Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GeorgiaCourtesy Helen Oktoberfest
When the official Oktoberfest began, its popularity spread throughout Germany. (By the way, the reason Oktoberfest is really celebrated has nothing to do with beer.) Now it’s become almost as popular in the U.S. The Helen Oktoberfest is the longest running Oktoberfest in the U.S. This year’s is held September 28 to October 29. Every year, the event is held at Helen Festhalle and features German-style bands from around the country and the world. Within the Festhalle, rows of long tables allow you to eat brats, drink beer, and enjoy the bands. The town of Helen itself will put you in the spirit, as it emulates a traditional Alpine village, including cobblestone streets and themed buildings. Check out these other fairytale-like towns around the world.
White Mountain Oktoberfest, Lincoln, New HampshireCourtesy Loon Mountain Resort
Before the snow wipes away the fervor of fall and the stunning fall foliage, Loon Mountain, a renowned ski destination located in the White Mountain National Forest, celebrates Oktoberfest over October 7 and 8. There are seemingly limitless activities, including a keg toss, a stein hoisting contest, and pumpkin painting for kids. Check out our list of the 50 must-try craft beers—There’s one from every state!