How To Plan Your Trip To Oktoberfest In Helen, Georgia

Posted by Tom Telford on Mon, May 28, 2018

Are you thinking about attending the famous Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia?

There's no better place in America to celebrate the annual beer festival since you'll feel you’re actually in Germany when you walk around the city of Helen. You can have that feeling all year thanks to Helen's picturesque setting and German architecture, but it's exceptionally accurate during September and October when thousands of visitors from all over the country make the trip to Helen, Georgia for Oktoberfest. 

How do you prepare for Oktoberfest?

We want you to have a great time, so we prepared some things you need to know to prepare. Also, we'll share a few rules so that your experience will be one of the best and a celebration you'll never forget.

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How To Get There

Take a flight to Atlanta’s International Airport, which is only a 70-mile drive away from the cabins and the Alpine village of Helen. Since the Atlanta airport is one of the largest in the USA, you'll find it easy to find a flight from wherever you start your journey.

Driving to Helen? Head toward Atlanta since several major freeways, from all points in the country, intersect in the city. From Atlanta, go north on either I-85 or US-19. If you are staying with us at Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals, you will receive an email with directions to your cabin.
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When To Go

The excitement of Oktoberfest begins in early September and lasts until the last week of October; except for the final three days when the focus is on Halloween. Check out our Oktoberfest page for specific dates of the festival for this year.

You can plan your trip to Helen for any time during the festival, but here are some tips that might help you decide exactly when you should make your visit.

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To see the spirited annual parade of Helen, Georgia Oktoberfest, get yourself to Helen on the first Sunday of the festival. You'll enjoy the sights and take lots of pictures as local businesses and happy celebrants strut to booming German music.

If you want to save moneymake plans to enjoy Oktoberfest on Sundays, when admission is free. When planning, keep in mind that the fee-free days are more crowded.

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Many bands make the trip to Helen to perform at Oktoberfest, so you might want to visit when your favorite band is in town. To find out which bands play on what days, check this handy schedule.

There is still time to join the Oktoberfest Celebration. If you thought you missed your chance at Oktoberfest just because September is over, think again. The world-famous Oktoberfest in Helen GA welcomes visitors through the entire month of October with events, food, and of course, beer.

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The Bavarian alpine town of Helen has long welcomed visitors with its unique architectural style harkening back to old Europe and the mountain towns of Germany. You don't have to visit another continent to see the Alps when you can visit them in the Appalachians. Oktoberfest in Helen is the most awaited event of the year and draws visitors from around the region who want to experience the most German of traditions in an authentic setting.

The Oktoberfest action in Helen GA starts every night Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday's and Sunday's, the German fun kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs until midnight. There is an admission fee everyday except Sunday. The fee includes access to the music and dancing that marks an excellent Oktoberfest. Sample the fine German fair and beer for a celebration you'll never forget.

And when you've finished dancing and toasting, head back to your cabin in and round Helen GA for a peaceful rest. Prost!

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Where To Stay

You might want to find a place to stay conveniently located near the town of Helen; where the Oktoberfest events will take place. Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals offer you luxury and greater privacy, away from the crowds, but close enough to the action to call it convenient.

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While traffic is an issue during Oktoberfest, you don't have to sacrifice the comforts of a home away from home to partake in the festive atmosphere. Just map out your approach to Helen, ahead of time, avoiding the main highway access from the south; thus taking secondary roads around the back of town, and approaching from the North, instead.

For a vacation that's both relaxing and fun, stay in a luxury cabin rental right down the road from the city of Helen. Cedar Creek offers lodging anywhere from 20 minutes away down to cabins that are actually in Helen - including our Lazy Bear Lair rental. So don't sweat the stay, as you can, live it up at the Oktoberfest celebration and still head back to your cozy cabin, to completely unwind.

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What To Do

Whether you love music, food, beer, shopping, or nature, you'll find it all at Oktoberfest. There's so much to do in Helen during the festival, so it depends on how you want to spend your time.

Every single day, you'll find a band playing authentic German music at the Festhalle. Some of them might even wear traditional German attire, with brown shorts and suspenders along with a white shirt and long white socks. But the music is so good that you might be too busy dancing to notice what they're wearing.

