Savannah River Street
Savannah River Street

Explore Savannah During Oktoberfest

Best known for beer and brats, Oktoberfest is also a great reason to explore all that Savannah offers!

On Oct. 5-7, 2018, the Savannah Waterfront Association will host its annual Oktoberfest on Historic River Street, nearly 5,000 miles from Munich, Germany.  Here is what you need to know to get the most out of your Oktoberfest attendance.

Dates & Times

Mark your calendar to attend Savannah’s Oktoberfest celebration during its hours on Friday, Oct. 5, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7.

Location

River Street in Savannah
River Street in Savannah

Savannah’s Oktoberfest celebration takes place on River Street. If you're planning on driving there, you’ll want to park in a public lot or deck close to the festival site. But, be prepared to walk, perhaps some distance, on sidewalks and stairs that are in historic condition.

If you need an address to reference, use 115 East River Street, Savannah, Ga. 31401.

Getting there

Many locals will walk or bike to the festival. Visitors who are staying at hotels in downtown Savannah may find it most convenient to walk to the site and leave their vehicle parked in their hotel’s lot.

Chatham Area Transit’s No. 11, 14, and 100 routes can get transportation close to the event site. The transit system also offers fare-free transportation options in downtown Savannah.

Uber operates in the Savannah-Hilton Head area, making getting to and from the event safely easy.

The Savannah Pedicab Company also operates bike taxi service throughout the city.

Staying there

The Kimpton Brice Hotel in Savannah
The Kimpton Brice Hotel in Savannah

October is one of Savannah’s busiest months, but there are many options for places to stay in Savannah. If you’re concerned that staying at one of the hotels along River Street may prove to be a bit noisy on event day, you may want to consider one of the boutique hotels on one of Savannah’s historic squares.

At the festival

Each year, the festival features “wiener dog” racing, a bratwurst tasting, dancing to traditional German music, food vendors featuring traditional cuisine, and a beer garden.

Cost

The Oktoberfest festival is FREE to attend.

Other things to do while you’re there

Come to Savannah for Oktoberfest, but while you’re there, be sure not to miss out on the other great attractions Savannah offers like the Telfair Museums. Adults may enjoy a haunted bar crawl, taking in history at Old Fort Jackson, or head out to Tybee Island to get your sand and sun fix.

When you can't get enough beer, go here

When you’re ready to take a break from consuming brews at the Oktoberfest festival, head to a local pub like The Bier Haus, which often has a number of German beers on tap. Crystal Beer Parlor on West Jones Street offers guests a large selection of regional beers to choose from. If you dare, head to the possibly haunted Moon River Brewing Company and enjoy a brew in their beer garden. 

Published: August 2016