HELEN – Despite the cancellation of the Helen Chamber of Commerce’s 50th Oktoberfest festivities in the Festhalle, city officials say Helen’s restaurants, shops, hotels and amusements will be open and offering Oktoberfest fun for visitors beginning in September.
“Helen is doing everything possible to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and wants visitors to know our town will be open for Oktoberfest celebrations, even though the Festhalle – Helen’s Oktoberfest music venue – will not be able to open due to the current State of Georgia live performance venue guidelines,” said Jerry Brown, executive director of the Alpine Helen-White County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Visitors are invited to experience the spirit of Oktoberfest as it moves through the city’s cobblestone streets and fresh mountain air in the form of refreshing brews, authentic German food and live music.
“During September and October, there will be pop-up celebrations throughout the town with plenty of fun to be had by all,” Brown said. “Businesses and restaurants are still open, and visitors are welcome to explore the best of Alpine Helen-White County, which shows off autumn brilliance with fall color and cool mountain temps.”
With an Alpine history dating back to 1969, the Bavarian town of Helen will mark the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest – Helen’s largest celebration – and the longest-running Oktoberfest in the United States.
Brown said visitors can take in the beauty of the outdoors to maintain social distancing while enjoying their trip to Helen.
“While visiting, learn about the history of White County and the Chattahoochee River and embrace the city's history with a two mile out-and-back guided hike along the brand new Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail, as well as other trail adventures.
“Visit www.HelenChamber.com and www.HelenGa.org for more information about ways to commemorate Oktoberfest this year and save the date for a true 50th-anniversary celebration in 2021,” Brown said.