Oktoberfest is a German tradition that dates back to the early 1800s to celebrate the marriage of a prince and princess. To keep the custom going, the world’s largest beer festival is held each year in Munich, Germany, attracting over six million visitors who consume over 1.5 million gallons of beer! But you don’t have to travel all the way to Germany to join in the fun. There’s an exciting Oktoberfest celebration in Helen, Georgia that’s celebrating its 47th year in 2017!

It's a lovely day to celebrate one's German heritage #butmostlybeer

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Deep in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia lies the town of Helen, a Bavarian-themed village that keeps German traditions alive every day of the year. However, September and October and particularly special months to visit Helen, because this is when the annual Oktoberfest celebration takes place.

Europe in America #helen #georgia #helengeorgia

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Taking place at the Helen Festhalle on Edelweiss Street, this celebration kicked off on September 7 and continues on through October 29. Visitors from near and far will love the German food, beer, music, and dancing. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden, so you can even bring your favorite four-legged friend along to enjoy the smells of bratwurst and maybe even a few scraps under the table.

Oktoberfest in Helen is also an excellent excuse to dress up in costume. It’s easy to find traditional Bavarian outfits in Halloween costume shops and online around this time of year to really get in the mood to party. This is the longest-running Oktoberfest in the United States, so you’re in the right place!

Come to the Festhalle for amazing food and beer served at long rows of tables, which allows you to eat and drink while watching the performances. Live music kicks off just a half hour after the doors open on festival days. So, shake off your inhibitions and show off your best waltz, polka, or chicken dance skills!

My parents just really wish they were German. 🍻🍻

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Helen’s Oktoberfest is an all-ages event, so you can bring your family to enjoy all the fun as well. However, IDs are checked at the door for anyone looking to partake in this delicious German beer.

Guten appetit! #daytrip

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The admission cost is $8 on weekdays, $10 on Saturdays, and free on Sundays. Stop by to join in the festivities on weekdays from 6-10:30pm, Fridays from 6pm to midnight, Saturdays from 1pm to midnight, and Sundays from 1-7pm. We’ll see you there!

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