Oktoberfest at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia
The Best Oktoberfest Events in Georgia
Grab a beer stein and get ready to dance the polka at these Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the state!
Georgia’s longest running Oktoberfest has been held in the Bavarian-style village of Helen since 1970, attracting visitors from all over the world to experience a taste of Germany in the North Georgia mountains. This year, the picturesque town celebrates 50 years of its signature event that features traditional food, drink and dancing over multiple weeks. Stretching from mid-September to early November, Oktoberfest in Helen takes place amid the beauty of the changing seasons as cooler temperatures usher in a gorgeous palette of fall foliage.
But Helen isn’t the only place to experience Oktoberfest in Georgia! Join the festivities in cities and towns throughout the state at these events that put their own spin on the traditional fall celebration. Happening on various dates from mid-September to the end of October, these events are sure to add some fun to your fall.
German Bierfest Atlanta, Aug. 20, 2022
German Bierfest is Atlanta’s longest-running and coolest beer festival. This family-friendly event is jam-packed with authentic German beers, food and music. The event features more than 50 German beers and wines plus live music from a German band and delicious eats from German restaurants and vendors such as bratwurst, döners, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more!
Tucktoberfest in Tucker, Sept. 17-Oct. 2, 2022
Visit Tucker Brewing Co. in Tucker, Georgia, near Stone Mountain to celebrate Tucktoberfest over several weeks with games, live music, polka bands, German menu item specials, and the brewery’s classic Tucktoberfest™ Märzen Lager. The whole family (and even Fido) will enjoy relaxing and playing games in the brewery’s expansive beer garden. Be sure to sample the brewery’s other flavorful beers, many of which are German in style and ingredients.
WDSTKtoberfest in Woodstock, Sept. 24 - Oct. 2, 2022
Head to Woodstock, Georgia, when the annual WDSTKtoberfest kicks off with a keg tapping event. On Oct. 1, join the pub crawl and visit at least five local restaurants to earn a boot glass. (Be sure to stop into Reformation Brewery to sample their seasonal brews.) Throughout the nine-day event, enjoy Bavarian food and beverage specials at participating restaurants, and enter for the chance to win gift cards in prize drawings.
Oktoberfest Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Sept. 24-Oct. 29, 2022
During Savannah's Oktoberfest, every Saturday afternoon, the Pavilion Tent along the riverfront at Plant Riverside District will feature free live polka music as well as a free keg toss, bratwurst eating contests and stein holding competitions. Throughout Oktoberfest, the restaurants at Plant Riverside District will serve specialty beers as well as food and beverage options for all ages. All family-friendly festivities are free and open to the public.
Rocktoberfest in Lookout Mountain, Saturdays & Sundays in October
Did you know that one of Rock City Gardens’ founders was German? Frieda Utermoehlen -- wife of Garnet Carter, the mastermind behind the See Rock City barns -- loved old-fashioned fairy tales and infused their scenic attraction with a whimsical fantasyland quality. Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage during the 16th annual Rocktoberfest, held Saturdays and Sundays in October. Enjoy German food and music and an array of family-fun as you explore the gardens decked out for the celebration of harvests and fall foliage.
Oktoberfest in Valdosta, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022
Check out Georgia’s southernmost brewery, Georgia Beer Co. in Valdosta, during its four-day Oktoberfest that starts with a keg tapping on Sept. 30 and continues with a live polka band and authentic German food, like bratwurst, schnitzel and family-size pretzels. Dress in your lederhosen and dirndls, and be sure to take home a commemorative beer stein.
Oktoberfest Atlanta, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2022
Head to Atlanta's Historic Old Fourth Ward Skatepark Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 for a weekend of traditional German food, beer and music, along with games like stein hoisting contests and pretzel tosses. VIP and general admission tickets are available, and each ticket includes your first beer from Arches Brewing.
Oktoberfest 2022 in Carrollton, Oct. 1, 2022
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and pets to Printer’s Ale Manufacturing in Carrollton for their annual Oktoberfest, featuring hourly beer releases, a stein-hoisting competition and food trucks. Spread out on the brewery’s 15 acres of grounds, and enjoy live accordion music and karaoke. Be sure to take home a specialty stein and t-shirt to commemorate the celebration!
1st Annual Oktoberfest in Gainesville, Oct. 1, 2022
Join this family-friendly day of fun, food, music and activities at The Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville on Oct. 1. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy this free event. More than 20 beer vendors will participate, and beer tickets will be sold at the door. Food trucks will be serving local favorites.
Prost on Perry! Oktoberfest in Lawrenceville, Oct. 1, 2022
Join Lawrenceville, Georgia’s free Prost on Perry! Oktoberfest event, when live music, cold beer, authentic German food and kid-friendly activities will fill the historic downtown square. While you’re downtown, shop the specialty stores, grab a bite at local restaurants, stop in to Slow Pour Brewing for live music and to sample beer, and more.
Chalktoberfest in Marietta, Oct. 8-9, 2022
For a truly unique spin on the theme, check out Chalktoberfest on the historic downtown square in Marietta, Georgia, on Oct. 8-9, 2022. At the combo beer festival/chalk art extravaganza, you can sample craft beer and enjoy live music as you watch professional chalk artists transform the streets into amazing works of art. Shop for arts and crafts from local vendors, and grab a bite to eat from food trucks.
Oktoberfest at Fort Benning in Columbus, Oct. 21-23, 2022
Fort Benning’s favorite fall tradition, Oktoberfest, returns Oct. 21-23, 2022, with German music, authentic German food and brews, and games for all ages. Join in on three days of fun for the whole family, including a pumpkin patch, pontoon boat rides, hayrides, carnival rides, a 5K Dirndl Dash, 10K Lederhosen Leap, and a Volksmarch. Admission and parking are free, and it’s pet-friendly and open to the public!
Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival in Hiawassee, Oct. 22, 2022
Although it isn’t called Oktoberfest, it’s a beer festival in October, so we think it counts! Head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee on Oct. 22, 2022 for the Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival to sample craft beer from around the region as well as food from area restaurants. Shop the arts and crafts vendors, and enjoy live Appalachian and Americana music all day.
Macon Beer Fest, Oct. 22, 2022
Here again, it’s not called Oktoberfest, but how else do you classify a beer festival in October? Party for a cause in historic downtown Macon on Oct. 22, 2022, at the Macon Beer Fest, where more than 100 varieties of craft beer and wine will be available. Listen to live music, and form a team to take part in the 1-mile “Beer Run.” With the goal of educating men about the risks of prostate cancer, this is more than a beer festival; you might learn a little something about health, too.
HartOberfest Music & Craft Festival in Hartwell, Oct. 22, 2022
Visit Hartwell, Georgia, near Lake Hartwell in North Georgia, for Hartoberfest. Presented by Southern Hart Brewing Company, the festivities will feature live music, bratwursts and beer all day. Gather in the beer garden on the patio at Common Ground, and shop the arts, crafts and food vendors in the historic downtown square. Held in conjunction with the town’s annual Depot Days, the whole family will enjoy the fun.