone, email, or online form.
Helen Georgia Links
Visit these links to learn more about things to do in Helen, GA in October and all year round!
- Helen, GA – best places to stay
- Helen, GA – best restaurants
- Helen, GA – best places for live music
- Helen Chamber of Commerce – official Oktoberfest website
- Oktoberfest Festhalle Friends, Helen, Georgia – Facebook group
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