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The food, oh, the food. Vendors at the Festhalle will serve you every traditional German dish you can imagine. Gigantic hot, soft pretzels. Bratwursts and Wiener sausages galore including tasty potatoes and delicious bread are certain to be on the menu. Schedule your diet either before or after your trip to the Helen's Oktoberfest so that you can enjoy sampling all the delicious food at the festival. You'll want to complete your meal with a cold mug of the wide variety of German beers served at the Festhalle.

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The events of Oktoberfest happen during the late afternoon and evening, this leaves you time in the earlier part of the day to spend time exploring the town of Helen and to do some shopping. There are plenty of small shops for you to browse through, as well as beer gardens where you can drink new-to-you German beers.

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For those of you who love to live amongst nature, Helen is in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the weather is at its best during the fall. You can hike or bike on trails that weave through the mountains and forest while it's bright outside and you're waiting for the Festhalle to come alive later in the afternoon.

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5 Rules for A Great Time

1. Have a Game Plan

In the Alpine Village of Helen, Georgia we dedicate the autumn months to the Oktoberfest festivities. Because of this, there are a lot of things going on, many restaurants to try, plenty of taverns to visit, and numerous bands to check out. Although you may be tempted to just "play it by ear," after having a few beers, you may find that your group is wandering around aimlessly through crowds causing you to end up missing out on the things you wanted to do. Before you head out for the night, do some research and decide where you want to go before you head out for the festivities. That way you have a solid game plan in place.

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2. Don't Drink and Drive

Although it should go without saying, it's crucial that you make arrangements ahead of time to ensure you are never in a position where you are behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Even if you don't plan on exceeding the legal driving limit while enjoying the party, it's best to expect the unexpected. Be prepared in the event you end up drinking more than planned or if a friend needs a ride back to your place of lodging before your blood alcohol content goes down.

Keep in mind that the Helen area is probably unfamiliar terrain for you. Driving after consuming a single beer in the mountains, after dark, could cause you to feel somewhat disoriented. Because of this, it's in your best interest to either assign a designated driver who will not drink - period or will call a cab. Take a moment to look up the names and numbers of local taxi companies in the area before you hit the town.

Helen is a relatively small community. After your designated driver or cab service drops you off, you'll have no problem walking to the various restaurants, taverns, and to the Festhalle throughout the evening. When you've finished dancing and toasting, head back to your cabin in and around Helen GA for a peaceful rest.

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3. Avoid Long Commutes

You may find that accommodations located a bit further away from downtown Helen are a tad cheaper, but it may not be worth the inconvenience. Driving back and forth between Helen, Georgia's Oktoberfest and your hotel or cabin can quickly become exhausting and expensive - especially if you are taking a taxi. Fortunately, there are plenty of great opportunities for lodging, right in Helen.

In addition to the availability of traditional Hotels, festival goers may also elect to book a stay in a cabin rental. Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals offers spacious accommodations providing guests with numerous options. Reservations can be made based upon the number of bedrooms and other amenities guests prefer, including proximity to downtown Helen.

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4. Go Bavarian or Go Home

You made the decision to attend Oktoberfest Helen GA for a reason, so indulge yourself and join in the revelry! Everyone is visiting for the same reason - to have a good time.

There's no reason or excuse for you to sit on the sidelines while everyone else is living it up letting loose, and dancing to polka music all night long. When the "Chicken Dance" begins to play, don't be shy! This type of silliness is accepted and embraced at Oktoberfest, and it's a part of the experience. Meet new friends by dining communally in the Festhalle, try a new brew, dress in your Bavarian best. Whatever you do, have fun!

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5. Pace Yourself

Beer may be a big part of Oktoberfest Helen GA, but that doesn't mean that you have to overdo it. Throwing back pints at rapid speed may seem fun at first, but could bring your night to a screeching halt if you get sick, or become incoherent. The last thing you want to happen during your getaway to northern Georgia is to wake up with a bad hangover that keeps you from enjoying the rest of your trip.

Pace yourself, eat enough, and stay hydrated. Then you can have fun until late in the evening and still be ready for more the next day.

Our Additional Oktoberfest Content

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What Do You Think?

Have you visited Oktoberfest Helen GA? If so, we’d love to hear what survival tips you have for future festivalgoers. Share your tips below in the comments section and make someone else’s trip better!

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