Beer, Brats, Bands, and Lederhosen: Celebrate Helen’s 50th Anniversary Oktoberfest

Can’t make it to Munich, Germany, but would love to experience a traditional Oktoberfest? We’ve got the place for you!

With a history dating back to 1969, the Bavarian town of Alpine Helen-White County, about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest in 2021. Helen’s biggest celebration and the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States will begin September 9 and run through November 7, 2021.

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen – the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Helen, Georgia is known for lots of things — but the annual Oktoberfest festival has got to be on the top of the list! Here’s everything you need to know about this annual event, put on by the Greater Helen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Beer, Brats, Bands, and Lederhosen: Celebrate Helen's 50th Anniversary Oktoberfest

Helen Oktoberfest Dates

This year’s event will run from September 9th-12th; September 16th-19th; September 23rd-26th; and September 30th-November 7th!

Admission is $8 on weekdays, $10 on Saturdays and FREE on Sundays. Children ages 6-12 are half price, and children under 6 are FREE. Active and retired military get in FREE with valid military ID.

Hours on weekdays are 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m., it’s 6-12 a.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

What To Expect

Thousands of people descend on the Bavarian-style town of Helen, GA every year to take part in their annual Oktoberfest celebrations. You’ll find plenty of food and drink — including traditional German foods — along with beer, live music, and plenty of good times.

Helen Festhalle

Every year the Helen Festhalle houses the event.  German-style bands from around the country and around the world play on the stage for your listening and viewing pleasure. See the Alphorns blown, the Cowbells rung and the Accordion squeezed. Get your chicken dance ready! Grab your partner and take a spin on the dance floor to the timeless tunes of the Polka.

This event is kid-friendly, and kids even have their own dance floor!

The Festhalle is set up with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.

Oktoberfest Parade

In addition to the main festivities, one of the best parts of Oktoberfest in Helen is their annual parade! This year’s Oktoberfest parade will be held on September 11, 2021, and is guaranteed to be full of fun.

What To Eat

At Oktoberfest, you’ll find plenty of authentic German foods including brats covered in sauerkraut and so much more!

MORE HELEN FOOD: 15 Restaurants in Helen, GA: The Best Places To Nosh

The town of Helen is filled with amazing restaurants! Seriously, you cannot go wrong with any of them, but if you want to stick with German food — make sure to stop by Hofer’s Bakery and Cafe! It’s a German bakery, our favorite lunch spot, and delicious!

Where To Stay

Helen is full of great hotels, campgrounds, and cabin rentals. Here are a few of our favorites.

Helen Hotel Options

Best For Adults: Valhalla Resort is one of the top-rated hotels in the area, accommodating couples in a romantic setting just atop the hill not too far from Hardman Farm. You’ll find a pool and restaurant on site.

Best Location In Town: Black Forest Bed and Breakfast is right in the middle of Downtown, sitting on Main Street. Since it’s up on the hill, though, covered in trees you will not hear the hustle and bustle below. Breakfast is always included.

Best For Families In Town: One of the newest hotels in the area, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen is a great family option. It’s right off Main Street and comes with multiple room configuration options.

Helen Campgrounds

Our favorite RV camping spot to explore Helen actually sits in Hiawassee, about 13 miles away. Bald Mountain Camping Resort offers full hook-up RV sites and cabin rentals with a wide range of activities for the entire family.

Helen Cabin Rentals

Beer, Brats, Bands, and Lederhosen: Celebrate Helen's 50th Anniversary Oktoberfest

Cozy for Couples

How amazing is this secluded getaway? Private property, full kitchen, screened porch and hot tub!

Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · Rental Info

Beer, Brats, Bands, and Lederhosen: Celebrate Helen's 50th Anniversary Oktoberfest

Family-Sized Cabin

There is plenty of space on the wrap around porch of this cabin for relaxing or enjoying breakfast. Bring s’mores for the fire pit, your swim suit for the hot tub, and bring Fido if you’d like – dogs welcome.

Details: 6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths · Rental Info

Beer, Brats, Bands, and Lederhosen: Celebrate Helen's 50th Anniversary Oktoberfest

Plenty of Space for Large Groups

Heading to Helen with extended family or a large group? This mountain retreat boasts panoramic mountain views, a hot tub, fire pit area, game room, outdoor fireplace on the deck, and more.

Details: 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 4 beds · 3.5 baths · Rental Info