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. 2-4, 2020, 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.

When is Oktoberfest in Savannah?

Mark your calendar to attend Savannah's Oktoberfest celebration during its hours on Friday, Oct. 2, Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4.

River Street in Savannah, Georgia
River Street in Savannah, Georgia

Where are Oktoberfest events 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.

Oktoberfest in Savannah, Georgia
Oktoberfest in Savannah, Georgia

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.

Where can you stay for Oktoberfest?

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.

Weiner dog races in Savannah for Oktoberfest
Weiner dog races in Savannah for Oktoberfest

What are the main events?

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.

Musicians at Oktoberfest in Savannah, Georgia
Musicians at Oktoberfest in Savannah, Georgia

Cost

The Oktoberfest festival is FREE to attend.

Other things to do while you're in Savannah for Oktoberfest

American Prohibition Museum in Savannah, Georgia
American Prohibition Museum in Savannah, Georgia

Museums

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, Savannah History Museum and even the American Prohibition Museum, where you can learn the true story of America's struggle with the liquor question. There is even a speakeasy, where you can enjoy a cocktail after your tour of the prohibition museum.

Walking tour in Savannah, Georgia
Walking tour in Savannah, Georgia

Tours

Adults may enjoy a haunted bar crawl, taking in history at Old Fort Jackson, or taking a Segway tour.

More: Things to do in Savannah

City Market in Savannah, Georgia
City Market in Savannah, Georgia

Shopping

Be sure to check out the galleries and shops at City Market, on Broughton Street, River Street and all throughout the historic district.

Tybee Island pier
Tybee Island pier

Beach

Head out to Tybee Island, just 20 minutes from Savannah's historic district, to get your sand and sun fix.

More: Guide to Tybee Island

Pretzel at Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah, Georgia
Pretzel at Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah, Georgia

Eat & drink

When you're ready to take a break from consuming brews at the Oktoberfest festival, head to a local pub. Here are a few choices:

The Bier Haus

The Bier Haus often has a number of German beers on tap.

Beer taps at Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah, Georgia
Beer taps at Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah, Georgia
Crystal Beer Parlor

Crystal Beer Parlor on West Jones Street offers guests a large selection of beers.

Moon River Brewing Co. in Savannah, Georgia
Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia
Moon River Brewing Company

If you dare, head to the possibly haunted Moon River Brewing Company and enjoy a brew in their beer garden.

More: Savannah restaurants

Published: February 2020