The What, Where, When And Why Of Oktoberfest 2013 In Helen, GA

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation to Germany, but thought it was too expensive? Fortunately, to get a feel of the German culture you do not have to go that far. You can experience a touch of Germany during the Oktoberfest 2013 in Helen GA. What is Oktoberfest? Look below to find out and to see what it is all about.

What is Oktoberfest?

The Oktoberfest tradition began back in 1810 when a royal wedding in Munich Germany turned into a two week long party in the streets of the town. The festival was complete with dancers, music and lots of Marzen beer. Now, years later the party goes on not only in Germany, but also in the quaint town of Helen GA. Since 1970, the town has been hosting their own Oktoberfest, filled with fun events for the whole family.

Bavarian Village of Helen GA

When you drive into town, you will instantly feel that you have just entered Germany. The town has been carefully designed to mimic the look of an original Bavarian alpine village. Adding to this look, is the Chattahoochee River which runs straight through town and is lined by German-style buildings and cobblestone streets. The town itself is captivating with it’s many German shops and abundance of outdoor activities. Then, when Oktoberfest begins the town takes on an even greater German feel.Great Escape living

What to Expect at Oktoberfest

The festival kicks off on September 14th at noon with a traditional Oktoberfest parade. During the parade you will experience authentic German costumes, dancers and live music. After the parade, follow the crowd to the Festhalle where you will be welcomed with live German music from a variety of bands from around the country. Some of these include the Mountain Top Polka Band, the Alpen Musikanten and Stratton Mountain Boys.

As they play Bavarian-syle beerhall music, grab your partner and step out onto the dance floor to join in on the fun. You will also get to see the fascinating dancing of traditional ladies in dirndl skirts. While there, be sure to enjoy your fill of delicious authentic brats and tasty German beer.

oktoberfest helen gaHelen Events During Oktoberfest

In the town of Helen there is always something going on. During Oktoberfest in Helen GA, there are a few events that your family are certain to enjoy. Although there are activities going on all week long, the most popular of these are held on the weekends.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

Sunday, September 1, 2013 – Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bring your whole family to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm where you can feast your eyes on pumpkins up to 150 pounds in size. There is also a huge selection of every type of pumpkin, gourds and winter squash. After looking this over, make your way to the barn store to feast your taste buds on fresh baked pumpkin rolls and pumpkin pies. Before you leave, be sure to take the kids on a hayride through the beautiful trail on the farm.

North Georgia Corn Maze

Beginning in September take the family to the North Georgia Corn Maze. This 7 acre maze is challenging as you make your way through several twists and turns. You can also hop around the Hay Bail Jump, pet the animals in the Kids Corner and visit the haunted “House of Burm”. Once you are ready to relax, take the 20 minute Hay Ride to see beautiful views of the Georgia landscape.

Sautee Jamboree Music Festival

Friday, September 27, 2013 – Saturday, September 28, 2013 

For more musical entertainment, make your way to the Sautee Jamboree Music Festival. This 2 day event features both local musicians and those who travel from across the nation to be there. Along with the music, there will also be lots of food, wine and beer.

north georgia mountainsHiking in Helen

Every Saturday from October 5, 2013 – October 26, 2013 at 1:00pm

Helen is a beautiful setting for outdoor recreation. Join in on this 3 mile guided hike through the beautiful northern mountains of Georgia. The hike begins at the Unicoi State Park lodge and winds it’s way into the town of Helen. This is a great time to bond with family and breathe in some fresh mountain air.

Oktoberfest Event Details

Dates: Oktoberfest will run from September 12th to September 15th. Then, it will reopen daily, beginning September 19th and continue through October 27th.

Location: Oktoberfest is held in the Helen Festhalle, located at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen GA. For additional information you can call 706-878-1908.

Admission: The cost Monday through Friday is $8 per person. On Saturdays, the cost is $10 per person and Sundays are free. There is also an additional cost for food and drinks.

As you can see, Oktoberfest is quickly approaching. So, don’t forget to mark you calendars! Get your family ready to head to the Helen Festhalle for an unforgettable German experience. Have you been to Oktoberfest in Helen GA before?