Mirroring the Bavarian look of a German town, the Alpine Village of Helen is celebrating its European roots this month with nightly Oktoberfest activities.
Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen can be spotted around town during the day, but events get into gear at night at the Helen Festhalle. Oktoberfest activities happen from 6-10:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sundays at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse. The every day celebrations will end Nov. 1.
Tickets are $8 Monday through Friday, $10 Saturday and free on Sunday.
In conjunction with Oktoberfest, the Helen Arts & Heritage Center will hold its annual Art-Oberfest Arts and Crafts festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Unicoi Hill Park.
“This is the first year our festival will be held in the park and we are excited to provide a more accessible and spacious venue for our vendors and visitors,” Helen Arts & Heritage Center president Nancy Ackerman said.
The festival’s layout is designed to attract visitors from the downtown area on Main Street, White Strasse near Hofer’s Bakery, Pete’s Park Road near Helen’s Library and the arts center’s entrance. Artists also will demonstrate how they create their pieces.
Musical entertainment will be a mix of modern-day gospel, rhythm and blues and country. Performing in the park gazebo will be the trio of Franklin Washington, James Roach Jr. and Trina Mashell.