October is right around the corner and that means Oktoberfest in Germany.
It also means Oktoberfest in any number of cities in North America that channel their inner Munch and offer enough beer and German music to satisfy most Americans who couldn’t make the pilgrimage to Bavaria.
It just so happens that Helen, in North Georgia was ranked No. 3 in KAYAK’s rankings of their favorite Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S.
One may think of Helen as a cute, little sleepy town in the Georgia mountains, but KAYAK is right. Helen comes alive in October.
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Here is KAYAK’s top Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. and how much money you can typically save by going there versus flying all the way to Munich. Of course, we don’t have to fly to Helen, it’s just up the road from most of the state of Georgia.
1. New Braunfels, TX (Save 73%): Fly into Austin, where a drive less than two hours takes you to New Braunfels’Wurstfest. The celebration takes place from November 7-16, complete with a Skat card game tournament and Lacrosse Invitational.
2. Tulsa, OK (Save 67%): Linde Oktoberfest takes over Tulsa from October 16-19, featuring top bands flown in from Germany and more than 60 beers from around the world.
3. Helen, Georgia (Save 66%): Go down south for Georgia’s 44th Annual Oktoberfest, the longest running Oktoberfestin the U.S. Fly into Atlanta and drive under two hours to Helen. Down south, the party takes place from mid-September to early November (September 11-14 and September 18 – November 2).
4. Leavenworth, WA (Save 64%): Fly into Wenatchee and drive about half an hour to Leavenworth’s famed Oktoberfest, rocking on the weekends of October 3rd, 10th and 17th.
5. Portland, OR (Save 63%): The Mt. Angel Oktoberfest celebrates the town’s German heritage by fusing music, beer, Bavarian garb and more than a thousand pounds of sausage from September 11-14. You can even check out what beers they’ll have on tap here.
Ein Bier, bitte, please and don’t forget the brats and your lederhosen.