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49th Annual Oktoberfest 2019
to Oct 27

49th Annual Oktoberfest 2019

The South's Longest running Oktoberfest!!  

Join us for the 49th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen, GA!  Helen's biggest celebration!  German music, dancing, food & drinks!  Enjoy Waltzes, Polkas and the Chicken Dance!  Oktoberfest will run fromSeptember 5-8, then reopen September 12-15, then reopen September 19-22, then reopen again on September 26 and continue daily through October 27, 2019.


Mondays - Thursdays       6PM-10:30PM

Fridays                            6PM-Midnight

Saturdays                        1PM-Midnight

Sundays                          1PM-7PM

Admission:  Monday-Friday $8.00 per person, Saturday $10.00 per person, Sunday-Free Admission.  Food & Drink are extra.

For an up to date schedule of bands visit

September 5 - 8: Goldne Volksmusik Sterne along with Johnny Koenig

September 12-15: Euro Express along with Zweifel Brothers

September 19 -  22: Martin Gross und sein Sonnenschein Express along with Sonnen Schnapps

September 26 - 29: Prost along with Festhaus Music

September 30 - October 6: Squeeze Box featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B. along with Sonnen Schnapps

October 7-13: Dan Witucki and Mein Heimatland Musikanten along with Alpinedoc Matthias

October 14 - 20: Alpenmusikanten along with Herb Albinus

October 21 - 27: Europa along with Herb Albinus


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Fasching (German Mardi Gras) Celebration - Helen Chamber of Commerce
7:00 PM19:00

Fasching (German Mardi Gras) Celebration - Helen Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate Mardi Gras "Bavarian-Style", also known as "Winter Karnival" in Germany. Karnival season is traditionally a time of festivity and merry-making before the start of Lent, a time of feasting before fasting. Although Fasching in Helen is on a much smaller scale than in Germany, it is a time to celebrate before Lent. Dress as your favorite, or perhaps, your least favorite personality or character and join us for a night of dancing and fun! Live German Music!

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Bavarianfest 2019
6:00 PM18:00

Bavarianfest 2019

Join the city of Helen for Bavarian Fest! Experience and dance to a live Oomph band, dancing and a festive German atmosphere.  Enjoy domestic or imported beer, wine, or soft drinks along with wursts, Bavarian pretzels, hot dogs, barbecue, popcorn and desserts.  In honor of Memorial Day weekend free admission to veterans or active military.

Don't miss this festival or you won't be able to tell your friends about your journey to Bavaria!  Sponsored by the Helen Chamber of Commerce. 

For your weekend reservations relax at the Helendorf River Inn & Suites. It's the perfect riverfront location to enjoy a break during the day or after the evenings festivities. 

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47th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race
to Jun 6

47th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race

  • Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center (map)
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Helendorf is your Host Hotel!

Make plans to attend and experience the 46th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race sponsored by Head Balloons, Common Sense Conservation and the Helendorf River Inn, Suites and Conference Center. Enjoy the hospitality of the Helendorf, the Headquarters and Host Hotel for the Race. Last year's event was great and this year's will be bigger and better!  Race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky at 7 am on May 30, 2019. If the weather conditions are too windy or storms are forecast, the take off will be postponed until conditions are acceptable.

While the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonists compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6 pm.  Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:00 am & 6:30 pm each day (weather permitting). Balloons will only fly for approx. 1 to 2 hours. You can join in the action too! There will be opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains.  Be sure and bring your cameras for special moments.  

Be sure and check out or go to the Helen Balloon Facebook page.

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Spring Wine Highway Week!!
to Mar 31

Spring Wine Highway Week!!

Make plans to attend the Annual "Wine Highway Week" and enjoy the hospitality of the Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center as your base to explore the many North Georgia Wineries. Last year's event was great and this year's will be even better! Spending a weekend in the mountains and tasting the Award Winning wines that are made from Georgia grown grapes is truly a great way to shake off those winter doldrums!  

The Wineries will use the same format as last year where you can purchase your "Passport" and receive your souvenir glass at any of the 20 participating wineries.

The Passport is good for every day of the event. You must remember to have your passport and glass at each winery. For those who will be staying for several days, many of the wineries are open during the week and will accept the passports for tastings during the week. If you plan on taking advantage of this, please be sure you check the hours and days of operation for the wineries you want to visit on days other that Saturday and Sunday.

For more information: 706-878-9463 or

 Be sure and visit our our local tasting rooms: Sautee Nacoochee VineyardsYonah Mountain Vineyards; and Habersham Winery.

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