Helen Oktoberfest draws fun-loving people from around the world. The 40th Annual Oktoberfest begins September 9., 2010 in the Bavarian mountain town known as Helen Ga. The festival is a huge North Georgia event featuring German beer, brats, bands, and dancing.
The Oktoberfest Parade kicks off “America’s longest-running Oktoberfest” at Noon on Sept. 11. Immediately following the parade is the traditional “Tapping of the Keg” at the Helen Festhalle.
Bands play Oompah-like music all day long and into the night and girls dance in their native costumes. Meanwhile, folks eat brats, drink beer, dance, and enjoy the show at the Festhalle. The Bavarian beer hall is located in the heart of Helen, Ga., and is party central for Oktoberfest. Polka Bands come from all over the United States and Europe to perform their happy and fun melodies.
Oktoberfest gets its roots in the Bavarian town of Munich, Germany. In the early 1800′s Munich hosted a royal wedding and a party that lasted two weeks! Every year after that a party was held in the streets there and the crowds kept on growing. Today, Helen Ga. carries on that German tradition.
The town of Helen flows with excitement this time of year. Alpine architecture is inherent throughout the Bavarian-style mountain village residing on the pristine waters of the upper Chattahoochee River. There’s also a charming market square where you can find all kinds of art and crafts.
September 9 – 19 (Thu – Sun)
Sept. 23 – Oct. 31 (Everyday)
Monday – Thursday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday: 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Saturday: 1:00pm – 11:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Helen Festhalle – Downtown Helen, Ga.
Admission & Parking:
Sundays: Free (food and drinks are extra)
Bands and Performers
9/9-12: Bavarian Sound Express and Lorelei & Schatzi
9/13 – 19: Pros’t and Alex Meixner
9/23 – 29: Dan Witucki’s Heimatland Musikanten and Jim Horzen
9/30 – 10/6: Stratten Mountain Boys and Jim Horzen and Roland Kurz
10/7 – 13: Sauerkrauts and Roland Kurz
10/14 – 17: Alpenmusikanten and Roland Kurz
10/18 – 23: Edi and Freunde and Roland Kurz
10/24 – 31: Stratton Mountain Boys and Roland Kurz