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Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Southeast

Enjoy German-American Traditions...Southern Style

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Oompah-pah bands, Sauerkraut, Pretzels, Bavarian dancing, German crafts and, of course, plenty of German Beer - In the spirit of Munich, Germany's annual sixteen-day festival, many communities and organizations throughout the Southeast U.S. celebrate Oktoberfest. Some Oktoberfest celebrations last one day while others continue for several weeks, each with its own unique format and traditions. If you are not able to travel to the real deal in Germany, these festivals in the Southeast offer several good choices for Oktoberfest fun.

Oktoberfest - Helen, Georgia

Helen Georgia's Oktoberfest Parade
Oktoberfest Parade in Helen, Georgia: Photo courtesy of the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

September 12 - 15, 2013 (Thursday - Sunday) and September 19 - October 27, 2013 (Daily)
The Oktoberfest celebration in Helen, Georgia, one of the most festive fall happenings in the Southeast, goes on and on for several weeks. The area's top tourist event attracts thousands of visitors each year to Helen's large Festhalle to enjoy authentic German music and dancing, food and beer and more. A year round getaway destination, Helen Georgia is a charming Alpine-style town located in the North Georgia mountains and surrounded by picturesque scenery.

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Annual MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest - Covington, Kentucky

September 6 - 8, 2013
MainStrasse Village, a 19th century German neighborhood located just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio in Covington, Kentucky, celebrates Oktoberfest each year with a blend of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts, rides and live entertainment. This popular Oktoberfest attracts around 125,000 festival-goers each year.

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Fredericksburg Area Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg, Virginia

September 20 - 21, 2013
Historic Fredericksburg celebrates German heritage with family entertainment, including singing and dancing, contests, German food and authentic Oktoberfest Beer from Blue and Gray Brewing.

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Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival - Charlotte, North Carolina

September 28, 2013
This annual celebration features hundreds of beers from some of the finest breweries from across the Southeast and around the world. Other features of the festival include live musical entertainment and plenty of food vendors, offering many choices from snacks to full meals. Note: There is a new venue this year: the NC Music Factory in Uptown Charlotte.

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Annual Oktoberfest on the River - Savannah, Georgia

October 4 - 6, 2013
Enjoy German food, wiener dog races, multiple beverage stations, Friday night fireworks and more along Savannah's historic River Street.

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Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest - Arlington, Virginia

October 5, 2013
Held rain or shine at Shirlington Village, this Oktoberfest celebration features over 40 breweries giving out 4oz samples, plus authentic German music and food. There is an entry fee for those who wish to sample the beer, but the festival is free to non-sampling attendees.

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Bramwell Oktoberfest - Bramwell, West Virginia

October 12, 2013
Known for its live musical entertainment, with traditional folk, blues, bluegrass and alternative artists performing throughout the day, the annual Bramwell Oktoberfest features food, entertainment, beer samples and guided outdoor tours of Bramwell's Millionaire Row Historic District.

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Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

October 12, 2013
This popular event features free admission, authentic German food, beer and wine for purchase, an alcohol-free Kids Zone with inflatables and street performers, free concerts throughout the day and more.

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Annual Oktoberfest - Lake Worth, Florida

October 11 - 13 and 18 - 20, 2013
Held over two weekends on ten acres under a pavilion and massive tent, this is one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country. Hosted by the American-German Club of the Palm Beaches, Inc. each year on the second and third weekends of October, this traditional Oktoberfest festival features bands from Germany, entertainment, authentic German food and imported German beer and wine, plus arts and crafts, souvenirs and a carnival for kids and adults.

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Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, North Carolina

October 12, 2013
Held Coxe Avenue on downtown's south slope this year, this Oktoberfest celebration highlights local breweries and restaurants, while mixing Bavarian traditions with uniquely Asheville traditions. Live music and contests add to the fun.

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Germantown Street Festival - Nashville, Tennessee

October 12, 2013
The original Germantown neighborhood Oktoberfest celebration has evolved throughout the years into the Germantown Street Festival. Held on the second Saturday in October the festival continues the original flavor of the original Oktoberfest with authentic German beer and food along with entertainment in a variety of musical styles and fun activities.

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Annual Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, Virginia

October 18 - 19, 2013
The largest German / American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, this two-day indoor festival offers a sample of German Bavarian culture at its best, including German food, dancing, bands and more.

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